Best Guitarists of the '00s

Here is the list of the best guitarist in the first decade dl new millennium (2000). A count based on Internet voting by others.

The Top Ten

John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

He makes his guitar speak words.
He may be known for his pip hits but his guitar playing is unsurpassable.
He is even headlining the Dead and Company

It's funny how I added him to the list hoping that he finally got some recognition for his talent and he became n1 on the list.
This guy is the heir of the blues masters of the past. You can hear a lot of Jimi Hendrix, SRV and BB King inflences in his playing, along with his own distinctive techniques and fingerstyle.
I highly suggest you to go check out his "Where the Light is: Live in L.A." album, one of his best performances. - Rocker00

One of the best guitarists I've ever seen hands down. I mean the guy plays at the Clapton crossroads festival every year and is always one of the feature acts. Don't believe me. Check out his solo for "Wait Until Tomorrow" by Hendrix off of Where the Light is live in los angeles or from the same concert the song "Neon" which is one of the most impressive acoustic sets I've had he pleasure of seeing. If those don't do it for you check out his version of "Voodoo Child" live at the Red Rocks amphitheater.

If anybody is gonna disregard this guy as one of the greatest of this generation because he made Your Body is a Wonderland, they're ignorant and blindly judging a musical genius. His guitar playing is unmatched by anybody this generation, and if you don't believe me, go and watch "Neon" from his Where the Light Is concert. Or hell, just watch the entire concert. It's on Youtube. You won't be disappointed

Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.

The best thing to happen to music, constant alternations which hold attention and bore even less sometimes than Metallica. Which phases and strikes this dumbfounded. Good going to both artists, just saying...perfect timing with Jack White in the least it feels. - iliescu

Dis dude's gots those ninjas skills synyster gates wish he had... synyster mcpoopoo head is a jackwagon full a pansies wait, no a pansy full a jackwagons... joo need yo hearing checked gater

The dude unlike many this past decade, tried something dofferent as opposed to just plugging in his guitar and playing very loud.

Easy decision; I really don't feel like I need to form an argument for this.

Omar Rodriguez Lopez

At The Drive In started this young lads career in the mid 1990's and paved the guitar sounds of The Mars Volta. Omar was great long before the year of 2000. All great players on this list though.

Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

How the heck is John Mayer ranked above Synyster Gates? Have any of you heard his solos in Avenged Sevenfold's songs? His best one is definitely in Afterlife, followed closely by Welcome to the Family (but all of his solos are good. ) My favorite thing about his guitar playing is that he comes up with song ideas and then challenges himself to figure out how to play them. Bet the rest of these people on this list don't do that.

Are you kidding me? Synyster is ranked THIRD?! BEHIND MEDIOCRE ACTS LIKE JACK WHITE AND JOHN MAYER?! SERIOUSLY?! (As of July 9 2013) Some of the people voting on this list clearly haven't heard his solos in songs like Afterlife, Carry On, Bat Country, Nightmare, Not Ready to Die, and on countless others. This man will surely go down as one of the greatest electric guitarists who ever lived, mark my words.

Really? Jack White above both BucketHead and Synyster Gates? Absolutely absurd. While I can't argue against John Mayer because is an insane Guitarist, Synyster Gates is a professionally strained classical guitarist and BucketHead is just prolific in every way. Even Dave Mustaine said BucketHead has more talent than he and Slash combined. MUCH more.

Synyster Gates puts Jack White and John Mayer to shame with his heavy melodic guitar riffs and solos. You can observe his skills in almost all of Avenged Sevenfold's songs, especially Afterlife (Written by: Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan) where he shows off his extraordinary guitar skills.

Adam Dutkiewicz Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz is an American musician, recording engineer, songwriter, and music producer, best known as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist from Massachusetts metalcore bands Killswitch Engage, Aftershock, and Times of Grace.
Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Nobody but him can completely make solos like him off the spot. He plays alone and still makes his songs sound better than others

Guy is a bot and can play anything.

What!? This guy is damn better than the top three

Matthew Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

Really? Where is he? He should easily be in the top 5, if not 3.

He deserves a higher position. Plug in baby and unnatural selection are amazing.

Matt Bellamy is God

Ever heard of "Reapers" and "Animals" solos?

Misha Mansoor
Adam Jones Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.

Deserves the number one spot one of the best guitarists of all time.

John Frusciante John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.

Kind of ridiculous to have this kind of talent this low on a list where a guitar player was in his prime and considered the best. Obviously don't know what a true guitar player consists of and what they achieved. I've seen the chili peppers live about 8 times and 5 of those were with Frusciante, and let me tell you something, this guy is unbelievable. The man has the best improvisations I have ever seen, and his playing is so pure to his soul. Each note he plays, means something. I've seen many other guitar players live and the only other person who comes close to Frusciante live, is either Eddie Van Halen or Jimi himself, but other than that, I have never seen anyone come close to being what Frusciante is. Not saying he's the best, but he was definitely the best in the 2000's. Just watch Slane Castle 2003, Milan 2006, and La Cigale 2006, and you'll see what I am saying - connor2738

There is no question that john is the best he has the best sound by far he has the most soul and the best energy out there listen to his live shows and you'll see

He is fantastic and so is his band

Hendrix is alive and well :)

This guy will amaze you with every turn...

The Contenders

Dan Auerbach Daniel Quine "Dan" Auerbach is an American musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.

Love him. He's absolutely fantastic. He's part of the black keys, which is an awesome band as well. Just keeps improving

I love him.

Jonny Greenwood Jonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood, is an English musician and composer mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and the main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

The best guitarist of our times and he can play whatever he wants. He has a unique style of playing in strange and alternative climates and difficult chords and his style has given a big part of Radiohead's music identity. I'm a guitarist myself and in Jonny Greenwood's face (I'd rather say his fingers) I recognise a guitar master.

Very experimental playing, very weird for some, but actually pretty good.

Jonny Buckland

Maybe the most tasteful guitarist of the last decade. Really knows how to use restraint, but then sometimes wail. He plays exactly what any given Coldplay song needs to be perfect.

The greatest guitarist of the 2000's, no doubt. His guitar riffs are melodic and digs deep into the soul. Perfect.

Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

I would say Billie Joe's hay day as a guitarist was early 90s with Kerplunk and 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (The Judge's Daughter is the best punk guitar solo of all time). Most people who dog on Billie Joe, particularly his guitar skills have never listened to pre Dookie material, or even pre American idiot. He's focused a lot more on lyrics and message within his songs within the new millennium, but he still can turn the most simple chord progressions into the most memorable pieces of punk. And can still kick out a machine-gun powered solo. Listen to Restless Heart Syndrome, Let Yourself Go, and Amanda.

EPIC! The best punk guitarist ever. He has helped me grow so much musically.

Great singer & guitarist!

Best singer, guitarist, best band. enough said

Brad Paisley
Chris Shiflett

He's amazing guitar playing in best of you, stacked actors, bridge every song theve written! Just so amazing, I don't know another guitarist that does everything that well!

Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He's best known as the main songwriter, guitarist, and co-vocalist for Armenian/American rock band System of a Down. After System of a Down's hiatus in 2006 he began to release music through more.

hell yes

Josh Homme Joshua Michael Homme (born May 17, 1973) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He is the founder and only continuous member of the rock band Queens of the Stone Age, in which he sings, plays guitar, as well as occasionally playing piano, drums, and bass. He also serves more.

It's absurd that Josh is ranked this low. He is a genius writer and there's not a single person that can solo like him.

VERY underrated but so AMAZING! This ginger KICKS ASS!
Way better than Sinister Gates

By the way Billie Joel Armstrongs okay but Tim Armstrong is better - renecornejo

Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

I have never even heard of the majority of the top ten...Joe should be much higher than this and Eric Clapton too...this list is a

Fantastic riff writer and blues guitarist. He is a little too self promoting with the pins and mugs and such, but I love his music. I think he should be much higher on this list.

Fantastic guitarist, even when he young he should have been on this list, the face of modern blues.

Joe bonamassa should be above jack white...

Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

His solos in Blackbird(2007), One Day Remains(2004), and Full Circle(2009) are amazing! His shredding power and amazing music-making Ability with Creed and Alter Bridge at least qualifies him to be top 5! People should listen to Creed and Alter Bridge more!

Wow. This is just sad... Has any one even heard his riffs from creed and alter bridge? And even his speed metal thrashing on his solo album. Tremonti is the best metal guitarist of our time, think about it who else would your be? Sysnter? Possibly... This is heartbreaking that he's last.

How is this guy not higher? Apparently you haven't heard his solo in Alter Bridge's "Blackbird"

His work with alter bridge, creed, and his solo band tremonti should speak for itself

Mark Morton

Damn! He should be in the top 3... Actually at number 1... His works are great and everyone knows it... Then what is he doing in no.27... Mark, go straight to number 1

He should be in top 3... He's one of the greatest guitarists of 2000s decade... If you don't belive, listen to his work in laid to rest, walk with me in hell, omerta, now you've got something to die for, black label, etc... Hell I can't name of all of them...

Ed O'Brien Edward John "Ed" O'Brien is an English guitarist and member of the alternative rock band Radiohead. He makes extensive use of effects units to create atmospheric sounds and textures, and also provides backing vocals.
Nick Valensi

Listen to Reptilia, Modern Age and Under Cover of Darkness solos and you'll know he is the most rock n roll influenced guitarist of the last decade and a half.

I think him and the strokes very underrated and his guitar solos are awwesome

Ray Toro Raymond "Ray" Toro is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.

Not many people give him a lot of credit, mostly because he was part of My Chem (in my opinoin, a great and the best (creatively speaking) band of the 2000s. Along with Frank Iero, Ray is an excellent guitarist. If you want to hear him shred, check out songs like Dead! (which Toro has a amazing guitar solo on). I would suggest you listen to the albums the Black Parade and Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, where Toro really shines!

David The Edge Howell Evans

anyone who thinks Edge ain't a great guitarist have never heard Bullet The Blue Sky (ZOO TV live version) in their lives

Tosin Abasi Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide "Tosin" Abasi (born January 7, 1983), is a Nigerian American musician, best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. Before founding Animals as Leaders, he was the guitarist for the technical metalcore band Reflux. more.


Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Metallica, they released St. Anger in 2003, it was an alright album. They released Death Magnetic in 2008, Awesome album!, kirk is an awesome guitarist and has been for 3 decades, GO KIRK!

Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
Tom Morello Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

The dude is sick. He can play like no other. His riffs drill into your mind and blow your eardrums. The man redefined whata guitar is capable of and led rockinto a new era. He ranked #3 on top 90's guitarist, so he should have a place on this list.

Jim Root James Donald "Jim" Root, also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm/lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for alternative metal band Stone Sour.
Frank Iero Frank Anthony Iero, Jr. is a musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance as well as the vocalist of the post-hardcore band Leathermouth and electronic-hardcore act Death Spells.
Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

obviously the most talented. and theres no way he speeds his music up, thats crap, how would they do concerts then?

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Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Mike McCready
Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.
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Guthrie Govan Guthrie Govan is an English virtuoso guitarist and guitar teacher, known for his work with the bands The Aristocrats, Asia, GPS, The Young Punx and The Fellowship, as well as his solo project Erotic Cakes.

Asia, Aristocrats, Steven Wilson! This guy is the newest virtuoso on the block! No one makes more sense while shredding!

Better than all of this list
And why is BJ armstrong in this list?!?
Listen to his song waves and you will understand who is the greatest guitarist ever!

John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

There's not a word to describe what this guy can do with a guitar.

Mikael Akerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.
Derek Trucks Derek Trucks is an American guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band. He became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1999.
Chris Rubey
Barry Stock

Have you heard Three Days Grace Before? Listen to them and them tell me this guy's guitar solo mainly is the song break.

Michael Paget Michael "Padge" Paget (Born September 12th 1978) is a Welsh musician, known for being the lead guitarist and a backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.

Bullet For My Valentine's lead guitarist is fantastic, and his solos are amazing. He's so laid back as well, which makes me think that he isn't aware of how good he actually is.

Ryan Jarman
Yvette Young

The majority of guitarists on this list simply cannot touch her! She is seldom paralleled in the world of guitar.

Devin Townsend Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
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