Best Instrumental Guitarists
The Top Ten
I’ve only heard about a dozen of the guys on this list. Of those 12...Satriani is the best
Unexcelled master of musical electricity.
One of the greatest musical geniuses of all time, maybe the one on the very top. He doesn't even play the guitar, the guitar plays him.
Absolutely he is the best well-known instrumental guitarist.
All the guitarists in this list are great, but (in my opinion) the best are Joe Satriani, MAB, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Buckethead, Jason Becker, John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert
Vai puts SO much of himself into what he does with the guitar...some would say too much if you've ever seen him live. That is whats so great though...he'd be selling himself and us short if he didn't. I'm a product of the 80's and my introduction to Vai happened at 2 times in same day...I saw the Yankee Rose and Going Crazy videos back to back and then that same night my dad took me to see Crossroads with Ralph Machio and I got to see him play Jack Butler...I've been hooked ever since. Vai is my Hendrix.
Steve vai is a master of guitar he is so expressive and powerful in many of his songs
The guitarist with the most soul. His guitar weeps with pain, screams with joy, and produces sonic eargasms that can only be rivaled by few.
Not in any particular order.
Can touch whatever you consider to be your soul. Epitome of music that moves you.
Buckethead is bucket and shoulders above all others. I've been a instrumental guitar fanatic for most of my 56 yrs and have never experienced a more diverse talent than the bucket-master. Bucket takes all guitar styles to another dimension like no other. Recently saw him in Detroit, king crab sized hands feverishly dancing on the fret board. Truly amazing artist.
Played the most difficult thing, and plays slow to show his writing and melodic skills. He has the most raw talent, so he wins.
Great guitarist. He has done almost 300 album! He has an incredible talent, creativity, skill and feel.
Cliffs of Dover is a whole lot harder to play than Surfing with the Alien, because even though it's based around the same area of notes, the fluidity of Johnson's playing style is pretty damn near impossible to pull of with ease.
Eric Johnson took the melodic flow of Hendrix and turned the tempo up. Like way way up!
This guy's much better than buckethead
I mean everyone says Eruption is impossible but try cliffs of dover
The Best of The Best
I love Petrucci but he's not an Instrumental Guitarist.
What can I say. number 1 is like Jesus. Greatest of All time. Respect Sir
Great guitarist, but he isn't that much instrumental.
Got to meet Paul in Centerville, Ohio at a guitar clinic and he was AWESOME! Humble and down to earth...NO EGO!
My list is:
1. Paul Gilbert
3. Yngwie Malmsteen
VIKING KONG LIVE EDITION IS THE BEST!
He is no less than satriani or others, he's just not that popular
Not the most skilled but one of the most known
I think he is the most skilled guitarist alive
Great shredder, he must be number 2 after joe satriani. He can play with 4 guitar in the same time
Best guitarist in the world in my opinion love his playing and style
Jason is a legendary composer. He hit all of the little nuances, from simple vibrato, to a variety of different tonal ranges. I can listen to Vai, Satriani, Malmsteen, and mostly understand what they are doing the first few listens, but with Jason it takes much more focus to get all of the subtle nuance. It is Becker number 1 for me and Guthrie Govan probably 2.
Listen altitudes, images, air, mables fatal fable, opus pocus... and then decide to whom you should vote!
Also why is he not at least in the top 8
La Villa, YYZ, Leave That Thing Alone,...
Also, his solos are amazing, and all different.
His style for both rhythm and lead has inspired so many other masters. What he was doing in the mid 70s until the mid 80s was way ahead of its time.
Jeff Beck is the god of Instrumental Classic Rock... He is No.5 on The Rolling Stones 100 Guitarists. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards are all not instrumental. So Jeff Beck should be Number 1.
I love Jeff becks music!
12? come on
The absolute best.
Can't believe there is no Guthrie Govan! Like seriously I expected him to be in the top 10. He is a true maestro of guitar. haven't heard of him? Check him out
This guy is literally light years away from just your standard shredder!
Easily superior to all of these other guys.
16th place? How?
Hizaki put blues and gothic scales and other variated sounds into Symphonic Power Metal, real sense of music and techniques. Is a true master of guitar and put in oversight their unique style. Their guitar make me feel like I really like feel, is food to my soul... I Don't need anymore...
His technique is just awesome and his solos are epic, when you go to one of his lives you will be definitely impressed by his performance...
Neil Zaza too deserves a spot on this list
You need to hear him
Highly under rated instrumentalist! Classy and inspirational melodic tunes. Also amazing Christmas music.
I'm Alright is My Favorite Song...
An absolutely clinical exponent of the guitar using minimum of effects.
The greatest and most iconic lead guitarist to influence generations of budding guitarists.
Hank Marvin's interpretation of the melody makes him unique in the guitar world
Inspiration to many of the great guitar players of all time
Underrated for sure. Got over looked because Danger Danger was not a great band. Fortunately, Andy was able to move on to a great solo career.
Phenomenal, Danger Danger was his fallback when Neal Schon (one of the greatest guitarists of all time) decided to support Bad English on tour after recording their first album hence Andy was the odd man out considering Bad English was 1/2 Journey. Although his DD material was fantastic he was lumped into the glam band genre and never got the credit he deserved. Pick up any Pawn Kings, ATB record and give a listen, pure genius. Moreover he is a great guy that is humble and more than willing to share his knowledge. Watch he and Satch have a duel on You Tube and you will know the truth about AT!
The best of the bests
He makes guys like Vai and Satriani sound boring.
Non-contemporary artists generally do not do well because younger audiences may have a fleeting awareness of the performer. Across time, West Montgomery has wowed and awed his audience, even beyond the jazz genre. A complete fan of his ability to communicate and reach common sensations that his music provides.
Just listen his I love you,thunder march,tibbet
So creative, so inspiring, he makes his guitar sing beautifully. Many guitar player on this list are actually from bands, not instrumental guitarists...
Discovered Plini this year. Incredibly creative and unique. One of my favorite new artists.
Not much technical bit intelligently musical! Best new guitarist
Surprised that he is so down below. He has more instrumental pieces that I can count. Angus Young is anything but instrumental what is he doing ahead of David Gilmour?
The &$#&$,^$^#&÷; $ is he doing at number 32
Any colour you like
One of these days
The narrow way parts 1&2
Just listen to 'Get You Back' or 'The Way it Has to Be' and you'll understand why he is the best. The amount of emotion the man put in his work was unreal. You'll be missed.R.I.P.
The best guitarist who has ever lived! Buckethead's hero. Seriously, listen to Get You Back or Gray Pianos Flying.
The best instrumental guitarist ever, listen to The Loner, the emotion that he portrays with his guitar is surreal, incredible guitarist