Top 10 Best Japanese Guitarists
The Top Ten
More than 50.000 people pour into the street crying hysterically to see the hearse carrying Hide's body passing, million others around the world mourn his death, even now 13 years after the incident, millions of people that knows Hide, still miss him very much. No need other explanation. He is the best. As a musician, and as a person. He is Hide.
Hide is, WITHOUT A DOUBT, the BEST of THE BEST. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot more guitarists out there who has good skills, but hide surpass them all! To top that off, he is a kind hearted person, who has the sweetest smile, and a caring heart. You may not know, but us X Japan fans KNOW what he had gone through, and what he had done. We support him, even when he's not around anymore. I respect the other guitarists, but I love hide MOST. Plus, he is the one who inspires, even the one below him (yes, Aoi).
ROCK ON, PINK SPIDER!
Hide all the way.
X Japan has the best guitars there are.
He nails solos in all of the X songs, even the softer ones.
Hide was just a legend. He was not only a great guitarist, but he was also a composer and a singer. Besides he's guitar's solos was incredible. And he'll always be a reference.
He works well with Uruha, but in addition to playing difficult rifts and solos, he manages to maintain flowing acoustics and play unforgiving acoustics roles in his lives. He's overshadowed by Uruha's in-your-face leads, but is by no means any less of a talented guitarist.
he's really cool and talented
Even if he is not the main guitar I think his job is not easy, because all of the GazettE song were difficult melody, because of that, he is the gratest!
As many fans have said, Aoi's work in the band is not the easiest one. May be he is not the main guitar but it is a fact that he make fairly good music and I think that he is a very nice and clever person. Think about the band in the other way round: If some of the members, in this case Aoi, wasn't in, how it would be? He is a very important part of the band as a group and in it's sound
Making killer duos with Hide. Almost nobody can do the solo harmonies like Pata and mostly they just harmonize the bridge-part not main solo like Pata. Hear, how the synchronization of the Pata's 2 harmony on each X Japan ballad while Hide plays the main melody. So beautiful.
X Japan has both of Japanese Best Guitarists. Pata should be in the list
Pata rocks on quietly. I love how he can play with anyone, but doesn't have the ego that ruins so many people's lives. Enjoy your fame and life.
Pata is a rock. Played with HIDE note for note. Too cool to complain, just keeps rocking, even now.
Hizaki is the best guitarist and talented of Japan actually together Teru, Versailles band is a Young Band relatively and their progress is AMAZING, Her (His I know xD) techniques and performances are perfectly. Ah, Hizaki falls on stage in london when he begin with the solo of Revenant Choir, and he go ahead with the solo on the floor! And I'll tell the reason because Hizaki is the best guitarist in Japan togheter Teru... Because The Play Symphonic Power Metal and Progressive, one of the biggest evolved genres of metal combinated with Visual Kei Ero Guru music style with Sounds o Gothic Metal xD and because, their costume are amazing xD
This guy is a God. I know this is a big statement but the best guitarist I have ever heard. I understand that the others are more well known but Hizaki soon will be known across the globe. I cannot recommend a better guitarist to listen to if you are serious about the instrument and music overall.
Amazing composer. His skills can make your jaw drop. So much grace when performing live it can't be ignored.
I'm really torn between hizaki, aoi, uruha and miyavi
But I must say that hizaki is the best guitarist for me (I'm sure GazettE and Miyavi fans will kill me but hizaki is really the best for me)
His guitar skills is so awesome and he really made me want to learn how play the electric guitar.. His looks can be deceiving though but I really like his guitar skills.
I think sugizo is the best (for me). Because sugizo is the master of sustained sound. Every luna sea song has an sustained sound guitar from sugizo. Especially for his solo song, there was screaming sound from his guitar. I like his ESP brilliant mixedmedia!
Sugizo is the best guitarist for me. I like his way when playing guitar. Besides playing guitar, he also can plays violin. Did any guitarist from can do like him? Of course not. That's why I said he is the best. More than that, Yoshiki very confident to take him as a new guitarist for X Japan to replace Hide. He plays guitar for two bands. That is not easy. Anyway, I hope Sugizo will at the top to be the greatest. Please vote for him.
I can't say I like him better than hide, but I feel badly that Sugizo gets so much flack from people who think hide should never be replaced. The fact of the matter is, X Japan CAN'T perform without a guitarist, and if Yoshiki thinks he's a good person for the job then I trust his judgement. Sugizo's a great musician and he's awesome in his own right. He's also one of the few celebrities that I honestly feel is a good person.
I seriously beg to differ... Sugizo is my Guitar God. He is able to evolve guitar playing styles among different bands. How he uses his whammy bar is a signature of its own. Hands down most original signature playing style for a guitar player.
Mami is really amazing as a girl guitarist.. I think she deserve in top 20... Her guitar skills is awesome and sounds great. I played guitar for a long time but seeing her playing made me absolutely change my own point of view on guitar playing. I learn so much from her. She is the pro.
I love many others guitarists too but only because of her I became such a good player.
She has a probably the best Japanese female guitarist, she deserves to be in the top 20 at least her skills on the guitar are insane, she definitely the queen on this post, om not sure about her being the best ever, but shes definitely the best girl guitarist ever in Japan.
Mami is the best!
Her guitar skill very pro!
I learn a lot from her
Please vote her!
It's not something we see everyday, a female guitarist doing solo parts of a rock song. Considering their background and how they actually work themselves to the top, Mami Sasazaki of SCANDAL should at least go to the top 5. No offense, but she really do deserve that. From the beginning, up till now, they (SCANDAL) face tonnes of obstacles and to some point, almost lost it. But Where are they now? At the top.
Anyway, the band gives positive influence to many youngsters out there. So yeah, I vote that Mami Sasazaki to be at least, at least be at the top 5 list. She deserved it. I have seen them grow.
His solos are just amazing! Every time he plays the guitar he can transport everyone to heaven, and He is compared to many famous guitarist like Slash and Steve Vai!
Ken proves that becoming a great guitar player doesn't need very good technical skill. Just use your skill to put the right guitar part into each song, it will be different to others.
Ken can compose beautiful-mellow melodies with his unique style even his skill is not as fast as hizaki-teru, or hide-pata. But his melodies can be heart-touching. And he is very creative to re-arrange every part of melody guitar. Because he never play the same melodies in every laruku live. Sugoii~
He's very skilled and very fast at playing.. The emotion looked clearly..
Kaoru is truly a freaking God of guitar. Granted Die is amazing too but Kaoru has some of the best solos as well as songs he has composed. He comes up with so many unique rhythms for each song that I am blown at the differences in each song. He is a strong band leader and a very strong guitarist. I mean come on, he's managed to keep Dir en grey together for so long!
It's hard to argue with the composition in Dir en Grey. They are incredible songwriters and know the perfect part to complement what is going on in the song at any given time. Kaoru is great, along with Die. They may not be the most technical, but they certainly make up for it in literally every other category. I can't think of a more inspiring song writer.
He's talented guitarist, talented composer and best leader ever!
This man is absolutely amazing! Skilled musician. charismatic leader and simply a very interesting man!
Uruha composes excellent guitar lines that are both interesting and challenging. He is also the "lead" guitarist, he plays the majority of solos in all GazettE's songs.
Awesome composer, awesome guitarist.
Uruha is the most talented guitarist in my opinion. His solos are fantastic, his fingers are so fast... And to think he taught himself how to play guitar! Nobody taught him how to play it, he's just a genius when it's about guitars! Not to mention his sexy thighs He's beautiful and very talented! Plus the songs he composes are often my favorites by the GazettE.
Uruha must be better than Aoi, Aoi just do an accoustic things, whether Uruha do All the difficult solos.
Haha, this list is for sure influenced by other features than the actual true guitar skills a person has. Anybody who plays the guitar and The Gazette songs, knows that both are talented, but that Uruha makes a clear difference in terms of solos and live arrangements.
Sakito is a super guitarist. Most o the people just admire the heavy guitarist, such as aoi, uruha. However, there is nothing compare to sakito. I am pretty sure sakito can play as good as him, if he wants to play heavy stuff. Sakito got the super fast strumming, even in acoustic. That's super hard, you can see the skill in The song Shian. Fantastic two hand tapping in the song trickstar. Super fast solo in the song in the trash music. He knows how to use delay perfectly in the song cloudy dayz.
And he got the awesome funk riff. To be honest, I don't think gazette guitarists can beat him, at least he is more handsome than those. Sorry this is very subjective. I think there is only few guitarist can compare to him who are hide, sugizo and syu.
Sakito is awesome. I'm always speechless while watching him play his guitar. This guy is truly amazing.
I completely agree with rock hero. Sakitos compositions completely obliterate the Gazettes guitar compositions structurally and harmoniously (No offense to Gazette fans, I really like them). If you don't believe me refer to their newest album (2011). Completely underrated.
Sakito should be number 1 on this list, not only because he is a brilliant guitarist, but also because he composes beautiful music. I have never heard a band like Nightmare with so many consistently great songs (and yes, I have heard all the bands whose guitarist are mentioned above including Xjapan, Luna Sea, The Gazette etc. )
it's really hard to decide because all of these guitarist are awesome. but from all these I only saw dir en grey live and die was the one who really made it good actually, he is an awesome guitarist with an awesome personality. I love him and his/their music.
Just amazing! IF you don't believe me why don't you listen to some of his riffs from their newest album DUM SPIRO SPERO. I suggest Juuyoku, Different Sense, Diabolos, and Rasetsukoku (new version). Please take a listen for yourself.
Awesome guitarist alongside Kaoru. Listen to Yokan, Cage and Mushi.
I think daisuke is such a great guitarist and he's good looking also, so it would be wonderful if he has the opportunity to win this contest, I think he has what takes to be the winner.
You can play well things that others have taught you, but you're even better if you can create your own style with the instrument. That is why I vote Miyavi; unique in his guitar playing because it's his.
Everyone in this list deserves to be here. (Small thank you who-ever added Pata, he always seems to live in Hide's fame-shadow)
But I think Miyavi shines in a way. It might be just me, but I personally hated his voice at first, he got a lot better though. I think without his amazing guitar skills (and unique style) he would never have stayed famous. Hence my vote goes to Miyavi.
Hide is probably the best Japanese guitarist ever for style and he's like a legend, but MIYAVI... MIYAVI has an unique style, he's like... wow. his guitar is part of him and he's got an amazing charisma. And last but not least, his technique is just PERFECT
Miyavi uses the guitar in a way I hardly ever see with any other artist. He known for his skills world wide. I even know music buffs who know of him despite having no interest in Japanese music. He is THAT good.
What? Why is this guy not part of the the top 10 or 20? Have you seen him play? He has style and he's just getting better and better
I've watched a lot of guitarists play on stage but this guy has grabbed my attention the most. His presence alone demands attention, more so when he starts holding his guitar - it's almost impossible to take your eyes off of him! He can spin in tight circles while rocking his instrument without missing a beat. And when he starts dancing and swaying to the beat, deym, it feels like he is hypnotising you to join the dark side. Technicality wise, he's getting better and better. And he's one of the guitarists out there who's very meticulous with the sound. He makes sure that every guitar he's gonna use on live shows are in perfect condition. And you know by the way he plays his instrument that he's always all about his passion for music and love for the band he created.
Toru should be in the Top 5. Because, he has a excellent skills and he is the most tough leader. When he plays his guitar, you can see that, he's enjoying it. And his passion for what his doing is awesome. He is a multi-talented person. He knows how to handle the band.. He is the best, rather THE MOST..
It is just a very honest opinion of mine, but surely I think this guy DESERVES to be in (at least) top ten of this list (or every other "best guitarist" list). I agree with people who said that "you could clearly see his love and passion for music", and even "his presence alone demands attention"; those things are simply just one of many other things about him that people like me (read: fans of the band ONE OK ROCK) feel towards Leader-sama (read: Toru Yamashita). Perhaps it (indeed) sounds so subjective, but you can check it out yourself whether he really deserves the title or not (you can do it easily by looking up to his profile/identity/affiliation with the band he created 11 years ago, ONE OK ROCK, on Google).
I listened to all the bands on this list, and although none of the guitarists could hold a candle to guitarists like Herman Li of Dragonforce, this band (You included) impressed me the most.
He is very technical, and put all his soul on the music. he's a wonderful composer, very attend to the others and has a lot of presence!
Simply the best one! My only favorite guitarist ever. You plays so fast, and he is also a nice composer as well.
Cool and speed guitarist!
No one can keep up with the speed of his magic fingers. His artistry cannot be surpassed by many and with the assistance of Hizaki he can be a musical entity that none can defy.
Just love him
He is an amazing guitarist with a so nice personnality
Daisuke prince teru
He plays just so wonderful solos and with so energy
With hizaki they are the gods
Teru has so much skills I think he's totally the best. He deserves for the first place EVER because he's such a great guitarist, composer and artist in general.
Teru is in all aspects just perfect. His fast solos have always an awesome melody in it, and live he is just... Like a GOD! Or probably god number2, because Hizaki is the true reincarnation of awesomeness! We are VERSAILLES!
How can this guy in 16? This is completely a joke, he should be in the top 3 easily. This guy is complete package, this guy is International level not on Japan anymore. He can totally compete with any Guitars God from Europe.
Look on YouTube between comparison him and Hizaki see how far the gap between these two, and Hizaki in 4, really?
Also he can eliminate Gazette's guitarists combined with very little effort.
Hey Nitta you should edit again very correctly. Research again by yourself, don't listen the fans. If you ask about great guitarist between Justin Bieber and EVH to Bieber fans they would says Bieber because they don't care about EVH same with these shame fans.
One of the best guitarists and composers ever, he is technical, melodic, fast and emotional, all we need in a true guitar god.
One of the best guitarist in the world, great composer, cool performance (better than studio version), amazing speed, perfect bend and vibrato what else? perfect guitarist
It was really difficult for me to choose a guitarist, there are a lot that I like and I enjoy listening to. But what makes me put my vote on Syu is the fact that every time I listen to this guy (and I think this happens to almost every guitarist) I go "! Dude, is that even possible?!? " His technique, his speed and his compositions makes him deserve the first place of this list.
Oh please... How come he got so far down on the list, below so many less skilled and experienced guitarists? His technique, his unique style of playing, his creativity and all these years of hard work deserve at least some recognition.
One of the most skilled, talented and imaginative guitarists and composers I've ever heard. I can't understand why he didn't make it to the top 10!
He's so unique, such an incredible player. He's also an absolutely incredible songwriter and the founder of BUCK-TICK. Should be number 1 definitely!
He's working so hard I just can't, he's the best for sure
He may be LUNA SEA's rhythm guitarist, but nobody can beat him for subtle impact. Listen to his live solo with Tourbillon at Budokan - like having good sex with someone who is both your lover and best friend.
He is so under rated. There wouldn't be Luna Sea without his melody
AHH I finally came back to vote for you Hitsugi
NIGHTMARE IS THE BEST BAND THIS WORLD HAS EVER SEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE!
Just listen to "Criminal Baby", and "The World" and you will know why you should vote for him
Shinji's style of guitar is different from any other guitarist I've heard. He has this mixture of rock and pop and even some jazz. It's just a sound that only he can make, and a unique one at that.
I am very like Shinji. Guitar skill is extremely well, he wear clothe very gentle.
Shinji is just so silly... His guitar skills are just amazing- In fact he composes a lot of songs in SID
Shinji is the best
Miya is a fantastic and unique guitarist, my favorite from Japan! He is very talented and is a great band leader. He writes beautiful music and I have a lot of respect for him.
Awesome guitar player. He can play sanshin and seven string guitar. He's a great musician and brings a lot of energy when he plays. I love that he also plays other instruments such as piano, harmonica and drums. There's depth to his guitar playing and the music he writes.
His guitar skills are so deep, I want to cry and scream with joy at the same time. He has passion
He is one of the founders of the vk style and a massive influence.
Check out some of his bands like Body, Craze and D'erlanger
one of the best guitarist in japan. he is the idol of modern guitarists esp. visual kei bands like dir en grey.
very relaxed guitarist player, and do you think that he can't play like hide and ken? ure wrong
ichiro takigawa inspired lots of visual kei bands. one of the most famous ones is dir en grey
He is impressive, is the master of the guitar, be great and talented is their nature. Cazqui is always in continuous improvement, looking to be better than it is, it demonstrates professionalism. In each song you can hear the passion, dedication and love for his work, he gives shape, color and life to music. He deserves to be among the best guitarists. Because it's one of them.
Nocturnal Bloodlust is an excellent band, each member is talented, and Cazqui is no exception.
He is just awesome, he is the master of the guitar by nature. Cazqui is talented, is passionate for his work, his work is the result of dedication, a lot of passion for music. Is always in constant improvement, the way he plays is wonderful, gives shape, color, gives life to the music, and that's what It makes it the best guitarist.
His work in Nocturnal Bloodlust is something you can identify, everyone in the band are talented, and Cazqui is no exception.
Cazqui is a God when it comes to guitar shredding, have you seen him play in their mv Genesis? He is amazing, you can really see his passion, he should be in the top 5! Nocturnal Bloodlust is one of most unique bands out there, with a mix of visual-kei and trashcore metal they create this unique sound and heavy music that will surely bring out the beast in you.
Cazqui is talented beyond his years. He is a insanely good guitarist. Seeing him play live leaves you totally mesmerized and wanting more. Distinctive sound & very talented, Nocturnal bloodlust is a force to be reckoned with.
How come he is so down and what about Koshi Inaba?
Should be on top 10.
Even though people nowdays are stupid and do not follow tak, still he is the best in the world. He is the only Asian guitarist who has won a lot with B'z, the only one who has his handprint in the Hollywood, and a winner of a Grammy Award.
Best Guitarist in the all time Greatest Band in Japan B'z!
Great fluid player with taste and style. He is also a great rhythm player. He is obviously a big Yngwie fan, but has evolved into his own style.
takayoshi is amazing, I don't believe that he's in that position, you like guitarist that are really bad playing and composing...
He is the fastest player in Japan.
Technical ability is insane
One of the most influential guitarists to come out of Japan, Frontman of the legendary Loudness Akira helped lead his band to 4 appearances of the billboard 200 since 1982 partly through his highly complex and blazing fast solos.
The Best Japanese Guitarist in History.
Are you kidding?.. He should be number 1 Guitarist in Asia
He's skillful, fast, genius and has the best art creation..
Should be number 1 on this list and top 10 in the world.
Loudness Akira is a legend
His solos are simply wonderful. I could listen to him forever. He moves his beautiful fingers quickly and elegantly, he can do every solo perfectly. He deserves a better positions, he's really talented and also really young! He's really talented and perfectionist, for me he's the best!
Okay, I've listened to lots of guitarists, not hide, yet, but I only want MiA higher on this list. He has amazingly fast fingers and it's his queen-like attitude that's also attractive but that doesn't matter in terms of guitar. He's fabulous.
Technically graceful. Good riffs
Not about being the best, but I guess he also has to be in the list, because his great solos, fantastic fast fingers and bcos of the style he plays. Really talented! Peronally I love it ~
(anyway, I can't really decide about only one among theese so perfect musicians ~ n actually I guess no one should choose only one.,.)
He must be the best guitarist in the world
This man has incredible talent that is most evident in the fact that he is one of the only guitarists who is recognizable outside of Japan. "Battle Without Honor and Humanity" is a song that many people know and has been used in Western movies and trailers. He has a long career and a variety of range in skill.
I am voting him while listening his guitar.
The only Japanese guitarist legend
The best on this list. Hands down.
His skill is extremely well, and he show different kinds of emotion in different songs, we will get influence by this and we can understand more about the songs. He is a serious man and he always done his work well, from the nico nico live, we can see that he felt annoyed when some band members took over his work. And he is the mommy of the band and he always care for the fans. He is the best guitarist I have ever seen.
His compositions are amazing. There's a lot of kind: his ballads are really romantic and his heavy rock tunnes are, damn it, excellent!
He really is an amazing guitarist and at first I thought he seemed a bit too quiet to be a guitarist. But after watching one of their performances I was truly amazed at him. His riffs and passion for guitar is incredible. Go Tora!
Should be in top ten, the sound he produces is amazing and clearly played by a very skilled guitarist
I don't want you in top 100, because you are no. 1 in my heart
His guitar parts is truly masterpiece...
Deserves to be part as outstanding..
His guitar melody is like a song within a song. He is forever my hero.
His guitar sound brighter same as his fashion style! He can make us smile and happy when look at him on stage in concert. By the way his skills are too much higher with age in the music industry. Whether of BGM about Movies, Game, Drama all he had done! Super love this guy! So, I voted for him! By RaNang
Hiroto is one of my most favorites guitarist ever! His songs were the ones that brought me to know Alice Nine. He is a really talented guitarist, playing fast and catchy notes. Also composing catchy songs that really sends you dancing! Handsome and adorable in many ways. Please vote for our Hiroto!
To me he's one of the greatest guitar players, composers and designer. You can really feel the songs when he plays the guitar. Yeah, he might look totally hot and he's really nice but he's also extremely passionate when he plays the guitar. It makes me happy and proud to be an Alice Nine [GREATEST BAND EVER] fan because I was able to find 5 of the most greatest, talented and creative musicians ever.
Have you seen him? He is absolutely fantastic! He plays with all his heart and you can feel it.
Composing catchy songs, great guitar playing, like to capture nice pictures, like outdoor very much, a cute guy, has a cute little dog too, and he also in charge of tour goods design..
Such a wanted boyfriend for girls..
Why is this guy not listed in top 5 best Japanese guitarists? Even he's number one for me.
Daita must be top 10! He is so awesome, my big idol.
Truly amazing guitarist, can't even imagine he's not top 5.
One of the best hard rock guitarist in Japan! Awesome solo artist too.
A guitarist who can create the best melodies... A great Melodic/Power Metal guitarist, a great composer, a good singer... Above all, she is very cute... She deserves much much appreciation for her talent...
A truly amazing virtuoso who has conquered so many style. I show my fellow musicians her "tapping " clip Eita 3, they are ASTOUNDED and SPEECHLESS as she perfoms her magic! I hope Armmy and her get new project going soon.
ask l'arc en ciel, buck-tick, janne the arc, kuroyume, luna sea who's their idol?
His sense of composing is so unique.
I feel biotic power from his melody.
And, his crying solo guitar... Nanmoienee...
He's great. He may look like a fool sometimes but that's how he express himself while playing. That shows how much he enjoy the music and it really gives off a positive impression for the listeners.
Yuji is really one of the most special guitarist as I have seen so far. His skills is really superp and he would always stand up among all the other members.
Very skill why not in top ten
Freedom in melodic, not rigid funk, no rule, just have fun
Just brilliant, different, fun
Please, no one has ever been better than Char.
Absolutely one of the best ever!
Love his music, he is the best
AMAZING! She has so much creativity in her playing. Her costuming makes her stage presence interesting. Tomo-Zo also has beautiful lead lines and phenomenal technique. AMAZING! :-)
I think she way better than mami of scandal
She is a fast learner & can remember something well quickly. Her shred & improvisation tech are great.
If you see her performance on the stage, she shows that playing guitar is so much fun!
Music Magic. Incredible body of music creations. Breaking barriers world wide with driven passion and connection to people, through style, technique and human heart.
Demon with guitar!
KAZ, excelente guitarrista, me gusta la técnica que tiene y con VAMPS hyde la mejor combinación. Saludos desde Bolivia
Kotaro plays music you can feel, not just hear. He plays with his soul radiating through warmth movements of each finger touching every cold strings. Marriage between man and guitar.
Haruna is also a very skilled guitarist she should be one of the top 20s
She is the best. I like her skill playing guitar
Haruna is one of the best female guitarist in the world.
Totally cool and talented! Why the heck is she at 44?
He has a sharp fingers ever! He's doing great on every moving and the way he enjoy what he play can be reflected clearly from his expression!
His tone, and his versatility are outrageous. He is my musical idol, as well as an owner of some extremely nice instruments.
You only need to see any live performance of "Bungy", and you'll be a fan of his skills and the way he has fun playing his guitar forever. He's an awesomely talented and lovely guy!
Probably deserve the top 10