Best Lead Guitarists of All Time
The Top Ten
Anyway Kirk Hammett the best
n greatest guitarist absolutely
Kirk is the best guitarist. His speed is awesome. If you don't believe it see him playing master of puppets it was great
This should be richie sambora... Kirk maybe still great but no one can beat how sambora melodized the guitar
Why isn't Eddie Van Halen on this list?
Slash is damn good an a hell of a player but Angus is better put them against each other an all the players u dumbasses have against Angus an watch an c if he don't put them 2 shame
This is not fair at all. Kirk Hammett's solos do not have the emotion that Slash's solos have. BOO!
This guy is the king of all guitarists. He has such passion towards music. His fingers move like lightning all over the guitar.
Its pretty much hard to play slash parts of solo. I played every solo and conclude slash solos are a bit difficult than kirk
After 5 years, 215 days, and 57 names, he wasn't on this list? Shame.
Surprisingly he wasn't on the list
The guy that can play guitar while lying on the floor with spasms
Really Angus above Ritchie Blackmore?
Angus is the best... Love that duck walk!
Eddie van halen
Angus Young is a great guitar player in his style, Jimi Hendrix was great in his style, they are all great! Some are more technical than others, some are more soulfull than others...Dime was the greatest, period.
Way better than any body here!
I'm going Dave mustaine on this one to be the lead guitarist in the 2 biggest metal bands in the world u gotta be number one just for that and he plays rhythm and sings no one comes close to big pappa Dave
In a wrong list I think
Annihilator - Alison Hell. He wrote the song and played the riffs and solo.
What the hell? Is this a list or comedy. If Jimi Hendrix could be on top of best guitarist list then why he is low in this list. So, what was he? Wasn't he a lead guitarist? Lead guitar has rhythm parts in it. So, all lead guitarists are rhythm guitarists.
Mick Thompson better than Jimi Hendrix, that is comedy. LMAO I know this is someone's idea of a joke, and it's funny. Jimmy Page couldn't crack the top ten... it's getting funnier. I mean Page is no Kirk Hammet... we all no that, rofl!
Jimi is the greatest guitarist that has ever lived, is still living or ever will live.
Took the electric guitar to a new level. He was unique!
Why would anybody in their right mind put Synyster Gates over Eddie Van Halen?! This is coming from an Avenged sevenfold fan too!
Should be in top 5.
Eddie is #12? lol.
Has both skill and class with the guitar. Was a virtual tie with Steve Vai. Also surprised Frank Zappa was not on the list...
Joe can sling it
Synyster gates? Better than jimmy page? I don't think so. Jimmy page was the second greatest guitarist that ever lived the first being jimi hendrix.
This guy should be 2nd, not 10th.
Brian May is greatly under appreciated. He wrote many #1 hit songs, topping the music charts. He was also very creative using a six-pence coin instead of guitar picks using the rough side for special noises. He was also a member of the best band ever (Queen) and is a very famous astrophysicist. How many famous lead guitarists can say that. Or people in general.
Surely the most technically able guitarist of all time
He is simply the best
Slash before Slash
He's a technical beast.
Syn's skill is amazing! Sweep picking, dive bombs, hammer ons and pull offs, sliding. He's a master of it all. Most of his solos are superfast and clean at the same time. The solo from afterlife is what you should listen to. Jimi hendrix set his guitar on fire. Syn can do the same. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS PLAY IT! HE PLAYS SO FAST HE MAKES SLASH SEEM LIKE A ROOKIE!
You must be kidding me! He's the best lead guitarist ever born. Slash is nowhere even close to him.
Him and zacky and so many others inspired me to become a guitarist!
Syn great guitarist ever
There has never been one like him!
Black Star is a masterpiece.
YJM deserves to be no. 1. You people heard of FBTS and BS
He was not on this list, really a shame, he beat Kirk Hammett on all fronts.
He is by far the best rounded of any living guitarist. He continued to improve through the decades. He can play accoustic or electric equally well. He is the most respected by the best guitar players of every genre. He is probably the best developed guitarist alive.
Clapton's abilities far and away exceeds any of the top ten listed here. What moron put this list together?
It genuinely scares me that anybody would put Mick Thompson over Eric Clapton.
The graffiti in 1960's London alleyways said it all: "Clapton is God".
The mastermind of thrash metal...melodic and technical at the same time...every single solo he writes is just amazing...he should be at 1
The only one who deserves to be in the top 10 in this whole list.
Here is number one! The others are incredible in their own right but this guy is on another level. But most peons won't understand this fact.
Should be higher
NOWWTF IS THIS BULLCRAP, SYNYSTER GATES OVER A GOD?
He was also not in this list, really a shame.
He is very under rated on this site
Very under rated
Tony in #23 and Kirk on top? Kirk wrote wonderful solos and he's a great player, but I think he's overrated. Tony is so underrated as a lead guitarist. People say that there are guitarists that can solo better than Tony, but actually there are people that can solo better than Kirk and Tony is one of them. Kirk has made great choices of notes and phrasing and he's done some good bending, but there are guitarists including Tony that not only can do that, but they use more control whenever they use vibrato and they don't overuse wah pedals while soloing. Just listen to "War Pigs", "Black Sabbath", "NIB", "Planet Caravan", "Children Of The Grave", "Symptoms Of The Universe", "Neon Knights" "Heaven and Hell", "Lonely Is The Word", etc.
dude, maybe Slipknot is you favorite band; but you're going to receive many bad comments in this list because you put Mick Thompson in first place... mainly because it is so wrong that he is before Jimi and Dimebag, and you forgot many great guitarists like Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Alexi Liaho, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Rhandy Rhoads, Michael Angelo Batio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Eric Clapton, Glenn Tipton...
Dimebag Darrell is the greatest of all time! Kirk? There must be some crazy dope going around.
Don't get me wrong... Hammet is one fine gutarist, but he doesn't belong in the number one slot or even the top five (and Metallica is one of my favorite bands) I'm sorry to say that, but it's true! And Dimebag should be in the top three, he blows.. Or should I say.. Could have blown Hammet out of the water.
Picture? What the hell.
David Gilmour is probably the most soulful guitarist alive today. Kirk Hammett is very good, but no one can beat the soulful, inerrant style of David Gilmour.
Laughing at the list. He's on top 7 of "Best Guitarists Ever" list. And he's on 22 of best lead guitarist list.
He should be in the top 10. His feeling and playing style is amazing!
Most of those guitarists ranked above him bow to Gilmour
One of the most inspiring musicians out there. Deep variety, sound, quality, versatility. All of his work is unique.
Should be in the top 10