Best Lead Guitarists of All Time
The Top Ten
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
Joe Satriani definitely deserves a spot on this list.
Anyway Kirk Hammett the best
n greatest guitarist absolutely
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
Slash you got to be kidding right Joe Satriani is 10 times the guitarist that slash will ever be he is the guitarists guitarist and is a teacher and he has teached Kirk Hammett Steve Via John pettruci Alex Scholnic as well as many others slash shouldn't even be in the top 50 there are much better guitar players than him! Slash the hack if you ask me! Ted Nugent is 66 years old and can play circles around slash! Slash is nothing but a pop rock star and is liked because of his popularity not his guitar playing skill!
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
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
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.
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.
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!
In a wrong list I think
Uh, he’s rhythm
Annihilator - Alison Hell. He wrote the song and played the riffs and solo.
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
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
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!
This website's main demographic is 12 year olds which love queen, linkin park, maroon 5, and 1 direction and are spoiled brats with iPhones.
Jimi is the greatest guitarist that has ever lived, is still living or ever will live.
He's a technical beast.
He was not on this list, really a shame, he beat Kirk Hammett on all fronts.
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
The only one who deserves to be in the top 10 in this whole list.
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
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
What is he doing at 54? He's possibly one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and the inventor of Neo-classical metal.
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".
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
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.
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.
Best ever. Some crazy crap above him. Perhaps he is too subtle for people with no feel.
He should be in the top 10. His feeling and playing style is amazing!