Best Pinoy Guitarists of 2012

A collection based on skill level , mainstream appeal , influence!
Legends are not included on the list as they have carved a name in the Philippine music scene
which would include Noel Mendez, Cesar Aguas , Perf De Castro ,Manuel Legarda , Wally Gonzales ,Tirso Ripoll Ronald Yumul , Frank Sinckol, Francis Reyes, and other opm legends of the craft are not to be included
These are collected via a survey conducted by the creator of this list!
This is subjective and anyone can include guitarists
which they think would fit to be in the top of the heap!
The list is based on the category that follows

1.1 - An in depth analysis of what their skill level are capable of which includes feel and technique ( not necessarily what kind of genre their bands play as some here are session players ) .
1.2 Based on their video performance on their respective channels or Facebook page/groups video entry/upload

2.1 This is something that many would argue but to some extent this goes out to those who locally/(or)internationally have been chosen to represent a brand or product but is not limited to only that account!
2.2 The Guitarist are in a network that most modern age Pinoy rockers have known and are familiar with
2.3 Again Google Search is our friend.The names posted when searched on Google would bring up at least the first 20 hits under theirs

3.1 At least someone others have heard of which does not include your neighbor who shreds all night but its only you who knows the guy.
3.2 Would at least have a strong fan base/following

If you dont agree with the list or criteria
and want to nominate or include your fave guitarist
that we dont know about
,or yourself for that matter,
please include a link to support your claim on the given criteria!
This is not a list of your most FAMOUS Guitarist!

PS: The creator of this list is a guitarist but not as good as the people on this list and will not be found on this list!

Longlive Pinoy Musicians!

The Top Ten

1 Sid Pablo

This guy, (although not present in the year 2012) should be given a considerable amount of importance in guitar shredding these days. Marty Friedman bowed to this guy, however still as humble as before. Still listening to this guy up til 2012. And he has grown so much, that his music does not sound anywhere near any guitarist there is. It is just Sid's trademark now. The reason I just want him is as an honorable mention. He deserves a place in the top 10 of your list even though it is 2012.

He may not be popular but I think, he has it all the qualities that every guitarist here have. Except the long hair. - jerryice2

Been reinventing his music all throughout this year. The dude is a risk taker. One of the best persons I've ever known.

I've been sid's bassist/back-up guitarist from 2009-2011. And all I can say is he is not just a guitarist he is a great musician. One of the best musician here in the Philippines, yet he still stays humble. Always reinventing and improving his playing...

Nice guy, chicks dig him and a bad ass guitar player what more can you ask for!?

2 Fidel De Jesus

Such a versatile musician. His playing style is very mature, and definitely unique. Unbelievable skill and technique. His melodies are pure genius too. But I think the most important quality of Fidel, is that he is HUMBLE. He does not talk down to others, and is extremely down-to-earth. Despite his skill level, not once have I heard him use a condescending tone. That's why he deserves to be #1. It's such an honor to share the stage with this guy.

Current Philippine Shred King and an official Graptech endorser. His name has been in circulation ever since and has been doing sessions for other metal bands in the country! And he plays for one of Indie's best Metal band Dark Crayola together with another great guitarist Karlo Li - shredmanila

I saw Fidel playing with his good friend (Geoff, also a very gifted guitarist) years ago in Blue Wave Mall Marikina. They did a Vai King Kong cover and from the way he looked and sounded he was really passionate about his craft and he truly enjoyed performing at a high level while enjoying it at the same time.. Phrasing, scales, modes, time signatures can all be learned.. It's his dedication and humility that got him my vote.. Go Fidel!

I've also seen and heard this guy grow as a guitar player.. And yes.. Every time I see him play.. He would always have something new to show.. Being the champion of the colt 45 shred to slam.. He got what he deserves. GODSPEED FIDEL! More blessings to come!

3 Jack Rufo

Modern day maestro Jack Rufo! A guy who has been here, there and everywhere! Plays for Kitchie Nadal, now with Novus Luna and of course then with the OPM legends Neo Colours! As the list creator he was supposed to be in the all time list of great pinoy guitarist but no one can deny that he still is up till now in the circulation of things in the guitar community! Official International Ibanez endorser and JB Music - shredmanila

One of the best fusion guitarists ever! You can probably hear it in his own song entitled "aratig". He ripped it up there, with some Greg Howe outside playing and other modern day techniques. He just shows that speed isn't everything.

4 Mico Ong

Great tone, amazing guitar solos, exceptional band. His way of composing music is unique. Prog-rock on!

Here is why he is number one!

Skill wise he is indeed one of the best if not the best! Appealing to the public as tapped to endorse Caparison Guitars, ESP Guitars, Albion Amps (He even endorsed Kustom and Blackstar before) Graptech endorser and a whole lot to go with it!

Almost every new breed rockers would know his name and his band Fuseboxx, they are just simply one of the best technical bands around. - shredmanila

He is marketable, has great style and speed, and a great ear~ Totally cool fellow that will rise to the top soon! PROG ON - C J J

Very humble and versatile. He personally showed me how the Blackstar ID 60TVP amp sounds. Pretty cool!

5 Chad Robles

Despite his incredible Axe swinging skills, attention to detail is one of the most critical qualities that a guitarist should master. Chad excel both. Being a guitar virtuoso as he can be, he humbles himself to the extent that he would like to share his skills to aspiring musicians as well. Highly recommended, check out Eternal Now and settle the score

Chad is the only guitarist I know who can educate, inspire, and play all different genres solidly from Metal, to Fusion, to Country, and Blues. His stint with Stu Hamm and being the first Ibanez endorser in the country is enough credential and credibility. His theoretical knowledge and musical influences are ocean deep.

"Incredibly proficient in the technical side of guitaring. His technical skills is undeniably great also. Nearly comparable to guys like Michael Romeo and the likes... He's also the very first Filipino to be endorsed by Ibanez guitars. If you like to discover this guy's talent, buy Eternal Now's debut cd. "

One of the best technically and one whose name has been etched in guitar virtuosity. Ibanez endorser and Eternal Now's Guitarist! A new age Perf De Castro and one whose playing can only be equaled by him! Listen to Eternal Now and behold by his lightning fused phrases - shredmanila

6 Ernie "Bone" Pagligaran

The Philippines "Tone" guru a blues master known in the circle of guitarist! Played with opm rock legends Sugar Hiccup and now with his own group named after him! Endorse Kustom Amplifiers and QDV Store! His knowledge and insight for the instrument is astonishing! Some may call him a veteran but he still is the source of inspiration of most guitarists today - shredmanila

He produces an almost organic sound. Sometimes it makes me wonder where his hand/arms start and end when he's cradling his guitar.. The man is synonymous with his music. Music is a way of life and that is reflected in the way he is in every which way. Cheers to a true artist and to you guys for recognizing that!

His sound is AH-MAY-ZIINGG! A talented young guitarist and musician. This kid can wow a crowd and get them on their feet! Can't wait to see him really hit the billboards. The Music Industry really needs to pay attention to Bone and share his music on the Radio... A S A P!

Known this guitarist since we were teens... I am not lifting my own chair because I know he is one of the worthy guitar player... Anyways, keep it up pre...

7 Lodi Bautista

The so-called tone deaf guitarist as they say, I have checked his facebook page and he keeps saying that he's tone deaf although he has composed so many instrumental music using only noise. I believe some people won't accept it as a normal music, because there's no way a Justin Bieber fans would appreciate it.

His music was way too basic and unappealing in the ears of the more technical guitarist around the country, but the metal roots was already established in it (the technique was metal-oriented in terms of concept), and I can't believed his music were just simple as that. But so many ideas can be heard in his compositions (he lacks the technicalities but his mind works like a mother) if you took time to listen.

As I have known him for years now, he's been the same man I met with his passion for his music! The only change is that he became more inspired to create more music of his own experiments through his guitar and his talent! Lazy and tone deaf he says to himself, but I might say you are more than talented guitarist from what is expected! Keep going and never stop playing your guitar til the whole world can hear all the compositions you make! M/

He is very creative in improving his own style of music and his twisted way of combining elements of music genre brings out his own distinctive individuality as a musician. I had the chance to listen to his compositions during his stay in Saudi and its really cool. I'm looking forward for the chance that he can be one of the Top ten of the Best Pinoy Guitarist so that he can share his musical creativity.

Not only does he have immense skill and precision with his lead playing, but he also has great amounts of creativity with other aspects of his music. Having heard from him personally about his work, I can say that his music definitely has such emotion and painstaking effort behind it. Everyone on this list is great, but I definitely think Lodi Bautista should be number 1

8 Geepee Guballa

I've seen and heard geepee play... It was one of a kind! I felt the dedication and the heart is there while he was performing... I'd say he's PERFECT!

Whats magnificent about him is that he is the only one that plays in an Alternative Band and doesn do a lot of solo but when he is on stage you can't help but notice his playing. His demos shows his multi dimensional knowledge of the guitar

Personally, I think if he/she shares what he knows, HE's the best because he/she is not selfish... Folks! Geepee Guballa is that guy!

I have known Geepee more than a decade now, what inspires me about him is the marked enthusiasm and passion he has for music in general. He could play any song in all style without losing his
Technicality and feel. If you get to know him well you'll get a glimpse of what he's made of.

9 Fayeed Tan

Not just ya Youtube sensation that many quoted him. He is a finalist in Guitar Idol competition and has won international guitar awards! He might be unknown to some but his Youtube channel greatly proves his appeal and one of the very few Cebu based guitarist whose influence in Manila and other parts of the world are as equal in his own territory! A genius whose multi faceted playing endears a lot of players! A Guitarist's guitarist! - shredmanila

Ok I'm not biased or anything, in my humble opinion I think Fayeed Tan should be #1 followed by #2 Patrick Cruz, after searching and watching their videos in YouTube, the two whom I chose stands the most when it comes to versatility playing, I mean "Guitarist's Guitarist", everybody is great though in their respected genres, but the foundation of fayeed and patrick sounds like a complete resume for a serious musicians (guitarist). I mean they can play variety of styles, blues, jazz, outside playing, fusion, rnb, disco, country, alternative, rock, prog, metal and of course this is just my opinion - guitar iloilo

Tone, timing and melody. His composition are very cool too. Heard his Super mario solo? You should listen to it. His "My playground" eargasmic. Most of all, the first Asian to be an instructor in What more can I say?

Idol.. He has the quality and style that would make music more colorful. His riffs makes the listeners jazzy and cool.. Great style of scale guitar music fayees..

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10 Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz is not only good in terms of shredding and licks. But also on how he justify the music. He has taste, and open minded to other genres. Di ka iiwan nyan sa tugtugan, kung sya nagrow, he will help you to push your limits! Explore more and be versatile. He's a great friend of mine and I played with him many times. So I know you can do it men! We're always here for you. Rock on!

Amazing guitarist. Have the passion to play and entertain in his own ways.. He can dazzle you in his way of playing guitar. A Good friend and a really talented musician.

Patrick has been my bandmate for years already. Shared good, sometimes wasted night for gigs! Amazing talent! Ain't speed, it's the heart! "THE ONE NOTE FEEL GUY!. But he shreds fast as well, but to tell you, IT THE VERSATILITY! LONG LIVE FIXED BRIDGE BAND- Dave.

Talent, Drive, Passion, and Dedication, rolled into one. He has the guts to be included at the top 5 slot.


The Contenders

11 Jan Clyde Polintan

If it's speed, it's him. Slash N' Burn is never the same without him man.

With his performance level you can feel the intense that you want in music.. Rock and Roll!

Virtuosity, Speed, Attitude, looks that kill, on stage playing The 80's man Jan Clyde Polintan you're the king bro

12 Berth Red

This guy is underrated for though no one knows him because he's not that exposed and he living his whole life in bangkok.Versatility is the key for this person that other lack of it, check his youtube channel you will caught on surprise of his video selection to groove jazz, country, fusion jazz, blues, rock, classical rock.he's start playing since early 80's so we got to respect the guy for his long journey experience, he's a complete packages.

He has an awesome tone, good sweeping technique and most of all, he is the founder of Guitar collaboration, he gives everyone a chance to participate, he's a very generous and a humble guy

He is a very multi-talented musician, he can play many music instruments: piano, flute, and guitar. He is a very experienced and versatile player and has a great tone quality.

Unheard name & always underrated but very versatile player & got a unique tone specially if you check his Youtube 'Berth Red - The Wall, it will blow you away with that 100% gilmour feel & tone quality.check it out!

13 Joey Dizon

Great rhythm guitar player. Not as technical as the others on the list but provides solos that tell a story, which is more important in my opinion.

Great Riffs and solos! He maybe not that technical of a player but can still manage to make the audience bang their heads. Now that's what I call outstanding

Malupit na gitarista ano pa ba hahanapin ninyo! 11

14 Aaron Sealmoy

This guy is using his skills for the Glory of our creator, even if his christian but still and I'm sure this guy can keep up with your top 10 list.

Most of your top 10" are in band come on

Peace yow

I personally met this humble and talented bro...truly a God given talent one of the best I've seen personally I wanted to learn his age his level of playing is exceptional...Godbless you in your ministry...

Yeah he is Phenominal! Very talented!

For me he is the best because when he play guitar he put god first before he play :D

15 Kevin Cordoviz

He knows how to maximize the sonority and depth that 6 strings of a guitar can offer. He can play most songs all by himself and make you believe that there are other guitarists playing along. I don't know why bands haven't come up to him yet and sign him up. Maybe it's because he doesn't need to be in a band. Or maybe he already has bandmates. 10 fingers and 6 vocalists/strings. In any case he should definitely upload more guitar videos or perhaps compose his own music. One good cover he made though was his fingerstyle rendition of Nobela by Join the Club. In this cover he manages to play most of the parts by alternating his guitar focus among vocal melody, lead, bass, rhythm and even a little percussive technique.

He's really great at fingerstyle. Very akin to Sungha Jung and Andy Mckee. I think if he keeps it up, he'll probably reach their level and probably make fingerstyle more popular in the Philippines.

Great finger style guitarist who is closely following the footsteps of other famous finger style guitarists like Sung-ha Jung.

He's very good at fingering things, especially guitars.

16 Paulo Luna

Passionately and humbly dedicated to his craft!

Good luck Paolo, you are the best...

Keep it up and rock on Bro!

This person is to Humble.. Good Luck Bro..

17 Jay Cruz

At a very young age, he's the only person I know who's extremely good at playing the guitar. One day, you'll become one of the best guitarist ever. Keep up the good work bro. You got a proud cousin over here! CHEERS!

I can really prove right now that age doesn't matter. I know that your talent will lead you to success. Keep on rocking! You really have a talent

At Very young age I can say that he can go further than anyone expected him to be Keep rocking'

He's got potential, keep it up bro!

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18 Enrico "Jamants" Diamante

A.K.A. "Hagedorn"! He likes both blues and metal music. He play on his own style, not the traditional or by the rules. Very Underrated guitarist. He quit his band and went to Singapore. No news about him for years.

His here in Dubai!

Where is this guy? He's one of the best I know. He won the best lead guitarist in a competition sommewhere in Q.C. he's from ParaƱaque and I think he went to Singapore already. He's like Tom Morello ala Dave Mustaine style of guitarists.

19 Julius Pabiona

This guy has great tone - not the one coming from the gears setup but the one that comes from the feel of his playing. He is able to switch playing styles easy and at the same time apply his own brand of playing when improvising. I was captured by his blistering yet full of emotion and feel guitar- playing when I saw him slinging mr big songs onstage like he was the one who wrote them (seldom will you see a musician with such expression) - but I was more blown away when he would downplay to his own very authentic-sounding and structured jazz and blues lines. Grooves well and tight with his rhythm section. On top of these, this guy has great character on and off stage too.

He is very melodic, you can watch and listen to his videos, all of his entries in guitar competitions are really clean and melodic, he has an awesome picking technique, he should belong in top 20 I think

Huge potential to be number 1 guitar player and my panties drop every time I see him play.

I know you can do this as a number 1 guitar player, just continue practising and playing guitar were always be here for you... Were proud of you!

20 Master Ford

He will not be called master if he doesn't know guitar..he knows all the tricks on the guitar and he mastered the guitar technically and musically 100% jawdropping chops from all of the great guitar gods..from malmsteen to van halen..just to name a few.and he is not only a virtouso, he's a teacher too..many people come and watch him play live to learn from him.and if you are a critic type of guitarist get ready to be blown away..he will make you wish you can play the way he does..he inspires many and destroy some folks that claiming they know the guitar...after you watch him play whether you are a beginner or a professional guitarist you will call him "MASTER"

Master ford is one of a kind. You will never ever find anyone like him. He will surely rock your world whenever you watch him play. And despite of being a rockmaster, you will still feel his heart in every song he played. He remains humble all the time, He's the best of the best. Being a pinoy's best guitarist does not fit to him because he should be called as the WORLD'S BEST GUITARIST. Keep on rocking! M/

One of a kind...

He is definitely the one...

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21 Joshua Montecillo
22 Dennis Binas

Love this guy so much

Mismo ka brad sa lahat

Dating Gitarista ng Immaculate! Dapat nasa top ten o top five to nakakpagtaka sa gumawa bakit di nila kilala to eh. He can play Yngwie Malmsteen with his eyes closed! Kaya nitong pulbusin yung ibang nasa Top Ten ng list na to technicality, speedwise saka feel. A veteran guitarist who deserves to be recognized by the new breeds! - estongman666

23 Audie Avenido

Greyhoundz guitarist and hands down one of the most talented riff masters in the music industry today

24 Leevon Cailao

Leevon Cailao of Side A. BEAST!

Simple lang pero mamaw

25 Boggs Cruz

Best sessionist / Musician I have ever played with. This guy is not your ordinary guitarist. This guy is a MUSICIAN!

He is from Bataan. Eldren Louise Cruz is the real name. I honestly think he is one of the best all around musician.

A great jazz/rock guitarist. He plays classical guitar too. A former bandmate of sid pablo and sid says that this guy is really a great musician. And his phrasing is unbelievable. A good balance of technique and musicality makes him one of the best. I just hope he upload his videos on youtube.

He should be ranked higher. He is very accurate with his phrasing. And have one of the best jazz lines for a filipino guitarist

26 Antonio Allagadan III

He can play a decent Guitar Arrangement like Sungha Jung..

He can play a decent Fingerstyle Arrangements like Sungha Jung.

27 RJ Jacinto

One of the greatest guitarist who plays good old rock and roll in the mold of Chuck Berry and Hank Marvin!

28 Pepe Smith
29 Adel Fajardo
30 Aaron James Mollo

Avaya Down guitarist! Kustom Artist roster together! Plays what the song needs not the flashy kind but his licks are so infectious. His playing is that of Eric Johnson and John Mayer combined! - estongman666

31 Alvin Baldoz
32 Roi G Bumaltao "Metal"

He is ambitious! That's a good work. probably a self taught future metal guitar player

Even at beginner level, he attempted to play metal in his own hands

Playing Good Metal sound even at Beginner Level. Thumbs Up!

33 John Dinopol
34 Port Marion Arnedo

He's a home player but he plays really hard. His looks does not match his beast playing.

35 Mong Alcaraz

Good showmanship, all the time!

36 Enrico "Ric-Ric" Diamante
37 Paolo "8" Toleran
38 Pixel Magtanong
39 Lakan Hila
40 K-viz
41 Darryl Valencia
42 Junie Angeles (Sabretooth)

Mr. Wonderwall himself!

Really good. He's the best at playing the guitar with his teeth.

He's truly good guitar player

43 Enderson Luna

You may not also know him but this man gratefully knows what he likes. He is simply the Undeprived music man since birth...

44 Mikey Eom
45 Mazter Ford
46 Abraham Rey-Hipolito
47 Allan Afdal Nawal

Called the submarine guitarist because he disappears from the scene and suddenly shows himself up

Bro Allan, you deserve to be included in the list of Top Ten Guitarists in the Philippines.

48 Randolf Henry Panulaya

He plays by ear, even the hardest riff, but, still down-to-earth!

49 Anthony 'miniong' Cervantes
50 Joselito Devor "Joey" Tajan

Master of riffs from Calamba Laguna, Guitarist of Metal Hardcore band name LEONORA

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