Best Technical GuitaristsYeah now we all know there is a Greatest Guitarists Ever List, but a lot of them are not very technical compared to some other guys. Vote for the best technical guitar player. Who's technique is awesome?
The Top Ten
Other than John Petrucci and Steve Vai, this is a horrible list. No way that the guitarist for 30 seconds to mars should even be here, or the guy from muse. Van Halen was good BACK THEN. I could name 10 dudes who blow these guys out of the water easy. Kirk should not be above Dime, and I don't think herman deserves to be here because he basically only plays the same major scale and taps a lot.
This is just a bad list.
I've never heard of tomo milicevic, so I won't say anything about him, but petrucci not only plays fast, he uses the right techniques at the right time. His well placed arpeggios and screaming pinch harmonics add that extra bit to his songs. He also does all this while changing time signatures every couple bars
Who the hell is Tomo Milicevic compared to him? He is just very popular and no matter what the question is his fans vote for him. That is just wrong, only because he has lots of fans doesn't mean he is the best guitarist. Try looking at John Petrucci's solo's and Tomo's solos and just admit it
This guy should be on the top. As far as technicality and discipline he is the best. He shows his mastery in music theory and the tone of his guitar is just awesome in every song he plays. And again... Who the heck is Tomo Milicevic?
.no doubt the GOAT Must not have a pretty face, seems to like chicken...But DAMN can he play the CLUCK out of a guitar
obvious choice is obvious. Matt Bellamy's good too. Who's Tomo Millicevic with 47. 3 votes? Oh and Tom Morello should be in the top 5. TECHNICAL GUITARIST!
People who would put Matt Bellemy up there obviously have no knowledge of the guitar what so ever.
How are Tomo and Matt more technically proficient than this ultra prolific (13 albums in a single year) man?
This dude must be the most incredibly, unbelievably, inhumanly technical guitarist ever. He synchronises his guitar with scenes from movies and cartoons (see 'A Wild Hare by Spastic Ink- synchronised to Bambi, or 'Cereal Mouse' by the same band) He writes loads of stuff in 12 tone, which is one of the most difficult ways of writing, and he does this thing where he assigns notes to letters of the alphabet and spells out words, like his name for example. The songs still sound amazing after all this!
He is the most unbelievably awesome guitarist ever. He has written an album with 45 songs, which can be played from any song and still sound great, and sounds like one 45 minute song if played from the start. He has written an album of songs synchronised to scenes from movies. And, he writes everything in twelve tone, a really complicated system of playing instruments. Listen to 'Cretaceous Chasm' by Blotted Science and you will know what I mean...
My favorite. He does things that you only imagine doing. All of his music is creative and gets the brain-juices flowing. He destroys everyone on this list. He can tap on every genre and not have it sound silly or lame. I liken his music to the classical greats that many don't know or have forgotten. He is at the top of my favorite guitar players. From elderly to young, when you play people the music that he has done everyone enjoys it. I can't think of a more accomplished player when it comes to writing, playing and creativity. My favorite stuff he's done is his Blotted Science stuff. When is the new album coming out?
This guy is so talented I swear he isn't even human...
Everyone who voted for this guy has clearly never sean a 30 seconds to mars tab compared to a megadeth tab or maybe they've never even heard a technically proficient guitarist because this is just beyond wrong
I am not saying he isn't technical or bad. But seriously on top 2!
People often pick guitarist from their favorites bands and while they might be a good guitarist, technically they often are not even close to Steve Vai and I am certainly not a Vai fan. I have my own favorites but this is about being technical wether you the music like it or not. Steve Vai is in control of his instrument but what he actually does might not always be clear to everybody, his amazing skills go by unnoticed.
Steve Vai is unreal I mean he shouldn't only be top of this list he should be at the top of best guitarists of all time as well I mean he quite obviously has shoul because he looks like a dork whilst playing guitar so therefore he has soul and his tremolo bar work is unreal and so is his speed I just tried to play the intro of speeding (one of his songs that he recorded but choose not to release that early on forgot what that type of song is called) and I literally found it impossible clearly someone with no musical talent and listens to chart music has been voting on this list
Technique is about control of one's instrument; this is about playing precisely as well as quickly. And in songs like 'Tender Surrender' and 'Call it Sleep' Vai's ability to control every tiny noise of his instrument is mind-blowing. And this is still technique, rather than musicianship or artistry or whatever.
Saw Steve Vai, Joe Satriani & John Petrucci live in a G3 concert. Steve Vai could play whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted with ease.
John Petrucci was very good but was obviously putting a lot of effort into things. Joe Satriani was a step up from Petrucci - just a pity that the guys he had in his band were just like background noise.
Joe satriani is the God of Guitar,He is unrepeatable,The sound he makes withe the guitar incredible...
This is a music theory encyclopedia...He's forgotten more chords and scales than the rest of this list put together - that said... I don't think his feel can match several of these guys but the list is for TECHNICAL players
Joes range of Skills is endless, The guy can play "AnyThing"! ( Sounds like a hands down winner to me! )
How can Satriani not be in the top ten? another crappy list
God took him away from us because he knew he couldn't let him become more physically powerful otherwise God would lose in a guitar contest. Good chance God lost. Because we all know, Death is inevitable. R.I.P Chuck
From brutal riffs, to the sheer speed of his solos. This guy has it all. He is the godfather of death metal for a reason.
He is the God of Technicality along with Trey, deserves to be #1.
He came after the greatests yngwie malmsteen, jason becker and marty friedman to develop their style and music, very fast and einstein of metal music
This guy is amazing.
My gosh! This guy is THE most technical guitarist that ever stepped earth! He made one album by himself and played guitar on Necrophagist 's Epitaph... Like a boss. People should appreciate the master skills of Mr. Muhammad Suicmez.
Come on guys he's like the KING of guitar techniques. Just listen to one of his solos and you will understand.
One of the fastest guitarists in the world.
He is the best
Trey >>> Chucki Schuldiner!
Michael Angelo Batio can smoke Petrucci and Buckethead no problem. And which other guitarist can play two guitars at once without even picking it, and invented the under over technique and can play a guitar upside down. No guitarist in the world can really reach Michael's level of technical proficiency and speed. He is the only guitarist that was able to smoke his teachers at age 12 after two years of playing. Not to mention he has advanced knowledge of music theory and is one of the most versatile players ever.
Michael Angelo is the best when it comes to being flawless and technical, he is also faster than anyone out there. Number 1 shredder for sure... He also can do this right handed or lefty. Super underrated considering he's is better than anyone on the list.
Technically he's already been voted the fastest guitarist.
How isn't MAB the first? this guy plays 2 guitars at once and I have never seen somebody more technical than him
Listen to his song Fire and Ice (intro and solo). It’s so dang technical, executed perfectly, and is blindingly fast. No one can touch him.
Ygnwie Malmsteen is easily as technical as the majority of the people on this list and is only really NEAR equaled by the likes Of John petrucci, Ron Jarzombek, Joe satriani, Chris boderick (although chris is much lower on this list) and Fredrik Thordendal (depending on which song. )
The only guitarist on this list who actually plays more complex pieces of music (and only for brief moments.. usually less than 1 minute at A time. ) is MUHAMMAD SUICMEZ.
How Ygnwie Malmsteen is behind SYNYSTER GATES is completely beyond me.
I'm not saying he should top the list either... nor is he my favourite guitarst (that would be someone like Christian Meunzer, Jari maenpaa or something along these lines. ) but he most certainly deserves to be above at least 99% of the players on this list.
I'm also shocked that kirk and dimebag even got A mention on this list, sure you could argue they make great music but neither of them play anything as complex as your average MODERN ...more
Inspired and entire generation of shredders and neoclassical music in general
Extremely technical player, should be FAR higher
Best and most technical guitarist ever
Well off the radar, up there with the best. Listen to his solo album and Cacophany with Friedman. If ALS hadn't taken his hands, he would be the best ever.
The only reason this guy isn't number one is that he isn't particularly well know. Google 'Animals As Leaders' and listen to a song or two. He is one of the most, insanely, ridiculously technical guitarists ever, along with Jeff Loomis and Ron Jarzombek.
If we are talking pure technicality, this guy has to be Number 1. He can sweep pick like a god, tap like a god, play the most intricate Rhythms, overall even more technical than Petrucci.
He's insane. John Petrucci is very impressive too, but this guy is CRAZY.
Just watch him. Please. Do yourself a favor. Doesn't get any better than Tosin.
I really appreciate Karl's guitar playing and the music he makes. His note choices, phrasing, tone and touch are unique and heartfelt. Those string bends and vibrato are like no one else's.
How Karl plays some of the things he plays I don't know. I have to pick tremolo just to reach his normal picking speed. If Yngwie was death metal and more song oriented.
All right, whomever thinks that Eddie isn't the most technically proficient guitarist ever is an Ass. Rolling stone even ranked him no.2 after Hendrix saying and I quote "Eddie is the most technically proficient Guitarist that ever lived, but hendrix had much, much more soul!. "
His technical innovations are unrivaled;
He revolutionized tapping, used a power drill at the beginning of the song "Poundcake", and used the tuning dials on the guitar not only to adjust but used them in the Instrumental "Cathedral" to sound like a synthesizer. He also had his guitars made of chainsaw parts, and other weird shit not normally used giving him that unique sound that no matter if you can pick like him, or play as fat as him. You will never duplicate his playing. EVER!.
Eddie Van Halen is the best technical guitarist of all time. He can do things that only a few others can do. Steve Vai is right up there with him, but Eddie gets the crown by a nose.
Greatest guitarist of all time. Most influential.
Hmm, it all started with eruption.
This man needed to be in the list! He deserves to be in the top ten lists! Listen to Vanished, Sane, and Soul Burn. The main reason to listen to the great technicality of Meshuggah.
Should be much higher than #22. How is Kirk Hammett higher than him?
Hey, this guy invented djent! Should be much higher than this.
His alternate picking is near unmatched. Plus his string skipping arpeggios are scary. This dude is the real deal.
I admit I can't believe that Paul wasn't part of the best list until now. He's amongst the best out there, both in technique and song-writing
Paul is the most technical guitarist in the world. No one can beat him he's a guitar God.
Paul should definitely be in the top 5
Morello/Hammet/Bellemy certainly do not belong in this list and in my humble opinion Paul Gilbert beats them without touching his guitar.
LOL, he technical? Compared to whom?
Quite overrated. But he is actually very technical. He has awesome skills on effects, pedals, tremolo picking, tapping, hammer ons- pull offs etc. - zxm
Compare Laiho to other fast playing guitarist. Hear how cleanly Laiho plays those complex rifs.
Guthrie Govan at 28... he is quite literally the most technically proficient guitarist on Earth right now. Tosin Abasi has even said 'he is the most complete guitarist on the planet'. He rejected an album recording offer from Steve Vai. Surely that should be enough to at least put him in the top ten.
Guthrie at 18 and '30 seconds from Mars' guitarist at number 1. This is quite possibly the most hilarious list I have EVER seen. Anyone who honestly believes this list needs a serious psychological intervention.
Why is he so low... My guitar teacher has been playing guitar for over 20 years and struggled to ear transcribe the first minute of waves let alone play it... And that's the easy bit
Well...Guthrie should not be included in this list. Firstly he is a guitarist's guitarist. He has reached a robotic level not comparable to humans. He is easily the 'scariest' guitarist alive! He has mastered every possible style and surpassed it. He is on a league on his own.