Best Technical Guitarists


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41 Shawn Lane

He was the GOAT; it's a tragedy he's so low on the list. Not only a technician, but also a soulful intellectual. To quote Guthrie Govan (who I'd place second on this list) "I love Shawn Lane's playing. Unbelievable player, unbelievable mind! That wasn't just a guy who practiced a lot at being fast; he had this huge brain, and this big warm heart and this special music came out of him. He will be missed."

People. This man was the fastest shredder who ever lived at speeds of up to 19 notes per second while doing extremely wide stretches. Satriani, Petrucci, Vai, Paul Gilbert, Michael Angelo Batio, and Guthrie Govan all agree that he was a terrifying and unstoppable guitar player. Look up "how to develop an outside sound" on YouTube and it will show his insane speed.

No one had the TOTAL package like this guy. He had top end speed, pin point accuracy, perfect tone, insane melodic lines and not to mention his unbelievable ability to pick every note while doing insane stretches at high speeds. Just listen to the solo at the end of Get you back.

Tomo Miličević, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett higher than Shawn Lane, Jason Becker or Paul Gilbert? - zxm

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42 Eric Johnson Eric Johnson Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
43 Nuno Bettencourt Nuno Bettencourt

He isn't the best technically, maybe on rhythms and soloing he is really good too, so yes he is really cool

44 Arjen Anthony Lucassen
45 Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra. V 1 Comment
46 Michael Romeo Michael Romeo Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.
47 Steve Lukather Steve Lukather

The most underrated player in the most underrated band in the music industry. Lukather has it ALL. He applies his incredible jazz licks and scales to soft and hard rock songs, creating amazing, unique sounds. I can't believe buckethead is 3rd... that's ridiculous. The rest of the top ten is terrible as well. Lukather should definitely be in top 5.

48 Steve, Righ?

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49 Alvin Lee Alvin Lee
50 Andy James

This guy is a machine.

51 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho

Compare Laiho to other fast playing guitarist. Hear how cleanly Laiho plays those complex rifs.

52 John Frusciante John Frusciante John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
53 Joe Stump

He definitely deserves to be on this list. Shreds like Yngwie but more tasteful.

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54 Andy Timmons
55 Doug Aldrich Doug Aldrich Doug Aldrich, is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist. He founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St.

He's awesome he has played with Dio and now with Whitesnake and he is Awesome!

56 Al Di Meola Al Di Meola Al Di Meola is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer of Italian origin.

The greatest right hand

57 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.
58 Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt

He did good with his two fingers. Really amazing for his time. - zxm

59 Jeff Beck Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds.

Being a technical guitarist has to do with precision, finesse, playing by ear and actually having control over your instrument and not just running scales or arpeggios over chord changes but playing something that you hear in your head and applying it to the instrument. There is no best guitarist it is all subjective but some guitarist are just more technically skill than others. That doesn't mean you can you can't have preference to who you'd rather listen to. That's why there's democracy so we can have things like this and have freedom to have a opinion.

60 Frank Gambale

Gambale is a beast guitarist and musician

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