Greatest Electric Guitarists
The Top Ten Greatest Electric Guitarists
Shouldn't even be questioned. Ever hear of 'Voodoo Child'? Yeah, that was recorded in one take. & almost entirely improvised. & it's the greatest recording of an electric guitar being played EVER. & this isn't from some idiot who just listens to a lot of music, I play the guitar and have done a lot of reading and I know a few of your favorite guitarists would agree with me.
The best, if you look at it objectivley. Hendrix came along in the sixties and revolutionised the instrument like no other. A great live improviser, he also wrote amazing songs, and has inspired just about anyone who has picked up a guitar since. - Floods
We know the guitar's capabilities because of Jimi. We can agree that vocal chords allow for our emotions to be rightly known. I hope we may also agree that Jimi's guitar was the closest thing on Earth in matching the level of emotional expression one makes with their word and voice.
Without Hendrix, you wouldn't have any of the electric guitarists on this list. Shredding, feedback and loads of other little techniques on the guitar wouldn't be used as frequently. This man did more for the guitar in a three album career than Synyster Gates will ever, ever do
Eddie Van Halen has Speed & Technique...
But Richie Sambora has EVERYTHING! He deserves to be the 1st! - Nirmal1991USA
Listen to Dry County solo... End of comment.
Sambora is a great guitarist that performs great stage act. He can play guitar while being a backed vocals. He is also a good songwriter.
The King of Swing. Massively underrated forever just because he is in Bon Jovi but if you pay attention and listen you'll hear he is innovative, soulful, and passionate - and has more technique than any other guitarist I have ever heard. Furthermore he can freestyle and jam like no one else and always sounds amazing. And he brings character and feeling to his playing and can adapt to all styles of music. Pick any song, but if you want direction go for Dry county or 100 thousand years. Just wow!
Eddie is #1, or at least tied with Hendrix, who relies on reputation alone. Bon jovi's guitarist is a joke. For some reason, people (who have no idea what they are talking about) think Bon jovi is better than all of the other 80s bands that have solid guitar players that aren't on the list that are better in many ways, specifically the guitar. (definitely leppard, Guns N' Roses, Ratt, motley crue, etc.) Anyway Eddie Van Halens self taught style is the best that there is. This list is more of a popularity contest, a popularity contest where people who have no idea what they are talking about vote for the band they have heard 1 or 2 songs from. The electric guitar was played by many, for all those who can't get on the radio and name the band that is playing most of the time, better yet the album, shouldn't be voting. But if you can, vote whoever.
Yes I know Jimi Hendrix pioneered the guitar solo but Eddie Van Halen was probably influenced by Jimi Hendrix but now Eddie Van Halen now influenced Kerry King and so many more people so I think Eddie should get more credit for his inspiration to other artists.
He has surely got to be one of the greatest electric guitar players ever. He has everything. Some people just think he is fast, but it is his precision and technique. I have gotta be honest, Hendrix should be at the top.
Awe-inspiring, almost God-like riffs. Eruption is what made me a music fan in the first place. This man is just amazing.
You're telling me that richie sambora is above Jimmy Page. This is ridiculous. I'll definitely admit that Jimi Hendrix is the best guitar player of all time, but there is no way that richie sambora and eddie van halen are better than Jimmy Page.
Jimmy Hendrix was the best,no question in that but jimmy page is a close second to him
I have said it to a lot of people that other guitarists played the guitar but these two made love to it
So no one should be on number 2 but Jimmy
There is no contest to see who is the best guitar player when jimmy is involved. There would be no led zeppelin without jimmy, and anyone who thinks eddie van halen, who plays notes with no rhythm at all at annoyingly high pitches is better than jimmy, who plays beautiful melodies and rhythms that eddie could never play.
What the hell!?!? Jimmy page is the greatest guitarist ever! And this is coming from a guy who has listened to many many types of music... Page is one of the reasons I fell in love Led zeppelin... From Hendrix to Vaughan to Clapton to slash to Johnson to sambora to gilmour to Santana nobody mesmerised me more than page did... He made his guitar TALK. Phhff, bucket head? Gimme a rest! Just give a listen to Achilles last stand or any song from led zeppelin 1, 2, 4, HOTH or Physical Graffiti. In my view all of the albums led zeppelin had produced rocked! Page forever!
This list can't be taken seriously with Eric Clapton not even listed. What a joke. This list is based on popularity or perhaps record sales, not talent.
Seriously Clapton should be much higher especially when sambora is second
Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan got to be the greatest guitarist
Great composer and even best playing guitar.
Greatest electric guitarist ever. He has the style that no one can beat. Just listen to Mistreated from Deep Purple and his early songs with Rainbow. He has the riffs that make our soul fly away.
He has the technique, speed and the soul... He is I think the top rock guitarist with a classical touch.
No reasons needed. His talent speaks for itself.
I agree he is the best lead guitarist.
Simply the best guitarist on the planet! Makes mincemeat out of Hendrix!
Guitarists like satriani and vai kneel before the feet of Malmsteen and his awsome power over the guitar.. just TRY and match his fretting speed and precision.. you'll be trying for the rest of your life.
Who can play faster with such precision? No one. Yngwie may not have created the best songs, but he is the best guitar player bar none.
Icarus' Dream Suite Op.4... Enough said
For someone who has been playing guitar LONGER than some of these punks have been alive - listeners should give "Moonflower" a listen...
No weaknesses, his extended play albums in his early years were beyond reproach! Never loses sight of the rhythm, his interplay has depth, and his mastery of sound is superb! In top 5, for sure
Who has a better mix of tone and phrasing? Nobody
A true master of the electric guitar listen to 'never the same again'
Most people rate the guitarist according to weather they like the music he play or not. Zappas approach to guitar playing is unsurpassed - no matter what you think of the music :-)
Pleased to find him here at the top, but realize that he started as a drummer and that he was a composer too and very much best of the best band leader of all times and beyond.
The Best without any kind of response. Always trying to be different and developing new styles ad structures constantly through his career, no one else did like him
There are dozens of great solos in his oeuvre. Start with "Watermelon in Easter Hay", maybe give "Inca Roads" a try or a recording of "Any kind of pain" from his last tour in '88.
I'm shocked to see David Gilmour at #11! He should be WAY HIGHER on this list! What is wrong here?!? I can see quite a few MISTAKES in this list! David is #1 in my opinion!
Of course the most talented and creative guitarist in the World. Guitarists like Slash can give stunts but cannot be such creative like Gilmour. I don't know why people cannot understand and like silly stunts rather than real talent. A layman can listen to the guitar solos of Echoes, Dogs, Coming BAck to Life, Comfortably Numb, Time... Of Pink Floyd and they will easily know his vast talent. Gilmour must be ranked higher.
Should be higher, and I wish he was. Pink Floyd are my favourite band, and David Gilmour's guitar solos can be matched by few, if any. Gilmour is famous for his bluesy, slow style that puts the emphasis on phrasing rather than technique. - Floods
What goes through this guys head into his strings nobody can duplicate. He makes it sing, whine and howl with matchless precision and beauty. To have him ranked this low is ridiculous.
I think he is one of the best player ever! I am also a huge fan of Guns n' Roses!
He is possibly the greatest guitarist ever! Listen to Sweet Child o Mine, Estranged, or November Rain... Slash should absolutely be higher up on this list!
Slash has a great ability in improvisation and all his solos are complex and are based in not only pentatonic scales but in scales which the melody is written. For this and more reasons, Slash should be placed in higher number!
Slash should be much higher on this list. Hendrix should be #1, Slash should be #2 and Eric Clapton #3. All of these guys are great guitarists but Hendrix, Slash and Clapton are in a totally different league.
I was lucky enough to see him play several times growing up in Austin, Texas. Unmatched in my opinion, not only for his ability to improvise at both fast and slow tempos, but also in his skill at blending with and ornamenting the improv of his fellow musicians.
He can be seriously fast but has also got some slow but skilled songs such as lenny, and by my opinion has been one of the most skilled and influential guitarists of all time. RIP
Hardly anyone can play like him. Most People that can play Hendrix songs or any song that is considered difficult to play can't play Cold Shot or Pride and Joy the way Stevie does
Not even a contest. The most complete guitarist of bunch after Hendrix. Pull up a YouTube video sit back and prepare to be dazzled...
People don't realize his geniality and playing style, he's up there with Hendrix, Van Halen and jimmy paige
Brian is truly a musical genius! You are missing his position in the musical life drastically. He deserves the Top 3!
Brian in my opinion is the best. his solo in bohemian rhapsody was absolutely amazing. not to even mention all his other solos in killer queen, play the game, somebody to love, one vision, who wants to live forever, we will rock you, I want it all, you are just amazing may.
Brian is the best I wouldn't have learnt 5 of his solos if he wasn't the greatest
Buckethead can outperform anyone on this list. He's a prodigy. I bet if you ask the virtuosos above - and still alive - they will agree.
Yes, he wears a KFC bucket on his head and a Michael Myers mask on his face, but he's a genius. Buckethead (real name Brian Carroll) plays every style, from country to death metal. Albums like 'Monsters and Robots' and 'Population Override' are must-haves for any aspiring guitarists, and instrumentals like 'Nottingham Lace' and 'Too Many Humans' take some beating. - Floods
Buckethead would be Top 5 easy if he were more mainstream. The man can play anything and make it his own. If you're interested, I'd give "Nottingham Lace", "Final Wars", "Big Sur Moon", "Population Override", and "Soothsayer" a try just to get an idea of what I'm talking about. The sky is the limit from there.
Rolling Stones best electric guitarist list should've been nicknamed the best average guitarist list. I didn't give this guy the time of day because I thought the bucket thing was to cover up how badly he sucks. Turns out it's the opposite. He's just weird. It's too bad the average person doesn't have the capacity to enjoy this type of advanced music.
Jeff Beck paved the way for heavy metal with the 1968 album 'Truth', and virtuoso instumental music with 1974s 'Blow By Blow'. Beck isn't the most talented songwriter, and some would say that he's wilfully underachieved, but he's one of the best guitarists ever, period. - Floods
Here's how great Jeff Beck is: When Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds, Beck replaced him, and nobody missed Clapton. Later, when Beck left the Yardbirds, he was replaced by Jimmy Page, and everybody wanted Beck to return to the band.
If you were to ask all of the guitarists on the top 20, Jeff beck would be crowned number one. His technique and tone is like no other. He makes the guitar sing and was the first to ever be in that realm.
I was in (7th grade) math class and I was talking to the math teacher about music. And she didn't know Jeff Beck! That's crazy to me, I've been a fan since I was 6, which is 1/2 of my life. Lol
Greatest riffs and solos look at Art of life. - TD17
One of the greatest guitarists of all time... Randy Rhoads. Just listen to what the other guy said and Diary of a Madman... - ch153
He is the best guitarist ever, but got lost in the mist of time because of the tragic plane accident. R. I. P Randy Rhoads. - patrickfitzpatrick
I can't believe Randy is behind synyster what?
he deserves to be number one
he has techniques, speed, more importantly feelings in his guitar playing
Randy Rhaods Forever
The best guitarist of all time just listen to Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley.
6th PLACE?! some people should get brains and listen to afterlife! SO FAST PACED! I say he is an expert at chugging and all of that and in afterlife, his guitar can make cool screaming sounds and I call synyster gates fans "synners" and he's got a great sense of humor and a beautiful voice!
Syn should be higher up
List should be
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. Stevie Ray Vaughan
4. Synyster Gates
After that, I don't really care. But any person with an actual brain for music knows that Slash, Jimi and Stevie need to be at the top of the list. Come on. Syn is the best of the modern guitar players. That's why he should be 4th, behind the greats.
At least Syn is in the Top ten.. It proves that some people have heard his solos and watched his live performances..! I Never say that he is the Greatest Electric guitarist.. Because Its all About Generation.. Slash, Jimi, Kirk, Randy R.. Etc They were the best in that Generation.. MASTERS..
just look at him playing with only one hand in bat country his solo in afterlife
his solos are great just watch the videos and you'll understand
ok no expression on the face I mean its synyster means no expression
definitely in my top 5
Love Joe. Best of the still alive bunch. Technically great. Plays amazingly varied styles in spite of being derided as "just a shredder". Always put's on a great show for the fans. Entertaining yet a custodian of the Blues and greats from the past. Encourages newer players. Singing and playing has matured over the years. Great Blues/Rock singer.
Great to see a continuation of guitarist greats, he is awesome!
Just go see him live and tell me he is not number 1. He has such an incredible range. Supreme talent.
We thought that Eric Clapton was the man until we heard Joe Bonamassa. He is incredible.
A virtuoso partly driven by perfectionism that has had him playing with some of the best in their class for decades. Able to cover must genres with the guitfiddle, Vai is right up there with the very best.
The most technical electric guitarist...ever. Steve Vai may not be as flash as the likes of John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert, but when he does go flat-out, he's untouchable. Vai has mastered every technique imaginable, but still has soul. 'Passion and Warfare' and 'The Ultra Zone' are must haves. - Floods
Steve Vai is amazing. Definitely the worlds best
El mejor de todos
Under A Glass Moon alone is enough to beat everyone else on this list, let alone all of his masterpieces
Much better than some of the overrated items in this list.
Deserves to be in the top... most underrated guitarist - DM2414
why is he unknown?he is great
An innovator and motivator. When you think about it, when he died he had only been playing guitar for 10 years. It's hard to imagine what he could of accomplished if he had lived.
He was such a great guitarist, but he also inspired the rest of the band to play up to their full potential, and he shared the spotlight.
Many of us learned listening to him and Dickey. There's never been anyone like him since. He is unique and sorely missed by all of the folks for that era and anyone else that has listened to him play.
Listen to Fillmore East
Chuck Berry is a Guitar God.
With JB Goode, he founded Rock n Roll.
LOng live Chuck Berry.Happy Birthday!
For the love of... have you heard the hammer-ons in Potato Head? Satch is a virtuoso and everything he plays is with purpose and melodic grace. Should be higher.
Satch took what Hendrix started and expanded it to its limits. Between he and Vai, there's nothing they can't touch.
How did Kirk Hammett beat Satch? Didn't Satch take him under his wing and give him lessons?
Joe satriani is the best ever...
Why isn't Zakk in the top 10 of every one of these lists? Have you seen him play?
Zakk wylde behind the Green Day guitar player? Really man?
Zakk wylde - farewell ballad!
Current legendary status
this is the worst list I have ever seen... 14. kirk hammett and 20. joe satriani oh my god he is kirks teacher in addition jimmy page is 13. lol he must be in top ten and jimi should be the best not fourth.
Are you serious! Kirk Hammett must be in the TOP 5. Have you ever SAW HIM? He can play the guitar only with his left hand and you want talk about his sol... ! He made Metallica one of the best heavy metal bands OF THE WORLD... !
Come on kirk hammett must be on top ten, this guy is amazing...
Kirk Hammett is the best
One of the best heirs of Hendrix influence, the mix of genres he has adapted to play and his killing solos makes him one of the most complete guitarrist of 90s and 21st century, the melody composition and musical insight is simly overwhelming.
Frusciante may not come off as all that impressive but his technical skill and brilliant solos are unparalleled today. I emphasize today because I believe him to be one of if not the best guitarist of the last 20 or 30 years
Just my opinion.
his sound and style...just so different from everyone else.
John Frusciante is my guitar god! He is one of the best guitarists that we have today.
Alright joke's over he should be #2 just behind Jimi Hendrix - ACDCRocks
Angus Young is a LEGEND. He should at least be in the top ten.
You can't beat ACDC.. Best live guitarist
Angus young should be number 1 he's gibson sg best player number 17 my ass he should be number 1 not eddie van hanlen he beats him at everything
Best all around from any and every angle of the guitar. Most unique by far. No one can top him, and music has been boring every since he left this place.
Dimebag is great
Dime is the greatest.
I'm sorry but I do not like Green Day, I may be the only one who thinks this, and get yelled at for saying this... But I truly believe they're overplayed on classic rock AND new music stations. They play them on every station, for music, on this planet! I get it people like them and all, but really, "Brain stew" Is a very overplayed song.
Not only can he make amazing guitar riffs, he can play so many other instruments! He revolutionized Punk in his era and still is. Not only with a pretty face and a voice to go with it, but his guitar trumps all.
Beast! Maybe not most talented with the instrument but he has amazing stage presence and can write sweet licks
Why is he down here? He's so awesome!
I guess since he's not even on the list no one has heard of him. But in my opinion, he is much better than many of those who are at the top of this list. Just listen to his Second Winter album and you will see the light.
He's always been supremely vituosic, with a deep feel for the blues. His playing has phenomenal attack and raw power.
Great voice - great guitarist - fingerstyle - slide or lead/rythmn - for the latter listen to johnny b goode on second winter - sometimes the tone of his explorer let him down in being too harsh - not sure if it was amp related or not
Shadow play enough said
And don't forget Out On The Western Plain and Pistol Slapper Blues and...
By far my very favorite ever. Bar none.
There has been no better guitarist than Rory.
I'm so happy to see people remember this guy and for all you kids, the HEART riffs you are playing on GH1 and GH2, Barracuda-Crazy ON You, Thats pure Roger Fisher.
Let me say it one more time. From 1975 to 1979 Heart was one of the best bands ever in Rock and the lead guitar player was Fisher. Do you get my point?
His riffs are perfect. Not too much and never too little but instead a perfect placement of sound for every song.
Its about time people remember how great this man was, during the 70's, and the impact he had on rock music.
Eric Johnson is one of the most respected guitar virtuosos in the world. He has a fast, slick style and a brilliant tone. In the late eighties and nineties, Johnson took blues and jazz influences and catapulted them into the next world. And not many guitarists can top 'Cliffs of Dover'. - Floods
Cliffs of Dover! That work alone should put Eric Johnson near the Top 10 (certainly as good if not better than any of the Top 10 currently listed. ).
Come on people. Eric's in the top ten. Unparalleled virtuosity aside, he's a personal favorite of mine, mainly due to his composing and arranging ability. His voice + guitar gives him a unique sound, too. And by the way, why isn't Steve Hackett in here? Maybe he is and I just haven't scrolled down enough? Where's Pat Metheny? Sheesh, does anyone else feel these comparisons aren't helpful? All these people are unique and one more thing: Where are the women? Let's get this started: Seattle's own Kathy Moore!
What! TheTopTens! He should be in top 3!
So good great writing as well.
Why isn't he in top 10?
Slash & Mustaine
Best of his genre
He's 1st in the 484 people survey at a school I went too and was followed by ace freely
Why is he 67. That's a joke. Top 10. No top 5
The greatest living guitarist and songwriter.
What a joke! Should be in the top 10
The greatest all time innovative guitarist to come out of the UK. Such a distinctive style and sound which is most important. Many guitarists have a similar sound and tone to others. This guy got me hooked on the sound of the guitar from a young age and I have tried to find others in a similar vein to no avail and I own over 2000 rock/metal CD's and have followed the scene since the mid 80's. A totally under estimated guitarist in my opinion. Long live The Cult.
The greatest riff-writer ever. Billy Duffy is the greatest British guitarist ever, and if you don't believe me, buy 'Sonic Temple'. Duffy writes amazing riffs and solos, and although he's got blinding speed, he knows how to use it with economy. - Floods
Truly amazing it is a shame he didn't get much exposure in the US. In England the Cult was number one for a decade.
A totally under estimated guitarist in my opinion
Alvin lee greatest rock and blues guitarist listen to live version of help me
Woodstock, I'm going home. Watch it and weep
Fast or blue just an incredible talent.
r.i.p. kurt great guitarist
BEYOND NUMBER 1
HE IS BEYOND MUSIC
He is one of the best modern guitarist, but is often overlooked due to Muse's polarizing style. Look at songs like "Knights of Cydonia", "Plug in Baby" (one of the best riffs of all time) and one of Muse's newer songs "Reapers." These songs showcase his guitar skills very well, among many other songs.
Matthew Bellamy is just Uprising. Not much to say being an amazing guitarist, I reckon the best of all time! You listen to him for the 1st time, you'll suddenly change your mind because he'll blow it like hell.
Nothing much to say about him just listen plug in baby... )
One of the greatest guitarists still alive!
He really should be on top 10, THE BEST GUITARIST EVER ON EARTH! You never could find someone better than him at any way.
THE BEST - daronboy
He's not the best player ever, but when you consider that he writes and produces a lot of his band's songs, he's at least top 10 or 15
Just listen to his solo's
He is the best!
Really Unique and Blessed Guitarist... A MUST HEAR!
He can do it all
Worship leader. Serves JESUS CHRIST.
Cracking and epic solos in -
'Let Your Glory Shine', 'All To You' and instrumental tracks 'Miraculum' and 'O Little Town Of Bethlehem' are just a few.
Multi-Talented Musician, song writer and producer. God Gifted!
Herman Li of dragonforce is by far the most masterful guitar player of all time. The only person on earth that can come close to matching his skill is his apprentice that plays lead guitar simaltaneously with herman in the band.
One of the absolute best gutarists out here, better than Hendrix.
HERMAN LEE IS RIGHT AFTER EVIL CHUCK...
EVIL CHUCK IS NUM 1
very talented guitarist of D'ERLANGER, BODY and CRAZE - ronluna
This is ridiculous that he is so low on this list, every song he's in, even his solo stuff is just so great! Amazing guitarist, deserves better
What his music is so unbelievably clean he should be in the top 10
Tom merello is awesome. If any one has herd of "Fist full of steel" his beginning guitar solo is th 2nd best one ever his first great solo is "wake up" that's has a great solo plus he is great at scratching almost no one does scratching witch puts him in like 1 place so tom merello is way beet er that's that one guy.
He should be in the top 5 of the world (personally, I would put him at number uno). I wholeheartedly agree with previous comments, he's an incredible musician, not just a ridiculously fast shredder.
Omg the most underrated and perhaps best guitar player ever. Ignorant people like slash before hearing paul gilbert. "
Very under rated! He is amazing live! Wish he would do more in the USA.
One of the best in the WORLD. So versatile! He's a musical genius, a shredder from hell
He's the best (quick, melodious and sing very good)
Why so low he is the teacher of all this guys
A crusader in solo part of the songs with the Beatles
So few to learn from.