Greatest Electric GuitaristsFloods
The Top Ten
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.
There can only be one. You have never heard a performance by Jimi that was other than perfect.He was great in a studio yet better live.Tasteful as is Brian May.They never played a note that out of the art of the song.I bloody dig Jeff Beck as well,who turned a page after seeing Jimi.And,after that "experience" of course your inspired.But my favourite guitarist now,who sounds like what Jimi would be into were he with us still is Bob Cray.Tasteful guitarists in my opinion should be praised.Buddy Guy,Mick Ronson,Steve Stevens have left with lovely work.But,Bob Cray I could watch night after night.A voice like a bird,brilliance beyond from his axe and his songwriting,pure genius.CheersV 51 Comments
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.
I don't understand the list. Yes, he's a very good guitarist and quite underrated but how come he suddenly came 2nd on this list? I mean all the other guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen or any other guitarists who always stay in top 10 are all known for playing electric guitar. - zxmV 96 Comments
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.
#1 my friendV 20 Comments
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!
#8 Some people need to start listening to more music than Justin Beiber! It is shameful that Page is this low. If you are 20 or under please go listen to some Led Zeppelin music and come back and then vote.
Are young insane? Jimmy #11? I really need more information why Jimmy in #11..
This page (pun intended) in messed up! Jimmy should be number 1!V 11 Comments
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.
Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan got to be the greatest guitarist
Great composer and even best playing guitar.
Seriously Clapton should be much higher especially when sambora is secondV 5 Comments
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.
Richie Blackmore...Best guitarist ever. Talented and genius, both electric and acustic guitar.
Still active until now, created a lot of great songs for Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmores Night. Pioneer for electric guitarist and influenced some of guitarist. Not just best in the studio but live concert as well.
Unfortunately a lot of people doesn't now about him. judges him to low ranked. Just see and listen how he played, from early Deep Purple until Now.
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.
Icarus' Dream Suite Op.4... Enough said
Words other then genius couldn't describe him A #1
Some guitar players are on this list are thre for their song writing and recognisable and heroism styles they have made them famous. Malmsteen has the ultimate technobility I have ever heard in any electric guitar playing ever. From his shredding techniques to his appegios. His style is completely different to any style out there, so he doesn't just sound like another blues scale style guitar player. He is amazing playing in his band to playing with the worlds top Orchestras. From playing rock and heavy metal to playing paggannini clasical style and slower 80's AOR styles. Watch his guitar lessons and interviews on YouTube and your think the same.
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.
David Gilmour is the number one Guitarist ever. He lifts songs to extrordinary heights.V 11 Comments
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.
Best. Number 1 for me.V 44 Comments
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.
Someone said something years ago that made me laugh - "Is it possible for us to learn to play an EASY Zappa song? " The thought that anyone could think such a thing existed flat out cracked me up!
Not only was Zappa an outstanding guitar player, but he had the ability to write challenging charts for every single member of his group - and they'll tell you that when it comes to simple compositions, there ain't no such animal!
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
SRV is the best! PERIOD!V 12 Comments
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
Only the greatestV 2 Comments
Greatest riffs and solos look at Art of life. - TD17
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..
His playing is just simply awesome very talentedV 16 Comments
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
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
Super talented musician. Love himV 2 Comments
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
The best guitarist of all time just listen to Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley.
Randy Rhoads style love making music appeals to my taste my in playing guita. there's so many guitars but Randy Rhoads ultimately to me is my favoriteV 3 Comments
People don't realize his geniality and playing style, he's up there with Hendrix, Van Halen and jimmy paige
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 greatestV 1 Comment
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.
No doubt, Buckethead is genius. Musician. Benediction.
Thank you Buckethead!
I can say same words for Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Al Di Meola, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and for a many more guitar giants and this words will be truth for every one of them.
There is no measure for the talent!
You can measure and compare mediocrity, but how you can compare the uniqueness?
All you can see in the charts is trendy people. Some of them are talented presenters, some of them are good musicians, some of them are great musicians and very few of them are genius.
He might now have many
hits... But technically and emotionally wise, this guy is God.
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.
The best living guitarist in the world.V 4 Comments
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
El mejor de todos
Dear Mr Steve Vai, You are on the Top 5 Best ever guitar players to EVER LIVE! Thank YOU. Peace and Lovr Always R.
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