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The Top Ten
To me a zeplin fan Jimmy will always be a God and Jeff Beck #2 and Eric Clapton # 3 and that's it and I'm 54
John Mclaughlin is the greatest at this time. I think Jimmy Page would agree.
Best Alive, great live and in studio, influential, and is still making music, remaining the greatest living guitarist in the world.
No Uli Jon Roth,
Yes, without doubt he is the best One
WTF, why is kirk hamet 1 CLAPTON IS BEST, then jimmy page, this is all out of wack, slash is not that great guys, he certainly can't hold a candle to hendrix (best guitarist of all time)
Kirk Hammet? Who are we kidding? How did he even make the top 100? This poll is a joke!
the best17 Comments
He contributed a lot in rock guitar playing. Or he contributed the most,technique-wise.
One word.Eruption. 1#
One of the most under-rated guitarists of our generation. He's a maestro on electric and acoustic, showing unique skills. He can shred with the best of them, but can play Flamenco style with those who have trained for decades. His innovations are legendary.
Very amazing - Morbid_Deth5 Comments
How the bloody hell is slash and kirk hammet ranked above Keith? Good job on spelling by the way
Maybe in the Top 20 no where near 6. His name is actually
Should be on list somewhere around 150.
I will not pretend Keith is the best but he is the guitar player I like the most 🎸💀
They've sold 125 million albums and people still talk trash...Kirk is an absolute icon weather you like it or not.
Very mediocre and definitely one of the most over rated guitarists of all time. Maybe the most over rated
Hammet is average at best.
Good, great but page 1 clap 2, no debate. Best before JH, dead guy Rory Gallagher, look him and argue.4 Comments
There's no one better, dead or alive
The man can play
Great Slide & very underrated. Definitely in my Top 5 Living
The best, period.8 Comments
It's been said that jack white's hands are actually just an extension of the guitar itself. The devil went down to Georgia, and he was looking for the guitar skills necessary to beat Jack white in a guitar skillz battle. We all know how that turned out. No guitarist alive (John Mayer excluded) could even approach the skill level of Jack white.
Jack is a life saver! Really when the guitars sing are nice but after a while the style of Jack White and constant changes to it are exhilarating instead. Excellent guitar work, friendly vocals despite the edge careful play of that top two instrument. Awesome! - iliescu
Jack should be above Kirk Hammet, if only for his diversity.
Jack White definitely deserves a to ten place. Jimmy page top 3. Kirk Hammet top ten. Clapton top 3.3 Comments
he is undoutbly an outstanding guitarist of all times... He played the guitar as is the guitar is part of his body
How is Eric Clapton and Kirk Hammet Top of Slash I respect Jimmy Page But Slash is STILL AND WILL be FOREVER Better then any other Guitarist here Except maybe Jimi Hendrix
Why? Frank Zappa is should be in this spot instead. Why this guy? Is it because Sweet Child was way solo---Listen to Zappa's "I'm the Slime" and then take this guy off the list.
Clean n original. Just looking at him inspires me to play guitar...10 Comments
This man is a living legend. Just looking at him you can tell he is an absolute genius. He plays with so much emotion and expression the way all great guitarist's. He will always remain one of the greatest guitarist's this world will ever get to experience.
Slash rated higher than John Frusciante? Eric Clapton, even though an amazing guitarist and singer/songwriter has NOTHING on John Frusciante. Kirk Hammet?!
No one displays their soul in their playing like Frusciante, no one can give me goosebumps by jamming like he can. Truly the most underrated artist ever, and that is considering he is rated at number ten. Should be 2 or 1.
John Frusciante is truly incredible. I've been an huge RHCP fan since their first album, and I am addicted to their incredible sound. When Frusciante left the Chilis to go in his own direction, I was devastated. He is an amazing musician and person and I really miss him in the band. However, I own his solo albums and LOVE them. I have no words for how much this man inspires me.
Easily the greatest guitarist of our time and arguably the greatest ever. The second place is somewhere far behind Frusciante. The level of emotion displayed by him while playing his instrument is something beyond human understanding.8 Comments
Just listen to his solos
With age he is even better! Pompeii in 2016 was proof.. Number 11 when this picture was taken... number 2 or 3 in 2018...
David Gilmour is perfection! Listen to echos, shine on you crazy diamond, especially the version where he solo sings first half with just guitar I believe. there are to many songs to list
His playing always fits the song, creating intensity, emotion, and drive as needed. His solos on songs like Time or Comfortably Numb will take you to another place.7 Comments
Best of his generation.
Without a doubt the most melodic tasteful and technical guitar player/songwriter performing today His picking is stellar,unique, and inventive
Top three living guitarists: Clapton, Gilmour, and Knopfler. No question about it.
His practice sessions are better than most guitarists life's work. Absolutely the best picker in my lifetime.10 Comments
Best guitarist ever
Venus Isle/Cliffs Of Dover! The most incredible tone and soloing that is mind blowing at times...
Insane guitarist and a perfectionist
Great player!1 Comment
Al is a master musician--He could Shred in his hey-day and write and perform the most complex, beautiful guitar themes that He doesn't receive the proper credit for finessing the guitar withpassion. He should be top 10
These lists tend to reflect how well known someone is. They end up being mostly lists of rock guitar flat pickers people know about with few or no virtuoso classical, jazz or flamenco guitarists.
I think Tommy is the best alive, daylight second. He may be the best ever (although he said he thought Paco De Lucia was). Tommy can shred with the best of the electric guitarists but is a superb finger picker with great control and finesse. He is a master of all styles. Really I just don't see how any rock flat picker would make the top 50.
I have seen Tommy in concert twice. Hands down the best alive. He and his brother Phil (who just passed this year) are in a class by themselves. Like so many of the previous comments, if you doubt this, just watch a few YouTube videos. There is a great one of the two of them playing an Irish medley. Nobody has the depth and breadth that they have.
Joscho Stephan routinely upstages Tommy. I am pretty sure Tommy wouldn't deny it.
This man is by far the best guitarist alive! Should be ranking Number 1.6 Comments
There's Jeff Beck and then there's everyone else.
The Master. Even Slow Hand, Page and Gilmour agree!
He isn't just making his guitar speak. He is making it sing, scream, cry and laugh.
Just has to as good as anyone. His amazing grace is just that7 Comments
I'm biased. I love Buckethead. Just don't brush him off because he's "different". He has some of the fastest, the most beautiful, the most experimental, the most precise and the most emotional guitar music you will hear from one man PERIOD.
If you look at how he plays...he is the best...I'm an open minded old fart...in my 60's...Love hendrix, Clapton, Van Halen, Page, Emanuel, Bonamassa, Roy Clark for god's sake, Dimebag...I love all the greats just like you guys...but the Bucketboy can play all their stuff, they can't play his...Look at the remarks after the players, Buckethead has the most complaints about not being higher up the list...just saying...enjoy him while he is alive. thanks
Ok, I realize that Buckethead is no big celebrity and he seems a little off but if you care enough to be looking at this page you should definitely check him out. Mind blowing. Deserves top 5. by the way, Jack White but no Kerry King!?!?
Absolutely stunning guitarist, can put so much more emotion into his playing than any other player I’ve heard, also an insanely prolific writer and recording artist3 Comments
Simply the best!
JOE BONAMASSA? Are you kidding me? This guy travels ALL OVER THE WORLD, plays at Albert Hall, does HIS band thing, tours with BCC, and he ONLY HAS A FAN BASE ON FACEBOOK OF ONLY 256 PEOPLE. THAT, folks, should tell you something. Yeah, he's good, but if you read his whining, crying, bitching session on Facebook after AGAIN not even getting a nod for a Grammy for the umpteenth time, well, then you would see why no one wants to give the guy a second look. His Daddy spent the money on getting him 'taught', then spent MORE money on 'pimping him' to the public eye as a kid, paid BB King to set in with him (yeah, this is the facts behind the story that his 'followers' don't share with the rest of you), and NOW, he travels around different venues WITH THE SAME SMALL GROUPS OF FANS following him like he is the next Messiah. It's ridiculous. Joe Bonamassa? NOT EVEN CLOSE... Maybe that's why only (1%) of ALL OF THOSE VOTING even 'voted' for the guy... Yeah, that would be about 256 people, oddly ...more - StratKat
Joe has 2 million 183,000 Facebook likes numb nuts. First of all, you have no idea how Clapton, SRV or any of the greats got to where they got and are. Yes Joe's dad created a path for him, what great anybody didn't. Tiger Woods, the Jacksons and so on had parent (s) that promoted and encouraged. Joe spends the majority of his life on the road entertaining and filling auditoriums. Isn't that truly what its all about? He is smart, he is a very large fish in a small pond. That is the way todays music business works. Outside of the Rap gender, making in blues and rock and roll is next to impossible. He has truly carved a notch in stone to be one of the greatest guitar tenders ever to be reckoned with. Trust me, the others have whined about this and that, only difference is, they didn't have social media to be exposed. He is one of the greatest players of all time and his creativity and excellence keeps evolving. Get used to him, he is not stopping!
Listen to his solo in Evil Mama, on his new album Refemption. A true Masterpiece!11 Comments
The best, other than Hendrix.
Carlos Santana invented a whole new genre of music, and his guitar playing sparked a new generation of music and the guitar itself. He is easily the best living guitarists. Even Jimi Hendrix admired Santana.
Should be higher ranking than Jeff Beck.
Carlos is an original who goes from genre to genre with ease.5 Comments
Who the fook are these chumps who think they can hold a candle to Tom?
Nobody can make sounds with a guitar like Tom Morello, the best bar none.
In my opinion one of the best guitarists ever
At 71 he is still the best
Best guitarist in my view. 69 and still rocking all stringed instruments.
Has a 2 PHD's in mathematiques and physics, is an astrophysisist and wrote "We will Rock You" How much greater can you get?!
If they played more popular music he would be recognized as one of the best in the world he is so talented.
If he didn't wast his talent on crappy metal core and went to heavy metal or thrash metal he would be a god but he chose crap over music - Morbid_Deth
No one sounds like sinister gates, right now the best guitarist on earth
Yeah I respect all the others but you can deny the fact that skillwise he is the best at present, hands down!
Had to keep up with Neil Peart.
As usual, no respect. One of the greatest guitarists alive. Easily Top 20. Real musicianship, not pseudo/mimicry.
This poll should be about their ability to play the guitar not their popularity. Sat and Vai should really be in the top 5 and not Slash and Hammet
I can't believe so many people haven't got a clue about the guitar. Joe and vai should be 1-2 without question.
Beck, Vai, and Satriani are the greatest guitarist's I have ever seen play in person, Slash and Eddie Van Halen can be their roadies
Joe has incredible range. He goes from metal to alt rock to ballad to country to blues. He does it all.6 Comments
Should be at least in the top 5, deserves way more credit, the guy is a musical genius
Plug In Baby says it all, even though that's just one of a ton of incredible guitar riffs. Live performances take it to the next level.
Absolutely brilliant guitarist
Best live act award winning performer twice must e in top ten matt is new gen. Guitarist he play live with lots of energy he just rocked stadium...02 Comments
Most precise guitarist ever
Not only a guitar player but also one of the best ever song writer. If you consider that he's also one of the best singers, that makes him one of the best musician.
Should not be on this list.
He's just so bloody clean with everything he does. Enough said.
Must be in 1st place!
Technically one of the best of all time - proficient in all aspects of his playing, and also plays with real feeling; seldom found among modern shredders. In my opinion the best guitarist on the planet.
The most technically accomplished guitar player on the planet
He is better than anyone on this list, simply the best electric guitarist I've ever heard
Wow what an understatement, obviously most of these voters have never seen any of these people actually play. Top 10 lifetime in skill!
Without a doubt one of the greatest current guitarists...key word is current.
Oh Yes! The Greatest Guitarist of All-Time!
John Petrucci is the most technically advanced guitarist alive.
The guitarist and often composer for Dream Theater, Petrucci knows how to play. He pours emotion into everything he does, and is incredibly technically gifted. Considering Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rory Gallagher are no longer with us; Petrucci is my pick for best living guitarist (closely followed by Tony Iommi, Alex Lifeson and the original JP, Jimmy Page).
Should have been top 10
It was a tie between him and Tom Morello for me
Also very great - Morbid_Deth
He's the best ever
Absolute legend on guitar no one can beat him and joe satriani
Corgan could definitely be higher than 13. I think he must get overlooked because people think of him as the singer of the Smashing pumpkins. But he could write some killer riffs (Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Where Boys Fear to Tread) and he could play some killer solos (Soma, Geek USA, Starla)
Heavy, melodic, psychedelic; he can do it all. A truly underrated guitarist.
Yes, no one beats dave and marty - Morbid_Deth
In addition song writer and composer, not good singer. awesome guitarist.
Why is this epic man not higher on the list?
Probably the most underrated guitarist ever...
Joe has written some of greatest classic rock riffs of all time! Very underrated!
Underrated as far as I am concerned
Under rated does a lot with five notes
Are you kidding? Listen to 'Stranglehold' - he's awesome! - genihanna
He is now good player, but he will be better when realize that speed in playing is only surfice and deep level is in composition. Alexi should focus to develope his songwriter skills and and write more versatile pieces.
Great skill should focus more on melody than just speed though
Don't vote for Chuck Berry cause he'll probably die the next day after you vote
No price for one of his live, he’s incredible
Unbelievably underrated because he isn't the only guitarist in Pearl Jam. The things he does in a live show are incredible. Yes Eddie Veder is the face and voice of the group but McCready is the soul of the sound.
64 guitarists already and no one mentioned MS. A travesty, folks. Listen to his UFO stuff, then when he was with McCauley-Schenker. Listen/watch any video of "Rock Bottom", then tell me he doesn't belong in the top 5.
Simply amazing on the guitar. I'd put him up against anyone on this list. And he's missing the middle finger on his strumming hand.
One of the greatest!
What can you say about Phil. Like Robben Ford he is in a class by himself
Face melting, underrated and really only recently became a full band member, but he makes the best band on tour even better
Easily top 20...His versatility, and smooth transition is awesome...Listen to him with DMB, the TOP grossing touring band for the last 15 yrs...The guy is hands down BAD ASS>..
The best with steve vai joe satriani following as far as metal hard rock goes.best of all hendrix rhodes. Rob rondanini roseville calif best hardly known phil keaggy.
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