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The Top Ten
No way Kirk Hammett is better than Jimmy Page. Or Eric Clapton. Or Jeff Beck. Or Eddie Van Halen. Or Joe Satriani. Or Steve Vai. Or Adrian Smith. Or Dave Murray. Or Alex Lifeson. - UFasten8Me
Maybe, but jimmy was only good in the studio. On stage he was really sloppy. - awesomedp900
Not only is Jimmy ridiculously talented and innovative, he is BEAUTIFUL! I cannot stop looking at him when he performs.
Jimmy Page is by far the best. Every riff he played was special.
One of the favoriteV 12 Comments
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!
Eric Clapton is the personification of cool on the guitar. On top of that, he's just an all around good human.
You just can't beat the BestV 15 Comments
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.
Eddie kills most of these guys for inovation he is in a world of his own
One word. Eruption.
Very amazing - Morbid_DethV 3 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.
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.
In the 70s Metallica would never got out of the club scene. They just happened to be around when the pubescent high schoolers didn't have a Zep, Yes, Spirit, Who, BOC, etc... bands who REALLY HAD TALENT and didn't burn out after 1or 2 albums and tours!V 3 Comments
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
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 should be above Kirk Hammet, if only for his diversity.
Jack white should be top 3V 2 Comments
Anyone that doesn't have Derek in the Top 5 has just not seen him play.
Sorry Duane Allman fans...Derek Trucks has soared past the legend. Maybe if Duane was still alive, then...
Put DT way at the top of the list. Unbelievable sounds (sitar like at times), plays slide as well as if not better than Duane Allman and has a broader musical base from which to draw on than most others on or near the top.
The man can playV 7 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.
He's just getting better and betterV 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.
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.
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.
People would call me stupid but he’s better than Jimmy Page and should be firstV 8 Comments
Best of his generation.
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.
Best feeler of the guitar of all time
With age he is even better! Pompeii in 2016 was proof.. Number 11 when this picture was taken... number 2 or 3 in 2018...V 6 Comments
Sultans of Swing (Alchemy Live) is one of the most impressive 10 minutes of guitar I've ever heard. Mark belongs in the top 10
From his piercing single picking digs to his extreme rapid riffs... ( while singing ) You must agree that he has to be in the top ten...
Just listen! The man knows its as much about the gaps in between as it is the notes you hit.
Should be be in the top 5, easily ranks with Eric Clapton.V 6 Comments
Venus Isle/Cliffs Of Dover! The most incredible tone and soloing that is mind blowing at times...
Insane guitarist and a perfectionist
Amazing natural dexterity god given indeed Ronnie guitar holbrook
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
Just has to as good as anyone. His amazing grace is just that
He isn't just making his guitar speak. He is making it sing, scream, cry and laugh.
Great, great player. Better than Clapton or Page.
There's Jeff Beck and then there's everyone else.V 7 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.
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!?!?
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
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 artistV 3 Comments
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.
No one else on this list can do what this man can do. He is the greatest guitar player alive today and probably the best ever. Watch him live I beg you and you will agree.
Joscho Stephan routinely upstages Tommy. I am pretty sure Tommy wouldn't deny it.V 6 Comments
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.
Should not be higher ranking than Jeff Beck----Jeff Beck is much, much better than this guy.V 4 Comments
Nobody can make sounds with a guitar like Tom Morello, the best bar none.
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!
Joe is by far the best living guitarist in the world and believes me I have seen them all. I am 64 and have never seen anyone more devoted to his craft. He studies all the greats and just keeps getting better and better.
Joe is simply the best out there now. Super versatile, great songwriter and great blues vocalist. Second to none on electrics and fantastic on acoustic guitar.V 8 Comments
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!
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
Easily should be in the top 5, #27 what?V 6 Comments
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.
Most precise guitarist ever
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...0
Matt should be number one for the excellent guitar solo in Drones, Reapers
Live at the O2 in London last week. Epic!
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!
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
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.
Absolute legend on guitar no one can beat him and joe satriani
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).
It was a tie between him and Tom Morello for me
Should have been top 10
In addition song writer and composer, not good singer. awesome guitarist.
Yes, no one beats dave and marty - Morbid_Deth
He's the best ever
Also very great - Morbid_Deth
Are you kidding? Listen to 'Stranglehold' - he's awesome! - genihanna
Under rated does a lot with five notes
Why is this epic man not higher on the list?
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
Joe has written some of greatest classic rock riffs of all time! Very underrated!
Underrated as far as I am concerned
Probably the most underrated guitarist ever...
Don't vote for Chuck Berry cause he'll probably die the next day after you vote
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.
No price for one of his live, he’s incredible
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>..
Insanely talented young guitarist
He should be in first or second at least. I dare you to play any of his riffs or solos - Morbid_Deth
Tornado Of Souls, Hanger 18, Holy Wars, listen to them.
This is insane that he is this low
All megadeth songs, listen to them with marty and dave, synister gates looks like a baby - Morbid_Deth
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.
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