Greatest Living Guitarists

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21 Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and then 1997 to the present day.
22 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.

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.

The best by far, very under rated!

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24 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

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.

He's just so bloody clean with everything he does. Enough said.

Should not be on this list.

25 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Has a 2 PHD's in mathematiques and physics, is an astrophysisist and wrote "We will Rock You" How much greater can you get?!

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26 Synyster Gates Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

If they played more popular music he would be recognized as one of the best in the world he is so talented.

No one sounds like sinister gates, right now the best guitarist on earth

27 Joe Satriani Joe Satriani

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.

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28 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.

Oh Yes! The Greatest Guitarist of All-Time!

29 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

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!

30 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

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.

31 Guthrie Govan Guthrie Govan

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

32 Zakk Wylde Zakk Wylde Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.

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.

33 Steve Vai Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.

Absolute legend on guitar no one can beat him and joe satriani

34 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine ...read more.

In addition song writer and composer, not good singer. awesome guitarist.

35 Ted Nugent Ted Nugent

Are you kidding? Listen to 'Stranglehold' - he's awesome! - genihanna

36 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho

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

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39 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

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

40 Neal Schon Neal Schon Neal Joseph Schon is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist best known for his work with the bands Journey and Bad English. He is Journey's last original constant member, having participated in every album and tour to date.

Don't vote for Chuck Berry cause he'll probably die the next day after you vote

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