Greatest Rock Guitarists of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

It sounds odd to call a rock god of Jimmy Page's magnitude, who is universally revered in rock music circles, underrated. But he is generally underrated. As much as I enjoyed Jimi Hendrix, his death at a young age led to the inevitable deification & overrating of his great talent. Page was the superior overall musical talent. Though young JP was blisteringly fast, as many other players have proven, a gymnastic exercise of a zillion notes a second means very little. Page's real gift and power was always evidenced by the emotional impact that his playing never fails to convey. It was called "sloppy perfection" by those that understood that the power never lay in note for note inerrancy but in overall impact on the listener. Page will forever remain the Paganini of rock guitar, the greatest rock guitarist that ever lived. (P.S. He was also the most innovative and gifted studio record producer in rock history. )

Jimmy Page is the best guitarrist ever, and despite I don't have to, I will tell you why:
A great guitarrist is defined in both composing and playing ability. Clapton and Hendrix could be great playing, but they just can't beat Jimmy as a composer, and sometimes as a player, too. A normal person could not even walk in a straight way while he or she is on drugs. Guess what? Jimmy just can't play a guitar! He can IMPROVISE, not being sober, and make one of the most stunning and orgasmic solos ever. While on drugs. Who does that? Nobody! If you don't believe me go to youtube and look for Since I've been loving you at song remains the same, dazed and confused at supershow in 1969 or the heartbreaker solo. Also the live performance of stairway to heaven at madison square garden. Led Zeppelin is the only group whose live performance songs are better than the studio versions, and that is just because Jimmy improvisations with a guitar, making a 6 minute song into a 15 minute song. And yet ...more

Go find the best sound quality Zeppelin boot from their lean mean early years (1969-'72) and just listen to Page's astonishing, eerily inspired,improvisational brilliance...There is good reason he has been called the Pagannini of electric guitar. It's not about a zillion flawless notes per second (though Page was blisteringly fast in his prime), it's about what the sounds being produced do to the listener! Page has been called "sloppy perfection" because he would always reach for the inspirational sound rather than technical perfection. I know it sounds a little strange but musicians know exactly what I mean. Jimmy Page has deservedly eclipsed Jimi Hendrix in this otherworldly inspired playing category. Go find "Listen to this Eddie" and see exactly what I mean.

Who else has played so many styles over the course of the albums they've played on? Alternative tunings, finger picking, blues, rock, country, electric or acoustic. Jimmy Page is unparalleled. His approach to the guitar is innovative, unique. Not only is he a fantastic player, but an amazing arranger and producer as well.

2 Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen was one of the most innovative rock guitarists, one of the fastest players, one of the catchiest writers...along with singing while doing all this...and stage presence.
He brought finger tapping to mainstream rock. His playing completely changed ALL genres of music. All your favorite guitarists from the 80s and more recent copy Eddie, or copy someone else who copies Eddie. It's inevitable. Somewhere in your guitar playing is a piece of Eddie. :)
If you can move around stage like him, and sing, both while playing like him, then you're doing something.

Well it's all a matter of taste 'cause all "best rock guitarists" lists differ. But I think we can all say that after Hendrix' and Page's era, Edward Lodewijck Van Halen was the best and most important new kind on the block. Eruption changed the whole rock/metal guitarist landscape totally. No one had heard a guitarist play like EVH before, his speed, sound, style and skills changed everything.

Not many guitarists, hence musicians, can make that claim.

Lists are stupid as we know,but only a handful of artists were truly influential,and revolutionary with their styles and impact.That is my criteria!.

I am an Eddie Van Halen freak,nonetheless we all have to give number 1 to Hendrix out of respect!.

Here's my top ten in no particular order (Except Hendrix and Eddie 1,and 2 of course!).

Hendrix

Van Halen

Clapton

Chuck Berry

Carlos Santana

Jimmy Page

Billy Gibson

Slash

Stevie Rae Vaughn

Angus Young

Hendrix was great because he was the first to turn up the volume, use the fuzzbox, etc., and changed the sound of music to come. He was a great player, to be sure. But Eddie ALSO changed the sound of music, and physically reinvented the guitar itself AND influenced it’s production forward. Furthermore, we all know he didn’t “invent” tapping and hammering per se; but, in 1978 with one solo we all knew what it was, and then EVERYONE was doing it, plus his other multitude of techniques, AND the first thing every young slasher does is learn to do it. I think that speaks for itself. It’s pretty hard to convince me that anyone else has done more - overall - to alter and progress the sound of rock music than Eddie.

3 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Many people have different opinions on what makes a guitarist great. Some point to technical ability. Some to legendary bodies of work. Some to influence they have had on musicians after them. JimI had all of that and more. He defined his own generation and many after it. He cultivated a bluesy guitar sound into hard rock with jazz elements and created a sound never heard before. If you listen to his straight up blues tracks, you will quickly come to realize Stevie Ray Vaughan owes him every dime he ever made. He was heavy before heavy was even established and still elegant in a way that few after have managed to capture. He was a pioneer and a legend. And he did this all in 27 years on Earth. Every rock guitarist since him is to some degree indebted to him. Long live the king.

Jimi Hendrix lived and breathed talent, power, soul, the blues and every other emotion possible. I love all these guitarists, but none of them compare to Hendrix, every note he played was the most powerful, most soulful note the world has ever experienced. Hendrix shall rule as the king of music until the end of time. Are you experienced?

The man could play guitar behind his back, underneath his legs, and with his teeth. He literally embodied what a guitar player should be. He is a skilled player, and fantastic showmen, and a excellent composer. Just listen to his performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" and you will see why his the the best guitarist that ever lived.

Hendrix redefined the electric guitar in both sound and composition. By comparison, Page "borrowed" from those who went before him. He put his own brand on those "borrowed" songs but Jimi created both sounds and songs

4 Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Slash is like the best guitarist you can get. His style of playing is so melodic, compared to all the other rock guitarists. It can even impress people who have always denounced rock music! that's something even a legend like Jimi Hendrix couldn't do as well as this awesome guy

What?! Syn on 2nd!
Slash should be the 2nd greatest guitarist behind Hendrix. Page should be on 3rd only because of "stairway to heaven". Synyster has technical skill but no feeling. If we consider speed, Syn can never be greater than Eddie Van Halen. However, feeling is what actually matters. So, Slash would be actually on 1st because Hendrix died soon and could not play many solos as Slash did.
Here's my top 4:- 1. Slash
2. Jimi Hendrix (may also be 1st)
3. Jimmy Page
4. Eddie Van Halen

I get you like him best. He is awesome However it's a big exaggeration only die hard fans will put him above the rock guitar greats way more talented than him like Hendrix, Clapton, Page, Angus young, Blackmore, etc.

My opinion 1. Slash, 1. Bucket head, 1. Jimmy page, 1. Jimi Hendrix, 1. Eddie van.. they all are great and top 1* in their own style and many underrated old guitarists name I din't mention.

The man has a presence about him that most don't have, he's raw and he's real which pushes him into the top 3 somewhere.

5 Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

He is the second best guitarist behind Jimi, but my favourite!
He is very diverse... He can move from the hard rocking songs of Layla and sunshine of your love, to his technically brilliant slow paced work like wonderful tonight and next time you see her.
Eric doesn't just play the guitar... He is the guitar, and let's it sing!

Slowhand is the absolute best ever! Consider where he came from, his tragic losses and his personal demons!

Slowhand rocks!

He is, has been and always will be the best for me. There are many talented guitarists and more evolving every day, but he is the best.

What else can you say about Cream's solo specialty guitarist. This guy made solos sound easy when they really weren't. His solo on White Room by Cream influenced billions of solos latter on.

Slash should not be this higher. And who tf is Synyster? He sucks. Clapton number 1 easily. He literally made rock when he fused it with blues back in his Bluesbreakers and Cream days. None of these people would even exist without him.

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

This guy doesn’t just play guitar, he’s an artist. He can take any of the beautiful, amazing songs Queen produced and come up with the perfect guitar solo that COMPLIMENTS the music without DOMINATING it. In my opinion, that’s an incredibly important and admirable skill in a rock guitarist, when you see so many opting to steal the show with ridiculously overdone, over complicated riffs. Brian May was, and still is, dedicated to the music first and foremost rather than just showcasing his own talent when it’s his time to shine. Plus, he has an epic singing voice and can write absolute bops! Definitely my favorite rock guitarist!

Brian should be a close second to Jimi Page. No way is Slash better. I wonder if the maker of the list was even born when music was music and there were rockers. Not these singing show winners that no one is going to remember in 10 years. Just listen to Brian shred it on Fat Bottom Girls and then tell me that he doesn't at the least deserve second place.

He just is the best! Last horizon (2005), was it all worth it, Brighton rock, I want it all, his solos with the triple delay effect, and the last horizon solo from France (2013) the list goes on and on!

Look may not be better than page he's up there with Hendrix but synester gates is NOT better than May. I'm an avenged sevenfold fan but I can admit he is no where near the top ten. Listen to any queen song. Take bohemian rapsody for example. Just listen to how beautiful the guitar sounds. Others examples are we will rock you, any others will do.

7 Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while ...read more.

Angus young sure should have the title of number one on every list he beats slash,jimmy hendrics and David gilmour he is the most amazing rock guitarists I have ever heard granted he does not play as good as he used to but he is still the top guitarist on every list that I ever wrote plus thumbs up to you angus for being the only original band member to still be in the band!

Angus young at number ten no way he should so be number one he puts his all into every performance granted he is not as good as he use to be but he is the most amazing guitarist way better than slash and Jimmy hendrics also thumbs up to you angus for being the only original band member to keep with the band your a star angus!

Angus Young definitely first. I'd like to see any other player play with that much soul and blues and emotion and be doing spasms and duck walks. he is the best and there is no such thing as a bad or less than amazing AC/DC song. Angus should be #1.

In my opinion Angus young tops slash by far, slash is a good guitarist no question, but listening his guitar solos, there are still a few flaws or lacks of creativity while angus young really plays flawless solos.

8 Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

One way to understand the personality of Kirk Hammett is to just listen to two tracks that I suppose depict him perfectly. They are 1). ONE 2). Welcome Home (Sanitarium). I have also seen many people criticizing Kirk just because he is a metal guitarist. Just become mature and stop being cynical. He is a satriani student along with Vai. Rolling stones didn't give him a place in top 100. Though he is just not what he was but lets not forget what he did from 1984-1992! The whole world said WOW! He was much much better than Page in is initial years. Kirk played at seatle at 27. Listen to that solo there. Then listen to Page solo (Again at 27) at Royal Albert hall. That had such a rough sound. So respect Mr. Hammett!

While Kirk Hammett was influential in the metal community and his solos are awesome, he can't compare to the pure melodic and creative genius of Gilmour, Clapton, Hendrix and Eddie. Anyways, metal guitarists like Dimebag and Iommi were/are more influential. If we were going off of pure technical abilities, then Kirk would be close to the top.

Kirk hammet is the greatest guitarist of all time from the greatest band of all time, replacing the most overrated guitarist of all time ( not bad but overrated.I.E. dave mustaine). I like megadeth but they're worse than negative compared to Metallica.

He changed rock and metal completely, with epic solos like Fade To Black, Master Of Puppets, and countless more. Come on people, he deserves to be higher than seventh!

9 David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Although I must pay my respect/tribute to "Stairway to Heaven" by Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin, since it was THE SONG that, as a preteen, brought me to Rock-n-Roll, and for which I consider to be my favorite song of all time, and additionally is nearly impossible to choose given Page's other brilliantly composed music, my sincere love of David Gilmour's musical brilliance takes the lead if I have to choose who is the best. I know "Comfortably Numb", "Marooned", "High Hopes", "Pigs (Three Different Ones), and "Shine on you Crazy Diamond" are just a few of Gilmour's numerous songs that would have brought me to rock-n-roll, had I heard them before Stairway to Heaven. Thankfully wisdom taught me music is a compilation, not a competition (hehe, so I'll just enjoy them both, and Tony Iommi, and...).

The best. He plays with his feelings and doesn't try to play a lot of notes in one second (but this doesn't he is bad technically, try to play "Dogs" for instance). He would make you cry with "Comfortably Numb", "Time" or "Shine on"; you would hear hs guitar speaks on "Money", "Pigs" (the long one) or "Keep Talking" and discover his rage on "The Nile Song" or "Have a Cigar". He is very influential too: John Petrucci, Andrew Latimer, Steven Wilson, Frederik Akesson or Steve Rothery all quote him as an influence. Dave Mustaine praised his guitar skills too.

This guy is the greatest solo writer ever. While his stuff isn't particularly hard to play (note-wise) replicating his tone is impossible along with coming up with anything as melodic, psychedelic and genius as Comfortably Numb or Time. To me, Gilmour is #2 behind Hendrix, but that's just personal preference.

Need to relax, play Comfortably Numb LOUD. Works at the dentist, for surgery, getting a tattoo. Gilmour is the best guitarist... He can reach your inner soul, you feel it. The hairs on your arm stand up every time. Comfortably Numb actually brings tears to my eyes every time I listen... And I'm old!

10 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.

Oh please. I get it. Synyster Gates can shred like a demon, and all of the little goth kids love his loud, fast, artificial-sounding solos, but there is no way in hell that he is the #2 guitarist of all time. I can already hear A7x fans decrying the "musical curmudgeon" argument and saying that older isn't always better. This isn't about the fact that Synyster Gates doesn't have the resume to be considered #2 (which he doesn't by the way). This is more about creativity and songwriting skills. While his solos and riffs are good for working out and stuff, there's really nothing special about them other than their speed and precision. Speed and precision aren't the be-all and end-all of determining the quality of a guitarist. If this were the case, guitarists like Gilmour and Hendrix, who didn't revel in their technical abilities when writing solos and riffs, wouldn't be on this list. To me, it just shows a lack of musical taste, ability, and maturity to put this slash rehash at #2. ...more

Synyster Gates is hands down an amazing guitarist. Of course he is mostly known for being able to shred faster than most guitarists (a fact even his haters have to admit), but Syn was classically trained and can do so much more. He can write/play upbeat riffs like in "Scream" and "Nightmare," go all out like in "Hail to the King" where he plays an incredibly difficult beat throughout the entire song and pairs it with an even more difficult solo, but he can also slow it down and play songs like "Seize the Day," "So Far Away," and "Dear God." He is still so young and has loads of time left to make an even bigger impact. The fact that a guitarist from Avenges Sevenfold is on a list with guys from all these legendary bands is proof enough for me!

All the folks talking down on Syn's ability to invoke powerful feeling in his solos and riffs need to take a day listening only to A7X songs. Really soak them in, then ask yourself if there is or ever has been anyone that can top him. No one can compare to his speed and precision, but he also deserves a place high on the list for his 'powerful feeling' and originality, which is hard to stand out
with the originality in an age where so many great riffs and solos already exist. Switch him out with any lead guitarist of the past and he will match or exceed their role. Whereas Slash or Van Halen wouldn't quite fill his shoes in A7X. So considering all the attributes that make up these greats, Syn is #1 in my opinion. We're talking about the greatest, period. Not the biggest fan base, or boundaries pushed at their time. -JMS

This guy's fans seem to assimilate the concept of a guitar the same way the assimilate the concept of a car : The faster it is, the better. I'm sorry but despite him being a good guitarist, he shouldn't even be on this list since he isn't rock. He comes from the metal generation so put him there if you'd like, though I don't think he should touch the top 5 there either. Luckily, he was at #2 and now at number #5 so he's slowly going back to his rightful position. It's always the same with this kind of lists. The fan boys get here first and since he has so many, he got in top 5 (hopefully not for long).

The Newcomers

? Jeff Waters Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.
? Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

The Contenders

11 Brennan Dylan

In my opinion this guy is one of the best rock guitarists alive today. Why you ask? Objectively, most modern electric guitar players have a large pedal board in front of them plus other FX gear to blow an audience's mind with a killer sound. This dude doesn't and uses only an overdrive pedal, choosing to get his sound the old fashioned way, from his guitar. He has been compared to guitar virtuosos Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa etc. for years. He's gets a ton of press, constant terrestrial & internet radio play, is a published song writer and can play at the speed of light with the best of them. His one-off guitars are made by his sponsor, Gary Kramer Guitars and he fronts 3 piece rock/metal band Men Without Armies. Just Google him or MWA if you want to see what I mean. He's not backed by a label or an agent so what you hear, see & read about Dylan is all unbiased, grassroots information and opinions. He doesn't have a PR Agent blasting the company line about him all over the ...more

This dude is a prodigy. I saw him on stage when one of his strings broke and he kept playing. And the amazing thing is that it sounded awesome. He sure is underrated.

Although I am happy to see my friend Brennan on this top 100 list, I believe he should be in the top 25, at least for modern rock guitarist. His sound is fresh and vibrant.

He is amazing to watch and deserves much more recognition for his skills with a guitar than he is getting.

12 Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

Famous because he's a great guitarist. Kirk Hammett should not be anywhere near here because he uses a wah pedal, and Is only famous because of the band he's in.

13 Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.

Any day or night, Randy could play circles around Eddie Van Halen. He was an absolute original. Where other axe-men borrowed from Page, Clapton, Berry, Waters, etc., Rhoads borrowed from Classical and pure Spanish riffs and forged them into metal. Was a year behind him in high school, and would sit in his next-door neighbor's room (my younger brother's best friend) and listen to him and his brother hammer away in their garage, or to Randy giving lessons to folks of any age. He didn't need a reason to shred, it was pure nature to him. Clapton, SRV, Page, maybe Gilmour ahead of him, nobody else.

Obviously, people who vote aren't guitarists. If they were guitarists, Randy would be on top! He was pure genius when it came to music. It's unfortunate that most people don't know what he could do. Most people don't realize that he actually laid down a track, and then do it all over with an overdub, so his sound was much fuller. I've heard that he even did up to 4 guitar dubs on some songs.

I find it very sad that Randy isn't even in the top 10. He was very creative in the way he wrote his music and played. He combined classical guitar with rock guitar and was extremely creative in his solos, riffs, and his technique, especially in crazy train, goodbye to romance, and dee, (songs off of Blizzard of Ozz) along with most of the stuff on diary of a madman. Randy is definitely my all time favorie.

Randy Rhoads was the quintessential guitar player. If he was alive FM today would sound a lot like Randy Rhoads. He was a gift to the Planet and should be #1. Randy Rhoads #1 and Dime #2 both were the Real McCoy. You know who the Real McCoy was don't you? McCoy was 140 lbs of pure instinct!

14 Tom Morello Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

Tom gets my vote because, despite not being the most traditionally "talented" on the list, he brings so many new things to the table. What he does is all new and hasn't been done by anyone else; he's completely original.

But the question is, can he play anything outside of DJ scratching and using pedals? No, he cannot. Tom's guitar is cool but he sucks as a guitarist and shouldn't be here

I don't know how he's not number 1.
He's amazing. This man is nice asf. I say it's between him and Slash. and I say Tom beats Slash by a hair. He was born to play guitar for Rage Against The Machine. His skills are unbelievable.

Morello does not belong in the top 50, let alone being ranked over guitar giants like Blackmore, Beck, Iomi, Townsend, Rhodes, Satriani, Vai, SRV...give me a break!

15 Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.

Seen and heard most of these guys over the last 40 years. Almost all the supposed top guitarists on this list could not have held a candle to the Townshends' et al. I f they'd been in the same time frame. Townshend invented the first and best power chords that knocked out the massive audiences of the time. Don't get me wrong as their are some fine 21st century guitarists. As a still active concerteer, I've seen well over 100 of the top rock bands in the UK, USA and Europe over the last four+ decades and the fact Peter Townshend, Richards, Lee, May, e tc. e tc are either far down or not even on the list, is embarrassing to lifelong rock fans me and an insult to their memory. Most of the modern guitar heroes posted do not deserve the ranking they have for three simple reasons: 1) Townshend (and the other oldsters) had no 'giant shoulders' to stand on and learn from, 2) they did not have the tremendous resource of rock guitar books, videos, manuals e tc. t hat were and are available to ...more

I can't believe Pete isn't even on the list. He is a top ten guitarist, anyone with a decent music taste knows that. The Who is legendary, and Pete made them so.

Helped revolutionize feedback before Hendrix and he's incredibly skilled and influential.

Name any other guitar player who has written 2 Rock Operas...?

16 Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

The ONLY modern guitarist that can touch the sheer RANGE that Blackmore has done well is Clapton - who is more of a blues guitarist than a rock guitarist.
ALWAYS underrated - just listen to his work on the Rainbow Live version of "Catch the Rainbow", where he does more styles in ONE SONG than most guitarists manage in a career.
Honorable mention to Hendryx as the most INNOVATIVE electric guitarist.

Purple's sound morphed several times over the years, and Richie knew how to add all the right touches to make it work, not to mention his work with Rainbow and Blackmore's Night. From the quiet smoothness of 'When a Blind Man Cries' to the lightning speed of his 'Highway Star' solo, Blackmore's axe was instantly recognizable.

I think we are looking at the best damn Hard Rock Guitarist to play modern hard rock music. Blackmore turned Deep Purple into a wicked Hard Rock band with countless solos that you can't miss out such as: Highway Star, Child in Time, Burn, Black Night, Fireball etc

The most often imitated but never duplicated., Ritchie had nothing committed to memory every thing he played came from emotion. Instantly recognizable style and tone. Could play any style and pioneered much of what you hear today.

17 Dimebag Darrell Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

Dime by any measure was one of the GREATEST GUITAR PLAYERS who ever walked the planet. The Dude was astonishing... Just one killer player. He just unleashed fury. He was a fearless player who attacked the fretboard. This may offend some but in my opinion he was a better player than Eric Clapton could ever hope to be. Eric is just too measured a player... Watching him is like watching caution perform. Sure Eric's solos are great but he strikes me as a guy who leaves nothing to chance & therefore improvises nothing. DIMEBAG is the MAN!

One of the most technically talented guitarist that ever lived. His riffs were aggressive and would rip your head off your shoulders yet his solos were graceful masterpieces! Took too soon. Watch him play the complex 'Domination' solo. He never hits a bum note! Legend. R.I.P

Has anyone here ever listened to Pantera? He sends Slash home and he clearly deserves to be number 1 on this list becuase Dimebag is god. Just listen to any Pantera song. Slash is nothing compared to Dimebag.

Dimebag's playing is just phenominal. He could make a guitar sing like nobody else and the different techniques he used with the speed he had I don't think anybody else

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19 Ace Frehley Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss.

Ace at this number? Again I wonder what the heck are you listening to? He was Dimebag Darrell's idol. Have you ever listened to Ace on many KISS classics like Cold Gin, Do You Love Me, Dr. Love, Shock Me and so many others? Listen to Ace's work on his new single Gimme A Feelin. Open your ears.

Ace might not be the best but his solos are always very catchy and when he dose them live there the same as on the album and always suits the song part perfectly. But for me page1st, Blackmore 2nd and ace and Angus young in the top ten some where.

He's not a horrible or average guitarist but he doesn't deserve to be the top ten. He's not even remotely close to #10

Very good guitar player, a little underrated but he should be around 15 or so.

20 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

People tend to think that because George was in the Beatles he is overrated. Well because this I have to say he is incredibly underrated. No one had a feel for a guitar like George did. He wasn't flashy or necessarily fast, but he played in way that made you want to sing along to his guitar. Everything he played he played in a way that was just perfect for the song. Just think about hi playing in Something, You Can't Do That, I Saw Her Standing There, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Cheer Down, and the list goes on and on. Maybe He's not the greatest but he deserves to be in the top ten at least.

John and Paul may have provided the lyrics, but George, along with Ringo, made the songs special. If only his ego could have competed with the two primary songwriters, he might be much more appreciated for the incredible talent he was.

Probably the most "tasteful" guitarist on this list. Understood that the notes one doesn't play are just as important as the notes that one does play.

For the type of great music that George produced his skills as a guitarist were very well suited indeed.

21 Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.

The Dire Straits guitarist who pretty much invented his own style of guitar playing which turned him into a success by the early 80s, however he isn't recognized by many as a great guitarist but I know his skills have never been similar to other guitarists.

Surely the greatest of the greats; just beyond compare and can play a wide range of styles.

He gets sounds out of his guitar that no one else can. In my opinion, clearly a top 5.

Telegraph Road and Sultan of swing solos are the best, hands down.

22 Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.

How is someone who basically invents a genre like heavy metal not in the top 10?

He changed the music genre, he created a new genre, he's the god of metal

guitarist for black sabbath. missing two fingers but still shreds it.

An absolute riffmaster. without any doubt the inventor of heavy metal.

23 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz.

Longevity has a lot to do with guitarists. This guy should be in the top ten. No way Dylan should even be on the list. Ace Fraley, Tom Morello,Synyster Gates, or Kirk Hammette. And talk about Jimmy, Randy SRV And some would say Duane Allman and when you have Hetfield on the same stage that doesn't hurt. Dylan great writer that's not a guitar Morello,Gates,or Fraley, nope not even close.

Be serious. I have been listening to this guy for 45 years, & it's hard to imagine him standing behind all of these other guys. He's just too good.

Come on you millennials out there! Hit up YouTube and listen to this genius at work!
Definitely top 5!

If you do not think this guy is in the top 10 all time you are crazy.I have listen to his rips for so long and he can play anything,not so for a lot on this list period.

24 Alex Lifeson Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.

What Alex Lifeson in the top 10? Yes I'm not being an idiot, I'm being honest by putting this talented underrated guitarist where he belongs. Rush had highly success not just because of Peart and Lee. If you listen to La Villa Strangiato by Rush, it shows you what Lifeson is capable of playing.

Id put him in the top 5. Looks so easy and fun for him to play all those mind boghling solos!...but were are Steve Hackett and Steve Howe?

Definitely belongs in the Top 10, if not Top 5. No guitarist has the creativity that Lifeson has. Awesome that every solo is different and unique in its own way. So many classics

Alex is the most underrated of the theee Rush musicians. Geddy is often called best bassist (rightfully) and Neil is almost always called best drummer (rightfully) but Alex always gets pushed down.

25 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.

Number 30! What a joke. Lindsey Buckingham is a guitar god who could hold hold his own against anyone who ever picked up a guitar, past or present.

R u kidding me... Lindsey Buckingham at number 31? are you with me right now?

Always overlooked in this category.

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