Greatest Rock Guitarists of All Timerodoglez11
The Top Ten
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
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. )
The person who is responsible for starting the greatest rock and roll band of all time. 9 studio albums that were all critically acclaimed, 200-300 million records sold, the greatest riff maker of all time... Whole Lotta Love, Heartbreaker, Kashmir... The list goes on. Jimmy Page is one of the greatest to ever play the instrument. Period.
Best of the best, period.V 33 Comments
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.
Eddie should be in the top 3 easily. No one has been more influential since Hendrix.
What Eddie did was unbelievable. No one could have done what he had done and change the guitar as a whole so much. Thank you Eddie
This guy is great guitarist but it is not my number two it is number threeV 16 Comments
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. - VisionsOfSight
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.
I know Hendrix is The best. But, his style is more Blues than Rock. It's okay bcos Hendrix still The Greatest EverV 35 Comments
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
Has got to be higher up, heck gates, page and Van Halen are amazing guitarists but they aren't rock, their metal and slash shouldn't be on the metal list he's rock still Van Halen page and gates rock
I would say Slash as a great guitar player and Riff master.
Rock on!V 18 Comments
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!
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.
his work with cream, the beatles, john mayall, the yardbirds, blind faith, derek and the dominoes, the list goes on and on. this guy is amazing. number two's hard to pick believe me -
Should be first - XedronV 14 Comments
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!
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).
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
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.
OMG I love this list so much Brian's first! Brian's the only instrument in Queen that wasn't keeping a rhythm or beat (not at all in the least that the bass and drums aren't amazing) and they still had the most amazing sound on Earth, Mars, and Venus - Queen-aholic
Should be in the top three no question! Although Mercury certain was the main attraction, without May the band would have lacked direction. I mean really just listen to the complexity of his solos! The guitar was part of the man!
As a guitarist May is super talented, and after being outshined by Freddie for so long, I'm very glad to see Brian getting the credit he deserves, but he should be higher on the list. #1 would be ok.V 15 Comments
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!
This dude played a song for 26 minutes? Nonstop? David Gilmour made Pink Floyd what it is today by establishing his unique guitar skill into a psychedelic level that was never again reached.
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.
D.G. - it's not a matter of speed and sheer virtuosity. It's a matter of art. Solo part compositions that touch your soul, your heart, your mind, even your body. And he finds every note every time. Even on stage where some of his colleagues use to struggle. D.G. - for me the most fascinating guitarist I could witness in my life.V 13 Comments
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 - GuitarFreak
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.
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.
Dylan is armed and dangerous. The most lethal guitar player I have ever seen.V 21 Comments
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!
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.
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.
AmazingV 6 Comments
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.
Angus is one of the only guitar players that can run around playing amazing riffs and solos unlike slash who looks like a bell end.
Once he puts his horns on there is no one higher.V 17 Comments
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.
This guy is just amazing! His skills are different and plays amazingly in audioslave
Tom Morello is one of the best, it's cool how what he does has never been done before
LISTEN TO HIS SOLOS AT EVERY SONGV 4 Comments
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.
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.
Better than 1-11 on this listV 7 Comments
Leigh Stephens should be here. Blue Cheer is great and should be on lists. Leigh Stephens should too then. The guitar is what makes the music. Leigh Stephens plays Rock how it Rock is. If you need to know why Blue Cheer is great look at my account. Than you would know why I think Blue Cheer is so great. - BlueFuse
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.
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.
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
Helped revolutionize feedback before Hendrix and he's incredibly skilled and influential.
To have Jeff Beck at 29 is insulting. Here's a real rock guitarist list: Eric Clapton, Brian May, Keith Richards (not in your 10? ), Eddie Van Halen, Mick Jones of Foreigner, Joe Perry of Aerosmith (also not in your 10? ), Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Yngwie Malmsteen and Ace Frehley. All legends.
if your talking pure guitar skill this man should be number one. there ain't nothing jeff can't play, jazz, rock, blues. you name it. -
People argue over whos better Beck, Clapton, or Page?. The 3 Yardbirds guitarists are always going to be known as guitar gods. Beck was the highly superior one of the three but not the most talented which is why Page is above but his heart and soul that pushes him to have a great flow is what makes him a legend.
Jeff Beck is one of the most innovative and creative players to come out of the 60"s. Forever pushing the envelope with an undeniable sound and technique. Tom Morello should be ranked no where near BeckV 1 Comment
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
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.
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.
All roads lead to Ritchie Blackmore. A true legend. Stands way above the rest.V 15 Comments
guitarist for black sabbath. missing two fingers but still shreds it. -
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
THE UNDISPUTED RIFF MASTER... INVENTOR OF DOOM METAL. HE SHOULD BE TOP 5, IF IT WAS NOT FOR HIM, HALF THESE GUYS WOULD BE WORKING AT WALMART!V 1 Comment
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
Diference "Greatest Rock Guitarists of All Time" and "Best Guitarists Ever"?
Ace Frehley appears in different positions. Position 29 is cool, 46 in the other list is wrong.
How could you rate this man at #20.. As usual, no respect for the Greatest Ax player EVER!
Most beautiful melodies of electric guitar...
Joe is far above anyone in this list, the ONLY guitarist that speaks with his guitar
Best guitarrist EVER!V 1 Comment
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.
For the type of great music that George produced his skills as a guitarist were very well suited indeed.
If this was a list for people over 18, George and other greats like Zappa and Jonesy would be in the top 20 at least. All geniuses.V 1 Comment
He should be #1 Hands down. Have you ever seen any of his solos? Only a genius could do it. Like Bach if he were still alive.
Herman Li can do a lot more than just race up and down the neck, he can play nearly anything. Moreover, there was this one video showing that he could play under water.
No guitarist can play like him
He's fast, but there's nothing more to his playing than simply racing up and down the neck. In my honest opinion, it takes more than speed and effects pedals to make you one of the best.
To play his solos, all you need is speed and the same effects he uses.
His band, as a whole, was ingenuitive, though. Video game metal? Right on!
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.
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
La villa strangiato. One of the most challenging guitar songs ever and Alex masters it. There is no contest. He should top the list!
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.V 5 Comments
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! - GuitarFreak
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.
He's gotta be higher!
18 is disgraceful!
He and dave mustane should be higher than kirk hammitV 3 Comments
Yes he should be easily,
Shouldn't even be in the top 50...
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.
Always overlooked in this category.
R u kidding me... Lindsey Buckingham at number 31? are you with me right now?
He has a well developed sense of tonal quality. Live and on recordings his musical sensibilities are consistently polished. Watching his technique demonstrates to anyone who knows good progressive guitar work a consistently high level of skill and dexterity.
Are you guys kidding? Keith Richards not in the top 10 or even in the 20? There are a bunch of guitarists above him that should have been here not keith richards. Stupid people. The riffs are so important like solos
I agree with the previous poster. What is wrong with you? Are you even listening to rock and roll? Keith is a legend. You ought to be ashamed.
Did you ever sit alone and listen to the let it bleed album? And then not rate Keith in the top 10 is an insult to your listener discernment... Apparently some of the great blues men Muddy Waters, BB King, Chuck Berry, etc. Thought different about his guitar talent.
Keith should be in the top 5 no questionV 2 Comments
Not sure if he is no1 but number 1? , come on he should be way higher - espyorkshireman
That is so Buckethead
Really now? The man who practically invented the solid body electric guitar is sitting now at 39?
Les Paul. The father of the guitar. The guitar of so many rock stars.
He was a great guitarist. Do I believe he changed music for the better? Of course. Without his creative mind, we all might have not been playing electric guitars the way we do.
But, this list is for the greatest rock guitarists of all time.
Again, yes, he was obviously a great rock guitarist...but, not sure I wanna place him any higher than 20, in that retrospect.
Now, on a list for "Most Influential Guitarists", I'd place him in the Top 5, easily.
Steve Vai has done things with his guitar and has created music that no other music artist or guitarist has ever done and continues to do so, nor will there ever be a guitarist like him. Technique, creativity, composing and technicality! Steve Vai continues to revolutionize guitar playing. Enough said. Steve Vai is number 1! PERIOD!
The greatest guitarist ever! Period! He has a unique style of playing. Should be number 1 on this list
Maybe not rock but number 1 guitarist on the planet
*32 this list is a joke.V 2 Comments
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.
To me he is clearly a top ten, and hih on that top ten listV 5 Comments
Very underrated guitarist! His solos with Journey are pure beauty. Steve's awesome voice with Neil's soaring, incredible guitar work were the heart & soul of Journey, taking their music to the stratosphere!
Master of melody and the smoothest solos you'll ever hear
So many to consider. RS is not known to to the "general public"...
So damn glad he's on this list!
I believe one of the greatest composers rhythm guitarists, in hard rock.Also at times very nice solos.Songs Recommended.
1 - Still loving you
2 - Animal Magnetism
3 - Lady starlight
...by The Scorpions
Oh Billie Joe... Where do I even start... I went up on stage at a concert and he kissed me... While still playing his notes... THAT takes skill. He's so great, and talented, and gorgeous.
He literally just plays 3 power-chord songs. There shouldn't be any punk guitarists (assuming Green Day is punk, which would be using "punk" very liberally) on this list because punk music isn't about guitar. Heavy metal and arena rock are all about guitar solos and stuff like that, but punk is more about the band as a whole and playing fast 3 minute songs to create a ton of energy. He really didn't start adding solos to his music until his last few albums (and they still weren't that great). He's a good songwriter and in a good band, but the fact that he's number 15 on the best guitarists list makes me laugh.
Best of the best. His guitar music is so diverse. I mean difficult notes to simplistic ones like good riddance
Two words. Green DayV 5 Comments
Zakk should be in the top five!
Still drunk, still on drugs, pride and glory and is excellent, soulful, meaningful songs...bls is depressing dark music like running out of toilet paper and having to use a bath towel...looks like a beaded mess now... the pinch harmonics and drop d are getting old!
The greatest guitarist I have ever heard, whether it is for Creed, Alter Bridge, or his solo project. And he writes most of the music for all three bands
The guy is an absolute genius. Given that he was voted better than Slash in a Loudwire magazine poll it is criminal that he is not in top 10!
No one sounds like Fripp and Fripp sounds like no one.
Oh my god... Chuck Berry, rock and roll pioneer, decade defining 50's act, and singer of You Can Never Tell and Johnny B Goode, at 67!
Practically invented rock and roll guitar.
This dude invented rock n roll he deserves top 20 at least!
Ask John LennonV 1 Comment
There is no way this guy is not in the top 5. He is Unreal probably the best in the world
Awesome guitarist who deserves the top 5.
Dude I just can't believe this... one of the most versetile and dedicated guitarists of all time on 46? Just listen to Californication, Scar Tissue, Can't stop, Snow, Dani California, Wet Sand, The Zephyr Song, n Under the Bridge and you will come to know what I am trying to say
Its just so unfair... He deserves 2 be in top 10ns :'(V 1 Comment
Unmatched player. Best guitar player of all time. If you look at quotes from fellow guitar players like Clapton, Slash, Santana etc...
Awesome guitarist-a virtuoso. Should be number 1
Without a doubt, simply the most talented and best guitar player of all time!
Ask Clapton, ask Dave Grohl - another major difference...Prince was one of the few guitarist's that can actually read music...a true musician and composer.
Should be in the top ten at least!
He is definitely in the top 20, as is the lead guitarist of Aerosmith...what the hell are these votes based on? Its not Riff's, its producing a kick ass rock song!
Definitely should be in top 20 at least
Joe is top 10 easy.V 2 Comments
Seen Blue Oyster Cult many times in concert. Buck Dharma steals the stage by making it look so easy. He can actually be funny at times. My favorite band of all time. If they play near me I still go see them. Bucks boogie is a great instrumental song. If people only knew how many great songs they have besides don't fear the reaper, Godzilla and burning for you they would get hooked also. Keep on rocking BOC. I even had a pair of earrings made with their symbol. Everyone wonders what they mean. I named a dog on his pedigree after Buck. Of course it was a Great Dane because both are great
Saw this guy live and was absolutely astonished by his work. Blue Ouster Cult will always be rock legends, and it's thanks to Buck Dharma and his lightning fast guitar skills.
Buck was my primary guitar influence growing up in the 70's. Very unique style and sound. Very underrated. Glad to see him on this list.
Underrated - should be higherV 2 Comments
Listen to Plug in Baby, Stockholm Syndrome and Reapers. That's enough to show how much of a great technical guitarist he is.
Matt is a superb guitarist, I have no idea why he's so low down on the list?
Check out his work with X Japan - his individual style, apperance and playing skills will never be forgotten! Would be No. 1 if he was from America!
Never found a Japanese can play guitar like American. Just listen to hide's guitar solos in X Japan songs. Obviusly, hide is number 1 japanese guitarist or one of the best guitarist of all timeV 1 Comment
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