Greatest Rock Guitarists of All Time


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41 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp

No one sounds like Fripp and Fripp sounds like no one.

42 hide (X Japan)

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 time

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43 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

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

44 Brad Delson Brad Delson Bradford Phillip Delsonis an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park.

Its just so unfair... He deserves 2 be in top 10ns :'(

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45 Al Di Meola
46 Matthew Bellamy Matthew 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.

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?

47 Joe Walsh Joe Walsh Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.

Should be in the top ten at least!

Should be in Top 10. Who compiled. This list.

Definitely should be in top 20 at least

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48 Buck Dharma

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.

Don't Fear the Reaper! Thanks for the savage work Buck

49 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.

Hetfield is the best guitarist ever! Just listen to any Metallica song and you'll know what I'm talking about!

Well, I think Hetfield is a better guitarist than Hammett. - Nintendonix

50 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

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!

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51 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin
52 Joe Perry Joe Perry Anthony Joseph "Joe" Perry is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith.

He makes the music of aerosmith without him the group almost disappeared and he deserves almost top 5

He's really underrated. Just listen to any song of Aerosmith's Rocks or Toys In The Attic and you know what I'm talking about.
by the way, 90s Aerosmith sucks, so don't try that.

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53 Johnny Ramone Johnny Ramone John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.
54 Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.
55 Duane Allman Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.

One of the greatest sounds of the guitar. Duane Allman didn't have a lot of time to accomplish his career due to his early death in 1971. Even with his short years he was still a guitar legend.

Look at his circle of influence in short period of time he was here... Clapton, George Harrison etc.

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56 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Carlos Santana audio 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 music.

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.

Carlos is rated way to low. He should be in the top ten

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.

Santana #53? Are you crazy?
Ok, is a rock list... but if we are talking about guitars this is one of the top of this list.

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57 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

This guy is the best guitarist in the world no one will ever come close to his ability not even Hendrix

Best ever! Fastest, the most talented, playing and composing, not only electric but acoustic

Mr. "Neo Classical, Guitarist, Revolutionarist" anyone?! Anyone who doesn't add him on the Top 10 of this list along with Steve Vai simply just can't relate to these masters music. SAD... Bring them up!

58 Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career. V 1 Comment
59 Frank Iero Frank Iero Frank Anthony Iero, Jr. is a musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance as well as the vocalist of the post-hardcore band Leathermouth and electronic-hardcore act Death Spells.

Amazing guitarist! Puts everything he has, then a little bit more into every performance.

60 Tak Matsumoto
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