New guitarists that were better, equally good, almost as good or good enough.
1 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.
He was a Pink Floyd roadie. - Metal_Treasure
2 Marty Friedman
Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted ...read more.
3 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.
Randy Rhoads successor in Ozzy band. - Metal_Treasure
4 Kiko Loureiro
Pedro Henrique "Kiko" Loureiro is a Brazilian Heavy metal guitarist, best known as a member of the bands Angra and Megadeth.
5 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.
6 Janick Gers
Janick Robert Gers is an English musician, best known for being one of the three current guitarists in Iron Maiden, along with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, as well as his earlier work with Gillan and White Spirit.
7 Steve Morse
Steven J. "Steve" Morse is an American guitarist and composer, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs; and since 1994, the guitar player of Deep Purple.
Ritchie is obviously better than him. But I like Steve Morse joined the band. I noticed that Steve's technique is different. Ritchie Blackmore had heavier/brutal sound, but Steve's sound was little bit of emotional. That's why I think this is a good replacement. - zxm
Replaced Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple in 1994 and he is still with the band. Not better than The Man In Black but pretty good. - Metal_Treasure
Zxm, I agree with you about the differences between their technique. But I prefer Ritchie Blackmore's "heavier/brutal sound". I also think that Ritchie Blackmore puts more intense emotions in his playing. - Metal_Treasure
Blackmore better that Morse!?!? Pass it over hear I need a hit.
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Sorry Blackmore fans, he may have written the killer riffs and solos but his renascence festival playing' ass can't hold a candle to Steve Morse. Don't get me wrong I love RB but I think of him as more of a Top 100 player were Morse is undisputedly a top 10'er.
8 Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.
The new lead guitarist for Arch Enemy is a technical neoclassical beast. - Metal_Treasure
9 Jeff Beck
Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
Replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds but it was only 1965-1967. Jeff Beck is a great but very underrated guitarist. - Metal_Treasure
Replaced Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds.
10 Richie Faulkner
Richard Ian Faulkner, is an English guitarist (born 1 January 1980). In 2011 he was appointed as the successor of K.K. Downing in heavy metal band Judas Priest.
Replaced K. K. Downing in Judas Priest when KK retired not long ago. - Metal_Treasure
11 Ronnie Wood
Replaced Mick Taylor in The Rolling Stones in 1974-present - Metal_Treasure
12 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.
Wasn't really a replacement of Jeff Beck. I doubt he ever wanted play a bass guitar. - zxm
Replaced Jeff Beck in The Yardbirds.
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.
Replaced Tracii Guns. - zxm
14 Gus G
Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne
Firewind leader is one of the best guitarists who has played for Ozzy. - Metal_Treasure
15 Andreas Kisser
Replaced Jairo Guedes on lead guitar in Sepultura - Metal_Treasure
16 John Frusciante
John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Replaced Hillel Slovak in Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988-92, 1999-2007 - Metal_Treasure
17 Gilby Clarke
Replaced Izzy Stradlin 1991-1994 - Metal_Treasure
18 Steve Howe
Stephen James "Steve" Howe is an English musician and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock group Yes.
19 Justin Hayward
Justin David Hayward is an English musician, best known as songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues.
20 Jake E. Lee
The one who replaced Randy