Top 10 Best Guitarist Replacements

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New guitarists that were better, equally good, almost as good or good enough.

The Top Ten

1 David Gilmour 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Hmm, yes, Ritchie Blackmore also had emotional songs. Anthem, Soldier of Fortune, Love Conquers All, Fortuneteller, Son of Alerik etc. - zxm

8 Jeff Loomis 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 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.

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 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

The Contenders

11 Ronnie Wood

Replaced Mick Taylor in The Rolling Stones in 1974-present - Metal_Treasure

12 Jimmy Page 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.

13 Slash 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.

Replaced Tracii Guns. - zxm

14 Gus G 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 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 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 Hayward Justin David Hayward is an English musician, best known as songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues.
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