These guitarists are very good and they are associated with pop. By pop, I didn't mean the "pop" pop. I meant, these guitarists have their history using pop elements in their career. For example, rap-rock could be called a part of pop related work. Most of the guitarists after 2000s are related to pop. Whether they play rock or other genre. These are some of them.
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1Matt BellamyMatthew 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.
Most talented guitarist I have seen who is involved with pop. His guitar playing is quite unique. Among his guitar playing, his tapping, effect uses and tremolo are very notable. - zxm
2Tom MorelloThomas 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.
When you take guitar lesson from Michael Angelo Batio, it doesn't matter what you play. - zxm
To be fair he is an actual pop artist - InsertCleverName
He's mostly pop artists inspired from blues. I call it "blues-pop". But he has talent. Though he is very overrated. - zxm
5PrincePrince 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" .
6George HarrisonGeorge Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
8Jonny GreenwoodJonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood is an English musician and composer, mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.
9Ray ToroRaymond "Ray" Toro is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.
10Tom DeLongeThomas Matthew "Tom" DeLonge, Jr., is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was born in Poway, California on December 13, 1975 . When he was in high school at age 15, he got expelled for drinking at a basketball game . He also used to play the ...read more.
11Eddie Van HalenEdward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
Worked with Michael Jackson for ‘Beat It’ - InsertCleverName
12Billie Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.