John Petrucci

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John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.


This guy is literally a wizard on the guitar. On this list, he's easily one of the most technically precise and skilled guitarists. However, what makes him even greater is his versatility. He can shred and do these crazy dive-bomb whammy bar intros like These Walls and have insanely tasteful and shredtastic solos like Hollow Years (watch the live version). However, his crowning achievement to me is his work on Octavarium (the song). I think he precisely incorporates more techniques (arpeggios, chords, shredding, triplets, hammer-ons, and tasteful solos) into one song in 24 minutes than actually possible. Yet it still sounds like one song, not a bunch of four minute songs. This guy is just nuts. He and the guys from Dream Theater have created some of the most unorthodox and progressive metal compositions and stand with bands like Yes, Rush, and Tool as icons in the progressive rock community. Petrucci deserves to be higher on the list, especially above boring shredders like Syn Gates ...more

The fact that John Petrucci is at number 18, and Synyster Gates at number 6 is absolutely sickening. Synyster Gates is a fast player - that's about it. But even so, John Petrucci is still faster. But that doesn't even matter, speed is only one slice of the pie.

Petrucci has feel, emotion, musical knowledge, the ability to compose the most beautiful solos in any situation. Just check out solos like Lines In The Sand, Under A Glass Moon, the outro solo to Octavarium, In The Name Of God, I could go on and on.

Anyway, if you listen to these pieces and still cannot conclude that John Petrucci is one of the greatest guitarists in the world, you obviously don't know enough to make such a judgement.

If you don't play guitar or only started you shouldn't be allowed to vote. Slash is an overrated piece of crap I've seen people that have been playing less than a year play better than him. Petrucci is the real deal. Amazing melody (wishful thinking) amazing shredding (stream of consciousness). Pretty damn good lyrics too (Metropolis pt1). Also guitarists like Shawn Lane, Joe satriani, Guthrie govan, Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Reb Beach, Eric Johnson & Michael Romeo should be higher on this list. Also why is the guy from 30 seconds to mars on this... I wish I could play power chords and get Voted one of the best guitarists of all time... Ugh this list is sickening.

How can John Petrucci possibly be at 24th? As far as well-rounded musicians go, he's easily top 5. Without a doubt deserves a spot in the top 5 greatest guitarists of ALL-TIME. The guy can play anything, is technically as advanced as anyone, has an unbelievable work ethic, and plays in the pinnacle of progressive bands. You can't rate these guitarists based on subjectiveness. You can only look at technical ability to rate a guitarist otherwise it's completely useless. Just look at the list that made it ahead of him? The only greats that can hang with Petrucci are Hendrix, Clapton, Vai, Eddie V, and I suppose Satriani. Hell, Yngwie didn't even crack the top 20? This list has almost no credibility whatsoever.

What? 23rd? He is one of the, no no THE ONLY BEST of course. He plays either the hardest technical solos or the most emotional riffs. He has an unquestionable, unique spectrum of musical power. Extraordinarily solos, arpeggios he composes comfortably on his guitar. From The Glass Prison to Stream Of Consciousness, As I Am to Octavarium, Pull Me Under to Hollow Years and almost all of his songs are fascinating. No one should die without listening a Dream Theater song and a John Petrucci solo.

Whoever created this list is a mental midget! The other guitarists listed above Petrucci are either narcissistic, unemployed, dead, or creatively BANKRUPT. Unlike all the other guitarists in this idiotic list, Petrucci and Dream Theater have been together for 25 years or more. When comparing lyrical an musical composition, professionalism, attitude and work ethic, DT has no real competition in the music industry. This is a band that inspires yet discourages everyone from amateur to expert musicians. Always remember... On the 8th day GOD created DREAM THEATER. - shopgrunt

"Best" is such a vague term. It is often confused with "my personal favorite" and " he has great hair, he is SO CUTE! "

The best guitarist in the world probably lives in a South American rainforest, hand-carves guitars out of the trees in which he makes his home, strings said guitar with animal sinew, and blows the minds of every animal within hearing range. Who knows.

Petrucci has the best balance of technical ability, soul, talent and musical knowledge of the bunch, so he is my choice.

I have nothing against anyone in the top ten... but for me nobody among the guitarist included in the top ten can match John Petrucci... not only in technical skills but in terms of making, inventing and trying out new ideas. I'm not being bias... I believe that to be one of best guitarist, you need to mix up technicality and creativity. You can be creative at the same time not being technical, Vice-versa. John Petrucci has both. Even though for me, Michael Angelo Batio is better than John Petrucci in terms of technical skills, no offense to Michaelangelo, but in terms of mixing technical skills and creativity.. John Petrucci is definitely the better Guitarist. I hope his ranking improves... Rock On

Have you guys even ever listened to Dream Theater? He has such great riffs like "Home" and "A Rote of Passage. " His solo in "In the Name of God" is 3 minutes of a continual vortex of notes. His solo in "On the Backs of Angels" rivals Master of Puppets and Stairway to Heaven because each note is beautifully and perfectly placed before he finishes with a quick sweep. He's a guitar god!

This is just a popularity list, Petrucci is reason why I used to play guitar everyday... I had listen songs from every guitarist out from the above list but could find anything interesting, they are famous because of one or two songs after that other songs seems boring because they lack creativity... Now coming on Mr. John Petrucci he is the man, God created him to deliver his quality music to us... Guys listen to Pull me under songs I can't believe how one could composed such a magnificient songs, besides this Spirit carries on, Razor' Edge, Hollow Years, Peruvian skies, learning to live, Another day, for melody and emotional part, for creativity and technique listen songs like Mirror, Lie, Under a Glass Moon, In the name of God, Stream of Conciousness, Metropolis Part 1, Sacrifice Son, Voices, LTE, Endless Sacrifice, Ertomania, Dance of eternity and many more.. I never heard such a consistance guitarist ever, every time he surprise me with a new song in which there will be always ...more

The fact that John Petrucci is number 25 on this list is sickening. What's even more sickening is that he's under guys like Slash, Kirk Hammett, and Synyster Gates. Guys who couldn't touch JP, and who JP could play circles and circles around. He's easily in the Top 10 at LEAST, and in my personal Top 5. This guy shreds at blistering speed, creates some of the most tasteful, beautiful solos, his technicality and precision, is unparalleled... I mean, hello?!?!?! Has anyone here even listened to this guy? Low rank guitar players and people who have only ever bandwagoned heavy metal bands and their guitarists. No, John Petrucci isn't 25th on this list because there's 24 people on this list better than him, he's 25th on this list because there's too many people who have never heard of Dream Theater and just vote for the guitarist they simply like the best, with an unknowing of their actual talent.

This is INSANE to say the least! Petrucci below Synyster! People are not listening to dream theater if they do not place petrucci among the top 5. Folks listen to A Change Of Seasons and Metropolis Part 1 to see his speed... listen to Octavarium to listen to his emotional part and listen to Misunderstood and The Dark Eternal Night to see WHAT he can DO with a guitar!

What... The... Heck?! What is this? John Petrucci #23? Joe Satriani 25? This has got to be a popularity contest. John Petrucci has WAY more depth than most of those guys up in the top 10, especially Synyster Gates. Don't even see how he's up there.

John Petrucci has so many different emotions and technical attributes in all of his works. He's a legend. Can't even fathom the fact that people would put him so low in the list.

John Petrucci is the most talented guitarist I have ever heard, He deserves to be in the top 5 for sure. Not only does he write some of the most complicated music ever written, he has such soul and his own signature style of playing guitar.

It sucks people havn't listened to much of Dream Theatre..

This probably wont get read much.. But I love all kinds of music, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Metallica, Queen, Avenged sevenfold.. The list goes on.. But when it comes to execution and sheer brilliance there is nothing like dream theater and John Petrucci.

Nearly flawless technically. Many people say he's not emotional enough, and to them, I'd say go watch his performance during the 20th Anniversary World Tour DVD during "The Spirit Carries On". Or, if you want to be blown out of your mind, go listen to "Stream of Consciousness", never have I ever heard a guitar flow so beautifully with a song.

He is simply a God when it come to playing guitar: No one can beat him at shredding, and he plays the most beautiful melodies... He is more than a well-rounded guitarist, he actually excels at speed, technique and melody, which means you can't find any guitarist that surpasses him. John Petrucci is the perfect guitarist.

Seriously? John petrucci 23? He should be at least in the top 5! He is one of the best guitarist I heard if not THE BEST he combines technique and melody in the same time I can't believe that kirk hammett is in the top 5! John petrucci is way better the all of those guitarists!

Just AMAZING; I think he is the best out there right now. I don't know what I can say about this guy that hasn't already been said. However, I WILL say that he deserves to be WAY ahead of: Herman Li (StudioForce), Synyster Gates (overrated), John Frusciante (good, but out of his league here), Eric Johnson (for whom I have great respect), Prince (... really? :[ ), Hendrix Clapton and Page (good rock guys, but not as skilled), Slash (very good but also overrated), Neal Schon and Brian May (not as skilled), Van Halen Matthias Jabs and Angus Young (also all very good, but not at all in the same class as Petrucci). Anyway, my top 6 favorites are (in no particular order, aside from Petrucci) :

John Petrucci
Paul Gilbert
Joe Satriani
Kirk Hammett
Marty Friedman


Many of the people above on the list are just very popular...

Petrucci may not be the best ever, but he is much much better than just about all of the people above him on the list. He is a better composer and guitar player. A lot of the people in the top ten aren't even above a 7/10 in terms of playing ability. If Petrucci is a 9 or a 10, most of the guys in the top ten are 5/10 or below.

He is the greatest. He is the perfect marriage of technical proficiency and heartfelt melodic ability. My old favorite was Neal Schon, but since John hit the scene the mighty Neal has fallen to number 2. John is a marvel. Others can try to argue others, but subjectiveness flys out the window when you look at the technical side. John is unique because he can play melodically with the best of them.

John Petrucci easily takes the number one spot as the greatest guitarist ever. Just because jimi played his guitar upside down people think he is the greatest thing ever but he's not. and you people put these horrid guitarists before petrucci. No one can write or play music as john petrucci can. A true guitar god

John Petrucci is definitely my favorite guitar player. He has done so much things, with his band Dream Theater, as with LTE and his solo album. His technique is superb, he can play everything. From ballads to heavy metal songs. He also has one of the best heavy metal riffs of the century with the song The Dark Eternal Night. I think he deserves a place in the top 10 of best guitar players ever.

He is the absolute best when it comes to all the aspects of using the instrument. He is a one of a kind and a unique artist. There are only a few of his kind that would even dare to take on the Progressive metal genre and he has simply perfected the art and the science of it all. However he may not win my votes casted by the majority but he will always be the best for the blessed ones whom have come to experience and listen to his music. John Petrucci my praises to you and Dream Theater (Give us more albums to collect! ) Ciao Progheads!

Can shred the hell out of anyone on this list. Has the greatest range of writing capabilities, isn't just metal, isn't just shredding. John Petrucci is the most talented writer on this list. It's a shame that so few have heard of JP because he is the best out there, and its even more of a shame that so few have heard of Dream Theater, because they write the most powerful and timeless music I've ever heard.

HOW THE HELL Can you rate him at 23? Seriously? What MAN U should listen to Dream Theater he totally deserves to be the top 5 at the least have you even got your facts right? Petrucci is one of the best guitarists ever I came here looking for him and was shocked to see him placed at 23..