Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 10

181 John Lee Hooker

Yikes! This is an embarrassment to every voter in this poll. Jeez, might want to pick up a book on the Giants of American music. Then pick up a couple of his tracks. Do yourself a favor.

What? 198? If people looked further back into rock, they will find those in the blues who greatly influenced music. He was one of the greats! I regret to this day that I never saw him live.

George Thorogood covers him (one bourbon one scotch one beer), he was in the Blues Brothers as a street musician. He is the musical for runner of nearly everyone on this list!

How is he this low!?!?! Incredible guitarist and a master of the blues!

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182 Dick Dale Dick Dale

No sound like him. While definitely not the best if you base skill solely on technical ability, I feel that he deserves to be at least in the top fifty of all time due to his originality, speed, sound, and just overall talent.

Surf guitar master, show me a person who can pluck like that beast!

I have never heard anyone sound like him. He is the king of the surf rock guitar. - Rambles

Have you heard his music? It's awesome

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183 Nick Drake Nick Drake Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.
184 Rich Ward

THE GOD of guitar on 201? HAHA. Rich Ward is the duke of metal. He is #1. His riffs kill.

185 Niro Knox
186 Trey Anastasio

It's a complete joke that Trey is not mentioned in the entire first 136 greatest guitarists on the list. He is well revered as being a prodigy in the mold of Hendrix, Santana, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck (amazingly also not on this ridiculous list) : all his biggest influences. Trey can shred, play beautiful melodic rhythms, and rock hard with fat tone and immaculate phrasing. He is known for his innovative effects creativity-employing two tube screamers, phrase sampling and other looping effects, rotary simulations, flanger, compression/sustain, and many others. There has never been a guitarist who could so easily play blues, Jazz, prog-rock, hard rock, pop, accoustic, and classical. He is also an amazing composer and at the same time one of the greatest improviser. Nothig he can't do basically.

This is way too low on the list for Trey, but I know what happened. People hate Phish. Many have never even listened to Phish, but know a few Phish-heads, and it ruins everything by communicating their adoration for Trey and company in terms that is Emotional, but not musical. So when a non-fan (or even an actual fan like me) here's why people think Trey is great, it often sounds moronic. Not from everyone, but the stereotypes out there are ruining our rep.

Had to vote because Trey is better than most of the people ahead of him on this unbelievable list. Maybe some of these guys are better than Trey on band nerd technical aspects, but I agree with the first comment, Trey just rocks!

Lots of ignorance on this thread...Trey is a beast

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187 Christopher Thorn
188 Joe Stump

A true master of neoclassical shredding, he mixes killer riffs in classic hard rock style, amazing and unforgetabble slow tunes and a superfast picking technique to make amazing guitarsongs such as Bullet Train. He also writes more emotional and slow paced stuff like his song The Beacon. Check him out.

189 Duff McKagan Duff McKagan Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan is an American musician, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bass guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. McKagan rejoined the band in 2016, following ...read more.

He's bassist - Disturbedpotato

190 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

What he lacked in talent, he made up for in heart. - dahe24

What he played when played by its self if without a doubt simple but to understand how great he was you honestly have to be a musician... His ability to sing and play at the same time is unbelievable... He didn't do the conventional style where the vocals come in on the down beats along with the guitar instead his vocal patterns and guitar riffs were timed differently... He would start singing on an upbeat with the rhythm of the melody and start playing on a down beat with a completly different rhythm... This is what makes him a LEGEND of a MUSICIAN... But as he always said nirvana always aimed to play simple music, so his true abilities purley as a guitarist we will never know

In my opinion he was a master of his craft! His music was so much his own. His lyrics were his own. Wacky and you could hear his emotion. His guitar playing was so distinctive and powerful. Simplicity works. And the way he could sing and play in different rhythm was just incredible. All time favorite of mine.

I'm not savvy with dis list at all... he has unique style of playing guitar... he is da father of distorted tunes... his guitar riffs are awesome... he sings and plays guitar at a same time... see da timing, how he manages everything. Listen some guitar solos of : school, blew, in bloom, smells like teen spirit, love buzz, scentless apprentice and many more... he is really good in his field... no coparision... please kindly put him in top 10

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191 Tommy Joe Ratliff Tommy Joe Ratliff

Tommy Ratliff specializes in the bluesy funk guitar sound, but he's able to play a variety of music types. As Adam Lambert said about his bassist/guitarist Tommy Ratliff "he plays so tastefully and as an ensemble. " Tommy's fun to watch and spectators can tell that he loves what he does!

Anyone with as much talent as this man should be much higher on the list. He's self taught and absolutely amazing to watch and listen to!

Great, talented, mesmerizing guitarist. Unforgettable if you heard him even once. Such a strong charisma

Tommy is one of the most talented guitarist alive today. The voters need to broaden their horizons and listen to him play, he's amazing. He plays many genres effortlessly, from blues to rock to metal to pop. He's absolutely captivating when he plays. His passion is only second to his talent.

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192 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

The brains behind the Mars Volta. He is an incredible guitarist. Most people probably don't know who he is but if you know of the Mars Volta then you know what I'm talking about!

Hands down the best guitarist of the past five years... Just see him live and you'll know

He is one of the only guitarists who can balance sound and performance perfectly.

Very underrated guitarist, the dude is seriously unreal at times.

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193 Martin Barre

Most lists are popularity contests. Nothing more. True players who study guitar know the truth. Martin Barre is one of the greatest rock guitarist ever. Top 10 without a doubt. From time signature changes, lighting speed, complex chording. No one does it all like him. He just isn't flashy. He's pure music.

Saw Leslie West right before Martin Barre at Shea Stadium. The west fans did not believe me before the show that Barre was better. Bridge of Sighs was great but by the end they were converted.

Ludicrous that this god of guitar is low down ; one of the most distinctive sounds ever ; no one else sounds like Barre when he plays Aqualung or Minstrel in the Gallery.

194 Marc Bolan Marc Bolan Marc Bolan, born Mark Feld (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam rock band T. Rex. Bolan was one of the first pioneers of the glam rock movement of the 1970s. He died at age 29 in a ...read more.

He brings so much spirit to the instrument. If would have lived longer, maybe people would know him as a talented musician. Also, Brian Jones at 186 and Frank Zappa at 54 need to be changed. R.I.P

How the hell is he not in the top ten (along with mick ronson and johnny ramone) his guitar playing kicked the complete ass of other people up their like prince and Kevin Jonas! Just listen to live songs such as Jeepster, Get it on, Buick Mackane, and Jewel, as well as others! RIP the great Marc Bolan!

This is the 20th Centrury Boy

195 Adrian Vandenberg Adrian Vandenberg Adrian Vandenberg is a Dutch rock guitarist, best known for his tenure as one of the guitarists in Whitesnake during their successful late 1980s period and the band Vandenberg which he started in 1981. In 2013 Adrian formed a new band; Vandenberg's MoonKings and recorded a new album which was released ...read more.

Best guitar player of all times - Whitesnake rules!

196 Chris Wolstenholme Chris Wolstenholme Christopher Tony "Chris" Wolstenholme is an English musician. He is the bassist and backing vocalist for the alternative rock band Muse.

Chris Wolstenholme plays bass, smart one.

197 Jason Richardson

Polyrythmic Djenty Math Rock shredding goodness. This guy is a legend in the making.

198 Pata, X-Japan
199 Neil Zaza

Melodic, amazing technique, and style. Amazing melodies. He has fun and is satisfied and confident about his own guitar playing and loves his music. Energetic, happy, and fun on stage. Best songs- I'm alright, melodia, fargo, purple rain (instrumental cover of prince's song) - johnathanburton

The most original and innovative players on the planet

200 Roger McGuinn Roger McGuinn James Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician.

World"s premier 12 string guitarist. His interpretation of "Mr Tamborine Man" is classic.

Roger added so much sound to the Byrds, his 12 string jangle just comes through so well, rarely bettered and I have not heard quite the identifiable impact on a groups sound as he made.
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