Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 10

181 Kim Thayil, Soundgarden

Even Rolling Stone put him as one of the 100 Greatest ever. That should tell you something.

Should be at least in the top 100. This guy is so overlooked, his playing is amazing. His solos with Soundgarden are epic!

I grew up listening to Thayil's awesome solos, and not just Black Hole Sun either. I listened to whole albums. RS put him dead last in the 100 Greatest Guitarists, and I really think he deserves much better. - NuMetalManiak

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182 Christopher Thorn
183 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.

184 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.
185 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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186 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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187 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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188 Jake Pitts Jake Pitts Jacob Mark "Jake" Pitts is an American musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Black Veil Brides.

Jake's skillful playing is the biggest reason I like the BVB. His technique is out of this world and he deserves to be recognized a lot more.

How come Jake Pitts has a low ranking.. He deserves a better rank than this.. Besides he really is a skillful guitarist.. BVB ARMY FOREVER!

2nd best guitarist after Jimi Hendrix Black veil brides are the best!

The best why is he 218?

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189 Brian Head Welch Brian Head Welch

Great player, great songs, cool guy... - `Co

Of course he is not the best but not 242

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190 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.

191 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

192 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!

193 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.

194 Jason Richardson
195 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

196 Pata, X-Japan
197 Malcolm Young

Malcolm young really should be on here because he can give a song such a good sense of rhythm and riffing. His riff on whiskey on the rocks=pro. He may not be a soloist but trust me AC/DC would not sound good without him

Are you people mad this guy is as good as his brother were would ac/dc be with out malcom

Well angus is good but listen to that guys rhythm guitar hiss riffs are great man. He's not my favorite guitarist but he's talented.

198 Nick Hipa

The best metalcore guitarist, his solos on An Ocean Between Us and The Powerless Rise are a masterpiece. And he isn't only fast, he's very creative and skillful.

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199 Hughie Thomasson
200 Kitamura Ken Kitamura Ken

His guitar really amazing...

He can make a really beautiful melody...

I love all of his song... He is the best composer & Guitarist ever...

His ability to compose a song is in my opinion greater than his two band mates and his great strength as a guitarist is his ability to be able to be subtle and allow other sounds and styles influence his music giving him a range capable of fully expressing not only various genres but emotions even in the same song.

When I listen his melody, I feel like I lost in a maze. I am hypnotized by Ken's spell Moreover, I don't care how much people adore him because I am indeed his fan. Awesome guitarist in my mind as ever!

I didn't think I'd find my favorite guitarrist on this list. I think Ken
lives for the guitar, he has the talent on his veins. His guitar can be slow and melodic or great fast solos. He should be higher on the list.

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