Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 11

201 Al Dimeola

Al is not a recognized name by many people who don't regularly listen to jazz. However if anyone gives this guy a listen people will put him in the top 10 for sure. He's the fastest guitar player ever and extremely elaborate in his abilities to perform.

Al suffers because he does not get the exposure a rock guitarist does, but listen to "Elegant Gypsy Suite" or any of his work with seminal jazz fusion outfit Weather Report and you'll be mightily impressed. Legions of guitarist pay homage to him. Definitely a top 10 contender.

Same as with Pat Metheny: this list seems more to be a list of most popular rock guitarists, then best guitarists at all. Al Dimeola is amazing on the guitar. As I saw him live, sometimes I would like to ask for a slow motion, because my senses could not follow his play.

Um, yeah, this seems to be a list of best known guitarist not the best guitarist. Al at 371. Proof this list is being created by MTV fans, not guitar fans.

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202 Billy Gibbons Billy Gibbons William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.

Even the greats say he one of the best! Listen to him live on you tube he does some of the greatest riffs! And just a 2 others backing him

I'm from Canada and even I know Billy belongs in the Top 5 - mirandor

Being from Canada? That isn't like Outer Mongolia. You have it going on though!

Billy gibbons even taught Jimi Hendrix a few licks he should be at least in the top 3 period.

In the guitar world of blues meets Texas Rock this man is the ultimate, his celebrity may not propel him enough, but make no mistake Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is top 5 all-time!

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203 Wes Borland Wes Borland Wesley Louden "Wes" Borland is an American rock musician and artist. He is best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist of the industrial rock band Black Light Burns.

Most creative and most energy around today.

Best of chords and create his own unique fingering style of play ("Sour", "Rearranged")

The best Limp Bizkit guitarist ever. I like his wicked sounding, rather than the newer guitarist on the band.

Wes is really GOOD! I mean he can create diverse sounds with his guitar, he sounds better than traditional guitarists who try to show off their speed or techinality!

Wes Borland! Black Light Burns!

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204 Bradley James Nowell

I think that you should add Bradley nowell to your list of amazing guitar players because his music is so creative, and very hard to learn on guitar. (haha)

Pretty original guitarist with his own unique style of playing his chosen sound

He's a genius songwriter and created a new style plus his stuff is relly hard and different to play. There will never be another SUBLIME

205 Jack Barakat (All Time Low)

One of the best guitarists ever. If you listen to an All Time Low song you'll know what I mean. He is just amazing. Not only he plays extremely well but he also looks hot. Should be at the top at the list, not at the bottom. - Rachel

206 Tony McPhee

Back in the early 70s was when the groundhogs were at there peak, Tony TS mcphee was in top 5 guitarists regular. "Split" was and still is one of the best prog rock albums ever made, and Tony could make his guitar talk. Greatly underrated, Tony still tours today
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207 Ed O'Brien Ed O'Brien Edward John "Ed" O'Brien is an English guitarist best known as a member of the English alternative rock band Radiohead, with whom he has recorded nine studio albums. His makes extensive use of effects units to create atmospheric sounds and textures.
208 Dan Spitz
209 Derek Jones
210 Jason Combs
211 Robin Trower

Trower is the guitar god. The best guitarist in history. I've seen all of the greats and Trower tops them all. His sentivity, note selection, emotion, power, sense of psychedelic mysticism, jazz-like improvizations and most of all his songwriting. Trower always wrote mature songs unlike the teenage anthems of his contemporaries. Trower was and still is the greatest of all time - bar none.

Was a legendary 70's guitar soloist with many hit albums including the best rock album, "Bridge of Sighs". Incredibly fast overtones and sweet licks, surely one of the best guitarists ever.

Jimi Hendricks even said he thought Trower was better then he was. If you have never listen to him before, you have got to here him and then he should be put in the top 2. The best and hardist working guitarist ever.

It's ridiculous to see Trower so low. Top 100 for sure.

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212 James Christian 'Munky' Shaffer James Christian 'Munky' Shaffer

Munky is so inspiring, and songs he's making are awesome... KoRn is awesome! - `Co

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213 Mick Taylor Mick Taylor

The heart and soul of The Rolling Stones for 5 brillant years. Listen to his solo on Time Waits For No One, a stunningly beautiful coda to his career with those geezers. Also one of the best slide guitarist around, check out All Down The Line! His vibrato on Love In Vain, off the live Get Your Ya Ya's Out LP, is exquisite! On his first solo release, simply titled Mick Taylor, he expands his turf to include fusion and does an excellent job. Broken Hands rocks harder than anything the Stones have done since his departure and Alabama contains more great slide guitar. Give him a listen!

Mick Taylor is at the three best guitarists of the 70s along Page and Blackmore and at least at the 10 best of history. And his also by far the most underrated guitarists. Just listen Sway, Time Waits For No One, Love in Vain, Dancing with Mr D, Wild Horses, and the live versions of Gimme Shelter, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man, Satisfaction

I often wonder what the Stones would have done if Taylor had stayed. His solo on Love In Vain from the 72 U.S. tour movie "Ladies and Gentlemen" says it all... The other solo work I love to listen to is on "Can't you hear me knocking" from Sticky Fingers. Smooth.

Listen to "Bitch" from Sticky Fingers!

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214 Kyle Gass

He is doing comedy yeah, but MAN he is a good guitarist.

KG should be higher he can flat out play some of his riffs are amazing... Underrated

Tenacious D. is fun, mostly because of brilliant songwriting from this guy.

215 Orianthi

I have seen Orianthi perform several times over the past year in extremely intimate settings. I have been following her career since her appearance with Alice Cooper on American Idol. Her appearance on AI blew my mind because I had no idea who she was at the time. I did some video research and was convinced this was the one to watch. What I like most about Orianthi is watching her grow as an artist. Anyone who has ever seen her jam knows she can shred. What many might not realize is how good she is complementing other outstanding musicians on stage. Watching her and Jimmy Z tearing it up at the Whiskey was a highlight. But what sometimes gets lost in the conversation is her ability to go from shredder to one of the most soulful players I have ever seen. Whether tearing it up or slowing it down as she does on How Do You Sleep, the lady knows what she is doing - and doing it with feeling - and doing it well! While there are so many great guitarists on this list, Orianthi is my pick.

Steve Vai's protege who can keep up with all of the guys in this list, but isn't taken seriously just because she's a girl. We need more girls playing guitar.

Her guitar shredding was awesome in Sadda Haq by AR Rahman. I've seen clips of her performing on stage with MJ too and she was able to perform the beat it guitar bit quite well.

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216 Andy Mckee

He's a guitar orchestra on his own. 6 strings + 10 fingers = A million sweet melodies all at once! He's one of those great guitarists who have a great mastery of the instrument it's as if the guitar was invented just for his hands. It always amazes me that 1 guitar could make all those sounds at once. I believe Andy Mckee should be #1 on this list because he proves that you don't need electric guitar effects to sound good. Hell he even uses alternate tunings for each song giving them their own unique chord progression. NOW that's a great guitarist. One who can push the instrument to it's musical limits. Just listen to Drifting, Ebon Coast and Common Ground. You'll definitely love the guy.

217 Graham Coxon

The lead guitarist of blur is one of the greatest fender52 players ever. His guitar playing is a trademark. He is inventive and never sounds like anyone else. His guitar playing is known through out England and the world

He has so many amazing solos and pieces in blur songs, is truly amazing, why isn't he further up? He is the best guitarist of the last 20 years

Too underrated. Really would change music, if people would care. - logblobo

Even if he's not the best he shouldn't be so low he created great riff with lot of creativity just listen to Parklife and 13 his sound versatile. Blur is my favorite band so I maybe lack of objectivity.

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218 Akira Takasaki

Not the greatest ever, but waayyy better than the vast majority that rated higher than him.

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219 Elvis Elvis Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

The king is number 1

This is so wrong elvis is the king of rock and roll

HANDS DOWN HOW THE HELL IS ELVIS NUMBER 263! HE IS THE GREATEST MUSICIAN EVER LIVED!

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220 Trey Azagthoth

How is Trey not higher? He's one of the best guitarists I know of.

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