Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 12

221 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.

222 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

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

223 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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224 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.

225 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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226 Akira Takasaki

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

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227 Trey Azagthoth

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

228 Flea Flea Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall ...read more.

Flea? Keep your head up you know where and smoke more dope you tool.

I'm just surprised Flea is so under-appreciated.

Flea is a bassist, not a guitarist.

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229 Dave Meniketti

You should listen to his version on "Loan Me a Dime" He is so much better than many of the losers with higher numbers!

Just seen in Italy, at a rock festival near Como...Just Amazing, miles higher than most of the artists listed here.

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230 Carl Wilson
231 Hiroto (Alice Nine)
232 Dave Hole
233 Pauli Rantasalmi Pauli Rantasalmi

He is an excellent artist! I love him, and I know that he can play every song! Obviously Pauli must be in the number one, no 44 place! But I hope all his fans vote for him! Also when he plays in live the guitar is like magic!

! I can't believe it! This guy should be in TOP 10! Just listen to The Rasmus people, n you will understand what I'm talking bout.. PAULI ROCKS! - TinaYlonen

WE LOVE PAULI as we love THE RASMUS! He is so artistic, I definitely adore his style and when I met him in the concert that The Rasmus has given here in Greece, I anderstood the he was different from the other "stars/divas", he was so simple, so down on earth! Before the begining of the concert he was sitting with us and playing songs for us! I would really like to listen to him live again! He is a real artist!

Hei! Here is a very fanatic of The Rasmus and I say Pauli is the best guitarist in the world! His guitarsolos are so magical and cool! I don't know a guitarist who is better then him.

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234 Steve Lukather Steve Lukather

Why is this guy constantly overlooked?! So many of these 'Best Guitarist' lists are based on musicians who had a few great songs or a couple of great albums, or the choices are largely based on popularity - I find this disgusting! Steve Lukather is technically brilliant, has creative flair and instantly recognisable individual style; not only has he learned the academics of music but he plays with his heart and soul too. All TRUE musicians respect him for his abilities and he's worked with so many of the greatest artists of all time. Let's not forget he also writes, sings, plays piano and is a thoroughly decent guy who has been inspiring music lovers for nearly 40 years - So WHY doesn't he get the respect he deserves?! What more does this man have to do? Maybe if he'd died young, fickle joe public would have sat up and noticed him. Well I totally appreciate him - as well as contributing from the shadowy wings to scores of bestselling songs by other artists, whether solo or with Toto I ...more

Steve, Every year he comes up with something new on the guitar that just makes your mouth drop! I would love to see him jam with his best bro' Eddie
Van Halen, like ALL the best guitarist's Steve has his own sound, It's a shame a lot more people don't know how good he is, Mostly it's because of his band Toto, their record company (just like poor Cheap Trick! ) would keep the band in a strangle hold making sure ONLY Ballad's were released as singles, Also the music press have a lot to answer for, They gave Toto and Lukather no respect at all! Long live TOTO & LUKATHER!

Steve Lukather is tasteful, creative and emotive with excellent timing and creativity. I really can't think of a guitarist of his genre that I've heard who is "better". He has SO much feeling in those two hands when he plays. Honestly, this rating is a joke. The man plays his balls off live - his solos are a song within a song. Way too many to even begin to rank, but Hero With 1000 Eyes Live is monumental. Like I said, the solo is a song - it is fierce, symmetrical (timing again). emotional and musical. Thanks Luke.

He is so underrated. His fingers drip tone, and with his shredding plus bending techniques, his guitar style is out of this world.

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235 Roy Buchanan

A wonderful Country/Blues crossover guitarist. He pioneered pinch harmonics (long before Eddie Van Halen was on the scene), volume swells and pedal steel licks. Jeff Beck owes a lot to Mr. Leroy Buchanan.
He was not showy and didn't care about getting famous (apparently turning down The Rolling Stones). He just let the guitar do all the talking with a loud, biting Telecaster Fender Deluxe tone that could take your ears off! His first 2 albums are essential listening for Blues/Country guitarists!

The electric guitar was the slave and Roy was the master and Roy made love to the slave and the slave made love back and THAT was the playing of Roy Buchanan who belongs at the TOP of this list.

Roy is an excellent guitarist. He is great with both chords and soloing, which takes a lot of skill. Roy's a classic blues guitarist and an all-around inspiration to many guitarists.

Placing. This master behind some listed before him is just. Wrong. Check out his The Messiah Will Come Again

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236 Robby Krieger Robby Krieger Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band the Doors, and as such has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Wow, when I searched up Krieger on this list, I DID NOT expect him to be #990... that's kinda insulting to him guys, even though he was not especially unique or talented, Robby was Still at least a member of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, the Doors. Morrison is not the only one who deserves recognition from the Doors! Even though he is not in my personal favorite guitarists list yet (I've gotten to number 60), I would definitely say he is in the top 100. There are hundreds of entries on this list higher than him somehow... Listen to his great riffs on 'Break On Through', 'L.A. Woman' and 'The Changeling', and his amazing solos on 'The End', ''Light My Fire' and 'Riders on the Storm'. Definitely underrated, vote Robby up higher!

Robby was an average guitarist in what his band was producing. He was a flamenco guitarist, not a rock guitarist. He managed to play rock though and for that I respect him. He was an average rock guitarist; That's all The Doors needed. Robby should definitely higher. Not Slash high, not even Jeff Beck high; but he should be in the top 100. Rock on Robby!

Robby Krieger was a very innovative and unique guitar player. Deserves to be much higher up.

I agree Robby isn’t in the same league as Page (my #1 pick), but in my opinion he should be a top 100 guitarist. His “bottle-neck” guitar skills were revolutionary for rock and I can always “feel” his emotions and mood to the riffs and melodies he played. I don’t think the Doors could have been successful without him.

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237 John Norum

Europe's best solos and instrumentals have been done by this man. Underrated band and underrated guitarist.

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238 Tom Scholz Tom Scholz Donald Thomas "Tom" Scholz is an American rock musician, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist, best known as the founder of the band Boston.

On Innovation and perfection alone he should be considered in the top 20. His style and experimentation all worked out to form one of classic rock's greatest groups. Forget that they were mainstream popular. They were 70's rock in a wonderful nutshell.

Utterly spectacular. What shame it is that he is this far down the list, he must be at least top 30. Listen to Boston's first album, the guitar work is fantastic

Seriously. Tom Scholz is the heart and soul of Boston. Needs to be in the top twenty AT LEAST.

Just listen to Foreplay/Longtime and Don't look back

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239 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.

Pink Floyd guitarist, an inborn musician, a true genius; we was one of the most creative people in music history ever.
RIP Syd =((

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Should be in the top 20.
He may not have been there for most of pink Floyds success but he created that sound and was one of the most creative guitarists, composers and lyricists in the history of rock

Underrated guitarist. At a time most guitarists were doing the typical blues thing or soloing in the same pentatonic style, Syd would tune his guitar to unique tunings and use a zippo lighter to play slide and used a Binson Echorec to create psychedelic soundscape that ushered in space rock. Not technically great but totally unique.

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240 Vito Bratta

I can't believe Vito is not in the top 20. He is by and far one of the best guitarists the world has ever known. His melodies are awesome. I wonder how many have ever listened to 'Don't give up', 'Little Fighter' or 'When the Children Cry'? I believe if White Lion was a more popular band he'd have been up there.

He shouldn't be on the 220 rank because of his talent the beat slash in the grammy awards, he deserves to be on the top 50 list.

One of the greatest guitar player and his solos are really fast and melodious.

Masterful guitarist. Great tone.

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