Best Guitarists Ever
The Contenders: Page 14
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.
Steve Lukather deserves to be in the top 10. He's a great guitar player. All his solos and other guitar works for other artists are amazing! Love you Luke!V 84 Comments
Nielsen is a very underrated guitarist, but he's also a musician's musician. Nobody can write quirky tunes like Rick and nobody can copy his style--though several have tried. Slash has said Rick Nielsen is one of his favorite guitarists and if that's not a big enough endorsement, John Lennon, who Rick played on his final LP "Double Fantasy" was memorized by Rick's playing so much that he said Rick was better than God himself, Eric Clapton. I think the reason Rick doesn't get the props he so richly deserves is because of his zany and wacky image.
Seriously it's a crime he's this low and now talent hacks like Synster Gates is way ahead. Do these morons know that Rick is self-taught and was once called by the late John Lennon one of the best guitarists he ever worked with? And that Lennon said he was better than Clapton? And that Slash has said many times Rick is one of his favorites and the best? Nielsen drives Cheap Trick, and it's a cryin' shame he and the band aren't truly appreciated by the masses.
The man has over 200 guitars and he knows how to play them all and efficiently. Probably the most underappreciated and underrated guitarist on the list. He's also a great songwriter for one of America's foremost bands. Rock on Rick from Rockford, Ill.
Nielsen is pure energy and excitement, like getting multiple shocks with a live wire. Only Angus Young and Pete Townshend are his visual equal onstage, but there is really no one quite like him.V 12 Comments
Hizaki's not only really talented, but how many times have you seen a man play such solos in a Rococo-esque dress and not mess up? His riffs are melodic, soothing, yet have so much power and feel to it.
Go to YouTube and search for History of the Other Side, Ascendead Master and Desert Apple, just to name a few.
This guy is insane good creating fantastic original melodies and his technical ability is great.
I love guitar & I respect many on these pages but I must vote for the one that changed me. I will never be the same after hearing him play. No one else has ever done this to me before so the honor goes to Hizaki. There are many talented guitarists here with many different styles but it all seems like child's play after you hear Hizaki. He can do it all if he really wanted to I am positive that this is true.
After I heard Versailles he changed the way I see music, yeah guitarist's like Eric Johnson and Eddie Van Halen are good, but Hizaki really got my attention. His looks, his talent, even his songwriting is unbelievable. This Metal Princess should be number 1V 25 Comments
He absolutely one of the most talented guitarist ever born in the world. With the blazing speed and left hand guitarist, he should be just below slash. He play with soul picking through the strings. Plays with humble in every string of his guitar!
Man kidal awesome man.. He can play left hand and so wonderful and amazing guitarist, and he like a yngwie dressing a same... Man kidal the best Malaysian guitarist
Everyone said that he is Yngwie Malmsteen clone. But for me, he's not. Maybe he's style quite same with Malmsteen. Still, he deserve top 50 position, everybody should see how he's playing his guitar. Simply atonishing! He is the best Malaysian guitarist and also in South Asia!
I know this name.. his guitar style is not bad enough.. still can give some fun to his fans. But he still not deserve top 50.. top 100 is for the legend but not himV 13 Comments
Teru is not one of the best guitarist on the Earth, he IS the best guitarist! He plays with emotion, and when you listen a music he has composed, you understand his feelings and what is the message he want to pass. When I'm listening to "For You", I'm almost crying and when it's "Flowery", a lot of energy flow in my veins!
Teru is my favourite guitarist for all of that and also because he plays very fast and he's very cool, nice and listening to the public. Thank you Teru!
Teru has an amazing and unique sweep picking technique and can play extremely fast.
He improved a lot during the last years.
I my opinion he's the best guitarist in the world!
Teru is amazing, he plays with emotion. His technique is wonderful.
He is a great person too and his songs are sweet and powerful...
Teru is the best... No doubt
Their songs full of love and sentiment reach the hearts of all his fans. It is a very special person, I admire him a lot.
I could not understand why he has not been posted to this list, interesting.. Emotion pours from his solos.. Slow but easy, as great as Gilmour but for me he is better. Also he feels what he plays even cries while playing.. Musical genius indeed.
No one transmits his feelings through his guitar to his audience like him
As a rock lead guitarist I wonder how anyone could get better than Andy. Tasteful, great melodic lines, incredible intonation and bendings. Absolutely underrated. Very versatile and creative. I appreciate his work very much.
İt's so sad that people don't know Andrew Latimer...V 8 Comments
Guys really? Have you heard any of his solo's? Him and Matt Heafy (also of trivium) need to be at least in the top 20 on this list. Maybe not so much Heafy, but I urge you, URGE you to listen to the solo from "Gunshot To The Head Of Tripidation" or "Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr" or "Like Light To The Flies, " just about any of there songs is hands-down PROOF, he is one of the best guitarists out there today. I'm telling you, he's an absolutely amazing shredder, and once you listen to him you'll believe it too. So show Trivium some love (which no one seems to do these days) and give corey some votes.
Corey beaulieu and mathew heafy are rocks if you her there solo you will be crazy because ha has amazing solos like ; pull harder on the stings of your martyr. vote for him please
I'm in disbelief he isn't on this list at least in the top 100. listen to some of his solos, like from "A Gunshot to the Head of Tripidation" or "Like Light To The Flies" or "Pull Harder On the Strings of Your Martyr" and argue with me that he doesn't deserve to be on this list, there's no way. - mike2fristick
He is ability is epicV 1 Comment
How is Danny Gatton not included? He is fluent in every genre of guitar playing. I am aware that most of these types of lists are popularity contest, or if you have am hits but anybody reading this please listen to Danny Gatton.
YouTube Danny Gatton and then vote for him. There is no guitarist alive who could play like him. Gatton was the master of the Telecaster! He could play Jazz, Blues, Rock and Classical in one phrase, used few effects and was all talent.
He could play ANYTHING. "The humbler" nickname fits.
Fabulous guitar player who left us too soon! He played with great phrasing and melody, just an incomparable guitarist.V 1 Comment
He is one the best reggae guitarist also he rote I shot the sheriff that Eric Clapton tweaked
He should be higher
He was a great singer
Top 10V 2 Comments
Such a talented player, why have so many people never heard his stuff? Totally under rated and should be up there with Paul Gilbert and Vai! Please look him up if you haven't heard him.
Andy is a great Texas Player right up there with Vai and SATCH.
This guy's brilliant. Should be way up the rankings.
The best... Perfect balance between feeling and technique.
Cry for you, The prayer/The answer... And a lot more. SEARCH IT!
Mike should be on this list. He was very innovative and wrote some of the Monkee's best tunes. He really showed his talent on the song "Valerie. " He plays very complex lines, very fast, Hendrix, Page, Beck and Clapton couldn't play that good. Hendrix's first tour was with the Monkees, and there's no doubt that Hendrix must have stole most of what he knew from Mike.. Every one knows Hendrix had ripped off a lot of things Pete Townsend had already done. Mike showed Hendrix the technical side of playing, but Hendrix still couldn't keep up. Thanks Mike Nesmith for giving us a future as rock guitarists, before you, they all sounded like Buddy Holly. - hellgod
Amazing musician in general
Roller Girl, a classic.
Not as good as other like Hendrix, Clapton, Harrison, Berry or Page. But certainly had his own style, Hendrix admired Nesmith and Nesmith admired back.
Amazing player (Tapioca Tundra and What Am I Doing Hangin' Around), great composer (Listen To The Band, Tapioca Tundra and Daily Nightly) and wonderful singer (Listen To The Band, You Just May Be The One and Don't Call On Me)
If there was a musician that could compare to Lennon or Dylan, then it was Michael Blessing.
Not to mention his solo work. Joann is beatiful. He is one of the most important persons of the 1900's and he doesn't get enough attentiom.
Putting the guy who helped bring Dio into fame, behind Bob Marley? Seriously! Listen to a Vivian solo and tell me why he's so low on this list. Vivian is a great guitarist that deserves a lot more respect.
Is this a joke. Listen to solos such as rainbow in the dark, don't talk to strangers and last in line and tell me why he's this low on the list top 30 at the least for me
Vivien worked the two metal band before joining definitely leppard in 92 to replace steve clark he had to learn all the songs that he done -
Listen to the solo for rainbow in the dark and you'll soon change your mind. He should at least be in the top 20.V 2 Comments
Dude Hey is Fantastic! I love his style. Check ist out on Yotube. He ist filling in for Richie Sambora at the Moment by Bon Jovi
This guy is really good, not only makes The Strokes sound great, but has an excellent solo album as well.
He's good for sure. Not the moat skilled, but his knowledge of the technical aspects and his experimental attitude should bump him up at least a couple hundred spots if you ask me. He is also my favourite guitarist...
He definitely deserves to be higher. Some of his riffs are just incredible. If he were to show off his ability in the way loads of more acknowledged guitarists do people would see his true ability.
If anyone has heard of Porcupine Tree then they would know about Steve Wilson and his ability to play the guitar. Just listen to Dislocated Day or Cheating the Polygraph and then decide for yourself.V 3 Comments
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