Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 14

261 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.

Big mistake should be in top 10

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262 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.

Orianthi! Amazing guitarist! Unbelievable talent! - KimMia90

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263 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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264 Akira Takasaki

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

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265 Adam Jones Adam Jones Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.

Wow it is absolutely sickening that Adam Jones isn't even in the top 20. This man is an absolute genius when it comes to guitar. People are so close minded and think all talent in playing guitar lies in the complexity. All the other guitar players on this list wouldn't compare to the creativity of tones and improvisations this man makes. Not to mention his visual arts as well. I bet 99% of the voters on here aren't even aware of his impact on movies such as Jurassic Park, Batman Returns, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Edward Scissorhands, Predator 2, A Nightmare On Elmstreet: The Dream Child and The Dream Master, Ghostbusters II, and Pet Cemetery as a member of the art department. As a guitar player I am amazed by this man

I guess no one here listens to Tool, because if you do, and you know anything about music, you should be able to appreciate and love the ART behind Adam Jones' playing. He is my #2 behind Hendrix, I am just amazed that he's not even in the top 100, what!

This guy is a genius. Fantastic riffs, spellbinding solos and full effort into Every. Single. Song. I honestly don't think he's the best but he's dozens better than 120. - arbeZameniC

Awesome creativity on the guitar and great time signatures

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266 Jason Hook

Should be moved up to number one. 5FDP. Look him up to see what you think. Metal. Enjoy!

267 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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268 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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269 Hiroto (Alice Nine)
270 Kelly Jones
271 Carl Wilson
272 Dave Hole
273 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.

Best blues amazing player

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274 I Wayan Balawan

He is a great guitar player and great teacher! A humble person with magic fingers and great skills

He's the magic finger.. Playing jazz, rock, ethic & all around, humble person, always smile & funny...

He have a magic fingers. Never hear like this before. Awesome. Amazing. Cool. Inspired my life.

Best typing player in the world!

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275 Greg Howe

The best rock fusion guitarist ever! Great technique and musicality. He also played neo classical and rock music in the 80's. His ideas are awesome.

Fantastic song writer, funky and incredibly fluid. I bow to his rhythmic abilities.

One of the best rock-fusion guitarrist in the world... He made the last album with victor wooten (bassist), and dennis chambers (drummer)...

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276 Tommy Bolin Tommy Bolin Thomas Richard "Tommy" Bolin was an American-born guitarist who played with Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple; in addition to maintaining a notable solo career.

A true master of his instrument. Incredible musical talent and ability. Could play circles around many many contemporaries

Well because he wasn't on this list and he was better then most when he was 18!

A shame he died so early, great talent

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277 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 =((

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

UHh he was the BASSIST. Plus he joined the band after their studio album (s)

If you wanna write about facts, at least get your facts straight. He was the lead guitarist, lead vocalist, lead song writer for their first two albums. - RalphSaad

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278 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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279 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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280 Taylor York Taylor York

He's an incredible guitarist. He deserves to be in the top 10! It's a shame.

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