Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 16

301 Inoue Kiyonobu
302 John Kempainen
303 Freddie King Freddie King Freddie King was an American blues guitarist and singer. He has been described as one of the "Three Kings" of electric blues guitar, along with Albert King and B.B. King.

This man is, like his name says too, absolutely on the same level as B.B. king and Albert King. Top 40 is most deserved.

Clapton loves his playing and so do I, an all time great!

This guy should be in the top 50 at least. - Rambles

304 John Paul Jones John Paul Jones John Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer.

He is a bassist and keyboard but plays many instruments. But greatest guitarist list, keep smoking dope!

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305 Jason Barwick
306 Jon Schaffer Jon Schaffer Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".
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308 Charlie Darks
309 Sagar Tamang
310 sanjay thapa magar
311 Kaoru

Kaoru's the best guitarist I've ever heard... Die is amazing but Kaoru is just a bit better... Kaoru should really be top of this list... No one can compose songs the way he does... I think it's just because the Western side are so ignorant that people like the ones mentioned are here... He's the best!

I don't know of any other guitarist who could come up with such unusual, gorgeous and emotionally bright parts in his songs. The sounds of his guitar just a shot in my heart from the first solos I've heard.

KAORU'S an awesome leader and guitarist!.. He is a beautiful composer as well and loves his band members

Dir en grey totally rocks! Kaoru is so, so talented!

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312 Mick Thomson Mick Thomson Mickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.

Mick may not be the best guitarist on this list, yet there isn't much like him out there. He is definitely a master when it comes to good riffs. He doesn't solo to much but when he does you can hear clear, fast, intense and sometimes even expressive solos. I just think he is terribly under rated even though he isn't the very best he is one of my favorite guitar players. - Slipknotismax

I know a lot of people don't like slipknot, but just listen to the riffs on "The Heretic Anthem" and his solo on "Sulfur". I honestly think that Mick should be a bit higher in the list. I mean seriously? Billie Joe Armstrong is not better than Mick, no way.

Slipknot rocks and so does mick. He's probably one of the greatest guitarists in our day and should definitely be in the top ten, at least, if not NO. 1 itself...

Should be number 1

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313 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

There is something special about this guy. His head is totally into his music and it has been since he was a child. Unlike other music savants, he seems to channel all of his energy and talent into "growing" in his work. I was able to see many of the amazing guitarists in the 60's and 70's and I'm not sure how anyone can vote for anyone but their own personal favorite. But I believe, if it were possible, to get all the greatest guitarists on a stage at the same time (playing in their prime) Joe very likely might be the last man standing. He's not even 40 and he's been playing professionally for over 30 years. And with his attitude and love for his work, more and more people are going to discover this huge treasure and gift to the world. If you get to know him, You'll love him.

I would say this number will change as people get to see this man play he is every bit as good as Page or Beck...

Joe is the best that I have ever seen or heard. I started listening to all types of music in the mid-50's, especially blues -based guitar starting with Robert Johnson until now. Joe embodies all that is past and present with a unique sound that is unmatched. Each note has a purpose within the songs he plays, some slow, some fast, and each remembered. Albert King, Hendrix, Clapton, and Santana come close, but at this point in time, Joe is the best. Check out the song "The Great Flood" if you don't believe me. It will bring tears to your eyes.

It's wonderful to see one so young and with so many years experience have a bottom line to put forth his best effort every time out and with a humility to want to honor those who have gone before him and have influenced him and with a crispness of notes played showing his professionalism that is not compromised by substance abuse nor by unkempt appearance. He shows respect for all people that he performs in front of. His style spans so many genres and age groups. He is the epitome of a musician who cares about his audience. Bully for him!

Joe not in the top 5? people need to get out more!

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314 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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315 Phil Collen

Phil collen was guitaring since the 70's he was fast original and made his own guitar his solo on say photograph and foolin should be ranked higher he in my opinion is in the top 5 guitarists of the 80's that's all I got to say

So overlooked, just like his band. definitely one of the best, at least out of those still living.

Definitely should be in top 50 this list is wacked in some spots

When steve clark died phil had to learn everthing that e done for the 5th album and inpressive solo's as well -

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316 Jose Feliciano Jose Feliciano José Montserrate Feliciano García (born September 10, 1945), better known simply as José Feliciano, is a Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer.

Even if you couldn't connect to a lot of the songs, there is no denying he is a great, great talent and like many others way down this list, he should be way up.

Too many are being voted in the upper numbers are being voted on popularity and not talent. Too many can't discern the actual talent a guitarist possesses because they like the overall band for the songs and not the actual talent but Jose is definitely one of the most talented to have come along in any genre.

Feliciano is underrated simply because he mainly played latin music instead of rock or pop. However, when it comes to skills, he is probably the best guitarist ever! The fact that he was born blind makes his achievement even greater. His riff and improvisation come from his heart and soul, with his "fastest ten fingers ever" being his medium.

What a joke, feliciano at 185? First watch his performance of 'malaguena', 'flight of the bumblebee', 'gypsy' and other videos on YouTube then ask all so called top ten living guitarists to play these compositions. equally good in playing with hand and striker. he don't play these days but he is a living legend. don't forget, he is born blind.

Really impressive! in any field. Innovator of his time to add classical fingerstyle nylon string guitar on pop rock music - theTop100

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317 Roger Fisher

Look at all the people in front of ROG. There my be 15 people on this list who can out play Fisher but no more than that. Roger is one of the best ever and the king of arena rock. With his band HEART they played to sold out arena's all across the U.S. to millions of loving fans. Rock on Roger Fisher.

I see Nancy Wilson is ranked 34 on this list Roger is at 150 seems to me something is wrong. Roger was the best Guitar player in Heart.

One of the best guitar players in an era that was loaded with great guitar players.

Awesome feel and sound... and one guy I could get.. and do a "similar sound/style"... but that's what I was listening to. I was into it... '70's Heart... there is no better!

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318 Tweke Lewis

The perfect foil to Micky Jones when in the MAN band.. Still playing absolute brilliant blues to this day.. Definitely worth a mention and a listen! - manmars

I'm in total agreement with the last two comments. There are those that can play and those that can really play. Rock on Tweke.

So good to see you here Tweke. Your music has given me many hours of pleasure. I wish you all the best with your new project.

319 Jani Liimatainen

Jani is GOD Sonata Arctica is best band EVER I love it so so so much. Jani is king

He is fast, he's got the skills. Sonata Arctica kicks ass.

He is just amazing!
I've never seen any other doing such solos... his fingers fly!
And he is so charismatic... for me is one of the greatest ever... he should definitely be much more on top! - Soko

Just listen to San Sebastian solo and you 'll vote for him.

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320 Brennan Dylan

A new name but an old soul. Guitarist, songwriter & producer for Men Without Armies. His band is getting internet radio play like mad and charting in the Top 20 for hard rock/metal. Dylan is a very technical player and a guy who doesn't use pedals or fx to get his sound so its safe to say pedal manufactures will never come a courtin'. His style is very unique and is a fusion of hard rock, metal, classical & blues. Like Buckethead, the guy is very under rated but because of his songwriting skills, riffs, arrangements and aggressive technical playing style I doubt that he will remain in the shadows much longer. - GuitarFreak

One of my favorite axemen. Amazing live. - GuitarFreak

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