Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 16

301 Steve Miller

One of the most innovative guitarist of all time. 300? Musical illiterates.

Absolute joke he is hear and were is Robbie criager of the doors he was a leading rock guitarist of all time up there with Richards, page, townsend, Harrison, Clapton, beck, justin haward, jeff lyne+ peter green without these in the 60s,70s there wouldn't be any top 300

302 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

My reason to buy a Ibanez rg series guitar, so amazing, so epic! HAIL SONATA ARCTICA AND IT'S FANS!

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303 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.

304 Luca Turilli

He should be at top 10, Luca turilli, vito bratta, schuldiner, batio, great kat, hammett, randy rhoads, satriani, vai, malmsteen, petrucci, friedman, eddie V. Halen, jason becker, Jimmy Hendrix, paul gilbert are the best guitarist. Their technic, picking, speed, sound are simply the best n' also most of them are a great arranger

Luca turilli is simply the one of the greatest, it's sad that he can't make it to the top ten when players like synyster gates can -. - - gergaginflopple

One of the best metal guitarist and compositor of the world with no doubt about it!

He is not a guitarrist, he is a composer

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305 Shawn Lane

People either don't know him, or they know he is the best. Why? Because it is obvious to anyone when you listen to his notes. No one comes close. It is really scary and unique that one person can be so much better than anyone else.

He was at #252 before I voted for him. Not sure who he is? Based on this terrible list I am not surprised. This guy had virtuoso guitarists like Buckethead and Paul Gilbert gushing about how good he was.

His diminished shreds were insanely hard and fast and his phrasing was off of the charts. Ask anyone like Guthrie Govan, Michael Angelo Batio, and Paul Gilbert what they think of him...

Deserves #1

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306 Steve Rothery Steve Rothery

As a lyrical guitarist he ranks pretty close to Gilmour, whose style he emulates. Has a listen to the solo of "Sugar Mice", or his delicate placement in "Neverland" to understand his gift of adding to the whole rather than being the rampant ego out front.

Seen Steve 6 times live, still so into what he is doing. Such masterful harmonics and fretwork. Solos appear effortless and haunting hear the solo in the Great Escape and the arrangement in Fantastic Place.

Steve Rothery has a style that is all his own... Fluid, unconventional and completely mesmerizing.. I saw them in Connecticut in '04 and was amazed at the style he has.
His use of effects and minimalization allow not only what he plays, but what he doesn't play, to add to the overall effect of Marillion's performances.
His guitar work is undeniably some of the best ever and I will forever be a fan.

Many are great and some of their solos touched me but, Rothery did that so often.
No need for hard play. He just took out his inner feelings and offered them in a spectacular way. I'm sorry he now plays in lower quality songs with Hogarth the hypnotist.

307 Don Felder

Don Felder is absolutely in the top ten and the American public agree since "Hotel California" is their anthem and a legendary classic. Who can forget the guitar duet with Joe Walsh. Fingers Felder plays the guitar as though it is part of him and wrote fabulous music. It is sublime and melodic and actually means something whereas so many of the others just made a noise.

I think that Don Felder should be in the top 10. Listen to the riffs of Hotel California and one of these nights. Most if the guys in the top 10 listed made only noise, but Felder made the guitar talk with soul

The piece at the end of hotel California from the hell freezes over album beats all the rest in terms of solo guitaring pieces in its classical content. There cannot be anybody greater according to me. - ajoybehera

Shaking my head on this one. Shame on you all for overlooking such a talented man. One of rock's all time anthems "Hotel California" was penned and orchestrated by Don Felder.

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308 Steve Clark

Steve Clark is so missed. He was a beautiful man who had a beautiful and you hear and see it in how he played guitar. Can't believe he is so far down on the list. Maybe people aren't looking at the names that are ahead of him, he deserves to be in the top 10 in my opinion.

Steve clark is better than richie blackmore and also he was called the riff master

Not only is henricks over rated but slash is so over rated watch him on you tube he mess's up so bad, a song he has played so many times he is out of it. Steve never played that bad, but yet he is so under rated what a shame people do not know what real music is

He was a great gutair player I can't believe he was 30 when he died. The riff master needs to be in the top ten. Him and Phil Collen both should be.

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309 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Extremely underrated, possibly one of the best guitar players of the 90's really interesting not to mention unique technique and sound, slightly lost the plot as of late though, but everything up to machina was top notch.

Billy Corgan is the vocalist and lead guitarist for alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, who are known for their complex, layered style, and Corgan's distinctive vocals and guitar solos.

The man is an outstanding guitarist. He belongs in the top 10 easily. Don't believe me? Listen to the Siamese Dream album with an open mind. He is far better than the vast majority of classic rock dinosaurs who always seem to dominate these so-called lists. He gets it. He knows what he is doing. He is for real.

Sadly very underrated in this poll.

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310 Nils Lofgren

The real deal. Intricate riffs with such melodies! Springsteen is blessed.

Very underrated guitarist. How can Justin Bieber be on the list and Nils Lofgren not be on the list?

Both electric and acoustic stunning! Should be a lot higher

Very underrated guitarist, should be a lot higher.

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311 Jan Akkerman

Probably the most versatile musician I know, playing the lute as well as the classical guitar, He is the only guitarist I know to be playing every possible style without losing his own signature. Where other great guitarist can be copied and have a lot of clones around the world, Jan is so unique that I never heard anyone playing as beautiful as he does. One of the pioneers of fusion guitar, Zappa said about him that there were only two great guitarists in the world, He and Jan Akkerman. His modesty is something you see only with the greatest musicians. He only does it for the music and still goes on, playing a lot of concerts. Amazing.

Jan Akkerman has it all. He knows the instrument so well, that he has the ability to always play new variations live without thinking too hard about it. He also shows a huge amount of modesty, which I think is important, and he's a brilliant composer (he wrote the main riff for hocus pocus).

He should be in the top ten along with other great players like Steve Hackett and Steve Howe. I think the only prog rock guitarist that isn't underrated is Gilmour, but the rest need all the help they can get.

Akkerman's talent, technique and experimentation over a 40+ year career are substantial. Best remembered as the lead guitarist for Dutch rock band Focus in the early 1970's, he never received the commerical acclaim that many others on this list achieved. Consequently, he seats well below his deserved ranking. In addition to you-tube, those interested should check out his website.

Strange... voted the best guitarist in the world, but nowhere to be found on the list, maybe this website only votes american artists and holland is just small... only the best dj's in the world, the best bridge builders and constructors in the world, the best mucisians in the world, most export flowers in the world, etc.etc. ;-)

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312 Danny Gatton

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.

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313 Andrew Latimer

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.

Andy for me has always been the best. Gilmour, Tim Renwick, Gary Moore, and also Igor Presynakov and Gareth Evans on acoustic all play with emotion, but with Andy each note played is like a song in itself.

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314 Hillel Slovak Hillel Slovak

My favorite guitarist of all time. Despite the fact that I didn't even really like the kind of music the Peppers made at the time, his guitar playing was just amazing and it is a shame he had to go the way he did...

"0%" - that's just painful... - Maplestrip

He is so underrated. He taught Flea, the greatest bassist ever, how to play bass. And He was probably Frusciante's biggest influence. Without him there would be no Red Hot Chili Peppers.R.I.P. - RHCPfan

Original red hot chili peppers guitarist, played with such great expression and red hot bone crunching mayhem funkiness

I think everybody would know him now, if he wouldn't be dead

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315 Corey Beaulieu Corey Beaulieu Corey King Beaulieu (Born November 22nd 1983) is an American musician and actor, known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal band Trivium.

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 epic

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316 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

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 10

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317 Pepe Smith

Living legend in Philippine Rock and Roll, from the early days of martial law to present! Pinoy rock would not be the same without him!

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318 Albert Hammond Jr.

This guy is really good, not only makes The Strokes sound great, but has an excellent solo album as well.

319 Andy Timmons

The best... Perfect balance between feeling and technique.
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On another level then any other guitarist period. with the most beautiful musical passages ever to be composed on electric guitar you can hear influences from eric johnson, joe satriani, SRV, Hendrix, etc. the most versitile ever also. extremely etremely under rated for his unique fresh original style of fusion and technique. eric johnson the tone king himself said "andys tone is better than his." and steve vai the man who signed him to favored nations claimed that he is guitar royalty. anyone who differs in this mans greatness obviously is an inexperienced listener n does not know true artwork.

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320 Bill Theocharidis

He's technique is unparalleled

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