Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 16

301 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...

DESTROYS this list. Other than Vai, Govan and maybe Malmsteem no one matches his technical ability. Hendrix? Lmao. A person playing for a year today can play Hendrix. Garbage player, sloppy as can be. Was ahead of his time but this is 2016, technical difficulty HAS to play into this list. Hendrix wouldn't even be In top 1000 of guitarists out there today.

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302 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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303 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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304 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson

This person has driven a major rock band through incredible highs for 35 plus years. The last Heart album debuted at #10 on Billboard (2010 release). She is known to spend her days in the studio assisting the process along and remaining accountable for all the elements recorded and mixed. Seeing her play live on both acoustic and electric... Priceless. Her technical skills allow her to position her sound out front and not hide in the Marshall stacks and heavy distortion, delay, etc.

Nancy is the best guitarist I have ever seen or heard regardless of style or gender. She puts everyone else in this list to shame, and she never gets the recognition she deserves. Whether she is playing in her semi-classical style or gettin' down and rocking' out in concert, her performance is ALWAYS dazzling and flawless. If the top ten list were compared to the knights at the round table, Nancy would be Sir Lancelot. Get real and give this great guitarist the recognition she deserves. - Cal_el

How Is Nancy Not WAY HIGHER THEN #87 This is a Joke That Nancy isn't even Top 30 This is Sad because Nancy belong to have her Name Up there with The Greats Like Come on!
Like What This Woman Has Done For Heart and Every Guitarist after It's Disgrace to Rock Music that she's not Closer To the Top!
I Saw Her Live and man I tell you not many Guys Are Better Then Nancy Wilson On Guitar! - Curti2594

I actually thought this list was the Greatest Male Guitarists, until I got to 279? what?

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305 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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306 Emppu Vuorinen Emppu Vuorinen

In my view Emppu Vuorinen is one of the great guitarists of the last thirty years and very underrated. He can do any technique and play any genre. Should be I the top ten.

Maybe people need to listen to Nightwish and they would know what a great guitarist he is. Radio stations in America need to play more Nightwish and they would know what the rest of the world already knows!

He's a lot better than 181nd! Should be in top 50 at least. Emppu's an Epic Elf Guitarist of Metal.

What? For goodness sake he is better than Hendrix and Hendrix is number 1. Just cuse he was black and held his guitar pside down doesent make him the best. Emppu should be in the top 30.

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307 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.

Extremely versatile guitarist, playing notes and scales very few people can even begin to imagine. I love his music.

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308 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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309 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 lattimer? 313?

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310 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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311 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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312 Christofer Drew Ingle
313 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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314 Albert Hammond Jr.

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

315 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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316 Bill Theocharidis

He's technique is unparalleled

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317 Greg Allman

You must have him confused with somebody else! Get Real!

Creator of the two greatest guitar solo's ever (stormy monday)

I can not believe the hacks you have above this man. He died very young but that is no exscuse

Duane is the one who was known for his excellence on the guitar and who died in a motorcycle accident in 1971. Gregg is Duane's older brother who recently retired from touring and mostly played the keyboards. He was famous for more than one thing including on of the top rated voices but the great guitar player in the band after Duane was Dickie Betts whom I haven't seen listed. Gregg is also famous to more than fans for his marriage to Cher many, many years ago. Initially, they were both going to go into the dental field. I love trivia!

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318 Nick Wheeler

Wow this guy can really bring it, his solos are just simply amazing, and he can either play soft rock or just rock out! - klopju

319 Mick Jones
320 Patrick Stump Patrick Stump Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist and composer of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Wilmette, Illinois.

Average 4 chord rhythm guitarist for a pop rock band. - Plonderss

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