Best Guitarists Ever

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441 Earl Klugh
442 Clarence White

Clarence White almost single-handedly legitimized the acoustic guitar as a lead instrument in bluegrass. With few exceptions, before Clarence, the guitar was strictly a rhythm instrument. Tony Rice, arguably the greatest living bluegrass guitarist, cites his friend Clarence as his primary musical influence. Rice owns and plays Clarence's highly modified 1935 Martin D-28. David Grier and Russ Barenberg are two other highly acclaimed acoustic guitarists who were heavily influenced by White's innovative and highly sophisticated guitar work.

On the electric side of the guitar spectrum, White was similarly influential. With fellow Byrd Gene Parsons, White invented the B-Bender device. This device raises the b (second) string of the guitar a whole step by the use of pulleys and levers attached to the upper strap knob and the second string on the guitar. It is activated by pushing down on the neck, and produces a "pedal steel" type sound. Subsequently, his Telecaster sound became at ...more

443 James Dean Bradfield

Singer of the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers

444 Kyle Riess
445 Gary Rossington

Gary has to be one of the best solid performers in the business. If you've heard Skynyrd live you'll know how guitars are meant to sound and Gary's the heart of it! Solid!

They Call Me The Breeze, Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps. I could go on. Brilliant stuff.

He is a bad ass guitar player does no one listen to the slide on "Free Bird"

Part of the 70s crew that took a Les Paul to the next level.

446 Dave Matthews

Definitely agree that he should be higher! He should not necessarily be in the top 20 or 30 but he definitely deserves top 100 at least!

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447 Peter Buck

How is peter buck so low? Just listen to "the one I love" by rem to see his best guitar work.

448 Keller Williams

Best 1 man jam band to ever walk the earth. (Probably the only one too)

449 Dave Navarro Dave Navarro David Michael "Dave" Navarro is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is best known as a former member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and as a founding member of the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction.

I'll admit that I liked what he did for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' One Hot Minute album. He can play so well for both that as well as Jane's Addiction. - NuMetalManiak

Any doubt, check "Three Days" on Jane's Addiction's album "Ritual de lo Habitual". He's a master.

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450 Roy Rogers

If you haven't seen him solo, you haven't lived... The way he jams with that slide, on an acoustic guitar is absolutely phenominal, he plays so fast and so all over the place... Sure he's not very popular, and doesn't have the image or catchyness of Hendrix, or page, or Van Halen, but I guarantee that he could play any of their riffs, and the only one that might be able to play his is jimmy page... Though it's doubtful

451 Al Petrelli

First off his name is Pitrelli. The technical master of the guitar that only a very few can touch. If you haven't see Al play then you can not call yourself a lover of guitar.
All you have to do is watch him on YouTube with TSO: The Dark, will take your breath away, Tracers, there is no better.

452 Glen Matlock Glen Matlock Glen Matlock is an English musician best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols.

Formerly of the Sex Pistols and accompanying Iggy Pop, then with his own band, his music featured in NANA: Love for NANA Tribute album - ah, his guitar is majestic, epic!

453 Howard Leese

Howard leese is underrated. 22 years in the super group HEART. That alone should put Leese on this list.

One of the most forgotten and definitely one of the best.

This was a monster of a band during the 70�s. With Heart�s original line up, only a few could clam to have ever had there musical talent. Ann Wilson on Lead Vocals, Michael Derosier on drums, Steve Fossen playing bass and three of the most underrated guitar players of all time Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher and Howard Leese. HEART could play with the best of them and if they would have been able to stay together they would have easily dominated rock music well into the 21st century and for that reason alone Howard Leese should be in the top 30 on this list. - jerryw08

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455 Bonnie Raitt

Definitely a very talented guitarist among her many other musical and humanitarian works!

Can play a pretty mean slide guitar

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456 Chris Flippin

Just listen to the song Stokin' The Neighbors, Lullaby, Baggage, and Burn That Bridge When We Get To It...

457 Euroboy

Why The Hell isn't Euroboy even mentioned here, he is easily one of the best guitarists alive today a lot of his work hasnt been tabbed because it's a pain in the ass to figure out

458 Jim Reverend Horton Heath

He may not be vary famouse but he can get the job done! He is really good with solos and can play really great riffs. his story of how he learned gitar is really neet to. I'm not saying he should be at #1 I'm just saying he should be at least in the top ten. (but not in front of dimebag) so if your looking to here tallent go out and buy one of his bands cd S. and if you like "rockabilly/psicobilly" music listen to his music it's awesome.

VOTE JIM "REVEROND HORTON HEAT" HEATH

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459 Todd Rundgren

First off, a description of Todd Rundgren's music (for those who are unfamiliar with his work). Todd Rundgren was a progressive rock giant back in the 1970's. However, many people may not realize this for two reasons: (1). He started out as a pop/rock singer-songwriter. It was after gaining large popularity (with his pop-jugged album _Something/Anything? _) when he decided to dive off into the deep end, and heed more fully to his experimental musings (although there were hints early on. )

So, what does Todd Rundgren's music sound like? Imagine the souls of Frank Zappa, Carole King and select members of the Classic Motown-era (The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder) creating a musically-inclined child. It's another way of saying Rundgren's music combines the manic, humorous and irreverent style of Zappa, the reflective, poignant balladry of Carole King, and the classic psychedelic/r&b-soul of The Temptations all blended into one--added with his own unique and inventive ...more

Todd is an AMAZING guitarist, and I mean amazing. Listen to Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon and hear him absolutely levitate into the stratosphere - shimmering, screaming lines of pure joy.

He inspired Prince and is one of the greatest songwriters and producers of all time. Top 20, at minimum.

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460 Steve Hunter

Another great guitarist shamed by this list.

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