Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 24

461 Michael Hedges

Michael belongs in the top 5 of this list. Speed and "power" were not part of his repertoire. But, no one else has ever flexed the kind of creativity in composition, rhythm, and the creation of guitar chords. To hear him play was one thing. To see him play was like landing on another planet - in utter disbelief that anyone could make a guitar sound like that, and that there was only one guitar and one guitar player involved. On top of all that, it was easy to see how much joy he had playing and connecting deeply with his audience. A thousand people could have been in an audience, and each one of them would have thought "It was only me and Michael." He's been gone 20 years now, and I still am so stoked to introduce people to his music - and getting the same reaction every time: "! " "No way! " "What the..." Nobody did it, or does it better than Michael Hedges.

Undeniably one of the innovators of guitar play. He gets more sounds from a single instrument than almost anyone else. Classically trained with complete freedom from constraints. Amazing!

I saw him in concert twice, he is the greatest guitar player ever!

By far the most creative human being to ever play guitar.

462 John Williams

With julian bream the greatest classical guitarists in the world

He is probably the greatest classic guitarist alive. Most of the people on this are just string noodlers. Chet was wonderful.

Please update the list again,
This list seem to br update..

463 Larry Lalonde

He is super underrated and is very technical and creative! -

464 Myles Kennedy Myles Kennedy Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's current band: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Myles R. Kennedy (born November 27, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist originally from Spokane, Washington. Highly regarded as one of the best and most influential vocalists out today, he possesses a 4-octave vocal range, with his longest held on note timed at 22 seconds (in The Mayfield Four's "Summergirl"; his longest note streak with one breath is 31 seconds in Alter Bridge's "Blackbird"). Kennedy, a former guitar instructor in the Spokane area who has appeared as a guest of both live performances and recording sessions of numerous bands over the years, is currently the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist to Alter Bridge,

If you have never seen him and mark tremonti play together then you need to check that out

He puts so much emotion into his playing

465 Chris Shiflett

Wait... WHAT? Chris Shiflett beside, uh, Travis Barker? what? Barker is a drummer, not a guitarist! (Maybe he plays guitar but that doesn't count). Chris is a good guitar player, not a guitar god but he still plays good guitar!

466 Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Love him. What's he doing' way down here?

A-MA-ZING...! Finally I see KWS at 608? Kenny's music clearly comes from his soul, and what he can do with a guitar... He should be next to Eric Clapton. Boost Joe Bonamassa along with KWS

467 Doug Aldrich Doug Aldrich Doug Aldrich, is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist. He founded the band Burning Rain with Keith St.
468 Pete Wentz Pete Wentz Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979)is an American musician. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy. Before Fall Out Boy's inception in 2001, Wentz was a fixture of the Chicago hardcore scene and was notably the lead more.

Amazing guitarist. He's amazing in Fall Out Boy


469 Josh Middleton

The only person still pushing creative, unique solos in standard tuning anymore.

One of the cleanest players I've ever heard, all the riffs are tight as hell.

Just listen to his band "sylosis" their frightening. Their dark, fast, heavy, melodic and full of emotion. Just listen to "kingdoms of solitude". Did I mention his also the vocalist?

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470 Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore was the lead guitarist of Sonic Youth, a band known for their intricate, fast, and long songs, the beauty between Moore and Ranaldo's guitar playing, heavy use of alternate tunings, and great drumming. Listen to Daydream Nation (Pitchfork Media's #1 best album of the '80s) and see if you share my opinion that he should be in the top 100 guitarists of all time. Whatever it is, he's definitely better than (at least) half the stuff above him on this list. (Billie Joe Armstrong is in the top 50? Seriously? )

For sure in the top 100! He was ranked as 33 in rolling stone magazine! Listen to kool thing!

One of the best guitarists ever. It's ridiculous how low he is on this list.

471 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

Amazing with loop pedals and great voice:) Just listen to him in the Live Room- You Need Me I Don't Need You. Amazing!

Pretty bad guitarist but a talented musician.


472 Scott Ian Scott Ian Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band, Anthrax.

How is Scott not on this list!? The man is in one of the greatest metal guitarists of all time. he really speaks to his guitar. Just listen to Indians and caught in a mosh by anthrax and you will see for yourself!

473 Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe.
474 Justin Hayward Justin Hayward Justin David Hayward is an English musician, best known as songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist in the rock band the Moody Blues.
475 Eric Bell Eric Bell Eric Robin Bell is a Northern Irish rock and blues musician, best known as a founder member and the original guitarist of the rock group Thin Lizzy.
476 Vince Gill

If you don't know him, educate yourself.

477 Lucas Mann

Accused of recording at half speed and always proves the haters wrong. BLISTERING speed, huge riffs, sweep picking to the max, masterful song composition, sick guitars, legendary sound production, and amazing guitar tones. He may not be a legend, but he's easily one of the best guitarists I've ever heard. But let's not forget his counterpart, Miles Baker, who is a perfect carbon copy of Lucas Mann.

Just listen to a Rings Of Saturn song and try to tell me that Lucas Mann isn't an amazing guitarist. He should be so much higher on this list

Great leads probably sickest I ever heard

478 Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997) raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. more.


479 David Bowie David Bowie David Robert Jones was an English singer born in London on January 8, 1947, the son of a fundraiser and a waitress. He died in New York on January 10, 2016 at the age of 69, a hero to millions. more.

How is he so far from Number One?
Just listen to "Space Oddity" or the 1973 "Life on Mars" and you'll understand his guitar playing skills.

480 Glen Buxton

Provided the signature sound for the "classic" Alice Cooper recordings. GREAT (and apparently under-rated) guitarist!

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