Best Guitarists Ever

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41 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.

I'm tired of all the popularity lists, these lists are for people who actually know they're crap about guitar. How the hell is Chuck under jack white and kurt cobain? Jack and Kurt can only play a few power chords and slow, easy, and short solos. And syn at 6th? Don't get me started, I'm glad that a7x is famous, they bring hope to new music but seriously syn is not that great! People who think he's the best guitarist of all time are emos who have never picked up a guitar in their life, a7x songs are some of the easiest metal songs I've ever tried on guitar

The Godfather Chuck Schuldiner from Death is the best guitarist in the world perfectly balanced technically melodic sound solo in every song fast paced, shred, bend whatever his a full book and number 1. Vocals at the same time as well nor needs to even look at his guitar to play a technical solo.
The band can't go on without him irreplaceable pure talented melodically 100% individual.

Horrible list here guys...131 should be 1 Chuck IS and always WILL BE the BEST guitar player the world has ever seen!

Chuck was an amazing guitarist, especially his soloing is from another world!

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42 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

Rory never sold out, never released a single and would not worry about being placed at no.62 in this list. His concert's sold out, his fans never forgot him, and I've noticed a steady interest in his music because of YouTube and other online free music. In time when most of those above are found out and loose their popularity it will be Rory that will be talked about and admired by the new Guitarists in the generations to come.

Listen to the live rendition of "Walk On Hot Coals" from Rory's "Irish Tour" and you know why the Irish prodigy is considered one of the greatest guitarists to ever grace the face of the earth.

A people's guitarist, modest, truthful, down-to-earth, never compromising his vision, never selling out. Probably too shy for his own good, definitively too good for this world.

Any "Best or Top Guitarist" list that doesn't have Rory Gallagher in the Top 5 is obviously a joke! Rory Gallagher is probably the best guitarist you have never heard, especially if you are under 40 years old. Check out his stuff on YouTube---it is amazing! He could play any type of music and any kind of guitar, as well as harmonica and even sax sometimes in the earlier days. Rory still has many adoring fans all over the world. With some new releases of lots of his older material, hopefully more people will get to hear Rory play----and love him forever like we all do! RORY ON!

What an absolute hero, Rory Gallagher introduced me to the blues and he also made me want to pick up the guitar I have so much to thank him for, and he deserves so much more recognition for his pure genius, and his ability to make the guitar a part of his soul.

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43 Steve Howe Steve Howe Stephen James "Steve" Howe is an English musician and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock group Yes.

Steve was really the 1st player I ever heard who was able to combine the genres in a totally individual way. His playing has become neither of the original forms it was inspired by - It's Steve Howe music. Most other players are very generic, nothing wrong with that, but if you're going to vote on greatness. It has to be Steve Howe. Not technically perfect, but original. Try and play it, there are some things that you will have to abandon all you've learned in order to play. Even Jimi (RIP), was basically a blues player. Looking forward to seeing Steve play in a couple of months

Steve Howe should be #1 followed by Jimmy Page, period! These two guitarist were the most technically great and complex writers ever. They were both the most versatile and had more range than any of the others mentioned. They both played with such passion. They both incorporated elements of Jazz, Blue Grass, Classical, rockabilly and country all into rock. Hendrix, slash eddy and all others mentioned never evolved or changed it up like Howe and Page. Both can play anything. The rest were limited. Howe was the most technically complex, intricate player followed by Page. Listen to the album "Close To The Edge". It is a guitar masterpiece. Hendrix could never play what Howe or Page played. Hendrix was not as complex or skilled.

He who does not acknowledge that Steve Howe is the most skillful and technically accomplished among rock guitarists knows little about guitar playing. It's not just the noise, speed or dexterity. Of course, Steve has all these too. But more than these qualities, there are others like: complexity, direction, tonality, integration of the instrument, choice of intervention... I could go on.
Anyway, Steve Howe is definitely the best. And yes, YES is the greatest rock band ever.

There are a lot of "best guitarist" out there. Steve Howe is amongst them for sure. The breath and depth of his
amassed work is remarkable. Definitely has made the world a better place.

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44 Adrian Smith Adrian Smith Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.

All iron maiden fans ll be disappointed to see this guy below top 50 - hanger

Every song by iron maiden has a solo and if you haven't heard a song by iron maiden, try it. - aaron1234

I don't know why he is in number 62 but you have to know the real guitarist. This is to much disappointing. You have to vote for the right guy who doesn't deserves this place. Adrian is the best guitarist of one of the most legendary heavy metal band iron maiden. Yeah I agree Slash and Eddie Van Halen are legends. But they got what they deserves but Adrian still doesn't. So people vote for the right guy and take his name to his place.

Should be at number 3 below Hendrix and Van Halen - Himalayansalt

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45 Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss.

I don't know why Ace is so far down on this GD list. Paul Frehley was and IS one of the most influential rock and roll guitarists of all time. While he may have not been as technical as some other guitarists out there, Ace definitely provided some stepping stones for some modern guitar sounds. He is loud and in your face with those solo's. He produces a sound that's loud, raw and genuine. While sometimes sloppy and quick on the frets Ace always manages to put the icing on his work, his songs Fractured Mirror, Fractured Too, Fracture III, and Fractured Quantum are easily some of the best instrumental guitar pieces I have ever heard. The song "Cold Gin" has been covered by countless bands and remains a great rock favorite even to this day, his signature 2 string octave bends on the blistering "Love Gun" solo still give me goosebumps when I hear it. He is and will always be one of the most badass Guitarists of all time. Should definitely be in the top 10. - Daelis86

I don't see how Ace Frehley is so far down the list. He has done so much in the many years he has been on the Earth. He kick started KISS, inspired generation after generation of kids to pick up a guitar, (& in my opinion, anyone who inspires a kid to turn off Katy Perry or Taylor Swift deserves some kind of award. ) brought himself back from his drug addiction, (which, by the way, made him a better guitarist) STAYED OFF THE DRUGS, (an amazing feature by the way) & is revolutionizing the guitar everyday. Has anyone ever heard "Fractured Quantum"? How about "Trouble Walkin'" "New York Groove", or "Fox on the Run"? & what about "Genghis Khan" He puts his heart & soul into his music, & now-a-days, that's too hard to come by. Everybody in front of him, Jeff Beck, Dimebag Darrell, Stevie Ray Vaughn, & even Jimi Hendrix, should bow to the might that is Ace Frehley!

Ace should be a whole lot higher on the list. If this were exclusively a hard rock guitarist list, I would say he should be in the top 5. He makes the guitar sound incredibly good and puts so much soul into it, and he is about the most influential hard rock guitarist there has ever been. Every time I talk about what a phenomenon Ace Frehley is, somebody wants to start arguing about who all would beat him in a guitar duel. It's beside the point! It's like saying Jackson Pollock isn't one of the great painters because others would paint better portraits. Ace creates extremely beautiful art with his guitar, and that is what it's really about. The zillions he influenced agree.

SO ORIGINAL! SO UNDErrated!

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46 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

It's a shame that Frank is so low on this list. His work has always been known to musicians and weirdos (and weirdo musicians), but most people find it too off the wall to access. I was trying to introduce an acquaintance to Apostrophe the other day, and the guy asked me, "What genre is this? " I said, "Frank Zappa. What the hell does it matter? Do you have to categorize music to understand it? " He jumped on his phone and found Zappa listed as "rock and roll". Ok. Fine. Whatever.

It's amazing how hard it is for people to get him... even the retarded humor! I mean... Is it really that hard to find the funny in "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow"? Frank's world of Sears ponchos, zircon encrusted tweezers, etc. just doesn't seem to cross that psychic barrier for all but the few. Same goes for the guitar. As I'm typing this, the opening wank from "I'm the Slime" is playing. He was doing that stuff before metal guitarists had even imagined ...more

Frank's the BEST guitarist. His playing was typically brilliant -- improvising the most intelligent, unique, inspired, moving, and energetic solos I've ever heard. While not the most accomplished "technician," he was the most creative and gifted of them all. Frank released so much material over the years that it's not possible to do justice to his talent by citing a few albums or song titles. Best to just listen, listen, listen to Zappa's material released between, say, 1967 and 1987, when his guitar playing was at it's best and most practiced. But perhaps most notable are Uncle Meat, Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Just Another Band From L.A., Apostrophe, Chunga's Revenge, One Size Fits All, Zoot Allures, Joe's Garage, Shut Up 'N Play Your Guitar, and Jazz From Hell, which all contain examples of his incredible talent, energy, and improvisational playing skills. Enjoy..!

I agree on raising frank to much higher level. One of the best instrumental songs is off of ABSOLUTELY FREE called Invocation And Ritual Dance Of The Young Pumpkin. With brilliance when the Beatles were doing three baby chords. It came out on 6/26/1967. - BabyBear264

God

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47 Jeff Hanneman Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Jeff Hanneman's corpse has more talent than Synyster Gates. RIP Jeff.

Jeff should be un the top 50 just listen to chemical warfare

Jeff should be in the top 10. Slash are you kidding me. Number 1 would be Dimebag Daryl 2. Jeff Hanneman 3. Gary Holt 4. Kerry King 5. Kirk Hammet 6.Andres Kisser 7. Alex Skolnick 8. Eddie Van Halen 9.Dave Mustaine 10.James Hetfield

Come on. He is one of the fastest guitarists of all time. Solos like Angel of Death and riffs like Raining Blood should be enough proof that he should be in the top ten.

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48 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert

How is it paul gilbert is 60th, yet he's twice as good as buckethead and taught him everything he knows? No one can play that fast without sacrificing the quality

Holy cow Slash is number 1? Perhaps they mean a different " guitar" when they say guitarist! Paul Gilberto all the way!

The almighty guitar GOD! No one can compare to his capabilities such as, "synyster gates" or slash.
PG has such a distinguishable sound and image. PAUL GILBERT ALL THE WAY!

Most versatile guitariat ever...PG all the way - BenTouthang

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49 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.

What? He should definitely be top ten! Top five even! He's absolutely amazing, plays with soul and passion. Richie for the best guitarist ever! Love him!

What the hell? Top 16? Are you an idiot? Damn! RICHIE PLAYS WITH EMOTION DUDE! That's WHAT BEING A GUITARIST MEAN!

He is even better than Slash. With all due respect with other guitarists he is even with that of the Led Zeppelin...

"That of the Led Zeppelin"... Just goes to show how much his fans are culturally limited. You guys haven't heard much of anything beyond Bon Jovi? I reckon he's really good but he can't touch the top 20. - RalphSaad

He needs no introduction man!
A beast from other world
Synyster gates no 16 and sambora 20 places down lol joke of the century

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50 Zacky Vengeance Zacky Vengeance Zachary James Baker, better known by his stage name Zacky Vengeance, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Zacky V. also owns a small clothing company, Vengeance University.

Zacky is cleary one of the best, self-taught left handed guitarists out there.

It doesn't take a comment to say how perfect this guy is!

Zacky is like, the best lefty guitarist out in the modern metal scene right now. Rock on baby rock on!

He is so underrated and needs a better spot on this list, like... NUMBER ONE

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51 Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi

I don't believe this list. While Hendrid, Clapton and many other classic players are deserving of top spot, when it comes to people like Synyster, and this is not hating on a7x, who I like, with enough skill anyone can do what he does. Granted, he is a very skillful player but one of the things that makes Animals As Leaders my favourite band is that you don't hear anyone else doing anything like it. To me, as talented as Syn may be, and however great his solos and leads are (Hail To The King intro is genius) it just doesn't have the same individuality, because any shredder can follow the fornula of alternate picking and sweep picking, and unless someone does something new with these techniques, it all begins to sound a bit samey. What grabs me about Tosins playing is his double thumb slap technique, which I have never heard from another guitarist, and his use of extended chords helps give AAL its signature sound. Please vote people like Tosin and Paul Gilbert higher to stop this from ...more

Tosin Abasi is most probably the most all round guitarist of all time. For anyone who has watched his Prog-Gnosis videos will know that he holds an immense knowledge of music theory as well as being able to master complicated time signatures that are not even parallel with the backing drums. The fact that this man has such adversity with his musical knowledge as well as being able to play faster than I can respire means that he deserves recognition as the most accomplished technical guitarist of all time.

Tosin Abasi is possibly one of the greatest guitarists alive right now. Definitely brings all of Animals As Leaders together. Although all of his songs are instrumentals the notes speak for itself. He may be Meshuggah inspired (don't get me wrong, Meshuggah is great) but he definitely has his own flavor.

I think this list is really weird

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52 Peter Frampton Peter Frampton

Frampton was a child prodigy. He has been influenced by such jazz greats as Django Rheinhardt and the early rock and roll influences of Buddy Holly. He is right up there with his more recognized contemporaries such as Eric Clapton. Unfortunately, his boy pop star image got in the way of being noticed as a great guitar player. He won a Grammy for his album Fingerprints and it was well deserved.

Peter Frampton is a legend. Don't how he ever got to no 86. This man truly knows how to make a guitar work. Listen to his music and hear for yourself. I have listened to many guitar legends such as Hendrix, Clapton, The Egde, Mark Knopfler, Santana, Jimmy Page, Slash, David Gilmour, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck and all the others. The song called Lines on my face raises the hairs on my arms, when he plays it. He should be No 2 right behind Hendrix.

Totally agree with these comments, no.2 definitely behind the master Jimi

'Do you feel like I do'. I rest my case. Find the Midnight Special version on YouTube and it will blow your pants off...

I think it should be in the top 10 hands down

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53 Dave Murray Dave Murray David Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Dave an Adrian smith are just fantastic and anyone who's not clueless about playing in a band would admire that, they play like a team the even pass solos to each other and along with Gers they just team up a 3 man guitarist witch every band would just beg to have.
I don't understand and wouldn't even want to argue about this ranking because there is no way you can just put these guys up and down, they've worked all their life, been through absolutely everything and now they're there to respect.
I don't want you to become a Maiden fan over a night but listen to his solos and you'll Respect him and his band members more that ever.

I don't understand why all guitarists of Iron Maiden are so low on this list! Thez are all much better than the most of this list and songs of Iron Maiden have always rocked... But surveys and lists like this will never be objective because they are all based on subjective opinions of the readers... Probably the only truth is that the best guitarist ever is Jimi Hendrix...

All the Maiden guitarists are seriously underrated. I think it's partly down to keeping a lot profile and letting their music speak for them. They don't try to show off or get a lot of media attention and rarely if ever get heard on the radio.

With a few exceptions this list seems to be more about popular celebrities than actual guitar and musical skill.

Why isn't this guy higher on the list?

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54 Albert King Albert King Albert King Nelson, known professionally as Albert King, was an American blues guitarist and singer, and a major influence in the world of blues guitar playing.

I concur with the previous comments, and If you really appreciate rock/blues guitar look into it's history. Maybe it's only other guitarists who really appreciate him. Long live this King

It's sinful and blasphemous that Albert King did not make the top 100. But like Robert Johnson's ranking, time will adjust all things. In 50 years, 98% of the people in the top 150 won't be known.

And I'm here to tell ya, this list got to have some changes made. Because you think you're so wise angel.

He is SRV role model...enuf said.

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55 Tommy Emmanuel Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel should be #1. Billy Joe Armstrong, really? Even Slash, at number one, cannot even dream of things this man can do on the guitar. Just because he doesn't play the electric, or sing about getting drunk and screwing girls, today's society wont appreciate it. Really saddens me.

Really the greatest guitarist ever lived. It's as if all the guitar's secret treasures that's been hiding is unlocked by this one true genius for the whole world to listen to. Really the best ever! I listened to steve vai, slash, Hendrix, and not even john mayer can surpass, or much less is equal to tommy. His technique mastery is awesome that few can duplicate, and his sense of rhythm and melody choice is awesome. Rocks the acoustic AND even the electric (see YouTube), shreds jazz and blues well, but also outstandingly accompanies singers/guitarists really well with fresh choices of melodic chords, good calm grooves, and outstanding rhythm. Seriously, really talented, and not even corrupted by the entertainer's dark side. God bless him.

Tommy does this with a guitar other players dream of doing. Tommy has all the skilss, heart and emotion. Seriously Chet Atkins called him the best ever what more do you need to here? While the rock and rollers get all the praise (only because they are mainstream) its guys like Tommy who keep it real. Line the list up on stage and true guitar lovers would pick Tommy every time, he is second to none.

The best we've ever seen!

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56 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

The fastest guitarist I've seen in my life!

He actually uses a Hot Hand to rev up the speed, but he's a badass guitarist anyways. - MKBeast

Herman Li is the best guitarist in the world his hands is so fast in the song heroes of our time yeah

Are you serious? 53? Herman li rocks guys, Jimi Hendrix is great slash is good but the level on which li plays is greater than any other guitarist I've ever seen in my life. When I heard slash I thought he was the best and then after listening to Hendrix I thought he is better but once you are introduced to dragonforce and their songs you will understand the meaning of the word 'impossible' and by the way Jimi Hendrix might be the father of music but herman li is the grand grand grand father of music and guitar

Herman Li is the greatest guitarist I love his plyng fury of the strom''

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57 Joe Pass Joe Pass

If he isn't on the top of this list I wonder how many enjoy great guitarists.

Agreed, but he wasn't a rocker, so it's not surprising that he is not recognized as he ought to be.

The people in the band Oasis, if you heard their guitar solos then you know what I mean. - Undertaker15-0

Top 10

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58 Mark Morton Mark Morton

Man! He's the greatest soloist... I searched up the list, ended up in 155th greatest guitarist... Mark morton is Great, but he should be just below John Petrucci (no. 22). I like him very much, I can give my life to meet him, he's the best of Lamb of God.

Too bad people don't take metal seriously. This guy is just as good as syn gates and he's at #9. He's crazy fast has killer solos and can rock it on acoustic.

Why is he so low on this list? His guitar playing makes you wanna dance. Listen to Redneck or walk with me in hell

59 Guthrie Govan Guthrie Govan

The best.
I feel that more people should listen to this God play.
Being that I have listened to most of the guitarist on this list, I can safely say that he is the best I have seen thus far. His Chord progressions are angelic, his solos, impeccable, and his phrasing, fluid. He is the archetype of the perfect guitarist. As stated by people like Joe Satriani Steve Vai, Tosin Abasi, he is the best guitarist in the world, today.

What can I say. A guitarists guitarist.

The closest thing we have to the pinnacle of modern guitar playing. This man encompasses every generational stylistic voice on guitar. A beastly improvisational player, with chops and feel to boot.

Some may find him to be too shreddy, but when he shreds it is always tasteful, and he has phrasing for days. I hesitate to call him the "best" (as Guthrie would never use those words himself) but he most certainly is the most versatile guitarist I've ever heard. Can literally play any style.

This is one of the best guitarists of modern times. With a great idea of musicality and phrasing, I can't believe that he's not down the top 5, or at least top 20. A fantastic guitarist indeed, check him out as soon as possible!

Way better than slash. Whoever voted for slash has never picked up a guitar. November rain? Please, listen to "Drive Home". Best solo you will ever hear.

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60 Alexi Wildchild Laiho Alexi Wildchild Laiho

Alexi is such a great guitarist, when he plays, we are afraid when his guitar is gonna burst in flames. And remember, he plays insanely hard solos and sings at the same time...

Alexi Laiho is a guitar genius and he's very young too. If you think otherwise, go to see Children Of Bodom live. It's incredible!

He is the guitar god! He is one of the best sweep pickers in this world... he uses melody with techniques! He is the best guitariist in the metal world!

Laiho at #47.
This list is insane. Anyways
He is the best guitarist in the world.
Nobody can create melodic and technical solos like him. Love you COB, Hate Crew Forever!

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