Best Guitarists Ever
The Contenders: Page 5
I would include Hackett not only for his technical abilities, but his inventiveness. Many of the techniques of Brian May and Eddie Van Halen (and other countless heavy metal guitarists) were derived from the finger sweeping/tapping techniques created by Hackett (listen to the Musical Box and The Return of the Giant Hogweed from the 1971 Genesis album Nursery Cryme). Most people would never think of the band Genesis as contributing to the sound of heavy metal guitar solos, but it is evident on these recordings. Hackett was not a flashy stage presence (he himself was influenced by Robert Fripp); he was more interested in creating an atmosphere and mood than being the star of the show, and he had left Genesis before they became more commercial, so his contributions to the techniques of guitar are often not known by the general public.
Touring now playing "Gabriel" era Genesis. Going to see him for a second time. Outstanding guitarist. Loved him and Genesis in the 70's. Seeing and hearing him now he is even better than I thought he was then.
A true jack-of-all-trades. Could go from tapping runs (1971, who else did this is 71! ) to Segovia style classical to frantic squeals and squonks (pun intended) in the space of eight minutes. Highly underrated because band he was in didn, t get big in America until after he left. And when Hackett left, Genesis was never the same band. - salmacis81
My hero!V 8 Comments
Anybody that knows music would tell you what an awesome guitarist this guy is. He should be in the top twenty if not higher.
He is way to far down on this list and should be in the top 20 at least. My favourite part is the intro to life in the fast lane was just a warm up exercise. His sound is incredible to listen to and his feel for the instrument is mind boggling. It's like the guitar becomes an extension of him.
Joe Walsh as #89? You've got to be kidding. This guy is amazing and should be in the top 10, at least. The Eagles did right bringing him on. I looked on another list of "top 100", and he wasn't even included. What's up with that? Joe, you get my vote.
Top 20V 30 Comments
Here's an example of how these list are a load of crap, seriously George Benson so far down the list, there are at least 4 others on the list that should be in the top twenty
George played like he and his guitar were one; the zen of guitarists.
Ridiculous rating. Completely undermines the credibility of this list.
There is simply no match to George Benson!V 3 Comments
This is absolute crap! Just because he didn't live in the era of rock guitarists who thought they were good playing their little electric guitars doing the simplest of chords and thinking they were good because they could shred at half the speed Django could. Django had two useable fingers, had an acoustic guitar that had an action about 2 cm high with hard steel strings and people like Hendrix, slash and clapton could not have possibly come close to the virtuosity and musicality that was Django Reinhardt! How could anyone vote him down so low as 199?! He should be at least top 3!
I could've chosen any one of a couple of dozen jazz, folk, flamenco or country players who could run rings around the numpties in this list. I choose Django because he is the daddy of high speed single not soloing. Any proper player will know this. Rock isn't the be all and end all of guitar playing. - Sago_Bladderwort
The combination of technical skill, the ability to create beautiful melodies while improvising, endless ideas, the build up of solo's and songs, he is unchallenged.
He was the first and maybe only jazz musician from Europe who influenced his American counterparts. Playing solo's with only 2 fingers, using arpeggio's, modes nobody else uses (only when they copy him). Unbelievable that he is rated so low. Should be number 1.
Andrés Segovia told Django he didn't know how he did what he did. Any other argument is invalid, Django was one the best ever.V 20 Comments
Best blues guitarist I've ever heard. Combines the classical blues sounds of greats like bb king and robert johnson and adds the technique, speed and skill that modern rockers still strive for. And he was playing his ass into the ground back in the late 60's before and during when Hendrix, duane, clapton and others were in their heyday
The worlds most recognizable guitar player, within seconds you know it's Johnny Winter. Lightning fast and able to turn on a dime. Such a guitar players guitar player! Played with the best from Lennon to Zappa. Lennon even wrote a song for Johnny, to give you an idea of talent level
He was lightning-fast, yet never played a note that didn't make complete sense. I can't say that about any other guitarist. Jimi and Johnny were the best... even Jimi would say so! RIP both of you... and keep ripping those guitar strings!
The fact that Johnny winter is not in the top ten showes how invalid this list is. Even jimmy Hendrix once said when asked how it felt to be the best in the world. " I don't know, ask johnney winter"V 10 Comments
It really is unfortunate that most top rated guitar players got to where they are by emulating truly creative geniuses like Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jeff Beck, Neil Young, Chet Atkins. Neil Young should be top 20. Let's hear it for Neil!
Hey Hey My My. My goodness! A great, talented singer/composer/songwriter, perhaps unequalled by many top ten rated here. His hundreds of songs are all his making, imagine he plays all the guitars in all of his recordings and concerts, from 60's to present. "Rock n roll can never die, it's better to burn out than to fade away". My salute to Neil Young.
Not so much for technique, but the absolute equilibrium between feeling and guitar sound! The man shows (without even trying! ) that so much immense power and feeling are accompanied by a handful of notes...
88? UnbelievableV 14 Comments
This guy is a masterpiece.. he is the greatest heavy metal musician ever.. without him there would be no OPETH which is the greatest band ever.. he should be on top 5 with DIMEBAG, ALEXI, PETER LENDGREN and DAVE MUSTAINE
Very Good player I recommend the Morning rise album.
Mikael should be #15 at least lets get him there - TheHabsFan
Why is Mikael 90? is a musical genius!V 2 Comments
A true innovator of the guitar.
In the top ten of best guitars all time.
There is no way to explain how awesome Matt's guitar skills are. Who could forget the New Born solo? Not to mention he composes all of his music, he has such a great influence in the world of music that he deserves a good place in this top 10.
Well I honestly heard just a few of the guitarist with such incredible sense of musicality. I enjoy his search for new stuff/sounds to add, he is a true guitarist in every possible way, his stage performance is like he is making love to his guitar!
Just the best.. Human bean can't play a guitar and sing like him. Nobody else can do it. Th
the best!V 204 Comments
Dude have any of you heard him play? He is a guitar god! And did you see the new SING IT FOR Japan video? He has a huge heart also!
Ray Toro. He's the best guitarist on this planet. No one can beat him and that's the truth. Everyone of you know it. So keep voting.
He's simply the best, puts so much heart and soul and he is an amazing person to, an guitarist everyone should look up to!
Completely underrated, and he really came into his own on My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, which is one of the best albums of the last 20 years. Total feeling, emotion, and super thick tone.V 41 Comments
Frank Iero! He is an amazing and talented guitarist! He deserves to be the Number 1! He totally plays with his whole heart!
Number 1? He should be in the 60-150 section, the top three will always be Page, Clapton an Hendrix. - Plonderss
Great Talent Playing with my Chem is his great feat off of the guitar he is named is he who must get attention and that is Robin Hood
He plays some of the most amazing songs ever. He has always deserved to be with My Chemical Romance. Imagine this band without him
He plays some of the most amazing solos
Should be on top 10V 60 Comments
Kerry, Dimebag and Wylde should all be in the top 3. But ill be nice and say top 10. You can't have a list of greatest guitarists without them... People don't know what it takes to play the intricate stuff like what these guys play.
Good job putting Kerry King from Slayer on this but I wish he was ranked higher than just 94
Dude this guy should be #1, along side with Jeff Hanneman
Not the best at leads and composing, yet King is a powerful rhythm guitarist. He is no Hetfield, yet he can handle ALL improtant rhythm parts. He makes repeated, palm muted chugging of the low E string sound very good, which it does. In fact, he is the guitarist who played Sex. Murder. Art. during the Divine Intervention tour, as Jeff couldn't keep up.V 2 Comments
He's the greatest, period. I'm a huge fan of these other rock/metal guitarists... I mean a really big fan! But the fact is; you can find a hundred videos on YouTube of people playing their licks note for note. Nobody can play Chet's stuff! Maybe they'll know 1 or 2 songs, and most times they're not playing it like Chet did... Leaving out notes here and there. It's impossible to beat him. Take my 30 second Chet Atkins challenge and see for yourself! Learn just 30 seconds of a Chet song (note for note, no mistakes) and then learn 30 seconds of ANY other song by ANY other guitarist on this list. See for yourself which one takes you longer to learn. Also, you can't find many tabs for Chet's stuff... Because nobody can play it. He's Mr. Guitar for a reason! Listening to it, you'll think you can play it like him... But you'll fail. Chet forgot more about playing guitar than most great guitarist will ever know in they're entire careers. SS
Chet appealed to diverse groups of music lovers. He was at home and admired it the country/western world. I saw him at the Kennedy Center and the place was packed with people from all walks of life. There was no "gimmickry" just great music from all the categories. He was well received and appreciated no matter what crowd he was entertaining. JR
For pure unadulterated guitar SKILL no one touches him. If you sat him next to any guitarist on this list and told them to duel by playing MUSIC and actual tunes without special effects there is no question who'd win.
He's damn goodV 31 Comments
Tommy Ratliff specializes in the bluesy funk guitar sound, but he's able to play a variety of music types. As Adam Lambert said about his bassist/guitarist Tommy Ratliff "he plays so tastefully and as an ensemble. " Tommy's fun to watch and spectators can tell that he loves what he does!
Anyone with as much talent as this man should be much higher on the list. He's self taught and absolutely amazing to watch and listen to!
Great, talented, mesmerizing guitarist. Unforgettable if you heard him even once. Such a strong charisma
Tommy is one of the most talented guitarist alive today. The voters need to broaden their horizons and listen to him play, he's amazing. He plays many genres effortlessly, from blues to rock to metal to pop. He's absolutely captivating when he plays. His passion is only second to his talent.V 104 Comments
SWEET MERCYFUL CRAP! WHY THE HELL IS GLENN DOWN HEAR!? There are a lot of people who claim the best guitarists are the ones that can
-play fast as hell
-have a signature style
Glenn Tipton does not only tick all these boxes... He is the DEFINITION of those three boxes.
Fast as hell- All Guns Blazing
Soulful-Beyond the realms of death death
Signature style-Hell yes!
He has also written a number of EXTREMELY influential songs such as, but not limited too,
And more. Trust me I've heard most of these guitarists on this list, neither is as unique or diverse or talented as Glenn Tipton (except most of the vintage guitarists on here ie Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Hendrix etc, they are equal to Glenn.
WHAT I can't believe that Glenn number 50 he is so under rated the way he plays solos is amazing my favorite guitarist ( 2nd place is Jimi Page) - macrox16
Glenn Tipton is really one of the most underrated guitarist of all time, if not THE most underrated. His solo's are amazing. They're fast, aggressive, melodic and so complex and technical that some of his solo's are extremely difficult to tab. Glenn is the greatest guitarist of all time followed by Jimmy Page and K.K. downing.
Can't believe that I had to go down to 101 to find Glenn... He and K.K. downing have been very influential thanks to their wonderful solos ("Beyond the Realms of Death" above all, which Kerry King described as "brimming with emotion, and it truly is). Speed isn't everything, but they can both combine it with passion perfectly. Highly underrated players.V 12 Comments
Matt deserves to be much higher (not top 10, but not 166) this whole list is completely biased! I'm sorry but the lead singer of Green Day plays chords and simple solos that's it and Kurt Cobain?! I give him props and all but this is best guitarists, everything he plays is very simple, within a week you could learn to play smells like teen spirit whether you have played guitar for long or just started.
Matt not only plays super tight rhythm guitar but takes leads as well. And on top of that he screams AND sings! Not to mention he kills it live. Definitely needs to be higher.
Billie Joe Armstrong above Matt Heafy is beyond stupid
He is a Best Guitarist everV 2 Comments
You people are morons.. Some of these people are basic guitarists at best. Derek has true talent. When Eric Clapton asks you to play on his album you know your one of the best in the world..296? Get real..
Top 20 for sure and will be top ten before he is done. Pays tribute to those who came before him. Is not in it for the money but for the love of the best music possible. His bands are full of great musicians and their talents are evident.
I've seen so many people on this list play live. The only one I keep going to see is Derek. There is no current guitar player touring today that is better. You MUST see him live.
Never heard such beautiful melodic slide guitar!V 10 Comments
Obviously, no one who voted here has a clue if he is not in the top ten... Has his own Jazz trio, plus is the lead guitarist of one of the most underrated metal bands ever, Testament... Have the people on this list could not play Testament's rhythm lines...
The solo he played in "return to serenity" is a gift to metal lovers and one of the most beautiful solo in the world. He is so talented.
Alex Skolnick is amazing, his solos are extremely technical and you can hear classical and jazz influences in his playing. Alex Skolnick is the best guitar player ever.
I got the gift to meet this man..after a show from testament he kicks ass! so get him down below the top 20 - Dange_StringsV 8 Comments
He is the absolute best of all time.
This guy created both a very successful T.V. show about a metal band, and the dethalbum 1, which was THE highest selling deth metal record of ALL TIME. That is a FACT. He has also clearly displayed that he can play absolutely any genre of music you can possibly play with guitar. People place guys like jimmy page and van Galen on such high pedistols, when in reality, all the played was one genre of music. Brendan small plays all of them, and is the best at all of them.
I feel the same way about Michael Schenker's playing now as I did as a teen back in 1979. Nobody I've heard since can get near the guy in terms of style, technicality and above all feeling and emotion. He put drop-dead moments into songs rather than isolated flash.
Underrated for his longevity and innovation given to rock. Technically superior to most of the people on this list above him. He doesn't get the respect mostly out of ignorance to the bands and music that he was involved with and produced. Check out any UFO album or early Scorpions and you'll hear what a rock and roll guitarist should sound like.
Obviously not many out there have even heard of Michael or they would have placed him in the top three with Satriani where they both belong.
Schenker would blow most of the guitarist ahead of him right off the stage and deserves a top 10 spot. He played possibly the greatest guitar solo of all time on UFO's "Rock Bottom" form the live Strangers in the Night album. If you havn't heard it. Then you don't know what your missing.V 15 Comments
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