Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 5

81 Derek Trucks Derek Trucks

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!

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82 Matt Heafy Matt Heafy Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.

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 ever

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83 Brendon Small Brendon Small Brendon Small is an American producer, writer, animator, stand-up comedian, voice actor, and musician.

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.

84 Michael Schenker Michael Schenker

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.

Simply THE best, I can't believe he's not in the top five of ALL time, flying V master of them all!

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85 Peter Green Peter Green

He replaced Eric Clapton in the John Mayall Band. Clapton is on record saying he thought Peter was a much better guitarist than himself. He was the founder of Fleetwood Mac, and they recorded several acclaimed blues albums. Listen to his beautiful and stunning guitar playing on these hit songs he wrote and recorded, Albatross, Man Of the World, The Green Manalishi, Oh Well, Need Your Love So Bad, and Black Magic Woman.
It all came to an end while on tour in America, when a roadie stupidly spiked him a massive LSD hit, that literally and permanently blew his mind. He spent most of the rest of his life in a lost wilderness, but now finally back on stage with the Splinter Group. Such a pity that the current voters here have mostly never heard of him.

Time will tell... he's leagues beyond the more virtuosic ones

A mixture of emotional genius. This guy is the best the world has seen. Influenced Clapton, Page, Neil Young and many others. Extremely underrated guitarist.

Just amazing

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86 Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and then 1997 to the present day.

Fleetwood Mac has had some the greatest guitarists ever in their band. My personal favourite is Peter Green but Lindsey is exceptional and the Chain is one of the most famous guitar solos ever. I would rank these two plus Don Felder in the top 10. Felder wrote the music to Hotel California, the greatest hit of the Eagles, the greatest American group of all time. His guitar duet with Joe Walsh is legendary.

How on earth is the god that is Lindsey Buckingham 160, I would love to see most of the top rated guitarists on the list play his style, and while I love Metallica why is Kirk so high up, he's fast and that's about it. As well as Kurt Cobain he was a good writer not a guitarist, and Bill Joe.. Really?

Lindsey was the driving force behind Fleetwood Mac's sound during the period he was with them. Definitely one of the most under-rated guitarists out there. Listen to his acoustic version of "Big Love" from the Dance and argue the guy is not a guitar virtuoso.

Very very very under-rated guitarist. Any body that has seen him solo live will understand

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87 Kerry King Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

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.

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88 Albert Collins Albert Collins Albert Gene Drewery, known as Albert Collins and the Ice Man, was an American blues guitarist who was one of the most influential in the blues business. He was famously known for using a capo and alternate tunings.

Albert was one of the best and should be much, much higher. The last time I saw him he gave it his all even though he was quite ill. One of my more memorable concerts. May he rest in peace! I play him at work when I need energizing and it does the job every time.

He was so unique, as soon as you heard that stinging vibrato it could only be the iceman, tell me what people like Mayer do that is individual? Collins wasn't schooled or technical but that was what was great about him, that's what kids in these colleges will never have.

In top ten for sure

Albert Collins was great at least be in the top 80 - Rambles

89 John Lowery aka John-5 John Lowery aka John-5

1 of the worlds best guitarists. Listen to his solos and he's played with so many great bands, marilyn manson, David lee roth, rob zombie...

Lots of style. He can play fast and if you listen to his solo albums he can play red neck. He shreds and he makes the guitar squil slowly. Much underrated on this list. Marilyn Manson kicking him out of that band was the dumbest thing Manson has ever done. in my opinion just as good as Buckethead.

John 5 is the fastest guitarist I ever heard, so he must be in TOP 10! He s the GOD!

This can't be right. Definitely should be in the top 10. This list is trash. Needs to be redone

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90 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

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? Unbelievable

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91 Gus G Gus G Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne

This guy is a top ten talent for sure. The problem is that most of the groups he's played in (such as Firewind ) are big in Europe, but obscure
In the U.S. Maybe his current work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist will give
Him the fanbase over here that he definitely deserves. For a sample of his skills check out Firewind's The Fire and the Fury.

Very Cool

92 Omar Espinosa Omar Espinosa
93 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked ...read more.

How is this cutting edge master not on this list. You got Ace Freely but no Fripp. Many some bodies don't know great guitar work when they hear it Fripp is the backbone of King Crimson and maybe just maybe one of the best ever. Your list is woefully incomplete without Fripp

Seeing this guy play on YouTube has really given me a new found appreciation for the guitar, and I'm a keyboardist. This man is FAST when it comes to musical sound, and the level of control and technique is something I've never seen at such levels again in my life. Aside from that, he inspired my other favourite guitarist Steven Wilson...

How did everybody forget about him?!? The dude looks like an average joe, but when he picks up the guitar, he is an utter monstrosity. I personally feel like he should be up there to the likes of Hendrix and Page.

Jimi Hendrix called King Crimson the best rock band in the world.

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94 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Listening to John Lennon you'll understand. He is a music Icon for crying out loud! He is the man who created the best classic rock group ever! The man that can truly imagine.

He's one of the best singers in the world and without him there with be no Beatles and he is the inspiration of all rock and roll guitarist here in the world and he plays the guitar smoothly like playing the guitar and almost dancing in his early years of the Beatles

COOl in fact far to cool to say, shame he is dead though still cool guitarist! - remsterpom

As a guitarist he is heavily underrated listen t0 his guitar s0l0 0n get back its great

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95 Paul Kossoff Paul Kossoff

What! Paul Kossoff at 230?
Seriously, you guys have to be on crack to do this.
Eric (God) Clapton once asked Kossoff to how he does his vibrato. Need I say more?

If any of you guys actually play the guitar, you must be knowing that Kossoff's vibrato is almost impossible to emulate. That being said, his chord phrasing is top notch.

He "MUST" be at least in the top 10.

Also putting Slash at the top position is pretty lame. Though I respect him and he is a good guitarist, I could name tons of guitarists better than him.

Most of the guitarists in the top ten are a big joke. Many great guitarists occupy the lower position (Randy Rhoads, Dave Gilmour, Pete Townshend, SRV, BB King, Clapton, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Petrucci, Tony Iommi... And so on)

Guitarist in the band Free. Best "Feel" Guitarist ever and the only player that can stir unimaginable emotion. The most organic player too. Just plugged his Les Paul into an amp and that was it. RIP Koss

Very under-rated - unfortunately he died very young (I think only 21) and I wonder what he would have achieved otherwise.

He made guitar playing look so easy.

Master of brilliance

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96 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

Bob Dylan is a great songwriter but he should be nowhere near best guitarist. - Rambles

Maybe he wasn't great guitarist in technique, but his simplicity of songs is so soulful

Dylan is a legend, without him you wouldn't have half of these guitarists. Apart from Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley eg. But you wouldn't have legends like Bruce Springsteen.

Just your average Sunday guitarist

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97 Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.

Jeff Loomis is an amazing 7-string shredder, a master of sweeping, a terrific songwriter, a master technician, a badass riffer and a man who puts a lot of emotion and soul into that incredible technical complexity he is known for. His work in Nevermore alone is enough to earn him a spot much higher on the list than where I currently see him, and then you listen to his solo albums and see just how awesome his playing can get solo. One of my favourite guitarists ever! I would EASILLY put Jeff Loomis above the likes of Kirk Hammet, personally, who is way higher on this list.

His work at Nevermore and his solo work called Zero Order Phase deserves to be recognized. He is visceral, has an incredible technique and has the ability to pass true emotions in strums. Watch him playing and you will be surprised.

Seriously one of the cleanest shredders to date, and probably the best sweeper out there. Not only are his solos amazing, he also is a great songwriter. His absence from the Top 100 proves, that this list is utter crap!

99? Deserves higher. - Disturbedpotato

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99 Matt Bachand Matt Bachand
100 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Prince is well known for being able to play many instruments and there is no doubt within the music industry that he is one the worlds leading guitarists. Prince taught himself to play by the age of 13 and by 16 was able to play Santana note for note. When he hit the mainstream with his first album at the age of 20 he was already being compared to the likes of Hendrix. And he still had a long way to go.

One thing that become apparent very early on with Prince was that he wasn't tied down to one style of music and excelled with a versatility not seen in anyone else before or since. Because of this versatility not all his released music is guitar focused and therefore he hasn't always been judged for his skills as a guitarist.

Arranging and Producing his own music from the beginning Prince has also become an extremely adept guitar engineer in the studio and live on stage with an ability to manage a wide range of effects simultaneously, whilst also arranging the other band ...more

Prince is the greatest guitarist of all time because he is the greatest musician of the 20th century. What makes Prince No1 is this that he understands the guitar better than any one else in the list, because he plays drums, bass & keyboards at a high level, this has allowed him to find the prefect place for a guitar within a song. His funk grooves are without equal. He can swing, push the beat, lay behind it his dynamics are incredible. Listen to when doves cry for guitar dynamics, a burst of emotions notes followed by a keyboard hook with no bass, and it's just a perfect record. Any other guitar player in the world wouldn't have been able to stop putting guitar all over that record. But Prince know when to be flashy and when to be stripped down and minimal for the best effect. That why a good as Joe Satriani & Yngwie Malmsteen are they will never have top 10 albums because they over play. Guitar playing is not an Olympic event. The guitar is an instrument. An if it's electric you ...more

I strongly agree that Prince is #1 on the list. He's by far greater than all of them. He's way ahead of his time like Jimi Hendrix was. He's very underrated as a guitarist. Because of his variety in music, he sings, dances and plays many instruments many critics over-look the genius in this man. As a guitarist of 30 years myself, he has been my biggest influence along with Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Page, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton just to name a few. If you listen 2 early Prince cuts like "Bambi", "Why you Wanna Treat Me So Bad", "For You", these cuts will show you how bad this man is and he was only a teenager playing licks like that. His more up 2 date stuff just don't do justice 4 his guitar playing. Well, some does... But it's more about his lyrical skills and all the other instruments he plays. A living legend. Check out the video of his 2004 induction of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on stage with the greats such as Tom Petty. Prince does a solo ...more

He's a better singer than guitarist - venomouskillingmachine

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