Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 6

101 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

The one down the list that is a genuine discovery if you try him out

Look at ohwell albatross and black magic woman this man is a master

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102 Uruha Uruha

Uruha'a skill was great the best visual kei guitarist I think. Now it's just time for him to be the best guitarist ever!

When he plays, you can't see his fingers anymore, they're too fast. He' a genius!

Uruha was great, he play melody with emotion, touch listener emotion with his melody.. Great!

The best guitarist

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103 Daron Malakian Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

Daron Malakian is the best guitarist of the 21st century and he is on 50? Do you even hear his songs and his amazing solos both live and in studio?

This is a hilarious website. I bet 100$ that whoever is voting for the other guitarists actually have no idea who Daron Malakian is and what kind of songs does he play.

He deserves a spot AT LEAST in the top 20. But apparently, the community here is too ignorant to rate those who perform with pure skill, and actually vote for those who perform with the aid of autotuners etc. Etc. Etc.

He's not only one of the best guitarists of this new millennium. But also a first class composer...

Him @ 30-38 and matthew bellamy @ 18? Yes this is a dream I should probably forget about it... ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Matthew bellamy doesn't know how to play guitars he just uses the "effect" thing LISTEN TO DARON AMIGOS

This guy should definitely beat Brad Delson

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104 Steve Lukather Steve Lukather

Why is this guy constantly overlooked?! So many of these 'Best Guitarist' lists are based on musicians who had a few great songs or a couple of great albums, or the choices are largely based on popularity - I find this disgusting! Steve Lukather is technically brilliant, has creative flair and instantly recognisable individual style; not only has he learned the academics of music but he plays with his heart and soul too. All TRUE musicians respect him for his abilities and he's worked with so many of the greatest artists of all time. Let's not forget he also writes, sings, plays piano and is a thoroughly decent guy who has been inspiring music lovers for nearly 40 years - So WHY doesn't he get the respect he deserves?! What more does this man have to do? Maybe if he'd died young, fickle joe public would have sat up and noticed him. Well I totally appreciate him - as well as contributing from the shadowy wings to scores of bestselling songs by other artists, whether solo or with Toto I ...more

Steve, Every year he comes up with something new on the guitar that just makes your mouth drop! I would love to see him jam with his best bro' Eddie
Van Halen, like ALL the best guitarist's Steve has his own sound, It's a shame a lot more people don't know how good he is, Mostly it's because of his band Toto, their record company (just like poor Cheap Trick! ) would keep the band in a strangle hold making sure ONLY Ballad's were released as singles, Also the music press have a lot to answer for, They gave Toto and Lukather no respect at all! Long live TOTO & LUKATHER!

He's the best!
That's all...
I'll never heard what a great sense of melody
So, he wrote beautiful songs with toto

Simply one of the very best guitarists ever - that's it!

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105 Michael Angelo Michael Angelo Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.

He's the fastest guitarist that I currently know of (and I know plenty of fast guitarists), as well as being fluent in multiple picking techniques and being an amazing teacher. Watch a live recording and say that he's not within the top ten.

If he's not on position one everyone of you knows nothing!

Michael Angelo not in the top 10 what!. God must forsake this world after all. Because of this generation choosing the best guitarist base on charisma

Saw his 4 guitars video he is shredding in both the hands and he plays left handed guitars in his double guitar video what proof do you need him to prove that he is the best

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106 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.

Top 20, if you see him perform "Big Love" live...madness he's not higher than at least 50!

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107 Kitamura Ken Kitamura Ken

His guitar really amazing...

He can make a really beautiful melody...

I love all of his song... He is the best composer & Guitarist ever...

His ability to compose a song is in my opinion greater than his two band mates and his great strength as a guitarist is his ability to be able to be subtle and allow other sounds and styles influence his music giving him a range capable of fully expressing not only various genres but emotions even in the same song.

When I listen his melody, I feel like I lost in a maze. I am hypnotized by Ken's spell Moreover, I don't care how much people adore him because I am indeed his fan. Awesome guitarist in my mind as ever!

I didn't think I'd find my favorite guitarrist on this list. I think Ken
lives for the guitar, he has the talent on his veins. His guitar can be slow and melodic or great fast solos. He should be higher on the list.

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108 Albert Collins Albert Collins

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.

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

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109 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!

The fastest, most talented EVER

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110 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

What the hell? He may not be fast or play anything exciting or long... But heck, he has passion, his solo's sound nice (if not fast) and his voice, tre's drums, and mike's bass goes very well with it.

Not just his guitar playing abilities but also his vocals are amazing and BEST.
Listen good riddance to know more
Billie joe deserves at least top 10 for sure

When playing guitar there are two elements that can influence a brilliant performance: The guitarist's musical performance and the energy and atmosphere he/she creates. Though he isn't known for his 'Insane' solos, he's an excellent rhythm and lead guitar player and no musician on Earth puts as much energy and charisma into their performances that Billie Joe, and indeed the rest of Green Day put into theirs. If you ever get the chance, watch 'Bullet in a Bible', it is the best live show I have ever seen and it truly show cases Armstrong's talents.

100..? I think something is wrong with the system...get him to the top 20 - Dange_Strings

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111 Dan Donegan Dan Donegan Dan Donegan is an American musician and guitarist for heavy metal band Disturbed. Donegan began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed a band called Vandal, which was an 1980s-style hair band.

Listen to any of his solos! He can shred with the best of them as seen in "the night, " and "Stricken. " But he can also be smoother and more elegant with his riffs like in "Another way to die. " He may not get the popularity because he is in a heavy metal band but he's riffs are clear and powerful!

You cannot mistake them! The fact the 4 note billy joe Armstrong is ahead of him is... Disturbing

I'm not going to tell you my opinion, since I obviously think this guy has talent, I mean why would I vote him otherwise? So instead, I'm going to tell you your opinion! This guy is the beast guitarist ever! Don't even try to deny, it's your opinion, remember? NOW VOTE FOR HIM! Or else Dimebag Derrall will raise from his grave. If you see a pile of dirt moving down the road with a Dean guitar on top of it, you will have cheap seats to a Black Sabbath concert. You know, behind that support beam, next to some fat lady who keeps throwing up on you. - Geddyrush

Dan should be so much higher than he is. He's one of the best and most imitated guitarists of our time. How often do people these days imitate other bands? How recognizable are their riff and chord structures? Dan should be at LEAST in the top 20.

Stricken and The Light guitar solos, that's all I gotta say!

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112 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.

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113 Omar Espinosa Omar Espinosa
114 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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115 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.

Koss at 115, Please, listen to [ Time Away ] off Backstreet Crawler Album, This masterpiece makes me cry, every time I hear it, Time Away will be played at my funeral, Need I say more...

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116 Steve Morse Steve Morse Steven J. "Steve" Morse is an American guitarist and composer, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs; and since 1994, the guitar player of Deep Purple.

I find it unbelievable. 91? What is wrong with the world. I'm am a high level guitarist who plays Iced Earth, Megadeth, and Steve Morse is god to me. I would like to thank him, his music has made me very happy over the years, it means a lot to me, and always makes me feel better. Thank you Steve Morse, for beautiful compositions. Your music has got me through some very hard times.

Steve is brilliant and has a wonderful tone. Love his wicked chromatic runs, harmonics, and vibrato. Always smiling and a great replacement for Blackmore (who I also find awesome), he has been in Purple longer now than the Man in Black was and has proven he can fit in right with the hard rock legends!

I'd also vote for Al DiMeola, who I don't see on this list, Jeff Beck, John 5, Robert Fripp, and a whole bunch of others.

Steve Morse is simply the best guitarist in the world that no one has heard of. He is the guitarist that other guitarists want to be. In Guitar Magazine (a mag for guitarists) he won best guitarist so many times they created a hall of fame category just for him so other guitarists could get an opportunity. That speaks volumes.

He is the best overal guitarist after steve owe, he palyed fussion with Al Di Meola, he is playing with deep purple

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117 Robert Fripp Robert Fripp

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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118 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.

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!

This list is an absolute joke, in my books Jeff is in the top 5 guitarists of all time

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