Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 7

121 Matt Bachand Matt Bachand
122 Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

He is the god of guitar, Noel the Son of Rock & Roll Music, every sound is different from another..

Legendary guitarist and song writer, second best to the Beatles...

He is the greatest Guitarist in the world, I love his legendary solos and his Songwriting for Oasis! PUSH!

Noel put the heart into many Oasis hits, he is good at whet he does and needs respect for that.
DS Sussex

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123 Allen Collins Allen Collins

He should be in the top ten guitarists. I mean just listen to his solos, especially the free bird one. Anyone who has a bit of common sense will boost him up.

Honestly, how is this man never featured in top 100 guitarist lists, when his most famous solo is frequently rated in the top three? He may not be a shreader, but his solos had energy, power behind them, and were not just some scales thrown together in a manner in which you can't even hear the individual notes. This man does not "Shread" at all, he actually plays.

Honestly should be in the top five. He is never voted in any lists but is truly one of the best that ever lived. A lot better than Jimmie Hendrix in my humble opinion.

He should be in the first..

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124 Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.

As Bob Dylan elogized "There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don't think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great - much more than a superb musician with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is muddy river country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep."

Garcia has as much grace in his playing as any guitarist, and his ability to defy conventional boundaries between rock, blues, folk, and bluegrass should put him no doubt in the top ten. He has unlimited talent, and who else could play for 2 hours straight without ever ceasing to create one new, mesmerizing riff after another. A true genius who apparently deserves more respect. This list is ridiculous.

Seriously. Seriously... I really don't know what to say. There is no such thing as artists, only art. We can be instruments ourselves and that is the closest we can get. This man was a telephone line to the great operator. His tones are amazing. I'm pretty sure he ate rainbows for breakfast.

I wish more people could hear the live Garcia/Grateful Dead magic of their 'peak' years in my opinion 72, 73, 74, 77, 90, Garcia is a better pure technical AND soulful and a conversational player than everyone on this list, he was a musical explorer and a visionary...

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125 Scotty Moore Scotty Moore

He was Elvis Presley's first lead guitarist. He was the best rockabilly man in his day. His riffs in That's Alright Mama were legendary.

Scotty Moore was great. He was part of Elvis Presley's backing band. He was a big reason why Elvis was so influential and great. - Rambles

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126 Alvin Lee Alvin Lee

Alvin Lee plays tremendously fast and accurate (good tone). Let's not forget his performance with Ten Years After and the the amazing middle section of the song riff on I'd Love To Change The World. Alvin Lee and Ten Years After made history playing at Woodstock. - ekos

Not just speed but feeling, variety, composition, originality. He could really get you lost in his melodies. The best guitarist ever by far. Completely underrated.

Just the insane transitions in "I'm Going Home" are enough, but don't forget "Woodchopper's Ball" and their version of "Good Mornin' Little Schoolgirl". Kick Ass.

Alvin Lee is in the greatest top ten of all time. Amazing guitarist...

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127 Gary Holt Gary Holt

His first solo in "You Against You" is face melting, wild, and eargasmic!

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128 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.

Dude this guy should be #1, along side with Jeff Hanneman

No one can match his solos along with Jeff Hanneman

Kerry King should at least be in the top ten, as he is the best guitarist in the world.

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129 Paco de Lucia Paco de Lucia Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomez, known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer.

The best in Spanish and flamenco music

Just look for it in YouTube

It's the best one we ever had in Spain

Perfect technique, full of passion; many others can play as fast as he does but the pack is not full but Paco's is.
Nothing more to say.

I see you have a bunch of 12 year olds voting who can play rock star. Paco de Lucia is far better than Slash or Hendrix, of course if you've never heard him play, than you don't know. Do yourself a favor and look him up on you tube. - sloank68

The best of all time

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130 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

If you think Dave Grohl is a bad guitarist listen to and watch the ending of "Razor" in the "Skin and Bones" live album.

140? Your kidding me right, listen to Everlong, The Pretender, Long road to Ruin and Learn to Fly then decide

Over 260 million dollars from Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, and Foo Fighters

Better drummer, mediocre guitarist at best...

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131 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

There is something special about this guy. His head is totally into his music and it has been since he was a child. Unlike other music savants, he seems to channel all of his energy and talent into "growing" in his work. I was able to see many of the amazing guitarists in the 60's and 70's and I'm not sure how anyone can vote for anyone but their own personal favorite. But I believe, if it were possible, to get all the greatest guitarists on a stage at the same time (playing in their prime) Joe very likely might be the last man standing. He's not even 40 and he's been playing professionally for over 30 years. And with his attitude and love for his work, more and more people are going to discover this huge treasure and gift to the world. If you get to know him, You'll love him.

I would say this number will change as people get to see this man play he is every bit as good as Page or Beck...

Joe is the best that I have ever seen or heard. I started listening to all types of music in the mid-50's, especially blues -based guitar starting with Robert Johnson until now. Joe embodies all that is past and present with a unique sound that is unmatched. Each note has a purpose within the songs he plays, some slow, some fast, and each remembered. Albert King, Hendrix, Clapton, and Santana come close, but at this point in time, Joe is the best. Check out the song "The Great Flood" if you don't believe me. It will bring tears to your eyes.

Joe bonamassa has to be the best blues and overall Guitarist and Soloist, his side projects in Black Country communion show his skills are not limited to blues alone but Rock and metal. HIs solos are blistering in speed and technical ability When I am asked who are the best... Its Satriani and Bonamassa, most rock guitarist do not compare. Its not about a few solos on an album here and there Bonamassa performs almost every day all over the world and his corpass of material is staggering. I suggest you listen to some of the albums he has out The other commentator is correct. Hendrix King Clapton Santana, are close, but not as superior as Joe Bonamassa, IN every note he plays,

I am lucky enough to have seen Joe twice live and he completely took my breath away with his playing. He gets involved in rock, jazz funk but mostly blues and the modern blues style while still keeping strong links to the originators is amazing to appreciate. He is the hardest working guy in music and its clear from his bona-seum of guitars and amps he lives and breaths guitar like very few. A child prodigy turned maestro. Keep the blues alive Joe!

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132 Larry Carlton Larry Carlton

Pick up any one of his albums /disks, or listen to some steely dan. No one compares

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133 Jonny Greenwood Jonny Greenwood Jonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood is an English musician and composer, mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

I know not everyone agrees with me when I say he's the best guitar player ever, but you have to at least acknowledge that he deserves a better place here, jonny is one of the most creative guitar players ever and for me he's definitely the best all around musician ever

I don't know how can anyone could be so ignorant! He's a legend. Lead guitarist of one of the greatest bands today, RADIOHEAD... He's just so innovative... And my inspiration to become a good guitarist

Easily in the top 10 of active artists. Dude did the soundtrack for there will be blood. Enough said

He's better than all other guitarists on this list, in songs like my iron lung, paranoid android, and even reckoner, his style varies in each song, but still he does it perfectly and with passion, he's the best and yet the most underrated guitarists of all time

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134 Johnny Ramone Johnny Ramone John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones.

This list is bogus. Kirk hammett, billie joel armstrong. They were all influenced by the legend Johnny Ramone. He had a revolutionary buzzsaw sound. My favorite guitarist of all time.

He is a perfect example of what rhythm guitar playing should be.

Invented a very new style of strumming the guitar, awesome!

I like to listen to listen to this guy more than Hendrix

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135 Chris Broderick Chris Broderick Christopher Alan Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former lead and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth.

Go look up "chris Broderick betcha can't play this" on YouTube and watch him go and he's also been with megadeth for the last few albums

#140? Lets put Kerry king In top ten.this list needs fixing. Broderick is awesome!

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136 Mick Thomson Mick Thomson Mickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.

Mick may not be the best guitarist on this list, yet there isn't much like him out there. He is definitely a master when it comes to good riffs. He doesn't solo to much but when he does you can hear clear, fast, intense and sometimes even expressive solos. I just think he is terribly under rated even though he isn't the very best he is one of my favorite guitar players. - Slipknotismax

I know a lot of people don't like slipknot, but just listen to the riffs on "The Heretic Anthem" and his solo on "Sulfur". I honestly think that Mick should be a bit higher in the list. I mean seriously? Billie Joe Armstrong is not better than Mick, no way.

Slipknot rocks and so does mick. He's probably one of the greatest guitarists in our day and should definitely be in the top ten, at least, if not NO. 1 itself...

Of course he's the best. If you want sound like him. You need to be him

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137 Pat Martino Pat Martino

Incredible fine notes, a really master of sound

138 John Goodsall John Goodsall
139 Steve Cropper Steve Cropper

In 1996, Cropper was named "the greatest living guitar player" by Britain's Mojo magazine. When asked what he thought of Cropper, the guitarist Keith Richards said, "Perfect, man. "

"At this time Cropper's fame was not limited to the United States. The Beatles favoured Cropper's playing, and his production on Otis Redding records. John Lennon and Paul McCartney made tentative plans to record in Memphis, and to work with the guitarist. "

Rolling Stone lists him (Cropper) 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

... And he's a relation. Need I say more? Look him up...

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140 Eric Lambert
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