Best Guitarists Ever
The Contenders: Page 7
Brad's an amazing guitarist but most of the people haven't noticed his guitar skills because no one can hear anything over chester's screams.
The Best Band in this F.. King world with every man best at their own skills.
Brad is the best. Period.
Linkin Park is the best band ever. Period.
How can Brad be so far below I. E Tom Kaulitz? I mean, It's Brad VS Tom, Brad is definitely the best out of them two.
Brad deserves a better placing, because he is a great guitarist. And as the die hard Linkin Park fan I am, I think it's well unfair that he's so low on the list.
Instead of giving him a solo in every song, the band plays together, which results in a truly awesome music experience. And when he does get a solo it's just... Unbelievable. He is one of the greatest artists of our time, and he deserves to be at the top!
Sincerely, one hella big Linkin Park fan
Sweet intro for A Place For My Head! Delson Rocks the house!
No. Brad sucks. His work is terrible, it's just a few power chords.V 55 Comments
Look on you tube for Warren's guest performance with the Dave Matthews band, playing Cortez the Killer ( you know Neil Young's epic song! ). After having heard this one, you'll know where Warren should be ranked.
He might be the best out there today, his covers with The Mule are amazing! He can play The Dead and Neil Young same night!
Can play some of these guitarists music in todays feel
The best bleus,rock and soul guitarplayer the last 15 years!V 5 Comments
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
Should be #1!V 174 Comments
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
Just listen to sudden death solo and you will know no one can play this awesome solo!
#140? Lets put Kerry king In top ten.this list needs fixing. Broderick is awesome!
Come on..134? top 20 - Dange_Strings
Frederik Thordendal alongside Mårten Hagström are some of the best guitarists around. If you've ever listened to Meshuggah (even if you don't like them) they make most guitarists nowadays look like children when it comes to perplexity. Meshuggah does border almost genius-level on the lines of guitar. Seriously, fusing Jazz with extreme metal? It works.
#145 degarmo is a Genius Writing Catchy Lines.There No More Guitarist Like This Anymore.Silent Lucidity And Today's Music,What a Diffrence.
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!V 14 Comments
I can't believe Josh Homme's not on the list! With the exception of Tom Morello, he's possibly the best guitarist in modern rock. His solos are experimental and unique and he writes amazing riffs. His work with Kyuss was influential and innovative, but his best stuff has been with QOTSA. Just listen to 3's and 7's or little sister and see for yourself
Queens of the Stone Age, them crooked vultures, kyuss, listen and realize that he is a great guitarist.
Listen to a whole live show on YouTube, and tell me why he shouldn't be in the top 50
Best!V 1 Comment
I can only say the only reason that this man is not higher is because he doesn't have the fangirl following that is as strong as other Jrock bands because he is one of the best guitarists of all time. Nothing hyptonizes me more than the sound of this man's guitar. His compositions are the most beautiful I've heard probably ever. Let's vote on talent people not your biases. And just to add as someone who's seen him play live & up-close a number of times he's got skills like you wouldn't believe. Takes your breath away watching his fingers so delicate and artful, and I've seen him go back & forth between 3 guitars for one song, so he works damn hard too!
The lead guitarist for Nightmare as well as one of its creative minds. Listen to Alumina and really listen. That's why he should win.
His guitar skills are just the best, his solos are magic, and his compositions sound like coming right from heaven.
The only reason he's not in the top ten is because he's JapaneseV 6 Comments
He's the guitarist in Panic! At the Disco and he's got great looks... So many bands like him even Fall Out Boy asked if he could do a guitar solo in one of their new songs: The Take Over, The Break's Over.
HOLY CRAP! 153? What kind of people vote on these things? They OBVIOUSLY don't know music. The guitar part in "Do You Know What I'm Seeing? " is enough to make someone cry, not all guitar players can do that. - bailinickolecondra
I love Ryan. But this is not about looks. He's not that skilled at guitar, though an incredible songwriter. Love him, but not the best AT ALL. - mess
Umm why did I have to go all the way here to find ryan? He has the best song lyrics, and the way he plays, oh my god, its enough to make me cry. Ryan ross is so perfect he DEFINES perfection.V 2 Comments
His solos both for Slipknot and Stone Sour are awesome, he has great talent and his head banging is on another level!
He has the melody of Syn Gates and the speed of Herman Li, best guitarist ever.
So I need to scroll all the down here to find a member of slipknot.V 3 Comments
Amazing, no one knows of him. Solos are sensational. In my top 5
Way underrated guitarist, still incredible today.
Leslie should be in the top 5
Too bad younger people don't know him. Fantastic musician. Saw him at a great outdoor festival in the 70s and it was a performance I'll never, ever forget.V 1 Comment
How the hell is john butler below the "filth who lack talent" that is like 90% of this list. You will NEVER see a 12-string played as masterfully as john butler. There are no song within the john butler trio repertoire that I wont repeat at least once every time I hear it. If you don't know who john butler is go look him up now... Do it... NOW!
If you've ever seen this guy play a 12 string, you can't help but be impressed. Go to you tube and checkout "Oceans" solo... Gives you chills...
165! Is this a joke. Amazing guitarist, go listen go him play ocean on a twelve string like everybody is saying.
One of the most skilful players of all time. Ocean is an absolute masterpieceV 1 Comment
He is mesmerizing and people jocky for position to stand in front of him at Marillion concerts. He simply puts his head back, feels the music and is humbled every time he gets an elongated ovation at the end of his solos. His style is not to bombard the listener but to make him/her anticipate his next note - it makes the music unbelievably exciting and every subsequent guitar sequence feels like a climax within the song. Fans tell him he "changed their lives" and I know he changed mine. Please listen to Marillion's "Neverland" (the entire song) and tell me he doesn't jump 100 spots. He is that good and that special!
One of the true guitar virtuosos. Just listen to the riffs on "sugar mice", "strange engine" and "Easter" to name just a few. A highly skilful and very technical guitarist. With no disrespect to the guitarists above Steve on the list, he deserves to be way higher. But then again Progressive rock is nowhere nearly as popular as heavy metal therefore I'm pretty sure that not many people, like the ones who voted for Bob Dylan and suchlike, have ever heard of Steve. -Paul Straz
Why hasn't anybody voted for Steve Rothery yet? His guitar playing can easily compete with the ones currently listed here in the top 10!
Steve the best ever!V 3 Comments
He is very handsome guitarist I ever seen. and his skill and his talent to make the songs are not disputable again. He is very awesome guitarist from Japan! - shashi
Johnny Marr is best guitarist listen to the song of the smiths you know what he's is playing. He's got everything in guitar player he's not extreme player but when listening to his best song like some girls are bigger than others, ask, money changes everything, the headmaster rituals, meat is murder you wanna know why he's johnny marr. And the last song just listen to a half a person man this's real and pure guitarist.
The little success that the Smiths got meant that Marr's mind-blowing riffs were never recognised enough. He quickly inspired many guitarists such as Squire and (Noel) Gallagher. I feel apart from Page, Harrison and Richards (all from huge bands), other British guitarists never get the full credit they deserve. Johnny Marr is incredible, try to replicate him, you won't be able to.
This is exactly why Metal guitar needs to be considered in its own category when we do power rankings. You just cannot compare a musician like Marr with Dimebag Daryl (not to take anything away from Dime... The dude could shred like a God). The problem is that they might as well be playing two different instruments, since they are so incredibly stylistically different.
How this man is at #149 - is unbelievable. HE can't even play what he plays!V 21 Comments
Third and current guitarist in Iron Maiden, His contribution to one of the greatest metal bands of all time is appreciated.
The solo he played in red blood brothers was so amazing. Long live Janick
ALL 3 maiden guitarist should be in top 5
Why the hell is he below kurt cobain, herman li, synester gates and billie joe...V 2 Comments
This guy is the ultimate professional, hey negrita, Rons audition on black and blue album for the stones won me. What a worthy advisory to the sweet licks of Mick Taylor!
Nobody can say that Ronnie is not a very good harp player, he puts life and soul into his work and has done for many years, great respect for the Stones and Ronnie has played a huge part in the many hits of theirs for a long time, should be higher up this list.
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