Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 7

121 Scotty Moore Scotty Moore

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

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.

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122 Fredrik Thordendal Fredrik Thordendal Fredrik Thordendal (born February 11, 1970) is a Swedish musician, best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. He's considered the originator of the djent technique. Thordendal was rated No. 35 by Guitar World in the top 100 greatest heavy metal ...read more.

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.

123 Chris DeGarmo Chris DeGarmo

#145 degarmo is a Genius Writing Catchy Lines.There No More Guitarist Like This Anymore.Silent Lucidity And Today's Music,What a Diffrence.

124 Ray Toro Ray Toro Raymond "Ray" Toro is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their split in 2013.

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!

How is Princess Fro Fro not in the top 100? He's an incredible guitarist, just listen to his guitar solos in every My Chemical Romance song, they're unbelievable! In my opinion, he's a better guitarist than Frank. Ray puts so much passion into his solos, he's amazing. - Catacorn

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125 Josh Homme Josh Homme

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

Top Ten on my list all day long, for the dueling guitars solo on Spaceship Landing alone. Modern day musical genius.

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

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126 Sakito Sakito

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 Japanese

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127 Ryan Ross Ryan Ross Ryan Ross used to be the guitarist, backup Vocalist, and main songwriter for the band Panic! at the Disco. ...read more.

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

Ryan is v talented. His milk powers help him

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128 James Root James Root

His solos both for Slipknot and Stone Sour are awesome, he has great talent and his head banging is on another level!

So I need to scroll all the down here to find a member of slipknot.

He has the melody of Syn Gates and the speed of Herman Li, best guitarist ever.

For me it's the best with Jimi Hendrix jimi page éric clapton carlos santana and curt cobain

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129 Leslie West Leslie West

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.

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130 John Butler John Butler

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 masterpiece

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131 Steve Rothery Steve Rothery

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!

In my opinion, Steve Rothery s one of the most underestimated, but truely on of the best guitar players in the world. LIstening to tracks like "Neverland", "Easter", "This Strange Engine", "Runaway", just to name a few.. And the way he performs it,.. lives it. No crazy show, just playing the music, standing there. Incredible, I love him! (If you don't know what I'm talking about, seriously, listen those songs.. and then you might check out their new album as wel ^^ )

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132 Tora (Alice Nine) Tora (Alice Nine)

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

133 Barry Stock Barry Stock
134 David Marks David Marks
135 Richard Z. Kruspe Richard Z. Kruspe

I think he's really gifted musician! He's got a lot of energy, power in his riffs and solos...

Lead guitarist of Rammstein. don't let the bands image make you overlook him. He has great skills, with a style that is unmistakable!

Herr Kruspe is one of the best guitarists I've ever heard. Listen to his solos and you will understand what I mean!

Richard plays all the solos that's why I vote for him check out his solos in adios, rammstein, weisses fleisch, Du Riechst so gut and amerika! - leonzillaleon

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136 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

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

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.

Unmatched.

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137 Johnny Marr Johnny Marr

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!

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138 Janick Gers Janick Gers Janick Robert Gers is an English musician, best known for being one of the three current guitarists in Iron Maiden, along with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, as well as his earlier work with Gillan and White Spirit.

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...

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139 Jake E. Lee

I can't believe Jake's not even on the list. The man who replaced Randy Rhoads in Ozzy's band, Jake is an amazing guitarist... He wrote some of Ozzy's best songs... And don't get me started on Badlands, that was some hot stuff! Could play very fast or with much "feeling". Should at least be in the top 25!

Listen to his work with Badlands as well... stunning. Ozzy would have been in a lot of trouble had he not met Jake after Randy's passing. THE BEST guitarist Ozzy ever shared a stage with. Every performance was solid. Look up some old live clips. He was for real.

Stage presence, speed, feeling, moves, no one can touch this guy

Best guitarist Ozzy had. Hands down

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140 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide. He died of ...read more.

Very good guitarist of his genre.

Better than anyone on this list. OK Angus Young is better but still Johnny Cash is awesome.

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