Best Guitarists Ever

The Contenders: Page 9

161 Seasick Steve

He makes me laugh he has like 3 strings on his guitar but he has done well and he is rather good. And for that reason I just had to add him.

162 Peter White
163 Marv Tarplin
164 Dan Reynolds Dan Reynolds Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds is an American musician, most famous as frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons. He has also released an Extended Play titled Egyptian - EP as a duo with Aja Volkman under the moniker Egyptian.
165 Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre.

Extremely innovative: his Sky guitar with 41 frets and 7 strings. Uli is amazing, one of the very best guitarist in the world in a league with Edward Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix. Uli should be in the top ten best guitarist of all time.

Uli Jon Roth is on a par with Hendrix, he definitely modelled much of his style on The Man of course. Just listen to Sails of Charon as someone else suggested. Majestic and COOL. My personal favourite is He's a Woman She's a Man live, seen him do it live twice and count myself a very lucky man. I have seen many of the others (Mick Mars, Joe Satriani, Angus Young etc) and none compare (except Page and Hendrix whom I have not seen as I am too young (and poor!

He is the best guitarist ever. He is THE father of neo-classical guitarists and is the only virtuoso that ACTUALLY CAN EXPRESS HIS FEELINGS THROUGH HIS GUITAR

The man is certainly one of the 5 best guitarists living today. Grab any chance to see him live - you will be blown away

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166 Mick Mars Mick Mars

Amazingly underrated as a guitarist. Just because he's in Motley Crue does not mean he can't run the stings like the Guitar God he is. Think about this: almost all those guitar notes on the albums are from him. He covers double duty as both rhythm and lead. This is from a man who is being slowly mangled by a severe form of arthritis to the point he's had hip replacement surgery, then got onstage and went to work on a massive tour. Show me another modern rock/metal guitarist with that kind of dedication.

Mick is a true rock God. He is underrated because he makes it look so effortless. In spite of a crippling disease he can get up on that stage and play like the best of them. I saw him with Motley Crue this past summer and it was the best concert experience of my life. Watching and listening to MIck play just blew me away. He is beyond amazing.

He should be much, MUCH, higher on the list. He gets on stage no matter how much pain his disease causes him, For 33 years (Almost 34) He's always been the only guitarist for Motley. Not only does he perform in front of 50,000 people pretty much everyday, but he makes it look easy. Mick Mars is an inspiration to me, Yes Eddie Van Halen, Slash, And Kirk Hammet are good guitarists, But Mick Mars is the greatest in the world to me.

He has been through so, much in his life. But that never stop him from doing what he love. Playing guitar.

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167 Sam Totman

A great guitarist. Its unfortunate that Sam seems to live in the shadow of Herman Li, he is the majority song writer of dragonforce and underrated compared to Herman. Once again a great guitar player

Alongside Herman Li, he has created a lot of good songs and makes good sounds experimenting with his instrument with Herman

This dude right here can play as good drunk as he can sober which is both awesome and amazing this guy deserves better...

He plays so insanely fast, his solos are amazing, and he just is so talented

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168 Sugizo

Sugizo's music is unique and let me go into an imagination space. He plays the guitar with powerful music, but the music is full of graceful melody. It lets his fans feel so excited. If you listen to his music once, you will absolutely be addicted to his music. From my point of view, he is the greatest guitarist.

Sugizo is great! He should be higher on the list. He's not just a great guitarrist, he's a great human being!

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169 Jinxx Jinxx Jeremy Miles Ferguson, better known by the stage name Jinxx, is an American musician best known as the rhythm guitarist, violinist, cellist, pianist, lyricist, songwriter, composer and backing vocalist of American rock band Black Veil Brides.

Thank you! Jinxx is amazing at guitar. When he comes together with jake it's just perfect. I can't believe that he's 193 on the list. He should be first!

Jinxx is a great guitarist. He deserves better than 191.

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170 Pat Metheny

Ditto, the greatest guitarist ever! His technique and talent is unsurpassed. He has so many Grammy's I can't believe he isn't at least listed in the the top 10! He is one of a kind, truly amazing!

This list must be a rock guitarist list. Otherwise I cannot explain how Pat Metheny ended up at such position. Saw him live several times, he is brilliant.

His performing's are fabulous, outstanding magic and control on guitar. He is the very best one. If we are talking about the best ever guitar players, Pat is live legend!

This is absolute proof that the voters on this list are musically illiterate. Don't know what they are missing.

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171 Robb Flynn Robb Flynn
172 Michael Amott Michael Amott Michael Amott is a British-born Swedish guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the bands Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and Carnage, as well as a former member of the grindcore band Carcass.

Michael Amott is one of the best Death Metal guitarists of all time. He Should be a little Higher. - Rambles

And these two guys are better than all thrashers above very underrated players

It's better the other guitarist from carcass bill steer

Such emotive melodies in his playing

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173 John Lee Hooker

Yikes! This is an embarrassment to every voter in this poll. Jeez, might want to pick up a book on the Giants of American music. Then pick up a couple of his tracks. Do yourself a favor.

What? 198? If people looked further back into rock, they will find those in the blues who greatly influenced music. He was one of the greats! I regret to this day that I never saw him live.

George Thorogood covers him (one bourbon one scotch one beer), he was in the Blues Brothers as a street musician. He is the musical for runner of nearly everyone on this list!

How is he this low!?!?! Incredible guitarist and a master of the blues!

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174 Dick Dale

No sound like him. While definitely not the best if you base skill solely on technical ability, I feel that he deserves to be at least in the top fifty of all time due to his originality, speed, sound, and just overall talent.

Surf guitar master, show me a person who can pluck like that beast!

I have never heard anyone sound like him. He is the king of the surf rock guitar. - Rambles

Have you heard his music? It's awesome

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175 Roger McGuinn Roger McGuinn James Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician.

World"s premier 12 string guitarist. His interpretation of "Mr Tamborine Man" is classic.

Roger added so much sound to the Byrds, his 12 string jangle just comes through so well, rarely bettered and I have not heard quite the identifiable impact on a groups sound as he made.
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176 Nick Drake Nick Drake Nicholas Rodney "Nick" Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. A singular talent who passed almost unnoticed during his brief lifetime, his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.
177 Rich Ward

THE GOD of guitar on 201? HAHA. Rich Ward is the duke of metal. He is #1. His riffs kill.

178 Niro Knox
179 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...

Should be number 1

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180 Trey Anastasio

It's a complete joke that Trey is not mentioned in the entire first 136 greatest guitarists on the list. He is well revered as being a prodigy in the mold of Hendrix, Santana, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck (amazingly also not on this ridiculous list) : all his biggest influences. Trey can shred, play beautiful melodic rhythms, and rock hard with fat tone and immaculate phrasing. He is known for his innovative effects creativity-employing two tube screamers, phrase sampling and other looping effects, rotary simulations, flanger, compression/sustain, and many others. There has never been a guitarist who could so easily play blues, Jazz, prog-rock, hard rock, pop, accoustic, and classical. He is also an amazing composer and at the same time one of the greatest improviser. Nothig he can't do basically.

This is way too low on the list for Trey, but I know what happened. People hate Phish. Many have never even listened to Phish, but know a few Phish-heads, and it ruins everything by communicating their adoration for Trey and company in terms that is Emotional, but not musical. So when a non-fan (or even an actual fan like me) here's why people think Trey is great, it often sounds moronic. Not from everyone, but the stereotypes out there are ruining our rep.

Had to vote because Trey is better than most of the people ahead of him on this unbelievable list. Maybe some of these guys are better than Trey on band nerd technical aspects, but I agree with the first comment, Trey just rocks!

Lots of ignorance on this thread...Trey is a beast

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