Most Overrated Guitarists

The Top Ten
1 Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The guy is a legend, no doubt about that.
But since you get yourself familiar with Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Guthrie Govan etc it becomes pretty obvious that there are much better guitarists in terms of technique and musicality.

For those of you saying Slash is overrated, I can 100% see where you're all coming from. I think that he's overrated, but he doesn't deserve to be hated on so much. His guitar solos are brilliant, and his rhythm work is great too. Slash was my inspiration to both pick up the guitar, and continue from there on out. I personally don't give a crap about the top hat, I didn't even know he was the guy from guitar hero back when I was a kid. I'd be listening to Nightrain, my favorite Guns N' Roses song, while pretending to jam out to it on guitar. Now, Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page, Hendrix, Marty Friedman, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Eddie, Dimebag, Angus, John Petrucci, Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, all these guys are also my inspiration. Being 15, I still have plenty of time to learn all of these guys's riffs and solos, but Slash has always been my #1. His guitar tone and sound may be too high, but that's his signature sound. It makes Nightrain and November Rain sound ...more

A lot of the players on this list are legends, and music as we know it would not be the same without them, Clapton, Hendrix, Page, Richards, Santana, these guys can play better than most. It's not about who can shred or tap fastest, or who knows more chords or tricks, it's about the way it all sounds and fits in with the song, it's about feeling and emotion. When Clapton plays you don't listen to it, you feel it. Page has written some of the best and most influential riffs ever. Without Hendrix non of the others would be as good as they are. I've played guitar for over 30 years and I only wish I was half as good as some of the players on this list, except the Edge, my dog can play better than him

November Rain solo-
Being a good guitarist isn't about playing 25 notes per second. It's, as with any instrument, fluency, intonation, and not being boring. I'd say Slash is able to make the instrument sound just as good as Axl's voice (before Chinese Democracy happened, anyway). His movement is always fluent and never overly abrupt, even when playing aggresive solos or riffs. Give credit where credit is due, people. If you want to claim Slash is overrated learn to play more than the Sweet Child o' Mine riff before you complain about him being basic.

2 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his ...read more.

This list is reserved for guitarists. Kurt Cobain shouldn't be on here because he wasn't a guitarist. He was never trained and only knew as much as a beginner. He made the best of his limited abilities.

The phenomenon of accumulating popularity after untimely death has seemed to echo through the ages. The death of JFK quickly gave him the title of 'Best Ever President' to many people who otherwise would have written him off. Edgar Allan Poe's 19th century poetry was only made more popular due to the mysterious nature of his untimely death. The same is true of Kurt Cobain, a technically below-par guitarist. Inspired by the Pixies, a band who were by no means technically gifted either, if Cobain, with his lack of ability on the instrument, hadn't coincided his association with the rise of the grunge movement of the early 90's, even that headline-snatching early death wouldn't have got him the praise he has today.

Guitarist ability is not just about the technical side of the playing, it's about applying what you do know to make good music. Kurt is a good guitarist because his music was good, he didn't have almost any technical ability but yet he made some of the best music there is. Perhaps making good music could be seen as a song writing thing to some people, but you could write good music and never actually play any of it because you can't apply any knowledge you know to your instrument. I've seen too many people think that just because you know all the scales and modes that you are a good guitarist, but if you can't actually make any good music out of it, then what you learnt is pointless really. Before you think I'm claiming he's one of the best, I don't think that at all, in fact I do think he's overrated just no where near to the extent some other people do.

TLDR: Being a good guitarist is more about technical ability, it's about how you apply what you know to make music. Cobain ...more

The first day I decided to pick up and learn guitar I was with my friend and he brought over the music sheet to Do You Feel Like We Do by Peter Frampton. While we were practicing my neighbour came over with this attitude and challenged me to play Smells Like Teen Spirit. I said I could for sure play that, just bring me the music sheet. Now, here I am only playing guitar for roughly 2 hours in my life and my neighbour comes back, gives me the music sheet and he acknowledged that I learned the whole song from start to finish including the solo in half-an-hour.

3 Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while ...read more.

He's absolutely terrible. The other people on this list either can't play with feel or can't play fast. Angus can do neither. His solos are literally just walking up and down the pentatonic scale, sometimes throwing in a simple blues lick.

I want to point out that, yes, I love AC/DC. Yet, I do have to agree that after a while it gets to be all the same. I personally stopped listening to AC/DC after "For Those About to Rock," and came back after "Razor's Edge," when things became more interesting, and promptly left again. Angus Young is one of the biggest inspirations in my life and I love his work, his blues rock riffs and solos are just fun to play, but yes he is really overrated. Though he is an absolutely outstanding showman and I have to condemn him for how long he's been in the business, his work became repetitive and less fun to listen to after Back in Black. I also have to say that he doesn't suck, he's not a terrible player at all! It's simply the style that he plays with and what he developed and created over his years, but that does NOT mean he is some kind of guitar-god.

Doesn't have much talent in his music. Now, being a guitarist is about coming up with great riffs, styles, talent, and influence. For 1 thing, every AC/DC song sounds exactly the same, nothing changes. Two, Angus' talent isn't that great, he makes incredibly simple songs of the top of his head. His style hasn't changed since AC/DC was founded, which is what makes guitarists unique, their styles slowly change over time, sometimes better or worse, but hishasnt changed a bit. And lastly, he hasn't influenced ANYBODY, maybe like one guitarist, and that's it. Airgo, not a good guitarist.

Slash and Hendrix are both phenomenal guitarists. Especially Hendrix. But Angus Young? He should be right on top at number one. His stuff is appealing when you first hear his guitaring, but then when you explore his playing in different albums, it is simply staggering... how much it all boils down to the same thing. His stuff is manipulation beyond belief.

4 Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

I painfully disagree with Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page appearing on this list too damn high. Jimi Hendrix knew everything about guitar, Slash's solos were unbelievable, Eric Clapton knows a lot about guitar and sure as hell can play one, AND COME ON, Jimmy Page is legendary. He's my favorite guitarist. I mean, just listen to his solo in Stairway to Heaven! And that's for starters. But when you become a bigger Led Zeppelin fan over time, you love most of their music even more! And you hear these awesome guitar solos! Led Zeppelin for the win! And one more thing, I know he's not that high, but get Brian May off this list. He's good too. And a thing about Kurt Cobain, I agree that he doesn't know that much about guitar but people are disgustingly ripping on him WAAAYY too much. I mean really, he said it himself, so why still hate him for something that other people call him? That's just immature and ridiculous.

No one knows anything about guitar on this lists, he is rock God that morphed very intricate styles of blues, classical guitar, and hard rock. This man created some of the best most thunderous riffs and also blows your mind with a beautiful guitar solo.

Led Zeppelin ripped off many artists and Page? Way over rated. I saw Zep live back in the day and between the violin bow, the 20 minute drum solo and Plants screeching I was bored to death and could not wait for the concert to end.

Jimmy page is not overrated, if anything he's underrated like Hendrix or clapton, but in my opinon he's better cause sure Hendrix and clapton are awesome but he can keep the groove.
Awesome guitarist.

5 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.

Billie Joe is good at what he does, which is mostly power chords. And that's all he's really going for. He's not trying to be some guitar aficionado. His guitar riffs are made to support the song, and not as a lead instrument. Jason is a much better guitar player than Billie is.
In conclusion: Is Billie overrated? Yes. Is he good? Yes, he's good at what he does, which are simple guitar riffs made to support the song.

HA! Guitarist? Really? What a joke! If I could just meet him and tell him to his face "You really call yourself a guitarist...? Can you even gallop...? " I would... He's a disgrace to... So-Called "Punk", get him listening to some Killing Time, or Biohazard. Might change his perspective on what Punk really is... Poprock poser.

I don't see the point why he is overrated. Cause he's not, nobody's ever called him a good guitarist. He has even said that he is not a good guitarist himself and that's obvious. He's more like a singer.

He is not overrated he is a brilliant guitarist. He may not be jimi hendrix but he is still amazing all that really matters is if you can get the guitar to make a nice sound and he does that better than anyone else even though he dosn't have hands that move like Usain Bolt.

6 Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

He is not overrated. He deserves the praise he gets. Just listen to Shepherd of Fire, Beast And The Harlot, Buried Alive, Save Me etc. There are not many people at all who can play like this guy. If you're gonna go all hipster and edgy and vote for him, just try and play one of his solos. It's impossible to play like him. He deserves all the praise he gets.

First of all, I have nothing against Mr. Gates personally. But 1 question bugs me: "Why is he in almost all the top ten lists in this site anyway? I'm beginning to think that he is actually a member and voting for himself! And what in the name of Amplifier Overload is his name doing in the fastest guitarist section. Trust me; I watched him live and even I can play faster than that. Okay here is the deal. I think people voting in this site are having favorites and their decisions are based on how famous this guy is and not on how good he really is. Sorry but... I'm not impressed. Just not impressed.

Gates is my personal favorite but I'll admit he is pretty overrated. But there are more overrated guitarists and many of those guitarists are in rock music. Synyster gates is a decent guitar player and I really don't see a pout for all the hate towards him or really towards any guitarists like Dimebag or John Petrucci etc. The reality is that despit being overrated, he majority of these guitarists are at least decent. Also, there's no need to be so close minded about this either. Music is music and we should at least appreciate that these guys are at least somewhat successful and have made a name for themselves in their respective genres/bands.

He's a great guitarist, but I have to admit he's really overrated. I will admit he plays like x7 better than I could (pun intended) but if you walk into any music store in a big city you will find players and gear demo guys that can outplay him.

Still it's not his fault he's overrated, he's just living his dream and probably knows there are several guitarist better than him- some of which he probably knows. It's those damn Ax7 fanboys- that have bad taste- that keep putting him up on the polls of guitarist. Can you believe the guys on Guitar world had the nerve to vote him 3rd fastest shredder ever? They voted him faster than Yngwie Malmsteen and Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci? That's just dumb and is the definition of "OVERRATED! "

7 Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

I am DISGUSTED to see Kirk Hammett, Synyster Gates, and all the other metal shred guitarists near the top. Metal is not overrated if anything it's underrated! Kirk could out shred 90% of guitarists out there, and he knows how to use the wah very well! Listen to One! It's insanely fast shredding so it's one of the greatest solos ever! It's also disgusting to see guitarists like David Gilmour and Pete Townshend at the bottom instead on the top. Get Kirk Hammett, Synyster Gates, Dimebag Darrell, Zakk Wylde, and others off the list and get non shred guitarists like David Gilmour and Eric Clapton on top!

Beginners like Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl shouldn't be on here. This list should be reserved for people like Kirk Hammett, a lousy and over-the-top "guitarist" who continues to gather undeserved praised. People call Dave Mustaine bitter, but I agree with him, Kirk sucks and shouldn't have replaced him.

His stuff on the Ride the Lightning album is all right, but after that most of his stuff is just garbage. Listen to the solo on Blackened for instance. The songs is very decent, with good riffing and dual guitar lead stuff, but Kirk's solo is just pathetic. He's not particularly fast, (if speed is what you want. Look at Mustaine, Schuldiner, Van Halen or Satriani for proper fast). He doesn't play particularly good emotional solos (as I said, the ones on Ride the Lighting are good, such as Fade to Black. I also like Orion's solos. But after that it's just downhill. For good emotional solos look at Petrucci or Rhoads or Schuldiner (Voice of the Soul).). Kirk is ridiculously overrated in my opinion.

Hammett is the jimmy page of our generation. He gets the title of guitar great cause he happened to be in a great band. Only thing is at least Page, though not a technically proficient player, wrote some great songs. And you can't call yourself a guitarist if you consider the guy who started the whole thing from nothing overrated. That would be Mr James Marshall Hendrix. That dude wrote and recorded more music in like 3 years than most people do in a lifetime.

8 Dimebag Darrel Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

Everyone on The TopTens defends Dimebag like he's god-like, he's not.
Angus Young is so much better than Dimebag.
Yes it's unfortunate that Dimebag was shot and killed by a fan

What the hell? When I searched for this list the LAST man I thought would be on the list is Dimebag Darrel! I love Pantera, and not to mention the way he died. I remember watching the footage of the club/bar they were playing at and just watching him fall. I was so shocked when I found out he was shot in the middle of a show. It's pretty sad that someone thinks the Dimebag is "Overrated", He's anything but.

The way people defend him with such ferocity in how he's not overrated and he's "the greatest guitarist of all time" when he's not even the best guitarist in METAL just proves how overrated he is.

Yes he died and it's unfortunate. He didn't deserve to die but Jesus Christ nobody goes on about Chuck Schuldiner and he was better in every way than Dimebag.

Dimebag has a very unique sound first off. "This love" I have to say is a very good song with a very goid sound. But other than sound, that's it. Every other pantera song just sounds the same I mean come on sometimes it almost seems like Dimebag is playing the same note over and over again. The worst part is people think he is the BEST guitarist out there. He is good, but he is not excellent like people believe he is sorry

9 JImi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

OF COURSE. Jimi hendrix should well be number one. His two songs hey joe and purple haze are okay, but apart from that I don't listen to him. More overrated than slash or page or angus young. He is definitely NOT the rock god you think he is, and he certainly didn't invent rock n roll (elvis presely did). So everyone's vote should be on this, he is too horribly overrated.

If your just trying to seem edgy and hipster by voting for Hendrix, how bout picking up a guitar and trying to play any one of his solos. Anyway, without Hendrix to inspire pretty much every rock guitarist that came after him, the history of guitar would be very different. Of course many famous guitar gods came before Hendrix, although pretty much all of them played in a blues-ish style, just with that rock flare. Hendrix basically started from scratch and created his own style of playing the guitar, and everyone followed.
He could out shred any guitarist ever. Even someone like Buckethead or Prince wouldn't stand a chance against Hendrix. He's the greatest ever. I'll leave it at that

Jimi was pretty bad. He had some moments but I really cannot stand the "well, for his time he was amazing" bs, no he wasn't. The instrument has existed in its current form, although not with amplification and effects, for more than 400 years and we have music from people in the 1600 and 1700s that made this guy sound like a doof with a tonka truck. It is the same, it is the same instrument and it is in complete parity. Just because somebody electrifies it and adds distortion doesn't mean that all of a sudden you can be garbage in the technique department and get a medal. I like Jimi, but I want to puke when he is number one on every single guitar list for ever and all time because he isn't.

Back in the 1960s when rock and pop were new you had guitar groups like the Shadows in England and Dwayne Eddie in America neither of which were of true virtuoso type unlike the jazz guys from the 1930s to the 1950/60s,

Then Eric Clapton appeared to be something of a relative prodigy for pop/rock so the US had to have their version which was put out and marketed as Hendrix. Although he was never happy about this and as time went more and more decent class players emerged and Hendrix really although talented would like a bumbling ham now and that's the truth.

Hendrix was never as good as the early Clapton either another guy whose guitar talent disappeared with too much heroin and acid in the late 1960s... Pity because he was good... About as guitar skilled as Dolly Parton today though- at least he's still alive!

Hendrix is way surpassed by Van halen, Knopler, Brian May, Vai, etc. Clapton's contemporaries have largely surpassed him Roger Waters for example is now ...more

10 Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

How is Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Dimebag Darrell, and Kirk Hammett above this overrated hack?! Herman Li might possibly be the most overrated guitarist ever, all he does is play slow in studio and speed it up so it can seem hard to play when we all know his work is slowed down then sped up in studio Herman Li is not that good at all.
Kirk Hammett is not the best guitarist but how the hell is he higher because he could play circles around this guy and he is more versatile than this stupid hack.
And Hendrix could flat out destroy this guy no problem!

Why is Jimi Hendrix on the list? And how the hell can you guys say kurt cobain is not an awesome guitarist? Of course the riffs might be simple, but the precisin, perfection and clarity with which he plays is nmatchable. And what can you expect of a heroin addicted depressed musician. He's one of the best guitarists, singers, and songwriters. But most importantly, he's an amazing musician.

Tom Morello is NOT a hack. If you actually explore RATM past "Killing in the Name" or "Bulls on Parade", you might listen to the solo on "Take The Power Back". As far as I know, only effect used for it is distortion. Fast and clean playing, quite impressive in my opinion. I'm not saying Tom Morello is the best. He isn't. But he's nothing close to a hack.

The difference between Li and most others on this list is that while others are trying to sell their unique techniques,
Li is selling himself as a guitar god. He would be better if he focused more on songwriting and style, instead of speed

The Newcomers

? Joe Walsh Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh is an American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
The Contenders
11 Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

First of all, the fact that Slash is at #1 is ridiculous. I HATE Guns N' Roses and I still admire Slash as a legendary guitar player. Also, why is Kurt Cobain here. He's not overrated as a guitarist because nobody thinks of him as a guitarist. He's mainly known for his vocals. Also Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix, the two greatest guitarists of all time? Seriously? You guys are just haters who can't appreciate these two gods. Meanwhile, Eric Clapton actually is overrated. First of all, a lot of his riffs sound very similar. Apart from his hit songs, there's nothing he's really achieved that was that great. As a soloist, he's great but not at the level of Page, Hendrix, Gilmour, Slash and many more. I do think that Eric Clapton is a great guitarist, but the fact that people think he's the best is ridiculous.

To the other commentator, I would recommend "Layla", "Cocaine", anything from the John Mayall and the Bluebreakers Album, etc. Yes, he doesn't mindless shred, but he plays with soul and originality. He's not a hack unlike you and I'm sure at least one of your favorite guitarists owes something to him.

Clapton is one of the best guitarists there has ever been. Listen to 'Why does love got to be so sad' live at the Guillmore, then if you still think he's over rated go to the doctors because you need to have your ears checked.

I agree with this one. Most of his iconic blues solos are just on a pentatonic scale so I'm not sure why he is one of the greatest

12 John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

Does this guy ever Rock? I have yet to hear it. His music is boring. He's not a technique freak at least and can make actual music. I just don't like his style.

John Mayer is easily the most underrated guitar player of all time. The fact that he wasn't in The Rolling Stones top 100 absolutely disgusts me. 90% of the other guitar players on that list are one trick pony's but Mayer has mastered so many styles on guitar. If you don't believe me go see him play with Dead and Company this summer.

John Mayer is a joke. I saw an interview where Santana preferred Derek Trucks over John Mayer easily. Mayer is just a knock off of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Just copied his style and didn't even come up with his own influential style.

How is he overrated when nobody likes him anyway?

13 Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

One of the most boring guitar players that existed. His guitar solos, 99% of them, sound the same. They are not melodic at all. His sound was obnoxious. He didn't invent anything. He was a poor improviser.

"The guy changed guitar." Yeah. For the worse! He influenced 80's hair and generic YouTube shredders.

It was his influence that made a lot of people value technique and speed over music and melody.

He sounds better than Yanni Malmsteen and wrote some good tunes. Some. I'll give him that.

His guitar playing is obnoxious, it's extremely repetitive, it all sounds the same, the solos are very sloppy and poorly implemented into songs, and the tone of his guitar is painful to listen to.
I'm not a fan of Angus Young's guitar playing. But he can play circles around Van Halen. At least his playing isn't this obnoxious. I'm tired of hearing that he's better than Hendrix. Hendrix destroys this guy. All of his complex techniques and diverse, amazing guitar playing has so much variety and it makes this guy look like Lil Wayne. At least Lil Wayne doesn't focus on guitar playing. He's a crap rapper.

Of course he's overrated, he's only the greatest guitarist of all time who set the way for every metal guitarist going forward (groan)

Yes sure he's good at playing, especially skillful songs like eruptipn, but it's not all about skill, it's about technique and emotion, there is no emotion in eruption which is why I think he is the most overrated guitarist, and that's not me saying he is a bad player because he's a hell of a lot better than me. It is insane that Jimi Hendrix is above him on this list, he is the best guitarist of all time because of the emotion in his songs and his innovation, Eddie Van Halen is massively overrated.

14 The Edge (U2) David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name the Edge, is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U2.

It's always disgusting and retarded to hear U2 fans call this guy one of the greatest. The 4 most boring chords you will ever hear in your life along with Bonos ego and horrible singing. I wish more people would actually pull their head out of their butt and think outside of top 40 garbage. If you want to hear great guitar playing go listen to John Petrucci, Steve Hackett, Alan Holdsworth, BB King, Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, Jeff Beck, West Montgomery, Al Di Meola, George Benson, David Gilmour, Pat Metheny, Buddy Guy, Dave Gregory, John Mahasishnu McLaughlin, etc. I could write volumes of better guitarists than The Edge.

Anyone can play like The Edge, take away his fx units and he is playing one note and letting computers do the flash stuff. And a word about Hendrix, yup compared to modern players, he isn't all that, but remember this and remember it well, He was the first and if it wasn't for Jimi, we wouldn't have a lot of the tricks and likes of today. He worked with Jim Marshall to develop the marshall stack and therefore gave the world metal guitar playing. We owe Jimi Hendrix EVERYTHING

His playing is monotone, repetitive and effect-driven. Listen to any other guitarist using echo-pedals, and notice how he is able to come up with something more interesting than good old Edge. But my problem is simply that everything I've ever heard him play was 2-note, 3-note riffs. If the man actually tried some doublets! Just anything instead of single string 4/4 "down-down-down-down".

The only thing Edge is known for is his effects. He cannot jam with someone else ! I saw a video of him playing guitar with the old Jimmy Page and Jack White, and this guy was lost t ! Jack white had to help him like a little baby. It was a sad thing to watch. This guy doesn't know anything, only effects.

15 Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.

Like the guy, would love to have a beer with him. But the music is more generic than Walmart brand aspirin. And uninspiring. And simple. I mean, if you can pull a random dude out of a crowd and let him sit in on drums during a concert, you probably aren't pushing many boundaries.

Like Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl shouldn't be on here because he isn't a guitar player, it's more so a prop to him

16 Ted Nugent Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and far right activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.

Really just not that good at all. His playing is boring and sloppy

Say what you will about him as a person, but he's a good guitar player

17 Tom Morello Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

Contrary to popular belief, Tom Morello only uses Whammy, Wah Wah, Delay, Tremolo, Equalizer, Flanger, Phaser. That's not a lot. Sure, some people can shred faster or do two hand tapping better than he can, but he is one of the most original guitarists ever. He gets sounds out of his guitar that shouldn't be possible. I'd love to see Slash try and emulate DJ scratching or creating a helicopter effect with nothing more than a delay pedal and a pencil.

As a guitar player myself I can tell you sliding your hand across the guitar strings over the pickups instead of playing actual musical notes like slash, Hendrix, jimmy page etc does not take talent. I strongly agree with Tom being on the list but disagree with most of the others.
On the low key though still kinda like rage against the machine and I don't know y.

I can't even consider this guy a guitar player. I saw him up on stage with Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Zakk Wylde, John 5, Nuno Bettencort and others and they all traded solos. It was obvious in his body language that he didn't feel comfortable playing with actual guitar players. I actually felt bad for him.

This capitalist uses more effects than a animated science fiction movie. How else is he supposed to play AND hold up his fist? He has to let the world know he is woke.

18 Keith Richards Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

Keith Richard sucks. What he did is introduce the distortion to the mass, and created modern rock with that act. His riffs are simple and my 5 year old cousin can play them on his child guitar. And I think Hammett is so not the 5th most overrated player. People say that because Mustaine is better than him. Hammett is an excellent player, but not one of the best. Also, Richie Sambora is terribly underrated, I mean Richie could own all of the guys on this list.

He's out of tune most of the time!... That's a good for deaf people, most of them can identify his playing, they call it "style", I call it "silly repetitive melodies played out of tune

Frankly I think a lot of people are frustated. Keih Richards is not only a great guitar player but a faithful family man with a lot of qualities, that most straight people don't have

OK, mediocre. His riffs are good but he is just not THAT great as reviewed. To be honest I think Pete Townshend is better than him.

19 Zakk Wylde Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.

I can't stand his tone... That terrible blasty sound with tons of gain and then the endless wah... Definitely overrated

He's definitely lost his sense of creativity in his solos and riffs.

Raping three notes for eight minutes. That's all how stupid wreslter makes his sound.

Please save me from the pinch harmonics.

20 Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.

He's very overrated. He should be in top 2 at least. His riffs are sloppy and mediocre. I shouldn't hate on him too much because therest of the band are overrated.

Townshend should not be on this list. A completely different style than other guitarists from his era. Not "technically" great like Clapton or Beck and he and The Who played in a more "freestyle' manner when in concert. Pioneered the use of guitar feedback and his influence on hard rock and heavy metal can't be underestimated. Moon and Townshend were perfect for each other.

Should be at the top of the list. Townsend sucks big time.

This guy can't solo

21 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American jazz.

People who can't play always mention him as the best. He's just a elitist who only play in one key and nothing else. Those liberal-yuppie-know-it-alls always hail him as the best. Unfortunately, his rotten political opinions aside, Carlos is still one of the most boring guitarist you'll ever hear. He has absolutely no technique (can't shred, duh) or musicality (always the same pentatonic scale and one key playing).

People who lack the taste and feeling which are the core to music will never understand santana or enjoy him. He is a LEGEND. He created a new style of music. Undeducated haters just judge. Got news for U. Steve Vai named Europa as his favorite instrumental of all time and it the main influence behind tender surrender.

The Rolling Stones were rating... Who or what! They probably need a more educated group of judges when compiling this list. Santana should have been in the top 10. Nevertheless, listening to Santana is a free ticket to the state of nirvana. His sounds are amazing, and his style is unique!

Carlos Santana completely hijacked Peter Green's style when Fleetwood Mac came to America. Even went as far as pawning off "Black Magic Woman" as his own material. Neil Schon was a way better guitarist, but Carlos only let him play rhythm during the Santana III years.

22 Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.

Never could understand the guitar god status this guy was given. He is horrible. The male version of St. Vincent, cringeworthy.

Only popular because of "Seven Nation Army." I believe Meg was the one that wrote the riff too. Just look at him; he looks like a rejected Ozzy Osbourne.

Not very creative. Kind of a dick. Seven Nation Army is just a slow blues scale.

Jack White and the Edge, both show that you don't have to be good to be famous.

23 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.

Just plays blues licks over and over again. He seems like a guy who you would see at an open mic night and be like "oh damn, he's pretty good," but go no further than that. He's better than the other guitarists on this list, but I had to put him here because of how many people think he's the greatest ever.

24 Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Definitely the most overrated guitarist of all time. Everyone says he is so great, but no one can actually point to a specific example of how that is so. The naive public points to his 'guitar gently weeps' live performance. Pick that solo apart, there's not one part of it that can't be done by any average guitarist who has been playing for more than one year. I like Prince, but be real.

Terrible guitar player. I remember when he died, the local news played a clip of him playing a live solo and they were gushing over it. It was absolutely terrible...

Prince is incredible! If anything, he's very much underrated! And considering the amount of instruments he plays, it's amazing!

I don't get it. He just made the guitar squeal a lot. By that metric every hair band guitarist should be on here.

25 Zacky Vengeance Zachary James Baker, better known by his stage name Zacky Vengeance, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member for the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold. Zacky V. also owns a small clothing company, Vengeance University. ...read more.
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