Most Overrated Guitarists
The Top Ten
My friends play better guitar than him. Awesome vocal and songwriter though...
On this site, he's guitar playing is NOWHERE near to being overrated. He's ONLY #788 on best guitarists list and #5 on the worst guitarists list. And judging by the comments on this list, he gets a lot of hate for his guitar playing.
Oh and one more thing, Simplicity /=/ Inferiority. A lot of his haters' reasoning is that the simplicity in his guitar playing style somehow makes him a bad guitarist. Lol... by that logic, I could add a lot of old blues guitarists who were praised for playing simple riffs. People who use that kind of dumb reasoning probably have never picked up a guitar in their lives.
He's so bad that even if one person thought he was decent then he would be overrated - Stewart
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 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.
Before we get to Slash, I am outraged that Hendrix is on this list. Anyone who actually plays/studies guitar knows he is if anything, underrated. The man has a whole style that everyone after him copied for Christ's sake. Hendrix blew the minds of guitar players in his time, player that were thought as Gods (Eric Clapton went off stage after Hendrix jammed with him) and continues to influence guitar plays through out the 70s to current times (Jimmy Page, Brian May, SRV,! SLASH!, John Frusciante, the lead guitarist of Pearl Jam[forgot name] and most other guitarists that followed him). Slash, on the other hand, as only influenced 10% of preteens who start playing guitar, of which only a handful don't give up on playing. He is though as a God to people who have seen him in pop culture video games and hear his ANNOYING riff that is a few tones too high. When Guns n' Roses got big, it wasn't a revolution of sound, they were just another stadium rock band.
by the way I think the lead guitarist of pearl jam is named Mike McCready.
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
Just plain overrated, he might be good, but he's not as good as his status indicates
the only reason he is so popular is because he has a cool nickname and he wears a top hat
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.
Hey, he's you're favourite guitarist. Ever listened to the solos for Since I've Been Loving You or Heartbreaker, because they are just as good - InsertCleverName
Love his albums but his live performances reveal that he cannot play well at all which lends to the 'Eric Clapton recorded all of the Zep songs' rumor
Seeing hendrix and page on this list is proof that humanity is doomed
I don't understand what the big deal about Jimmy Page is. Ever since he wrote the guitar solo for Stairway to heaven, he's been overrated. His other solos aren't that good at all.
If you think Jimmy page is here just because of the stairway to heaven solo you're wrong. He has plenty of other amazing solos which are even better than stairway. Achilles last stand, since I've been loving you, whole lotta love and many more. Try giving them a listen. - Schno_p
Lol... Slash and Page above Angus Young. At-least they were good guitarists to begin with, unlike this "2-chord shredder"
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.
You all don't get it, do you. Young made great sounding music with very few chords, and that's what made him great! He was the main part of one of the greatest bands of the 20th century. There's a reason he's in most top ten greats lists.
Good showman but average guitarist. Most of ac/dcs songs sound exactly alike and he didnt do anything fancy or different. His playing was always very simple and he uses like 2 notes so yeah he is very overrated.
Wannabe punk rock pop star kiddo that has a huge ego but doesn't have the skills to back any of it up.
He's a rhythm guitarist ranked #793 on best guitarists list ranked #8 on worst guitarists list. How exactly is he overrated?
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.
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.
I can't believe this guy is in the top 5 of nearly every top 10 guitarists list. Oh look, drop D power chords and arpeggios, how original, how inspirational, how skilful.
I hate this guy just because of his fake style... Big time poser! No stuffs only the wrapper!
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.
ok people you all nedd to listen to music and think who really is ovverated and who really is underated angus young is number 5 on here that is rediculous he shouldn't even be on here he is by far the most underated guitarist of all time he was number 96 on rolling stones 100 greatest guitarist of all time that is just stupid. and so what if he only uses three chords they are 3 dam good chords and they all sound hella lot better then metallica, u2, guns and roses etc. you people really need to think before you vote ANGUS YOUNG NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZE AS A ROCK LEGEND AND A ROCK GOD without him there might be no metallica or no guns and roses or a hole lotta other bands. and you never hear people saying oh yea angus is the best because people don't know good music and music with heart and angus is way above a lot of guitarist you hear about every day such as the edge, kirk hammet, slash, jimmy hendrix I think they are all overated don't get me wrong those are all good guitarist (except ...more
Angus Young doesn't play the best music, but he's still a great guitarist because he can play guitar well while spinning on the ground, on his side, while kicking his legs around. That takes a lot of skill and focus. - Skullkid755
As much as I like Metallica, I actually think synyster gates is better, that's just me, and better then the edge. From what I've listened synyster actually has his own solos style and approach. The Edge, plays the same thing over and over again.
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.
The metallica fans make him #1 at everything on this site.
I bet 99% of people who voted Hendrix were trying to appear edgy and hipster just because you disagree with what is easily accepted as truth by pretty much any guitarist (which is that he is the greatest guitarist of all time or at least one of). Almost any guitarist during or after Hendrix has probably been influenced by him in some way, so if he's overrated, why do all these guitarists claim him as one of the greatest there ever has been?
He was really creative and he was definitely skilled, but he is not the absolute god everyone says he is. There's plenty of rock guitar players that are better than him in technicality and inventiveness.
He's the best guitarist ever but people put him on a god status when he was just a regular man, the reason he is praised is because he was the first one to use the guitar gear the way we know it now, he was amazing for his time ,but guitar players have evolved
Jlmi Hendrix,? , if you going to Write a "Load of Diatribe" about Jimi Hendrix, first learn to Spell his Name Correctly.
Also you seem to think Rogers Waters is a Better Guitarist than Jimi Hendrix..?.. Roger Waters is a Bass Player...
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
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.
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 edge is the nearest nothing guitarist that's ever been. All he can do is use a bunch of effects.
He's just not that good, honestly, most guitarists can at least play without effects if necessary, but tom's playing is the effects.
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.
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.
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.
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I don't care too much for Dragonforce, but that's just plain racist - Nickelstickman
One of the most talented guitarists in the world, everyone is just jealous
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
When I heard DragonForce I knew something was wrong with Herman Li. He is a fake who drinks on stage and speeds up his music in the studio. He actually believes he is a God. Yeah Right!
I've always thought his solos just sounded like random wankage.
Look, I love Eddie Van Halen. He's amazing. But Jesus it's so annoying how people think his playstyle is the pinnacle of technical guitar playing.
Excellent guitarist, but nothing else. All the techniques he's known for, finger tapping, whammy bar abuse, harmonics... Were already used before by someone else like Steve Hackett. Also today he can't even play real well. A great and inspiring guitar player but doesn't deserve so much.
He never plays brilliant solos of the back of his hand, and Van Halen cannot keep the same singer for at least 15 years. Alex Lifeson is way better, yet so underrated, as with Joe Bonamassa. Also, Slash is judged a bit high, but he still deserves at least a top 30 spot.
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?
BRO. This guy sucks.
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
Playing the same riff in for the whole song and then playing a solo that sounds pretty much like every other solo you've played isn't hard to do
Half of his solos sound exactly the same. He sounds like Kerry King if he had a little bit of melody to him. Overrated is a nice way of putting it
And for all the fanboys who start crying whenever someone says he's overrated PLEASE come up with something better than "Listen to Domination" to try and prove he isn't. That's what I get for an answer every time I say he's overrated
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
He was a FANTASTIC rhythm guitarist
I think there is always an end for playing the same instrument for so long
Keith Richards was the prequel to Chad Kroeger.
OVERRATED!? Dave mustaine played all of the intricate parts of the songs and most notably the solos perfectly! Why? Because nobody else could play them!
I have to say, Dave revolutionized metal in the early to mid-80's with his work on "Kill 'em All" and his own "Peace Sells." He was an extremely talented kid (and I say kid, because he was, what? 17 when he started writing some of his riffs) with speed and aggression -- although not great vocal abilities, haha. He was quite the pompous ass, true, but he deserves credit for his work. On the flip side, his 90's albums and 2000's work are crap compared to his masterpieces of "Peace Sells" and "Rust in Peace," and his live performances SUCK. Overrated before? No. Now? Absolutely.
Lets just put it he's a better guitarist than he is a singer.
I didn't vote because I think Dave Mustaine is overrated. I voted so I could say this: DAVE MUSTAINE is NOT OVERRATED!
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.
He is a very good guitarist. But quite overrated as well. His blues guitar skills were great but there were many other great guitarists as well. Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck etc. - zxm
Hasn't really been able to top cream since he went solo.
He's terrible. I can't believe people think he's better than Slash.
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
He's definitely lost his sense of creativity in his solos and riffs.
I can't stand his tone... That terrible blasty sound with tons of gain and then the endless wah... Definitely overrated
He's really weird looking with the beard and mustache, BRING BACK THE OLD 1980S ZAKK WYLDE!
Lose the whammy, jesus christ
He's a lead singer; maybe plays acoustic now and then. Could have used someone else in this spot that actually is a guitarist.
Eddie is an awesome rhythm player
He is not a guitar player I don't know why someone would even list him on here
You can't be overrated if no one rates you. Eddie Vedder is a singer no one cares about his guitar playing
He's just one of those sensitive wanna be John Mayers, the only chords he prolly knows is G, C, and D
How is Ed Sheeran lower than Jimmy Page?
Can NOT play guitar good and is the worst singer ever!
Wait is he a guitarist?
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.
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.
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).
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!
Rest in peace, malcolm, You're one of the best rhythm guitarists of all time
He may not be as good as his brother. But he also doesn't get as much credit as his brother.
He plays the same chords as his brother most of the time. He's just as good an Angus.
He just bangs out a few power chords
Not as good as his brother
Jack White and the Edge, both show that you don't have to be good to be famous.
Awful guitarist and singer
Good but not a genius
Well, this is what happens when you start a band with meg white... anyways he isn't bad but he was the only guitarist. Listen to blue orchid and say it isn't good.
He plays guitar?
Tasteless guitar lines