Most Overrated Guitarists

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The Top Ten

1 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana. 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 Seattle home in 1994.

My friends play better guitar than him. Awesome vocal and songwriter though... - AymanKabir

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.

Nirvana is generally overrated

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2 Slash 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.

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.

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

the only reason he is so popular is because he has a cool nickname and he wears a top hat

He’s overrated because just read who wrote all the songs for Guns N' Roses wasn’t Slash, Izzy Stradlin did that and Slash is a OK blues guitarist but I’ve seen much better.

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3 Synyster Gates 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.

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. - scaryness

I hate this guy just because of his fake style... Big time poser! No stuffs only the wrapper! - rahulmondal

Over rated. poser not metal. - Morbid_Deth

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4 Jimmy Page 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. - MontyPython

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

Seeing hendrix and page on this list is proof that humanity is doomed

He sucks live, like a squirrel with AIDS trying to play guitar

Pentatonic Chuck Berry wanking. "Best solo of all time! " Lmao, nooo. Everyone learns the solo the first time they learn the first position of pentatonic. Ok on acoustic but just no on electric. Horrid

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5 Angus Young 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.

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. - PinkflASHES

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. - Chris-1

Plays 3 chords in every song. Boring. - Disturbedpotato

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6 Kirk Hammett 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.

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

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.

Without his WHA WHA peddle I don't think he could play a lead. Every time he wants to appear like he is shredding he falls back on it...this covers up the sloppy notes and makes it sound faster..Still love Metalica though

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7 Billie Joe Armstrong 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.

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.

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.

Similar to Angus Young, all he plays are just a few chords and a really easy solo (if there is one). - Archer250

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

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

herro, my name is herman sah. I show you how to shled the guita. You just pick vely srowry and then go to lecoding studio and make vely fast - sharm7064

I don't care too much for Dragonforce, but that's just plain racist - Nickelstickman

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!

Ok he may be the fastest, and Dragonforce number one Power Metal band, but I receive no emotions listening to their music, at all

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9 The Edge (U2) The Edge (U2)

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 - jonwisbey

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.

Should be closer to #1. Great with filtering cool guitar sounds through various electronic devices, but hardly a great guitarist.

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10 JImi Hendrix 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.

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...

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?

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

Rest In Peace Jimi.

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The Contenders

11 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

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. - EnglandSeller

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. - bighercules

Gotta admit, I'm a bit puzzled why Eddie Van Halen is #4... sure he didn't invent tapping or other techniques that he would become famous for, but he popularized the technique and inspired many people to pick up the guitar and use the aforementioned techniques.

Not a fan of him. Plays fast, plays furious, but that's it. He doesn't have much else to show other than that.
Plus Eruption is hella overrated. - isaaonrtdmtr

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12 John Mayer John Mayer

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.

13 Tom Morello 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.

All this guy has is special effects and once you take those away, he's nothing but your average guitar player. Tom Morello shouldn't even be considered a guitarist

I can't really fathom why Tom Morello is on here. While he's one of my personal favorites, he's not the best ever. However, he doesn't belong anywhere near here.

He looks like a truck driver with a wah pedal - SoldierOfFortune

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14 Jack White Jack White

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

Awful guitarist and singer - Disturbedpotato

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.

Very basic player. Would have voted for The Edge, but then I came across this guy.

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15 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.

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. - Plonderss

Marty Friedman is far superior.

I think he's not underrated, but not overrated. In the list of best guitarists of all time he is 21st, and I think it's a good position for him. - Disturbedpotato

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16 Keith Richards 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.

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

Old man needs to go back to the nursery

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17 Zakk Wylde 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.

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!

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

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18 Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder Eddie Vedder is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as a member of the rock band Pearl Jam, with whom he performs lead vocals and is one of three guitarists.

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

You can't be overrated if no one rates you. Eddie Vedder is a singer no one cares about his guitar playing - matt1

Vedder is mostly known for singing rather than guitar. - isaaonrtdmtr

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19 Zacky Vengeance 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 heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Zacky V. also owns a small clothing company, Vengeance University.
20 Dimebag Darrel

Nobody could playing Dimebag riffs like Dimebag. His phrasing was second to none and his rhythm riffs were more difficult to play than most people's solos. Not saying he was the best ever but not overrated for sure.

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.

Now I like pantera and respect them for keeping real metal around during the atrocious "grunge" era but I honestly never considered Dimebag to be nothing more than a pretty good guitarist.

Liked because he died

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21 Malcolm Young

Rest in peace, malcolm, You're one of the best rhythm guitarists of all time - Disturbedpotato

He may not be as good as his brother. But he also doesn't get as much credit as his brother. - zxm

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

22 Carlos Santana Carlos Santana Carlos Santana audio 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 music.

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.

Bland, plays same lick over and over with one tone

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23 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Overrated, john is the most technical and skilled guitarist, he is not overrated, in fact, he deserves more recognition.

How dare you! That is an insult to decent guitar players, saying Petrucci is overrated.

Things he plays bore me to death. He always finds the cheesiest licks to make me cringe.

Are you kidding?! This guy plays some amazing stuff! - isaaonrtdmtr

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24 Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye.

Few basic chords, awful strumming, bad player all round

He is not a guitarist!

It would take a good beginner 10 weeks to achieve what this useless guitarist can do.

Can he even play guitar? he isn't even a good singer. his talent is limited to his 164 IQ. and sometimes some backing vocals and tambourine. that's it - zxm

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25 Eric Clapton 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.

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.

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 - matt1

Wake me up when he's done playing! What a lame ass duck.

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26 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

I never really had much respect for this guy as it is, because he's just another ripoff of the great blues players. But now him saying that pedal users suck was the last nail in the coffin. He can play, true, but I couldn't name a single song of his by just hearing it, even if my life depended on it. He didn't bring anything new to the table, yet he still acts like he's above the rest. - kk2001

Bonamassa is a technician shredder, not a bluesman. We get it, he can play fast. If you wanna see why I believe he is an overrated player look up the video of Bonamassa, Derek Trucks, and Billy Gibbons playing Freddie Kings "Going Down" at the RR Hall of Fame inductions. Derek (who is of my favorite guitarists) gives very subtle yet strong phrases when plays. After he finishes, Bonamassa completely overplays and misses the entire point of the blues, which is a shame because it could have been fantastic.

How is this ridiculous fake blues wannabe not the number one most over rated guitarist in history is just beyond me. He as blues by numbers, he's a 70's blues rock jukebox, who looks like a complete dork, has the most embarrassing fake stage moves ever, and has nothing whatsoever to say with his music.
He wouldn't know the blues if it hit him in the face.
His PR people work 24hrs a day to get his ugly mug in every guitar mag every single month, pushing some chap product or other. Give it a rest and get a proper job.

Joe Bonamassa est plein de vie et de générosité, il joue pour tous! Il est le meilleur!

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27 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Oh, come on, give the man some credit. How many of us could actually get inspired by dog poop? But then again, so untypical of Axl to exaggerate and talk crap about former band mates. What Buckethead does behind the scenes is none of our business. He's a guitar-raping God.

People have lost their minds was the last name to be seen in the list

Bh is by far the last guitarist, you could call overrated. He is probably the most underrated one

Whatever this about watching porn and smelling dog poop Axl Rose was on about it complete slander. Buckethead left G n R because Axl told him to lose the Bucket, which he wouldn't so he left. Then Axl was a bitch about it cause that's what he always does. Anyone who would actually believe what the egotistical Axl Rose says about people should do their research better. Anyway, Buckethead is the best since Hendrix. His guitar talks on his own, his songs don't even need vocals. Enough said

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28 Prince 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" .

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

One of the most influential guitarists of the 80"s and beyond... Enough said...

This guy is insane. Eric Clapton called him the greatest of all time - matt1

This guy seems way overrated after he died. no one would stop playing Purple Rain after he died.

Yeah, out of respect. That's how many people loved his music. From Bruce Springsteen to Pete Townshend, people love Prince and there's nothing wrong with it- he played guitar mighty well. - sweetbeef

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29 John Frusciante John Frusciante John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

I can't even begin to count the number of times I've seen YouTube commenters call him a God and say that he's the best guitarist to have ever existed. I'm being serious here, I watched guitar videos all day long and he's even more overhyped than guys like Clapton, Hendrix and Page (who deserve all the praise they get and much more). Frusciante solos are weak and he's just a vasty overrated guitarist with a very minimal amount of talent. Slash should be first on this list because he is in fact overrated but at least he's had some good stuff while he was in the prime of his life. I can't say the same for Frusciante thought because he is just downright overrated.

He is not overrated

Horrible guitarist, horrible band

Try and play under the bridge and make it sound like the way he plays it...

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30 Hideto Matsumoto Hideto Matsumoto

like everyone is just recognizing only him, a great one but it is very annoying if he is the only one - ronluna

31 Bo Diddley
32 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

Chuck is a pioneer of early Rock and Roll. He kind seems as if he'd be underrated though.

Don't think he's overrated - zxm

Chuck Berry IS Rock N Roll Guitar personified.

*under*rated - Disturbedpotato

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33 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

I saw him live he's good not great. And everyone thinks he's amazing for bohemian rhapsody it's a 20 second solo get over it. His solos some are good but even the good ones are to short. I don't hate brian may I like Him I just don't understand how everyone calls him underrated when people call slash overrated and people think he's better than slash seriously brian May would never be able to write solos like sweet child o mine november rain godfather theme double talking jive and estranged.

Somebody needs to clean their diaper out... It's full of crap.
Brian May is God's gift to the guitar in technique, melody, phrasing, tone, etc.
What the hell more can you ask of the man... Sheer genius.

He's unrated in my opinion his clean solos are amazing and no one recognises that.

Sure, he's good. But what can he do that nobody else can? - joshjenner1803

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34 Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran Edward Christopher "Ed" Sheeran is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and raised in Framlingham, Suffolk.

He's pretty boring to listen to

Wait is he a guitarist?

Way overrated. people be like ' ed is so skilled he can play guitar and sing! "' bitch please, listen to megadeth or metallica or slayer. they shed and sing, and their songs are 5 minutes longer than eds 2 minute or so thing. he plays very simple chords and his songs consist of 3 chords Em A and D. tell me, why is he so admired? because girls think he's hot. he's fine, and for pop he's one of my favorites, but pop sucks and is boring. so I prefer thrash, black and melodic death metal - Morbid_Deth

35 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert

That Gilbert appears on this list is shocking. He talent is almost without parallel among rock guitarists. Listen to "Scarified, " then listen to "GVRO, " then listen to "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind. " This guy does it all. Somebody owes readers of this list an explanation.

Paul Gilbert is a musical genius and incredible guitar player.

Spot on! My thoughts exactly

36 Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis.

Noel is not overrated, he's underrated, badly. Not only is he the greatest songwriter since Lennon/McCartney, he's a very good, tasteful guitarist. He even underrates his playing.

How is he overrated when he doesn't come on top 100 guitarists of all time? - zxm

... If I wanted to listen to an 8 year-old's guitar lesson, I'm pretty sure I'd just sit in... He should've just never formed Oasis, or "High Flying Bird" What a crap name for a band, too.

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38 Mick Thompson

Mick Thompson is not overrated! He did one of the best guitar solos and riffs with slipknot... Personally his performance at the 1st album of slipknot for me sounds very cheesy but his performance in the album all hope is gone... He did one of the best solos and riffs ever! - nooreldeen

Totally overrated. Best metal guitarist of 21st century? Alexi Laiho will beat him even eyes closed - Disturbedpotato

39 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

Shows how much people know about guitar. Cliff Burton is a bassist, idiots.

Yeah he was an overrated guitar player as he did not play guitar. He played the bass and he was a good bassist.

Are you kidding me? First of all, he's a bassist and not a guitarist. Second, he basically almost played the lead guitar in their songs, he wrote riffs and bass lines. Listen to Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets and listen carefully to his bass lines and amazing rhythm. - Plonderss

It's a bassist, dumb - Disturbedpotato

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40 Brad Delson Brad Delson Bradford Phillip Delsonis an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park.

The worst guitarist ever!

41 Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter and model. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the popular video sharing application Vine.
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43 Pete Townshend 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 .

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.

44 Chad Kroeger Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.

Chad Kroeger is not overrated. He is overhated. Look, I'm not a big fan of Nickelback, but they have talent. In a generation where a laptop can pass as an instrument, and the most famous rock band of this era is also the most hated rock band of this era, Nickelback may just be our only hope of bringing back rock n' roll.

This guy plays guitar? - Nickelstickman

He is basically that douche you see withow an acoustic guitar at a party.

45 Peter Frampton Peter Frampton

I don't even know if I spelled his damn name correctly. The man was a joke. There were so many other great musicians in his era that it's hard to believe that "do you feel like I do" ever caught on. I wish there was a Frampton detector on my stereo in the car so it would immediately change the station before that noise ever started. And who the hell decided to turn that into a 15 minute live recording? As if the regular 3 minute version wasnt torture enough!

Listen to 16 year-old Peter Frampton killing it live with Humble Pie then get back to me on your opinion.

That is... If you are willing to drop your blinders & actually admit you liked what you heard.

What, why is Peter Frampton here?!

Listen to 16 year old Peter Frampton killing it live with his band Humble Pie, then get back to me.
He's a joke?.. Nah.. The jokes on you...

Mmkay, No. To the Guy below me or above me bashing Frampton, I'll bet you're a shredder. Good for you but you lack taste in soul. enough' Said. Have fun pissing everybody off at guitar center by playing the same riffs over and over again...

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47 Tomo Milicevic Tomo Milicevic

I'm a 30 Seconds to Mars fan but I just couldn't agree with him as no.6 in greatest guitarist of all time... He is a decent guitarist, not that great...

First of all, I'm a 30 Seconds to Mars fan... But I just couldn't agree when I see him on no.6 spot in greatest guitarist of all time.. He's a good guitarist but very decent..

48 Robb Flynn Robb Flynn
49 Dave Navarro Dave Navarro David Michael "Dave" Navarro is an American guitarist, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is best known as a former member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and as a founding member of the alternative rock band Jane's Addiction.

Lol he's a notorious drunk-texting homosexual

Angus Young was on this list, but not this guy?

50 Euronymous Euronymous Øystein Aarseth (1968-1993), who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. Euronymous was stabbed to death by band member Varg Vikernes in August 1993. ...read more.

What to say about the crator of modern Black Metal? Sure,his riffings are quite uncreative,but he has some nasty riffs(Freezing Moon,Life Eternal,Deathcrush...)Also,who ever sadi that he's great or one of the greatest guitarists ever? - DejanKalinic

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