Most Overrated Guitarists


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, 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 more.

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. - Joeljohns249

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

Sorry guys, really don't wanna talk bad about a dead man, his loss was a tragedy, but he was not a good guitarist nor vocalist.

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.

But hendrix learned everyone else what could be done on a strat - CygnusX99

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

Nothing original, just a mess of sloppy rudiments.

3 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

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. - MrSnuffleupagus

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

Trash compared to Dimebag Darrell - TheDarkOne_221b

Dimebag Darrel is the most overrated guitarist in my opinion. He is a decent guitarist who has a bunch of fans circle jerking around him just because he was in Pantera. Jimmy page is the not the best guitarist, he has his flaws but saying dimebag is better than him is just ridiculous. Again no hate, I personally don't think dimebag is as good as people say he is. - Schno_p

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

4 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 more.

Lol... Slash and Page above Angus Young. At-least they were good guitarists to begin with, unlike this "2-chord shredder" - Joeljohns249

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

This guy is good, he plays with a whole lot of feeling, but is not among the best guitarists in the world

Angus should be #1.

5 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.

He's a rhythm guitarist ranked #793 on best guitarists list ranked #8 on worst guitarists list. How exactly is he overrated? - Joeljohns249

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. - Legend1221

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.

6 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.

Syn is a great musician I agree. But his fans are what makes him overrated. I was always into virtuoso style(feviourite being Marty and Jason Becker). Than this guy comes in the list of one of the fastest and Chris Impelliterie doesn't comes in this listWtf.
And there is a guy called Jacky Vincent, who really has face melting technique, and people say Syn destroys him. Ok, Jacky is considered one of the most technical in this generation. He collaborated with Jason Richardson, which says a lot. And in terms of melody, he has a beautiful melody, that is something u might get when Jazz and Neoclassical are fused together.
Also one of Syn's fan said that he is a god, while Jason Becker is just a legend. I mean, how could anybody say that is what I don't understand.

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

7 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.

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.

Yes! Bring him to the top 5!

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

Metallica have one good guitarist and that ain't Kirk Hammett

8 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 more.

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?

Hendrix should be number #1 on the list.

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...

He is not overrated at all. Obviously, he is the best gutairist of all time. Listen to Voodoo Child right now. Only he can play that song. I quit after, like, 2 minutes.

9 The Edge (U2) 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.

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".

One of the most popular guitarists who lacks the most talent. Sorry, The Edge, but you are the most overrated guitarist I've ever heard.

The edge is the nearest nothing guitarist that's ever been. All he can do is use a bunch of effects.

10 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

One of the most talented guitarists in the world, everyone is just jealous

I agree but that doesn't change the fact that he's amazing - Gh_player

He doesn't speed up his music, I've seen videos of him playing at guitar stores, he's really good!


The Contenders

11 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.

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.

Most overrated guitarist of all time, making weird noises doesn´t make you good, he made some good riffs but that's all, if I throw my guitar downstairs I think I would sound better

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

12 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.

Why is he 3rd on the list "Best guitarists ever"? His guitar solos are horrible, and Slash, David Gilmour and Stevie Ray Vaughan should be ahead of Eddie Van Halen on that list. - MrSnuffleupagus

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.

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

Eddie Van Halen is NOT overrated. He invented tapping, and he is a god NOT just because of his whammy bar use.

13 John Mayer 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.

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.


How is he overrated when nobody likes him anyway? - Userguy44

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.

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14 Dimebag Darrel

Every solo of his is basically the same. It's just shredding. He dies and he's a legend all of a sudden. Barley any praise when he was alive. Has a ridiculous fanbase that beats their dicks to him when he plays the same solo every song. You learned to play a Dimebag solo? Congrats now you can pretty much play every solo he wrote.

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.

Why is he here? - Userguy44

15 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 alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold. Zacky V. also owns a small clothing company, Vengeance University. more.
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

Just watched him with James Cotton - pathetic singing, playing, mugging

17 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 more.

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. - Plonderss

I didn't vote because I think Dave Mustaine is overrated. I voted so I could say this: DAVE MUSTAINE is NOT OVERRATED!

18 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.

Overrated after his stints in Cream and Blind Faith.

He's terrible. I can't believe people think he's better than Slash.

Slowhand is good, but I agree that he's overrated. - Userguy44

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

19 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

He is not a guitar player I don't know why someone would even list him on here - Sabbath

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

20 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!

Lose the whammy, jesus christ

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21 Carlos Santana 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 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).

22 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.

Can NOT play guitar good and is the worst singer ever!

Lil wayne is better

How is Ed Sheeran lower than Jimmy Page? - Th47

He eats poop on a stick

23 Malcolm Young Malcolm Young Malcolm Mitchell Young was an Australian musician and songwriter, best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for the hard rock band AC/DC.

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

24 Jack White 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.

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.

I like his hat

25 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.

He plays guitar? - Userguy44

26 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.

This guy can’t solo - Th47

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

27 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.

28 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. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.

Whoever put this man in this list, made a big mistake. I don't even know how he is overrated. I never see him in any top ten list online about being the best guitarist ever, and the rolling stones ranked him 18th best all time, which to me, is a bit underrated but still really good. - connor2738

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

29 John 5

No way he's very underrated

30 Jonny Buckland

I can't even bring myself to call him a guitarist - he's that bad! Living off the back of Chris Martin, Buckland struggles to "mirror" the basics he is shown (he's NEVER wrote a thing) - his timing live is dreadful too. This guy must seriously pinch himself every morning!

31 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.

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

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 underrated! - Userguy44

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

33 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

34 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.

Come on, he is actually underrated and very good, I saw him on March! - InsertCleverName

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.

35 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley Ellas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll.
36 Orianthi


Blonde with tits and super hot.. but a mediocre player.

37 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert Paul Brandon Gilbert is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist. He is best known for being the co-founder of the band Mr. Big. He was also a member of Racer X, with whom he released several albums.

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

38 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.

Can he even play a guitar solo? - Userguy44

The worst guitarist ever!

39 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

40 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 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

He's not even a guitarist. Why is he on here? - Userguy44

41 Tom Fletcher
42 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.

Really? Listen to Foo Fighters, Muse and Blind guardian and educated yourself - InsertCleverName

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

This guy plays guitar? - Nickelstickman

43 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

Dave is a better player than he gets credit for. There’a a video of Dave and John 5 on youtube. Watch it. Better yet listen to all the Deconstruction album.
There’s a reason why a lot of artists keep asking him to join their bands. Some requesting him for studio work. You’d be surprised how many albums has Navarro plays on.

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

44 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. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

Have you ever tried to play like him? - Userguy44

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.

45 Tomo Milicevic Tomo Milicevic Tomislav "Tomo" Miličević is an American musician and record producer. He was the lead guitarist of the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars from 2003 to 2018.

This is the one of few guitarist on this list who is ACTUALLY overrated. He was spam-voted to #3 on the best technical guitarists list, when his playing style wasn't technical at all - Joeljohns249

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..

46 Peter Frampton Peter Frampton Peter Kenneth Frampton is an English-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd.

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...

47 Robb Flynn Robb Flynn Robert Conrad "Robb" Flynn is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Machine Head. Flynn formed the band along with Adam Duce, Logan Mader and Tony Costanza after leaving Bay Area thrash band Vio-Lence.
48 Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss.

Yep, close to the worst ever, plays with that awful rubbish band, lives in a garbage can, sounds like it too.

49 John Wilde
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. 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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