Most Overrated Guitarists

The Top Ten

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

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

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

This list is incomprehensibly wrong. Slash may not be Hendrix (then again, how few can truly claim they can match the creative prolificity of that man), but does that make him a 'sloppy' player? Consider that he is responsible for some of the greatest solos known to man, including that of Rocket Queen, November Rain, Sweet Child O' Mine and Paradise City and you should realise that it is due to a progressively diminishing creative control in Guns N'Roses in favour of Axl Rose that he is often written off from being one of the greats. Given his contribution to music whilst in Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver as well as in his excellent new solo album, it seems bizarre that anyone could deny his importance as a guitarist.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 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.

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

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

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

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

4 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.

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

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.

First off, why in the hell are Page, Hendrix, and Eddie Van Halen On this list? Now to this talentless dirtbag. Did I say talentless? Because everything he does is nothing more than the same 4 power chords. Literaly. E, A, D, G. that's ALL. But not like non-guitarist know that. Not to mention acdc has the songwriting ability of an egotistical fratboy, sex, drinking, and being a "supercool rock dude"

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.

5 Billie Joe Armstrong Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

So overrated, its not because a guitarist is in a popular band that he is the best in fact he is a great guitarist but look at metallica's fans they're ALL like he is the best guitarist ever! But no he is not THAT good MANY other guitarists are WAY better than him and are almost nothing compared to him in popularity so he is probably the most overrated guitarist EVER.

8 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

The Newcomers

? Joe Satriani Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie ...read more.
? Ted Nugent Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and far right activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.

The Contenders

11 Dimebag Darrel

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.

Every Pantera song is basically the same: the same riff for 5 minutes, screaming some wannabe tough-guy lyrics and some generic shredding on top of 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

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

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

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?

*yawn*

13 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.

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.

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.

I do not see why people are so amazed with this guitarist. So what, he played "Eruption" and "Ain't Talking' 'Bout Love", his first album was the only one worth listening to. Guitarists like Mark Knopfler and Pete Townshend are far better than him and get far too little recognition

14 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.

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.

15 Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

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

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.

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

16 Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the ...read more.
17 Keith Richards Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

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

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

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

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

18 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.

This guy can’t solo

19 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?

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.

20 Zacky Vengeance Zachary James Baker, better known by his stage name Zacky Vengeance, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member for the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold. Zacky V. also owns a small clothing company, Vengeance University. ...read more.
21 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" .

An excellent musician but not as good as everyone seems to think

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hear his 'music' and especially his tone and think... what?

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.

23 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.

Dave Mustaine is too damn overrated. People say Metallica would have done a lot better with Mustaine than they did with Hammet, but to all those so called metal experts I have one thing to say, Metallica is not afraid to experiment, unlike Mustaine who is just metal metal and metal up the ass(lol), sure some experiments fail like St. Anger, but some experiments begets the greatest power ballad of all time written for a fallen bandmate - Fade to Black

So Dave Mustaine should definitely be number one here as he isn't anywhere else

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!

He's simply a retard with no sense of music. Some of his works are good, SOME. There is nothing to explain about the quality of music they make, I wont like to argue on Metallica vs Megadeth but I personally favor Metallica.

Dave is simply overrated.

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

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

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

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

I saw him live play for Ozzy. When it came time to solo, every time he just lifted his guitar in the air and played basically the same solo every single song. It was incredible how he was allowed to do this for the whole concert.

Lose the whammy, jesus christ

25 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.

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

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

Vedder is mostly known for singing rather than guitar.

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