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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.
I suppose if you like the same tone and (limited) dynamics in every song, then he's great.V 12 Comments
I wanna kill the guy who put the father of metal here!
He was so into music when his finger was cut off, he switched hands and played with his right hand and not his left. Most guitarists wouldn't have the courage to do that even if they wouldn't be as good as when he was a lefty. Respect to Tony. - Plonderss
No that's not true. He created fake fingertips from something. The easier way was to switch, but he chose the hard way. *Applauds* (Oh yeah, they were homemade so his fingers may still hurt sometimes) - SoldierOfFortune
Got to give this guitarist some respect, he's one of the pioneers of metal.
He lost his touchV 4 Comments
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.
He used to incredible back in the early 90s, but the last 10 years has been nothing but boring, generic, cheese metal. Shame.
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 - zxmV 1 Comment
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.V 1 Comment
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.V 4 Comments
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!V 1 Comment
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
Overhyped guitarists who have some good riffs like Otherside but his solos are super lame - DisturbedpotatoV 1 Comment
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.
He created modern rock... 1 song! what are you people talking about he had 1 song.. he influenced so many..V 3 Comments
like everyone is just recognizing only him, a great one but it is very annoying if he is the only one - ronluna
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? - joshjenner1803V 4 Comments
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.
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 best him even eyes closed - Disturbedpotato
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
Shows how much people know about guitar. Cliff Burton is a bassist, idiots.
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
Yeah he was an overrated guitar player as he did not play guitar. He played the bass and he was a good bassist.
It's a bassist, dumb - DisturbedpotatoV 7 Comments
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.
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