Most Overrated Guitarists

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21 Malcolm Young

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 Tony Iommi Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.

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

Got to give this guitarist some respect, he's one of the pioneers of metal.

He lost his touch

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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.

He used to incredible back in the early 90s, but the last 10 years has been nothing but boring, generic, cheese metal. Shame.

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

Same as his brother Noel... But crikey, what a chav he is! No wonder all the townies in their trackies look up to him.

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 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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26 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.

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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27 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.

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.

That rich white boy wouldn't know the blues if it fell on him. Great bluesmen don't own 900 guitars and. 1000 amps.

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

28 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

Overrated! If anything then he's underrated. - zxm

Idiot

Ok he is a really good guitarist but far from a Guitar Icon or Guitar hero like everyone claims.

29 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

Most underrated - RalphSaad

His riffs of Smoke On the Water is overrated. But except this most of his works are underrated. Even if they are not underrated, still not overrated. - zxm

I can't find him on the best guitarist list, but here he is - SoldierOfFortune

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31 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.

He created modern rock... 1 song! what are you people talking about he had 1 song.. he influenced so many..

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32 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

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.

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.

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.

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

I'm probably going to get the downvote blues for this but I've heard both live in studio from Brian and his guitar work always feels lacking, this is coming from somebody who has all of the Queen albums, but he is a nice man.

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34 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

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36 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

37 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. V 1 Comment
38 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

Can we get him to number 1?

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39 Tom Fletcher
40 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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