Most Soulful Guitarists

The Top Ten

1 David Gilmour David Gilmour David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Gilmour doesn't play guitar, he sings through his guitar; therefore, he is giving his guitar a soul - fidelcanojr

Shine on you crazy diamond, dogs, echoes, time, comfortably numb...enough said

2 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.

Ok, ok. Why Hendrix is number four I'm not even going to really think much into. Slash, he is amazing and an unbelievably soulful guitarist, and I know how intense some of Santana and David Gilmour's music can be, but none can compare. Hendrix defined soulful guitar, he is still as soulful and intense today as he was back in the day. Just compare any of these guitarist's most known songs to All Along the Watchtower or Hey Joe and anyone can see who is the greatest of all. - masongilbert74

3 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.

Slash is my inspiration for picking up the guitar and learning how to play it. From the very start I learned every single thing by ear, for I don't not want to become I mindless shredder. I wanted to be a new slash, where every note you hear in your head is perfect and has his place, where you never stray away from the sound of the song, where every note and lick is utter perfection. But jimi is amazing too ;P

4 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.

Out of this list, I would definitely pick Clapton. I really think that B.B. king should be number one on this list and I think a few others that aren't on the list should also be, but Clapton is one of the greatest guitar players of all time and can make the guitar sing, cry, and scream in joy.

He is prepared to take risks with his playing and show his vulnerable side. A complete guitarist in my opinion.

5 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.

He and David Gilmour are the two players who have the most soul. The rest just aren't on the same level. - Gg2000

6 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.

Has any of you even heard since I've been loving you? That song is the definition of soulful. Jimmy Page is the greatest guitarist of all time, he beats Hendrix and Clapton, though it's hard to belive it gets better than them. And Page certainly beats slash by a long shot.

7 Joe Satriani 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.

The most soulful guitarist ever lived!

His playing is super soulful

8 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.
9 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.

Dude John Petrucci plays progressive metal but he has a soul of a shinig diamond when he plays a solo...

10 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and ...read more.

His playing is so moving and exciting. Every note he plays belongs right where it is.

SRV is the definition of soulful guitar playing.

The Contenders

11 Marty Friedman Marty Friedman Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted ...read more.

The most spontantaneous shredder I've ever heard of... All of his solo are exotic and feel. Even his picking style was also unique. Just can't b described by word. Should be in top 5 rather than slash.

12 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.
13 Steve Lukather Steve Lukather Steven Lee Lukather is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, best known for his work with the rock band Toto. A prolific session musician, Lukather has recorded guitar tracks for more than 1,500 albums representing a broad array of artists and genres. He has also contributed ...read more.

What to say he is a great guitarist, song writer, record producer and sings like an angel! He has many solo albums and he is the lead guitarist of the great TOTO band. He can make that guitar cry and his techniques are great. He can play any kind of music its just sounds perfect without anything else.

14 Gary Moore Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
15 Steve Vai Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.

Just listen to Whispering a Prayer - lalosalamu00e1n

16 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.
17 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.
18 Eric Johnson Eric Johnson Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
19 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Listen to "Too Many Humans" and you will understand

20 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.
21 Andrew Latimer
22 Jason Becker Jason Becker Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American neoclassical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albums Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up ...read more.

The first minute of opus pocus is the most heart-wrenching playing you will hear in your life

23 Peter Green Peter Green
24 Andy Timmons
25 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.
26 Shawn Lane Shawn Lane Shawn Lane was an American musician who released two studio albums and collaborated with a variety of musicians including Ringo Starr, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Reggie Young, Joe Walsh, Jonas Hellborg and many others.
27 Jeff Beck Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
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