Top Ten Most Underrated Guitaristscopkiller I've seen a lot of bad guitarists on the top and great guys way down. So here are the most underrated guitar players.
The Top Ten
One of the issues with these Top 10 or whatever lists is that they are very heavily influenced/voted on by people in America. Guitarists like Gary Moore may not be that well known by folks in America hence the reason they don't vote for him. Stunning guitarist who can make his guitar, sing, cry,. Whilst he can be very fast way, faster than Van Halen he also has a beautiful melodic tone. Some of his blues works are simply outstanding, when he wrings out every possible note.
As for the list of so called Top 20 guitarists, seriously Buckethead, Slash, decent guitarists but...
Unbelievably good guitarist, could play anything from blues to heavy rock RIP Gary
This legend defines what a real guitarist is. Why the hell does some guy from R.E.M. rank higher than the Lord of the Strings? Gary Moore could play ANY style of music, adding better character to songs than the original. For example, "Walking By Myself", "Stormy Monday"... The list goes on. And who can forget the album that defines rock ballads "Corridors Of Power", and what about the 40 second sustain of "Parisienne Walkways" at Blues Alive? SMELL THE ROSES YOU LOT!
Strictly as guitarists,most of Rolling Stone 100 greatest list couldn't string Gary's guitar.V 10 Comments
If you don't think Brian May is an amazing guitarist then you're just plain ignorant to the guitar and music as a whole. Listen to "good company" by Queen and just guess at how many instruments you hear. I have ashed my girl friend, close friends I've had for a very long time and all of them come up with different lists of instruments. Its ALL bass, ukulele, drums and guitar. No flutes, penny whistles or anything. That last solo is 24 different guitar tracks layered over each other. I DARE anyone to name a guitarist that has layered 24 different guitar tracks together and made it sound this good.
He should be mentioned in the same company as Hendrix, Clapton, and for my money, the best ever, Van Halen. Just soaring solos and great musicianship.
Queen's complex musical setup was such that Brian, or for that matter so single individual, with the possible exception of Freddie, could really show their full potential to the audience. When he did though, he was terrific. And incredibly difficult to replicate. Elements on Brighton Rock or Bohemian Rhapsody are some of the best ever guitar works. Plus, a great human being, who preferred to remain in the background and let the master showman that Freddie was, take the limelight.
Not only a good guitarist, but also down to earth and a great vocalist as well! - Userguy44V 22 Comments
I absolutely love David Gilmour, but on this site's GOAT guitarists' list, he's #7. Lifeson is #36. Musically speaking, Gilmour and others are more emotional and expressive, but the sheer technical skill and range Lifeson has (not to mention his epically complex and cool birth name) coupled with the massive amount of talent and skill he brought to his integrated band has to be recognized- and, sadly, it often isn't.
No, Alex Lifeson is absolutely the most underrated guitarist in the world, period. Don't believe me? Look up Freewill, Spirit of Radio, La Villa Strangiato, Analog Kid (especially the live version), Kid Gloves, Jacob's Ladder, Tom Sawyer, Parts One and Six of 2112, Limelight, and Working Man and tell me he is not one of the best guitarists of all time. - DavidBondra
Did you know that Guitar World Magazine rated Alex Lifeson the third best guitarist of all time? The only reason he is never on any other lists is because of Rolling Stone. Asses. Rush is the best!
He deserves more room in the spotlightV 21 Comments
Seriously. Richie Sambora IS the most underrated guitarist. This needs to change in this poll. He is one of the most important Guitar players of our time.
There are no words to describe this extraordinary guitarist: musician, singer, songwriter... He did everything, now also a designer :) His main gift is simplicity, spontaneity, joy, knowing how to put into play constantly and he showed with the latest solo album! A complete artist, a sensitive soul!
The best guitarest you could ever find! He can do anything with his guitar! Listen to any song and you can tell instantly that is a Richie Sambora riff!
He's really good. - Userguy44V 50 Comments
Al Di Meola is an absolute giant when placed next to other guitarists. Watching him play alongside John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia will change how you view guitar.
Going to see him in a few months. - IronSabbathPriest
First time I heard Al Di Meola's playing was on Paco De Lucia's Guitar Trio. Then when I listened to his solo work I almost burst into tears. I felt so sorry for him that no one pays any attention to all his skill.
Also David Gilmour? Brian May? Dave Mustanine?
Gilmour and Brian May are widely accepted as 2 of the greatest guitarists of all time and Dave Mustaine is accepted as one of the greatest metal guitarists and that brings me to my conclusion? WHY ARE THEY HIGHER THAN AL DI MEOLA?
This guy is absolutely incredible! In 2011 Rolling Stone ranked him 14th best all-time, which is better that 82nd back in 2003, but for me that still doesn't give him justice. His guitar sound is unlike anything I've ever heard, he was the guitarist for Pink Floyd, definitely one of the greatest bands of all time, and he also has a great singing voice. Some of his greatest solos are "Comfortably Numb, " "Money, " and "Time. " "Comfortably Numb" might as well be the single greatest guitar solo ever recorded. Pink Floyd rules!
David Gilmour's riffs are incredible. Nothing can comprehend to it and there certainly won't be anyone that can copy or replace him. If you wanna hear some of his solo's I personally recommend watching comfortably numb on the pulse disk (1994), Marooned on bootlegging the bootleggers, high hopes, On the turning away (also an inspirational song.) those are only a few.
David Gilmour is a part of two pantheons. Rock gods and Guitar gods. Seeing dumb people putting names like Slash and Stevie Ray Vaughn ahead of him is just ludicrous. David Gilmour is more revered as a guitar god than anyone else on this list but he is still more underrated than they are. That's how incredible he is.
Although he can’t play super fast like Hendrix, his musical instinct is unparalleled. The man is a genius with the guitar and has created so many surreal riffs and solos. Easily one of the best to ever pick up the guitar. Words can’t do his play justiceV 20 Comments
Now you're talking! Yes, Steven Stills is VERY talented and a VERY underrated songwriter and guitarist. Brilliant musician, the heart of Buffalo Springfield and CSNY. Great solo albums, too. When Sambora can come up with a song to equal Love the One You're With, I'll consider the fact that he might be better. Right now, it isn't close.
People listen to CSN for the vocal harmonies, but forget the great music behind them. From "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to "Woodstock" Stephen Stills' guitar has shredded the shroud of musical apathy, leading the way for the voices behind it.
Thank you. I went on this list to find Stills but I didn't think I would.
Is ripped on long time gone WowV 1 Comment
Robin Trower is unequalled in tone, style, and ability to deftly translate pure emotion through his instrument. He is the greatest living guitarist on the planet, simply rapturous to see live. Although he was influenced by Hendrix, in my opinion he is much more than Jimi ever was.
Just saw Robin Trower perform at 71 years old. He was amazing, and I too have a hard time seeing the many guitarists on Rolling Stone's Top 100 that are good, but no where near as talented as Trower.
Amazing guitarist. He has been present and pertinent for years now yet he is still not regarded as highly as some others. Go listen to Bridge of Sighs, or go on YouTube and listen to some of his stuff.
Two words: bridge of sighsV 12 Comments
John is seriously my favorite guitarist I know he ain't the best but he is definitely in the top ten. Just listen to key tracks like Snow, can't Stop, Dani California, Wet Sand. I know its hard with Flea also excelling in these songs so just try to edge him out and listen only to the guitar in these songs. John is underrated for his musical style and even for that he is the best. Dani California and Scar Tissue are one of the not many songs where he does a solo because he doesn't like the and just listen to the tribute to Hendrix in the Dani California and you really will know that he could play anything and be the best in it if wanted to. - elibf22
You have to be kidding! Frusciante is a musical genius! I've never seen someone so dedicated to music. Practicing for 10 hours a day as a kid and leaving the band due to stardom early on. He's humble, has a great work ethic, and is a guitar god. "Dani California" "can't stop" etc, don't unveil his true potential. Have you tried playing "snow? " His live stuff is amazing! He should be #1 I can write pages on why. Check out "don't forget me live la cigale" on YouTube. For those of you who appreciate fast guitar more than melodic here you go. Otherwise JF focuses on emotional, focused, slow solos that are not appreciated today which is a shame.
John is a good man he is very real. Every riff he do is so perfect to the bones like snow, can't stop, dani California, californication etc. He might not be the best guitarist technically but this man can do difficult riffs (jimmy page level) and you can see his diversity and emotion in every note. Few people know this man because he is so humble he don't like to be so famous. That makes him the most underrated and the best guitarist for me.
He's the best.V 19 Comments
He is so magnificent. Never got his due credit. Ritchie is hands down top 5. Innovation and technical abilities composed into one = Ritchie Blackmore.
Seeing as he is #25 or so on the top 10 guitarists poll, yes, I would say he is very underrated.
Yes! Needs more recognition! Did so much more than smoke on the water
Yeeeaass. David Gilmore is overratedV 2 Comments
If many people think that Eric Clapton is better than Slash, Slash is underrated. I can't believe people think Slash is overrated, because that's the opposite of what he is. He's the best guitarist ever, but people think other overrated guitarists are better (Eddie Van Halen). Slash deserves to be more noticed because his guitar solos are the best thing I've ever heard. - MrSnuffleupagus
#5 on "greatest of all time"? Not overrated.
In my opinion the greatest white Blues Rock guitarist ever. Check out his "Second Album" from Polydor. Then go to "Guitar on Fire" during his Atlantic time. Then go to any of his time with Alligator records.
Roy's speed, phrasing precision. Just extra-ordinary.
Just check out his 1975 live show at denver and you'll know
Robby has various influences and has his own unique style, one of the coolest yet underrated players there is.
Do it Robby, do it!
Robby Krieger the flamenco, jazz, psych, delta blues guitarist. Wait... he’s just one player what! Highly underrated
I would say Dave is probably the inspiration for much of what Kirk Hammett has done... If not the original composer of some of it. I totally disagree with Slash being number 1. Slash is a good guitarist, but he's judged more on popularity than his prowess... Dave Mustaine doesn't win the popularity vote against other guitarists (which is one of the reasons I like him even more) but has the raw talent and creativity that the rest lack.
Take a look at the top guitarist list Slash at no. 1? Kirk Hammett @ no. 5? Dave @ 41! He destroys them all
If anything then overrated. He is mostly a rhythm guitarist and he's on top of the "best metal guitarist" list. So, metal guitarists like Randy Rhoads, Michael Angelo Batio, John Petrucci or Alex Skolnick who are better than him and also play lead guitar are lower than him? - zxm
Only underrated cause he, as well as his band, aren't considered to be as good as Metallica, despite being better, especially in the department of guitar-kickassery. He's certainly better than Hammett, Hetfield, or Slash, and a better songwriter than most. Anybody who actually listens to Megadeth's best material vs. Metallica's best material would realize that Dave Mustaine is the best guitarist in thrash.V 9 Comments
He was a VERY early guitarist in 30s and 40s even before Chuck Berry and is quite underrated.
Django could do it all...with only two fingers! Too sad he passed away at the young age of 43...
The snake is awesome
Best (lamb) chops ever. This guy rips - just grab yourself a copy of his album, Christo Redentor.
You can only be underrated if you can play with both technical skill and emotion, Dave Murray plays with those and much more. The only guitarist I think should be on this list above Dave, is Joe Satriani.
Dave is easily one of the 5 best guitarists of the world! and modest like nobody!
Every song of iron maiden have a great guitar sound. Their is no a weak guitar performance.
Dave Murray and adrian smith is the best tag team guitarists ever. Definitely underrated.
I wish more people knew the talent of Dave MurrayV 9 Comments
He has this supernatural ability along with Maynard James Keenan to create an atmosphere that is so amazing yet not many can understand.
He has an almost supernatural ability aside Maynard James Keenan to create atmosphere, people just don't understand it.
This man deserves more recognition. His solos and riffs are great.
He makes Alice in Chains the awesome band it is. - IronSabbathPriest
Jerry Cantrell wrote or co-wrote most of AIC's songs. Besides, his nasty guitar solos and riffs are unique to AIC. Who else sounds like them?
Known mostly for creed where some of his best riffs were shown, he is always underrated and never given recognition for the complex simplicity of his guitar-work. Just give "My Own Prison" a listen and you will see.
Forget about Creed for a second and listen to his work with Alter Bridge. The solo from blackbird, brand new start, cry of Achilles, all amazing. Mark Tremonti is a guitar god who happen to come at the wrong time. If it would be the 80s Alter Bridge would be with the best of them
He is one of the best guitarists of all time, yet not many people have heard of him. He should definitely be in the top 3 of this list. Just listen to the solo in dust by tremonti and you will know what I mean. In fact listen most of his songs from alter bridge and his own band tremonti.
Ignore all the hate Creed receives. Even though his guitar work with Creed is good, his work in Alter Bridge and Tremonti is phenominal!V 3 Comments
Just Hear what he is playing on the guitar and hear his great voice, he is incredible and no one can play the guitar like him and sing at the same time! in fact... he is the Best! AC/DC Rocks! and without him it wouldn't be the same! Fernando Mendoza
Just Hear what he is playing at the guitar and hear his great voice in all the chorus of the songs! Hes the best of what he do! AC/DC Rocks! and he is the brain of AC/DC!
He makes great rhythm work for ac/dc songs and accompanies angus in his solos, I think he is a bit underrated. Under
One of the best rhythm guitarists of our time. He was never the kind of guy to showboat, but it is really difficult to imitate the nuances in his playing. Angus was the face of AC/DC, but Malcolm was the backbone. Deserves to be higher than David Crosby. RIP Malcolm!V 5 Comments
I'm not so sure about guitar, but David Crosby should definitely be on the best singers list. Great voice, and great body of work from the Byrds to CSN to his solo stuff.
Prince has a bad rep but that guy danced, sang, and played guitar in stage better than anyone else (dare I say it? ) EVER! He had so much energy I'd say he had even more energy than Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers! I don't care about which way he swings, he is one of the most underrated guitarists ever!
This is a great guitarist. Listen to Prince perform While My Guitar Gently Weeps with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison. It's amazing
Dude the fact that he's not at the top of this list shows just how underrated he is. - Cheese567
That Purple Reign hasn't ended. IT NEVER WILL.V 5 Comments
I love Spirit, and their sweet rock/jazz fusion. Jimmy, you stole it, just admit it.
Likely the best all-around guitarist ever. He could play it all - rock, jazz, blues, metal, folk, whatever. Sure, there are better guitarists in one style, but not all. Also a pioneer in special effects. His use of the Echoplex was mind blowing.
Definitely one of the top guitarists. An innovator and an inventor. Had one of the first versions of therimin built into his guitar. A fluid player who made everything look easy and a great harmonic sense.
The guy is just amazing...his guitar sings the song as easily as his voice. His solo and work throughout on "the Chain" is enough to merit mention here.
The way he improvises solos, oh my god it's orgasmic. listen to sara live in tuscon and go your own way from the dance
He is definitely one of the best guitarist in metal scene. And the most underrated guitarist. Listen to Annihilator's album and you'll know how good he is.
greatest classic guitarist ever! LEARN TO RESPECT ALL GENRES NOT JUST ROCK AND METAL!
Dude us the shizz right there!
Feeling and phrasing, seriously guys, listen to Rory Gallagher for the most amazing soulful playing of a strat that you will ever hear.
He opens your ears, mind and soul with every note.
The guitarist from Doctor Velvet band in Perth comes close but that's about it!
Honestly seeing Rory this low on a list hurts... He was so much better than people gave him credit for, in my opinion he was so much better than people like Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton or even jimi Hendrix because of the way he brought the guitar into his own soul.
There is only three others guitarists that are as good as Rory. Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and Robin Trower.
Should be top 10 at least, if not #1.
- He spent 30 years relentlessly touring and making nothing but great music.
- He was top of the list to join the Rolling Stones when Mick Taylor left, but DECLINED.
- Brian May, The Edge, Slash, Johnny Marr, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and many others have cited him as a massive inspiration and influence.
Charlie was the Father of the electric guitar. He could play lines in keys that were absolutely not guitaristic. Died way too soon...
Seriously just check his solo albums and you will put him in the top ten best guitar players of the world and number one most underrated guitarist ever. No wonder he left Megadeth. I mean no offense to this legendary band wich is my 3rd favorite band, but I think he did his share with them and if he didn't leave we'd be missing so much good music from his solo albums. It's very rare to see a guitarist that versatile and being EXCELLENT in every style.
Marty has a style that is instantly recognizable... just listen to his solos on the albums "Dragon's Kiss", "Speed Metal Symphony", and "Rust In Peace" and you'll get the picture.
If You guys listen to his solo albums yiou will know that he is a living legand
#20 this list needs a fix.
One Of The Best Guitarist Ever.The Solos From Rust In Peace And Countdown Melts Anything Hammett.
M.Friedman One Of The Underrated Guitarist Ever.Where Is Megadeth These Days.
The guy practically invented death metal. He is insanely talented and often overlooked. Just check out his work on The Sound if Perseverance and Symbolic and you'll see how awesome Chuck is.
He isn't underrated. - zxm
Buck's solo on the 8 minute live version of Veteran of the Psychic Wars (on Extraterrestrial Live, 1982) is a piece of badass cosmic wizardry. Also see his improvised instrumental, Buck's Boogie, on On Your Feet or On Your Knees (1975). He's Jerry Garcia meets Tony Iommi.
Buck Dharma has never received nearly enough recognition for not just his stellar, piercing riffs, but also for his overall musicianship, song writing ability and singing voice. It's a damn shame such a fantastically talent man has never received his due. His 1982 solo album, "Flat Out" further showcases the depth of his repetoire. CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED.
Absolutely one of the best, if not the best, guitarist period. His sound is signature, whether it being slow or lightening fast he is easily identified because of his unique style. Also a great song writer, he wrote most of the hits for BOC including "Don't fear the Reaper" and "Burning for You" (of course many more).
His playing speaks for itself. Sample each album and discover new talents and sounds. in my opinion the MOST underrated of all time.V 4 Comments
The fact that he's so far down this list shows how underrated a guitarist this man is, or was before his breakdown. Peter Green should've been a household name.
The trio of Green, Spencer and Kirwan in Fleetwood Mac still curl the hairs on my neck. Green was a genius.
Too well respected to make most "underrated" lists, but still fails to rank anywhere near as high as he should on the mainstream lists. Amazing guitarist.
He is super underrated, you have got to be kidding me. Sultans of Swing people, come on
He's underrated even on this list... Should be in the top 10.
Not sure why he's on here at all, he's very well-respected. - truckturnerV 5 Comments
People always forget that Dickey was the other half of a great twin lead guitar duo. He wouldn't have been in the band if he wasn't as good or better than Duane. Something that even Duane said.
Listen to "Jessica", Ramblin' Man, and "Blue Sky" and you will think he is one of the 50 greatest guitarists ever - greatesttop10s
Top class player, from the olden times, work a Stetson, shades and a 'stash. Excellent complete ability.
2 songs: Southbound and Soulshine. 'enough said
The Edge's use of effects and simple riffs are what make him a trailblazer in guitar playing. Coming from the 70s, an era where guitar playing was all about how much distortion you have or how fast you can shred on a guitar, he took a different road to introduce the 80s. His method to guitar playing wasnt to be known as a shredder or someone with insane solos, but it was to make his own unique sound and to make music with simple notation but with riffs that sound complicated.
Very well put. Yes, Edge is an underrated guitarist, probably because he doesn't go off on ten-minute solos. But his music doesn't call for that, he stays within the music and produces his own unique sound. A musical genius in his own right.
I mean to be fair his band has sold the 8th most recprds in histpry... So I think that proves he's pretty good. Name one other guitarist who uses effects as well, I dare you
Can't believe he is not on every guitarists radar! Better listen to " blue Jean blues " one more time! Have mercy! Been waiting on the bus all day! Very good player.
Most people don't listen to ZZ Top's older stuff, so they don't know how good Gibbons is. He would kill it on songs that would never be heard on radio. For example, his slide guitar on "I Wanna Drive You Home" is hypnotic. His wide array of talent goes unnoticed because of ZZ Top's image.
This guy is horrible and he has the worst beard in metal. Take that TimmyV 1 Comment
MOST DEFINITELY TOM MORELLO! Yes, sure the guys at Rolling Stone Magazine for example recognize his skill and have in the top 30 of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all times, but as someone who plays guitar is has Tom Morello as his idol, I can tell you that most people I talk to either don't know who he is or know who he is only because I got them into Rage.
Why in the HELL is he on here? Tom Morello is one of the easiest recognized names in music by anyone who has the slightest clue about anything musical
Many people seem to think the effects do most of the work. To utilize a guitar the way he does even with effects is unlike anything I have ever seen or heard. To play like him takes awesome harmonics and unreal creativity. Tom geys my vote!
Riffs and rhythm!V 3 Comments
Why even try and argue it? There aren't words to describe what he produces on guitar. Just listen and it argues itself
The Best imo but still the world is not ready for him yet.
ps: to correct the other comment paul rarelly Sweeps.. He uses String skipping the most.
technical perfection, maybe one of the most perfect sweep-picking guitarists ever
Very underrated guitarist... Definitely among top ten best guitarist ever... - BenTouthangV 2 Comments
One of the last 2 great Black Blues Guitarists, (the other being BB King), alive today. And in my opinion - better than BB King. A powerhouse of Blues. Totally underrated.
What is wrong with the world... she isn’t on the rolling stone or guitar worlds list of best guitarists... even though her skill is incredible, and the influence she has had on female musicians. She should be much higher on this list.
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