Top Ten Most Underrated Guitarists


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21 Robby Krieger Robby Krieger Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band the Doors, and as such has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. V 1 Comment
22 Tom Morello 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.

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!

He's extremely innovative and experiments with many effects and styles to reach all new sounds Trying to match this guy, don't waste your time.

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23 Prince 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" .

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

Listen to his guitar solo on Purple Rain and tell me that he shouldn't be number one on this list.

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24 Adam Jones - Tool Adam Jones - Tool Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.

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.

25 Randy California

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.

I love Spirit, and their sweet rock/jazz fusion. Jimmy, you stole it, just admit it.

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.

26 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert

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

Best ever (tied with buckethead)

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27 Andres Segovia Andres Segovia

greatest classic guitarist ever! LEARN TO RESPECT ALL GENRES NOT JUST ROCK AND METAL!

Dude us the shizz right there!

28 Jeff Waters Jeff Waters Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, more.

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.

29 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.
30 Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Buckingham Lindsey Adams Buckingham is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer, best known as lead guitarist and one of the vocalists of the musical group Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987, and then 1997 to the present day.
31 Buck Dharma - Blue Oyster Cult

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).

Hypnotic live performances. Claw-hammering studio solos. First time I heard his closing solo on "Dominance & Submission"(Secret Treaties, 1974), I haven't looked back.

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32 Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.
33 Andreas Kisser
34 Charlie Christian

Charlie was the Father of the electric guitar. He could play lines in keys that were absolutely not guitaristic. Died way too soon...

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36 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather more.

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

37 Peter Green Peter Green
38 Dickey Betts

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.

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39 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. V 2 Comments
40 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

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!

There is only three others guitarists that are as good as Rory. Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman and Robin Trower.

Rory Gallagher is thy underrated guitarist

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