Top Ten Most Underrated Guitarists

I've seen a lot of bad guitarists on the top and great guys way down. So here are the most underrated guitar players.

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21 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.

22 Randy California

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.

23 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.

24 Andres Segovia Andres Segovia

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

Dude us the shizz right there!

25 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

Here's the guitarist who should top the under rated guitarist poll. He's as talented as Hendrix

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26 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.
27 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 more.

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.

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28 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.
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 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!

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.

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31 Andreas Kisser Andreas Kisser
32 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...

33 Mike Campbell

Unsung Hero!

34 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).

His playing speaks for itself. Sample each album and discover new talents and sounds. in my opinion the MOST underrated of all time.

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35 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) 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 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

36 Peter Green Peter Green
37 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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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 The Edge The Edge

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

40 Billy Gibbons Billy Gibbons William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.

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.

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