Top Ten Most Underrated Guitarists


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61 Don Felder

Ah Don Felder...tone, phrasing, articulation...he's is such an aesthetic player.

62 Jake E. Lee

Right after Yngwie the best guitarist in the 80's and 90's, wrote some amazing songs with Ozzy and then completely changed his style when he formed Badlands. I can't wait for his new album!

I completely agree! One of the most underrated guitarists of all time. Actually wrote some great songs like Bark at the moon, Killer of Giants, Secret Loser

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63 John Mayer John Mayer

Good Love Is On The Way from Where the Light Is. Enough said.

Not underrated, overrated. - zxm

Yes he is polarising, but JM is one hell of a guitarist. Just listen to him performing "Neon" live...

64 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Buckethead proves that you don't need lyrics to make a kick*ss song. Soothsayer and Jordan.

He is easily the most underrated guitarist of all time. He is absolutely insane with his ability to play quickly and play melodically. He is the perfect guitarist.

HE IS TOTALLY UNDERRATED AT EVERYTHING... SLASH WOULD DIE IF HE TRIES TO PLAY AS FAST AS HIM AND KEEP THE MELODY.. Just listen to soothsayer. And also he is the teacher of paul gilbert.


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65 John Sykes John Sykes John James Sykes is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who has played with Streetfighter, Tygers of Pan Tang, John Sloman's Badlands, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, and Blue Murder.

Come on guys his work on Whitesnake and Blue Murder, Fantastic

He was amazing on Thunder and Lightning by Thin Lizzy - TheStargazer

Tigers of pan tang he is # 1 underrated guitar player

66 Kyle Gass

KG is one of the most imaginative, talented, and entertaining guitarists ever! Him on, an, acoustic is magical! Most others don't have, the grace or technique to rock it unplugged like he does!

he's an awesome amazing guiatarist and he is tight with jack jack black

Definitely one of the most under-appreciated guitarists out there. On another list on this site he was lower ranked than JB af far as guitarists went.

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67 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who .

Pete Townshend is so underrated, not only as a guitarist, but as a composer in general. As the person who wrote all of the lyrics and most of the composition to the Who's best albums, such as Quadrophenia, Who's Next, and Tommy, he deserves to have a much higher place than this. He also has great riffs and solos of his own.

68 Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre.

Most of these guitarists will be well known to most rock fans. Mention Uli Jon Roth to the same people, and you'll just get a confused expression looking back at you. Uli has had a direct influence on many of the guitarists listed.

Just listen to any of the Scorpions albums fly to the rainbow, In trance Virgin killer and Taken by force of the 1970's. Most under rated guitarist of all time...

What Jimi Hendrix would sound like if he studied Classical music...or, what Jimi would sound like now...who knows?

Criminally underrated guitarist! He work with the Scorpions in the mid to late 1970s was the stuff of legends.

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69 Josh Klinghoffer Josh Klinghoffer Josh Adam Klinghoffer is an American musician best known as the current guitarist for the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he has recorded two studio albums, I'm with You and The Getaway.
70 Michael Schenker Michael Schenker

Schenker was never given credit for developing the melodic well structured style of guitar playing that dominated the 80s. He along with a small group of others started this in the 70s and he was way out in front but the glory later went to other guitarists that followed. Maybe being an alcoholic suffering very bad stage fright and leaving every band just as they hit the big time don't help

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71 Grant Green
72 Martin Barre

Real guitarists know the truth. Martin's top 3 rock guitarists in the world... Consistently complicated, changes time signatures 5-10 in a song and makes it seem like simple pop. The best.

One of the world's finest guitarist. He frequently doesn't make the "underrated" lists.

He "Is" Jethro Tull!...

73 Dann Huff
74 Terry Kath Terry Kath Terry Alan Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, one of the lead singers and founding members of the rock band Chicago.

Worked the wah even before Jimi - in fact Jimi admitted Kath was the better player between the two. Listen to Kath's solos on "Make Me Smile" and "25 or 6 to 4" - both well ahead of anything at the time. He'd be lot higher on the list, had he not died at such an early age.

Listening to live Chicago concerts from 1968-1970 Terry is smoking hot on South California Purples, Free Form Guitar, I'm a Man and many others. His passion, blistering leads and soulful guitar playing are in rarified air!

Terry was an amazing talent and leader of a 70's band that was second in record sales to only the Beach Boys. His style was trailblazing and a thing of beauty to behold, especially live. It is truly time for him toreceive the credit he is due as an outstanding guitarist/musician.

I think a lot of people are forgetting that this list is for the most underrated guitarists, not the greatest guitarists. David Gilmore is an amazing guitarist. Definitely one of the greats. But he is by no means underrated, certainly not the 3rd most. I only just recently learned Kath's name but the first time I heard 25 or 6 to 4, I immediately fell in love with the solo and thought that Chicago does not get enough credit as a classic rock band with an amazing guitarist. The studio version is amazing, but Kath really goes off in his live performances: v=7uAUoz7jimg&

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75 Mike McCready

My influence to play. The guy pours emotion into every solo

Just listen to Yellow ledbetter

The solo on "Alive". End of story.

76 Steve Hackett Steve Hackett

His solo of Genesis' "Firth of Fifth" is just perfection. He is innovative and unique, just listen to the guitar work in the song mentioned above.

Used tapping much long before Eddie Van Halen

Invented Sweep picking. that is all.

77 Kerry King Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.
78 Sam Totman

I always hear about how good Herman Li is but never about Sam. He is the band's song writer for crying out loud! He is so good and yet he never got enough respect as a musician. - aeromaxx777

Anyone who listens to Dragonforce should know that Sam is amazing, easily as good as Herman, but to many people are obsessed with Li being Asian and crap. Mustain is not underrated he is one of the most revered guitarists ever.

79 Scott Gorham

Scott Gorham was often overshadowed by fellow guitar player Brian Robertson when they were in Thin Lizzy together. However, I personally enjoy listening to Scott Gorham more than I enjoy listening to Brian Robertson. While many guitar players will argue that Gorham's stuff isn't very hard to play, it takes a lot of skill to execute it with the exact phrasing that he employed. Not only does he have a cool style but a killer tone to go with it. Lets be honest, Gorham kicks ass. And for those of you who don't know Scott Gorham, be sure to check out Thin Lizzy.

Great, melodic, original and bluesy

Really melodic and expressive guitar player. Gorham also co wrote some of lizzys best songs. He is less of a show boat than other lizzy guitar players but he has real class and restraint. A very underrated guitar player.

80 Frank Zappa Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.

What a shame nobody even knows who he is. Search Peaches en Regalia for a small intro to his 80+ albums. One of the most prolific and talented guitarists/composers the world has ever known.

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