Most Versatile Guitarists

This List contains the Most All-Rounder Guitarists who can play many number of Guitar Styles, Techniques & Guitar varieties across many Genres of Music...

The Top Ten Most Versatile Guitarists

1 Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. He is known for his work with Bon Jovi from 1983 to 2013. He is a very praised guitarist who played solos for songs like Dry County, Stranger more.

Classical, Country, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal... You name it, he plays all of them! He's the Greatest Guitarist of All-time...

Just to get a rough idea on Richie Sambora's Incomprehensibly Incredible range of Guitar playing: He is the Lead Guitarist of Bon Jovi for 30 Years & Counting responsible for 12 studio albums, 3 compilation albums, 1 live album, 1 box set, 13 video releases and over 50 singles plus as a Solo Artist responsible for 3 Solo Albums. He has contributed for more than 500 Songs with his Divine Guitar Wizardry.

Just give a listen to: Stranger in this Town, Wanted Dead or Alive, Livin' on a Prayer, Keep the Faith, Dry County, You give Love a Bad Name, Bed of Roses, Always, I'll be there for you, Born to be my Baby, Ballad of youth, One Light Burning, Diamond Ring, Father Time, The Answer, In it for Love, Lay your Hands on me, (It's Hard), Letting you Go, My Guitar Lies Bleeding in my Arms, Thank you for Loving me, Bad Medicine, Runaway, Never ...more - Nirmal1991USA

2 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.

Cliffs of Dover... To Dusty... And everything else in between. Very sophisticated style. Versatile? Extremely.

Only worthy comparison is Steve Morse

3 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.

JP was really the first versatile guitarist along with the guitar gods. His session career went handy for him when he formed zeppelin. He's not only versatile in playing, but versatile on what he is. Guitarist, founding member, composer, producer; who else can say that? He listened to all kinds of music, he played all kinds of music in zeppelin. Blues, rock n roll, country, classical, folk, punk, heavy metal, reggae, are just the very attributes jimmy page had to offer. Whole Lotta love, rock and roll, communication breakdown, heartbreaker, since I've been loving you, stairway to heaven, Bron y aur stomp, the song remains the same, over the hills and far away, houses of the holy, black dog, the rain song, kashmir, dyer maker, all my love, babe I'm gonna leave you, fool in the rain, and Achilles last stand are prime examples. Jimmy page should be #1. There's a reason why he's known as the most influential guitarist.

James Patrick Page should be number 1. He was not only a great player, he was a great writer and producer.

How does Ritchie Sambora beat jimmy page? Jimmy page did the same as Ritchie Sambora, but better since jp influenced him!?

4 Phil Keaggy

Man! From the days of Glass Harp to all the way to his Solo career, Phil Keaggy has demonstrated an Extraordinary Guitar Artistry. Maker of the Universe, The wind and the wheat, John the Revelator, Salvation Army Band, Make you feel my Love, Addison's walk, Arrow, County Down, Rivulets, Can you see me, Time as so on... What an Incredible Guitarist! - Nirmal1991USA

Phil seems to be always seems to create great melodies in whatever he does. It's obvious that he has world class technique, but it is always about the song and the melody. His acoustic work is stunning but I really miss the les Paul work.He early stuff was so creative and years beyond many of the great players at the time. I've never heard anyone with just a Les Paul and an amp create such a soundscape. Blistering runs, sweeps, volume swells, e-bow, weaving in jazz, rock, classical etc. I often wonder what he could have been as a member of a band with a creative group of musicians to keep pushing him.


His early work with trio Glass Harp was really groundbreaking. No one came close to making a Les Paul make the tones and sounds that he could create. Volume swells, sweeps, shred, you name it, all the while being incredibly melodic. And then there's the acoustic... regularly considered one of the best in the world. He's all over the map and hard to pin down, but whatever he does, its ranks up there with the best.

5 Steve Howe Stephen James "Steve" Howe is an English musician and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock group Yes.

Most versatile? Steve Howe has to be at the top of this list!

"America" cover long version. Listen


6 Steve Morse Steven J. "Steve" Morse is an American guitarist and composer, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs; and since 1994, the guitar player of Deep Purple.

5 time winner of best overall guitarist by guitar player magazine?

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

From 'Padmasana' to 'Soothsayer', From 'Baptism of Solitude' to 'Final Wars', From 'Mrs. Beasley' to 'Beaten With Sledges', From 'For Mom' to 'The Treeman', Buckethead has them All! - Nirmal1991USA

Buckethead should be at the top of the list. Does anyone know of a guitarist who can play almost any string instrument equally well. Can anyone name a guitarist who has released more than 200 albums?
Even god himself would've been tired by now, but Bucky has already released a dozen albums in 2015..

I keep listening to more and more of this guy's stuff... it's just incredible how many different genres he can play at an extremely high level... blues, shredding, neuvo-classical, rock Buckethead does it all

8 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin, also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer.
9 Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.

Sultans of Swing, Brothers in Arms, Private Investigations, Telegraph Road, Tunnel of Love, Money For Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Your Latest Trick, Walk of Life, It Never Rains, On Every Street, Why Worry, Lady Writer, Once Upon a Time In the West, Love Over Gold, Twisting by the Pool, So Far Away, Heavy Fuel... I mentioned only 18 of Dire Straits material Here... See how differently beautiful they sound compared to each other!

10 Don Felder

First lets take the Masterpiece: HOTEL California! Both the Electric (1976) & the Acoustic (1994) versions are Amazingly Versatile and Don Felder is the Master behind it! There are plenty of Eagles songs with lots of diversity. He can play Rock, Blues, Country, Classical & more...

Check the Electric & Acoustic Versions of Hotel California!
End of Story...

The Contenders

11 Pat Metheny
12 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.

From heavy shredders to powerful melodies. To jazz, blues like sounds, to classical inspired parts, emotional meldies. This guy can play it all. Just listen to erotomania, the best of times, lines in the sands, hollow years live at budohkan, stream of consciousness, as I am. When the water breaks, universal mind, paradigm shift, biaxident then listen to some of the songs on his solo album like Glasgow kiss damage control, lost without you, and jaws of life. Then you will understand all of his different sounfs and know his versitility.

13 Bill Frisell
14 Glen Campbell

One man band, needs no backup, play for all the greats including Elvis, beach boys, Neil diamond, part of famous wrecking crew session musician group

In my opinion the most versatile. Glen played, country, rock, blues, even classical. He was one of the most sought after studio musicians of the 60s.

15 John Scofield
16 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.

First listen to 'Epilogue for Lisa', Next listen to 'Get you Back', Then listen to 'Death Theme' and Finally listen to 'Not Again'! - Nirmal1991USA

17 Guthrie Govan Guthrie Govan is an English virtuoso guitarist and guitar teacher, known for his work with the bands The Aristocrats, Asia, GPS, The Young Punx and The Fellowship, as well as his solo project Erotic Cakes.

Guthrie has sheer mastery of almost every guitar technique, and a fantastic grasp of the English language. He is a brilliant instructor and is truly modest. Unfortunately not many people listen to jazz.

I can't think of anyone who has such a grasp on various guitar styles.

Ridiculously versatile, just listen to the Aristocrats albums.

Sick guitarist... Sick... Technique is beyond earth

18 George Harrison George Harrison (1943 - 2001) was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
19 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.
20 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.
21 Kiko Loureiro Pedro Henrique "Kiko" Loureiro is a Brazilian Heavy metal guitarist, best known as a member of the bands Angra and Megadeth.
22 Larry Carlton Larry Eugene Carlton is an American guitarist who built his career as a studio musician in the 1970s and '80s for acts such as Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell.
23 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 more.
24 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 more.
25 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 more.
26 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.
27 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.

Blended Latin and rock together like no one before him or after.

28 Chet Atkins Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001), known as "Mr. Guitar" and "The Country Gentleman", was an American musician, occasional vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, who along with Owen Bradley and Bob Ferguson, among others, created the country music style that came to more.
29 Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.
30 Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Queen is the most versatile band, so their guitarist had to be the most versatile, too.

31 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.
32 Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.
33 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.
34 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. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.
35 Renaud Louis-Servais
36 Frank Zappa Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, actor and filmmaker.
37 Todd Rundgren Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia.
38 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.
39 The Edge David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name the Edge, is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U2.
40 Matthew Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.
41 Marc Ribot

Listen to him solo, with Tom Waits, John Zorn or his guest work in the portuguese Dead Combo latest album

42 Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.
43 Jonny Buckland
44 Lenny Breau

Lenny Breau, though not recognized by the general public, was by far the most versatile guitarist on the planet, and whose versatility has not been matched to this very day. Not only did he perform Country, Jazz, Classical and Flamenco, he was able to perform those styles with equal authenticity. Unfortunately, like many musicians, drug abuse was a problem, and more than likely played a part in his untimely death. The music world has yet to see a guitarist with versatility of that magnitude.

45 Paul Gilbert Paul Brandon Gilbert is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist. He is best known for being the co-founder of the band Mr. Big. He was also a member of Racer X, with whom he released several albums.
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