Most Versatile Guitarists

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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

1 Richie Sambora 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.

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 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 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 Steve Morse 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?

5 Steve Howe 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!

6 Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer.

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!

7 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

Have been blessed to listen to his great Music both vocal and guitar, just can't get tired of this guy, He is so creative in his guitar styles and have a great voice and most of all a humble Down to earth happy guy!

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8 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin
9 Buckethead 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..

10 Pat Metheny

The Contenders

11 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...

12 Bill Frisell
13 John Petrucci 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.
14 John Scofield
15 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.

16 Shawn Lane

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

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 George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
19 Eric Clapton 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.
20 Larry Carlton Larry Carlton
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