Best Instrumental Guitarists
I have listened to Satriani and Vai for a couple of decades and in my opinion Joe Satriani is the best that has ever lived. He is so versatile and his skill and knowledge are unmatched. He inspired me to want to learn. 20 years later, I am still playing. Thanks Joe. I am sure my neighbours wouldn't thank him though. LOL.
Unexcelled master of musical electricity.
One of the greatest musical geniuses of all time, maybe the one on the very top. He doesn't even play the guitar, the guitar plays him.
If you are a player, you will love them all.
They can all do melodic, but, Joe is mesmerizing, especially live!
To say who is best is just plain silly. It's all very personal.
Bruce Sloan (Scotland)
The Best all rounder. Some of the others have a few good songs but mostly to weird to listen to.
Vai puts SO much of himself into what he does with the guitar...some would say too much if you've ever seen him live. That is whats so great though...he'd be selling himself and us short if he didn't. I'm a product of the 80's and my introduction to Vai happened at 2 times in same day...I saw the Yankee Rose and Going Crazy videos back to back and then that same night my dad took me to see Crossroads with Ralph Machio and I got to see him play Jack Butler...I've been hooked ever since. Vai is my Hendrix.
"Malmsteen, Satriani, Vai, Van Halen, Vinnie Moore, Steve Stevens, John Norum, MAB, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons, Marty Friedman." The reason I posted here is to correct the guy who said 'Steve Vai was Joe's teacher'. Joe Satriani taught Vai and Jeff Tyson - the only 2 who actually passed. Andy Timmons was a great student too.
The guitarist with the most soul. His guitar weeps with pain, screams with joy, and produces sonic eargasms that can only be rivaled by few.
Not in any particular order.
Buckethead is the most complete guitarist. His playing spans multiple genres. He created a new tapping technique using most of his fingers in synch across multiple strings. Over 300 albums. He never really was mainstream like Vai, Satch, or Yngwie but he's a beautiful blend of all 3.
Buckethead is bucket and shoulders above all others. I've been a instrumental guitar fanatic for most of my 56 yrs and have never experienced a more diverse talent than the bucket-master. Bucket takes all guitar styles to another dimension like no other. Recently saw him in Detroit, king crab sized hands feverishly dancing on the fret board. Truly amazing artist.
Buckethead for me is the most complete guitarrist. Amazing technique but most importantly amazing composition skills and sensibility. His work is so diverse that I've been hearing his songs for years and still don't know them all. Many of his songs are technically simple but his choice of notes and scales is godlike. Overall I consider him the best guitarrist alive.
The GOAT! a musical freek…. who else even could make 300 albums...not the popular vote because he is a little freaky...most don't listen to him because of his look, but those that do are amazed. I've heard them all, mostly because I'm old Eddie Van Halen, both Jimmys, Vai, Satch, SRV, Hell even Roy Clark...The greatest often is a popularity contest of egotistical internet idiots...Most can't afford tickets to go to the concerts...sorry. Not to be snobby but I've seen them all live so my vote counts more...your loving old guy
Cliffs of Dover is a whole lot harder to play than Surfing with the Alien, because even though it's based around the same area of notes, the fluidity of Johnson's playing style is pretty damn near impossible to pull of with ease.
Eric Johnson took the melodic flow of Hendrix and turned the tempo up. Like way way up!
Great guitarist, but he isn't that much instrumental.
What can I say. number 1 is like Jesus. Greatest of All time. Respect Sir
He is no less than satriani or others, he's just not that popular
Great shredder, he must be number 2 after joe satriani. He can play with 4 guitar in the same time
Best guitarist in the world in my opinion love his playing and style
Listen to Flying High, We In The Moonlight, Time is on the River, Coming in the Motion...
Jason is a legendary composer. He hit all of the little nuances, from simple vibrato, to a variety of different tonal ranges. I can listen to Vai, Satriani, Malmsteen, and mostly understand what they are doing the first few listens, but with Jason it takes much more focus to get all of the subtle nuance. It is Becker number 1 for me and Guthrie Govan probably 2.
Listen altitudes, images, air, mables fatal fable, opus pocus... and then decide to whom you should vote!
His style for both rhythm and lead has inspired so many other masters. What he was doing in the mid 70s until the mid 80s was way ahead of its time.
La Villa, YYZ, Leave That Thing Alone,...
Also, his solos are amazing, and all different.
Jeff Beck is the god of Instrumental Classic Rock... He is No.5 on The Rolling Stones 100 Guitarists. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards are all not instrumental. So Jeff Beck should be Number 1.
Jeff Beck is the Musician's Musician. And he only gets better with age.
I love Jeff becks music!
The absolute best.
Can't believe there is no Guthrie Govan! Like seriously I expected him to be in the top 10. He is a true maestro of guitar. haven't heard of him? Check him out
This guy is literally light years away from just your standard shredder!
Easily superior to all of these other guys.
Hizaki put blues and gothic scales and other variated sounds into Symphonic Power Metal, real sense of music and techniques. Is a true master of guitar and put in oversight their unique style. Their guitar make me feel like I really like feel, is food to my soul... I Don't need anymore...
His technique is just awesome and his solos are epic, when you go to one of his lives you will be definitely impressed by his performance...
Highly under rated instrumentalist! Classy and inspirational melodic tunes. Also amazing Christmas music.
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Melody wise, he is the best! with less technical stuffs which makes his songs ''MELODIC''.
You need to hear him
The greatest and most iconic lead guitarist to influence generations of budding guitarists.
The maestro. His joy in the music is as infectious as his nimble-fingered artistry.
An absolutely clinical exponent of the guitar using minimum of effects.
He made the guitar gods.
Phenomenal, Danger Danger was his fallback when Neal Schon (one of the greatest guitarists of all time) decided to support Bad English on tour after recording their first album hence Andy was the odd man out considering Bad English was 1/2 Journey. Although his DD material was fantastic he was lumped into the glam band genre and never got the credit he deserved. Pick up any Pawn Kings, ATB record and give a listen, pure genius. Moreover he is a great guy that is humble and more than willing to share his knowledge. Watch he and Satch have a duel on You Tube and you will know the truth about AT!
Underrated for sure. Got over looked because Danger Danger was not a great band. Fortunately, Andy was able to move on to a great solo career.
He makes guys like Vai and Satriani sound boring.
The best of the bests
One of the most melodic guitarist on the list. Exotic scale, every lead guitar solo came from him never bored really like " a song inside song", something we've never heard from most western guitarist.
He knew when he should play fast & no, he could play circle around Yngwie & Jason Becker but he decide musical aspect instead playing technique fast all the time.Top melodic choice & sense even when he play super fast still beauty to listen.
Also has a badass rhythm guitar too, just watch his Megadeth audition or Megadeth live during Rust in Peace tours. He even push the rhythm part harder than Dave Mustaine.
Non-contemporary artists generally do not do well because younger audiences may have a fleeting awareness of the performer. Across time, West Montgomery has wowed and awed his audience, even beyond the jazz genre. A complete fan of his ability to communicate and reach common sensations that his music provides.
The best instrumental guitarist ever, listen to The Loner, the emotion that he portrays with his guitar is surreal, incredible guitarist
Best of the Best
Surprised that he is so down below. He has more instrumental pieces that I can count. Angus Young is anything but instrumental what is he doing ahead of David Gilmour?
So creative, so inspiring, he makes his guitar sing beautifully. Many guitar player on this list are actually from bands, not instrumental guitarists...
Discovered Plini this year. Incredibly creative and unique. One of my favorite new artists.
Not much technical bit intelligently musical! Best new guitarist
Just listen to 'Get You Back' or 'The Way it Has to Be' and you'll understand why he is the best. The amount of emotion the man put in his work was unreal. You'll be missed.R.I.P.
The best guitarist who has ever lived! Buckethead's hero. Seriously, listen to Get You Back or Gray Pianos Flying.