Top Ten Current Guitarists
Influenced by the greats of old, John Mayer is a true great himself for his generation, having been called 'master guitar player' by Eric Clapton himself. He is extremely talented and practically creative enough to be a pop icon at the same time, which highlights his genius in songwriting and studio production, and such counterpart which is his incredible ability with the guitar and the instant head-to-hands musical translation is far beyond the average player. John has also been an inspiration to the younger crowd over many genres of music. His true prowess can be seen in his live performances, many a times stumping his predecessors in action.
I saw him few months ago. His guitar playing is phenomenal, he didn't even missed a single note, but of course not, he is a "master guitarist as Eric Clapton says.
A lot of people criticize him and say that his guitar playing, is a copy of other guitarists.
Listen up guys, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan didn't write songs in that many different genres. JM writes everything from sensitive, acoustic to blues, pop and rock, and he is probably the best at it in the world. He also created the slap-strum techning. Even if you hear him live, you can't describe how good he is.
You really have to dig deep to find out how great of a guitarist he really is. Most people think of his pop hits but see this guy live and you will understand. He changes versions of the same song in every concert to keep it fresh, real and raw. YouTube his stuff with BB King, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton.
The best pure musician of the post 2000's... He will never be forgotten BECAUSE of his amazing guitar playing; not because of his cute singles that make hits on the radio.
Incredible guitarist and humble. He can write some of the most beautiful guitar work ever heard and shred with the best of them. Super cool guy too. He has let fans come up and play songs on stage. Sits back loving it.
One of the greatest of all times. Amazing sweeps and takes the dueling guitar to a whole new level with Zacky vengeance. Listen to anything from a7x and your sure to be taking by the driving riffs of Gates
One of the most creative guitarists of the decade. Him and Zacky Vengeance combined make up the best duo that can be, and anyone who has heard their solos should know. For example, Bat Country.
One of the best guitarists in the world today his style is unlike any other. My favorite guitarist even before the song buried alive which is one of the greatest rock songs ever.
One of the best. Cool licks.
Who doesn't love slash. He has influenced countless guitarists. I remember setting up all night playing guitar trying to learn his songs. The man is brilliant.
He is all time God of Guitar who the hell all these guys in front of him.
Slash means God n if you don't agree just go and listen only November Rain
His music sounds clear and smooth and powerful all at the same time every time.
Goddammit guys you dare put Hammett ahead of Slash? Gimme 1 Hammett solo whch even equals Slash's solos...
Underrated... listen to constant motion and fatal tragedy
Most technical and one of the few modal players left
His level of skill is just not reachable
Deadly Combination of Speed and Melody...
Always been a huge SRV, Clapton, King fan. Bonamassa is now included. Clean, smooth, effortless sound, only description I can think of that does him justice is savant.
Best all around guitarist. Doesn't constantly overplay. Electric, acoustic, slide, dobro. Blues, rock, funk, country, swing, he can do it all.
Simply an amazing blues and rock guitarist.
Wonderful guitarist, saw him 6 years ago at Hammersmith Apollo. Exciting to watch, skillful, seems to enjoy playing
Fansastic. His playing is beautifully melodic, without overpowering the song. Look up his crossroads with John Mayer for examples. He is incredibly diverse, too. Examples of this include his solo in Highway don't Care, Gemini, 'Til Summer Comes around, and many many more.
If you've never heard of this guy I implore you watch at least some of his videos that you can find. He's been doing this for a long time and he has been nothing less than exceptional. His body of work and music is based around his love for the guitar and his ability to make it speak and sing and unparalleled. The best favor you can do for yourself is to go see him live.
Blazes strings the whole show with his unique style and then tributes to guitar gods in a solo and then loves his audience. keith made me a country fan...but I don't really view him as country but one of the best guitarists playing today and one really amazing, fun entertaining musician
As a former hater of the whole genre of country music and former metal girl...Keith Urban drew me to his music by his guitar playing. He makes sounds come out of his guitar I never imagined possible! He is amazing!
How is Buckethead not higher up on this list? Buckethead is the only one of these guitarists that spans across every genre imaginable, from Prog rock to country to Avant Garde. And how many of the other people on this list can finger tap using 4 fingers on each hand? Just listen to Soothsayer and you'll no what I mean.
He was born in a coop, raised in a cage
Children fear him, critics rage
He's half alive, He's half dead
Folks just call him BUCKETHEAD!
Buckethead is the worlds best guitarist. Seeing him live will change the way you look at other guitarists and the way you see life in general. Buckethead is amazingly talented.
This list is just a popularity contest, most of these artists are at least 10 years established. However, buckethead slays them all
Nobody better then this dude.
He really changes the pathway of music... Just drives it to the heavens... The way he synchronizes each and every note and leads it, just makes him the boss...
just released an album, had to put him in this list
Yes yes yes way better than the rest of these guys. Especially Hermain Li.
Best in live perfomance
It's one thing to be good at guitar, but also playing guitar while singing (with insane high notes) and running around? that's next level
Just watch muse live
you might not be immediately blown away by the songs but watch him play while doing stage theatrics
Easily number one this list is a joke
Padge is way better than Kirk! No offense to metallica they are one of my favorite band but he's always using a whawha pedal to make his solos, and that's not very hard. Page does most of his solos with no effects except distortion and that stuff. His solos are so clean, dynamic, fast, melodic and it fits to the tone that they're playing.
Btr then any other band. His solos are lovely as heaven and clean too. He doesn't mix them or miss any good riff
Damn, padge is the best guitar player in this days, he should be in first place!
He should be at least in the top 5! He is underrated in my opinion.
Great guitarist I have ever seen!
Haven't seen or heard better (.).
I've watched him grow up and into the very best guitarist in the world today. Wonderful person.
In my humble opinion none of the others even come close to Derek
Absolutely the best and so very modest
I like his sound above all others.
You're kidding, right? Mayer as Nr. 1? He couldn't play half the riffs Frusciante, Buckethead, Slash or Vai plays.
Frusciante is so much more than what he does with the Chili Peppers. Listen to "The Empyrean" for guitar goosebumps.
Constantly able to adapt and change his sound, yet always sounds amazing
The best one at live soloing
He got that bluesy sound that Led Zep and Hendrix could create!
Matt Bellamy above Mark Tremonti? What a joke. Just take a look at this man's riffs and his unique style of soloing, not to mention about his fingerstyle skills. His way of soloing is so unique. Mark should be there at least in the top 3 along with Synyster Gates.
Tremonti is better than most of these guitarists on here. Don't know why he is not in the top 10. That's my opinion
Tremonti is toe to toe with Gates although I think Tremonti is on a brand new level
I agree tremonti is quality personified on guitar