Best Neoclassical Metal Guitarists

The Top Ten

1 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

So, I think Ritchie Blackmore is a very good guitarist. But, not even close to best when it comes to Neo-Classical metal. As outlined in a previous comment, Yngwie Malmsteen created a top of the charts solo at the age of 14. And he is the one who shaped the entire genre to be what it is today by integrating critical aspects of classical music on the electric guitar. That to me is not only crazy, but is the reason I vote him at the top spot on the list.

Technically brilliant but has a tendency to overplay. Saw him in Sheffield UK..worst concert ever. - Cheatle

First of all yngwie is neo classical while Ritchie is blues rock second his guitar solo rising force was ranked 13th on loud wires list of best solos and he created the solo at 14 years old did Ritchie do that no

Yngwie is awesome why is he not number 1 he can play a guitar like no one made him the greatest guitarist of all time in my opinion

2 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

At his prime he was untouchable live, when he felt like it. Creative, innovative and always interesting - Cheatle

The Master

He started it all. - Metal_Treasure

No doubt

3 Jason Becker Jason Becker Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American neoclassical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albums Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up more.

He was already very good when he used to perform. Created great songs in his teenage. Beats most of the sweep pickers what he did in his 18/19. Could've been better if he hadn't ALS. Sad thing is that he doesn't even have an image on this site. Not even saved as in database. - zxm

This is simple: No one to age 18 can compose an album like Perpetual Burn, oh wait, Jason Becker did it...Unmatched Talent.

I really don't care what the list says. Jason will always be my Guitar Hero. He's simply the best. Richie and Yngwie won't stand a chance against him. to be honest.

He is the best. even better that richie and yngwie

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4 Randy Rhoads 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.

Randy Rhoads, a name synonymous with shredding. One of the greatest metal guitarists of all time, and he should unseat Ritchie, as Ritchie was more blues. He is the main influence on my guitar playing (besides Dave Mustaine and Yngwie) and he should be viewed as best. - MattAffterburner

This guy is pretty bad at flying planes

5 Marty Friedman Marty Friedman Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted more.

There are other guitar players that should be here like Mendel Bij but from this list the amazing Marty Friedman is the best one!

6 Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.

Jeff Loomis - Miles of Machines, Jato Unit (at 3:05 starts the Ron Jarzombeck guest solo part). - Metal_Treasure

7 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.

Uli Roth flat out blows everyone away... Including Eddie van halen. The in trance.. Virgin killer... Fly to the rainbow... Nobody was playing this technical and furiously... Period!

8 Gus G Gus G Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne
9 Paul Gilbert 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.
10 George Lynch George Lynch George Lynch is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with heavy metal band Dokken and his band Lynch Mob.

The Contenders

11 Michael Romeo Michael Romeo Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.

If Malmsteen knew how to write riffs.

Tapping god.

12 Vinnie Moore

Way better even than ritchie blackmore

This guy should be No. 3

13 Ron Jarzombek Ron Jarzombek Ron Jarzombek is an American metal guitarist hailed as one of the most influential progressive metal guitarists and has been called "the Godfather of Technical Metal". He's best known for his work with WatchTower, Spastic Ink, and Blotted Science, featuring Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. His older more.
14 Michael Angelo Michael Angelo Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.

Even faster than Yngwie. He's an epic shredder, way too low on this list.

The only one here that might be better is Vinnie Moore.

15 Tommy Baron Tommy Baron

Coroner guitarist basically plays technical and progressive thrash metal but his style is neoclassical, especially in solos and instrumentals.
His instrumentals: Arc-Lite, Nosferatu - Metal_Treasure

16 Muhammed Suiçmez Muhammed Suiçmez Muhammed Suiçmez was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, to Turkish immigrants. He is the frontman and guitarist of the German technical death metal band Necrophagist.

He mostly plays technical death metal. But some of his licks sound like neoclassical metal licks. - zxm

17 Luca Turilli

If everyone on Earth listened to his entire discography with every band he's been in, by default they wouldn't think twice before immediately putting him in the Top 10.

He created his own genre of music, and own universe.

He has his own online guitar course with worldwide subscriptions.

When people from all walks of life listen, the bare minimum response is appreciation (when I put Rhapsody's first album on at maximum volume in a warehouse, the whole staff stopped working and was in awe and asked me what it was they were hearing).

A man who studied all forms of music and loves off only the best stated, "He's a genius of his style." While another other musician I know who has been practicing music his whole life from the rock, country, jazz, and classical greats with extreme ease, and is now part of the official Led Zeppelin tribute band of North America, felt timid upon first listen.

The music is the epitome of epic music. Its considered a given that ...more

Simply genius. There is no one like him regarding guitar and composition skills. His music is unique in every way and you can recognize him immediately.

18 Olaf Lenk Olaf Lenk
19 Timo Tolkki Timo Tolkki Timo Tapio Tolkki is a Finnish musician best known as the former guitarist, songwriter and producer of the power metal band Stratovarius.
20 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.
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22 Kamelot Kamelot Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced more.

Kamelot is an American power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991.

Kamelot is a band, not a guitarist. - zxm

23 Jacky Vincent Jacky Vincent

The ultimate guitarist!

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Top Remixes

1. Yngwie J. Malmsteen
2. Jason Becker
3. Paul Gilbert
1. Yngwie J. Malmsteen
2. Ritchie Blackmore
3. Jason Becker


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