1 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 ...read more.
He started it all. - Metal_Treasure
2 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.
3 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 ...read 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.
Most talenter guitarist and composer ever period.
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4 Randy Rhoads
Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
5 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 ...read 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 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.
7 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
8 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.
9 Gus G
10 Paul Gilbert
11 Vinnie Moore
12 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 ...read more.
13 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
14 Michael Romeo
Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.
15 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 Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.
17 Luca Turilli
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.
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
18 Timo Tolkki
Timo Tapio Tolkki is a Finnish musician best known as the former guitarist, songwriter and producer of the power metal band Stratovarius.
19 Bruce Bouillet
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 ...read 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
21 Olaf Lenk
22 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 ...read more.