Top 10 Sloppiest Guitarists

By sloppy, I mean, sometimes hitting wrong notes and/or they don't play very precisely.

No disrespect to these guitarists by the way.

The Top Ten

1 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his more.
2 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

Not on acoustic, but definitely on electric. - BrianScott01

3 Synyster Gates Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.
4 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.

Agreed with it. He's very sloppy when it comes to live performance. He used to be very high when performing on stage. Looked like a lifeless man playing guitar. - zxm

Just listen to the Heartbreaker solo. - BrianScott01

5 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

Come on, get real. Jimi was nearly always high on stage. And still, outright mistakes were few and far between, though he did degenerate into electronic noise far too often in that condition. But to place the most phenomenal guitarist who ever lived on a "sloppiest" list is just absurd.

He was high, he played the wrong notes hence he's sloppy. Most of these aren't bad sloppy playing. Like I said in the description, "No disrespect to these guitarists" because they're all phenomenal players. With the exception of Cobain, he was bad sloppy. - BrianScott01

I just laugh seeing the visitor's comment. Just because he is considered the god of guitar and he was good doesn't mean he can't get sloppy. If he's high then he's sloppy. What are the odds here? - zxm

If you watch some live performances, you'll see sometimes he hits the wrong notes. - BrianScott01

6 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

"Humans Being" live he plays pretty sloppy. - BrianScott01

7 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.
8 John Frusciante John Frusciante John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer.He is best known for his time with the Funk Rock California based band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was also part of the Mars Volta, Swahili Blonde, Ataxia and more.
9 Slash Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
10 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

The Contenders

11 Mantas Mantas Jeff "Mantas" Dunn is a British guitarist best known as one of the founding members of seminal Thrash/black metal band Venom, with which he played as a guitarist from 1979 to 1985 and 1989 - 2002.
12 Jerry Cantrell Jerry Cantrell Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist best known as the founder, lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains.

You could listen to Nutshell. He gets sloppy there. I hear many strings ringing wrong. - zxm

13 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.
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1. Kurt Cobain
2. Jimmy Page
3. Kirk Hammett
1. Kurt Cobain
2. Neil Young
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