Top 10 Most Technical Non-Metal Guitarists

Most of the time metal guitarists are considered technical. But these guitarists are not metal guitarists but very technical. Some of these guitarists may play few metal songs in time, but in broad sense they aren't metal guitarists.

The Top Ten

1 Shawn Lane Shawn Lane Shawn Lane was an American musician who released two studio albums and collaborated with a variety of musicians including Ringo Starr, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Reggie Young, Joe Walsh, Jonas Hellborg and many others.

Mostly a jazz guitarists. Considered as one of the greatest shredders of all time. He isn't one of my favorite shredders but I do admit his work. He was one of the teachers of Buckethead. - zxm

2 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth

Jazz-fusion guitarist.
He is best known for his amazing legato technique. He can do much more. Especially experimenting new techniques. - zxm

3 Eric Johnson Eric Johnson Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.

On metallum I saw Eric Johnson. But I don't see metal in his works. He is mostly hard rock, blues rock and jazz fusion. He is very technical. He is a shredder, he can play both slow and fast. - zxm

4 Joe Satriani Joe Satriani Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie more.

By any genre, he's the most technical guitarist out there. But he is often considered as for his metal licks, that's why I didn't add him higher. - zxm

5 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin
6 Al Di Meola Al Di Meola Al Di Meola is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer of Italian origin.
7 Jeff Beck Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
8 Paco de Lucia Paco de Lucia Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomez, known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer.
9 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
10 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

He doesn't get too technical often. But he can play technically. He can work with effect pedals, tapping, fast picking, tone shifting/controlling or playing various arpeggios. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Steve Vai Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.

Per Joe Satriani. - zxm

12 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.
13 Chuck Wayne Chuck Wayne
14 Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan
15 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.
16 Guthrie Govan Guthrie Govan
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