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
1Shawn LaneShawn 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
2Allan HoldsworthAllan Holdsworth was a British guitarist and composer. He released twelve studio albums as a solo artist and played a variety of musical styles in a career spanning more than four decades, but is best known for his work in jazz fusion.
Jazz-fusion guitarist. He is best known for his amazing legato technique. He can do much more. Especially experimenting new techniques. - zxm
3Eric JohnsonEric 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
4Joe SatrianiJoseph 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 ...read 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
5John McLaughlinJohn McLaughlin, also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer.
6Al Di MeolaAl Di Meola is an American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer of Italian origin.
7Jeff BeckGeoffrey 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.
8Paco de LuciaFrancisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomez, known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer.
9Rory GallagherWilliam Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
10Guthrie GovanGuthrie Govan is an English virtuoso guitarist and guitar teacher, known for his work with the bands The Aristocrats, Asia, GPS, The Young Punx and The Fellowship, as well as his solo project Erotic Cakes.
11Matt BellamyMatthew 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
12Steve VaiSteven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
Per Joe Satriani. - zxm
13Eddie Van HalenEdward 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.
16Jimi HendrixJimi 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 ...read more.