Top Ten Current Guitarists
The Top Ten
Influenced by the greats of old, John Mayer is a true great himself for his generation, having been called 'master guitar player' by Eric Clapton himself. He is extremely talented and practically creative enough to be a pop icon at the same time, which highlights his genius in songwriting and studio production, and such counterpart which is his incredible ability with the guitar and the instant head-to-hands musical translation is far beyond the average player. John has also been an inspiration to the younger crowd over many genres of music. His true prowess can be seen in his live performances, many a times stumping his predecessors in action.
The best pure musician of the post 2000's... He will never be forgotten BECAUSE of his amazing guitar playing; not because of his cute singles that make hits on the radio.
You really have to dig deep to find out how great of a guitarist he really is. Most people think of his pop hits but see this guy live and you will understand. He changes versions of the same song in every concert to keep it fresh, real and raw. YouTube his stuff with BB King, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton.
New guitar God the new King guitar player
Incredible guitarist and humble. He can write some of the most beautiful guitar work ever heard and shred with the best of them. Super cool guy too. He has let fans come up and play songs on stage. Sits back loving it.
Freak with unbelievable technique and phenomenal knowledge
What mayer at number 1 and mr. Gates on 2 what is wrong with you people
One of the greatest of all times. Amazing sweeps and takes the dueling guitar to a whole new level with Zacky vengeance. Listen to anything from a7x and your sure to be taking by the driving riffs of Gates
One of the best. Cool licks.
YES! YES! YES YES!
Who doesn't love slash. He has influenced countless guitarists. I remember setting up all night playing guitar trying to learn his songs. The man is brilliant.
His music sounds clear and smooth and powerful all at the same time every time.
He is all time God of Guitar who the hell all these guys in front of him.
Slash means God n if you don't agree just go and listen only November Rain
Slash doesn't deserve the seventh place.
His guitar skills can´t be described, just listen his performance in the Budokan
Most technical and one of the few modal players left
John petrucci is god
His level of skill is just not reachable
Best all around guitarist. Doesn't constantly overplay. Electric, acoustic, slide, dobro. Blues, rock, funk, country, swing, he can do it all.
Most definitely one of the best if not the all around best guitar players today, not of all time but for sure today in these times
Wonderful guitarist, saw him 6 years ago at Hammersmith Apollo. Exciting to watch, skillful, seems to enjoy playing
The most versatile guitarist I have ever heard
Fansastic. His playing is beautifully melodic, without overpowering the song. Look up his crossroads with John Mayer for examples. He is incredibly diverse, too. Examples of this include his solo in Highway don't Care, Gemini, 'Til Summer Comes around, and many many more.
Utterly under-rated in the overall "guitarists" world, I've seen him live and he is incredible when its just him, the guitar and the music he is feeling at the time, I would pay money for an album of nothing but what he's playing on his guitar's, the music at the start and end of the "Til summer comes around music video" is just an example
If you've never heard of this guy I implore you watch at least some of his videos that you can find. He's been doing this for a long time and he has been nothing less than exceptional. His body of work and music is based around his love for the guitar and his ability to make it speak and sing and unparalleled. The best favor you can do for yourself is to go see him live.
As a former hater of the whole genre of country music and former metal girl...Keith Urban drew me to his music by his guitar playing. He makes sounds come out of his guitar I never imagined possible! He is amazing!
This list is just a popularity contest, most of these artists are at least 10 years established. However, buckethead slays them all
How is Buckethead not higher up on this list? Buckethead is the only one of these guitarists that spans across every genre imaginable, from Prog rock to country to Avant Garde. And how many of the other people on this list can finger tap using 4 fingers on each hand? Just listen to Soothsayer and you'll no what I mean.
He was born in a coop, raised in a cage
Children fear him, critics rage
He's half alive, He's half dead
Folks just call him BUCKETHEAD!
Buckethead is the worlds best guitarist. Seeing him live will change the way you look at other guitarists and the way you see life in general. Buckethead is amazingly talented.
Nobody better then this dude.
He really changes the pathway of music... Just drives it to the heavens... The way he synchronizes each and every note and leads it, just makes him the boss...
he is the finest guitarist. He is one who enjoy the feeling of music & go into deep.
as the list says about current material he is the best listen to death magnetic
Yes yes yes way better than the rest of these guys. Especially Hermain Li.
It's one thing to be good at guitar, but also playing guitar while singing (with insane high notes) and running around? that's next level
Just watch muse live
you might not be immediately blown away by the songs but watch him play while doing stage theatrics
Easily number one this list is a joke
Padge is way better than Kirk! No offense to metallica they are one of my favorite band but he's always using a whawha pedal to make his solos, and that's not very hard. Page does most of his solos with no effects except distortion and that stuff. His solos are so clean, dynamic, fast, melodic and it fits to the tone that they're playing.
Btr then any other band. His solos are lovely as heaven and clean too. He doesn't mix them or miss any good riff
He should be at least in the top 5! He is underrated in my opinion.
Damn, padge is the best guitar player in this days, he should be in first place!
Great guitarist I have ever seen!
Haven't seen or heard better (.).
I've watched him grow up and into the very best guitarist in the world today. Wonderful person.
In my humble opinion none of the others even come close to Derek
Right now NOBODY beats this guitar player
Absolutely the best and so very modest
He got that bluesy sound that Led Zep and Hendrix could create!
The most virtuous and tecnical guitarist that I ever listen!
Constantly able to adapt and change his sound, yet always sounds amazing
The best one at live soloing
Certainly all around best current guitarist breathing or otherwise
Danny "Orchestra" all the way! Nobody is better than Dan Donegan, COME ON PEOPLE!
Just saw him and Disturbed live really impressive.
No better guitarist anywhere in any genre, no better all around talent out there period. Synister Gates? Yeah right lol, DAN DONEGAN all the way!
Tremonti is better than most of these guitarists on here. Don't know why he is not in the top 10. That's my opinion
Tremonti is toe to toe with Gates although I think Tremonti is on a brand new level
I agree tremonti is quality personified on guitar
He is the best in a long time, impeccable technique
Can play with the best of them.
Most inovative/creative writing style I've ever heard I don't think any of these other guys can quite compare with the complexity of his work
He shreds on guitar... Look at those nice breakdowns and guitar solos
Man, this guy is like, really talented. he makes good riffs that match up with other instruments.
The crunch is too real
It's absurd that he did not make the top ten. This guy is so talented on the guitar. He should've made the top ten, easy.
"His style and sound are so fresh, unique and clever within today's accumulation of clichéd guitar licks and automatic solo's (not saying I dislike the blues or anything, I still love it), that it is surprising he gets such little attention in relation to what he has achieved as a guitarist"
Nut case can play
Tom has to be the most creative lead guitarist of the 1990s. Rage has some absolutely incredible solos and guitar sounds in general.
Very very underrated due to being with zombie, but his instrumentals are diverse and his sound is original
No way he is 54 on list. He is top 5 for sure. Popularity or talent here?
Guitarrist from Slipknot and Stone Sour
I couldn't agree more. The guy deserves to be on this list