Top Ten Current Guitarists

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The Top Ten

1 John Mayer John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

best ever

Without a doubt John deserves top spot here - superbghandi

The best!

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.

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2 Synyster Gates, Avenged Sevenfold Synyster Gates, Avenged Sevenfold 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.

Freak with unbelievable technique and phenomenal knowledge

What mayer at number 1 and mr. Gates on 2 what is wrong with you people

the best

Ever evolving, melodic and skilled guitarist.

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3 Derek Mount (Chapstique), Family Force 5
4 Seth Morrison, Skillet

One of the best. Cool licks.

5 Shawn Jump, Icon For Hire

YES! YES! YES YES!

6 Solomon Olds
7 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.

Slash doesn't deserve the seventh place.

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

Goddammit guys you dare put Hammett ahead of Slash? Gimme 1 Hammett solo whch even equals Slash's solos... - slash999

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8 Ben Kasica, Skillet
9 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.
10 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

Underrated... listen to constant motion and fatal tragedy

His level of skill is just not reachable

Most technical and one of the few modal players left

John petrucci is god

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The Contenders

11 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

This guy is unbelievable

A master in person

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

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12 Keith Urban Keith Urban Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand born Australian country musician. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year.

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.

Love Keith Urban!

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13 Kirk Hammet, Metallica

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. - alliah

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. - lilbullet111

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14 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.
15 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

This list is just a popularity contest, most of these artists are at least 10 years established. However, buckethead slays them all

Headders for life

Nobody better then this dude.

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!

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16 Matthew Bellamy, Muse

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
truly amazing

17 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie 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.

Easily number one this list is a joke

18 Herman Li, DragonForce Herman Li, DragonForce Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
19 Micheal (Padge) Paget, Bullet For My Valentine

He should be at least in the top 5! He is underrated in my opinion.

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

Damn, padge is the best guitar player in this days, he should be in first place!

20 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 ...read more.

Great guitarist I have ever seen!

Haven't seen or heard better (.).

21 Derek Trucks Derek Trucks Derek Trucks is an American guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band. He became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1999.

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

Absolutely the best and so very modest

Right now NOBODY beats this guitar player

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22 Jack White Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.

He got that bluesy sound that Led Zep and Hendrix could create!

23 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.

Constantly able to adapt and change his sound, yet always sounds amazing

The best one at live soloing

24 Derek Mount, Family Force 5
25 Dan Donegan, Disturbed Dan Donegan, Disturbed Dan Donegan is an American musician and guitarist for heavy metal band Disturbed. Donegan began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed a band called Vandal, which was an 1980s-style hair band.

Danny "Orchestra" all the way! Nobody is better than Dan Donegan, COME ON PEOPLE!

Just saw him and Disturbed live really impressive.

Certainly all around best current guitarist breathing or otherwise

26 Coy Bowles

Can play with the best of them. - onehellofaguy

Incredible. - hellyeah

27 Mark Tremonti Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

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

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28 Tosin Abasi, Animals As Leaders Tosin Abasi, Animals As Leaders Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide "Tosin" Abasi (born January 7, 1983), is a Nigerian American musician, best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. Before founding Animals as Leaders, he was the guitarist for the technical metalcore band Reflux. ...read more.
29 JB Brubaker. August Burns Red

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.

30 Oli Herbert, All That Remains
31 Trey Anastasio

The crunch is too real

32 Dan Jacobs, Atreyu
33 Jonny Greenwood Jonny Greenwood Jonathan Richard Guy, professionally known as Johnny Greenwood, is an English musician and composer mostly known for his role as the one of the lead guitarists and the main keyboardist of the English alternative rock band Radiohead.

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 clich├ęd 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"

34 Adam Dutkiewicz, Killswitch Engage Adam Dutkiewicz, Killswitch Engage Adam Jonathan Dutkiewicz is an American musician, recording engineer, songwriter, and music producer, best known as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist from Massachusetts metalcore bands Killswitch Engage, Aftershock, and Times of Grace.

Nut case can play

35 Tom Morello Tom Morello Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

Tom has to be the most creative lead guitarist of the 1990s. Rage has some absolutely incredible solos and guitar sounds in general.

36 John 5

Very very underrated due to being with zombie, but his instrumentals are diverse and his sound is original

37 Dan Auerbach Dan Auerbach Daniel Quine "Dan" Auerbach is an American musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.
38 Curtis Ward, Bring Me The Horizon
39 The Edge The Edge David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name the Edge, is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U2.
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41 Brad Delson, Linkin Park Brad Delson, Linkin Park Bradford Phillip Delsonis an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park.
42 Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.

No way he is 54 on list. He is top 5 for sure. Popularity or talent here?

43 Buddy Guy Buddy Guy George "Buddy" Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
44 Lucas Mann, Rings Of Saturn
45 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. He is known for his work with Bon Jovi from 1983 to 2013. He is a very praised guitarist who played solos for songs like Dry County, Stranger ...read more.
46 Adam Jones Adam Jones Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.
47 Killrbuckeye

I couldn't agree more. The guy deserves to be on this list

48 Quinn Allman, The Used
49 Zach Blair, Rise Against
50 James Root James Root James Donald Root, also known by his number #4, is an American musician, songwriter and guitarist, best known for being the rhythm guitarist for the American heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for the American alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Guitarrist from Slipknot and Stone Sour

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