Top Ten Current Guitarists

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1 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.

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 most creative guitarists of the decade. Him and Zacky Vengeance combined make up the best duo that can be, and anyone who has heard their solos should know. For example, Bat Country.

At his age his already done things that made the world crazy! So just think when he reaches the age of SLASH, Jimi Hendrix or Van Halen...

nice bwoy!

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

One of the best. Cool licks.

4 John Mayer John Mayer

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.

On many of his songs, you don't get to see his amazing abilities. I was blown away when he played with Keith Urban.

Great guitarist, influenced by BB King, SRV, Hendrix... you can really hear it when he plays.

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5 Shawn Jump, Icon For Hire V 1 Comment
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.

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

Greatest guitarist ever!

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

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 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

Best in live perfomance

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The Newcomers

? Gus G Gus G Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne

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11 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.

Most technical and one of the few modal players left

John petrucci is god

Deadly Combination of Speed and Melody...

12 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.

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

The most versatile guitarist I have ever heard

Always been a huge SRV, Clapton, King fan. Bonamassa is now included. Clean, smooth, effortless sound, only description I can think of that does him justice is savant.

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13 Micheal (Padge) Paget, Bullet For My Valentine

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!

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 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.

Never even thought about this guy until I saw him live. He would have to be in the top 10 of working artists (actively touring). One of the best (and very generous) live performers I have ever seen.

Can't believe this guy is only at No. 30 - he owns his style and blends licks seamlessly with rhythm, acoustic with crying slide and check out his work on bass!

Blazes strings the whole show with his unique style and then tributes to guitar gods in a solo and then loves his audience. keith made me a country fan...but I don't really view him as country but one of the best guitarists playing today and one really amazing, fun entertaining musician

Absolutely Love Keith Urban style! I bought His acoustic guitar and CD teaching system OFF of HSN...Fantastic! He's a phenomenal talent!

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16 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.
17 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

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.

18 Matthew Bellamy, Muse
19 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.
20 Joe Satriani Joe Satriani

Great guitarist I have ever seen!

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