The Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Who's Your Pick for Greatest Guitarist?

Who are the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time? Who is THE greatest guitarist? Ask 10 guitar players, and you'll probably get 10 different answers!

In 2003 Rolling Stone Magazine published "The 100 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time". Check out this video to see their top picks, and then give your opinion below.

According to RS, the Top 10 greatest guitar players are: Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ry Cooder, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards.

It's Your Turn!

By definition, any list of the best guitarists will be controversial, and spark some sharp debate about the rankings, who's missing, and who doesn't deserve to be on the list.

Who do you think is the greatest guitarist of all time? Use the form below to enter your opinion. Other readers will be able to rate your post, so go ahead and try to convince us with a good explanation, or better yet provide a performance video to prove it!

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Hank Marvin 
I and many love his music and his talent he inspired so many other artists. Plus the fact where ever u are if you hear the music you know it is hank marvin …

Robin Trower 
Definitely should be in the top 50 of all time greatest guitarists. His album, "Bridge of Sighs", is a cult following album which highlights his guitar …

Randy Rhodes 
Randy Rhodes the first that I heard combining the classical music style with heavy metal music. Although Ritchie Blackmore did this to some degree with …

Jeff Beck 
Jeff Beck has that rare ability to pioneer sounds and make you feel as if you found the Holy Grail in guitar music. Then he changes into something completely …

Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins 
Okay,Chet Atkins isn't even my favourite guitarist ever but... I think i will have proved a point if you can still believe me after reading the following. …

B B KING 
PURE MASTER WITH MAGICAL FINGERS

Matthew Bellamy 
Hmm....well I love thier band, Muse. You should listen to a couple of their songs from the album Absolution and Origin of Symmetry. Website: http://muse.mu/media-player/a …

MICHAEL HEDGES 
JUST BUY A CD OR YOUTUBE HIM.

John J Kirby III aka: "TheFiddlah" 
Recently I was given the assignment to review literally thousands of masterful six string artists across the globe via online to help our production team …

glen cambell 
just listen to his work he makes rolling stones list look like rookies most people pick who they like and there generation. i grew up wandering whos …

Buckethead 
Buckethead is just straight boss... nuff said. "Buckethead guitar isnt connected to an amp, its connected to his heart". just goes to show he plays with …

Ritchie Blackmore 
He was the leader of the two most successful rock bands of all time and no one can play a riff like him or a guitar solo. Listen with your ears and you'll …

Roy Clark 
He can play just about any type of music. Excellent Guitarist, look him up on you tube.

Phil Keaggy 
The sheer gravity of his creativity has both staggered and inspired me. I love the fact that he can tune his guitar to something absolutely foreign and …

Joey Vaughan "World Blues Attack" 
Joey Vaughan a relative newcomer to the world of blues music has displayed unreal technique and feel for the instrument! He is turning the internet into …

Jose Feliciano 
Plays in many styles, not only pop and classical. He may not be the very best in a specific style but he is definitively among the top 10 in VARIOUS styles! …

Joey Vaughan "World Blues Attack" 
Mr. Vaughan is a relative newcomer to the blues guitar scene at the age 50. After practicing for 33 years he has finally made an appearance on the worldwide …

Alvin Lee 
He has mastered many styles of play, not merely one genre, and he has been playing for over 50 (yes 50) years! He was at Woodstock with Ten Years After …

Alex Lifeson 
Rush. Greatest 3 piece band ever.

Ace Frehley 
He was not only a great guitarist but a great song writer and performer. He taught the world that you don't have to play 12387832649827564258 notes for …

Alex Lifeson 
Nobody is ever the best to everyone so its subjective...Lifeson should be in the top 5 of Rock guitarists and has been underated most of his career. …

Johnny Hickman 
Don't think there is a greatest guitar player, but Johnny belongs on a list of very talented and overlooked musicians. If you see him live with 'Cracker' …

Josh Homme 
He created a new way to listen music, to feel music and to write music. And every note that comes out of his guitar is just ... magic. He's alway searching …

Sungha Jung 
He's the best natural born fingerstyle guitarist to date. He's fourteen and already recorded his first CD, is a YouTube sensation, and toured with artists …

John Petrucci 
Simply said, i think his theoretical knowledge, speed and precision are underrated outside of the underground scene. Dream theater's album scene's from …

Trey Anastasio 
This man is a true musician. Instead of moving all over the neck and tapping and doing a lot of stuff that is in all actuality easy but makes one look …

METHENYHOLDSWORTH 
IF YOU DON’T PLAY SHUT THE F-UP ALL YOU MUSICIANS THAT CAN’T READ OR WRITE MUSIC HURTS YOU’RE PLAYING. THAT MEANS EVERYTHING. SCREAMING AND RUNNING AROUND …

Chet Atkins 
Style, Technique, Influence on others, All styles of music. Listen to him. Makes the impossible beautiful. Country Music Association 1967 Instrumentalist …

David Gilmour 
Master of harmony and guitar language....he can emote just about any feeling you can express on a guitar...

Frank Zappa 
There is NO ONE who can play the kinds of rhythm clusters that Frank did. Peculiar sonorities built from prime numbers that only hang together because …

Kirk Hammett 
He is the best guitarist in the world because he always plays perfect solos and he is also fast on fingers!!! and of course he is the leadguitarist of …

I think Rory Gallagher desrves mentioning. Maybe not # 1 but in the top 100 
I love Rory Gallagher because no matter what he had in his hand, he exceeded expectations. His trademark guitar was his Fender Strat. But when he played …

Andres Segovia Hands Down Period. Robert Johnson#2 
Andres Segovia is the only True Maestro or Master. He Put Guitar on the World Map. From a Pure Talent Standpoint He Crushes all. His ability to Teach was …

Ace Frehley 
He can play an awesome solo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

billy gibbons 
ZZ TOP just listen and learn, most underatted player ever, check out a dvd sings and plays 3 guitars in 1, jimi hendrix was right, he is awesome.

George Harrison 
HE IS SO UNDERAPPRECIATED AS THE GUITARIST OF THE BEATLES. ROLLING STONE DOESN'T EVEN HAS IN THE TOP 100 GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME. F**K THEM. HE IS ABSOLUTELY …

Jimi Hendrix 
Hear My Train a Comin'- 7 minutes of rippage...

Terry Kath 
Soul. Technique. Got the look. Entire package.

Dave Mustaine 
he is an amazing guitar player and not only that but he heads Megadeth as singer and guitar player

Rory Gallagher 
Rory's frenzied live playing leaves all the others on this list back in the dust. Without any doubt the most underated guitar player of all time. I truly …

Ruben Hakhverdyan 
Because he writes wonderful and simple music and songs, which can`t play many famous guitarists.

"Dimebag" Darrell Abott 
Almost everything I ever heard him do was magic.

john fahey 
modern guitarists are all flash and no substance,just have a listen to blind joe death and voice of the turtle.this man just cuts straight through to your …

Terry Kath 
Incredible versatility, great speed and soulful riffs -- Terry rocked and when Chicago lost him they changed dramatically.

Randy Rhoads, Alexi Laiho, Eddie Van Halen, and Dimebag. 
Without a doubt, Randy Rhoads should be number one on this list. There is just no arguing that fact, Hendrix is a terrible musician who couldn't play in …

synyster gates 
i love those awesome fast but high strung and bad ass pitches plus off stage he is so damn funny especially drunk off his ass his pitches usually stay …

Willie Nelson 
Willie Nelson has played and written his own music, played and written for others, in groups like willie, waylon, kris kristopherson,johnny cash when they …

Synyster Gates 
Great Riffs. Plays Guitar as clean as anyone right now.His solos have a lot of soul, you feel it deep down, just like solo to M.I.A. or the ending to Dear …

There is NO greatest as they are ALL GOOD but try Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) John Fogerty (Ex Creedence) and Prince 
Ok Prince can play anything on guitar and very very well. Fogerty has many diverse sounds and styles including able to play about 23 instruments and Martin …

Mark Knopfler 
I have never seen or heard such amazing, emotion wakening lead solos. Mark is just fantastic and it's a pity that he's so commonly overlooked.

Chet Atkins 
Smooth, tastful, versatile, fast, played music of all kinds. Revered by all other guitarist

Jose Feliciano 
Feliciano holds the distinction of being one of the few singers to have enjoyed success both in Spanish language music and in English language rock and …

michael romeo 
he can shred you to death and tap fast with his fat fingers

Stevie Ray Vaughan 
He was the most raw and visceral guitarist to grace any stage at any venue in the world. His blues music transcended scales and notes that brought joy …

Al Di Meola 
His guitar solo on flight of the newborn was mindblowing. And using the wah to really variate the sound! Awesome tone! This guy played with his heart. …

kirk hammett 
speed,angry,powerfull and fast fingers

Joe Pass 
Listen to his Virtuoso album.

Pat Metheny 
- main way of expression: playing an instrument (mainly, but not only a guitar) and is not a singer and/or song writer - plays accoustic, electric (jazz …

dave murray/adrian smith 
there in iron maiden... one of the greatest bands of all time. without one you can't have the other and vice versa. just listen to one song from number …

Chet Atkins 
Should there be an explanation?

Joe Satriani 
Satch is a well expierenced guitar player, His combination of skill and speed makes his music very good, I do think he should be in the top 5, Mabye even …

Dimebag Darrell 
I was always mesmerized by Dimes guitar playing. It just seemed inhuman how he made that guitar sing. I play Guitar and Dimebag was a great and influence …

slash, eddie van halen, kirk hammett 
slash!!!!!!!!!!!! woo hoo welcome to the jungle november rain sweet child o mine. van halen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! eruption, hot for teacher, jump! …

Chet Atkins 
There is a reason he was nicknamed " Mr. Guitar." He has influences over all genres of music. Great guitarists came before and some after, but for any …

john frusiante 
he plays for hillel slovak cause he was his idol and then replaced him …

Slash 
I think slash is the best because hes not all about playing super fast solos he's very precise he knows the fret board inside and out he can make a few …

Juan Valdivia 
THE BEST

Rory Gallagher 
Whoever listens to Rory Gallagher will understand why he is the greatest.

slash of guns n roses 
because he is so skillful and the best

Billie Joe Armstrong 
Billie Joe is the singer and guitar player of Green Day. He is awesome because he can play great songs and has got the band far in the career. Their hit …

Lindsey Buckingham 
I've watched him over the years, and he still hasn't lost his talents.

Joe Satriani 
This guy can make it sing. He doesn't need words to help his songs, can play rock, jazz anything and its true and fresh.

Frank Zappa 
No words needed just listen to his playing especially listen to the boxed set "shut up and play your guitar" if you get the chance. He is without a doubt …

Robin Trower 
Robin Trower has got to be one of the most under rated guitarists of all time. Excellent control, unique sound. Truly a master of the instrument. I've …

Jimi Hendrix 
Saw him in concert and never seen anything like it since. Nobody comes close. I you don't believe me ask Eric Clapton he almost put the guitar down after …

Matthew Bellamy 
Because, wow, he's able to fit in an awsome guitar part anywhere, and some of his riffs are the best in the world! I mean, come on! the guy made plug in …

Joe Bonamassa 
just listen to him

Mark Knopfler 
He is just simply amazing.

paco de lucia 
sin comentarios.solo teneis que ver cualquier video de el y sabreis porque es el mejor del mundo.

Terry Kath from Chicago 
I don't think Terry Kath is literally the greatest guitarist but he has a seduisant style and he could play practically all styles. So he's my favorite. …

Warren D'Martini - RATT 
Simply the best all around!! He can play anything.....Hard Rock, Blues, etc. He plays with real fast left fingers not just some chords...... Others …

Duane Allman 
When I was about 15 years old The Allman Brothers lived about half mile behind my best friend's house in Lizella, GA. We would go back in the woods and …

Alexi Laiho 
Why? Alexi Laiho plays guitar like an f'n psycho.

Lenny Breau 
Lenny Breau had the most amazing fingerstyle guitar technique to date.

Jimmy Page 
Why Jimmy Page is the greatest guitarist: he uses tunings on guitar no one uses. He kills with improvised solos in a live concert and he is the one who …

Andres Segovia 
Andres Segovia. He just is the best guitarist.

Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits 
Mark Knopfler. Listen to Sultans of swing or the solo on Tunnel of Love and say the man is not a genius. Look at the videos of just how he strums the strings …

Rory Gallagher, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Jimmy Page 
These masters belong in the top 20, and can frankly mop up the floor with most guitarists. But, more importantly, they have consistently each turned out …

Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser 
Listen to "Bucks Boogie" Live or The Last Days of May. ============================ Editor's Note: although the name Buck Dharma is familar, I needed …

David Gilmour - Most Amazing Guitarist Ever  
Although Gilmour doesn't play using the most impressive techniques, or the quickest melodies, there is something about every single note he plays that …

Slash 
I don't know how to explain why I think Slash is the greatest guitarist..I simply feel that he makes playing guitar almost look easy, even with some of …

Yngwie Malmsteen/Jimmy Page/Buckethead 
They are all the best in their own style and are brilliant.

Jimmy Page is Way Better than BB King! 
Jimmy Page has his own unique style and he uses it in every song. To say that B.B King is better than Jimmy Page is ridiculous, that's my opinion! Think …

Mick Thomson - Slipknot 
Mick Thomson is the master of legendary metal riffs and can shred like a demon.

Mark Knopfler Greatest Guitarist 
Because I love his music.

Eric Clapton 
There's no one like Slowhand. Duane Allman may have provided the opening riffs to the original release of Layla, but it was Clapton through the rest, and …

Jimi Hendrix 
He is technically a guitar genius. He wrote great songs and can sing very well. Jimi is the Michael Jordan of the electric guitar. A major influence in …

Alex Lifeson 
He is the ultimate master of sound and texture. He doesnt just jack off on the guitar like a lot of these other guys do- he evolved beyond this technique …

Steve Howe 
More capable, more creative, and more versatile than any other guitarist, Steve Howe is the greatest guitarist of all time, and by far, the most underrated. …

Angus Young 
I believe Angus Young is the best because with the help of his band he completely redefined rock n roll. I mean who doesn't like Let There be Rock (greatest …

Les Paul 
Les Paul invented the first electric guitar. He founded original styles of playing the guitar. When frustrated that everyone was copying him, he quit, …

jimi hendrix, eric clapton, frank marino, robin trower 
Hendrix, Clapton, Marino, and Trower all have their own sound, they play with feeling, not like the guitarists today. Sure there are ones out there who …

Ray Toro - My Chemical Romance 
He's the best for the really hard riffs their band My Chemical Romance have written and the awesome guitar solos fit perfectly into the songs he plays! …

kirk hammett!!!!!!!!! 
HE IS JUST SOO COOL ROCK ON DUDE!

KIRK HAMMETT 
HE IZ IN metALLica!!!!!!!.........only reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......:-) …

Mick Thomson 
because he makes better sounds out of a guitar than any one that i have seen.

Joe Walsh - Greatest Guitarist and Still Rocking 
Have you heard his amazing riffs in Life in the Fast Lane or Hotel California. Don't forget his solo career with Rocky Mountain Way. Peter Frampton can't …

Eddie Van Halen 
Eddie Van Halen changed the way rock guitar is played today. No one but Eddie speed picked solo's, hammered,or tapped in 1978. His song writing stands …

Joe Perry - Aerosmith 
Are you kidding me do I have to say anymore. Joe Perry of Aerosmith.

SLASH 
amazing guns n roses EXTREME guitarist

Kirt Cobain 
Because he f'ng rocks at sucking RIP

jerry reed 
jerry reed inspired so many of todays guitar players. From rock to country he touched them all. He was doing crazy things on the guitar long before the …

EVH. Eddie Van Halen 
Need I explain why Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player? Hello?!?

slash! 
he can play better than that fagit jimi henfag. anybody that set his guitar on fire or plays with his teeth is a phyco. thats not talent thats a freak. …

Herman Li 
Extremely fast playing that had to take a lot of time and practice to accomplish

The Edge 
I don't know how he didn't make this list, but The Edge is one of the best guitarists ever, he has insane amounts of energy, and can play any style of …

george harrison 
he needs no explanation

David Gilmour Not rated yet
David Gilmour has one of the most unique sounds of his generation. His work with Pink Floyd made the songs even better. He puts so much emotion into his …

Chet Atkins Not rated yet
In my opinion Chet Atkins was the best guitarist to ever pick up the instrument. There are hundreds of guitarists out there that certainly deserve to …

Alvin Lee Not rated yet
Alvin Lee was "Boogie Rock King of Hard Rock", this man had a unique style like no other. He could play hard edged killer blues...fast or slow but hard …

Terry Kath Not rated yet
Speed, power, drive, passion, pure 70's rock - none better. Don't think of Chicago the Band if you don't know of them in the late 60's-early 70's. Completely …

John McLachlan Not rated yet
He combines raw emotion, taste and feeling with incredible technique, speed and skill. He also has an ability to draw on a number of different genre's …

Angus Young Not rated yet
I think Angus Young is the best guitarist because his soloing is amazing and because the unique dance he does which is hard to do while playing guitar. …

Jimmy Page, Slash, and Steve Stevens Not rated yet
They are the most influential guitarists the rock world has ever known. Devoting their lives to music, these men inspire and express through a simple instrument. …

Tony Iommi Not rated yet
Tony Iommi is the CREATOR of heavy Metal, he had the tips of his fingers sliced off and he found a way around it,he wrote such licks as Iron Man and Paranoid! …

Alexi Laiho Not rated yet
Beacause hes the lead vocals of children of bodom and every song they have he shreds out some dirty solos and even when he has riffs in the song there …

grant green Not rated yet
"Green is green", need I say more. You got too many white folks on the list. All the white rock boys drew from the blues players. Just because you can …

Angus Young Not rated yet
He revolutionized the way people play guitars and has inspired the style of playing of many new guitarists. He also invented head banging!.

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
His riffs and solos are beautiful, emotional and inspirational. I don't know anyone in rock who can equal his output of awesome music. he is rock guitar. …

daron malakian Not rated yet
psycho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
No one needs to explain why Jimi Hendrix is the greatest guitar player ever. Voodoo Child is parsecs ahead of any other guitarist that ever lived. Never …

carlos santana Not rated yet
because he is consistanty on the charts,and at his age shows no signs of slowing down. he is like fine wine, only getting better with time.he appeals to …

Adam Jones Not rated yet
Incredible improvisational guitar player. Phenomenal creativity. Not one to shy away from different sounds, tries a variety of effects and equipment. Undoubtedly …

richie sambora Not rated yet
he rox with both chords & tabs

Chet Atkins Not rated yet
The late Chet Atkins had a storied career as a guitarist and record producer, and won 14 grammies for instrumental performances. He influenced many great …

Johnny Fean Not rated yet
Can't believe he hasn't been mentioned before. The guy is unbelievable, up there with the likes of Hendrix and Clapton in my book. So versatile and full …

dimebag darrell pantera Not rated yet
his own trademark sound, blistering solos, unrivaled shredding and speed. really chunky riffs writes both lead and rythem guitar. just an amazing guitarist …

Daron Malakian Not rated yet
System of a down's complex guitar patterns, without any use of electronics, is simply amazing. This combined with his unique style and ability to shift …

glen cambell Not rated yet
there all great but hes the best...just look up glen cambell live 2002 and listen to wichata linemen or my favorite try a little kindness or maybe william …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
Really? Just go listen to any of his solos. It's funny how everybody automatically declares any "old" guitarist as the best of all time, when nobody seems …

Slash Not rated yet
This man should at least be on the list. This is the same man who brought life some of our best classic rock songs. For instance; Paradise City, Sweet …

Luke Hoskin Not rated yet
guitarist of Protest The hero. very fast and insanely talented. deffinatly a guitarist like no other and deservers much more respect. listen to his songs …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
He just has that hard, psychedelic, bluesy style and you can't beat that.

Angus young Not rated yet
Has to be angus man! Definately his bro Malcolm is the greatest rythym guitarist ever. They redefined what rock was and still is! I mean the guys are …

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
Progressive, versatile having explored and mastered so many forms and styles, incredible rock sound with emotion on top of jazz medleys.

joe satriani Not rated yet
only joe satriani

Brian May Not rated yet
He rocked the world with his awsome guitar god hair. He isn't the best, but he's my favorite!

pete towsend Not rated yet
imitation is the greatest form of flatery richards et al but what could jimi hendrix have achieved?

hank marvin Not rated yet
stood the test of time. got better with age. one of the origionals

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
Nobody can even come close to matching the things Satch can do on the guitar.

Tony Iommi Not rated yet
He defined a genre of music and created a style that modern metal seems to rely upon. His overwelming darkness on that black Jaydee SG transports you to …

Jerry Garcia Not rated yet
Jerry could play all styles of music, rock, blues, country, jazz etc. His versaility and willingness to take risks in hid playing, in my opinion, puts …

Slash and Kirk Hammett Not rated yet
They are different styles but slash an kirk hammet can right bad ass shit

rory gallagher Not rated yet
he put is whole soul in to it

James Marshall Hendrix Not rated yet
There are so many that it's hard to pinpoint. Here's my list: Greatest - Andres Segovia Most virtuostic - John Williams and Paco de Ludia Fastest …

kurt cobain, evh, hendrix, page  Not rated yet
there all geniuses

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
I have nothing against Hendrix he is the king but Page's solos will always have more soul than hendrix and let's not forget that in the 70's Page was considered …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Amzing style, amzing sound, amzing technique. Great performer and the mucisian ship is there too. very inflential. Ahead of his time for using effects. …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
Because he is a GOD at the guitar awesome guitar riffs,solos and is just incredible!!!

Stevie Ray Vaughan Not rated yet
He is the best blues guitarist under hendrix and has some of the best improv ever. He influenced so many guitarists and still is huge today

buckethead Not rated yet
his innovative use of the killswitch and extremely elaborate guitar solos are musical talent at its finest. buckethead is truely a guitar god of t his …

Randy Rhoads Not rated yet
Randy, if he was not, should be one of the top 100. His material with OZZY alone, not to mention he was also a teacher not to mention he was still just …

Adam Jones Not rated yet
In the band Tool. just an amazing guitarist, love his style

hank b marvin Not rated yet
how come nobody ever mentions this guy ? a pioneer of british rock and pop guitar,never made a mistake could play anything.

Glen Campbell Not rated yet
Played on 586 sessions in one year..Was making $100,000 a year in 1960 just playing a guitar..They don't make that today. I know studio players, only a …

Yngwie J Malmsteen Not rated yet
Been playin for over 40 years, seen and heard them all...he's the best I've ever seen!

steve vai Not rated yet
The most tallent and skill. Could play anything other guitarist can play and very few can come close to playing his stuff. Honorable mention: Joe Satriani, …

rory gallagher Not rated yet
i'm not saying he is the best,but one of them! rolling stone did not include him as well as mick taylor,albert king,robin trower, to name a few, in their …

Jerry Cantrell Not rated yet
His creativity is tremendous. He is underrated and really dissopionts me to see Kurt Cobain as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Its funny because …

ERIC CLAPTON Not rated yet
DO I REALLY NEED TO EXPLAIN?

Pat Metheny Not rated yet
The jazz style of Pat Metheny is some of the most difficult music to play, extremely complicated/complex yet tells a story. If you get jazz, you can appreciate …

Brian Setzer Not rated yet
Great Rockabilly at its finest!

Without question, James Marshall Hendrix Not rated yet
The man revolutionized the use of an electric guitar. Not only that, he took a traditional fendr stratocaster for someone who plays right-handed, and simply …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
I know that Jimmy Page is by no means the most technically proficient guitarist of all time. However, I believe that his use of guitar has had more impact …

David Gilmour Not rated yet
The man brings tears to my eyes watching him and hearing him play. Echoes, Comfortably Numb....come on!

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
the man is a f***ing beast

Steve Vai Not rated yet
Unique, fantastica at slow hand and fast hand!

Rory Gallagher or Tommy Emmanuel Not rated yet
I think rory gallagher was one of the greatest guitarists of all time because whatever he had in his hand, he could make it sing. Whether it was his battered …

Rory Gallagher without a doubt Not rated yet
i think that rory is the best guitarist ever because 1. He was just absolutely amazing 2. The "greatest guitarist" according to this list (jimi hendrix) …

Thomas Erak Not rated yet
F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X, Enough Said

Jimmy Page  Not rated yet
All you have to do is listen and you will know why..he is the best

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
riffs are sweet, and he is just a talented guitar player, no song is ever bad when he is playing it, easily top 3 guitarist ever.

how about rory gallagher? Not rated yet
when they asked hendrix in 1970(shortly before his death) who is the best guitarist out there now? jimi replied,ask rory gallagher!

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
He just makes the notes in the guitar sing..he doesn't need lyrics or voice to express something or tell a story about his songs. He may not be the fastest …

michael angelo batio Not rated yet
his song,no boundaries explained everything!!

Slash Not rated yet
He masters the fret board as he was born knowing its every aspect. One of the few who can make his guitar cry, every solo has a story behind it and every …

Alex Skolnick of Testament Not rated yet
He s trained with Joe Satriani and is an amazing talent. He has a style that is immediately recognizable. He plays with strength and feel and is …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
Watch a video of the song "Going to California" by Led Zep, It's a masterpiece.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Hendrix defined the way the guitar is played today. Before him, most artists (save from Link Wray, Pete Townshend and Dave Davies) tried to avoid distortion, …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
He adds his little 'modern' style to his guitar-playing. He's fast, clean and shreds good enough to beat some of the guitarists on Rolling Stones top 100 …

Django Reinhardt Not rated yet
Listen up all you young folks out there. Django Reinhardt is the greatest guitarist for the following reasons: -Originality - this guy was the greatest …

Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles Not rated yet
Paul McCartney of The Beatles is said to be one of the best bass guitarists there has ever been. He had skill nobody else could touch, and he invented …

Jerry Reed Not rated yet
Most unique and funky style way ahead of his time. Acoustic or electric, totally original. Way to cool.

George Harrison Not rated yet
George is the best because his guitar playing connected with generations of listeners during the era of The Beatles. George was already on the spotlight …

Eric Clapton Not rated yet
Eric Clapton plays the electric guitar with the feel and touch that nobody else can seem to achieve. His solos are mythodic which make each solo like …

Tonino Baliardo - Lead Guitarist - Gipsy Kings Not rated yet
Tonino has re-defined spanish flamenco music and took Gipsy Kings to unassailable heights of fame and stardom. His music also has traces of rock and pop …

John Squire. Not rated yet
Arguably the best guitar player since Hendrix. His guitar playing with the Stone Roses (probably one of the best bands ever) influenced a generation and …

No contest. Joe Satriani. Not rated yet
He picked up the guitar the day Hendrix died and carried on to be the best ever and most accomplished guitarist. Thank God for Joe Satriani!! Some of the …

Kurt Cobain Not rated yet
He is a fantastic guitarists because he is a left hand player. H doesn't care what others think about his guitar playing. He's Fantastic!

Les Paul Not rated yet
Beyond his contributions to music in inventions alone. Les Paul was one of the fastest clean playing guitarist I have ever heard. He is well versed in …

Dave Mustine Not rated yet
he is god of thrash metal

Hank marvin Not rated yet
with the inovation of the guitar fx this guy started it off with apache i call him the god father of dalay and that use of the tremelo arm with his echo …

DAVID GILMOUR - pink floyd Not rated yet
He should be number one,because he wrote all the music and licks PINK FLOYD ever done. (well 90 % of them) Hes a genius...YOU JUST HAVE TO LISTEN TO FLOYDS …

carlos santana Not rated yet
i think he is the best because he use a lot of techniques convined with a high velocity while playing the way heuses bents,palm mutes,hammer ons,pull offs …

Brian may Not rated yet
He's a legend! One of the greatest and most popular guitarists of all times. He has great solo's and he even built one of the greatest guitars in the …

John Frusciante Not rated yet
Johnny is literally the greatest guitarist on the face of the earth and perhaps in the entire glaxay. He succesfully combined influences such as Jimi Hendrix …

Jaun Valdivia Not rated yet
A true gifted Strat player from Spain! He has a very unique sound and style unlike I have ever heard before! He made the band HEROES DEL SELENCIA! Long …

randy rhoades Not rated yet
He went far and beyond anything i ever heard.He was the very best.

rory gallagher Not rated yet
give him a listen...then you'll know.

Kirk Hammett Not rated yet
He plays wicked solos for metallica and makes them who they are with all those heavy riffs

toy caldwell Not rated yet
smooth effortless guitarist

Robbie Crum Not rated yet
He's got this unique style of playing that's just undescribable. If I had to describe it I would say its like a mix of Slash and Synyster Gates mixed in …

Synester Gates (AVENGED 'F***KING' SEVENFOLD) Not rated yet
....Nothing to say................... ....F***in SOLO`s........ .......Heat F***in trackz....... .......THEy RULing...................WORLD............ …

Stevie Ray Vaughan Not rated yet
Watch some of his live stuff. He plays every note perfectly, he was a sliding, bending mad man. The electric guitar was made for him, and he was made to …

Jimi Hendix Not rated yet
Changed guitar forever! Opened up the world to feedback, distortion, and the freedom to do what you want!

Shawn Lane Not rated yet
intense gitar playin

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
Cause he do some great and fast solos

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
clean sweep fast licks etc.

Kirk hammet Not rated yet
the speed and the melody he plays with is just outstanding....

Brian May Not rated yet
Nobody ever wrote solos like Brian May, melodic guitar playing at its very best.

rory gallagher Not rated yet
rolling stone did not even have him rated in the top 100! what a joke..he could wipe the floor over most of rolling stones top 100.also no albert king,mick …

Stanley Jordan Not rated yet
Pretty much created a new way of playing guitar.

Les Paul Not rated yet
Not only was he one of the greatest of his time but he was a great inventer whos genious has advance the music industry to where it is today.

Jonny Greenwood Not rated yet
He is the most versatile guitarist I have ever heard. Plus he is more than just passionate when he plays, hacking away on his badly tortured Tele like …

Les Paul Not rated yet
les paul (arguably) invented the solid body guitar his chops rivaled chet atkins and his use of multitrack recording was revolutionary simply put les …

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Not rated yet
Best currently performing guitarist. His sophistication,passion, originality and very unique view on music make him one of the greatest men in music currently, …

Claudio Sanchez Not rated yet
That dude can play guitar.

Randy Rhoads Not rated yet
He was so amazing that he only had to tune up and play a couple of riffs to become Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist, he didn't even show off his talent. He influenced …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
No one has influenced me more than him (plus, he is my favorite) :) RIP Jimi

Cooter Savage Not rated yet
He's just so neat.

Randy Rhoads Not rated yet
Randy Rhoads was out of this world! No one played or accomplished all that he did in such a short time. he wrote the greatest riffs and solos and songs …

Roy Clark Not rated yet
Roy Clark is one of the best guitarists of all time but is often not recognized. Partially because he played around so much. What was so amazing about …

Rory Gallagher Not rated yet
Personality, attitude towards being a celebrity, his blistering live performances, the fact that he had the most badass strat in the world (his worn down …

Buckethead Not rated yet
Buckethead is the best because he can play fast and it sounds great because he can play with emotion. You'll understand me if you listen to the songs Soothsayer, …

hendrix Not rated yet
hendrix,clapton,gallagher,beck,page,srv,allman.albert king,j.winter,p.green,bloomfield,f.king,m.taylor,richards,s.moore,atkins,kottke,santana,blackmore,trower,walsh,l.wes …

Doyle Dykes  Not rated yet
when eddie van halen was asked how it felt to be the best in the world he commented that he was not the best that Doyle Dykes was, I think eddie Knows …

Doyle Dykes  Not rated yet
i think his ability to play most any style, and the pure picking ability is second to only a chet or maybe Phil Keaggy

Jimmy Page  Not rated yet
Do I have to explain?

Paco de Lucia Not rated yet
Best technique and quality of sound I've ever seen and heard and all that while playing not on an elecrtic guitar, not an acoustic guitar, but on a classical …

Stevie Ray Vaughan Not rated yet
I don't think anyone really matches up to the depth of his blues soul backed up by wizardry and technique. He made the guitar cry! Me, too.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
This doesnt need an explination

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
This guy was doing things on the guitar 40 years ago that most guitar players during that time could only do in there dreams.

Noel Gallagher Not rated yet
Guitar is people's music instrument. Noel wrote inspiring and easy to learn songs, that arent too hard to learn. SAme goes to the Beatles' george Harrison. …

Django Reinhardt Not rated yet
The entire package, chord harmony, solos so beautiful they bring tears to my eyes, Going note for note with Grapelli and beatin' him every time and he …

Brian May Not rated yet
The vast range of styles he can play sets him apart from any other guitar player I have ever heard.

Johnny Winter Not rated yet
Johnny plays the blues like no one else. With his banjo pick I've never seen anyone play the way. He jams whether using his banjo pick or slide.

Angus Young Not rated yet
Angus can hold a rhythm down to make you always nod your head. Then bust out a solo that will make your hair stand up and do it all on stage with enough …

Rory Gallagher Not rated yet
Unbelievable...genuine.....honest...he really meant it...its not just about speed....but soul

Albert Lee Not rated yet
listen to him play and there should be no explanation necessary.

Hendrix and SRV Not rated yet
Hendrix is the father and SRV is the son that continued where Jimi left off. Almost every guitarist today looks up to Hendrix or someone else who was …

Ritchie Blackmore Not rated yet
His Highway Star solo sends chills through me every time I hear it and is in my opinion the greatest solo ever. Pictures of Home, Burn, Man on the Silver …

Duane Allman Not rated yet
Not even 25 years-old, and he mightily impressed Eric Clapton. Then he pushed Clapton to make his finest studio album, "Layla."

Matthew Bellamy Not rated yet
Matthew Bellamy is the best guitarplayer in the world, because he has the ability to turn music into God. Nothing or no-one can possibly conquer him. He …

Phil Keaggy Not rated yet
Phil rules the guitar, both acoustic and electric. He creates amazing sounds with unique techniques.

Eddie van halen Not rated yet
1 word Eruption nuff said

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
just listen and you will know why i picked him .one word says it all - amazing .an amazing guitarist who taught many - can play all types of music and …

Prince Not rated yet
Genius in creativity, versatile.

brent mason Not rated yet
he can play any type of music from jazz to bluegrass to fusion.

Carlos Santana Not rated yet
Santana cap RIP that fret board into pieces!!! More than any guitarist out there, Santana's style is so instantly recognizable and distinct. Nobody can …

Ritchie Blackmore Not rated yet
No need a reason for him i think! He is the master of all modern world guitar players.

Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Vanhalen Not rated yet
Those three in their own time period, changed the way everyone after them Played guitar. Special mention to BB King - He changed the way everyone after …

Jerry Garcia Not rated yet
Because he mastered so many different styles -- bluegrass, blues, rock to jazz -- all of which can be heard in a single lead.

Brad Paisley Not rated yet
One look at the "PLAY" record and it's self explanatory. Paisley has mastered literally every style of guitar, from Chicken Pickin to Rock guitar to Fingerpicking …

Brian May Not rated yet
When I listen to the Brian May Band CD, my heart melts!!! He has the mosst touchingg riffs, on last horizon for example..when he hits that hiigh note, …

jimmy page Not rated yet
awesome

Larry Lalonde Not rated yet
If you listen closely to the guitar parts in Primus songs, you'll realize that his guitar style stands out from the crowd in the same way Les Claypools …

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
Speed pickin, tapping, synthisizing, and just the crazy guitar solos and songs he is famous for.

Daron Malakian Not rated yet
I don't think he is the best, but someone wrote Donovan Malakian and Im correcting them because the guitarist of SOAD's name is actually Daron Malakian …

Eric Clapton Not rated yet
3 time rock and roll hall of fame inducte. Can make his inner feelings come through the guitar.

synyster gates Not rated yet
He creates great riffs and solos. He is one of the most creative modern guitarists I can think of. He is also extremely, extremely talented. His use of …

Brian May Not rated yet
Because Brian May is a lead guitarist of a band queen, he really makes a good combination of every song that freddy mercury made. like Killer Queen, Bohemian …

Dave Mustaine  Not rated yet
Has some of the most technical riffs of all time, very influencial, and solos very well, still playing at his age today.

Kim Simmonds Not rated yet
As the founder of Savoy Brown he as been rockin' over 40 years and like a fine wine he has gotten better with age. He is mesmerizing in concert.

RANDY RHOADS Not rated yet
Because during his tours with Ozzy, he sought out guitar teachers and took lessons in every city or town he ended up in.

Dimebag Darrell Not rated yet
Awesome riffs and the best ''squealing''

Frank Zappa Not rated yet
Because he broke all genre boundaries and played with unmatched technical abandon!

zakk wylde Not rated yet
because he knows how to play

Stevie Ray Vaughn Not rated yet
Impeccable playing, tons of soul, never gets lost.

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
He was the best from the day he played in The Yardbirds period.

Slash Not rated yet
his solos are very awesome. the fact that he doesn't play that fast but he made up with making spine chilling solos. he just rocks!!! \m/

Robin Trower Not rated yet
Listen to some of his music. His solos are unbeatable.

Scotty Anderson Not rated yet
He always seems flawless while playing complex things I have never seen anyone play a true master of the guitar

Terry Kath, Chicago Not rated yet
he invented what we see as rock and roll. listen to him in songs like "lowdown", "25 or 6 to 4", and his epic "free from guitar", which made distortion …

NOT Keith Richards!! Not rated yet
He is a prodominatly rymthm guitarist and is no where near technically up to scratch compared to guitarist such as Jimmy Paige, Hendrix and SRV. I wouldnt …

John Petrucci Not rated yet
He's a fantastic shredder, he can do things i can hardly dream of doing of guitar. He also plays with alot of feeling in his slower solos, to where you …

Saul Hudson (SLASH) Not rated yet
Because he s got best solos and riffs!!!

robert fripp Not rated yet
Tecchnically better than everyone else Intellectually strong Inventive and innovative Avoids all the blues and rock based cliches almost everyone else …

BUDDY GUY Not rated yet
BECAUSE BUDDY WAS LAYIN THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL THESE CATS IN THE 60'S, 70'S, 80'S, 90'S AND EVEN NOW TO DO. RECENTLY DOES HE GET HIS CREDIT FOR HIS HEAVY …

BUDDY GUY Not rated yet
BECAUSE BUDDY WAS LAYIN THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL THESE CATS IN THE 60'S, 70'S, 80'S, 90'S AND EVEN NOW TO DO. RECENTLY DOES HE GET HIS CREDIT FOR HIS HEAVY …

Jack White Not rated yet
He plays great riffs and sings. Plus, he has amazing solos.

Tom Sholz Not rated yet
He created the sound that defined the band Boston. Further, the Rockman opened the door to guitarist everywhere to practice and jam without pissing off …

Kirk Hammett Not rated yet
He can switch from acoustic to regular... He plays ridiculously fast, he sounds good (if not better) live, his riffs are too damn good, along with his …

Steve Vai Not rated yet
He's the best because, he is creative when it comes to music, he is not the fastest but he has the styles, tricks, pattern, licks that almost all of the …

Chad Krouger Not rated yet
He's Cool

Angus Young Not rated yet
cuz he rocks, and alot of the great "guitarists" the rolling stones magazine mention SUCK. Jimmy Page, Angus Young, slash, Joe Perry, should be at the …

Ritcie Blackmore Not rated yet
Ritcie Blackmore is a fenomenal guitarits, beceauce he`s very influens. In the late sixties he already used sweep picks, what become very populair in the …

Izzy Stradlin Not rated yet
because he is ranked second in the world for rythem guitarists

B.B king, buddy guy or gary rossington Not rated yet
because they are

peter green  Not rated yet
just listen to man of the world,albatross or oh well and no further explanation is needed.

jerry garcia Not rated yet
He makes his guitar sing and puts alot of emotion in his playing

Leo Kottke Not rated yet
Nobody can make the music Leo Kottke makes with his 12-string guitar. He makes it sound like 3 guitars. And it's always beautiful.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Because of the way he had to overcome using a right handed to use as a left handed guitar!

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
Awesome, shredding, super-fast, inhuman solo's with a great touch of rock.

Jack White Not rated yet
If you've seen him play live, you know why.

Buckethead Not rated yet
He can play what only other guitarists dream of being able to play. His guitar playing is mesmorizing and when you see him live you have to pick your jaw …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
Because he's really living the stuff he's playing, he's incredibly talented and can play as clear as no one other. He's able to play anything and it always …

johnny winter Not rated yet
heart, soul and honesty

mark tremonti Not rated yet
because he`s fast im speechless

George Harrison Not rated yet
George was incredible he didnt realy get to prove himself much with the beatles but there is a few songs that his solos are just amayzing,hes just so smooth …

Stevie Ray Vaughan Not rated yet
I have listened to and watched in concert and no one not even Hendricks could match his mastery of the guitar, amazing to hear and watch. He almost tortures …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
His solos and riffs are what made me love music

Dick Dale Not rated yet
The inventor of 'the surf guitar' The King of Surf! multiple known hits such as; -Misirlou (pulp fiction theme) -Pipeline (starred in multiple movies) …

mark knoplfer Not rated yet
his performance are amazing. money for nothing and solid rock guitar solos are amazing guitar solos

Tony Iommi Not rated yet
Made legendary music only two finger of on his right hand.

jimi hendrix Not rated yet
when Hendrix played the starspangled banner at woodstock, he would transport you their in the veitnam war just by the way he played his guitar he would …

jimi hendrix Not rated yet
when Hendrix played the starspangled banner at woodstock, he would transport you their in the veitnam war just by the way he played his guitar he would …

Herman Li Not rated yet
He is an amazing guitarist and maybe the most talented of all time, though Paul Gilbert is a close runner-up

Mick Mars Not rated yet
Mick Mars is the best guitarist ever because of his unique style of playing. He uses his floyd rose whammy bar more than other players and has a heavy …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
While some might complain that Page hasn't performed or recorded much in the last 25 years, the Man paved the way for what rock music could be in it's …

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
I think it is Eddie Van Halen because he was one of those guy that the guitar he wanted to play didn't exist so he built his own he started playing a young …

Slash Not rated yet
Impossible to name just 1 there all great in there own way. But I like Slash Just plain old hard hitting rock & roll

Kirk Hammett Not rated yet
He is the best guitarist in the world because he always plays perfect solos and he is also fast on fingers!!! and of course he is the leadguitarist of …

Guthrie Govan Not rated yet
Because not one of the people on the Rolling Stone list can play what he plays. They simply can't.

Tommy Emmanuel Not rated yet
Masterful

Andres Segovia Hands Down Period. Robert Johnson#2 Not rated yet
Andres Segovia is the only True Maestro or Master. He Put Guitar on the World Map. From a Pure Talent Standpoint He Crushes all. His ability to Teach was …

Dimebag Darrell Abbott - Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel. Not rated yet
I have never seen a better guitar player. He's fast.. He's Quick.. He's Smooth.. Great soloist. Great Writer. He was a great guy. You could never …

jimi hendrix Not rated yet
nobody can do that

Leo Kottke Not rated yet
No one, repeat NO ONE, has developed the acoustic 12 string guitar as much as Leo. He has demonstrated over the last 40 yrs. that what was thought to …

Leo Kottke Not rated yet
No one, repeat NO ONE, has developed the acoustic 12 string guitar as much as Leo. He has demonstrated over the last 40 yrs. that what was thought to …

Nobody Not rated yet
People, there is no "greatest guitar player of all time". There are so many great guitar players and they all have different styles and techniques and …

Nobody Not rated yet
People, there is no "greatest guitar player of all time". There are so many great guitar players and they all have different styles and techniques and …

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
Just listen

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
Just listen

Ritchie Blackmore Not rated yet
Because his riff writing skills are sensational! There isn't a person alive who hasn't heard "Smoke on the Water"! Seriously unbelievable guitarist, his …

slash of guns in roses Not rated yet
I think he is the best because he is a feeling guitar player and he has a very unique style of playing! Slash is the god of the gods and hes the best. …

LITA FORD Not rated yet
LI LITA FORD sounded as though she manifested the male guitarists training to go higher into realms of ch unique chord progressiveness …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Hear My Train a Comin'- 7 minutes of rippage...

Lindsey Buckingham Not rated yet
I've seen him in concert 2 times. Never seen anybody better. His playing has a magical style.

BRADLEY NOWELL of SUBLIME Not rated yet
bradley needs no explanation. 100% gold.

john fruciante Not rated yet
cause he will kick any ones ass (on guitar). listen to stuff like snow hey oh and some of his live solos, there more crazy than the skills of my old favorite …

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
Just listen!! nuff said!

Willie Nelson Not rated yet
Have you seen his guitar lately? How does one make the music he does with something like that for as long as he has? Go Figure.

alvin lee Not rated yet
Nobody was faster, his fingers fly over the frets.

Stevie Ray Vaughn Not rated yet
The riffs by SRV in Crossfire,Voodoo Chile and other melodious songs are too much to resist. Besides if u close your eyes and listen to a song by SRV which …

joe satriani Not rated yet
he taught a ton of the best guitarists of all time!

Jimmy Hendrix Period ! . Not rated yet
If it was'nt for Hendrix rock and roll would be a different animal today !

slash Not rated yet
For all his riffs when he was in guns n roses, The riffs of songs like november rain and welcome to the jungle are not an east deal

Jerry Cantrell Not rated yet
Has the greatest riffs and a really great spirit. Really connect with his music. Has awesome solos.

Jerry Cantrell Not rated yet
Has the greatest riffs and a really great spirit. Really connect with his music. Has awesome solos.

John Petrucci Not rated yet
he's fastest shredder I've ever heard and solos with ketboardist Jordan Rudess fits perfectly together.

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
He is a beast and solo machine.

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
No one gets more sound from a guitar.Feedback,tremelo bending, playing behind notes all contribute to the class, dexterity and musical dedication of the …

synyster gates Not rated yet
Just listen to him play!

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
More influential, more people try to play like him, and just very creative

Paul Gilbert Not rated yet
He has insanely technical and fast riffs. He shreds with actual knowledge of what he's doing and understands how music works quite well. Paul Gilbert …

David Gilmour Not rated yet
He's the best in my book due to shear innovation and soul. No other guitar sounds like what he's done in Floyd or solo.

Dougie Maclean Not rated yet
Because you cry in pleasure when you listen to him. That's it.

The Edge Not rated yet
I don't know how he didn't make this list, but The Edge is one of the best guitarists ever, he has insane amounts of energy, and can play any style of …

Michael Schenker Not rated yet
A force to reckon with. The very best of the melodic players. Can burn up the frets with speed yet maintain intense melodic integrity. Guitar playing becomes …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
His solo's are just amazing. He plays so fast.

Brian May Not rated yet
Last Horizon live. Most beautiful guitar work ever.

Chet Atkins Not rated yet
His style of playing.Plus he could play any kind of music.Simple Aweeesome.

JIMMY PAGE Not rated yet
First off, as a teenager Page was a studio musician. He had to be able to go into a studio and play whatever they threw at him...PERFECTLY! Secondly, he …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Even though I don't particulay like his sound, Jimi Hendrix made a sound from the guitar that no other guitarist has. I prefer Slash, Clapton, Vai, and …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
because he's genius of playin' guitar ever

Kirk Hammett Not rated yet
He has the best guitar solos ever and he is in the best band ever!

Kirk Hammett Not rated yet
Kirk Hammett is by far the best guitarist of all time. His playing style is unmatched. His solo on the song "Master of Puppets" is ungodly.

John Frusciante Not rated yet
Pure emotion. He takes the song to another level. You can hear that he pours his heart into it every time he plays. You know when he's playing.

billie joe armstrong  Not rated yet
he writes and sings and plays the best music

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
He is the most technically proficient.

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
He is the most technically proficient.

Bjango Reinhardt Not rated yet
Not necessarily the best but the father and pioneer of jazz guitar whose life span was 1910-1953. Though burned in a terrible accident this gypsy was a …

kirk hammet  Not rated yet
one of the fastest guitar players. the frontman for metallica.

ventures Not rated yet
unique style of playing, creative genius of bob bogle and don wilson, inspiring techniques, have inspired other great guitar players

Matthew James Bellamy Angel of depth Not rated yet
An Angel appeared in my life in the depth of sadness, behind a fall of misery ,in a time of darkness he ascended like the sun, giving true meaning to …

Matthew James Bellamy Angel of depth Not rated yet
An Angel appeared in my life in the depth of sadness, behind a fall of misery ,in a time of darkness he ascended like the sun, giving true meaning to …

Kirk Hammet Not rated yet
He is THE most copied guitarist in metal. He has blazing solos in over 100 songs. His solos can be recognized by any one

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Jimi Hendrix had killer riffs that only a couple of people could be like him.

joe perry Not rated yet
n.q.a.

joe bonamassa Not rated yet
LIVE @ rokapalast

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
Eddie Van Halen took bombastic fret-work and fingertapping solos to an entirely new level. Without Eddie, There would be no Randy Rhodes, no Yngwie Malmsteen, …

Mark Knopfler Not rated yet
Unique playing style, a great composer and a fantastic tone. 'Nuff said.

Billy F. Gibbons Not rated yet
Fuckin' ZZ Top,people,rock on! By my opinion people who both play the guitar and sing should be in lead places,because it's way harder to both play and …

Steve Vai Not rated yet
Virtuosity. Showmanship. Creativity. A true guitar god.

john petrucci Not rated yet
Dream Theater's John Petrucci has taken playing to a level I don't see out there. He has learned from all the greats and has evolved into them all. Crisp …

Toni Iommi Not rated yet
father of heavy metal

Kirk Hammet Not rated yet
Because he's solos are badass : )

neil young Not rated yet
when playing with crazy horse Neil Young sounds earth shatteringly amazing. Without any doubt he posesses more feeling, attiude and originality than other …

Terry Kath  Not rated yet
Jimi Hendrix said it, Need I say more. Watch Terry on youtube he sort of takes off when he plays. The man was pure soul with power

Terry Kath  Not rated yet
Jimi Hendrix said it, Need I say more. Watch Terry on youtube he sort of takes off when he plays. The man was pure soul with power

randy rhoads Not rated yet
lightyears ahead of his time.randy had passion and fire,taste and soul he also had one thing very few guitarist have.grace he was a very graceful player …

terry kath Not rated yet
maybe not the best # 1 but just listen to the first eleven (11) chicago albums, kath was the rock in the chicago engine, in every album you will find classic …

lindsey buckingham Not rated yet
the most underated guitarist of all time & in my opinion the best.....go watch any fleetwood mac live vids!

Jonny Lang Not rated yet
Intinsity, Smooth, can make a guitar talk, laugh, or cry!

Keith Richards/Randy Rhodes Not rated yet
He's the best because it takes some serious skill to have done as much drugs as he has and still be able to play that well. First of all, almost anyone …

Pat Metheny Not rated yet
My ears don't lie.

Pat Metheny Not rated yet
My ears don't lie.

Glenn Frey Not rated yet
Because he had has so many hits with the band "The Eagles" and he has had a very succesful solo carrer and is still playing to this day after 40 years …

Duane Allman Not rated yet
Live or studio, it didn't matter. He was always perfect. great feel, style, versatility, and lightning fast.

Randy Rhoads (Slash, Angus Young, Hammett, Hendrix, Knopfler, Page,... are great) Not rated yet
Randy Rhoads was the best Metal guitar player I know of! Just take a look at him playing Mr.Crowley or Crazy Train solo! RIP. The other ones are also …

Michael Romeo Not rated yet
Ive never seen anyone who can platy the guitar better than him. his a legend. When i watch videos of him playing ... it cant be compared to when watching …

Phil Keaggy Not rated yet
Keaggy sets the standard for everyone else in every style. Keaggy, Clapton and Henrix are light years from anyone else.

david gilmour of pink floyd Not rated yet
no explanation really needed.fast and exaggerated is not best. david is technically flawless. each note is placed in the right place like a fine craftsman. …

hendrix Not rated yet
he made the guitar sing and laddies cry......

Buck Dharma Not rated yet
The man is a guitar god! He plays acrooss the guitar neck like it was made of butter...all strings are used and he can play fast or slow with melodies …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Because the way he plays is so natural like he's not even trying. And no one can do what he does but him, his soulful playing and his crazy solos. The …

Dave Mustaine Not rated yet
He has kept Megadeth a solid hardcore american thrash/heavy metal band for more than twenty years, his amazing technical ability and his ability to compose …

Dave Mustaine Not rated yet
He has kept Megadeth a solid hardcore american thrash/heavy metal band for more than twenty years, his amazing technical ability and his ability to compose …

Chet Atkins Not rated yet
All around best guitar player of all time. No one could beat his touch, taste and sophistication of the little nuances such as pull backs and harmony. …

Chet Atkins Not rated yet
All around best guitar player of all time. No one could beat his touch, taste and sophistication of the little nuances such as pull backs and harmony. …

jimi hendrix Not rated yet
innovative, way ahead of his time

Duane Allman Not rated yet
Listen To "Live at Fillmore East." You will hear greatness.

Duane Allman Not rated yet
Listen To "Live at Fillmore East." You will hear greatness.

Mark knopfler Not rated yet
Just incredible pickin style of play best live solos mm is constantly forgotten when it comes to list like this

no-one! no guitarist is an island... but how'bout GB - George Benson? Not rated yet
Fantastic feel. Great singer too. Unbelievable chops. Funky as all get out. Can play the blues or jazz. Harmonically sophisticated yet down to earth …

Rory Gallagher Not rated yet
The guy not only put his heart and soul into his guitar, but it showed how much he toured by his beat up fender. like to actually strip paint off it from …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
Great Riffs. Plays Guitar as clean as anyone right now.His solos have a lot of soul, you feel it deep down, just like solo to M.I.A. or the ending to Dear …

Tommy Emmanuel  Not rated yet
A true master with incredible range of musical styles.

Carlos Santana Not rated yet
He is a master....and his techniques are unbelivable.

Jack White Not rated yet
Jack White is an old-school guitar player with great feel-and feel is ninety percent of the battle. Rock and roll basically comes from one place: the blues. …

ritchie blackmore Not rated yet
I cant believe he is not on here-he is the one who invented the power chord-listen to IN ROCK album,also others to mention are indeed trower,marino,buchannan,peter …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Cuz i mean he literally changed th e world and his playing style was never seen before him or after him and you gotta respect that

Tommy Emmanuel Not rated yet
There are 2 types of people...people who know Tommy as the greatest player since Chet Atkins...and people who never heard of him...do yerselves a favor …

Mike Campbell Not rated yet
He has never wasted a note!...he lends his endless guitar knowledge to better the song, not juts to show off his skills through a song. He has been a member …

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
Cos there's great guitarists then there's Jeff Beck

Brad Whitford of Aerosmith Not rated yet
Because brad has contributed so much to aerosmith such as writing a crap load of songs like Last Child, Nobodys Fault, and You see me Cryin, and Round …

RANDY RHOADS Not rated yet
he is the best guitar player of all time

Rik Emmett Not rated yet
Come on give this guy his due. He may not have the flashiest name as most, but I would put him up to just about anyone as far as best all around. Rock, …

Tommy Emmanuel Not rated yet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYeSLcct2L0&feature=PlayList&p=D63D9CDA2FF67816&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=26

eddie van halen Not rated yet
dont get me wrong guys i understand hendrix was the first electric guitar and the guy can play with parts another cant but com' on...did hendrix get his …

tom morello Not rated yet
he is the best!! its just that!, just listen his music and dont forgget the sound of monkey laufhing o riendo smiling XD

Dave Mustaine Not rated yet
I rate him the best becuase no he's not the worlds greatist shredder. He's not even the best rythem guitarist, but the fact that he can do both so well …

Jorma Kaukonen - Acoustic Finger Picking Delta Style Not rated yet
It is impossible to say "greatest" since all the greats have their own style. What is the best fruit, for example? Apple, orange, strawberry? They can't …

Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton Not rated yet
Don't need to explain, they're just amazing.

Eric Clapton Not rated yet
His mastery of several different styles of music definitely make him the Master.

Warren D'Martini Not rated yet
Versitile can play anything .Awsome guitar tone

Buckethead Not rated yet
Very versatile, unbelievably fast, emotional while playing, technical, complex

Dan Donegan of Disturbed Not rated yet
1. He has beutiful lines that sound just awsome and fits with the rest of song so well, but still u can notice it immeadetly even u dont listen to guitars …

Joe Perry Not rated yet
Because he's an awesome guitarist!!!

Randy Bachman Not rated yet
Randy has been a phenominal lead guitarist since the early 60's & has played in rock bands such as The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive & is now performing …

jerry garcia Not rated yet
not a lot of guitarist can put you in a trance....jerry can.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Clapton said Hendrix was the best. You look at every poll ever done on "The greatest guitarist of all time" and if Hendrix isn't no.1 everyone asks why …

michael schenker Not rated yet
phenomon force it no heavy petting lights out obsession stranger in the night

David "The Edge" Evans Not rated yet
Just love this guy!

synyster gates Not rated yet
great guitar solos

EDDIE VAN HALEN Not rated yet
HES FREAKING AMAZING.I MEAN NEED I EXPLAIN.WHO ELSE COULD SPEED TAP A GUITAR IN 1978.

doug hopkins Not rated yet
Listen to "Dusted" or "New Miserable Experience" by Gin Blossoms

either Tony Iommi or jimi hendrix Not rated yet
Tony- this man played without half of his finger tips and played some of the best songs on earth I can play black sabbath the song N.I.B. and Iron man …

Carlos Santana and Page Not rated yet
Robin Trower is right up there too, choosing one is too tough. But these 3 faves play from the soul and are masters of music.

Saul Hudson a.k.a slash Not rated yet
could have simly taken a name out of joe satriani, steve vai, petrucci, hendrix or even kirk hammit.............but slash isn't about all the techniques …

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
He is utterly amazing!

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd Not rated yet
David Gilmour is an excellent and amazing guitar player. His timing and feeling is very evident. David Gilmour will always be one of the top ten greatest …

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
He is not just the best technically guitarist up to date, but if you really listen to his works, he will touch your soul. I promise you that! He can …

JOE WALSH Not rated yet
BECAUSE HE IS AMAZING IN EVERYTHING HE PLAYS AND JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM HE CAN KEEP YOU WATCHING ROCK ON JOE !!!!!

Mick Mars Not rated yet
He rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!

yngwie malmsteen Not rated yet
because he is so fast and know classic music well

Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Paige, Joe Perry, Ronnie Wood, and of course KEITH RICHARDS!! Not rated yet
1.okay keith richards can really make the guitar sing and flow and mix with the vocals in such a way that your mesmerised! 2. Ronnie wood ,,,,, well what …

Joe Perry-Aerosmith Not rated yet
because he is so great that you can be amazed at his solos and lead guitar playing and inspires many people to play guitar like me and he has so much …

NUNO BETTENCOURT!! Not rated yet
I saw him live, this guy is SSOOO amazing. I can't even put it in words! Just google him and you'll be soo damn impressed. He's completely underrated tho! …

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - The Mars Volta Not rated yet
Very original and very talented for a young-ish guy.

Jack White Not rated yet
He just lets the music flow, and he sets the mood to the song he is playing perfectly!

eddie hazal Not rated yet
just listen to maggot brains. self explanatory

TERRY KATH Not rated yet
RS #1,JIMI HENDRIX,SAID IT HIMSELF. OFTEN COMPARED TO SEGOVIA LIGHTNING FAST

Hendrix Not rated yet
It's obviously Jimi. But if I had to pick another I'd say George Harrison or SRV.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Not my favorite, but he is unquestionably the most talented guitarist to have ever lived. His music is truly great and I wish he still was alive today, …

Dimebag Darrell Not rated yet
He influenced so many people and bands. He revalutionized metal and hard rock went it went trendy.

Synyster Gates/Zakk Wylde/Dimebag/Slash/Kirk Hammet Not rated yet
They are all skillful players who, through discipline and practice, have mastered their style's of playling. Their rhythm work is something to admire, …

allen collins Not rated yet
he can play free bird da

Angus Young Not rated yet
Angus young is a rock and roll legend infamous for his style and energy. Watching him on stage is an absolute awe inspiring experience. His passion completely …

Johnny Winter Not rated yet
Listen to the slide solo on Highway 61 on "Captured Live" It's the most incredible solo i've ever heard. Please let me know of any guitarist that can …

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
Have you every heard Satch Boogie?

eric clapton Not rated yet
every one imitated him whether they admit it or not, he was the first to play a heavy blues with cream, which spawned a lot of guitarist,s doing the same, …

Rory Gallagher Not rated yet
Once described by Jimi Hendrix as the best guitarist in the world...largely forgotten which is a crime against humanity...the guy was a genius

Rory Gallagher Not rated yet
Once described by Jimi Hendrix as the best guitarist in the world...largely forgotten which is a crime against humanity...the guy was a genius

Angus Young  Not rated yet
Angus young is the best because he was self taught. He learned by playing to chuck berry records until he mastered the songs. Also there is nobody who …

Stevie Ray Vaughan - worth reading. Not rated yet
If you've ever actually seen him play, you will understand how music pours out of his body. Not only is he a master of technique, his tone is impossible …

Joe Perry Not rated yet
Joe and Aerosmith were the ones to influence Guns n' Roses.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
He wrote did a cover for all along the waTCH tower and the guy who wrote it (Bob Dylan) and Bob Dylan said Jimi did better than he did. Have you heard …

Tom Morello Not rated yet
The effects and sounds he creates whilst playing him guitar are immense. He can make a guitar sound like a dj scratching decks, or a helicopter. Ive …

randy rhodes Not rated yet
NO explanation needed just listen to his insrtumentals and his leads.

Mark Morton Not rated yet
Because he plays amazing riffs and solos and he's in lamb of god I think that enough

Dimebag Darrell Not rated yet
Because he plays simple heavy riffs that go perfect wit the lyrics then he comes out with these amazing solos and they sound like no one else

rory gallagher Not rated yet
just ask slash,bob dylan, hendrix and u2 they will tell ya!

Derek Trucks Not rated yet
Slide playing is magical. Anyone who tours ith the Allman Brothers at the age of 8 belongs at the top. Hendrix is good, but only inovative not 'ZOMG HE …

SYNYSTER GATES Not rated yet
HE IS SO TALENTED!!! I LOVE HIM SO SO SO SO SO MUCH HE HAS THE BEST SO9LOS EVER WEN HE PLAYS THE DEMONS FROM HELL SING LIKE ANGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! …

Eric Clapton Not rated yet
Eric clapton is "God" of the guitar. When he plays it seems like he is singing to you through his guitar. Playing blues, rock, regae, and country. Eric …

angus young Not rated yet
cool simple licks thats electric and good entertainer

jerry garcia Not rated yet
he can play real fast and clean. while high as a motherf**ker, for hours.

George Harrison Not rated yet
I think George Harrison is the Greatest Guitarist of All Time because he just is. If you listen to some of the Beatles songs you will hear excellent lead …

slash Not rated yet
because he can playbetter than anybody jimi hendrix no, van halen madey no, eric clapton no, so slash he plays better riffs and everything than anybody …

eddie van halen Not rated yet
I think eddie van halen because he has an amazing style like no one else.With is fast licks and whammy tricks.He was i think the first guitar player to …

Tommy Emmanuel Not rated yet
Do any youtube search for Tommy Emmanuel and you'll quickly see why he's the absolute greatest guitarist alive today. And, he plays ACOUSTIC guitar. …

Danny Gatton Not rated yet
Has played everything and every style of music, but is best known for creating his own "genre" of music known as "country funk". THEE absolute master …

Dan Donegan Not rated yet
He makes the most INSANE solos seem so easy. He is brilliantat the solos his band do in every single song. He plays for Disturbed

Jerry Cantrell Not rated yet
Not only is he the lead guitarist of the band Alice in Chains he also the main songwriter of the band. He displays a varied style of grunge/heavy metal …

Buckethead Not rated yet
Buckethead is a master guitar player. His technical abilities and speed over the guitar had made him one of the most prolific guitarists in the US. He …

David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Steve Howe Not rated yet
most creative, epic, magical, best musician, and GREATEST, though not best - psychedelic rock god, Gilmour. best, most versatile - prog rock god, Howe. …

joe perry Not rated yet
joe perry is my guitar idol of the 70's-80's and still is alive today anyone heard of him

Jorma Kaukonen Not rated yet
Lead guitarist of Jefferson airplane and Hot Tuna. He not only played some of the best guitar pieces of the 1960's with the airplane, but then changed …

Matthew Bellamy Not rated yet
Awesome riffs. creative. singer. pianist. performer. Ever hear "New Born" live @ Wembley?

JOHN PETRUCCI - DREAM THEATER/ LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT Not rated yet
Not many people have heard of him, but he is really good and very technical, look him up on YouTube if ya don't believe me

John Petrucci Not rated yet
Not many people have heard of him, but he is really good and very technical, look him up on YouTube if ya don't believe me

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
Pretty much changed classic rock guitar. An inspiring guitarist. His take on the rock genre had the biggest impact. His song "Eruption" is the hardest …

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
An inspiring guitarist. Just listen to his songs the guitar sticks out like a sore thumb. Especially ERUPTION and JUMP.

angus young Not rated yet
raw energy

slash Not rated yet
really the first guitarist to ever come to mind is slash from guns n' rose,slash's snakepit,and velvet revolver he has amazing guitar riffs unlike jimi …

David Gilmour Not rated yet
Just look at the body of work...gentleness with great power...he bares his soul with every note and it is clear that it is purely his own...

stephen stills Not rated yet
he can play any guitar and make it sound like he is the whole band....even the drums as demonstrated in his performance of judy blue eyes... on the csn …

Eric Clapton Not rated yet
He is the idol to other great guitarist

slash Not rated yet
all the songs are amazing

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
He was by far the most influential of all guitar players. In his four years of fame he did more, better stuff than anyone ever did. He also had a lot …

james hetfield Not rated yet
he rocks! he is metallica's rhythm guitarist and if you look he plays awesome.

Billie Joe Armstronge Armstrong Not rated yet
Because he is the leadsinger/guitar player in the punk rock band green Day. He has been through a lot with his band. and he has 2 albums out that are considered …

hide of X-Japan Not rated yet
He was simply amazing...someone that seemed to be able to do anything that anybody would throw his way. Check out some of the live performances--especially …

jimi hendrix Not rated yet
Because he was such an innovator and when he played it was as if the guitar was part of him. Totally at one with the guitar. Incredible tones coming from …

Brad Paisley Not rated yet
no one can do what he does

George Harrison Not rated yet
The Beatles.... enough said

Angus Young Not rated yet
He is so energetic no other guitarist can ever do what he does on stage. He can go all concert long without ever missing a note either. He is the greatest …

Slash Not rated yet
he never fails in a song, even when he is drunk (welcome to the jungle), he is the best, he has the best solos, simply the best, he has really difficult …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
HES A TANK!

synyster gates Not rated yet
because when he plays, the gods cry

Steve Vai Not rated yet
because he dose not actually break the rules he makes his own and he is also the king of the whammy bar

BUCKETHEAD Not rated yet
He owns.

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
He completely revolutionized the way guitar was played. He invented shred and without him the world would truly be a different place

John Petrucci Not rated yet
the greatest guitar riff progression ever..very unique and various guitar skills can be learn by his played. RoCkkkk!!!!

Eric Clapton Not rated yet
he has PROVEN it for over 40 years!!! See Clapton in concert and he will never fail to please. His solos are both melodic and technically savvy and quick …

Matthew Bellamy Not rated yet
Matthew Bellamy the guitarist, singer and pianist of Muse. Rock. Matt often plays his own handmade Mansons. Matthew Have such skill and can always pull …

Buckethead Not rated yet
he plays with alot of feeling a fluency then other guitarists he has exciting and overall amazing abilities to become the greatest guitarist of all time. …

Stevie Ray Vaughn Not rated yet
Because he just is. Good down home southern blues guitar from Texas. If he is not first I would put him second with Jimi as #1.

Jack White Not rated yet
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

There is no one greatest guitarist Not rated yet
But, the fact that Jeff Beck is not in the top ten and Richards and Berry are is not quite right. :)

Dave Navarro Not rated yet
I have a Guitar lesson DVD with him and the guy is mind blowing. What he knows about effects and the combination of effects is unbelievable. Listen to …

Steve Howe Not rated yet
Listen to Close to the Edge and Starship trooper, completely blows everyone else out of the water

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Is my favourite guitar player for years,just his sound and style,able to play it all.Favorite song bold as love,then little wing,voodoo chile(sr) etc... …

Stone Gossard Not rated yet
He is a wonderful guitarist and he donates money and help to multiple charities. He is why I got into guitar. He is my hero. Nuff said.

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
He just is. He's absolutely unreal. I remember during the Guitar Legends concert the look on Buddy Guy's face after Satriani stepped back after his turn …

Kyle Welker Not rated yet
Because.

Slash Not rated yet
he went through axl rose...the biggest a@@hole ever. plus he lived through the drugs but santana comes a 2nd and then mick mars (motley crue)

eric johnson Not rated yet
because he is the best

Clayton Ferguson Not rated yet
because he can kill it.'and he is the shit at playing guitar.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Jimi is a ducking beast and a master of guitar taken way before his time

Randy Rhodes Not rated yet
All you have to do is listen to Ozzy/Randy Tribute. No one combines his songwriting ability, style and Fingerspeed. He died at 25 imagine if????? Ace …

Dimebag Darrell Not rated yet
because its dimebag! anybody whos listened to pantera will know hes the best or at least top 5.

Evan Tellez from Unknown Artist Not rated yet
So sexyful

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Nuff Said

hendricks,stevie ray vaughn,joe perry,jimmy paige, slash,eric clapton,and david gilmour Not rated yet
this people are just simply great. they all have their own riffs that are legandary and they are all sure rock n roll hall of famers. nothing about these …

James Burton Not rated yet
James Burton The Best Guitarist Of All Time? Why? Heres Why Burton started out at a very young age, and by the time he was 13 years of age he was …

davve murray Not rated yet
Maiden!!! He's the best!

Kirk Hammett Not rated yet
Many guitarists have a certain style they're specialised in and which they can only really play well - Kirk Hammett has managed to adapt to the changing …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
He has great guitar riffs, solos, and everything else. he used to be in a band with him the lead guitarist and lead singer. thats another reason why he …

LESLIE WEST Not rated yet
Perhaps not the GREATEST...I mean...how the hell can you define the GREATEST...but his omission from the Top 100 Guitarist reflects the true ignorance …

kirk hammet Not rated yet
metallica!

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Because what he did, in his time was far superior than anyone else. No one can master the same things he did. I know that Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Listen to him

peter green Not rated yet
cos my boyfriend says so. that's about it really

Stevie Ray Vaughn Not rated yet
Do I really need to explain. 100% the best.

Yngwie Malmsteen Not rated yet
Because ha can play with his soul... He plays horror, lonely, angst, and sometimes rock with his guitar... HE IS THE BEST sweep picker!

Mark Knopfler Not rated yet
He is inspirational.

David Gilmour Not rated yet
Because his solos are complex and extremely difficult to play. Despite being less fast he is an experienced guitar player and took bending strings and …

The duo: Hanneman / King from Slayer Not rated yet
Because their sound is not devided into rhythm/lead guitar (like e. g. AC/DC, most of Metallica), their sound revolutionized heavy metal itself (but was …

Robert Fripp Not rated yet
Always surprising and renewing

Buckethead Not rated yet
Awesome!!

jimi hendrix Not rated yet
a man ahead of his time!!!!

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
He is an amazing guitarist and it is a disgrace that he is not in the top 100. Not only that but he taught one of the best guitarists today Steve Vai …

Zakk Wylde Not rated yet
He is freakin awesome. Give Live n Loud a listen sometime...

buckethead Not rated yet
just because...

Angus Young Not rated yet
There are very few people capable of delivering a performance like ACDC does. Due mainly to Angus. This guy never stops moving, he puts on 30 minute guitar …

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
Joe is the most amazing guitarist I've ever seen or listened to. He is truely a master.

SLASH Not rated yet
the guy is a god enoff said :D:D:D

Jeff Beck Not rated yet
No one can play like him!

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
He is the original he is everyone's role model

JIMI HENDRIX Not rated yet
Jimi Hendrix played in a time of turbulance. Though even in a time of war jimi hendrix still made the best of it. His guitar gave light to all who had …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
His name is Jimi Hendrix

Sonny Landreth Not rated yet
Best slide player I've seen. Just listen to his last CD, there are some awesome tunes on it. Überesso is one of my favorites :)

Donovan Malakian Not rated yet
You know, Guitarists for System of a Down and Scars on Broadway. His riffs are sexy, and what he does on stage while playing is crazy. There is no sense …

Lindsey Buckingham Not rated yet
Very unique style. Most all other great guitarists play with a more tradional "pick" method. Buckingham plays rock music with a bluegrass style and his …

Angus Young Not rated yet
He is the best because he is so crazy and he play guitar like an angel.He have beautiful moves and he can play guitar very fast. but I've got another reason. …

David Gilmour Not rated yet
Gilmour

Hendrix Not rated yet
Because he was as great as anything before, or since. Blues, Rock, Roots and complete showman. He didn't rely on smoke and mirrors, he was them!

Brian Head Welch Not rated yet
Because he plays a 7 string guitar better than any 6 string guitarist can play.

Joe Bonamassa Not rated yet
Go to youtube with his name - check out the songs woke up dreaming and blues deluxe. Awesome!

buddy guy Not rated yet
Great Blues player!

Buckethead Not rated yet
By all means he is one of the fastest and has the most impressive solos

Roy Buchanan Not rated yet
his volume swells and staccao runs are just mind blowing, IF ANYONE HAS NOT SEEN ROY BUCHANAN, WATCH HIM. HE IS SIMPLY THE BEST.I am the biggest Hendrix …

Frank Zappa Not rated yet
on stage any other guitarist is only as tall as Zappa's knees

jimi hendrix Not rated yet
he just played good guitar

joe satriani Not rated yet
joe satriani is the greatest guitarist of all time because he has many abilities that cannot be seen in other guitarists. for example, joe satriani taught …

Angus Young Not rated yet
Man that guy rocks ive never seen anything like it devil like solos rocking guitar riffs if u dont like acdc there is something very wrong with u!!!!!!! …

Randy Rhoads Not rated yet
I think randy rhoads is the greatest guitarist of all time because in such a short time he rewrote the face of heavy metal by combining classical music …

The Edge Not rated yet
The Edge of U2 is so unique and original.I've never heard anything like it.The Edge proves you don't have to play 10,000 notes a second to make beautiful …

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
Synyster Gates rocks!!! He's incredibly talented, incredibly fast, creative and most of all i think he has best guitar solos in history. People always …

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
pretty much changed guitar, and you all know it, if you don't, then you know nothing

Terry Kath Not rated yet
He is the best guitarist for me because he is the soul of chicago he writes many songs for them and Jimy Hendrix told that Tery Kath is the best guitarist …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
You can ask anyone who evens listens to rock he IS THE BEST EVER

Dimebag Darrell Not rated yet
In my opinion Dimebag Darrell is one of the greatest, but everyone almost got different style of playing, and I like Dimebag's. His solos are just amazing! …

eddie van halen Not rated yet
hes done so much for music and so called "chop shop" guitars

slash Not rated yet
because his riffs are of the best i've ever seen

Robin Trower Not rated yet
Just listen to obin Trower play, that says enough but I must admit Page, Hendrix and several others are right in there.

steve vai,stevie ray vaughn,Yngwie Malmsteen Not rated yet
steve vai the greatest!great musician great showman unbelievable speed and music!also the one who created the 7 string guitar!stevie R.Vaughn the greatest …

Kirk Hammet Not rated yet
in my opinion kirk hammet is the best metal guitarist of all time because he has the originality and influence for other guitar player specially in metal, …

Carlos Santana Not rated yet
Feelings flows thru the guitar. The energy and style of Mr. Carlos Santana will travel through time to live as long as music lovers live.

Rory Gallagher Not rated yet
Rory Gallagher long history of playing his own style of rock blues. Those who loved him, miss him and his guitar playing dearly !

Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström  Not rated yet
When you listen to Linde Lindstom play his guitar you feel it in your soul. He plays with so much emotion, he's fantastic. If you haven't experienced hearing …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
I think Jimmy Page put his heart and soul into guitar playing, like every string he played, it was his voice coming out.

KIRK & JAMES  Not rated yet
METALLICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DUH WHAT OTHER REASON

Alexi Laiho Not rated yet
I like how Alexi Laiho plays the guitar and also I like his style and songs he makes. I like his sound effects and his voice.

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
There is simply no one that has ever made a noise like Jimi Hendrix on the guitar. Truly orgasmic. He is the definition of an eargasm.

Joe Walsh Not rated yet
Just watch Joe Walsh play the guitar, and well you just want to keep watching.

Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon) Not rated yet
Ok, I'm putting Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon)on the top 100 list. I'm not putting him in the number 1 slot. there are a few of other guitarists that fill …

Danny Gatton Not rated yet
Danny Gatton mastered every style...country, blues, jazz, rock and roll. Was also a master of the Fender Telecaster and brought out many unbelievable sounds …

Andreas Segovia Not rated yet
Andrés Segovia (1893-1987) is considered to be the father of the modern classical guitar movement by most modern scholars. Many feel, that without his …

Buckethead Not rated yet
He is Jesus with a guitar, he can play ANY type or any song 100% incredible. People can barely play Jordan on guitar hero, this guy wrote the song!!!

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
Cause he's Jimmy Page

Slash Not rated yet
His solos are exceptionally full of emotion, he's got charisma, skill, is a great composer. Overall he's pretty much a complete guitarist, but it's his …

Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
He made Rock N Roll, not only was he revolutionary, he did it in such a short period of time, he was also a phenomenal Blues, Funk, RNB/Soul & Psychedelic …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
hands down, Jimmy Page is the greatest guitarist ever!! Creativity, skill, timeless riffs and solos, unique, versatile. His influence on other artists …

angus young Not rated yet
he has done so good over the past i think he deseves to be the best i mean back in black and thunderstruck and hells bells completely blew me away i think …

Dime Bag Not rated yet
I would never narrow down an art form this way, but after watching that video, and seeing some very limited guitar player who just happen to be in popular …

Michael Angelo Batio Not rated yet
He's a great guitarist period!

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Andy Mckee, Jimi Hendrix Not rated yet
Lets Face it, noone before or since could do what Jimi Hendrix or Stevie could do on a guitar. B.B. King is also up there just because what he plays isn't …

Michael Schenker Not rated yet
Worthy of an honorable mention as one of the greatest guitarist ever, have a listen to 1978s double-live UFO album, "Strangers in the Night" and prepare …

TONY IOMMI Not rated yet
INVENTED A HEAVY GUITAR STYLE. HIS STYLE IS EXTREMLY POWERFUL AND IS BLENDED WITH SOFT AND EMOTIONAL TEMPO CHANGES. MORE ORIGINAL THAN MOST (JIMMY PAGE). …

Alexi Laiho Not rated yet
Lead singer AND lead guitarist for the metal band 'Children Of Bodom', at just age 29, Alexi Laiho has mastered the speed shredding skills required to …

Joe Satriani Not rated yet
he´s good

Herman Li (Maybe) Not rated yet
I believe the only one close to Herman Li's speed is Buckethead. At those speeds who can really hear the difference. But I guess that's only based on speed. …

Jimi, Clapton, John Petrucci Not rated yet
1. Jimi Hendrix revolutionised rock 2. Eric Clapton invented it :) 3. John Petrucci's progressive guitar is a wet dream

Stevie Ray Vaughn Not rated yet
I think Stevie Ray Vaughn is the best guitarist of all time because......well first he inspired me to play guitar with his song Rude Mood, I heard the …

Stevie Ray Vaughn Not rated yet
Just watch and listen to Stevie Ray Vaughn play guitar and you will agree. Even Clapton has said he was the best.

Carlos Santana Not rated yet
Carlos Santana. Completely original with a smooth style and great Latin rhythms.....been around forever. Great body of work. Great guitarist.

Chet Atkins Not rated yet
Chet Atkins - He had great skills and helped develop and bring forward a whole different style of guitar finger picking.

Tom Morrello Not rated yet
Creativity + skill = amazing. Tom Morrello has to be the greatest guitarist ever

Synyster Gates Not rated yet
To End The Rapture

Brian May Not rated yet
No one can be compared to de awesomes of Brian May's brilliant guitar solos , and he can sing with his guitar dudes! He made a legend of his own signature …

Dimebag Darrell Not rated yet
He introduced heavy chorded riffs into metal music!!!:P

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
Eddie Van Halen made the song Eruption and my brother is learning how to play Jimi Hendrix but his guitar teacher says "van halen is too hard''

LES PAUL Not rated yet
HE PRETTY MUCH SINGLEHANDED CREATED MODERN ELECTRIC GUITAR TECHNIQUE

Stevie Ray Vaughan Not rated yet
Stevie Ray Vaughan..he's just the coolest guy to grace the blues. His dirty tone and approach to playing guitar was godly!!!!

Randy Rhodes Not rated yet
Randy Rhodes, simply because the of way he played... it made plenty of people just want to play, though they won't admit it, he was the main cause of many …

Brian Setzer Not rated yet
Brian Setzer...he's the greatest guitarist because he just freakin rocks.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Not rated yet
Kenny Wayne Shepard has been topping the blues charts since he started playing guitar professionally at the age of 17. He recently published a CD on which …

Steve Vai Not rated yet
Steve Vai is the most musical guitarist.

John Frusciante Not rated yet
John Frusciante is the top guitarist: Best Live solos ever live shows live from slane and off the map omg rox your sox off

Jose Feliciano Not rated yet
Jose Feliciano was doing incredible stuff in the late 60's with "La Malaguena", for example. His fingers were lighting all over the fretboard playing …

Steve Vai Not rated yet
Steve Vai has a very unique way of playing guitar and just the genius of his music. I saw him live in Chicago a few years back and it was amazing and he …

Jimmy Page Not rated yet
Jimmy Page makes some of the best sounds on a guitar that i have ever heard, and he is one of the reasons Led Zeppelin is #2 for selling the most records …

Terry Kath  Not rated yet
Even Jimi Hendrix said Terry Kath was the best. His solo on "25 or 6 to 4" is tops. (Guitarist from the band Chicago).

Mark Knopfler Not rated yet
I think Mark Knopfler is the best because he is a great guitar player. I like his songs and his fingerstyle guitar playing. (Knopfler is perhaps best-known …

Eddie Van Halen Not rated yet
nuff said.

Angus Young Not rated yet
I say Angus Young of AC/DC is the greatest guitar player, because he has that "high voltage" attitude that we all love.

Tom Morello Not rated yet
I don't know why...(Ed note: Tom Morello is an American guitarist best known for playing with bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and as the acoustic …

Chris Cheney Not rated yet
Chris Cheney is the lead guitarist and singer with Australian punk rock band The Living End. He not only displays a great deal of consistent technical …

Hide from X Japan Not rated yet
Art of Life is amazing just listen to it :P

Herman Li ! Not rated yet
No one gives a f***! =============================== Editor's Note: are you sure? this is another guitarist I had to look up to know who he is, and …

Brian May - Legendary Queen Guitarist Not rated yet
Brian May is unbelievably mindblowing!! His song writing and guitar style is really astonishing !!! His guitar the red special is clearly the nicest looking …

Angus Young Rocks Not rated yet
cause he rocks

chet atkins Not rated yet
Chet could play any type of music, He and Mark Knopfler's CD neck and neck is a favorite .

Stevie Ray Rules Not rated yet
If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand!

Jimmy Hendrix  Not rated yet
Jimi Hendrix- he died playing his guitar!! Rock On dude!!

Eric Clapton Guitar God Not rated yet
Clapton is God!

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