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  • mjoe

    I´m so happy there is no Santana onthe list, because he is not as half as good as most people think!

    • KJHKHL

      Darn You mjoe! Santana rocks your socks off and you know it!!!

      • Moleman3

        Damn straight, and i reckon eric clapton should be on that list too

        • fossy.55

          what about Peter Green ……?

          • dsmet

            what about Mark Knopfler?

          • Olive

            What about Kurt Cobain?!

            …I’m just kidding. I mean, I love Kurt Cobain, but I wasn’t being honest.

            • Justin

              Peter Frampton?

            • BlueRhinoHawk

              or what about the best synyster gates

            • Surrendipity

              Joe Satriani?

        • breana

          you both are crazy!!!!!!

          • Felix

            Angus Young?

        • Lee

          Eric Clapton should DEFINATELY be on this list as should Brian May.

        • Terry Elliott

          I agree with you on “Slow Hand” but has no one heard of Joe Bonamassa??? He is by far the greatest living guitarist!! Check out The Beacon Theater &/or “Live @ the Royal Albert Hall” DVD (dbl).

    • bdguitars

      you all need to check out tommy emmanuel before ever commenting on a best guitar player list i see all these top ten guitarists and no one has mentioned him by far best person to ever pick up a guitar check it out and btw john mayer? cmon

      • planes

        I've got him at number 10 on my list at the bottom of this thread. He is a fantastic guitarist. I think part of the problem is he has no original material but he is definitely awesome.

        • Laughingcruiser

          Hey Planes! you claim Tommy Emmanuel hasn’t any original material….what about “Initiation”

          • yo yo yo

            Tommy Emmanuel use to write for stevie ray vaughan sooooooo……….. Pretty original

        • Kevin Williams

          No original material? Are you living under a rock?

          • Justin

            TRUE. Tommy can be good but I find he has a lot of filler and some overly fluffy tunes sometimes. It makes it sound like he’s trying too hard to play it with as many different chords as possible before finally landing the first note. (which is usually late). and for clapton below me I could agree but I think Jimmy Page’s playing is just as good but he’s more reckless. he’s reckless for good reason though, it’s like he’s transfering his feeling to it like Jimi Hendrix would but Page’s guitar sounds like your heart wanting to rip out of your chest to claim your biggest desire once and for all. The kind of vibe when you finally realize your in love after a LONG time of dullness. Jimi is groovy, and Clapton likes to serenade seeming like an old gentle man from any age.

      • Scott Vance

        Im glad he gave Mayer props. The most underrated player of this generation. The guy rips.

        • Tryjm

          Scott Vance is right. Check mayer out live then judge..

    • gman

      Clapton is the greatest guitarist of all time. There is no discussion its the facts…

      • Penny Loa

        No doubt. I am glad that there is someone who can help me tell my up and coming 12 year guiitarist, who thinks privately that he should be on the list himself, that Axel Rose and Van Halen, while quite good in their own right, do not hold a candle to the Man.

        • When have you ever heard Axl Rose play guitar??

          • Ben Palmer

            OK…… Axl doesn’t play guitar….. I think you mean Slash. and Slash is the F**king Man!!! but I digress….

      • Laughingcruiser

        Not according to Clapton himself, he says Tommy Emmanuel is the best guitar player he has ever heard and I agree with him on that.

      • Moleman3

        agreed!!!!!!!!

      • jfauser

        This is where Clapton got most of his stuff

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdyvPg0c6bI

    • CB

      HOW IS ERIC JOHNSON NOT ON THIS LIST WHEN HE IS HANDS DOWN THE GREATEST GUITAR PLAYER TO EVER LIVE? YOU PEOPLE ARE FOOLS

      • jfauser

        Yes, Eric Johnson. Better than Andreas Segovia, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Joe Maphis, Chet Atkins, Freddie King, Albert King, and Paco De Lucia. The man whose influence is just EVERYWHERE.

    • Cal

      Thank you mjoe. I really don’t see what others do in santana

    • RRbest

      Randy Rhoads was way better than all those MF combined!!!

      • asad

        *thumbs Up*

    • MOPAR JOE

      the top five in no certain order are…….. JIMI HENDRIX .NIO EXPLANATION NEEDED……..RICHIE BLACKMORE he broght the strat into metal and he led his leads perfectly back into the song ……… .EDWARD VAN HALEN he was the next innovater after hendrix…………DIME BAG DARRELL….he was just plain the baddast ass of them all…………..AND ENGWIE MALMSTIEN he did everything else……..there are lots of great guitar players . but .these five guys set the bar for everyone else

    • PinoyShredder

      Pinoy guitar shredders rule. Put Jm Lozada on the list!!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APCbUIgAuTQ

    • 1guitar

      Hey dude I’m a guitar a pro guitar player and that list is not what my colleagues would say in my opinion
      FEELING:
      BLUES : John Mayer ,Stevie ray Vaughan ,Hendrix ,BB king,Muddy waters,Eric Clapton , Buddy Guy ,Robert Johnson ,Kenny Wayne Shepherd ,Albert king ,and i have 10 more players that their solos,riffs and licks are full of feeling and an amazing power on the accentuation is just my favorite blues is the best
      SPEED :
      ROCK &ROLL ,METAL:Joe Satriani ,Eddie Van Halen ,Steve Vai,Dime bag Darrel ,Tom Morello,Randy Rhodes ,Jimmy Page,John Petrucci,Ingwie Malnsteen,Michael Angelo Batio,and again I’m leaving like 10 or more guitar players on this style of super fast guitar players and full of techniques and mind blowing solos

      COMPLEXITY:
      JAZZ :Al Di Meola , John McLaughlin ,Wes Montgomery ,Pat Metheny ,John Scofield,Django Reinhardt ,Larry carlton ,Joe Pass,Herb Ellis ,Eddie Lang , and again I still have in mind at least 10 more jazz guitar players that jazz is the hardest and more complex guitar composition and it is an awesome style or kind of music to play just because not everybody play can play jazz.

      Slash,Santana,Jack White , John Frusciante ,the edge , and many more have popularity and more media but they are far away from been in any of these lists

      • Phil Simon

        Man, there are so many that are so, so good…It’s a real tough choice who you’re putting in the top 10…and then who did you leave out…whew…and what about Tal Farlow & Jim Hall…and that’s what I mean…and I heard/saw Bonamasso on public television the other night…a monster on guitar…Pat Metheny is no slouch, etc.

        Best of luck,

        Phil Simon…still listening

        • Rob Jones

          How could you say John Frusciante doesn’t deserve to be on this list you have obviously not heard any of his solo stuff or seen any of his live stuff.
          And to be honest you being a pro guitarist doesn’t make that much of a difference in judging him cause his music is so passionate and emotional, listen to his solo in his song Look on and try not to be moved by it then come back to me.

      • Gerg

        Um, I think you forgot Nuno Bettencourt.

      • Matt Campbell

        Not having David Gilmour as the first guitarist listed after the word feeling (let alone not having him on your list at all) makes the rest of your list invalid. He is the epitome of the word feeling as far as guitarists are concerned. That is all.

      • Winston

        Let me shoot you some names Mr Pro Guitar player. When those you mention can play with the likes of Jack Pearson you can put them on a list. You didn’t even touch on country or bluegrass so I have to assume you know nothing about them. So let me throw this out there. There is only ONE called Mr. Guitar. Chet Atkins. His protege, Jerry Reed is another great. Let’s try Merle Travis, Jody Maphis and in recent years Redd Volkaert. I think you need to expand your listening radius. Let’s not forget the man who likely has his name on your guitar, Mr. Les Paul. Then I would ask you listen to bluegrass flatpicking. You want speed? These guys can play with Ygnwgie and do it on a Martin D28.
        While you’re at it, I know a well known fiddle player who plays well enough that Bob Dylan wanted him to play guitar on his albums. Charlie Daniels. While on Southern Rock, lets list Billy Gibbons, Toy Caldwell, Duane Allman, Allen Collins and Steve Gaines.
        But like I started this post with, go and look up Jack Pearson. I’m sure you don’t know him or he’d be on your list.

    • tattooedguy

      this guy that wrote this is clueless i bet he dont even know how to play a note on the guitar, how could eddie van halen not be on this list.he should be number one, there will never be another guitar player that set the world on fire like the first van halen album, john mayer the guy from the chilli peppers you have to be joking or you are deaf

      • C.J. Wise

        Go listen to the song “Neon” by John Mayer, watch the video, realize his talent, and then please rephrase your statement.

    • Ishh

      Hey mjoe! I think you are out of your mind. Santana is the best of the best. He goes wth the sound and wind. He creates emotions that dont exist..Wowoo you hear him properly when its silence.

    • Zoie

      But I thought Jimmie Henrix was the the #1 guitar player!!!?

    • Jaytee

      John Mayer…lol…good player but derivative…I could show you tons of other guitar players that can do the same clone job better.

      Jack White…just because you use cheap lo fi gear and wank on it like any student of the guitar can after a couple of years doesn’t make you great.

      10 is a tough list to compile to begin with, but including every genre makes it impossible.

      If you remove genres I can name better guitar players than everyone on this list.

      Music isn’t a competition.

  • Jude

    How could you miss Buddy Guy who influenced and taught so many .. including Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jonny Lang and more. The man is a master!

    • Jgbee

      How bout Mississippi John Hurt?

      • jfauser

        I’m impressed someone actually knows Mississippi John Hurt.

    • Duce

      Richards, Keith! (1)

  • Tracy H

    How could you forget Christian artist Phil Keaggy?

    • Jeff

      I think youve done a nice job distributing it throughout the genres, Mine ,and again,just my preference would be:

      1.Jimi Hendrix

      2.David GIlmour

      3Jimmy Page

      4.Steve Vai

      5.SRV

      6.Eric Clapton

      7.Hughie Thomason(the outlaws)

      8.John Fogarty

      9.Django Reinhardt

      10.Buck darma (from BOC)

      8.

      9.

      • Dario

        Wow, Nice taste. especially someone who listens to Buck Darma. Anyway, Your list is great, But i would put Mark Knopfler in the list 🙂

      • rob pena

        i think you are all f'n dilluted eric clapton should be #1 hands down. #2 carlos santana #3 mark knopfler #4 robert cray #5 robert johnson

        • Leukorrhoea

          Without Robert Johnson, there would be no Clapton.

          • michael f.

            without robert johnson there wouldnt be any of these guitarists

          • austins

            That is true, but without the many fine guitarists of today, who will inspire the gifted musicians of tomorrow. Musicians are artists and it would be quite dull if they all copied each other and sounded the same wouldn’t it? Whether we like it or not the world keeps on spinning regardless of what we want, think or do. Enjoy the gifts that are shared today, because we’re not guaranteed a minute more.

        • KJHKHL

          WHOOO! Santana RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Ben Palmer

          Clapton is good… not gonna argue that he is an amazing guitarist… but no where near the best guitarist of all time…. Satriani can play ANY clapton riff, solo, song, chord progression, whatever.. Clapton can’t come close to playing any of Joe’s stuff. And most of Claptons best songs are JJ Cale tunes. Cocaine, Layla, After Midnight, etc,…. etc…. Oh and Clapton put out a whole album dedicated to Robert Johnson and admitted that most of the songs are redone and reworked because “the man” Clapton couldn’t play em anywhere near as well as Mr. Johnson.

          But it is all opinion… thats why these lists go on forever.

      • mike brown

        -have any of you ever heard of chet atkins. he could play anything the guys you mention but, they could not or can,t play any thing he played-hell non-finger style players you have to go with nokie edwards from the ventures. you guys are obviously rock only players and listen to only them only -do yourselves a favor and get his albums-mister guitar and workshop-they show just how good he was and then make a comment here

        • Ben Palmer

          Well said.. Chet’s the man. He’s the only one I know that comes close to Tommy Emmanuel. They actually did an album together called Fingerpickers take over the world.

        • Doug H.

          Any list that doesn’t include Chet Atkins as one of the top 10 guitarists of all time simply isn’t credible.

      • Lee Wallace

        I think Jeff Beck & Ry Cooder should on this list.

      • electric tepee

        criss oliva kills em all

    • Duce

      The same way they forgot Keith Richards..(remember the Rolling Stones?)

      • Jace

        Without some stupid barbarian discovering some tooting whistle thing that makes noise, there would be no Robert Johnson. Stupid to say something like that. Of course there wouldn't be any of those guitarists.

    • Irene Clemmer

      Eric Clapton called Keaggy the best!

      • dan

        Roy Clark has to be one of the alltime greats

  • The fact that you would list John Mayer in the top 10 guitarists of all time is ludicrous!

    You can't seriously say he's better than…

    Angus Young (AC/DC)

    Eric Clapton

    Jeff Beck

    Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)

    Pete Townshend (The Who)

    Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)

    Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers Band)

    Joe Satriani

    Eddie Van Halen

    Stevie Vai

    I'd even put Yngwie Malmsteen, who's not top-ten worthy, before Mayer.

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    And you left off Chuck Berry, that's downright inexcusable.

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    • Nemo

      John Myer is SURPRISINGLY worthy…a yr ago i wuddn'v thot so,but listen carefully to wat he's doing…an early great

    • X

      That Chuck Berry killed everything else on this list – and Jimi Hendrix is No.1!

    • Eric

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lczCozoVIz0

      The fact that you’ve probably never listened to his live work probably formed this opinion. Don’t listen to his pop albums, go YouTube his blues and live performances. Or his Trio work. Your opinion will change, and quickly.

      • jfauser

        I’m sure people have heard his blues stuff but he still doesn’t belong anywhere near a top 200 list

    • C.J. Wise

      Watch “Neon” by John Mayer. Nobody Could come up with that besides him. He is the most unique guitarist ever.

  • Hey, Topher.

    Like all the lists, there will always be a difference of opinion. Thanks for submitting additional guitarists. I look forward to watching the videos you added. Rock on!

    • damnumalone

      Ok, so lists are generally subjective. But the fact you left out Steve Vai, Satriani, Van Halen AND Kirk Hammett in favour of John Mayer and Jack White suggests you aren't qualified to make this list. Sorry dude.

      • James

        Trying to say Kirk Hammett it a top ten player makes you qualified?

  • ha

    uninformed list by a youngster.

    no angus young?

    no eric clapton? holy crap.

    no gary moore?

    stevie is not number 1?

    wtf no buddy guy?

    got a lot of growing up to do musically…

    but it is a good highly opinionated list

    • thing123

      omg angus young? seriously? comon guys. stop it with all the angus young stuff.

    • volodya

      Finally…somebody mentioned Gary Moore 🙂

    • Josh

      Uninformed? What are you talking about? You didn’t include Leo Kottke, Elliot Smith, T-Bone Walker, and a plethora of others worthy of top ten. John Mayer is definitely worthy of top ten. His work for personal satisfaction and reward is 1000x different than, “your body is a wonderland”. Look for yourself.

  • Writer

    Making a comprehensive list of the top 10 guitarists , I had to cut out some of my own favorites as an artist.

    If I could have added more, I would've and I most likely would've added the artists you all have mentioned (Save Malmsteem. Yuck. Mayer's soul is ages beyond him), but limiting it to 10 is the whole point of this site.

    Rolling Stones top 100 guitarists named Angus Young at a tepid 96. Mr Cobain was 12. It's all opinion my friends, don't get offended :).

    Besides, I hope to NEVER stop growing musically. To stop growing is to die, and I hope you never do either.

    Love

    Clarence.

  • ah

    Music is NOT a competition. Why do guitar players (like me) have such a hard time with this? Just enjoy the great ones.

    Besides, what about Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Lenny Breau, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Albert King, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Chet Atkins, Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Van Halen, Wes Montgomery, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Tal Farlow, or Joe Pass? I dare any guitarist to consider shredding "hard" after attempting to learn even a slowly paced Joe Pass tune.

    Music is not a competition.

  • RPO

    Joe Satriani deserves to be on this list, but its a good list regardless!

  • HogieWan

    ah – all these lists should be called "Top *** Guitar Players that I have heard of."

  • njvrstgn

    I am surprised that none of you have mentioned John Petrucci on your list. He definitely be in my "top 10."

    • thebard

      Yea, really, no john petrucci, maybe 'cause he's in a less popular genre? (progressive metal) but no one seems to have hear of him, he's invented techniques and everything, he def. deserves consideration

    • Sancho

      Of course man!! He really rocks!!!

    • thing123

      yeah when it comes to tone, unique style, and just plain out extreme shredding, petrucci is awesome. These Walls is and awesome song btw

  • rich

    Expand your musical tastes. AT LEAST HALF of this list would be heavy metal guitarists. and I personally know guitarists who could BURY Robert Johnson.

    • thing123

      omg guitar playing isnt just about speed and technically skill. its about style and uniqueness of sound, as shown by tom morello and jack white. most of those metal guitarist, with quite a few exceptions ill admit (tony iommi, john petrucci, randy rhoads & van halen, and joe satriani & steve vai), sound EXACTLY THE SAME. i think you need to expand YOUR musical taste.

    • jfauser

      You know a guitarist that influenced Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, and Bob Dylan. Let me say that again. Bob Dylan. Did this supposed guitar player play a part in the creation of rock n’ roll? Does this guy sound like two different players at once (Sometimes even three?)

  • afan

    Let's go to a different genre: chet adkins, roy clark, brad paisley, ricky skaggs, just to name a few. purely subjective list like this serve no purpose except to elicit arguments.

  • Afan, I think I am going to agree with you to a point. This list was NOT created to elicit arguments but to elicit new thoughts and introduce different guitarists to our readers.

    But I'm wondering if we shouldn't have split this into music genre. I personally don't like heavy metal guitar but enjoy classical and folk guitar. Lesson learned. But still I am happy with the list and the comments made. Everyone has their own favorites and shouldn't take offense to anyone else having a different opinion.

  • chet atkins

    hurr hurr hurr lololol fap fap fap

  • Mimi

    Antonio Carlos Jobim, no list of guitar players is complete without him.

    • That's what&#03

      I agree.

  • Bobo

    This is a rather biased listing of guitarists, and when you say "best guitarists" you can't just say that… there's no best, you need to break it to technical abilities, style, influence…etc…

    Either way, I'd only agree with this list on one maybe two guitarists, but like stated before, music isn't a competition, it's supposed to be an expression….John Mayer is a horrid guitarist…

  • RC67

    Dude, John Mayer? unbelievable. Angus young, Gary moore I agree Eric Clapton you bet. but, it is an opinion. I think Michael Schenker is badass, and what about Steve Morse. I just saw Rush in Rio, and I forgot just how good Alex lifeson is. What about George Lynch? Tony MacAlpine. so I will let you have John Mayer, because he makes you feel something, for me, it's nausea…..Oh, and I forgot Brian May. Doyle Bramhall, I could go on.

    • jamlene

      finally somebody mentioned brian may..i was browsing through the comments if anyone would mention him…he’s a very talented guitarist…what’s with all the success of Queen?i know its largely due to freddie mercury but brian’s guitar playing played a significant role in it…i also strongly believe joe satrianni and steve vai should be in this list

  • Joe

    Frusciante? Are you kidding? He's a glorified rhythm guitarist.

    • will

      dude! jimi’s little wing is pretty much all rhythm guitar! I’ve played for 20 years, I teach! believe it’s harded than any satch esq ‘legarto’ lick!

  • Jordan Goldenberg

    I myself would've put Steven Wilson on that list before John Mayer.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Wilson

  • Gianni

    I never understood the 'top 10' thing applied to music…I understand if we are talking about record sales as it is a tangible measurement, but there are no real parameters here…

  • Rhandy Rhodes is the greatest of all time.

    • kalamari

      100% totaly agree

      • Jeff

        metal is good but personally I don't think you can say that honestly randy is the best. There's WAY better stuff out there. Mr. Crowley and crazy train are good but really now,

        • richie

          dont pick out the only 2 randy rhoads songs you know,have you ever really listend to all of the first 2 ozzy albums,,the guitar work and sound is un matchable,,randy created his own scales and sound ,how about listening to quiet riot 1 and 2 hes on there as well

          • Theat001

            Definitely, Diary of a Madman is like…the groundwork for so many great songs out there today. And if you listen to that live solo after Suicide Solution, which is only done live, it's just crazy what he could do that you didn't think he could do. If he was still alive, even if he left Ozzy, we would have seen even better stuff from him. Crowley and Crazy Train were actually more watered down marketable songs. That's more or less why Randy was GOING to leave Oz in the first place.

  • Umm…

    Duane Allman?

    Eric Clapton?

    and I'm still in disbelief that John Mayer is on that list. DEREK TRUCKS deserves the spot of modern guitarist on that list.

    • Nithin Saji

      John Mayer stops playing when Derek starts to do his thing.

  • Ashevegaspicker

    Also, remember

    Django Reinhardt, Andres Segovia & Tony Rice

    • Ben Palmer

      Thank YOU!!! Tony Rice!!! Django!!! Bluegrass and metal have some of the most amazing and overlooked musicians in the UNIVERSE.

  • prowler

    ok. ok. I play better guitar thean frusciante

  • Brian

    A list that's bound to be disagreed with, and I do. Although I love Hendrix, Clapton, etc. I'm still most impressed with Mississippi Fred McDowell. Bass line, rhythm, lead slide, and singing simultaneously and effortlessly. Several video performance on DVD are available, in case you listen to just an audio recording and wondered "who are the other guitarists playing, they're really good together?" nope, just Fred.

  • chrisy

    I was shocked when Jack White and John Frusciante were on the list.

    They are absolutely amazing…Yet "Top Lists" seem to think only the greatest players are those from the past.

    They're making way for a whole new style…

  • Mike

    John Mayer? Dude…… are you insane?

  • Jill

    John Frusciante is a great guitarist. try To Record Only Water for 10 Days or The Will To Death. Very good albums, and he plays a majority of the instruments. He is deserving of that spot. I think George Harrison should be on this list. He was one of the most influential guitar players of all time.

  • JSL

    The list is leaving off some HUGE names. You absolutely cannot leave out Clapton and Van Halen. However, you apparent uninformed people saying that John Mayer shouldn't be on the list should wake up and get in your music. He is on track to waxing this whole list by the end of his career. Clapton is practically handing him the torch. But then again, I guess that Tiger Woods will never be as good as Jack to some.

  • Tony

    JSL, I agree with you on the Mayer comment. Any one who is bashing him needs to listen to his latest live album. kid rips plain and simple. I have to disagree with you on the Van Halen comment, not that he isn't a great player, but to me his playing always lacked substance, no soul to it. Now, I can't stand Clapton, (I won't get into why), but he should definitely be on the list.

  • Manok

    Where's Santana, Grant Green, and, (of course) Eddie Hazel?

    My top 10 would indeed also include Buddy Guy, B.B King and Joe Satriani.

    Some of the best guitar ever recorder is of course "Maggotbrain". Play it, LOUD, then come back here and say something nice about Eddie Hazel. 🙂

    • Me-Mo

      Dude I totally agree with you,Eddie Hazel was awsome.And Add Ernie Isley (he learned from Jimi Hendrix when he played with the Isley Brothers),And Carlos Santana(his oloder stuff,check out the Borboletta album from 1975),and if you like Hendrix and stevie Ray why isn't Robin Trower (Robin Trower Live) on this list ?Also the guitarist from the band Slave(he was17 when they cut the album with "Slide"on it).Most of these are Metal guitarists,I prefer a guitarist that can make the hair on the back of my neck stand up when they play.Someone that makes you feel different emotions when they play.Just because you can play super fast doesn't make you great.

  • Bill

    Heres a few no one has brought up … very under rated or possibly not well enough known …. Jeff Beck , Steve Vai , BucketHead , Ry Cooder , Eric Johnson ,Gary Moore , Ritchie Blackmore , Andy Summers ,John Petrucci ,Vivian Campbell , Paul Gilbert , Uli John Roth ,Robert Fripp ,Akira Takasaki ,Steve Howe ,MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO ,CHRIS IMPELLITTERI ,ZAKK WYLDE , Vinnie Vincent , Stevie Stevens , and my choice for best overall would definetely be Randy Rhoads…

    • boban

      AAAHHH finally Ritchie

    • andy

      my god….

      you missed wingelvai mamerrysteen.haha.. Paul Gilbert???why not nuno bettencourt

      bro, Jeff Beck probably isn’t underrated or not well enough known, he is much lauded. but he definitely should be on any list of guitarists

    • mike

      tellme about it man…where’s buckethead????

      i thought this was for the 10 BEST/GREATEST GUITAR PLAYERS…. MEANING TALENT… NOT PUBLICITY!

    • cagedinsanity

      Paul Gilbert is the most versatile guitarist that has EVER picked up an ax! He and Chet Atkins are the best two guitarists ever, period.

  • Robert

    Agree with JSL and Tony Completely, all of you ignorant people who say john mayer is not a good guitarist should take a listen to some of his acoustic stuff or JMT (John Mayer Trio) and be prepared to be blown out of the water. This guy is ridiculous.

  • No Joe Satriani? strange list…. i wont say Santana is great or Glen Fray are the greatest… but they are not ranked lower then John Mayer… Mayer is good, but not one of the world top 10…

  • Tomasco

    Unbelievable…. Not one mention of Zappa. Zappa was the best. I suggest his 3 album "Shut up and Play Yer Guitar" for those who think Frank was just the 'Yellow Snow' guy. Frank was an absolute genius. There isn't any band anywhere that could play his music short of a symphony orchestra and it would be hard for them. Genius…

    • dmc

      You have to understand music theory and the complexity of symphonic composition to truly appreciate how good Zappa is as a guitar musician/composer.

      This is why it is so rare to see his name on these sorts of lists. The people expressing opinions here do not listen to music per se, they listen to ‘sound’ as in how good someone’s guitar riff “sounds”.

      If you listen to “music” you wind up listening to Frank with your mouth open, with goosebumps and tears in your eyes.

  • Tomasco

    …Segovia

    • tina king

      saw Segovia paly in Manchester – refused to start until there was complete silence!
      Shame not to see Hank Marvin or Jet Harris on any lists when so many claim they owe them debts of gratitude – certainly for hisory or electric guitar in Uk – also noting Hanks Spanish gypsy playing now

  • brixnx

    what about buckethead? or mattrach? maybe michael angelo batio or HIM's guitarrist!

    • andy

      because they are all awful…

  • Tomasco

    Mayer is about the sloppiest guitar player I've ever seen. Pure slop. Shades of Neil Young……

    • Ben

      You obviously haven’t seen John Mayer play guitar …. at all then. Slop? that’s the stupidest comment I’ve seen on here yet. Sloppy… Ha!

      • theat001

        Sorry, but he is pretty damn sloppy. Even in his studio performances… If you don’t think he’s sloppy that’s your opinion, but when you hear a guitarist who can play cleaner, you’ll fully understand…

        • john Mayer sucks…. bad voice NO real talent on a guitar just,…sucks… Buckethead any day…

          • theat001

            See I wouldn’t put buckethead in a top 10 list myself either…but to put in mayer is an insult to a lot of great guitarists that were ommitted. Particularly clapton, who has a similar style, but leagues more talent. Or even the more versatile guitarists who don’t stick to any one genre.

  • ftaang

    Dude, you're missing some of the greats. Frank Zappa, Mick Ronson, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton…

    John Mayer? Seriously? If you wanted to do a current pop guitarist at least do Hugh Harris from The Kooks. Considering they recorded their first album when he was like 17/18.

    • Eric

      “I was astonished at how well he played live. I had no idea he was that good.”

      That was Clapton’s quote on Mayer in 2004. Anyone who bashes Mayer is ignorant. Go watch his live performances before you start running your mouth off.

      • I agree Eric. When I published this list Mayer raised an eyebrow for me too. But after seeing and hearing his performances I was converted.

    • Anirban Das

      John Mayer is not only a pop guitarist but always plays blues better than ever in this generation…! U gotta listen to his live work in “where the light is concert” live in L.A…. apart from that he plays industrial rock, progressive rock etc.. John does it all..!!! u should surely listen before u say something that isn’t right..!

  • toughguy

    theres no way that wannabe from the red hot chili peppers is better than jimmy page just no damn way

  • Tony

    Speaking of Slop. Jimmy Page wrote the book on sloppy guitar playing. His studio work is amazing, but his live stuff is slop at it's finest.

  • Apocrypha

    Tom Morello?! Jack White?! This list needs guys like Andy Latimer, Robert Fripp, Alex Lifeson, Mikael Akerfeldt, Steve Hackett and Steve Howe. The only credible entry is David Gilmour.

  • boti

    where is synyster gates(avenged sevenfold)?

  • ken herman

    OK, OK, kids!

    Probably one of the greatest is Glenn Schwartz, formerly of the James Gang and Pacific Gas & Electric. Considered to be a "white" Jimi Hendrix, he was asked by Jimi to play at what was to be his last birthday party. Glenn played behind his back and with his teeth (now with his gums) before Jimi ever did. Now out of the limelight (and out of his mind) Glenn plays (and preaches) on Thursdays at a blue collar bar in Cleveland. ONE F*CKING INCREDIBLE PLAYER. Should be on any list.

  • Abhijeet Bhardwaj

    Ok!. Why young and van halen and clapton aren't there I don't know but Uh SLASH (GNR).

  • rckstr

    I know everyone may cringe at this one, but Billy Corgan can play the hell out of a guitar. he makes his guitar soar like a blend of tom morrello-meets-david gilmore. I know he hasn't put out much worth listening to in a while, but the guy is a virtuoso. more so than nearly everyone on the list. how about Doug Martsch? absolute genious.

    • andy

      absolutely agree…this list for me should be about influential style, originality. Billy definitely had a style but to include him you would have to include Kevin Shields (my bloody valentine) william reid, Sterling Morrison…how about Robbie Kreiger???

  • Alex

    Ehm perhaps this has been said before but … where's Slash ? from Guns 'n' Roses?

    I know he would be in my list …

    But great list nevertheless!

  • Paul

    More than significant, each of these guys were/are influential monsters in their own right, yet still unmentioned here:

    John Fahey

    Rory Gallagher

    Peter Green

    Wes Montgomery

    Larry Carlton

    Jeff Healey

    • ThatsRight

      Glad someone finally mentioned Peter Green who

      created Fleetwood Mac. Those were the days!

  • YouForgot

    Eddie Van Halen. Slash. Eric Clapton. Pete Townsend. Angus Young.

  • eh

    Where the heck is Brian May (Queen)?! No-one's mentioned him already, that's a shame… And Robby Krieger of The Doors should also be on the list. He's one of the most underrated musicians.

    • sadie

      I recently read that Jimmy Paige said he could play any guitarist except Brian May.That’s some tribute.Brian makes that guitar(Which he made himself) sing.Fabulous musician!!!!!

  • D.B.

    I am absolutely stunned that no previous commenter has mentioned John McLaughlin. He's more creative AND way faster than any on the list and yet plays with intense emotion even when "shredding". Frusciante is a tasteful player and comes up with nice tunes, but plenty of bar-band guitarists can hit the same riff over and over at high speed.

    • Jeff

      I agree. Most people haven’t heard of John. Their loss. He is phenomenal.

    • Jeff

      Well said. McLaughlin blows ’em away.

  • sean

    not even close. No offense but John Mayer is trash absolute trash. Jack White is decent but not a guitar god at all. This is my list, and I'm going to leave out every guitar player that came before the Beatles, not saying Chuck Berry or B.B. King couldn't shred, but I'm trying to relate to the modern idea of Rock and Roll. I'm also judging on a lot more than just ability to "shred". And to the one goon…Jimmy Page SHINED live, that was Led Zeppelins appeal, you felt like you were at the biggest show on Earth…you probably just watched a few videos on youtube from the end of the band's career when he was a herion addict.

    10.Joe Satriani

    9. Elliott Smith

    8. Doug Martsch

    7. Eric Clapton

    6. Nick Drake

    5. Neil Young

    4. David Gilmour

    3. Jimmy Page

    2. George Harrison

    1. Jimi Hendrix. no question

    • Chris

      this guy knows what he’s talking about (nick drake needs to be pushed up… get elliot smith outta there and put in TREY

  • bob

    10 Joe Walsh

    9 Carlos Santana

    8 Alexi Laiho

    7 Jimmy Page

    6 Eddie Van Halen

    5 Joe Satriani

    4 Stevie Ray Vaughn

    3 Eric Clapton

    T1 Dave Mustaine( created the genre of thrash metal with out his work he started with metallica and carries on in megadeth there would not be 3/4 of the metal bands there are today) and Jimi Hendrix(who is clearly great he brought a whole to idea about how to play a guitar and created techniques never used before)

  • Alan Thompson

    I see a couple of ommissions in these lists, one is Randy Rhodes and the other is so glaring that I can only assume that the list had no imput from anyone over 25 years of age. Has anyone ever heard of a man named Andres Segovia, the original guitar master!

  • John Corcoran, Jr

    Amazing… A top Ten list and all these responses and no one comes up with Les Paul?

    Who in the Hades do you think invented and developed the most famous R&R electric guitar? And overdubbing? But he's not just an inventor. Listen to the music he recorded on 1950s technology. It will blow you away.

    Django Rhinehart…Only had two working fingers and could outplay most if not all your list.

    Anyone who ever heard Danny Gatton play–few have–would list him, too.

    No one knows his way around a 12 string Rickenbacher like The Byrds Roger McGuinn.

    Call this list what it really is. One man's top ten FAVORITE guitarists.

  • Jill….NOT Jill

    Uhm…John Corcoran, Les Claypool is a bassist…not a guitarist.

  • Tony

    Jill….NOT Jill,

    John Corcoran never said anything about Les Claypool. Read it again more carefully.

  • John Locke

    This dude should have made the list!

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  • Ray Alnz

    wtf?!?!?!?!

    jimmy page should be higher…no clapton…dude ur screwd up….no curt cobain?….tom morello..no way!

  • aj

    What about Derek Trucks? Mark Knopfler? Trey Anastacio? Chuck Berry? Even Eddie Van Halen deserves some credit–more than John Mayer does for guitar playing. John Mayer's fame as a guitarist piggybacks on his commercial success, which is a result of targeting a demographic of 13 year old girls. He's no doubt a skilled guitar player, but over-rated as a guitarist relative to guys like Van Halen, Knopfler, etc.

  • Chris Walker

    I'm bias to shred

    10 Guthrie Govan

    9 Dime bag Darrel

    8 Ty Tabor

    7 Steve Vai

    6 Steve Morse

    5 Greg Howe

    4 Joe Satriani

    3 Paul Gilbert

    2 Eddie Van Halen

    1 John Petrucci

  • IRB

    there are to many to list just 10 and everyone would disagree on any list. With some of the names mentioned could never hold a string to Johnny Winter or Ronnie Montrose.

  • Tim

    Phil Keagy hands down.

  • Red House

    Where is Gary Moore?

    • andy

      probably at home having a cup of tea and a biscuit right now har har

      • Bob

        Not funny. Unfortunately, he died in 2011.

  • Harold

    Sean’s list is pretty much dead on, though I’d probably add Dean Ween on to it.

    If he added pre-Beatles the list would need Django and there’s like 90 billion other amazing jazz guitarists through the 60’s and 70’s.

    For classical guitarists the biggest name has to be John Williams, who is pretty much just a robot with no feeling – yeah I went there. I’d go with Segovia over him, though I’m not even well versed when it comes to classical guitarists.

    So I guess my list would be something like

    8. Frank Zappa
    7. Dean Ween
    6. David Gilmour
    5. Nick Drake
    4. Elliott Smith
    3. Jimmy Page
    2. George Harrison
    2. Django Reinhardt
    1. Jimi Hendrix.

    Also thanks for introducing me to Doug Martsch and Danny Gatton.

  • Where's Brian May?! (From Queen).

    MAN!! He'd be #1 on my list!!

    I Love Brian May!

    • sadie

      Nikki we are kindred spitits,totally agree about Brian,I could listen to him fo hours !!!

  • I'm speechless… a top guitarist list that does not include Eric Clapton, Marty Friedman or Eddie Van Halen…

    …seriously speechless…

    I give you props for some of your choices though, solid stuff!

  • Mike

    What about the guitar trio John Mclaughlin,Paco De Lucia and Al di Meola?

    • Keith

      About time someone mentioned these guys! I couldn't believe I was going this far down, without anyone bringing up the brilliant masters of the instrument from various music styles. Each individually is one of the greatest, but this list seems limited to the Blues – Rock progression only, a very limited view.

      It is some of my favorite music, and I would agree with some of the names, expecially Stevie Ray Vaughn, but other styles of music have produced some fantastic players. In jazz, Pat Metheny is the first one that comes to mind,

      Anyone that likes something other than Metal, or distorted amped electrics only, should listen to the Live album in San Francisco that those three did together.

      There is a band that plays locally here sometimes called Incendio that will blow your mind with absolutely beautiful guitar work as well.

  • Uros

    This list is OK, but i would put it this way:

    1.Stevie Ray Vaughan

    2.Jimi Hendrix

    3.Buddy Guy

    4.Eric Clapton

    Anyway that is only my choice but i like your list to…There are many people commenting the list who don't have a clue about guitar playing…Buddy Guy is the best alive guitarist…not only to me…go ask Clapton 🙂

  • batman

    I really respect this list, but here is my humble suggestion for a list. I'm glad we can all debate this and not be insulting. <–Edited from original comment.

    1.Jimmy Hendrix

    2.Eric Clapton

    3.Jimmy Paige

    4.bb king

    5.buddy guy

    6.Slash

    7.Eddie Van Hallen

    8.Bucket Head

    9.Stevie Ray Vaughan

    10.LES PAUL

  • Who made this list?

    No BucketHead? Slash? Van Halen? Paige? Hammet? Les Paul? Satriani? and don't even get me started about Clapton not being on here.. -.-

  • XUSNLT

    I just read all of the comments and couldn't believe how long it too for someone (John Corcoran) to mention Les Paul. As for the 'tard who "knows" better players than Robert Johnson, just remember that Johnson INVENTED the sound and everyone else is just copying him or building upon his foundation. This list might work better split up by genre. Segovia may be one of the best guitarists ever, but he doesn't work with the others on the list. Stanley Jordan is incredible, but he'd be out of place on this list. What about Charo – yes, the Coochie Coochie girl from Hollywood Squares plays a mean classical and flamenco guitar! TopTenzMaster – let's see a bunch of subcategory lists…

  • Chatchai Kittikun

    Chet Atkins

    Mark Knopfler

    John Williams

    …. are my best picks ever.

  • Lars Mullett

    It's an ok list, but you are definitely missing some Guitarists

    namely:

    – Joe Satriani

    -Kirk Hammett

    -Randy Rhodes

    -Slash

    -Eddie Van Halen

    Another thing. Some of the guitarists aren't any good. you should delete:

    -John Mayer

    -John White

    -BB. King

    -Stevie Ray Vaughn

    -Robert Johnson

  • HendrixSrv

    lol………….delete Stevie Ray…this must be a joke.He is like 10 times better than slash and that is a fact…

  • july

    joe perry. if you can make your guitar sing sweet emotion you should be in top ten. The first notes of sweet child of mine puts slash up there as well

  • Lars Mullett

    im just saying, stevie ray vaughn is no good compared to the REAL rockers out there

  • Ric

    Kirk Hammett should seriously be on everyones list as a top 5 guitar player of all time. I saw monsters of rock in the mid 80s eddie van halen introduced Kirk as the greatest guitar player ever.

  • betzblue

    How about Kenny Wayne Sheppard?

    What about Jon Butcher? He's not even mentioned?

    John Mayer may be mentioned due to the large amount of Anniston fans on the panel….

    But as was said before…everyone has their own lists of "favourites"….

  • Alice

    No Brian May or Jimi Hendrix or Slash or Angus Young? This list has never been more out!

    • andy

      who’s that at number 2…

  • Lol… john mayer?hehe and where's clapton…robert johnson > Jimi hendirx ?? -.- come on man…

    This is my opinion:

    1. Jimi Hendrix

    2. Eric Clapton

    3. Jimmy Page

    4. Stevie Ray Vaughn

    5. Eddie Van Halen

    6. David Gilmour

    7. Ritchie Blackmore

    8. Randy Rhoads

    9. Steve Vai

    10.Tony Iommi

  • markus

    come on man, no eric clapton or Eddie van halen, they are better than most of these yokels on here, alternative rock cant stand up against classic rock when it comes to guitar players and hendrix is #1 and always will be, none can touch him high or sober lol

  • Gage Henning

    Okay this list is not at all accurate if you ask me. It doesn't include Buckethead – a remarkable guitarist(Soothsayer is my favorite of his) or KIRK HAMMETT!! How can you not put Kirk Hammett, one of if not THE GREATEST guitarist of all time!?

  • Gage Henning

    Here's your REAL #1 – Kirk Hammett

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  • Geoffrey

    AT LAST!! some gd stuf about john frusciante, hes the best living guitarist in my opinion. i don't get people who think those random metal shredders should belong in the top 10 list…. bein insanely good just on technical stuff means nothing… its kinda like shredding as fast as possible on a pentatonic scale, people will respect the skills, but wheres the soul? this is the exact reason why hendrix and jimmy page always get on these lists but not guitarists like buckethead, i mean seriously he has less tone then any of the GnR guitarists.. if slash is not on the list, theres no way the kfc man can get any close. to all the haters, tom morello is a very innovative guitarist and by far more creative then buckethead. I swear the world is no longer a place for good music.

    P.S. JOHN FRUSCIANTE INCREASES UR SPERM COUNT

    • Rhasz

      Emotional songs from “kfc” man.
      Golden Eyes
      Handprint Ornament
      Melting Man
      Three Headed Guardian
      Sail on Soothsayer
      Blind Cyclops
      Soothsayer
      Disintergration
      Fractal Shadows
      Inferno
      Look up There
      Nottingham Lace
      Praxis Endtime
      Ropelight
      Star Chasing
      The Patrol Man
      track 12 pike 15
      The Rising Sun
      A real Diamond in the Rough

  • Paige

    You think those guys are good? They are, but you should hear my uncle- Chris Lambert- and my cousin -Brent Lambert-. My uncle works at the Shadow Box in Columbus (or is it Cincinnati?) Ohio. He plays in a whole bunch of the music shows as a guitarist, and he rocks. Sometimes my cousin works there, too. Brent is just as good as my uncle, and they're both as good as the people you put on here.

    • Cowbilly Jack

      Yeah, I’ve seen Chris Lambert play “Eruption” and he smoked it. Too bad all the talented people get overlooked when they work/live in crappy places like Columbus/Cincinnati:(

  • Alan Thompson

    A top ten list without Randy Rhodes or Andre Segovia, what a joke. Segovia is considered the ultimate master of guitar and Randy Rhodes in the few short years he had, proved, without a doubt, that he was the ultimate Rock guitarist. Wake up people and smell the music.

  • Alan Thompson

    oops, sorry bad spelling, Andres Segovia

  • Samme J

    where the hell on this list is eric clapton or Beck or Duane come on as a guitar player and berkley graduate for 30 years they should always be on the list. they were so of the most mentioned and taught in class.

  • moganz

    hey i am a guitarist and i know who is better than none and only unique guitar player is kirk buckethead is the flash and slash is the monster hendrix is the father guitarist

  • Allan

    What about the legendary Les Paul?

  • mick

    some great guitarists here are my top 10

    1 ritchie blackmore

    2 paul kossoff

    3 gary moore

    4 jimmy page

    5 dave gilmour

    6 randy rhodes

    7 jimmy hendrix

    8 peter green

    9 jeff beck

    10 angus young

    • JohnQueue

      Sorry, but the flaw is in believing the best guitarists are all rock ‘n rollers… SPARE ME! These two run rings around most on that list and are absolutely magical behind a guitar… in Roy’s case… No one plays a classical guitar better than he does…IMO, that is 🙂

      1. Chet Atkins
      2. Roy Clark

  • Nuno Graça

    Sometimes people forget that the greatest musician is not the one who can plays faster. I play guitar and I admire who plays fast, but i admire more the ones who can make beatiful music, even if it's simple. Frusciante is one of the few guys who can do so (beside Hendrix). And Frusciante could play all of Jimi's songs when he was 12 years old, and I guess he still can. So for those who compare them to Steve Vai, you should listen to music and not watch to the speed of their fingers.

  • Pádraig

    I can destroy your list with two words…

    Rory Gallagher

    • Matt

      Hell yeah! Any list of the top ten LIVE players would have to have Rory at the top. Look up guitar hero in the dictionary and there is a picture of Rory.

  • Nathan

    For all of you who say " people who say John Mayer shouldn’t be on the list should wake up and get in your music" (from JSL) or something similar…

    You, sir, is a joke, and an ignorant fool. Stop trying to be cool.

    Look at the title again.

    TOP 10 GREATEST GUITAR PLAYER.

    Do you understand the meaning of 'GREATEST' ?

    Yeah, John Mayer is good, but he is NOT the greatest. Not even one of them. Maybe later in his career, that would happen. But not now.

    The Greatest of all the guitar player (mind you there are millions of guitar player out there) , is the one that inspire thousands and make records that last through time. Well we sure don't know about John Mayer yet.

    Want a good example ? Eric Clapton.

    • SLMc

      Hey!. What about Randy Rhoads. Definitely top 10, if not 5

  • CJ

    How about a guy who can make one guitar sound like a whole band….Tommy Emmanuel.

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  • Pedro G

    I recently discovered Tommy Emmanuel's work.

    I'm totally addicted…

    When i saw this top10 list, The first guitar player that I thought about, was Tommy Emmanuel =P

    Although I don't think he should be considered "the greatest of all" (whatever that means) Tommy can play some outstanding sounds out of a single acoustic guitar!

    Listen to his work and judge for yourselves…

  • jon-paul

    why is it only guitrists that are pre 2000 getting a mention. i love music from every decade but one of the best i have ever seen is matt bellamy from muse he has took guitar playing to a completly different level. and i feel this guy deserves a mention..

    people like like jack white are good guitarists but not really at that level but he is the only recent guy mentioned in that top 10..

  • theloveman

    what about Ernest Isley – he is easily in the top 3 of all times – no one can match this guy's riffs in songs like summer breese – who';s that lady – who loves better – hope you feel better – voyage to atlantis, and liquid love just to name a few of many powerful guitar riffs – y99u guys are missing a treat is you haven't heard Erney Isley get down

  • Guitar Fan… xD

    OMG! John Mayer??? are you serious!?…Dude, I think you should have explored more on the guitar world before making the list…

    The absence of Joe Satriani makes this list, in my opinion, ridiculous. And how about, Steve Vai, John Petrucci and maybe throw in Michael Angelo Batio, I'm pretty sure they're better than John Mayer..

  • John

    Where is Kirk Hammet or Eddie Van Halen? They always added something unique to thier albums. You won't find anything unique about John Mayor.

  • fuck you

    jimmy page

    there are highschool bands who play zepplin songs…

    where the hell are joe satriani and eddie van halen and get some metal guitarists in there

  • Harmon k

    What about Rick Derringer Johnny Winter Wes Montgomery. No Pete Townshend? The list is great I am not a Clapton Fan or a BB King guy but the list is a good accounting of the top guitarists over the last 30 years…..

  • UglyShirts

    No Brian May?

    FAIL.

  • Crystaldream

    Jimi Hendrix the best

    Malmsteen speed

    Slash feeling and improvisation

    Buckethead improvisation and shred

  • Henrik

    Dude– Ace Frehley. He took some great guitar work and amped it up to 11 billion 🙂

    Not only that, but he writes real songs 🙂

  • john

    tony iommi would mop the floor with that list. jon mayer give me a break

  • Arkash

    Man, come on, how could you not have listed Alexi Laiho, he's the be(a)st!

  • Mark Perry

    Some personal favorites not on the list… and I stress personal…

    Brian May

    Gary Moore.. my favorite

    Richie Blackmore

    Eric Clapton

    Kenny Wayne Sheppard

    Tom Morello

    Jeff Beck

    Alvin Lee… has everyone forgot about Woodstock?

  • Tofa

    Excuse me for interrupting but I think that it's not properly to complain about who Clarence didn't added and who he didn't..if you search another site the top 10 will be different..i bet there are no sites who have exactly the same top 10 artists… I found this site because i just wanted to know names of great guitarists.Since you already know some you can create your personal Top 10 for yourself or for a blog or anything. I don't think it's right to influence others with your own opinion. I'm not really that expertised but I thought it would be nice to react. Thank you and no flames intended ^^

  • Joe Schmoe

    This list is ridiculous… Jack White?? and a guy named John Mayer is on the list? What were you thinking! Do you have a man-crush on John Mayer??? With all the great guitarists like Clapton, Jeff Beck, Page, SRV, Tom Scholz, Slash, you don't put a guy named John Mayer on that list…

  • Brian Johnson

    What about Angus Young? He should be at least #5

    • your right brian i been a acdc freak since u all been out in the early n mid 70s the greast band of all time. and i seen acdc 37 times through out the united states. i love my memories with the band and still watch and listen to the cds and dvds of the band. brian johnson is the best thing that happen to acdc since bond scott death. keep rockin guys i love u with a passion. mark

  • bob

    ok guys whats up my top ten is no where near alot of yours however it is strictly opinion and thats what makes this so fun so here it is!!

    10.) chet atkins

    9.) eddie van halen

    8.) "dimebag" darrell abbott

    7.) joe satriani

    6.) B.B. king

    5.) randy rhoades

    4.) eric clapton

    3.) ace frehley ( for his work on solos and originallity )

    2.) les paul

    1.) stevie ray vaughn

    I know I will catch alot of crap on the ace frehley pick but thats ok he is still awesome! and in the seventies ahead of his time! dont forget he was a bluesy guitarist!!

    I hope the list is somewhat correct on peoples lists although it is just an opinion! and just a small thought and insight on angus young he might not make the top 50 for me he plays just a few chords and everything sounds the same, he is with a unique voice and a band who was made by bon scot that put ac/dc on the map!! I know of no really good guitar player that names angus young as their inspiration or was influenced by angus young it is just that his work was too simple!!

    • Caleb

      Who cares if it’s is simple. If it sounds awesome it’s still worth while to put on this list

  • Anthony

    Where's Dave Murray of Iron Maiden? He's got the smoothest legato style anybody will ever hear.

  • L

    Okay, seriously, how did omar rodriguez lopez not make the list?

  • Sinner

    Where on earth is Richie Sambora? He is legendary! Although I have to agree that Jimi Hendrix is amazing

  • Vinnie

    Let's not forget Warren Haynes from Government Mule

    • Matt

      Warren would be in my top ten as well. Seen him and the Mule live many times, Warren is as good or better than half of the guitar players mentioned here. No studio wizardry like Page needed to sound his best, Warren sounds better live than recorded.

  • James

    How can Sambora be legendary when he still plays?

    Some folks get too worked up over top 10 lists.

    You could make 50 top 10 lists and make a good arguement for each of them. One poster mentioned Jon Butcher. I saw him as the opening act for Rush back in 1983 and he was excellent.

    A couple years ago, I saw a poll of guitar players taken as to who they thought were the best ever. Two names that showed up that really suprised me were (Don't laugh) Glen Campbell and Christopher Cross. The musicians commented that you had to look at Cross' work before his wimpy music days.

    Several also said people forget that for years, Campbell was a studio musician and had to be able to adapt to many different styles of music and that popular on the charts didn't mean best. Several stated that Campbell was one of the best they had ever heard play.

    The opinion of Van Halen as one of the 10 best I don't get. He is skilled but his music strikes me as lifeless.

  • Stine

    No No No you are all wrong!!

    Where is Matthew Bellamy (from muse)?!
    He is one of the best i tell you THE BEST!!
    He should be on this list's over top 10 becuase thats where he belongs!!

    • ciucinciu

      YES, I was gonna comment about matt bellamy! but he missed a lot of guitar legends like brian may angus young, etc

  • Zappa – would have liked to hear him play with Hendrix – as a compliment not competition. Zappa, a classically trained musician, playing in a rock and roll world,had such depth of experience from without – as much as Hendrix had from within – too bad the intensity killed him; Zappa tamed it and had fun with it. Hendrix was driven by it. Great guitarist? Who cares! My picks are artists, something a machine, human or otherwise can not approach let alone touch, and that is what it is all about, touching the soul through music. One trick ponies are a dime a dozen – some of them are at the right place at the right time and their ego does the rest. Who will be remembered a hundred years from now – it will not be the "best".

  • clem

    WTF??? Theres I don't KNOW how many replies on here & NOT ONE MENTION of the BEST GUITAR BAND **EVER**.

    ALLEN COLLINS

    GARY ROSSINGTON

    ED KING

    STEVE GAINES

    Not to mention Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Toy Caldwell & ELVIN BISHOP!!!

    WTF is WRONG with you people????????

  • clem

    ALLEN COLLINS

    GARY ROSSINGTON

    ED KING

    STEVE GAINES

    'NUFF SAID

  • cron

    Everyone listens to music for different reasons. The transition of 'acknowledgment' to 'love' of an artist or song is an entirely unique experience, starting from smell, location, time of day, time of year, repetitions over time etc., that triggers interest. Obviously, anyone who bashes John Mayer is stuck on radio feeds and needs to explore his music before judging on pop tunes, and almost all Hendrix aficionados are late adopters that buy trends (a marketer's dream).

    Everyone here should list their guitarist along with a moment that turned them on to that artist.

  • jeff c

    WHATTT? where is Joe Satriani? the list is a FAIL if he is not on it.

  • TREVOR

    Im so glad u put frusciante on this list u r rite he puts the music together like a music magicion but this is reall. i dont think he better than Hendrix but he deserves to be high on the list.

  • KARMA.TWN.T.1

    John mayer lmfao!!!!

    How are you not gonna include KIRK HAMMET?!?!?

    He can top the list!

    I know people have different opinions but john mayer come on…

    What is this guitarist for elevator music?

  • theloveman

    what about Ernest Isley – he is easily in the top 3 of all times – no one can match this guy’s riffs in songs like summer breeze – who’s that lady – who loves better – hope you feel better – voyage to atlantis, and liquid love just to name a few of many powerful guitar riffs – you guys are missing a treat is you haven’t heard Erney Isley get down

  • Mohib

    This list is joke. You mention mayer but not his grand daddy- Eric Clapton

  • Chris

    What about Derek Trucks?

  • Taylor

    Hey guys John mayer is easliy one of the greatest guitar players out there. listen to his live solos i agree that eddie van halen should be on the list but john mayer belongs on that list! Who ever made the list should be able to put john there nice job!!

  • B

    I think should put Angus Young, Jeff Beck, Mark Knofler and Ace Frehley somewhere on this list!

  • G

    buckethead

    slash

    keith richards

    joe perry

    clapton

    evh

    brian may

    zakk wylde

    kurt cobain

    the list goes on…..

    not one of the legendary names i've just mentioned are on there. not one!!! but yet fags like john mayer are on there this does not make sense

    P.S good call on a few though like BB King, Morello, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and SRV

  • Dmonoid

    are you people serious have you never heard of JOHN 5 used to be a guitarist for marilyn manson is currently the guitarist for rob zombie has 4 solo albums of just guitar music…….helllo……..JOHN frickin 5

  • Bert

    John Mayer and Frusciante are very talented guitarists, but to include them at the expense of legends like Clapton, Duane Allman, Neil Young, The Edge, Brian May, George Harrison…that's unforgivable. I'll admit that Jack White needs more time to prove himself too, but of all the recent guitarists listed, he is the one with the most vision and confidence in his ideas. He is his generation's Jimmy Page.

    I've recently seen Mayer, the Chili Peppers, Clapton, and Neil in concert and had an amazing time at three of those shows. Mayer was just bad, I like his blues tracks but the show was not worth it. The Chili Peppers on the other hand were outstanding – but they just didn't compare to watching Clapton and Neil burn the house down. That's one of the reasons I always feel like Tom Petty gets missed out – he might not play the fastest or most intricate tunes, but damned if he hasn't written a ton of iconic songs.

    Technique is maybe only a third of being a great guitarist. The true greats need to have the skills to write a great song, and play it with the emotion it deserves.

    • cefragula

      who's john mayer?

  • Dettus

    SLASH????AND SLASH?????? TOM MORELLO?? BLEH!! SLASH,SLASH!! GUNS N ROSES GUITAR PLAYER: SLASH SLASH SLASH

  • Reid

    How could you forget Chuck Berry the creator of rock guitar

  • Rosey

    That you don't have Satriani on here pretty much negates this post. Ludicrous.

  • Terry Kath was the greatest guitar player that ever live, the only guitatest Hendrix idolized. Nice miss.

    • Sean McDonnell

      Zactly!!!!!!!! Terry Kath, hands down the greatest ever! Hendrix is on everybodies list as the best, well Jimi said Terry was the best and if Jimi said it it's good enough for the rest of us. I just can't believe it took until Sept. 24th 2009 for someone to put his name down! To bad he valued the band concept more than his ego or he would be more well respected.

  • Dom Ajuri

    Hendrix's career didn't last 8 years?? Hello?? It was only 4 years and then he was murdered. Where did you get 8 years??? If it was 8 years long, he would have died in 1974.

  • DaMoFo

    Hendrix was murdered? I've never heard this before. Details please.

  • Me-Mo

    Yo Man,

    your list was good,and I'ma let you finish.

    But Hendrix was the geratist of all time.

    OF ALL TIME>

  • Elizabeth

    NO BRIAN MAY?? The guy built his OWN guitar. He sometimes added piano wire behind the guitar strings, he was technical and had soul, and is an innovator. I personally find East Bay Ray from the Dead Kennedy's marvelous. I know he doesn't belong in this list, but any musician that has their own sound like these two deserves a mention……but yes, taste is subjective anyway.

  • jimmy page!!!!

  • rockinrich

    It is definitely an opinion based list, ask 100 people, and get 100 different answers. But please, 99 out of those100 would have Clapton on it, the list loses credibility without him. Pictures of “Clapton is God” tags around England stick in my mind. Even among his peers he is revered, he just has to be here! Page should be higher, but of course, that’s just my “opinion”.

  • tash

    Not to bring down the sausage fest (seriously, she just deserves to be in the top ten, I mean Jack White?) KAKI KING!!! Pink Noise? I'm a straight girl, and watching that video made me want to jump her.

  • JohnnyComeLately

    Uh… what about this guy?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY8wyKuLY2k

  • Kirk Hammett truly is #1!!!!!!

    He's a beast at guitar!!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE HE DIDN'T MAKE THIS STINKIN LIST!!!!!

    no matter what anybody says about him, he's still #1

  • jimmy page higher!!!!!

  • ittlepigeon926

    If uniqueness = greatness, then THE EDGE of U2 is the best. Why did nobody mention him? I love that guy's style.

    • Keith

      You should see the film "It Might Get Loud." Jack White, Jimmy Page, and The Edge get together, talk about guitar playing and play some together, as well as clips from their own shows.

      The Edge shows how he produced the sounds he gets, and admits he plays very simple stuff, it's all his computerized production techniques. A guitar player of quality? – not even.

  • drmorbius

    How about Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of Steely Dan (Reelin' in the Years) and Doobie Brothers fame?

  • drmorbius

    A little correction: Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is a really excellent guitar player, but I did a little more checking and Elliott Randall was the solo guitarist for "Reelin' in the Years" — apparently he did it in one take….

  • Adam

    Seriously have any of you ever listened to John Mayer play the guitar? Do me a favor and look up Jih Mayer Trio live on Conan and tell me that he isn't a good guitarist.

    Great List by the way

  • landon self

    you FORGOT DIMEBAG

  • guyfromloudstacey

    Start with top 10 “rock or blues” guitar players. Or maybe all those jazz and classical guys can't play.

    With the exceptions of people named “Jimmy” and probably STV you could make a top 10 list that didn’t overlap with this at all, publisher it in Guitar Player and nobody would bat an eye.

  • ProgFan

    Obviously there are going to be different lists depending on genre and tastes in music and many wont agree with me but I have to put Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth out there… amazing guitarist and overall musician.

  • mike

    lindsey buckingham, very under-rated ( IM SO AFRAID ) manny charlton/ nazareth

  • Ed Cruz

    what about Mark Farner, Alvin Lee, or myself, The ED CRUZ band

  • fadi

    this is unbelieveable why is john mayer on this hes crap

    wheres kirk hammett? john mayer pop puff

  • Dave

    Eric Clapton should be in the top 10 list and Phil Keaggy shouldnt be to fare from the 10

  • kevin

    wheres michael angelo batio and randy rhoads these guys are fkn amazing hendrix isnt quite my taste but i wont hate i could say hes been influencial to many guitarests and blew there minds so there must be something special that i dont see about him but where r these 2 amazing guitarists!!

    this list has some good guitarest but not top 10 guitarest in my perspective it must be changed

  • kevin

    1.randy rhoads

    2.michael angelo batio

    3.john petrucci

    4.van halen

    5.slash

    6.jimmy page

    7.david gilmour

    8.yngwie

    9.stevie ray

    10.kirk hammett

    my taste of music and i really think randy was THE best guitarest of all time too bad he died so young *cries*

    also i think you made a list of inflluencial guitarists not top 10 best guitarest

    • richie

      god bless you and your voice of reason..randy was the best ever

  • drock

    i think eddie van halen is the best guitar player

  • Susie

    alright i think we all need to stop hating on john mayer. I don't think that he really would even call himself one of the best guitarists of all time, he's obviously not far enough into his career to be criticized about this stuff. But i love him, and he eventually will make it on this list. Oh, and for all you who say he sucks and whatever, if he is so bad then why has he played with so many of the people who actually should deserve to be on this list?

  • fadi

    wheres santana ?

    eric clapton?

    kirk hammett?

  • john mayer is on here???? what a poor excuse for a blues player. he mocks everything that the blues is about. just another souless white guy who has some licks he learned when he put down the acoustic. at least john fruciante didnt try to act like he was something he wasnt.

  • Shadowist

    I'm going to throw in some not so mainstream guitarists I hold in high esteme:

    1. John Maclaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra)

    2. Snakefinger

    3. Chris Haskett (Rollins Band)

    4. Frank Zappa

    5. John Williams (Classical Guitar)

    6. Tony Iommi

    7. Bill Steer (Carcass)

    8. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)

    9. Eddie Clark (Motorhead)

    10. Ron Ashton (The Stooges)

    Most top classical and flemenco players blow all those in the lists above away, but because they are not 'rock 'n' rollers', people forget about them.

    By the way, i believe it's not how fast you are but what melody is played and what surprises you can produce

  • JJH

    This is ridiculous…"Best guitarists" any and all of them are all a matter of opinion.

    It's like saying what is the best FOOD in the world. Think about it for a second.

    All a matter of preference…but that being said where in the hell is Gary Moore? :p

    • andy

      ha ha ha…blah blah matter of opinion blah blah what about gary moore….brilliant!!

  • Zatoshi

    I bet John mayer is really a good musician he feeds my soul, regardless. why dont you guy's try to listen Tuck Andress music? music is not a competition, not even a race so dont make your music fast or you'll die faster. LOL ^_^

  • karhopper85

    1 randy rhoads
    2yngvei malmshteen
    3 michael romeo
    4 michael angelo batio
    5 tony Iommi
    6 stevi ray vaughn
    7 aleks skolnik
    8 gary holt
    9 dave mustane
    10 chris broderick

  • max

    to be one of the greatest guitar players ever you need to bring something to the music…

    emotion, ingenuity, inspiration…

    i cant believe this guy didnt get a HM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dd3aNFcw80

    lots of the people on here that everyone says is a "great" just isnt…

    at this lvl technical skill means nothing

    all these people have amazing skill at the guitar so forget that

    you can play fast so what…

    the people who play guitar and bring you to tears those are the top 10 iMHO

    1. jimi hendrix (he did more in the blink of an eye then anyone else for the guitar)

    2. david gilmour (if you havnt cried during one of his solos you dont love music)

    3. robert johnson (he is an influence on almost all these guys)

    4. SRV…

    5. eric clapton (there is so much of him he needs to be top 5)

    6. mick taylor (personal preference) anyone in the rolling stones here really))

    7. Jimmy Page (so many great riffs)

    8. John Frusciante

    9. Kirk Hammett

    10. Tom Morello

    (11) les paul… he made the guitar what is today

    there are so many other great players

    many who deserve to be top 10

    but theres no doubt that all of the 10 players listed here are some of the greatest players ever…

    • anoosh

      yessssssssssssss great gilmour!!! i cry to he is number one until 10!!!!!!

    • Lind VanAsselt

      Without George Harrison, your list is incomplete

  • Rocking911

    Zakk wylde, slash, eddie van halen and joe satriani should be in that list. Zakk Wylde can even play with his tongue

    • nrg930

      joe satriani, yes. slash + zakk, meh. theyre close but def in the top 20. not bad… just not top 10 status

  • Sancho

    Where´s Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson…
    Fruciante??? There are many guitar players who are better than him; Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Skyes, Darrel Dimebag, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Dave Mustaine, John Petrucci, Jani Liimatainen, Vito Bratta, Michael Romeo, Gary Moore…
    I can say many more…

  • richie

    no randy rhoads ? all i need to see to know these lists are a joke..see ya

  • richie

    here is my list with randy rhoads being number one all time and the rest in no particular order..randy rhoads…joe satriani..steve vai..yngwie malmsteen….eddie van helen….stanley jordan……michael angelo batio

    ….dimebag darrell…..jimmy page,,stevie ray..jimi hendrix. everybody may not agree,,but i think if any list dosnt at least have five of these guys,the list is a joke

  • mike marich

    were is kirk hammit is what i wanna kno he is the all time greatest hes in his 40s n he still sreds the guitars

  • Woody Woodward

    John Mayer, get real. Where's Fripp and Carlos. Tom Morello should be higher than 10. Not even Steven Wilson. Did everyone forget Shawn Lane? Derek Trucks? Just my opinion.

  • Jo

    where’s SLASH ????

    it’s a bad list!

  • SK

    Eric Clapton is probably the only one who needs to be in there. I love how he understands the importance of Robert Johnson. I love John Mayer, but you should really pick Clapton instead of him. For all you Mayer haters, go bone your palm.

    Also, John Mayer IS a Shakespeare.

  • gqg

    phil keaggy andrantelargo & ME!!

  • gqg

    the best never rest!!

  • Sam

    10. Pete Townsend

    9. John Mayer

    8. B.B. King

    7. Jeff Beck

    6. Jimmy Paige

    5. Eric Clapton

    4. Robert Johnson

    3. Mark Knofler

    2. Stevie Ray

    1. Jimi Hendrix

    • Pat Foster

      FINALLY someone put MK on there— i mean, there's NOONE who's jaw doesn't drop to his playing.even Randy Rhoads said he's out of this world.

  • mark

    Listen to "Where the Light is" and tell me John Mayer is not an amazing guitarist…. although I'm afraid for his future direction after his latest album, but I haven't given that a good listen. And I've only really been listening to Mayer for about a week and a half now. But he is awesome.

  • zachary

    this is a joke eric clapton is not on here and neither is eddie van halen?

    my top ten

    10. b.b. king-king of blues

    9. eric clapton

    8. eddie van halen- invented tapping

    7. Jorma Kaukonen- he was ok with JA and hot tuna but his new blue grass shit is insane

    6.t bone walker- best blues guitarist of all time

    5.jimmy page-

    4. robert johnson- most influential blues guitarist

    3. duane allman- best slide guitarist ever

    2. stevie ray- just insane

    1. jimi hendrix-……

  • Drew Billups

    Wtf is Jack White doing on here!? Thats all I want to know.

  • Marissa

    No Pete Townshend?

    You people are crazy.

  • Energoslon

    Hi Guys!

    Why not to split nominations?

    More we have nominations more we have #1's!!!!

    #1:

    Carisma: Jimi Hendrix (ask me why?)

    Melody: David Guilmor (any concerns?)

    Flamenko: Paco

    Jazz: John McLaughlin

    Let's find apropriate nominations for such a great players like

    BB King, Jimmy Page, Steve Ray, Mark Knopfler, Bryan May, Django, Kirk Hammet etc.

    They are so different to compare…

    And we will not be fighting for the best one, but find right place for all of them…

    But being honest I agree with Rostropovich who said that you can learn to play even a monkey… I am not in favour of quick fingers. And therefore David Guilmor is anyway #1 worldwide for me…

  • nrg930

    ok ok… switch out john mayer for eric clapton, throw in eric johnson and buckethead, lose bb king (he isnt really THAT great to be in the top 10)

    john mayer, ive heard his crap, he doesnt belong in the top 50.

  • Pat Foster

    here's the GREATEST guitarist of all time– anyone who plays guitar will watch this and find that they can't play FIVE CONSECUTIVE SECONDS of this song….. and if you say you can, you're either lying or you must be Mark Knopfler.

    watch this whole video folks–

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re9qdd6GdTg

  • Prog Rock

    are you crazy???. Where is Andrew Latimer??????????????????????????

  • JustAThought

    Julian Bream.
    John Williams.
    Joni Mitchell.
    Lyndsey Buckingham.

  • Oli

    This is a crazy list but most of these lists are. It's about who is fashionable rather than who is good or influential.

    Having Robert Johnson at the top is a joke. All the kids now think it's cool to like him because he was so "influential" but it's a complete myth. He was virtually unknown until the mid sixties and even then the whole "Robert Johnson is cool" thing didn't get going until around 1970, by which time most of the real pioneers were already well on their way.

    Hendrix et. al. – the people who really were genuinely influential- were unlikely to have ever heard of him.

    • Josh

      Umm, no. Jimmy Page and Hendrix have both alluded to the fact that without Robert Johnson, they would never have existed. His albums were released before the 50's and 60's. To think that most of these guitarists (and by effect the people influenced those artists as well) didn't have their hands on Robert Johnson or Mississippi John Hurt albums which they learned from is preposterous. Please stop typing.

    • Josh

      "In one way or another, he's been in my life since I was a kid," Clapton says. He says the project "has been in the back of my head to do for so long. It was about time that I took my hat off to him."
      http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?stor

      Not to mention Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, and Robert Plant.

  • mythoughts

    Yea um John Mayers way misunderunstood and under rated, watch the 'where the light is live in LA' DVD(and actually watch it before you think of posting a reply) and tell me he aint an amazing guitarist, im not saying hes a god but hes definetly an amzing guitarist n i rekon he deserves a spot just for the fact that hes one of the few guitarists of this generation with some talent.

    10. John Mayer

    9.Chet Atkins

    8.Mark Knopfler

    7. Buddy Guy

    6. Jimmy Page

    5. B.B King

    4.Robert Johnson

    3. Eric Clapton

    2. Stevie Ray Vaughan

    1. Jimi Hendrix

    i know putting Hendrix at one is a somewhat guitar cliche but the reason its a cliche is cause its a fact otherwise it wouldnt be a cliche.

    And to the guy that said Stevie Ray Vaughan sucks and shouldnt be on there,WTF ! thats probably thee most ridiculous statement ive ever heard in my life.

    And personally no metal guitarists deserves a spot on the list, i appreciate the skill they have, but they dont fit the criteria for best guitarists cause it would look like this for metal guitarists:

    Tone: worst out of any genre , i mean come on it sounds tinny high pitched and whiney.

    Inovation: different progressions of power chords and one string at a time notes arent innovative

    Skill: they do have skill but it's a skill that most people could master with alot of practice.

    Feel: None really, they try too hard at showmanship

    Soul: same as above

    Impact on the evolution of guitar playing: not much cause metal is one of the more recent genres that branched out from blues, rock…

    Worthyness: not much cause somewhere a long the way the guitar stopped being a part of the player and became an accessory to the player.

  • Mr. Guitar (Yes I kn

    Honestly a terrible list. Here's mine i think alot of people will agree.

    10) Carlos Santana

    9) Kirk Hammet

    8) Jimi Hendrix

    7) Eric Clapton

    6) Eric Johnson

    5) Buckethead

    4) Yngwie Malmsteen

    3) Jeff Beck

    2) Joe Satriani

    1) Steve Vai (For the Love of God is the most emotional guitar song I've ever heard.)

    • Yelle

      AMEN! foe Steve Vai's For the Love of God!

    • anoosh

      how can you dont say about great gilmour!!!!! if you listen of his solos carfully i sure you choose him as a number one

  • Mollo

    Okay first of all yes, John Mayer deserves to be on this list. I would've probably put him even higher. I understand if you don't agree but go listen to his Where The Light is album and get back to me on that. I think Eric Clapton should've made the list though. And, although I'm not a big fan of metal I can say as a guitarist anybody can go up and down scales and embelish notes and sound like a metal genius. The artists above put real soul into their music. I think you have an amazing list though. Many people probably would've have thought of some of the people on here… but what about Derek Trucks?

  • Lance

    Lukather RULES. Hands down. Has and can play every genre. And has speed, style, amd emotion. HANDS DOWN

  • Kelso

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-AYAv0IoWI Slash (Soul Hudson) ..rocks

  • michael rubow

    Wow, all these list,s and no ROY BUCHANNAN. What a shame.

  • Patatas X

    Firstly, I really appreciate the effort of the writer to actually go across genres to get this list sorted. For the purists out there who only listen to loud music, just accept the fact that you only stick to loud ones, you can never appreciate the soul of REAL guitar players…

    And yeah, before you judge me, I've listened to almost all of em; from yeah, the Shakespearean John Mayer to the outrageously ambidextrous Michael Angelo Batio…

    I think the list makes sense and after 2 years it still does… And it will stay that way until another Hendrix shows up…

  • Planes

    Not a bad list but leaving Clapton out is a travesty. But I respect your opinion. My list is

    Hendrix

    Clapton

    Page

    Allman

    Iommi

    Rhoads

    Van Halen

    SRV

    Richards

    Tommy Emmanuel If you don't know who he is check him out on Utube titled guitar boogie and may you never be the same.

    Notables. Roy Clark, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reid.

  • ghoti

    This list belongs in the Top 10 Worst Lists of All Time.

    Eric Clapton invented rock guitar as we know it. Eddie Van Halen took it to another level. Tony Iommi defined heavy metal, despite losing his fingertips in an accident. Duane Allman showed us how to play rock and roll slide guitar. Yngwie Malmsteen combined blinding speed and classical theory for a potent combination.

    None of them made the list. Don't get me started on the absurd choices that are on the list.

    • Planes

      Yes and he lost the finger tips on his left hand and attached makeshift fingers out of thimbles but managed to play some of the greatest evil licks ever. I love Eddie but he screwed up Van Halen terribly by getting rid of Dave and turning it into a girl band. Duane was awesome and highly skilled and a sought after studio musician. Clapton is the master.

  • anoosh

    1. david gilmour ( he is number one for ever, nobady can play like him neverrr!! he takes your heart your mind your soal by his art, i always crying when he play)

    2.mark knopfler

    3. kirck hammet

    4. hank marvin

    5. avlin lee

    6. joe satriani

    7. stieve ray voughan

    8. slash

    9. jimmy page

    10. van helen

    • Mike Wo

      Amazing , a top five that actually gives credit where credit is due.

  • saif

    come on kids…..they are all best guitarist from different corner of view,with different taste and different styles…whats so big deal to mix them up!!!all of them are great…..but slash and kirk,i wont say they are as best as others…rest of them are just fine….

  • Dan

    Frank Zappa.

  • LeX

    What about Slash?

  • al

    whaaaaat?? hahaha what the heck, who made this list? E.T.?

  • Phil

    Why has noone made a fuss that rory gallagher hasnt been mentioned guys this man was a hero

    he single handedly invented the electric blues genre almost

    Hendrix was asked after wood stock "what it felt like to be the greatest guitarist in the world?"

    Hendrix replied: " I dont know,go ask rory gallagher"

    Look up gallagher on youtube.

    Songs:

    too much alcohol

    Bullfrog blues

    Moonchild

    Cradle rock

    Shadow Play.

    His list of followers and fans included eric claptan, Brain may, the edge and hendrix!!

    • Gibbs

      Slash loved him as well! Best musician ever to come out of Ireland bar none, and that says a lot. His live stuff is unreal, check out ‘live in Europe’ and ‘irish tour 74’

  • imnottellingmynameto

    wheres KIRK HAMMET

    WHERES KIRK HAMMET!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Because Eric Clapton is not on this list I now pronounce it Bogus.

  • Davey

    Why don't you call it "a bunch of random guitarists that play well".

    That's the worst list I've seen. Jack White is on that list? That's a complete joke. I could play Jack White under a table. The guy can barely hit a note let alone stay on pitch. John Frusciante again, decent, but not even in the top 50. John Mayer? I'm not hearing much going on there to be honest. No Originality, same old, same old. Tom Morello? No! Sure it's cool to show off your little switches and digital effects but whatever, play something without a hip hop influence for God's sake. Michael Angelo Batio>Morello. Mentor beats student this time round.

    It's all well and good picking the pioneers of Solo guitar but no way are they at the standard of the guitarists out these days. I do think though that Hendrix definitely should be there. The man's got the best flow I've ever heard. David Gilmour is a must. He knows how to make a solo sound good. Clapton isn't even there? You put Jack White there and Clapton isn't there? Who the hell compiled this thing????

    Additions:
    Eddie Van Halen (whether he's your favourite or not, he is the greatest guitar player….ever. The man's insane.).
    Yngwie Malmsteen (He's to the guitar what Mozart was to music itself!).
    Dave Mustaine (possibly the greatest Metal guitarist. Perfect amount of atonality : playing style, aswell as his complex rhythm patterns (while being able to sing along with them). And enough of this Kirk Hammett business, please… The man came from Exodus and based his style off of Dave Mustaine's guitar work in Metallica.)
    As I've said Clapton!
    Rory Gallagher (Ireland's only!;) The Man is a blues perfectionist).
    Dimebag is good one for the list. Dimebag was the man! Genius!

    Can't really think of others who really deserve the other spots though. I can think of a lot of other guitarist with immense talent but none of them really stand out as number 1's to me.

  • Phil

    1. Rory Gallagher

    2.Jimi Hendrix

    3.Eric Clapton

    4.Richie Sambora

    5. Eddie van halen

    6.Brian may

    7.Roy Buchannan

    8.B.B king

    9.Duane Allman

    10.Beck

  • MarleyIII

    1. Frank Zappa

    2. John Mclaughlin

    3. Jeff Beck

    4. Tony Iommi

    5. Jimmy Page

    6. Les Paul

    7. David Gilmour

    8. Jimi Hendrix

    9. Johnny Winter

    10. Duane Allman

    Honorable Mentions-

    Richie Blackmore

    Eric Clapton

    Brian May

    Mike Bloomfield

    Robby Krieger

    Chet atkins

    Jerry Garcia

    Jim Hall

    Pat Methany

    Joe Pass

    John Abercrombie

    Larry Coryell

    Larry Lalonde

  • jayhawk

    1. Jimmy Page

    2.Dave Gilmour

    3. Jimi Hendrix

    4. Eric Clapton

    5. Eddie Van Halen

    6. Stevie Ray Vaughan

    7. Ritchie Blackmore

    8. Duane Allman

    9. Steve Luthakar

    10. Marty Freidman (Megadeth)

    Honorable mentions:

    Tony Iommi

    Dave Mustaine (better than Kirk)

    Mark Knopfler

    Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult- surprised he has not been mentioned here- great player)

    Carlos Santana

    Dimebag Daryl

    • thing123

      nice. not exactly my choices, but still fantastic. just shows you’ve got awesome taste. i just think that van halen should be an honorable mention, and that santana should take his place.

      • lOUIS

        THX 4 STEVE LUKATHER….AT LAST

  • Nick

    What is the musical schooling of whoever made up this top 10 list. What is a guitar player top 10 without Django Reinhardt? Undefendable.

    Also, more than one if not most of the players mentioned in this top 10 will be played their socks of by Jimmy Rosenberg.

    And John Mayer is in, but Eric Clapton is out? Seems like a joke.

    Finally, about the other top 10s, objectively, anyone presenting a list list with Jimy Hendrix lower than place 3 has to be more influenced by his music than his superb technique.

  • cdubman

    All I have to say is John Mayer does not belong on this list.

  • Doug Rock

    Now, out the icons, the best rock guitar player of world is a young Pedro Castilho.
    Very emotional, the guitar is your trird hand. Fantastic……….

  • rrrrr

    but who remenber slash
    is one of the guitar gods for me
    i dont like of tom morello. slash need be there.

  • vic

    No way can this list be accurate simply for the fact that there are so many styles out there with such important players, having a list of greatest guitar players with BB King and Tom Morello on it is ridiculous. Both are great in their own right but it’s like comparing apples and oranges. There should probably be separate lists for separate genres. Having said that, I think a good start for a top 10 ROCK list, in no particular order, would be: Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kirk Hammett, Dimebag Darrell, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Perry, and Angus Young.

  • Gibbs

    I liked this list, I dont 100% agree with it but it was great to see/hear a different viewpoint and not have a list full of shredheads and roots guitarists. In my circles Robert Johnson, David Gilmour, Jack White and Tom Morello are hugely under rated!

  • thing123

    alright dude, i think this an awesome list. i hate looking things like this and seeing people put crap like slash at number 1 or something. this shows u obviously have great taste in music, but theres just a few things that struck me as odd. 1, no chuck berry. 2, really? john mayer? i admit he has technical skill, but saying hes one of the 10 best guitarists thats ever lived? thats just false. i mean what happened to jeff beck, santana, , eric clapton, harvey mandel, kurt cobain, and even trey anastasio(if that is how its spelled lol). they are all much much better then mayer could hope to be, both musically and technically,.

  • Lea Riviera

    I think this list is confusing singers and entertainers with guitarists – Robert Johnson was a great Blues singer of the 1930’s he just used guitar to accompany, he is by no means a great guitar player, love the guy as I do BB King, but he is not a great guitarist either.

    John Mayer – don’t rate him at all.
    Jimi Hendrix is the only guitarist that should be included.

    Where are: John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia, Segovia, Manitas de Plata, Al di Meola, Chris Dair, Rory Gallagher, Alvin Lee, Robin Trower, Frank Marino, Paul Kossoff, Joe Satriani, Peter Green, Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy…???

    • robmac2

      Agreed with the absence of Trower and Alvin Lee, and many others.. John Mayer on this list is a joke! I agree with what you say about King but when Clapton and Beck cite him as influences its hard to keep him off. Yours is ne of the more sensible list I’ve seen .

  • robmac2

    1. Hendrix
    2. Buchanan
    3. Beck
    4. Allman
    5. Guy
    6. Clapton
    7. Page
    8.Winter
    9. King
    10. Vaughan
    Honorable mention: Trower, Kim Simmonds, Van Halen, Alvin Lee, Townsend, DerikTrucks, guy from radiohead, Santana, Peter green, Monte Mongomery

  • Murphy

    Hello!?!?!? Alexi Laiho anyone?

  • Red Fefferton

    Dean Ween and Eddie Hazel are missing

  • andy

    this list is BS… no muddy waters…for a start!! no chuck berry??

    ..and by the way, when hendrix was asked what it felt like to be the greatest guitarist in the world, he said “I dunno, go ask Rory Gallagher”…

  • Reid

    Five guys that have to be on every top ten list.
    1. Jimi Hendrix
    2. Chuck Berry
    3. Duane Allman
    4. Eric Clapton
    5. Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • Wally

    Jimi Hendrix NOT at #1?!! Oh well, at least he made it on the list.

  • G-Man

    Rory Gallagher at number 1. . . . .obviously !

    2 Hendrix
    3 Mark knopfler
    4 Brian may
    5 Eric clapton
    6 Van Halen
    7 Muddy waters
    8 Gary Moore
    9 Beck
    10 Duane allman

    If your list has no Rory Gallagher, well then on behalf of the music world. . . . i Claim it bogus!!!

    • planes

      Rory Gallagher is like number 77 out of 100.

  • mike brown

    you poor idiots only mostly rock lovers-have ya,ll ever heard of chet atkins-he was not called mister guitar for nothing-he played it all

    • theat001

      Chet was THE best guitarist to ever reach popular standings. That doesn’t include the classical guitarists and jazz guitarists who could play him under the table though. Which gets me thinking, this list would be a lot different if it included people that were in the background, but were easily better than anyone popular. For me chet would still make top 100 even on that list though. That’s gotta mean something…

      For me though, the problem with this list, being a “top 100 popular guitarists ever” is that it trades in great guitarists like chet, ritchie blackmore, eric clapton, for their lamer modern day counterparts…john mayer, tom morello, etc. This is just not a top 10 list, its a random list of guitarists that someone thought would be controversial.

  • mike brown

    mike brown here-sorry the 2 albums any player should listen too are mister guitar and guitar workshop from late 50,s or early 60,s—oh yeah-he could classical with anyone also-he was truly mister guitar

  • alexander the great140

    has everybody forgot about Kirk Hammet and Slash???
    My list goes like this:
    1. Jimi Hendrix
    2. Jimmy Page
    3. Kirk Hammet
    4. Stevie Vaughn Ray
    5. James Hetfield

    Thats my list, so deal with it

  • madhu

    slash is not in the list.got shocked.

  • Noah

    1. Matt Tuck….OMG Why isn’t he on here?
    2.Dave Gilmour

    3. Jimi Hendrix

    4. Eric Clapton

    5. Eddie Van Halen

    6. Stevie Ray Vaughan

    7. Ritchie Blackmore

    8. Duane Allman

    9. Steve Luthakar

    10. Marty Freidman (Megadeth)

  • Valoura

    Are you kidding me? Where’s Clapton? Slash? Ted Nugent? Kirk Hammet?

    Dude:

    1st – Jimmy Hendrix
    2nd – Eric Clapton (Clapton is God!)
    3rd – Ted Nugent (How the hell as nobody spoken of him yet?)
    4rd – Jimmy Page
    5th – John Frusciante (I know that most of people doesn’t know him, but you should try to listen some RHCP jams, because I bet you’ll get the same opinion that I have. He is the best “new school” guitarrist is the business)
    6th – Robert Johnson (the teacher)
    7th – Slash
    8th – Angus Young
    9th – Kirk Hammet
    10th – Steve Vai
    11th – Joe Satriani
    12th – Neil Young
    13th – Eddie Van Halen
    14th – Stevie Ray Vaughan
    15th – Allen Collins (“Free Bird” is something from outerspace…)

  • Eugene

    I’m shocked, no mention of Randy Bachman or his brother Tim. C. F. “Fred” Turner! God, folks, the music world only got louder and faster AFTER the influence of BTO! Bachman-Turner Overdrive

  • jotto

    Dave Mustaine is the best ever

  • what about steven van zydt of the legendary estreet band?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! he could play thunder road!!!! f am Bflat Csus f fsus ect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and dont even get me started on him being able to play born to run

  • CLAUDIO GONZALEZ

    you forgot to mention one of the mos underrated guitar player around the world, his name is Gary Moore and his picking hand and freeting hand technics are incredible, in every performance he shows up wild chords touching our souls..there is a lot fo songs that you check it in you tube like a still got the blues, the end of the world,

  • Ben Palmer

    I hate lists like this because it’s a never ending and non-winnable arguement for guitar players. For my humble tastes the breakdown is below.

    Blues – Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King

    Purely Technical – Joe Satriani (he taught Steve Vai, He taught Kirk Hammet) , John Pettrucci, yngwia malmsteen (sp?)

    Most emotional and spine tingling – David Gilmour ( my favorite guitarist) , nobody touches his solos. NOBODY not even snowy white.

    innovative – Tom Morrello,Erik mongrain. Jeff Beck.

    Pure Rock n Roll – Jimi Hendrix – Jimmy Page – Van Halen – angus young. – well this one could go on and on.

    Jazz – Django Reinhardt ( can’t believe nobody mentioned him yet, that I saw) The guy had 3 usable fingers people!!!! amazing. Also John McClaughlin.

    Fingerstyle – Tommy Emmanuel, no contest…. Hands down. best ever.

    Acoustic flatpicking – Tony Rice, John Randall.

    Jammy bands – Trey Anastasio, and that dude for Umphreys Mcgee… (crazy good)

    ok I’m gonna stop I could go on …. and on …. and on …. and on …. and on …. and on much like a list of top ten guitarists… it’s impossible to answer…

    honorable mentions
    JIMMY HERRING!!!
    Clapton… old slow hand… of course.
    Al DiMiola
    Son House
    Bucket Head
    Andre Segovia (classical)
    Chet Atkins
    Doc Watson
    Steve Vai
    Phil Keaggy
    Duane Allman
    Warren Haynes
    Joe Messina
    John Mayer (seriously dude can play)
    Damn… I said I was gonna stop… so this is me stopping… Good Topic though…

  • april

    Johnny Lang! What the hell? Why isn’t he on this list?!

    • SeattleAce

      Come on – you serious? Above who?

  • SeattleAce

    Good list – not so sure about Page being number 7…should be more in the 3-4 range, in my opinion.

  • SeattleAce

    And John Mayer – above Satriani and Vye?? Interesting perspective.

  • Angela

    john mayer???

  • Stig

    Where is the best Gary Moore???

  • Stig

    I remember a long time ago a man asked Jimmy hendrix how it is to be the best guitarplayer in the world: aske Gary Moore said Hendrix

    • Ben Palmer

      Actually Hendrix replied – “I don’t know go ask Rory Gallagher.” Not Gary Moore…. although Mr. Moore is a phenomenal, world class guitarist.

  • Ryan

    Intresting list, but very limited to electric players and only rock/blues genre. Robert johnson as #1, really??hummm I would add:

    duane allman/dickie betts/derek trucks
    Segovia
    clapton
    Sabicas
    Paco De lucia
    chet atkins
    john scofield
    trey anastasio
    jerry garcia
    Les paul
    john mclaughlin
    al dimeola
    wes montgomery
    django reinhardt
    zappa
    omar rodriguez-lopez
    santana
    and alot of fast ass metal guys that i dont know cuz i hate metal but see on all these damn lists like Yingve malmstien or how ever the hell you spell it.

    it is my opinion that most classical and jazz guitar instructors at local colleges and music stores are better than tom morello and jack white. I like both of them and they are definitly innovators and very popular but my college classical/flamenco instructors were doing things incredibly more complex and emotional than anything ive ever heard tom or jack do. ask tom morello to play a segovia piece and see what happens. this list seems like it was made by a 17 year old kid who thinks he’s smart because he knows who robert johnson is, like putting him at #1 instead of hendrix is his “ace in the hole” of guitar knowledge. there is no real answer to the question “whos the best” but we guitarists will never tire of discussing it.

    • Tom

      AMEN AMEN AMEN! though i think trying to name THE best guitarist let alone the 10 best is pointless, impossible and stupid your list is by far the best i’ve seen. no Pat Metheny though? easily forgiven as you are the ONLY person to have mentioned John Scofield who is easily my favourite guitarist.

      when it comes to music which is ART, and art is SUBJECTIVE. i don’t even know how people can define best. if you wanna go off technical skills alone quit spitting out metal guitarists as most classical guitarists would BURY them any day.

      and if you think any metal/rock/blues guitarists could play anything more melodically complex that metheny you have problems.

      also tommy emmanuel other people have mentioned but he is absolutely phenomenal! and that is an undeniable fact. you may not like him but you cannot deny skill.

      also andy timmons is a wonderful melodic player if your that way inclined.

      also though he plays BASS guitar i’m gonna put my vote in for victor wooten as he can probably slap bass faster than any metal guy you mention can shred

  • s.o.b

    OMG…….. INNOVATIVE CHECK…GROUND BREAKING CHECK….PEEL THE PAINT OFF THE WALLS WITH A GUITAR AND A CORDLESS DRILL CHECK…EVH IS WITH OUT A DOUBT THE GREATEST GUITAR PLAYER OF HISTORY TO THIS POINT………

  • hicham malki

    you’re list is really nice; I think that paul gilbert and steve morse can could should or must be in this list

  • Alain

    Jimi Hendrix
    Ry Cooder
    Stevie Ray vaughaun
    Steve Vai
    Joe Satriani
    Eric Clapton
    Carlos Santana
    BB King
    Mark knopfler
    Jimmy Page

  • phlyonthewall

    David Gilmore can bring a tear to your eye in 3 chords. This list is done.

    • drpiles

      totally agree…

  • alibi84

    What about rory gallagher? not a mention that i can see anywhere.

    Interviewer: So Jimi, what’s it like to be the best guitarist in the world?
    Jimi: I dunno, ask Rory Gallagher.

    even jimi knew the truth!

  • Jakob

    Where’s Gallagher?!

    Any list without Gallagher is not valid.
    But well i hate lists about whos the better musician.
    These i some i like, then you sort out the list, if its a big deal to you.

    Rory Gallagher
    Jimi Hendrix
    Eric Clapton
    Buddy Guy
    Dave Mustaine
    B.B. King
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Robert Johnson
    Duane Allman
    Roy Rogers
    Kirk Hammett
    Albert King
    Pete Townshend
    Angus Young
    John Fogerty
    Jack White
    Ritchie Blackmore
    Eddie Van Halen
    Steffen Schackinger(Danish guitarist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAnv66NDZ74)
    Tim Christensen(Guitarist and singer of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy)

  • AustinS

    What about Esteban?….lol. There’s no way to make a top ten list, as there are so many extremely talented players. Glenn Campbell is an outstanding guitar player. Lee Roy Parnell is second only to Duane Allman as far as that style of slide playing. Although Willie Nelson doesn’t shred, he is an incredible talent. Duke Robillard, Danny Gatton, Robbie Robertson, Steven Stills, Alvin Lee, Tony Rice, Bryon Sutton, Brian Setzer… there are so many wonderful incredibly talented musicains….thank God! It would suck if everyone played the same. Variety is the key…learn to truly love the art of music. Just like blonds, brunettes and redheads they are all wonderful! If you even try to list the top ten of anything, you are only shortchanging yourself.

  • NB

    did you remember jazz… Joe Pass, wes peterson

    • Ben Palmer

      Wes Montgomery!!!

  • drpiles

    lee ritenour?

  • Eric

    is this a joke ? some baby boys like mayer and … between top 10s ? you must be kidding ! and where is Eric Clapton ??????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THERE WERE ; THERE ARE ; and THERE WILL be 3 guitar players ( only 3 real ones !!! ) :

    ERIC CLAPTON
    JIMI HENDRIX
    B.B. KING

    • Ben Palmer

      Are YOU joking? only 3 real real ones? I’m gonna go ahead and assume your young and don’t have much musical exploring under your belt yet. Clapton, Hendrix, King…. 3 very good choices but also pretty narrow minded buddy. Jimmy Page? Django Reinhardt, David Gilmour, Steve Gaines, LES PAUL, Chet Atkins, Gary Morse, John Petrucci, Yngwei Malmsteen, the dudes from Dragon Force!, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughn for god sake!, Robert Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett, Dimebag Darrell, Jeff “skunk” Baxter, Jerry Reed, Andre Segovia, and YES John Mayer can really play!, I could go on and on……. ONLY 3 REAL ONES? WTF? Broaden your horizons my friend. only 3 real ones…. face palm…… failboat.

      • Dragonforce? Even I could play circles around them.

  • wyatt

    I think duane allman should be on here. my list is in no order just guys i like.
    .SRV
    Hendrix
    .B.B
    Duane Allman
    .Jimmy Page.
    Clapton
    Andy Summers
    Kirk Hammet
    Tom Morello
    EVH
    Just 10 guys I really like

  • Matt

    Jason Becker Technic and soul.

  • Tony

    Where the hell is dimebag darrell? he could shred harder than the bottom three for sure, he was a dam idol of metal

    • Shredding doesn’t make you a good player, and if you think Dimebag is the best shredder (He’s great) then you haven’t listened to Yngwie Malmsteem.

      • Tony

        He was better than just shredding. Listen to floods by pantera…

  • i think its time to replace jimi hendix and co…its too much now come to your sense and put all those satriani,steve vai,santana etc on the new list.

  • Matt Solfisburg

    first off, Im tired of every other guy misquoting Hendrix…On the Dick Cavet show, he was asked what it felt like to be the best guitarist in the world and his response was, ” I don’t know, ask Jerry Reed..” Thats the quote..

    • Ben Palmer

      Actually it was a rolling stone interview, I don’t remember the exact issue but the reply was Rory Gallagher. I’ve also heard it was Phil Keaggy which is unlikely because he was relatively unknown when Hendrix was alive. I’ve also heard it was Terry Kath, Billy Gibbons, and Eric Clapton. I do know that Hendrix said his favorite guitar player was Gibbons, because he just couldn’t get that sound that Billy gets. As for the Quote……. maybe it’s just folklore… The most likely correct answer is Rory Gallagher though…. it’s even referred to in Rory Gallaghers biography and the actual issue of the rolling stone interview is listed in there. I’ve never heard anyone say that the quote was with Jerry Reed though. But, Jerry Reed is an AMAZING guitar player. He actually wrote alot of Chet Atkins material. As for misquoting Hendrix you may not want to be so quick to point fingers…. I’m pretty sure yours is wrong. 😉

  • cathcat

    Santana so deserves to b on this list, and HOW THE HELL did u not include Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler?????

  • eman

    John Mayer. (Y) BEST OF OUR TIMES.

  • smithy

    i agree with who ever said Buddy Guy should be numero Uno! (Number one)

  • Dvader

    Wow!!! No Eric Clapton No Vernon Reid whom ever did this needs to go back and do some more research fosho

    No Mr. Guitar himself Edward Van Halen

  • JIMMY ROSE

    TOP 1 IS JIMMY HENDRIX
    2 IS DIMEBAG AND SLASH IS ON 3RD..

  • Emmanuel

    Top TEN lists are not serious.
    We know who is the best , even though (for various reasons) a loy of people dont even know him.
    Rory Gallagher is the best, by far.
    Jimi admitted Rory’s superiority.
    Ranking starts after Rory Gallagher.

  • Purple Haze is fun to play on Guitar, but it’s not very hard.

  • 5.Dimebag darrel .R.I.P.
    4.Dave Mustain
    3.Jimi Hendrix
    2.Jimmy Page (not so good)
    1. The great battle
    Eric clapton vs Kirk Hammet
    So: Eric is simple not so powerfull he is from the old music from : rock n roll and rock….Kirk is powerfull he have so good solos : seek and destroy solo master of puppets solo and other but Kirk Hammet is member from Metallica ,Metallica are trash metal and its not so easy to find out who is better metal or rock guitaris

    THUMBS UP SHUT UP WITH OLD GUITARISt WHAT ABOUT HERMAN LI????????

    • I like Kirk Hammett better than Clapton but Clapton is probably better than him.

  • al

    For all I care, whoever started this list has got nothing better to do with his life, everyone has his own preference, so no one will truly agree with the other on who or what he thinks is the greatest, it’s like mixing politics with religion.

  • Croatian

    Vlatko Stefanovski. Top 5 ever. A legned says that he enterd into the steve vai’s guitar shop and started to play. Steve said “Vlatko, take all of giutar, take my shir and my pants!”

    • alexandre QC 94

      1. Jimi Hendrix
      2. Eric Clapton
      3. Jimmy Page
      4. Saul Hudson (Slash)
      5. Van Halen

  • Drake

    Please tell me what insane man Didn’t put Paul Gilbert in this list.. Paul Gilbert is better than any other guitarist on this planet hands down I can promise u that. Covering from every genre and musical style, Paul is the best!

  • MiserableOldFart

    If you’re not going to call it the “10 greatest ROCK guitarists of all time,” Number ONE is Segovia and TWO is Chet Atkins and the rest is just fluff.

  • Justin

    I was a little skeptical of John Mayer being on the list, but if you do a YouTube search for John Mayer guitar solos – you’ll find a lot of great guitar work by him. Jeff Beck even declares him to be this generation’s Eric Clapton: http://www.spinner.com/2011/03/30/jeff-beck-interview/

  • Dee

    No Prince, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Slash, Eddie Van Halen?

  • Kris

    This list was clearly written by someone who doesn’t have a clue what “great” means. Tom Morello? John Frusciante? John Mayer? If this were titled “over-rated guitar players who should stop playing and get back to washing my car”, then they’d fit.

  • Michael Groebel

    Some of the greatest guitarist ever: Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Greg Howe, Randy Rhoads, Tony MacAlpine, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Julian Bream, Andreas Sergovia.

  • steven

    Mathew Bellamy needs more attention. He is the only guitarist trying anything new these days.

  • Victotria

    What’s the point in having these lists anyway? There’s always going to be anger over people who were left out/included on the list when they didn’t deserve to be… And to say that any of the musicians mentioned so far aren’t talented is ridiculous, there’s no limit in the world on how much talent there is, so why does this list have to be limited to 10? Just saying…
    Oh, and for the record, never used to be a John Mayer fan, but then I saw him and man, he is amazing… Also, more Matt Bellamy!

  • Taliesin

    Wow, just wow. So many guitarists nominated, but so many great guitar guitarists not even mentioned. Now I’m just an ever-so-‘umble keyboard player with a couple of those twangy things in the corner of the studio, but here are a few outstanding players that come to my mind and are missing …

    Several of you like Nick Drake – I’m ancient enough to remember him wandering around Cambridge with his guitar and his sulky face. Check out the guys he was listening to – Dav(e)y Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, or his mates John Martyn and Richard Thompson. John M is one I would certainly consider for a place in my own top ten guitarists.

    Speaking of Cambridge in the late sixties, of course Dave Gilmour was another who came out of that scene, but he and Nick were far from alone. For example, there was (and is) Fred Frith. I’ve never warmed to his music but it’s certainly different and he and his group have changed people’s ideas of what music is. You deserve it to yourself to check him out before you dismiss him. Then there’s Derek Bailey, who ploughs a parallel furrow, but for sure knows how to play a guitar. Personally, in that vein, I find Billy Jenkins much more fun – fans of Tom Morelli’s style should be checking all these guys out.

    Then there is Allan Holdsworth – not just a superb technician but a master of long melodic lines. His name usually comes up in these debates. John Etheridge is pretty good, too. And whilst I’m in that space, you guys have forgotten Frank Gambale.

    Jazz – Does no-one listen to Eddie Lang’s recordings? Or that master of comping, Freddie Green? To Charlie Christian? MarleyIII gets special credit as the only one naming the marvellous Jim Hall, who really should be up there in one of those ten spots. Like Marley, I really like the work of John Abercrombie, although I can’t put hand on heart and suggest him for the top ten. If you like John A, let me put in a plug for the work of London session-man John Parricelli. (Which reminds me that the very different “Johnny A” is no slouch either!)

    Speaking of session guys, we have Joe Messina, but where are his partners Robert White and Eddie Willis? Or Dennis Coffey? There’s a whole slew of great musicians whose names get forgotten but whose playing we all instantly recognise – alongside the Funk Brothers, there are the likes of Buddy Emmons and Grady Martin from the A Team, and then there’s the Wrecking Crew and the whole LA scene. Someone has already remembered Glen Campbell but how about Howard Roberts and Ted Greene? Whoa! How can you guys have neglected Barney Kessel, truly a top ten contender?

    But alongside Davy Graham and Jim Hall, the other musician I really wanted to remind you about was Martin Taylor. Astonishing technique – enough to make the shredders weep with envy, coupled with an exquisite feel for melodic line. Martin is one of the few guys (or gals) whose playing brings tears to my eyes regularly. When one of his albums gets into my CD player it stays there for weeks. In many ways, a natural successor to Django Reinhardt, truly a master of music as well as the guitar art and DR’s principal competitor for a top ten place in my list.

    I just noticed that no-one has mentioned Robben Ford – another master of both technique and taste and a certain contender for my top ten list, fighting for a place in the same space as Larry Carlton and John Scofield. (John Mayer can certainly play, but for me, any of those three offers at least as much technique, and a wider range of accomplishments, than JM – check out their various versions of “I don’t need no doctor”).

    I’m running on, so I’ll just throw out a few more names that are desperately missing from this discussion as highly skilled guitar players who might not quite make it to the top ten but have influenced plenty of others and deserve consideration alongside (and in at least some cases ahead of) those already listed:

    Big Bill Broonzy, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Ernest Ranglin, Jah Jerry Haynes, Pat Martino, Paco Pena, Manolo Sanlucar, Emily Remler, Rory Block, Bonnie Raitt, Bireli Lagrene,

    .. and an up-and-coming shredder that has caught my ear named Jeff Kollman.

    But what do I know? After all, I’m just the keys guy.

  • keaton

    Steve Howe.

    I don’t know that I need say anything more.

    • Peter Boucher

      I have seen Steve Howe 7 times. I would have to say. The Reason ? He can play any type of music that you can put in front of him. He is amazing !!! Kudos to Keaton who mentioned this.

  • I think this is a pretty good list. Robert Johnson deserves #1. My favorite guitarists are all underrated like Neal Schon and Alex Lifeson. But no Frank Zappa.

  • I’d probably say:

    Frank Zappa

    Eric Clapton

    Jimi Hendrix

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Duane Allman

    Robert Johnson

  • Zeeter

    I recognize that these lists are really the preference of the writer and that in itself makes the list valid. However……Robert Johnson at #1? I realize that many people studied him and he was a great guitarist for his era, but he wasn’t even the best guitarist of his era. That title goes to Son House, who taught Robert Johnson. The fact is that you could have had a Clapton without a Robert Johnson. Johnson wasn’t the only player whom Clapton was inspired by.

    There is little doubt in the word that Clapton and Hendrix are #1 and #2 and those spots are interchangeable between the two of them. These guys took the playing of some of the old timers – Johnson included – to another level. I can live with Page, Gilmour, and several others, but some of the guys I’ve never heard of.

    Tell me this – to be a great guitarist don’t you have to have played music people want to hear? Alvin Lee may not have known the difference between the phrygian mode and refrigerator mold but he could play circles around most of these guys. So while some folks may be technically better than, say, David Gilmour who would you rather hear?

  • Peter Boucher

    Where is Django Reihardt, Tony MacAlpine, Alex Masi, Greg Howe, Jeff Watson, Joey Taffola, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Andres Segovia, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Rik Emmett, Jake E. Lee, George Lynch, Carlos Santana, Angus Young, Allan Holdsworth, Buckethead,

    • jfauser

      How are we gonna mention them all when it’s a top TEN list

  • Peter Boucher

    There is not one mention of Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush. Frank Marino is incredible !!!!

  • search rock and roll hall of fame prince my guitar gently weeps and then tell me the little purple midget shouldnt get mentioned in this thread geez guys

  • lee

    as cool as it sounds to say that robert johnson has influenced everyone since him, directly or indirectly, is just nonsense. sure he was a legend in his own right; but a lot of that has to do with his life being shrouded in mystery. yes, he has influenced some players, way back when, but there were so many more players influenced by electric blues; chicago and texas blues, not delta blues. i understand he was somewhat of an innovator, and that is very important, but i think so called ‘music critics’ have over-blown it a bit in the reverence department for fear of being labeled un-hip. dave marsh, the ‘rolling stone’ critic is a perfect example. he claims johnson as one of the most gifted players of all time. but he dislikes david lee roth, singer in ‘van halen’, so right away edward van halen, guitarist in that group is marginalized with: “the basic 12 bar-blues on the louie-louie thump theme” to describe his playing. lol. to sum it up, whenever a critic uses the phrase ’12 bar blues’, you can pretty much assume he has no clue about what he talking about….best wishes.

  • Mattenizer3000

    This list is insanely bad! First of all, John Mayer is only as good as your typical high school amateur. And before anyone starts spouting off, I’ve tried to find some obscure videos of him to prove myself wrong. But I can’t, it’s all Minor Pentatonic stuff with nothing innovative added to it. Secondly, how about some finger pickers on the list: Doyle Dykes, Scotty Anderson, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel. Let’s not forget DANNY GATTON the greatest guitar player you’ve never heard. Also, if we’re talking about the best of the best, BRENT MASON should ALWAYS be in a Top Ten list, although he never is. But, you’ve heard him on all sorts of Nashville recordings. Acoustic guitar players like Andy McKee, Ewan Dobson, Don Ross, (I wish I knew more than that but I only recently discovered their Chuck Norris like awesomeness). Never limit yourself to the mainstream! There are many guitar players that are mentioned only because they are famous and have influence because of that. They may come up with a catchy riff or played in a well known band. But, that doesn’t make them a truly great guitar player.

  • drpepper13

    jimi hendrix is a beast! he can make a guitar literally sing! and has played with his guitar on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he should me number 1!!!!!!!
    BRUTAL

  • rosenfeld88

    Here’s my top 10 list (in no particular order):
    -Jerry Garcia
    -Trey Anastasio
    -Pat Metheny
    -John Scofield
    -Derek Trucks
    -Warren Haynes
    -Jimi Hendrix
    -Jimmy Page
    -Eric Clapton
    -Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • John

    john mayer? jack white? lol. john fruciante? hahaha.
    you can add a hundred others in their place. Eric Johnson? Tommy Emmanual? Shawn Lane? Al Di Meola to name a few.

  • Gsmasher

    This is one of the most disappointing list of all time i can say. None of the guitarist i expect were included in the list. Here’s a good example.

    10. Steve Vai
    9. Al di Meola,
    8. Frank Gambale,
    7. Eric Johnson
    6. Paul Gilbert
    5. John Petrucci
    4. Andreas Oberg
    3. Yngwie Malmsteen
    2. Chris Impelliteri

    …Not to mention…

    1. Michael Angelo Batio. though i don’t like him very much because he is less melodic than the others. But most of the guys you mentioned are not even close to these guys. More over, the top ten list. So it’s really dissapointing.

    Compared to these guys on my list, Santana would look like a cannon fodder. They basically have everything under their belt.

  • Mike Wo

    Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) Watch the 20 minute video of I Can’t Keep From Crying on you tube NUFF SAID

  • Not A Squirrel

    This is worse than the Rolling Stones magazine’s list. Paco De Lucia, Django Reinhardt, Andres Segovia, Sabicas, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, John Williams (no, not the movie score composer) IMO the top ten. It’s much harder to play jazz, flamenco, and sometimes classical, than it is to play blues or rock. These guitarists are all infinitely greater than Jack White, John Frusciante, Tom Morello, or John Mayor.

  • 997

    1- SRV
    2- John Mayer
    3- Jimi Hendrix
    4- Eric Clapton
    5- Larry King
    6- BB King
    7- Buddy Guy
    8- OTHERS

  • itsallsubjective

    everyone has a different list, but i agree on jimi

    1. Jimi Hendrix
    2. SRV
    3. Eric Clapton
    4. Jeff Beck
    5. Pete Townshend
    6. Angus Young
    7. Eddie Van Halen
    8. Jimmy Page
    9. David Gilmour
    10. Buddy Guy

  • Joseph Ross Mayhew

    Interesting list – but the absence of Chet Atkins and Lenie Breau is simply criminal. Those two were incomparably greater than most of the folks on this list – no argument possible.

    • Prometheus

      With all the guitarists out there, the top ten are so subjective that it’s ridiculous to say leaving any guitarist off is criminal…. Except for Paco De Lucia.

  • Roy Kinard

    Glad John Frusciante got some love on this list. a lot of people sleep on him and either haven’t heard him cause they aren’t chili peppers fans or because he doesn’t have a big name but purely skill wise number 4 is probably the right spot

  • Pat Robins

    Jeff Beck really ought to be over the sloppy Mr Page surely?

    Hardly any mention of female players, why is that? I’m a bloke, not a chick, yet this is like the UK 2011 sports personality of the year awards based on press coverage – not performance or results but drunk journo’s who only like watching blokes – but not Pat Metheny LOL – SO… No Jennifer Batten then? Rightly tho’ someone thought slide player Bonnie Raitt should get a mention – Derek Trucks got a look in (what a slide player) – had to look hard to find Larry Carlton – and Lee Ritenour – and John Scofield! Yet no Nile Rogers? And Keith Richards should be up there but why not Ronnie Woods? Nice to see Tom Scholtz remembered yet no Steve Miller who learned at the feet of Les Paul and yet no Les Paul either? Such a narrow list limited by populism not necessarily ability, tone or compositon. Not really much of list was it?

  • Pat Robins

    OMG – No Mike Stern mentioned – huh?

  • Pat Robins

    Jerry Donahue not mentioned either? Have you all not heard Telecasting CD?

  • Pat Robins

    Or Earl Klugh?

  • Pat Robins

    Lastly – inspiring many that they could earn a living playing in a rock and roll band no mention shame on you of – Scotty Moore.

  • Pat Robins

    @Topher – Well said

    “And you left off Chuck Berry, that’s downright inexcusable.”

  • Clive

    No Slowhand or Gary Moore?

  • tgt

    Frank Zappa is the greatest. Listen to Hot Rats, Guitar, and Shut Up and Play Your Guitar. Those albums completely eclipse everything else that has ever been recorded.

    What about Trey Anatasio? I cannot stand the hippie commune nonsense that follows Phish but that guy is amazing. That man can play anything; literally anything. He has been playing stuff like Peaches En Regalia to perfection live for literally decades. Go out to Grooveshark and find this song and list to it. He is playing sax and xylophone solos to perfection on the guitar. And that is just one example. There are literally hundreds of examples that you can find if you willing to look. Listen to the solo on Chalk Dust Torture off of A Live One. There is no better example of building tension in a solo then that right there.

    And leaving Chuck Berry of the list is absurd.

  • PLEASE , you can’t compare all guitarist in the past and present into topten list. everyone have their own favourites. my favourite is Lee Ritenour, but no one mentioned him

    • Pat Robins

      They did mention Lee Ritenour you know 🙂

  • JGGott_87

    No Eric Clapton?
    Your list is invalid.

  • JGGott_87

    And Chuck Berry not on the list either?
    Again, your list is even more invalid.

  • where is eric clapton?

  • colette

    Buckethead should be #1

  • ozzmcom

    how many people here would rather see blackmore , gary moore instead of jack white and frusciante

    • Richard

      I would much rather see Blackmore or Gary!

  • Pat Robins

    Antonio Forcione – acoustic brilliance

  • Patrick Duggan

    alright looky here, B.B. King can definitely play chords, he just usually plays lead.

  • Emerson10

    Where the hell is Dave mustaine, John petrucci, alexi laiho, Mikael Akerfeldt, dimebag, eddie van halen, Steve via, Kirk Hammett , randy Rhodes, les Paul, Kerry king, Marty friedman, Chris Broderick, scott Ian, chris Poland, eric Clapton, cobain, Zappa, …. And who the hell is John Mayer??

  • gregorio

    Here is my top 10 list of the best, Fastest and greatest guitar players in the World….

    1. Yngwe Malmnsten
    2. Joe Satriani
    3. Eric Johnson
    4. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
    5. Steve Vai
    6. Nuno Betengcourt (Extreme)
    7. Paul Gilbert (Mr.Big)
    8. Jimmy Hendrix
    9. Kirk Hammet (Mettallica)
    10. Slash (GnR)

  • bearplonk

    for one why is john mayer on here and two, WHERE IS EDDIE VAN HALEN?

  • Lewis

    Where is Angus young ? I mean cmon he is awesome !!!

  • garyarcher

    jason baker
    jimy page
    van helen
    steve vai
    dumbag darrell
    eric clapton
    mark knofler
    joe satriney
    eric jonson
    david gilmour
    …………………………….shud be like dat i suppose

  • the person

    What about Randy Rhoads?

  • Richard

    Gary Moore is #1

  • 997

    Those of you asking why John Mayer is on the list, are you out of your mind!!?? I mean seriously!!!

  • whakaman

    chet atkins is da man

  • Enzo

    Hendrix is the most overrated guitarist of all time. He was ok, but he shouldn’t even be in the top ten.

  • keri

    hey people i want to buy my boyfriend a cd of the best guitarist… but im clueless can any1 help me? he doesn’t have a favourite but loves good music… any sugestions

    • jfauser

      I’m assuming rock guitar players so i’d say Jimi Hendrix, (I don’t personally like him but just about everyone else does) a good album of his would be “Are You Experienced?” or “Electric Ladyland”. Eric Clapton’s good stuff would be his records with Cream, mainly “Wheels Of Fire”. Van Halen’s first album (Just titled” Van Halen”.) Then Led Zeppelin 1, Led Zeppelin 2, and Led Zeppelin 4. A good Rush album would be nice too, either “Moving Pictures” or “Permanent Waves”. You might not see this but you should make sure he doesn’t have any of these yet and that he’ll like them.

  • mariabadeaux

    Your list rocks!!! Thanks for voting Jack White in! This list is a great selection, good taste!

  • rick sutherland

    how about Prince

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  • Dino

    Here is the list of true talent

    1) Mark Knoffler
    2) Brian May (Brian May and Mark Knoffler Must be two of the most virtuous guitarists ever – true guitar geniuses). Their musical sense and ability to compose and play the full thing without making any noise or unnecessary tones is unprecedented.
    3) Gary Moore (A Very underrated but exceptional Guitarist)
    4) Angus Young
    5) Jimmy Page
    6) Eric Clapton
    7) Jimmy Hendrix
    8) Tonino Baliardo (Well acoustic but never the less)
    9) John Frusciante
    10) Tom Morello

    More or less in that order

    • Dino

      Well I had a hard time making the list because there are a lot out there and there is a tendency that the most known ones are getting rated as the top ones. We should not be proud and force some false truth from pride. We should honor every person including guitarists and thereby honour the creation of god. Amen

      • Dino

        What I am saying that we should look at the first three or four on each persons list and discard the rest. Then we’ll have a better estimate. Of course we always forget some fabulous guitarists and often some that deserve number two even number one on the list. Thats what statistics is good for. HOwever that said statistics is often a pillow for people. Faith and loyalty to true values is what brings success and fucks statistics. THings untoched statistics works but its the respect of god that changes things.

    • Anasara

      Finally someone who gets Brian May.IMO he’s in a league of his own.Instantly recognizable,no one sounds like him;He can play any genre and beautifully.When it was just Brian playing with Freddie singing I had to remember to breathe.

  • Austin

    Where the necks Eddie van halen? And chuck berry? This list has some good guitar players on here but it’s missing some extremely important ones

  • Damo

    You can’t be serious. Joe Satriani wins hands down, he is the best ever.

  • YellaFella

    Where is Dimebag Darrell and Eddie Van Halen?

    Synyster Gates should also be on this list cause he brings such thoughtful lead progressions to modern metal.

    • STEVE

      TO NOT HAVE EVH ON NEAR THE TOP NEVER MIND NOT EVEN ON THIS LIST AGAIN IS A CRIME AGAINST ROCK AND ROLL AND GUITAR PLAYERS AROUND THE GLOBE …EDDY IS GOD……

    • jfauser

      Look what you just said, MODERN. The only way any modern guitar player would ever be on a greatest guitarist list is if they somehow completely change everything which is extremely unlikely. Emos can’t play music anyway.

  • Pajama

    Bo Diddley???

  • Ryan

    This list kind of blows. There are no greatest guitarists. And I hate how people think guitar is sickly limited to rock guys who in the whole scheme of things are pretty amateur. How about Eric clapton? Heck if Charlie Christian or django rhinehardt had never started playing solos guitar would still be a strict rhythm instrument playing crotchets to emphasise the beat. He had 2 fingers and did more for the guitar than anyone on this list? Especially Tom Morello? How about pat methany, wes Montgomery, pat martino, tal farlow, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, george benson? Listen to any of those guys and it will completely redefine your thoughts on the guitar. It can so easily be intelligent and soulful simultaneously…

  • What the?
  • Anjel77

    Anjel Dg THEE BEST of all time>>>> Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell ? Rest In Peace ?

  • Mike

    Talk about caving to political correctnes!!!. Not a single thought of your own in your head,huh? God, what a pathetic list.

  • jfauser

    Any top list should at least consist of these guitarists:

    Andreas Segovia
    (Truly the first guitar hero. Took the guitar from a peasant instrument to being respected and popular.)

    Django Reinhardt
    (Two fingers and still played more beautifull than just about everybody else)

    Chet Atkins
    (It’s Chet freakin’ Atkins, need I say more)

    Jimi Hendrix
    (Even a non-hendrix fan like me cannot deny his influence on rock and how much it spreads throughout many genres)

    Paco de Lucia
    (The flamenco master)

    Robert Johnson
    (The man paved the way for Rock and was just an overall amazing player)

  • zardy

    where the hell is STEVE VAI in this list?

  • Raihan

    what about SLASH?

  • Bruno

    The best list i ever seen on the internet.

  • Bruno

    And i`m so glad that list doesn`t have any poser guitarrist like Slash.

  • Sean

    You have to be kidding with this list right? This list would be fine if it was titled “most popular” or “best rock guitarists”. John Mayer one of the best guitarist ever, are you f’ing kidding?!!? Here are some of the best guitarists in my opinion.

    -Chet Atkins
    -Pat Martino
    -Al Di meola
    -Jeff Beck
    -Tommy Emmanuel
    -Paco De Luccia
    -Adres Segovia
    -Eric Clapton
    -Robert Fripp
    -John Mclaughlin
    -Trey Anastasio
    -Djengo Rheinhardt
    -Bill Frisell
    -Steve Howe
    -Adam Jones
    -Dimebag Darrel
    -David Gilmour
    -Stevie Ray Vaughn
    -Robert Cray

  • Sean

    Anyone who commented that this was a good list needs to reconsider what makes up a great guitar player. It’s about being multi-faceted musician. Creativity, technicality and musicality all come in to play when your talking about the highest quality players. When I listen to a “shredder” like Steve Vai, I think..yes he is fast but his music makes me feel absolutley nothing emotionally. Truth be told…SRV and David Gilmour are probably the only players on this list that deserve to be there.

  • Sean

    Ryan and Jfauser obviously play guitar and have decent taste in music. The rest of these people are clearly retarded.

  • Sean

    So frustrating!!!! That guy Dino!!!! Guitar exists in other type of music beside rock you meatheads!! Turn off Vh1′ top 100 countdown and try exploring some other types of music. If you play guitar and you think rock is the only style to be played…then I’m very sorry but you probably are absolutely terrible at the guitar. Hate to break it to you but compared to people like Django Rheinhardt and Chet Atkins….Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai bloooooowwwwwww!!!!!!

  • Tim

    Go a little Country. Roy Clark

  • rakizzta

    PAUL GILBERT is the best, very useful licks and style! One of the best modern guitarist in the whole world! rOCK n Roll!!!

  • chuckawala

    If we’re talking top 10 Rock guitarists, I don’t get any list that doesn’t include Clapton.

  • Sherrie

    You forgot Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac, he is killer perfect!!!!

  • Steve

    Top10 of all time John Mayer is not, Top 10 Blues of time time, perhaps.

  • joe gibilisco

    music is an expression with a variety of feelings involved.there is no such individual as the greatest guitarist.there are however a great number of highly talented,highly skilled and original guitar players.they encompass many genres of style ,technique,they should not be compared with each other.rather they should be appreciated for their individuality and that magnetism that makes them all unique.

  • Doobie Wah

    I´M GLAD TO SEE TOM MORELLO HERE, AS HE DOES THINGS ELECTRONICALLY ON GUITAR NO ONE DOES, THINGS JIMI HENDRIX WOULD HAVE DREAMED OF.
    VERNON REED OF LIVING COLOUR AND STEVE STEVENS TRY THINGS ON ELECTRONICS AND PERFORMANCE NO GUITARISTS DO TODAY… NOT EVEN STEVE VAI NOR JOE SATRIANI.
    ….. AND DON´T FORGET ALLAN HOLDSWORTH !!!

    • Akis_Tensai

      Both Satriani and Morello are masters when it comes to “electronic sound effects”, but i think Satriani is a better guitar player generally speaking. He can do much more stuff with the guitar, he’s like a magician and his technique is also superior. Also you shouldn’t forget that Satriani helped Morello in the past to reach his full potential.

  • Akis_Tensai

    Malmsteem, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, M/A Batio, George Lynch, Zakk Wylde, Ritchie Blackmore and many more… I think some of them at least, should’ve been among the top 10. It is supposed to be a list with the greatest guitar players after all.

  • Bill D

    How can you forget Steve Howe of Yes?

  • JMP

    This is the worst top 10 guitarists list ever. Jeff Loomis, Tosin Abasi, Paul Waggoner, Andres Segovia…. Jimmy page needs to be top 3 on THIS list. Jack White? Red hot chilli peppers? what???? i hate when people pick them… what did they do thats the GREATEST EVER. NOTHING

  • John guitarist 2000

    Ahhhhhh john frusciante!!!!!! 4 th ooommmmgggg!!!!! Whooop whooppp. He deserved that!!!!!!!! He inspired me like you will never think! He is epikkk

  • Ashish Naithani

    I think , one great guitar player is missing
    Nils Lofgren

  • Jdeez

    Steve Vai? Yngwei Malmsteen? John Petrucci? All WAYYYYYY better then the above mentioned…

  • Ky

    This list is a disgrace, including no mention of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani or John Petrucci.

  • Don Laird

    I disagree with your selection of “Marooned” as the definitive showcase for Gilmour’s talents….try the latter portion of “Comfortably Numb”……….”live” from the Pulse concert, Earls Court……

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJZYG5qwHHI

    (fast forward to 04:50)

    Enjoy………..

    Don Laird

  • Zarko

    Jimi is really the best, but how a man who died 80 years ago, when no real music recording existed was the BEST?. Because my grandpa said so? It’s not serious.

  • Chris

    Leaving aside guitarists whose relative fame is debatable (such as Steve Hillage or Terje Rypdal), how can you have a wannabe like John Mayer on your list, but not Dr. Brian May, Jerry Garcia or Jeff Beck? And I’d have also swapped out Tom Morello in favor of Adrian Belew. Belew was making his guitar sound like “everything but a guitar” more than a decade before anyone had heard of Morello. Adrian played with Talking Heads, Joan Armatrading, David Bowie (that’s him playing the crazy solos on DJ and Boys Keep Swinging), and King Crimson back in thee late 70’s and early 80’s. And his song Oooh Daddy at least grants him one hit wonder status, as far as “fame” goes.

  • matt bunsen

    Pat Metheny can play with speed, complexity and emotion that is beyond just about everyone on that list. (Dont be fooled by the ‘smooth jazz’ if thats all you’ve heard by him.)

    But this is obviously a rock/blues list. Otherwise Wes Montgomery or other jazz greats would be included. Not to mention country pickers like Merle Travis that are incredible…

  • someonestudied

    Jimi Hendix to Robert Johnson… Big gap there. Every single person on this list is a celebrity besides him(Robert Johnson). AND 90 percent of them play electric guitar. CHAIRLIE CHRISTIAN is the person you should be worshiping. Comment if you are a guitarist and have actually done your homework.

  • Mariza

    So where’s Carlos Santana? Richie Sambora? Eric Johnson? Eric Clapton? Jimi Hendrix? Slash?

  • pepe

    What a shame….all of these “experts” boasting of “knowing the biggest member” !
    Please – get serious !
    Paco de Lucia, Tommy Emmanuel, Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes….and a thousand more !!
    Music / Guitar is NOT about competing you idiots !!!!!!
    It is about creating and experiencing ART !!!
    ART for those that doesnt know is another dimension than “I can throw a stone much longer than you ”
    So PLEASE – grow up – no more silly BS about “the best ” guitarist !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JMP

    10. Rusty Cooley
    9.Javier Reyes
    8. Chris Broderick
    7. Jimmy Page
    6. John Petrucci
    5. Jeff Loomis
    4. Paul Waggoner/Dusty Baker
    3. Joe Satriani (Hes a musical computer, knows EVERYTHING)
    2. Steve Vai
    1. Tosin Abasi (No Doubt)

  • bolsengaw

    it depends

  • just the notes

    If your voting on pure guitarist and no particular style then jose felicano is Number one.The worlds greatest living guitarist. also The worlds greatest blind guitarist.
    I always say that Jose Feliciano? is indeed one of the greatest guitarists that’s ever lived. Flamenco, latin, bolero, classical, rock ect ect…. You name it and Jose can play it. Why he’s not on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarist of all time, is beyond anyone’s guess. dont believe me look up on youtube purple haze, the thrill is gone, flight of the bumble bee, Malagueña under Jose Feliciano. the guy can play anything and make it his own.

  • sadie

    John Mayer???? But no Brian May???That’s ridiculous.

  • Rhasz

    Anyone without the skills and ability to shred well technically should not be on a top list ever. Any top list without Buckethead is incomplete since he has the highest ability. Anyone that says Buckethead can not play with soul/feel/emotion/blah blah blah are misinformed and have not listened to enough of him them self. Buckethead has over 50 albums so it is hard to find the good stuff since a lot of his work is experimental, but his good stuff is the best stuff. Oh wow just before pushing post I just found yet another awesome older Buckethead song… Brazos.

  • Don

    What about Les Dudek

  • Matt indoe

    WHAT ABOUT EDDIE VAN HALEN?!?!?!

  • Si G.

    The best is in the ears of the beholder.
    The guitar exists hundreds if not a thousand years.
    Addressing mostly recent electrical guitar players and disregard most famous classical and flamenco players is lying to history.
    Not to mention Goya or Pacco de Lucia even with one word is a crime against guitar playing.
    Shame on all of you spring chicks.

  • Winston

    In all these comments I have seen no mention of Derek Trucks. I hear you on all the big name rock guitarists. Whatever. I see no Brian Setzer either. Older country greats like Merle Travis, Jody Maphis and Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland should be on an all time greats list. Chet Atkins, the one and ONLY Mr. Guitar. Les Paul, Django Reinhardt. Andres Segovia,
    How about acoustic rock/pop guys like Paul Simon and James Taylor?
    Tommy Emmanuel, and the Alabama Wild Man, Jerry Reed. Go look up Lighting Rod and try to keep up. Redd Volkaert, hell even Willie Nelson plays a mean lead guitar.
    No top ten list can be real without the name Jack Pearson. Former Allman Brothers guitarist, Nobody on your list can hold a candle to him.

    • Robert

      My opinion would put Roy Clark on the list, but what do I know?

  • sohrab saghafi

    Ritchi Blackmore is the biggest guitarist in the world after Jimmi H
    endrix ,of course.I want to know what you say.come on…..

  • Axeman

    As a long time player conveying the skill, craft and passion of this art, which is as much as a science, players of ANY and every instrument can unanimously agree that there are no “best” players. Some have great moments that were captured and regurgitated in the media time and a get which put them in a permanent vista. This is greatness? Hardly. I’ve seen A LOT of players, some included in the article and the majority chanted by the readers on this board screw things up beyond repair–some during the opening of their first song of the performance. OUCH that hurts…but it happens. Some completely lost track with what they were doing during a show casing of their solo work…oops. Yep it happens, like sometimes happens to singers who forget their lines–it doesn’t matter that they have written the song they were performing. Yea, we hear about this stuff every now and then, however at the end of the day, this doesn’t matter. The truth is, people hear only what they want to hear and will by their very disposition, ignore the negatives and embrace the positives of their work–alas this is why this supportive listeners are called FANS.

    BTW, what you heard on Jimi’s video on this article is not what was being played out one the video. (ANY guitar player worthy of his salt would have caught on to that in one or two bars…OK, I’ll be accommodating…10 bars.

    In truth, there are far too many outstanding players working behind the scenes of modern day music or session players that nobody knows about but have definitely heard and someone else is being recognized for it.

    Case in point: Google/YouTube these names:

    1.) Brent Mason
    2.) Eric Johnson
    3.) Steve Wariner
    4.) Larry Coryell
    5.) Reggie Young
    6.) Ronnie Montrose (RIP…miss you bro)
    7.) Les Dudek
    8.) Jan Akerman
    9.) Sharon Isbin (What did she do with Steve Vai) 😉
    10.) Tatyana Ryzhkova

    This list goes on and on for country miles!

    Let this video be a discovery vista and a symbiotic revelation to what guitar and player is all about in giving their instrument a voice for YOU to hear.
    https://youtu.be/8u4krJw-HjM

    It goes to show…there is no “best” guitar players…it’s all a matter of perspective, taste, interpretation, etc….. Above all, much of it has to do with the players in question being at the right place , at the right time, playing what the audience wanted to hear from that performance at that point in time. It’s a big world full of talent undiscovered and sadly, it will remain just that: undiscovered.

  • Tpohil80

    John Mayer? Really? And I love Jack White but top ten? No. I’d easily take Eric Clapton (whom I don’t really even care for) or Neal Schon over half these guys any day,

  • Ed Davenport

    Obviously listing something as subjective as musical greatness is tough and inevitably going to cause disagreement, but this is another level. Including John Frusciante and Jack White was a little absurd. Excluding players like Yngvie Malmstein, Dave Mustaine, and Slash was questionable. Excluding Eric Clapton was shocking, offensive, but almost admirable. Very little genre diversity, too. By my count, half of these players are blues or heavily blues-based. The complete absence of heavy metal is glaring. This list is ambitious, but golly, this is pretty darn bad.

  • Swan

    It’s very odvious you have never heard of Eric Clapton or he would top this absurd list ,actually very amusing,even laughable list you dug up from some unknown source

  • Phoenix Hung

    A lot of flotsam and jetsam on this list….no Joe Satriani….Steve Vai….Eric Clapton…Billy Gibbons….Wow….

  • Andy

    Prince?

  • shawn collins

    No Tony Iomi? Have you never heard Black Sabbath? Listen to Volume 4 or Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Also Prince, not a big fan of his genre, but he could shred a guitar.