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100 Best Female Guitar Players

Updated on February 4, 2019
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While men form a majority in the guitar world, there is no denying their female counterparts have carved a niche with their exceptional guitar skills. Over the years a number of female guitarists have emerged with a distinctive style of playing that has floored both listeners and critics. The flawless technique and creative approach to solos some female guitarists bring to the realms of composition is truly astounding. While female guitar players have been around since the early years in music, not many have earned their glory. A number of talented female guitarists have been overshadowed by their male counterparts; however, a lot has changed since the internet came into being.

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The New Wave of Female Guitar Players

A significant number of talented female guitar players have not found commercial success, but have gained a cult following globally. Social media has played an important role in helping female musicians emerge in new light. The impact female guitar players have had on listeners in recent years is phenomenal. Video sharing websites, YouTube in particular has helped a number of talented female guitar players exhibit their talent and reach a wide audience. A number of young female guitarists have shot to fame with their exceptional fret work and creative phrasing. What’s noteworthy is the number of female guitarists that are emerging in non-mainstream genres of music. Over the years a new wave of female guitar players have emerged in genres such as jazz, blues, rock, jazz-fusion heavy metal, and progressive rock.

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The Contribution of Female Guitar Players in Different Genres

While only few female guitar players have managed to strike record deals with major record labels, the significant number of female guitarists release their music independently. Majority of female guitar players have made a name for themselves with their respective bands, however, some female guitarists have had successful solo careers. Few female guitar players have also earned the distinction of being sought after session players in the music industry. The emerging wave of female guitarists is known for their technical prowess and compositional skills. The contribution female guitarists of yesteryears have made has helped shape the new female guitar movement immensely. One thing’s for sure, we are going to witness a large number of female guitar players gain prominence in different music genres in the near future.

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It takes grit and determination to make a name and place in the guitar world, and it goes without saying women have done exceedingly well. The guitarists mentioned in the space below are associated with tonal quality, expression, phrasing, feel, and technique, with each attributing a unique style that is entirely their own. The list in no way is an attempt to rank guitar players, but rather a celebration of purely talented jaw-droppers who say it all with their guitar. The list below showcases female guitarists from different music genres. If you feel strongly about female guitarists, you will have something to say. Feel free to speak your mind in the comments section and contribute to help the list grow.

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100 Best Female Guitar Players

  1. Jennifer Batten (Rock/Experimental)
  2. Orianthi (Rock)
  3. Emily Remler (Jazz)
  4. Badi Assad (Jazz/Worldbeat)
  5. Liona Boyd (Classical)
  6. Nili Brosh (Rock )
  7. Malina Moye (Rock/Blues Rock)
  8. Charo (Flamenco)
  9. Maybelle Carter (Country)
  10. Nori Bucci (Experimental/Rock)
  11. Elizabeth Cotten (Blues/Folk)
  12. Muriel Anderson- (Classical/Flamenco/Folk/Bluegrass)
  13. Deborah Coleman (Blues)
  14. Leni Stern (Jazz/Jazz Fusion)
  15. Ani DeFranco (Folk)
  16. Vicki Genfan (Jazz/Folk/Funk)
  17. Debbie Davies (Blues)
  18. Sue Foley (Blues)
  19. Kaki King (Percussive/Jazz)
  20. (Annie Erin Clark) St. Vincent (Rock/Art Rock)

21. Marnie Stern (Experimental/Rock)

22. Sarah Longfield (Rock/Metal/Experimental)

23. Kat Dyson (Rock/Pop)

24. Ana Popovic (Blues)

25. Donna Grantis (Blues/Rock)

26. Courtney Cox (Rock)

27. Ruyter Suys (Heavy Metal/Rock)

28. Sharon Isbin (Classical)

29. Felecia Collins (Blues/Rock/Pop)

30. Lita Ford (Rock)

31. Joanna Connor (Blues)

32. Mimi Fox (Jazz)

33. Poison Ivy (Rock)

34. Joni Mitchell (Folk)

35. Bibi McGill (Funk/R&B/Rock)

36. Arianna Powell (Rock/Jazz Fusion/Funk)

37. (Noveller) Sarah Lipstate (Experimental)

38. Gretchen Menn (Rock)

39. Yvette Young (Rock/Experimental/Math Rock)

40. Laura Chavez (Blues)

41. Joanne Shaw Taylor (Blues Rock)

42. Desiree Bassett (Rock)

43. Mary Osbourne (Jazz)

44. Gabriela Quintero (Classical/Percussive)

45. Joyce Cooling (Jazz)

46. The Great Kat (Rock/Neo Classical)

47. Allison Robertson (Rock)

48. Memphis Minnie (Blues)

49. Susan Tedeschi (Blues/Rock)

50. Xuefei Yang (Classical)

51. Carmen Vandenberg (Rock/Blues)

52. Bonnie Raitt (Country/Blues)

53. Nita Strauss (Rock)

54. Peggy Jones (Rock/Blues/Rock N Roll)

55. Tina S (Rock)

56. Wendy Melvoin (Rock/Blues)

57. Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Gospel/Blues/Rock N’Roll)

58. Jan Kuehnemund (Rock)

59. Carrie Brownstein (Rock)

60. Monnette Sudler (Jazz)

61. Amanda Monaco (Jazz)

62. Jenn Wasner (Indie Rock)

63. Anna Calvi (Art Rock/Alternative Rock)

64. Maria Anderson (Rock)

65. June Millington (Rock)

66. Cordell Jackson (Rockabilly/Country/Rock and Roll)

67. Sheryl Bailey (Jazz)

68. Ida Presti (Classical)

69. Katrina Johansson (Rock)

70. Samantha Fish (Rock/Blues)

71. Lori Linstruth (Rock/Neo Classical)

72. Susan Weinert (Jazz/Jazz Fusion)

73. Nancy Wilson (Rock)

74. Michelle Meldrum (Rock)

75. Joan Jett (Rock)

76. Marissa Paternoster (Punk/Rock)

77. Lily Afshar (Classical)

78. Vicki Peterson (Rock)

79. Mary Ford (Jazz)

80. Rosie Flores (Rockabilly/Country)

81. Karin Schaupp (Classical)

82. Shredmistress Rynata (Heavy Metal/Rock)

83. Laura Pleasants (Rock/Heavy Metal)

84. Filomena Moretti (Classical)

85. Melissa Etheridge (Rock)

86. Rosinha de Valenca (Bossa Nova/Classical)

87. Margarita Escarpa (Classical)

88. Barbara Lynn (R&B/Rock)

89. Kelly Johnson (Rock)

90. Sylvia Juncosa (Punk/Heavy Metal/Rock)

91. Carina Alfie (Rock)

92. Renata Tarrago (Classical)

93. Kelley Deal (Rock/Alternative)

94. Cris Bonacci (Rock/Heavy Metal)

95. Shannon Crufman (Blues Rock)

96. April Lawton (Rock/Jazz/Blues)

97. Barbara Jungfer (Jazz)

98. Leah Woodward (Rock/ Progressive)

99. Becky Barksdale (Blues)

100. Carolyn Wonderland (Blues)

Other Notable Female Guitar Players

  • Corin Tucker (Rock)
  • Dot Wiggin (Rock)
  • Heather Gillis (Blues Rock)
  • Chelsea Wolfe (Folk/Gothic Rock/Doom Metal)
  • Tash Sultana (Psychedelic Rock/Alternative/Experimental)
  • (Jen Leigh) Dirty Jenny (Rock)
  • Donita Sparks (Punk/Alternative /Grunge)
  • Aleks Sever (Rock)
  • Belinda Butcher (Alternative Rock)
  • Kristin Hersh (Rock)
  • Rebecca Lovell (Roots Rock/Blues Rock)
  • Briana Alexis (Rock)
  • Anouck Andre (Rock/Jazz Fusion)
  • Maria Kammerling (Classical)
  • Jacqueline Mannering (Rock)
  • Jaye Foucher (Rock/Progressive Rock)
  • Sophie Hunger (Experimental)
  • Andreia Gomez (Progressive Rock/Rock)
  • Margaret Stowe (Jazz)
  • Rory Block (Country)
  • Anastasia Bardina (Classical)

  • Deirdre Cartwright (Jazz)
  • Erja Lyytinen (Blues)
  • Tara McLeod (Rock)
  • Juliette Valduriez (Rock)
  • Ellen Mcllwaine (Blues)
  • Kristen Capolino (Rock)
  • Anna Vidovic (Classical)
  • Mili Davies (Classical)
  • PJ Harvey (Alternative Rock)
  • Beth Marlis (Jazz)
  • Molly Manarchy (Classical)
  • Annie Grunwald (Rock/Metal)
  • Kaori Moraji (Classical)
  • Laura Young (Classical)
  • Alejandra Mesliuk (Rock/Progressive Rock/Experimental)
  • Ruthie Foster (Blues)
  • Beverly Watkins (Blues)
  • Suzy Gardner (Punk/Alternative/Grunge)
  • La Verne Christie (Jazz)
  • Galina Vale (Classical/Flamenco)
  • Kim Gordon (Rock/Alternative Rock)

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