It's too subjective. There's also a multitude of criteria to consider. I can pretty much guarantee any pop musicians would not be on my list, however. I have yet to hear a phenomenal musician in either the pop or alt. country genre.
Hands down.... Tuck Andress! Check out his Europa cover on YouTube and a very cool version of Michael Jackson's ( I know, I know) Man in the mirror!
I like Eric Johnson. I've been listening to Cliff's of Dover since I was a teen. When it came out on Guitar Hero 3 I bought it just for that. Still would like to play it on a real guitar though
Prince Whaaaaaa? Thats a joke right? Page, Vaughn, or Van Halen
I'm sorry but Stevie Ray Vaughan beats all previously mentioned hands down. The sounds he could make with a guitar were amazing, it's just a shame he was taken before his time.
It is a very subjective question but....
I can't believe we have had six postings and nobody has mentioned Jimi Hendrix.
What's the world coming to...?!!
Wow, this IS a hard question...I don't think I can pick one.
As far as a put technical aspect I would have to say Michael Angelo Batio is the best guitarist. That guy shreds better than anyone and makes some crazy sounds.
I however like to think a guitarist is more than just his speend and technique. I like a guitarist who solos with feeling...puts a little bit of soul in his solos and licks.
Angus Young has created amazing riffs and some outstanding solos, Dimebag has always been a "riff master" and then youb have guys like Vai, Satriani and Van Halen who were groundbreakers in thier own right.
I have to say however that after seeing live footage of Hendrix at numerous concerts...he was the best. Hendrix conveyed his heart, soul and passion through his guitar better than anyone else...in my opinon.
I'm going with Brian May of Queen. Originality alone. I think Jimmy Page is overrated and Hendrix (though a master) was probably best guitarist of his day. I was never a Prince fan until I saw him on TV in an extended guitar solo. The man is amazing. Eddie Van Halen shouldn't be overlooked either.
Eric Clapton gets my nod, but as you say it's pretty subjective and there are many great guitarists, but Eric is fast and clean, and can bend a sting 5 frets!!! Not many can do all that!
I was watching a game show in australia and on it they had a list of the best guitarests.
Try Googling it.
In my opinion, Zack Wilde is the best, or the closest I've heard. He rocks (literally!)
i know that a vast majority of you are going to say vaughn or page, but i am going to cast my vote for jake cinninger from umphrey's mcgee.
Do keep the names coming and thanks for raising the question! This is a very useful thread for me, as I have a best guitarists capstone hub series in production! It's really useful to see people's suggestions, and while I've already done most of the ones mentioned (but not necessarily published as yet) I might even add some of them to the list.
I have been asked by a (non-hubbing) friend to put forward Mark Tremonti.
Formerly of Creed but now lead guitarist for Alter Bridge.
Here's a fun fact: Former Creed frontman/jesus-freak/drunken fool, Scott Staap disallowed Tremonti to play guitar solos apparently because the guitar solo is work of the devil.
Just shows how crackers he really is as some of Tremonti's solos with Alter Bridge are awesome!
I have to say Mick Mars, Joe Perry, or (I know he's been mentioned) Brian May. None of them get the attention or credit they deserve.
For anyone doubting Prince just watch his performance at the Superbowl half time show two or three years ago. Performing Purple Rain in the rain with an impressive fireworks show in the background was amazing, plus he did a cover of Best of You by Foo Fighters, as well as a Tina turner cover as well.
I haven't seen as good a performance at the Superbowl in ages, with Prince you get an immense sense of showmanship too. That's vital for a good guitarist in my book
I think it would be Yngwie Malmsteen and Michael Angelo Batio ...sighs...
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN!!! And am I the first one to say BRAD PAISLEY!?
Stevie Ray Vaughan was awesome wasnt he? also that cute Van Halen guy, lol
Earnest - yep - Leo Kottke would be in the top 5 for sure. (He doesn't sing because he reckons his voice sounds like a goose's fart on a foggy morning)
But I'll bet you've never heard of this guy, who IMHO is right up there with the best of the acoustic players.
(over 20 million views on You tube for this song)
Prepare to be blown away !
Eric, you are so right! Andy McKee? Never heard of him till now. He is as you said, right up there.I love the way he plays the neck. Thanks for the heads up! I loved it!
By the way Leo Kotke does sing on "Chewing Pine" and he is right about his own voice, it is very ordinary!
Also Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlDdzNuJto4
where Andy McKee plays a harp guitar.
(Pretty amazing instument. you can't buy these at your local music shop )
b.b. king, john mayer, vaughn, darrell raines (check him out!), (Les Paul maybe?), pete townshend
I have another: Kirk Hammett of Metallica, best rock/metal band ever
Although my older sister listened to him and I was a little person , I believe I have to say "Jimi Hendrix" of course he was wayyyyy before my time but historical nonetheless.
Hands down, Jimi Hendrix..He was a legend in is own time..There are many other great guitarist too but he is my pick.
Jimi Hendrix was simply amazing. He gets overlooked because he was also very "showy", but he had amazing hands and did some incredible things.
Also very underrated is Pete Townshend, but his chord work broke new ground and he basically invented the "rhythm lead".
by Kaili Bisson 6 years ago
Living or deceased. Certain names come to mind right away...Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton...what about Richard Thompson? Let me know what you think and why.
by Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago
Who is your favourite guitarist, and why?Also, if you have a favourite song by your favourite guitarist, then I want to know what it is.Please don't list singers who happen to pose with guitars on stage - just real guitarist, the guy's who don't have to sing, but singers that play well are welcome...
by thirdmillenium 8 years ago
Just finished listening to a string of Greatful Dead classics with tears in my eyes. I am the Deadesthead. Jerry said once that he hoped to learn to play guitar before he died! He had the temerity to be humble. Clapton is God yes, but once his temerity showed when he claimed he was the...
by skisy 7 years ago
Best guitarist of all time?Who do you think the best guitars of all time (well so far) is?
by HumanPerception 7 years ago
Who is the most influential guitarist in current music?
by cooldad 6 years ago
Who do you think was a better guitarist, SRV or Hendrix?I noticed the SRV profile pic. I love them both, but Hendrix is my favorite. I wish they both would have lived longer.
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