Top 150 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time

jimi_hendrixI grew up listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan. My oldest brother was a big fan of Stevie and he introduced me to the wonderful world of blues and rock. He did not play guitar himself but he loved listening to guitar players all the time.

I started playing guitar at the age of 9, but it took another 6 years before I started listening and learning the songs of Joe Satriani, John Frusciante, Scott Henderson, Jimi Hendrix, Dimebag Darrel, Marty Friedman, Slash and Frank Gambale to name a few.

Much later I began listening to pretty much the rest of the list presented below. Listening to all these guitar players enriched my playing and my life as a musician and music lover. I hope it does the same for you.

This is a list of the most greatest, influential and famous guitar players of all time in no particular order. The list is not complete, because it can never be.

It is a wonderful guide to learn from, listen to and read about. The musicians and their music will inspire and motivate you. If you want to become a great guitar player then these are your teachers.

I present to you: The gurus, revolutionaries and guitar heros. Enjoy!

001. Jimi Hendrix (Blues/Rock) – Tabs

002. Robert Johnson (Blues) – Tabs

003. Albert King (Blues) – Tabs

004. B.B. King (Blues)Tabs

005. Buddy Guy (Blues) – Tabs

006. Hubert Sumlin (Blues)

007. Chuck Berry (Blues) – Tabs

008. Johnny Winter (Blues) – Tabs

009. Ry Cooder (Blues/Rock/Tex-Mex/World Music)

010. Keith Richards – Rolling Stones (Blues/Rock) – Tabs

011. John Frusciante – Rhcp (Rock) – Tabs

012. Jeff Beck (Blues) – Tabs

013. Jimi Page – Led Zeppelin (Rock) – Tabs

014. Richard Thompson (Rock/Folk)

015. Stevie Ray Vaughan (Blues) – Tabs

016. Eric Clapton (Blues) – Tabs

017. The Edge – U2 (Rock) – Tabs

018. Brian May – Queen (Rock) – Tabs

019. Eddie Van Halen – Van Halen (Rock) – Tabs

020. Frank Zappa (Rock/Jazz) – Tabs

021. Joe Perry – Aerosmith (Blues/Rock) – Tabs

022. Ritchie Blackmore – Deep Purple (Rock) – Tabs

023. Steve Howe – Yes (Progressive Rock) – Tabs

024. David Gilmour – Pink Floyd (Rock) – Tabs

025. Rhandy Roads – Ozzy Osbourne (Rock) – Tabs

026. Angus Young – AC/DC (Rock) – Tabs

027. Mark Knopfler – Dire Straits (Rock) – Tabs

028. Peter Green – Fleetwood Mac (Blues/Rock) – Tabs

029. Lindsey Buckingham – Fleetwood Mac (Rock) – Tabs

030. Gary Moore (Blues) – Tabs

031. Chet Atkins (Country) – Tabs

032. Andy Summers – The Police (Rock) – Tabs

033. Carlos Santana (Rock) – Tabs

034. Robben Ford (Blues/Jazz) – Tabs

035. Slash – Guns ‘n Roses (Rock) – Tabs

036. Peter Frampton (Rock) – Tabs

037. Pete Townshend – The Who (Rock) – Tabs

038. Robbie Krieger – The Doors (Rock) – Tabs

039. George Harrison – The Beatles (Rock) – Tabs

040. Neil Young (Rock) – Tabs

041. Albert Collins (Blues)

042. Rory Gallagher (Blues/Rock) – Tabs

043. Jeff Healey (Blues/Rock) – Tabs

044. Lightnin’ Hopkins (Country Blues) – Tabs

045. Bo Didley (Blues)

046. Joe Walsh – The Eagles (Rock) – Tabs

047. Vernon Reid – Living Colour (Rock) – Tabs

048. Kurt Cobain – Nirvana (Rock) – Tabs

049. Duane Allman – The Allman Brothers (Rock) – Tabs

050. Joe Satriani (Rock) – Tabs

051. Steve Vai (Rock) – Tabs

052. Yngwie Malmsteen (Rock) – Tabs

053. Paul Gilbert (Rock) – Tabs

054. Eric Johnson (Rock) – Tabs

055. Steve Morse (Rock/Funk/Jazz/Classical/Country) – Tabs

056. Nuno Bettencourt – Extreme (Rock) – Tabs

057. Kirk Hammet – Metallica (Hardrock/Metal) – Tabs

058. James Hetfield – Metallica (Hardrock/Metal) – Tabs

059. Dave Mustain – Megadeth (Hardrock/Metal) – Tabs

060. Marty Friedman – Megadeth (Hardrock/Metal) – Tabs

061. John Petrucci – Dream Theather (Progressive Metal) – Tabs

062. Alex Lifeson – Rush (Progressive Rock) – Tabs

063. DimeBag Darrel – Pantera (Metal) – Tabs

064. Michael Angelo Batio (Rock) –

065. George Lynch (Rock) – Tabs

066. Vinnie Moore (Rock) – Tabs

067. Django Rheinardt (Gipsy Jazz) – Tabs

068. John McLaughlin (Jazz)

069. Al Di Meola (Rock/Jazz)

070. Paco De Lucia (Flamenco)

071. Adrian Legg (Acoustic)

072. Tommy Emmanuel (Acoustic) – Tabs

073. Paco Peña (Flamenco)

074. John Williams (Classical)

075. Julian Bream (Classical)

076. Roy Buchanan (Blues)

077. Michael Schenker – Scorpions (Rock)

078. Johnny Ramone – The Ramones (Punk/Rock)

079. Tom Morello – Rage Against The Machine (Rock)

080. T-Bone Walker (Blues)

081. Adam Jones – Tool (Metal)

082. Brad Paisley (Country)

083. Jason Becker (Rock)

084. Joe Bonamassa (Blues/Rock)

085. Albert Lee (Country)

086. John Lennon – The Beatles (Rock)

087. Paul McCartney – The Beatles (Rock)

088. Steve Lukather – Toto (Rock)

089. Hank Marvin – The Shadows (Rock)

090. Dave Matthews (Rock/Jazz)

091. Mike McCready – Pearl Jam (Rock)

092. Richie Sambora – Bon Jovi (Rock)

093. Keith Scott – Bryan Adams(Rock)

094. Scotty Moore (Rockabilly)

095. Brian Setzer – Stray Cats (Rockabilly)

096. Phil Collen – Def Leppard (Rock)

097. Robert Cray (Blues)

098. Robert Fripp – King Crimson (Prog-Rock)

099. Wes Montgomory (Jazz)

100. George Benson (Jazz)

101. Pat Matheny (Jazz)

102. Danny Gatton (Country)

103. Scott Henderson – Tribal Tech (Jazz Fusion)

104. Allan Holdsworth (Jazz Fusion)

105. John Scofield (Jazz)

106. Joe Pass (Jazz)

107. Mike Bloomfield (Blues)

108. John Fahey (Acoustic)

109. Pat Martino (Jazz)

110. Tony Iommi – Black Sabbath (HardRock)

111. Richie Kotzen (Rock)

112. Shawn Lane (Jazz Fusion Rock)

113. Alex Skolnick – Testament (Metal)

114. Jeff Waters – Annihilator (Metal)

115. Dave Grohl – Foo Fighters (Rock)

116. Jeff Hanneman – Slayer (Trash Metal)

117. Joe Diorio (Jazz)

118. Charlie Christian (Jazz)

119. Grant Green (Jazz)

120. Jim Hall (Jazz)

121. Jennifer Batten (Rock)

122. Guthrie Govan (Rock Fusion)

123. Andy Mckee (Acoustic)

124. John Mayer (Blues)

125. Gary Hoey (Rock)

126. Matthew Bellamy – Muse (Rock)

127. Noel Gallagher – Oasis (Rock)

128. Jerry Garcia – Greatful Dead (Rock)

129. Jonny Greenwood – Radiohead (Rock)

130. George Lynch (Rock)

131. Daron Malakian – System of a Down (Metal)

132. James Burton (Country)

133. Larry Carlton (Jazz Fusion)

134. Warren Haynes – Allman Brothers Band (Blues)

135. Dick Dale (Surf Rock)

136. Les Paul (Jazz Country)

137. Andrés Segovia (Classical)

138. Jorma Kaukonen – Jefferson Airplane (Rock)

139. Jan Akkerman (Jazz/Blues)

140. Frank Gambale (Jazz Fusion)

141. Mick Ronson – David Bowie (Rock)

142. Freddie King (Blues)

143. Trey Anastasio – Phish (Rock)

144. Prince (Rock)

145. Greg Howe (Rock Fusion)

146. Andy Timmons (Rock)

147. Tony Macalpine (Rock Fusion)

148. Michael Lee Firkins (Rock)

149. Larry Coryell (Jazz)

150. Brett Garsed (Jazz Fusion)

“… guitarists shouldn’t get too riled up about all of the great players that were left off of ‘Rolling Stone Magazines’ list of the Greatest Guitar Players of all Time’ … Rolling Stone is published for people who read the magazine because they don’t know what to wear …” – Joe Satriani

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125 Responses to “Top 150 Greatest Guitar Players of All Time

  • This is a great list! I like the fact that other guitarists are recognised that I wouldn’t usually see in a list. Guitarists like Noel Gallagher never seem to get a mention even though he’s an amazing guitarist and turned a British generation to the guitar.

    Thanks for the list Klaus.

  • Hi Ben,

    I agree, Noel Gallagher’s Wonderwall riff will be played by guitar players for centuries to come.

    It has become a classic.

    Klaus Crow

  • Nuno Bettencourt 4ever!
    Portugal represented!

    I almost chocked when I saw Tommy on the 72 spot, then I read the list was in no particular order!

    This list made me smile numerous times!


  • Hi Nuno,

    I love Nuno Bettencourt and Extreme!
    My favorite songs are Rest in Peace, Get the funk out, Midnight express and No respect.

    He is touring with Rihanna at the moment, but I guess you already knew that.


  • William Mosch:

    Hi Klaus,

    You made a awesome list, I don’t know all of these great guitar players but I definitely going to read and listen more about them.

    Keep up the good work!


  • Hey William,

    You really should, they are all worthwhile listening to.

    These players represent what guitar playing is all about.

    You might discover some new favorites.


  • Klaus its pleasing to see that you’ve included Rory Gallagher, he quite frequently gets ignored because he shunned commercialism to stay true to guitar playing. Admittedly I’m biased, Rory was related to me but I had the pleasure to meet and talk to him a few times and his down to earth personality was a credit.
    Keep up the good work, your website is very informative and I’ll be bookmarking it for future visits, I’ll even sit down with my guitar and learn.

  • Hey Tom,

    Rory was an awesome guitarplayer.
    Great slide player, full of energy and rawness to the bone!

    Thanx for the support!


  • Klaus

    keep up the good work, i’ll spread the word

  • bryan hunter:

    What…no Steve Hackett? No Nick Drake?!?! Tipton and Downing? Murray and Smith? Criminal I say sir! Criminal!

  • bryan hunter:

    Mick Taylor? Tom Scholz? Adrian Belew?

  • mike:

    what about mike campbell ? from TP and the heartbreakers?

    In my eyes hes the absolute nmost underrated guitar player in the world, his sound , technique , his clean riffs, amazing . to not have him on a list in my eyes is dumb

    i didnt see prince on there either

  • Hi Bryan and Mike,

    There is only so much space in a top 150 and yes you are right there are always others and more great players out there.

    Thanks for adding your favorites to the comments.

    Best regards,
    Klaus Crow

  • terry harvey:

    I am pleased to see some jazz and blues guys on a list. This is rare because most people only like what they are used to and most people have not been exposed to much of anything except the middle of the road. One name left off your list is Tommy Bolin, a truly underated player. Remember, there is no such thing as good or bad music, just what you like.

  • James:

    I think most of you are rockers and don’t listen to much country, but there are some great pickers like Roy Clark and Glen Campbell. Many others

  • taharvey:

    I do agree. Let us not forget the great bluegrass players as well. Also these lists never have classical guys on them. Like I said most people are not exposed to much outside the middle of the road.

  • Hi taharvey,

    That’s not entirely correct. Here are some classical guitar players:

    #74 John Williams
    #75 Julian Bream
    #137 Andrés Segovia

    Best regards,

  • jak:


    Also, I’d move Slash way down and Robert Fripp way up.

  • Ed Cruz:

    Did you leave out Alvin Lee of Ten Years After??..WHY

  • Hi Ed,

    Yeah how could I? :)
    Sorry, but I had only space for 150 great guitar players.
    You’re right, there’s always one more guitar player that I should have mentioned.

    Yet, I am grateful you are willing to share your favorite guitar hero.

    Klaus Crow

  • Joel Goreham:

    Obviously it’s difficult to have a list that caters to everyones personal taste… and it’s also difficult to tell on exactly what makes a ‘great’ guitarist (technical ability? songwriting prowess?) … but to have Kurt Cobain to appear higher up the list than Nuno, Dimebag, Hammett, Satriani and Vai…. I’m a little confused. Still, some great names in there. Good on ya bro :)

  • Joel Goreham:

    Ignore my comment – I just re-read your intro … ‘no particular order’ … my bad ;)

  • Tiefeng Wu:

    Hi, Klaus! Thanks for your wonderful list, I really love it!

    I found a little mistake for spelling name of “Randy Rhoads”, there’s “Rhandy Roads” on the list. He is my favorite guitar player.

    Excuse me for being so picky:-)

  • Dewi:

    Great guitarists are everywhere in this world… The list will never end if we start to mention. In my country (Indonesia), we also have many good guitarists: Lianto Tjahjoputro, Balawan, Dewa Budjana and many others… China has Xue Fei Yang…. Perhaps, in Asia, the chance to be worldwide recognised is a bit smaller due to several factors.

  • Sam:

    Check out Rivers Cuomo of Weezer if you haven’t already. He is definitely one of the most underrated guitar players of all time. Incredible skill and sense of melody.

  • Dan:

    This entire list gets canned just for the omission of one the greats if not the greatest of all-time.. Duane Allman. One of the few I agree with RS about. Jimi Hendricks? Great…MAYBE. Very good? Probably. Top ten? Not on this panet.

  • onekat:

    Breaks my heart not to see Leo Kottke. Was also thinking, I’ll bet it breaks John Mayer’s heart not to see his name.

  • mathbzh:

    Not a bad list but you should consider renaming it “150 great guitar players”.
    Where are Brazilian guitar players?
    If Baden Powell does not make a 150 greatest guitar player list who does?

  • Eric:

    that’s a joke ?!

    ” Eric Clapton ” is the best guitar player , ever

  • Johnny Rocket:

    Klaus, this is a great list and everyone will have a favorite left out here and there. Your list reminded me of some “forgotten” favorites and introduced me to some who deserve a listen. On a bummer side, I found out Gary Moore had passed away. I never got into his blues too much, but loved his solo work in the 80’s. Also great to see Frank Zappa acknowledged for his “off the wall” yet amazing guitar work. Maybe it’s time for a “top 200″ list? J.R.

  • Tyler:

    good list, but why is duane allman #49. he should be a rock solid top 5 guitarist on everyones list. its like having michael jordan as the #49 greatest basketball player. duane died at 24 and think about the many guitarist he influenced

  • Duane Diehl:

    What about Steve Morse or John Mclaughlin. They may not be #1 or #2, but surely they are in the top 150.

  • You’re absolutely right about that!

    Best regards,
    Klaus Crow

  • Warren:

    FINALLY………A decenct list of great guitarists……Sick of seeing Brian May and Eddie Van Halen at the top of theses lists!!!! The Blues Musicians are the the masters but seem to get left off most lists because they are not very well known!!! Great list although bit concerned abour Duane Allmans position!!! Surely the greatest slide guitarist of all time??? Should be top ten…

  • Hi Warren,

    Maybe you overlooked but I mentioned this in the post before I started writing the list:

    “This is a list of the most greatest, influential and famous guitar players of all time in no particular order. The list is not complete, because it can never be”

    I appreciate your comment.
    Enjoy the list!

    Best regards,
    Klaus Crow

  • David:

    3- B.B. KING
    4- …
    5- ..
    .- .

  • shawn:

    what about chet atkins he was the best guitar player in the world till he died

  • shawn:

    nevermind i see him on there

  • shawn:

    what about ro clark

  • Zsolt:

    I don’t like these lists. Playing the guitar has indefinitely large number of dimensions and that does not allow for arranging players in a linear order. Besides, where’s Buckethead?

  • Tracy :):

    One I didn’t see that I’d add if I missed it is Neal Schon :)

  • hank:

    Check out Hank Garland. That man can play a guitar….

  • scot finlayson:

    paul weller is a fantastic guitar player . a lot of the players in your list are all show and rehash the same stuff without evolving new stuff. weller is renewing his music and sound all the time.the man is agenius .all the best scot

  • c'mon-man:

    What, no Neal Schon in top 50! My top 20! Amend immediately please.

  • what about #1 ralph Machio..kicked vai’s butt I done seen it in a movie…vai claims he played both parts but I think it was machio who played both parts.. I done saw it in the must be true…he done beat the devil’s minions at the crossroads…ok that was just a joke lol…you should expand this list to create a who mattered in guitar, or even any guitarist who played on or put out an album, what about david spinozza, in the 70’s disco era he was a big session guy,morse,mclaughlin, leo kotke, david torn, henry kaiser,rick emmett, trevor, rabin, denis taaffe oh wait thats me…lol Truth is there is no best guitarists, each guitarist has their own style which is why playing guitar is great.You may like a players music or style and not another that doesnt make one better than another. One might be great in technique but his music might be generic or the opposite/maybe you meant the most popular guitarist according to opinion? sales? hype?

  • Hi Denis,

    You’re right, guitar playing is not about competition. I made the list for fun, to inspire people to listen to great guitar players. And for people to comment to the list and add their personal favorites.

    As regards to Ralph Machio…
    Some guitar parts were played by Steve Vai and some were played by Ry Cooder.

    Klaus Crow

  • Barbara:

    I recently saw this guitar player and he has truly been I guess hiding because he makes a lot of the names on your list look bad. His name is Tobi Hero. More people need to check this dude out. Help him if you can because he is something else.

  • Kyle:

    This is a great list. However, I wish there were some funk players on the list. Then it would be a complete list for sure.

  • anir sarkar:

    no synyster gates:(

  • Marc:

    Erie Isley showed how the guitar can be used in r & b. I find him to be better than a lot of guitarist on this list

  • Dan:

    Very good list. Glaring ommission but forgiveable would be the studio musicians who you have heard for years but never knew their names. Cats like Tommy Tedesco, Howard Roberts, Jerry Cole, Bill Pitman & Glen Cambell, Yes he could play. Other Country cats like Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Jerry Reed, & Roy Clark. Jazz giants like Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, & Barney Kessel – also a studio guy from the wrecking crew. Accoustic players like Leo Kottke, or Christopher Parkening.
    That’s the problem with lists. The ones that get left off but deserve to be there. But all in all, you did a great job. Some new names for me to look into too!

  • Lorie:

    Cant belive vince gill or keith urban didnt make the list but brad paisley did.every other list I read of best country gurtarist puts vince and gill before brad paisley. Of course albert lee and chet actkins should be on there and brad.but when very country site been on for best country gurtarist always puts vince and keith before brad.but yet rolling stones couldnt even put them on list.even eric clapton had vince and keirh at crossroads this year.

  • Becky Campbell:

    You left off Lee Rittenour – jazz

  • nuk:

    Criss impellitteri…??

  • Tim Huider:

    Why is kurt cobain number 48?!!! I mean, he made good music but is never will be better than prince or george benson. Kurt Cobain is a really good songwriter but c’mon, he is not a very good guitar player.

  • Tyler:


  • Hi Tyler,

    121 Jennifer Batten

    Best regards,
    Klaus Crow

  • Tyler:

    One… of 150… at 121. Yeah right.

  • Dave:

    Have you never heard of Phil Keaggy???

  • Bill:

    I cannot believe that you published any list, and left Chet Atkins off.

  • Bob:

    Can’t begin to believe Lonnie Mack wasn’t on the list?

  • Brian:

    What the hell? Jimmy Hendrix #1? Above Les Paul, above Buddy Guy who Hendrix worshiped. And what the hell with Angus Young above Mark Knopfler, really? Chet Atkins is way to far down the list and you left Roy Clark off the list completely, unbelievable. Wait, you left off Jose Feliciano and Carlos Montoya too? And the fact that you have that low talent bum Slash listed above anyone is beyond unforgivable. I cannot even write straight, I am in such amazing dismay about the patheticness of this list. Frankly almost all the jazz guitarists can outplay the rock guitarists. Jim Hall, Joe Pass, all better than Slash could be in his wettest dream. Where is John Lee Hooker? His sound was completely unique among blues guitarists. Sorry to take this a little too seriously, but as a guitarist of 30 years and a guitar aficionado I am in shock at the naivety of this list.

  • Brian:

    I missed that you missed Steve Miller, one of the most under rated guitarist of all time. The Joker alone should put him on this list, well above Slash.

  • Jim:

    Jimi Hendrix #1 shouldn’t even raise an argument. Can’t believe Segovia is #137, anybody with equal appreciation for all varieties of music would put him in top ten.

  • Wolfram:

    Hi Klaus,

    what about Dicky Betts (The Allman Brothers Band) and Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash – one of the best players ever)?

    Together with Eric Clapton and Rory Gallagher these guys are responsible for that I’m a guitar player (and also teacher) since over 30 years. Thanks for mentioning Rory. We never, never should forget him. He was a genius!

    @Brian and @Jim: The list is NOT a ranking! It’s just a list!

    BTW: Great site. Like it also as a teacher. Keep up the good work!

    Greets from Germany

  • Phillips:

    A lot of great names – short one Lowell George!

  • pumkin:

    billy corgan anyone?!?!

  • Tim Huider:

    Mark Knopfler has to be number 1!!!!

  • Curt:

    You missed 2 of the top 20 Phil Keaggy and Maury Muhelheisen. Is it because they are Jewish?

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  • Danny:

    No Stephen Carpenter?? He has to be definitely in the top 150. May not be the most technically advanced but he has played so many different styles with the Deftones, and makes the most awesome and beautiful riffs that have been made!

  • Where is Ronnie Earl, Kim Simmons and
    Jimmie Vaughn?

  • Grenge:

    They all have their own style amd excellence. To put a number next to them is silly.

  • bob hurst:

    Frank Marino of mahonny Rush — one of the best no doubt.
    PS just saw Keith urban at MSG last night and this guy in great and did riff after riff

  • Keith:

    Love the list. I have a quibble with the description of Jeff Back’s music. Calling him a blues guitarist is like calling the United States a nation of swamps.

  • Brett:

    Is George Lynch good enough to be listed twice? Guess so.

  • David:

    Bring back teaching music theory and harmony to the public school system. I spent my money on music school only to learn what the so called best guitarist never knew how to do. Now what? Mr. Q public votes for the best on things they know nothing about.

  • Miguel:

    Hi, I like the list and like others I appreciate it isn’t in order as it really is difficult, if not impossible to do. Some guitarists I would like people to give a chance are two bluegrass players and two country players:

    Bluegrass: Tony Rice and David Grier
    Country: Vince Gill and Brent Mason. Mason can play almost anything though, he is an incredible session player. Look for Mason’s song “Hot Wired” to hear his hot lickes. Gill has his own unique and tasty telecaster style. He just doesn’t generally be flashy on his own albums but Clapton has had him at the Crossroads festival so check that out.

    I listen to so many different kinds of music, my playlists are kind of nuts with classical followed by Steve Morse, then some country song. Listen and watch Keith Richards in that Stones documentary, “Return to Hyde Park”.

    Another topic- Top Guitar song intros. Talk about a long list. Here are some: Keith Richards in “Gimme Shelter”. Many John Fogerty songs. Steve Morse “Cruise Missle”, Van Halen “Ain’t Talkin about Love”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “The Song Remains the Same”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”

    Others I like but not my favorites are “Smoke on the Water”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Reelin In the Years”, “Crazy Train”, “Johnny B. Goode”, “Enter Sandman”, “Back in Black”. Others can list Guns N Roses, Jimmy Hendrix, More AC/DC, and lots that I’m not thinking about.

  • steve:

    donald (buck dharma )roeser and toy caldwell

  • Ferari mon:

    Ayub Bachchu (AB) from Bangladesh is a great guitarist from Bangladesh. He is playing for 26+ years. He is a versatile guitarist. He should be listed among 150. search on you tube. you will be amazed. sure…….

  • Thomas:

    John Squire of The Stone Roses has to be on that list surely? Above Noel Gallagher in my opinion

  • Lovinthelefties:

    So my comment may be 3 years late, but in 2010, bands like A7X and Slipknot were around. Maybe their music is not as mainstream as most of the entries on this list, but Synyster Gates is one of the most technically proficient guitarists in metal/rock.
    And noone can deny the fact that Jim Root of Slipknot and Stone Sour is right up their in the same category as Hendrix. I am not saying he is as good as Hendrix, but it a known fact that Jim is naturally left handed, but plays guitar right handed. In my opinion, that takes a lot more skill than flipping a guitar over and restringing it.
    I have no illusions that the masses will agree with me, but this is my opinion.
    Jim Root is MY number 1 (even though he is #4 lol)

  • Vinícius:

    Where are the brazilian guitar players? Don’t you know Kiko Loreiro, Rafael Bittencourt (both Angra), Eduardo Ardanuy (Dr. Sin), Robertinho do Recife, Hugo and Luis Mariutti (André Matos), Frank Solari? You know them and many others amazing guitar players in this website

  • Aniruddha Biswas:

    All the guys critisizing the list ranking please get your eyes checked by an eye-specialist. Mr. Klaus just noted 150 greatest guitarists, not rankwise, there might be some more. Brian how many of “your” Jazz guitarists can outplay Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Kark Hammet, Carlos Santana, Michael Angelo Batio??? There are many great jazz guitarists with amazing skill. But dear Brian your favourite jazz genre is much much much less popular than Rock. Take any guitar, amplifier, guitar-fx pedal manufacturer you will find them promoting their product through Rock or Blues guitarists, whyyyy!!! This is 21st century & old is not essencially gold. Be mordern & updated man. Modern Guitar is also about knowing the technical aspects. I don’t think any other genre knows more types of picking, legato, tapping, whammy bar & wah-pedal techniques than Rockers. Dear Eric Clapton haters beware, on top 10 most expensive guitar list you will find 5 of his used guitars!!! I listened to Ayub Bachoo. He is good, but not worth mentioning in this list.

  • Curt:

    Maury Muhelheisen ,Best acoustic guitar player period!

  • giovanni:

    Nice list Klaus, but probably not really possible to do(so). So many names are missing. And K. Richards between Cooder and Frusciante?!?! Sorry, but not in my observable universe. And,(i´m serious as cancer, Klaus), you are not allowed to forget about Neil Schon. I have seen this small man live in 2008, and I can tell you Klaus, you cannot, I repeat: CAN!NOT!….. ignore this guitar player! Never ever. No way. Even for an unperfect list, even if you really do not like the music of Journey, this is an “unforgivable” mistake. But do not fret, Klaus; nobody´s perfect……;)

  • nikki:

    Kurt Cobain really he didn’t do anything

  • DAVID:

    Add to the list…..James Taylor and John Mayer…..Where is Paul Macartney?

  • Justin:

    Great list. If you are gonna put Brad Paisley on it then Kieth Urban has to be there as well. Country music guitarist don’t get the recognition they deserve. There is a new age of music among us and country has a serious following. These guys and gals are talented.

  • Karl:

    Quite agree Justin, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban are right up there amongst any guitar players in the world as are many other country pickers from years gone by. Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed were monster guitarists and would wipe the floor with the majority on this list! As for Lennon and McCartney! They shouldn’t even be mentioned let alone be above the Great James Burton!!…Criminal!!!

  • Alan Wyant:

    Did anyone mention Phil Keaggy for Gospel music?

  • Charels Kaye:

    George Lynch is so good, he’s listed TWICE! #65 and #130… hehehe

  • John Dusza:

    Are you insane? Metheny is 101? He should be on top. Jazz guitarists are FAR superior to rock guitarists. Get a clue.

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  • Vanessa:

    I’m sorry but… Greatful Dead? For a list that wishes to show 150 great guitar players, I think it would be more proper to ensure that every name, band or otherwise, is spelled correctly. Also, George Lynch appears twice on the list, numbers 65 AND 130. These are the only problems I have with this list, otherwise, I approve and appreciate all of these choices!

  • mx_250:

    Kring crimson made it on this list but not Devin Townsend ??


  • John a james:

    Dear sir
    I am quiet embarassed not to see the VENTURES listed.Nokie Edwards and Don Wilson are early pioneeres.

  • Eleanor Victoria:

    okay we have a problem here. How can John Mayer be ranked two places above Matt Bellamy? I seriously dont get it. By the way Matthew Bellamy is guitar god ( okay okay along with Slash , Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain etcetera etcetera but still)

  • Greg:

    I feel so alone, but my pick is John Pizzarelli

  • Incredible research, Klaus.
    However, I am missing Stanley Jordan on the list. His tapping technique is unique.
    Listen to his work.

  • Doug:

    1 out of 150 is a woman?

    What a load of rubbish.

    Get a grip, guys.

  • Hugh G. USA:

    Paul Kossoff the Greatest Blues/Rock player of all time.Free were the best band from that era including Led Zeppellin,Cream etc. Great songs except All right now.. Not one of the best. Paul had great tone he could make his Les Paul cry.What a shame he had to die at such a young age.Anyway great advice on Guitar playing and life,keep up the valuable playing tips

  • Hi Doug,

    You’re right.
    I’d love to hear some suggestions?

    Best regards,
    Klaus Crow

  • Hi Andy,

    Yes love him. Really digging his version of “over the rainbow”.

    Best regards,
    Klaus Crow

  • TC:

    Was surprised to not see Roy Clark. I watched him on Hee Haw and was blown away with his incredible work including 2 handed tapping. Nearly a decade before Eddie Van Halen popularized it.

  • Emily Slomovits:

    This is a fantastic list! So glad to see one of my favorites, Richard Thompson, near the top! Nice work!

  • CK:

    Maury Muhelheisen (Jim Croce guitarist) .Did I overlook Dickie Betts or is his list just not realistic? Phil Keaggy (Glass Harp).

  • CK:

    JERRY REED isn’t on this List. The Alabama Wildman ! Roy Clark?

    Johnny Rivers !

  • Mike Arman:

    I have played guitar since 1966 overall the list is good you have people like Johnny Winters ,Pat Travers on and on and on… where are the influences in your life as a guitar player like George Harrison that influenced the sound of the Beatles I don’t think one can be fair in a list I do know one guitar player that will be influencing people in the next 10- 20 years Joe Bonamassa you guitar players keep your eye on this guy.. he brought me back to the guitar and now I’m playing some killer blues good luck everyone!!

  • Ngwenya:

    is this a world wide list or its just American, if it is for e entire world its wrong e guitar z played n Africa and one known icon is Oliver Mtukudzi

  • Karen:

    Bonnie Raitt! And I don’t think I saw any women on your list. Joni Mitchell, Mary Ford (Les Paul’s wife), Joan Jett, Nancy Wilson, Sister Rosetta Tharp, and Kaki King come to mind.

  • Gene:

    Great list! And there are more that could have been included. Everyone’s list would differ.
    I would like to include this guy, Dave Strange. Only 25, but I definitely rate him :)

  • Kelly G:

    #128: “Greatful”??? Ugh.

  • paul:

    Alvin Lee. Kim Simmonds should be pretty close to the top of the list

  • John Stoneman:

    I would have put Rory Gallagher and Mark knopfler a lot further up the list. Wnd what about Chet Atkins? None the less, it is a great list and must have taken a huge amount of time and effort to do it. Thanks.

  • John Stoneman:

    I would have put Rory Gallagher and Mark knopfler a lot further up the list. And what about Chet Atkins? None the less, this is a great list and must have taken a huge amount of time and effort to do it. Thanks.

  • Juana Ramirez:

    What about Emore James????? King of the sliding guitar

  • Juana Ramirez:

    Sorry missed a letter, the correct name is ELMORE JAMES

  • David:

    Wes Montgomery greatest Jazz guitarist of all time.

    Ronnie Earl The best living blues guitarist in the world.

    add for sure:
    -Martin Barre
    -Sonny Landreth
    -Son Seals
    -Jimmy Dawkins
    -Dave Davies
    -Sonny Sharrock

    look them up people this list is silly. The Edge at #17 oh please! really?

  • Andrew:

    No Alvin Lee?

  • Mike:

    Does anyone know the name of the original guitarist for Chicago. Hendrix called him the greatest guitarist he had ever heard!

  • blake:

    This is an amazing list but i think at this point in his career brian haner jr.(synyster gates) from avenged sevenfold should be on there. Not is he only an amazing shredding guitarist for the band but hes super creative along with the whole band. They all get credit for everything its not just one guy in there obviously but as far as guitar goes hes an absolute beast he can play anything from shedding metal solos and riffs to laid back country and jazz and has been around long enough to have deserve it. Same with jacky vincent.

  • blake:

    This is an amazing list but i think at this point in his career brian haner jr.(synyster gates) from avenged sevenfold should be on there. Not is he only an amazing shredding guitarist for the band but hes super creative along with the whole band. They all get credit for everything its not just one guy in there obviously but as far as guitar goes hes an absolute beast he can play anything from shedding metal solos and riffs to laid back country and jazz and has been around long enough to have deserve it. Same with jacky vincent from falling in reverse. His playing skill is amazing. Bands like that get over looked for the talent tho. But with music with no prejudice, hes an absolute player too.

  • Pat Zappia:

    Joe S. #50 A top 10 at Least
    Lennon and McCartney shouldn’t even be there !
    And the Beatles are my favorite band !

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