100 Greatest Guitarists

The following article consists of a general list of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Read on...
''Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded.'' - Jimi Hendrix

It is well said that music has a lot to offer, and this fact is proven by the variety of techniques and styles that guitarists come up with. There are hundreds of guitarists in the music industry who have their own style of playing and have a unique sound. However, there are some famous guitar players who have changed the way music is played and seen at. Had not it been for these best guitarists of all time, we would not have got to learn so many guitar playing techniques available today. It is a surprising fact that even if the overall skills and techniques of the greatest guitar players in the world are combined together, the addition would just be a drop from the ocean of music. The following list of 100 greatest guitarists will help us know which musicians have reached a respectable level in exploiting their guitar playing skills.

Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

Sr. No.Guitarist
1Jimi Hendrix
2Yngwie Malmsteen
3Eric Johnson
4Mark Knopfler
5Eric Clapton
6Joe Satriani
7Steve Vai
8John Norum
9John Petrucci
10Jimmy Page
11Tommy Emmanuel
12Michael Angelo Batio
13Doug Aldrich
14Steve Morse
15John Frusciante
16Reb Beach
17George Lynch
18Rex Carroll
19Randy Rhoads
21Mark Tremonti
22Carlos Santana
23Lenny Kravitz
24Tony Iommi
25Kirk Hammet
26Joe Perry
27Stevie Ray Vaughan
28Ritchie Blackmore
29Kee Marcello
30Bryan Adams
31Izzy Stradlin
32Richie Sambora
33Eddie Van Halen
34Gary Moore
35Bruce Springsteen
36Paul Gilbert
37Kaki King
38Paco De Lucia
39John Mayer
40Al Di Meola
41C. C. DeVille
42David Gilmour
43Matthias Jabs
44George Harrison
45Mike Bloomfield
46Johnny Ramone
47Zakk Wylde
48Les Paul
49Alex Lifeson
50Malcolm Young
51Bob Hartman
52Brian May
53Keith Richards
54Ace Frehley
55Uli Jon Roth
56Jason Becker
57Allan Holdsworth
59Pat Metheny
60Phil Collen
61Dave Murray
62Tom Morello
63Dave Matthews
64B.B. King
65Michael Schenker
66Vivian Campbell
67Adrian Smith
68Mick Mars
69Trey Hill
70Dimebag Darrell
71Jerry Cantrell
72Peter Green
73Vinnie Moore
74Pete Townshend
75George Benson
76Dave Mustaine
77Glenn Tipton
78K. K. Downing
79Billy Gibbons
80Marty Friedman
81Jake E. Lee
82Mick Thomson
83Synyster Gates
84Mike McCready
85Kim Thayil
86Chad Kroeger
87Warren DeMartini
88Trey Azagthoth
90Joe Walsh
91Jeff Beck
92Mike Shinoda
93Herman Li
94Billie Joe Armstrong
95Alexi Laiho
96Guthrie Govan
97Dick Dale
98Alvin Lee
99Mick Barr
100Leo Kottke

This is a list of the greatest lead and rhythm guitarists. Let us now know about some of the best bass guitarists.

Greatest Bass Guitarists of All Time
  • Abraham Laboriel
  • Michael 'Flea' Balzary
  • John Leven
  • Stuart Hamm
  • Billy Sheehan
  • Marco Mendoza
  • Victor Wooten
  • John Myung
  • Duff McKagan
  • Uriah Duffy
  • Tony Kanal
  • Jeff Pilson
  • Geddy Lee
  • Bobby Dall
  • Brian Marshall
  • Steve Harris
  • Kip Winger
  • Les Claypool
  • Geezer Butler
  • Nikki Sixx
  • Sam Rivers
  • Glenn Hughes
  • Gene Simmons
  • Timothy B Schmidt
  • Roger Waters
  • Rick Savage
  • Pino Palladino
  • Johnny Rod
  • Sting
  • Cliff Williams
  • Mike Starr
  • Steve Harris
  • Phil Lynott
This is a running list of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Note that the names are not mentioned as per ranking. Some of the above mentioned musicians are not only guitarists, but also can play a wide range of instruments ranging from the bass guitar, drums, keyboards, violin, and many other musical instruments. Some of them are Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Duff McKagan. Most of the guitarists in the list have been inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Good examples can be taken of Prince, John Frusciante, Eric Johnson, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Aspiring guitarists can learn a variety of techniques just because of the experiments of guitar virtuosos who were and still are in the music industry. You are always welcome to comment on the guitarist you think is the best.