100 Greatest Guitarists

100 Greatest Guitarists
The following article consists of a general list of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Read on...
Melodyful Staff
''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
1 Jimi Hendrix
2 Yngwie Malmsteen
3 Eric Johnson
4 Mark Knopfler
5 Eric Clapton
6 Joe Satriani
7 Steve Vai
8 John Norum
9 John Petrucci
10 Jimmy Page
11 Tommy Emmanuel
12 Michael Angelo Batio
13 Doug Aldrich
14 Steve Morse
15 John Frusciante
16 Reb Beach
17 George Lynch
18 Rex Carroll
19 Randy Rhoads
20 Slash
21 Mark Tremonti
22 Carlos Santana
23 Lenny Kravitz
24 Tony Iommi
25 Kirk Hammet
26 Joe Perry
27 Stevie Ray Vaughan
28 Ritchie Blackmore
29 Kee Marcello
30 Bryan Adams
31 Izzy Stradlin
32 Richie Sambora
33 Eddie Van Halen
34 Gary Moore
35 Bruce Springsteen
36 Paul Gilbert
37 Kaki King
38 Paco De Lucia
39 John Mayer
40 Al Di Meola
41 C. C. DeVille
42 David Gilmour
43 Matthias Jabs
44 George Harrison
45 Mike Bloomfield
46 Johnny Ramone
47 Zakk Wylde
48 Les Paul
49 Alex Lifeson
50 Malcolm Young
51 Bob Hartman
52 Brian May
53 Keith Richards
54 Ace Frehley
55 Uli Jon Roth
56 Jason Becker
57 Allan Holdsworth
58 Prince
59 Pat Metheny
60 Phil Collen
61 Dave Murray
62 Tom Morello
63 Dave Matthews
64 B.B. King
65 Michael Schenker
66 Vivian Campbell
67 Adrian Smith
68 Mick Mars
69 Trey Hill
70 Dimebag Darrell
71 Jerry Cantrell
72 Peter Green
73 Vinnie Moore
74 Pete Townshend
75 George Benson
76 Dave Mustaine
77 Glenn Tipton
78 K. K. Downing
79 Billy Gibbons
80 Marty Friedman
81 Jake E. Lee
82 Mick Thomson
83 Synyster Gates
84 Mike McCready
85 Kim Thayil
86 Chad Kroeger
87 Warren DeMartini
88 Trey Azagthoth
89 Buckethead
90 Joe Walsh
91 Jeff Beck
92 Mike Shinoda
93 Herman Li
94 Billie Joe Armstrong
95 Alexi Laiho
96 Guthrie Govan
97 Dick Dale
98 Alvin Lee
99 Mick Barr
100 Leo 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.