Anyone reared in Ireland during the 70s would (ok, must) be familiar with Horslips - a band wayyyyy ahead of its time and should have become the best ever Irish band (yep - better than "Three Prats and a Drummer" (aka U2). And Johnny Fean still remains one of the best, yet under-rated guitarists ever (as does Hugh Cornwell of 'The Stranglers'). Check out these 3 CDs - The Táin (in particular the track called 'Dearg Doom'), Celtic Symphony and Aliens. They won't disappoint.
Not classically trained, but a phenom nonetheless. Buckingham's finger-picking and rhythm work are unparalleled. And he's a great singer. Best Moment: "Never Going Back Again"
Having taken lesson from Joe Satriani, Ler has extensive knowlage of all sorts of guitar meathods. He seems to be shadowed by a bigger name in his band (Primus). That man is Les Claypool who is easily one of the greatest bassist in the business. Larry could very well be the most over looked guitarist ever, and damn can he play.
Doesn't overplay. Says as much with a pause as with a note. Sick technique. Sweet riffs. Terribly underrated.
Great guitarist from the 70's, and yet nowhere to be seen nor recognized on any Rolling Stone list.
Just listen to the You Tube, Slash vs Mick Mars. most of them that they have chosen are not his guitar solos yet a lot of Slash are. Get Mick to no.1.
I know he's not exactly a "nobody" but he's often left out on the short list of "Greatest guitarists" and it is hard to find more than maybe a handful of players to match his skill, range, technique, flavor etc.
Power Blues that inspired Brian may and many others to use a treble booster and Vox AC30. Great slide skills as well. Much dynamic and emotion in his playing, even when he's going hard.
Cooder can play any style and exemplifies the virtues of subtlety and taste. A better slide player does not exist. Best Moment: "Jesus on the Mainline"
he can play any style and sound better then the original. he has his own style but can blend with any artist, listen to him play thin lizzy songs, what about roy buchanans the messiah , he shreds it to bits.
Many people believe that this guitarist is overrated, yet I think the opposite. He, along with the rest of the members of AC/DC don't get the full credit they deserve. So when I see him ranked in the 90's in Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists, it's quite disappointing.
'Brittle' guitar - that's the best description of Hughs sound. As with the best of musicians, he makes the really difficult appear seamlessly easy. And let's not forget he's also a superb songwriter and a dead-nice bloke. Full Marks Hugh - when are you visiting Dublin again?
Never given proper credit. Robertson was famously Jimi Hendrix's favorite player. Not a virtuoso, but always in the moment and willing to improvise. Best Moment: Solo from "Ophelia" from "The Last Waltz."
Murphy played at bands like Death , Obituary , Cancer , Testament..etc.He had also apppeared in many other bands as guest.James Murphy is a guitarist that everyone should know.He is extremely talented and he plays proggresive/death/thrash/heavy metal.Check him at youtube.
It's a shame Andy wasn't even on that list. He's so underrated, and i'm not talking about mainstream success. I'm talking about the fact that he isn't even known among people who listen to the genre so much (me, for example, untill lately). FFS, David is on the list! He's consistantly being recognized as a huge guitar god. Angus young really isn't underrated, and it doesn't even matter if some douch chose Angus Young as the world's 97th greatest guitarist. Neil Young shouldn't be considered as a guitarist.
Just Go See The Band Live or Youtube His Solos and Riffs Like "Cities On Flame", "Burnin For You", "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", or "Godzilla"...I could go on and on...
I'm extremely suprised how he is not aldready on the list A few guitarists display such dexterity and technique .His music is food to the soul if you don't know what i mean listen to 'Under an Indian Sky' he is as good as anyone on this list
One of the most underrated guitarists ever! I have never seen anybody rank him in the top 100, or whatever! not even in underrated! He's talent went unnoticed until his untimely passing, and continues to go unnoticed. Listen to "Hall of the Mountain King," "Gutter Ballet," and "Agony and Ecstasy." Forever a legend in my book!
If you haven't heard this guy, he is effing incredible... completely self-taught and capable of complex textures as well as shredding the fretboard when needed, he is the first guitarist who literally gave me goosebumps while playing live. Youtube him.
Creative, emotional, and can play almost any style, hes a great guitarist, who is rarely ever recognised for his talents
Mick Taylor was the "silent" driving force behind the Stones best period. Before him they were a good ordinary band...after him they were a parody of a great band. With Taylor, the Stones were the greatest band in the world. End of.
He writes the best riffs and solos and doesn't disappoint live. He is my favorite player and the one who inspired me. He should be at the top of every list
He is an amazing guitarist who was on the verge of stardom before he died. John fruscainte followed in his footsteps and is now considered one of the greatest guitarists of our time.
when he started with early grand funk .he did some guitar parts that were innovative at that time. he had melody in his playing. he also had a new sound
his versitility... if you listen to some of his 80's solo's such as the top gun anthem then compare it to his 90's stuff like flamenco a go go. not many guitarists can change so much and still be awesome.
Unbelievable Feel and skills that will blow most guitarists away. Great all round musician and songwriter. He should be massive
A guitarist who helped many other musicians (Bowie, Hunter and others) make a name for themselves. Some great riffs.
Mark Knopffler once stated that he wished he could play like Martin. Now if thats not a recommendation of the highest order what is
Not only is Alex one of the most underrated guitarists (he is NEVER on any list), RUSH is one of the most underrated bands of all time. Ever listen to The Spirit of Radio or YYZ or the solo on Freewill (or practically any RUSH song EVER?) Alex RULES and needs to be on this list in the top 10!
Never really heard the guy ever mentioned in great guitarists, though he is young, I still believe he should be recognized. He's not the greatest, but he is still good.
Frehley makes none of the top lists, but has been as influential as any other guitar player. Sloppy at times, but completely original. Best Moment: Solo from "Firehouse" and "Let Me Go, Rock and Roll"
Find one of Shaw's STYX solos that isn't absolutely perfect for the song. Fun, energetic, and a great singer. Best Moment: Solo for "Blue Collar Man"
If you've heard Stockholm Syndrome, Plug In Baby, Knights of Cydonia and Hysteria, you'll know what I mean when I say he's an incredible guitarist!
Ollie made the guitar sound like it was a completely different instrument. As talented a guitar player as Jimi Hendrix. Listen to him with the band Patto or on Kevin Ayers solo albums.
Please. I am a metal/ hard rock dude at heart and in my playing. Just stop for a minute and listen to the AMAZING riffs and melodies Neal throws out in his creations. Put aside that it's "Journey" for a second... take off your Megadeth T-shirt, set down the bong and the Epiphone Les Paul and listen to Mr. Schon actually play the damn guitar - it's unreal!
Appreciated by a loyal following but never makes the best guitarists list as with other great guitarists who have their style rooted in rhythm guitar playing.
An exceptional player. He's a part of one of the world's most renowned Hard Rock bands, but as a guitarist, nobody notices his real value.
This guy is a technical god, knows and applies theory like no one else, is crazy fast, and is very humble. He knows when to lay back, when to play the same thing, when to stay in a groove, and when to break out and let loose. He never does too much, never too little, knows when to play fast/slow, creates atmosphere perfectly, and exactly how to create and maintain a theme. This guy is incredible and is without question one of the most amazing guitarists to ever play. Definitely within the ranks of Satriani, Gilbert, buckethead, and Petrucci.
Amazing work on the later recordings of Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as solo work. Was regarded by the rest of the band "as the best they ever saw".
Key albums include 9/11 and Abnormal, along with the elusive Chinese Democracy with Guns N' Roses. A true master of the fretless guitar
He's so underrated he's wasn't on this list. Great Songwriter, singer, and the best Strat player. Influenced Mark Knopfler more than Mark fans are willing to acknowledge.
Long-time guitarist for Elton John. As a guitarist for a solo artist, has to make his playing fit the song rather than be the star. I could listen to Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding all day, in part because of his playing. Listen to Gotta Get a Meal Ticket, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting, almost anything from Rock of Westies.
Check out That Lady, Ohio/Machine gun, Ain't I been good to you and many more for unexpected face-melters!
The guy is nails! Intelligent and just a solid all around shredder. Excellent live and one of the nicest guys in rock.
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