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Yes, it is all opinion, people. But give a few words to let us know why [Insert pluralized guitarist name] is your favorite, or the best, etc.

Don't just post the name. Tell us why you think they are amazing. If you can't decide on just one, tell us about two or three.



Agustín Barrios Mangoré, The great paraguayan guitar composer (1885-1944) in my opinion, is the greatest guitarist I have ever heard. His compositions flow beautifully. The require an extreme virtuosity of the guitar. By far, the most difficult composer Ive heard.

Unlike many composers, his compositions are of equal value, whether it be Minor or Major.

La Catedral III

His compositions, unlike many non-classical guitar pieces, don't make there way around difficult fingering.

I agree with everything Williams says about Barrios.

He is dressed oddly in the third picture because he is supporting his country of Paraguay.

Not only is he the most skilled guitarist I have encountered, but the best composer of his instrument.
#2
Nobody can ever be "the best" because everyone has different opinions and like different styles of music.

My personal favourite has always been Chris Cheney. He has a really unique style and I grew up listening to The Living End.

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Jason Becker
shred master & guitar virtuoso from the 80's
possibly the worlds most talented guitarist ever
& he still writes and composes music even though he's suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease - same as Stephen Hawking)

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Marty Freidman. He made such controbutions to Megadeth and cacophony and his solo work is purley amazing. He improved most of the solos. He is truly inavative on the guitar.
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Mark Morton- His solos are kickass, some of my favorite.
Willie Adler- I like the way he writes songs, how they don't repeat, it's something new around every corner.
Jeff Loomis- He can shred AND make it sound good, like something you would enjoy listening too, which isn't very common.
Chris Broderick- The most versatile guitar player, EVER!.
Peter Lindgren- From one of my favorite bands, his songs are pretty simple, yet amazingly good. He changed the way i view music.
Mikeal Akerfeldt- Same as above.
That guy from Santana- Just because, lol. I don't really know why i like him, but hes awesome.


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+1 omar rodriguez-lopez


his guitar playing is like nothing i have ever heard
its so unique
people think hes just noodling though
i dont think guitar would be his life
if he was just "noodling"
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+1 omar rodriguez-lopez


his guitar playing is like nothing i have ever heard
its so unique
people think hes just noodling though
i dont think guitar would be his life
if he was just "noodling"


Funny thing about Omar Rodriguez is that he hates the guitar. He wants the instrument to sound un-like the guitar.
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Angus Young is my absolute favorite guitar player. Sure, he's not the most skilled or technical player but he's just so full of energy and feeling and he can rock a blues scale you wouldn't believe. He's the reason i picked up a guitar. There's, at least in my opinion, something about him and no one can touch or take away from him.
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I have 2 faveorites, Alexi laiho, because he has a sort of blend of awsome grundgy music with really thought out blues mixtures, which makes for an awsome sound, and Buckethead for being one of the most creative people with the instrument.
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Slash - He is was got me into guitar. He's a perfect mix between fast speedy solos and melodic slow solos.

Jimmy Page - The Man, The Legend. He was all about the "riff". As am I, a riff can sometimes make or break a song and he seemed like some sort of machine popping out great riffs for each song. His solos are also incredible, solos that start off slow and melodic slowly gain pace and soon became fast blistering licks that'll make me ask, how the hell did he do that?

Angus Young - His riffs fit perfectly into each song and are really energizing stuff.

Jack White - He was inspired by great blues players such as Blind Willie Mctell and B.B. King and surely shows it. He can play a straight out blues song like "Ball and a Biscuit" then switch up and play a song like "My Doorbell". His simplicity makes him stand out from the rest and pushes him to think of new ways to go about things.
Duke Ellington - If it sounds good, it is good.
#14
Jonny Greenwood



His riffs are great, he's got an original style and can play a variety of instruments.
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Greg Ginn and Kurt Cobain are my favorite guitarists. They are not the best but I like their styles. Greg's solos are very quick, messy, and to the point. Most of his verses consist of a short riff and then some power chords. Kurt's solos are mostly just wanking melodies, which is what I like about his style. He also used power chords a lot.

Greg Ginn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE5gY-wZkX8

Kurt Cobain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMOJkwhhTOY
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My favourite guitarist is Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin' Criminals. He may not technically be the 'best' but his solos flow so well and he makes it all seems so effortless (also not to mention that he's also the coolest motherf***er on the face of the earth).

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Jeff Beck is one of the most innovative players in the world. Great rhythm chops, amazing lead licks, yeah, he has them, but he added something extra to the guitar world. He put the soul in speed, and made some of the truest, most unique music these ears have ever heard. He's the master.
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I can't pick one.
John Frusciante

He puts more feeling into his music than any other musician I have heard.
His tone is incredible and he writes very complex songs even though it may sound at times simple.

Jonny Greenwood

He is very out of the box. He is skilled in so many instruments and gives Radiohead most of their unique sound. His solos are not groundbreaking yet they are still well thought out and interesting.
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Funny thing about Omar Rodriguez is that he hates the guitar. He wants the instrument to sound un-like the guitar.

HA!
yeah i know its funny
and his pedals are his allies against it
thats really ironic though
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Saul Hudson or Slash, because IMO he can make magic out of pentatonic scales and is actually a really good guitarist overall.



Dimebag Darrel because he contributed to metal and music in general so much.

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Ray Toro Because I think he has some great potential and is also a great songwriter.
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I play bass, and blink 192 is my favorite band. Mark Hoppus, who is my idol got me into playing bass. Sure he may not be the most skillful, but is sound is what I like.\

For favorite guitarist it would have to be Tom Delonge from blink 182 or Jack White. Tom Delonge sucks skill-wise, but I like his sound.
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Mark Knopfler

The 'On the Night' album just blew me away. His guitar work is amazing, its hard to describe but he uses the silence in the gaps to, some mad skilz.

Has to be my fave



Dave Mcpherson from inme, has it all, the skilz, the voice. Amazing song writer!
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jason becker
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jason becker hes amazing just read the stuff on his site and i think u could figure it out
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Well, Kerry King is my favorite guitarist because, well, he's an amazing guitarist.
Sure, he probaly makes up solos along the way, but his riffs with Hanneman are amazing.

And he's BALD!!!!
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Mike Mushok of Staind:



Since Aaron seems kind of shy or "un-edgy", someone has to bring excitement to the concerts, and Mike does it. At least in the old videos I've seen he does. He doesn't do anything over the top, but I love his on-stage presence. Plus, in the Mudshovel music video, he plays guitar half-kneeling, and over his knees, which is sweet.

Aaron Lewis isn't a guitarist in his band, but he's a great acoustic talent. I've only watched videos of his live acoustic shows and they look amazing. If you haven't seen his cover of Pearl Jam's "Black", I'd suggest watching it. It's gotta' be on YouTube somewhere.
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Mikael Åkerfeldt and Peter Lindgren.



After hearing my first two Opeth albums, my outlook on music completely changed, and their style influences me greatly, even to this day after I've discovered much more diverse music.

They were really the first guitarist that made me realise I could mix cleans with amazing metal riffs. I don't think there has been a more crucial duo/band that could have hit me at that time of my life. It's absolutely astonishing how they have influenced me over the past year and a half. I would not trade any of it for the world.

Even though my playing style isn't styled into the Opeth sound as much anymore, they are STILL my biggest influence ever, and probably always will be.
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Joshrocker48 good call on Frusciante, he'd be my second choice for all the reasons you put forward.
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Thomas Erak, from The Fall of Troy.

He's my biggest inspiration, on guitar and in music period. He writes unimaginable riffs, catchy choruses, and lighting fast fills all while switching from a smooth singing voice to giving us raw, ear shattering screams. Anyone whose heard The Fall of Troy knows exactly what i mean. I find it completely amazing that he can do vocals and his riffs at the same time, and I'm sure most other people do as well. You can walk up to the band and talk to them like you've known them for 10 years, and thats really what matters. You can tell they care for their fans, and will talk to anyone. Thomas was also interviewed in the latest Guitar World, as well.

Thomas Erak and The Fall of Troy have completely opened me up to a whole spectrum of music, and for one i think thats great. I can honestly say, that without Thomas Erak, I don't even think I'd be as great of a guitarist as I am now.
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Frusciante, yeah. He's an incredible guitarist. His rythm playing is some of the best I've ever heard, his leads are amazing, and he doesn't let go on his leads in the way Mike McCready does. He's more restrained. Not in a David Gilmour kind of way, but he doesn't does shred all over you.


Mike McCready. He got me into soloing. He's written many of the best solos of all time, in my opinion, and his leads are mind-blowing. His rythm playing is solid, and he writes some great fills. He's also a great performer and improviser, and his tone is incredible. He's a living God to me, and one of the most important people in my world.


Jerry Cantrell. Incredible rythm playing, great soloist, songwriter, lyricist and vocalist. His guitar playing is inspiring and beautiful, and he's really just an all around wonderful musician. He's written some of the most fantastically awesome riffs I've ever heard, like Died, We Die Young, Nutshell, etc. He's a legend.

Stevie Ray Vaughan. A God.


Yngwie Malmsteen. His playing is at once intelligent, emotional, and virtuosic. He's the only guitarist who plays very complex shred regularly, and always sounds amazing. He never sounds like crap, unlike just about every metal guitarist who shreds. His leads are musical, beautiful, and extremely fast. His Concerto Suite blew my mind. He doesn't sound like everyone else, and he's just a powerhouse musician. He's a force.
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Jimi Hendrix- Lets face it his impact on the guitar is second to none, his playing style is how I modeled my own, I rely heavily on the use of my thumb as a bass note lots of hammer on and pull off's slides and of course the blues

John Frusciante- The first CD I ever got was BSSM by the Chili's it was simply the most amazing thing i had ever heard, under the bridge reminded me of my dads old Hendrix records, at that point I said I wont to be a guitarist I want to be this John Frusciante. He can go from thrash funk melodic calming songs and even just acoustic. He showed me that nothing is off limits if you put your soul into it. Then about the time Cali came out I learned about his double tracking which is what tempted me to go and learn about theory. He also taught me how to sing, not personally but I sing along to all his solo stuff and try to hit all the notes he does. His vocal range is great.

In short these 2 guitarist mean the world to me and my playing style.
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Jerry Cantrell-He's one of the best songwriters of all time IMO, and has an awesome, unique style that combines the overdrive/distortion of Nirvana with the musical merit of Jimmy Page. plus he looks cool with his long blonde hair!
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Bill and Brent from Mastodon. These guys are the ultimate guitar duo. Both write amazing riffs, and Brent has an amazing bluesy harmony lead style, while Brent can do all thins crazy banjo fingerpicking/hybrid pick stuff, which is so unlike anything out there in metal. To top that, Bill has an amazing falstetto voice, and Brent can scream and growl, and has a really raspy melodic voice. All the guys in Mastodon are ****ing amazing, even Troy amazes me, and was one of my biggest inspirations on the bass.

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Hendrix.....
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Chuck Schuldiner:


Because his riffs and solos sound so refreshing and new. Something I havn't heard before. Plus, he made some of the finest DM songs to be created.
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Buckethead- he has the ability to shred your ass of and he can add tons of emotion to his songs. He has 17 cd's and each one is different. Also he can harness the power of dead chicken souls.
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Because his riffs and solos sound so refreshing and new. Something I havn't heard before. Plus, he made some of the finest DM songs to be created.


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Hendrix.
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#39
Jimmy Page was just great. He never really overcomplicated things and kept his riffs simple, however they were just amazing. He also played with a violin bow, how cool is that?


Eddie Van Halen was a genius in another way. He plays extremely complicated and really explores the sounds of the guitar. He can play fast, without it sound as meaningless as Dragonforce.


Stevie Ray Vaughn was crazy. He put so much emotion into his playing and was just a great guitarist. Good showman too.


Eric Clapton is one of the most influential guitarists to a lot of people. Even EVH saw him as great.
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Paul Gilbert:

Saw him live recently, sounds as perfect as he plays on his albums. Has a nice blend of shred with chilled out slower melodic songs.



John Petrucci:

By far and away my favourite. John is just the all-round best guitar player you'll ever hear. He can play so many different styles, and even mix them into one song. His technical ability is phenominal, and he is patched by none in using emotion in his work. Listen to Hollow Years (live at budokan) by Dream Theater or Wishful Thinking off his solo album to see just how amazing he is.



Tommy Emmanuel:

This guy is amazing. Enough said,
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