Top 20 Most Underrated Guitarists

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This week's Wednesday Question turned into a bit of a battlefield, as you guys have racked up 900 comments of suggestions, arguments and witty remarks.

So since such a big debate was stirred up, we decided to expand the traditional UG Top 10 for this week and bring you a Top 20 rundown. Check it out below.

20. Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)

Apart from being a member of a major act such as Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood can also play viola, harmonica, glockenspiel, banjo, drums and more. Known for an aggressive style, Greenwood won a series of awards for his work, but still doesn't get enough props according to you guys.

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19. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria)

Up next is Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez. His band has a well-established fanbase, but Claudio himself doesn't get nearly as much kudos for his extraordinary guitar playing as he should.

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18. Luke Hoskin (Protest the Hero)

Protest the Hero had quite a successful year with "Volition." The 2013 crowd-funded album earned them new fans and successful tours, hopefully the numbers will grow in years to come.

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17. Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

Despite performing in one of the biggest bands of the '90s, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil got far less recognition as an individual. Apart from a unique playing style, he's also the co-author of such tracks as "Limo Wreck," "Jesus Christ Pose," "Superunknown" and more.

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16. John Butler (The John Butler Trio)

As one of the finest guitarists of the 2000s, John Butler simply had to make the list. An extraordinary player and an amazing songwriter.

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15. Alain Johannes

As another multi-instrumentalist on the list, Alain Johannes performed with such class acts as QOTSA, Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked Vultures, Eagles of Death Metal and more. He's the founding member of Eleven and mostly keeps a low profile, delivering amazing guitar work nevertheless.

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14. Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree)

Did you check out "The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)" yet? It earned a No. 2 spot on the best album of 2013 list on UG, making Steven a definite favorite around here. Active way back since the '80s, he definitely deserves more attention on the rock scene.

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13. Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle)

You guys dubbed him David Gilmour of the 2000s, which is definitely saying something. Not too flashy, but more than capable of writing beautiful songs, and that's what it's all about, always has been.

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12. Robert Fripp (King Crimson)

Believe it or not, King Crimson mastermind was tone deaf when he started his musical journey. But that didn't stop him in developing one of the most unique playing styles, giving birth to prog rock with his band and even inventing his own tuning, the you might know as the new standard tuning (C2-G2-D3-A3-E4-G4).

Despite being one of the most crucial figures in rock history, many fans, including those of King Crimson, don't even know what he looks like. Here's the clip you guys pointed at.

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11. Rory Gallagher

"How does it feel to be the greatest guitarist in the world? I don't know, go ask Rory Gallagher." Whose quote is this? Just some guy named Jimi Hendrix. A guitar god we shouldn't let fall into oblivion and a definite axe extraordinaire, Rory deserves a full-on legend status for sure.

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10. Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit)

With the amount of hate Limp Bizkit gets, Wes Borland often gets overlooked as a darn fine axeman, which he is by all means. Apart from Bizkit, Wes also fronts Black Light Burns, they're well worth checking out.

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9. John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie)

Performing with such striking frontmen as Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, John 5 was bound to be left in the shadow to an extent. But he's a gifted gifted guitarist, have no doubt about that. Check out one of his solo tracks you guys pointed at below.

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8. Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters, No Use for a Name)

When you're in a band with Dave Grohl, it might be a bit difficult to stand out, even if you're a great musician, which guitarist Chris Shiflett definitely is. Check out his solo in "Rope."

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7. Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi)

Similarly to Limp Bizkit and Wes Borland, but still with far less passionate rock-fan hate, Richie Sambora's guitar mastery tends to get diminished due to radio-friendly hit singles of Bon Jovi. His name is out there for sure, but not exactly among the axe gods.

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6. Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds (Mastodon)

Here's an awesome fact - Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds received the same number of votes during the voting part. This calls for a killer Mastodon track. Also, make sure you've checked out our exclusive interview with Bill Kelliher.

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5. Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)

Often known as just the guy who wrote "More Than Words," sometimes not even that, Nuno Bettencourt is an amazing guitar player, once again underrated due to mainstream success and performing less guitar-oriented music, so to say. He also performed with Rihanna, which is definitely a double-edged sword.

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4. Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)

Alice in Chains mastermind Jerry Cantrell received plenty of love during the voting, reaching the No. 4 spot. To an extent, he is vastly acknowledged as a guitar master, but not exactly as an axe god, a status which he definitely deserves according to UG community.

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3. Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

Fans often tend to forget that Mr. Kennedy is more than just a lead singer, and how much underrated than that can one get? Fact is, the guy is an epitome of a well-rounded musician.

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2. Alex Lifeson (Rush)

Getting us closer to the top, Alex Lifeson of Rush somehow always seems to be overshadowed by other guitar gods. With a career spanning over 40 years, there's plenty of Lifeson's guitar mastery to choose from.

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1. Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)

And the No. 1 most underrated guitar player is - Mr. Mike McCready of Pearl Jam! Check out the clip you guys pointed at below.

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    BadBikaDamo
    How about overrated guitarists next week?
    UndeadSon
    That would be infinitely more interesting list.
    Craziork
    Eric Clapton
    spiff-corgi
    And that's why this list would never work. People would get too butthurt over suggestions like this.
    starlessband
    thats why it would work. UG seems to love getting ppl butthurt lol
    twiggy3634
    It'll just be another list where UG says 'except Fred Durst and Lil Wayne' and everyone will comment with Fred Durst and Lil Wayne
    aureliusgtr
    and the people who call them illiterate will be downvoted for it...UG butthurt ftw
    Air_Stryker
    Personally I disagree about Lil Wayne and Fred Durst. They can't be overrated when EVERYONE knows how shite they are. I think it could be an interesting list.
    thenextkirk92
    10. Zakk Wylde 9. Synyster Gates 8. John Frusciante 7. Dave Mustaine 6. Jimmy Page 5. Angus Young 4. Kirk Hammett 3. Dimebag Darrell 2. Kurt Cobain 1. Slash How'd I do?
    aukuh
    John Frusciante should not be on that list. If you have really, thoroughly listened to his guitarwork, you should know that this for instance:
    He might not be the most technical player, but i can't think of anyone who expresses emotion better through guitar.
    FallenAsh
    Certainly agree with Mustaine and Angus Young...bloody awful players that just happened to be in the right bands. Young's ten minute guitar solo at Download Festival a few years back was a horrendous, messy noise! I wouldn't say Cobain is overrated as a guitarist. People have never lauded Kurt for his guitar playing, but for his songwriting. He was one of the most incredible songwriters of our time, but never a great guitar player. Which is why I don't think he should be on your list.
    Stikit2duhman
    a sh1tload of guys from the glam era are always overlooked cuz the genre has a bad rep. reb beach, vito bratta, warren dimartini, vinnie moore, etc! also, that guy from Steel Panther can fukcin rip it too
    third(-)eye
    Yeah I will admit having difficulty acknowledging the actual talent of people who play hair metal just because I despise the genre so much.
    Scarface88
    Decent 10, though I think Page in particular is not overrated. He's amazing!
    AC/DCnut
    Jimmy Page is one of the sloppiest guitarists I have ever seen. If you think his Stairway solo on Celebration Day is good, review your criteria. Great songs, but incredibly sloppy.
    sklaiss24
    The sloppiness is part of the reason why a lot of people like Jimmy Page. Few of my favorite guitarist are "clean" guitarist. So much of it is all in the attitude that they play it. It doesn't have to be pretty to be good.
    smittyanthrax
    I would agree with your list apart from Dimebag.He was simply amazing.He was also self taught which makes him even more remarkable.I think we lost someone very special that night he was murdered.
    minieme007
    I'd disagree with Frusciante, I'd say he's probably praised about the right amount. And with Kurt, but because I don't think anyone really thinks he was a great guitarist
    Epi g-310
    I don't know anyone who'd say Kurt Cobain was a great guitarist. Absolutely not what he's known for. Slash, totally. I love the guy and his music, and he's a great gateway into technical playing, but he's got just a fraction of the technical skill of many, many guitarists.
    sweenster
    You're ****in crazy puttin the dimebag and jimmy page on there. **** off with that.
    thenextkirk92
    Overrate: have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved. There are plenty of fans of both that are like that.
    K33nbl4d3
    Dimebag really is overrated. Not that he wasn't a monster player, but do you think he really wrote riffs and solos like Walk or Cemetery Gates to be called the greatest guitarist ever by every greasy-haired 12 year old ever? Most of Pantera's material is as much about writing music that's fun to play and listen to as it is about technicality, and as such musically little if any of it was hugely technical. Many fans fail to realise this. Therefore Dimebag is overrated. Amazing guitarist, but vastly overrated. Page is in an even more bizarre state of overratedness. Zeppelin were huge, and many of their songs are amazing. Nonetheless, they were not the greatest band of all time, and Jimmy Page, while a brilliant player and songwriter, was not a guitarist of vast finesse. Many a middle-aged man or middle-aged man's son will insist that all new music is terrible because it can't surpass Led Zeppelin. Which is wholly untrue on both counts. Page should, frankly, be higher up the list.
    qrEE
    Wait, your logic is... Pantera wrote fun music both to play and listen to, and it wasn't all that technical, therefore Dimebag is overrated? Uh, that makes absolutely no sense. First of all his solos are fairly technical and some of his riffs are too, see "Message in Blood" as an example. Dimebag is highly rated for a reason, the reason being that he did a lot with his guitar. He wrote great soft riffs like Cemetary Gates, great heavy riffs like I'm Broken, and even great weird riffs like Revolution is My Name. He had an overall great grasp of notation and rhythm that was not only lacking in the 90's, but is still lacking now. If more people actually stayed true to what Dimebag started then we'd have a million better guitarists around. Unfortunately everyone is stuck trying to be Misha Mansoor or James Hetfield and failing.
    K33nbl4d3
    Well no, the logic doesn't make the sense if you skip the part about fans thinking he was the most gifted musician since Mozart.
    cRACk mONKEyTTU
    Page's live playing ability is overrated because he is extremely sloppy live and just not that great a player. His songwriting and composing ability is most definitely NOT overrated though. Jimmy Page is a genius guitar composer he just cant pull it off live lol. Dimebag on the other hand, while I can understand what you mean, I disagree that he's overrated. That dude could shred and honestly could play anything. Dude was banned in Texas statewide guitar competitions at something like 12 or 13 years old because he was too good and would win them all.
    gianluca.strato
    Pretty nice list, i disagree with Frusciante, who is not a great tecnical player but owns a lot of melody sense, and with few notes (just because he doesn' t need many to show his competence) can fill a melody better than anyone here, i bet. I don' t agree with Angous Young too, even if he always, ALWAYS play the same stuff and use penthatonic he has an original sound concept... Agree with Page
    buddy1991
    How is Kurt Cobain overrated as a guitar player? I never see him rated as one of the best. Ever. He is considered one of the greatest song writers of our time.
    jamster16
    just because John's playing style is very simple, doesn't make his playing overrated. Sure he isn't the most technical player, but when you see him touch a guitar he puts more emotion into his playing than anyone ive ever seen.
    TobeyShreddz
    1. Gates, 2. Cobain, 3. Hammett. DIMEBAG DARRELL OVERRATED? He IS without a doubt one of the best guitar players to have walked this earth.
    metallideth88
    I am a Huge Pantera fan but yes even I will admit Dime is a little over-rated. He is a great guitarist yes I agree but he really lacks the musical aspect and theory which other guitarists have.
    arijit08
    Jimmy Page is overrated? You did very badly. He is the reason half the people on the planet picked up guitar my friend, he is no technical wizard like Vai and yet guitar playing is much more than that. None of his solos are ever boring, and do I need to even bring up his riffs?
    third(-)eye
    "He is the reason half the people on the planet picked up guitar my friend" That's not what's up for debate. What's up for debate is whether that credit is entirely deserved. I agree he's a monster player, but when everyone and their dog says he's top 5, there's room to question. Also, what if I told you he didn't write a lot of those riffs?
    MaggaraMarine
    Actually Page did write most of Led Zeppelin's riffs. Most of their "plagarism" is about lyrics, not about music (though their first album was full of "stolen" riffs too).
    Not_my_username
    All you little kids got to understand that being able to play their songs does not make them overated... I believe all of the people who believe this guitarists are overated are like, look I learned how to play Stairway to Heaven, Jimmy page has nothing on me he is so overated. God those guitarists you mentioned are some of the best ever
    third(-)eye
    LOL yeah, Jimmy Page is overrated because I can play his shit, it shoulda been ME in the hall of fame. What a ****ing stupid argument. There is not a single guitarist on that list that I am better than (not even Cobain), and I think Jimmy Page is an amazing guitarist. The only reason I think he's overrated is because so many people think of him as some sort of untouchable god that no one who comes after can ever hope to touch. I think people can, and have.
    filipe26
    Only Jimi Page is overrated as a guitarist, since he mistakes the notes of his songs often. All the others have the right technique according to their purposes. Even Kurt Cobain was a great guitarist for the purpose of Nirvana. John Petrucci is amazing for instance, but he would probably never play Nirvana songs like Kurt did. This is all very subjective.
    Horror-Punk77
    Dave Mustaine, Angus Young, Dimebag Darrell, and Kurt Cobain are not overrated. This is all pretty opinionated, but last I remember, Kurt Cobain was never praised for his "guitar playing," rather than his songwriting, which defined basically a whole genre and RESPONSE to that genre. Dave Mustaine helped PIONEER a genre. Angus Young and his brother created a whole sound in itself, and Dimebag Darrell just shredded hard as hell and was even probably one of the most important predecessors to todays metal scene. Zakk Wylde is an alright guitarist, but way overrated, Synyster Gates legitimately sucks balls, and don't say "can you play better" bullshit, because TONS of people can. It doesn't take much to sweep a minor arpeggio scale and just be plain boring. John Frusciante is a wicked musician and actually a great guitarist, he is just overly praised by people who don't know what the **** they are talking about, Page is way overrated, Kirk Hammett isn't that great, and Slash is a poser
    solexhn
    Yeah. Slash is way overrated. Forget that he is one prolific artist and forget that he is still making great albums. He is obviously overrated because he doesn't play in an obscure hardcore deathcore multikillcore SuchEvilcore band. He doesn't even sweeping techinique all over his guitar in every song he composes. Chinese democracy wouldn't have been legendary if slash had participated in it. I hope he never dies, so he never becomes a legend
    link no1
    You're retarded, unless that was not sarcasm (further research says that it was indeed, sarcasm). Ask any random person on the street that doesn't play an instrument or know any bands in the guitar orientated music world who their favorite guitarist is and they'll likely say Slash. Even most newbie guitarists say their favorite guitarist is Slash, which usually changes when they get past the age of 16 and are somewhat proficient at the instrument. Give these people other examples of good guitarists and they'll dismiss them saying "pfft, no, Slash is well better" even if they don't know who the guitarist you mentioned is. Essentially anybody who has no actual interest in guitar orientated music seem to think Slash is a guitar God who writes solos only the Gods of Olympus would have the skill to recreate. That he is capable of any and all techniques and that he is able to vomit masterpiece songs on an hourly basis despite barely knowing the chorus to Sweet Child o' Mine (note: the chorus is the title of the song). I enjoy a lot of Slash's work and find a lot of his riffs and solos are pretty badass but I'm under no illusion that he is even close to one of the best guitarists (or composers) out there.
    Shavyi
    Slash overrated ? This guy is so down to earth and an amazing songwriter/guitarist, probably more underrated than over.
    Eissari
    He is bit overrated because alot people say he is their favorite guitar player even when they can barely name 5 guns n roses songs. But he is still great guitar player overrated or not.
    third(-)eye
    Ask any non-musician to think of the first guitarist that pops into their head and 90% chance they will say Slash. Your move.
    chancellor46&2
    Where's Hendrix? A bunch of squealing and squawking and very little substance coming from his guitar... vastly overrated and disappointing that more people don't hear his music for what it is, GARBAGE
    buddy1991
    Sorry, but your critique is so completely wrong. Hendrix will always be considered one of the greatest guitar players ever. Deal with it.
    Dynamight
    Actually, his critique is right on the money. The guy mostly just took existing songs and added gain to them, then proceeded to wank the shit out of the blues scale. People now revere him because he died early, but most guitar players know he's massively overhyped.
    buddy1991
    Most guitar players agree that he was incredible and one of the most influential musicians of all time. You're delusional.
    sklaiss24
    Hendrix is the reason that rock n roll clichés exist. He did everything you can possible do to a guitar or on stage and did it before anyone else. He absolutely wrote the book on modern guitar. You may not be a Hendrix fan, but you can't deny his influence. Music is subjective, but Hendrix is not.
    sklaiss24
    Also, "most guitar players know he's massively overhyped???" If anything I hear the exact opposite by most guitarists.
    jsome4203
    I disagree with 7 6 4 and 3? I'm not saying the following are amazing but rather I don't believe they're overrated Slash is way overexposed
    wylde1994
    I don't think Slash is hugely overrated, maybe slightly overrated. But I disagree with Dimebag, Angus Young and John Frusciante. Plus I think the thing with Cobain is that, I think Nirvana as a whole is more overrated rather than singling out Kurt.
    The_Wilrus
    It more a list of "Guitarist from bands people think its cool to hate". All these guitarist are incredible professionals and the only people overrating them are those that put to much hate on mainstream success.
    fcthesnake
    2&4. As the lead guitar of Metallica,Kirk should be as good as Malmsteen,but he's not.As well as Kurt.
    CJSchecter96
    wouldn't put jimmy page on there and id have cobain as number 1 because slash can at least play good.
    PwnzoneX1
    You just made a list of your favorite guitarists, these all are by no means underrated...
    redisni
    I'm gonna need a lot of popcorn and a comfortable couch for this one. Bring it.
    mitchy86
    the problem with this is that most people don't understand the difference between 'overrated' and 'not as 'talented' as their popularity'
    ggk
    And the #1 title goes to Kirk Hammet!
    Barricade_28
    Listen to KIll em All through the Black Album. Kirk is clearly an amazing guitarist. Maybe not the #1 greatest technically nowadays, but back in the day he had a sense of melody and composition that a lot of speedy metal wankers don't have. The songs don't lie.
    ggk
    What if i told you Kirk wasn't in Metallica with kill 'em all?
    The_Wilrus
    I am a little fuzzy on this but I believe Kirk was on Kill 'em All but played some leads Mustaine had written. ie Mechanix by Megadeath which is pretty much The Four Horsemen
    Mr_izzy
    No Prince?
    Krieger91
    I would have incuded Mike Einziger. He receives far less recognition than he deserves. He's such a talented musican, the way he uses effects is unique, his solos are just..so refreshingly different and awesome. Just listen to "A Crow Left Of The Murder"
    Nollemaster
    Would have loved it to see Mike on the list as well. His approach to playing guitar is unmatched.
    entropicxdisson
    Jeff Buckley should have gotten a mention, the way he approached chords in a rock context was truly unique.
    andreicristian
    You think Prince is underrated?
    pahakr
    prince is overrated
    spiff-corgi
    Granted, I don't really listen to Prince, but when I first heard this I was blow away. I knew him as "the high voiced short dude who changed his name a lot" more than anything, so I think it's fair to call him underrated when he can play like this.
    Chance888
    This was really good but nothing special... Give me that guitar and that tone and a few days lol
    gianluca.strato
    He is an awful songwriter, his songs are fugly, but by the point of view of the gitar playing he is a monster (prince)
    Kickflip66
    you write a better song than: When doves cry, Purple rain, Fury, Lolita, Love. Then come back and post that comment again
    real182
    Omar Rodriguez-López from The Mars Volta should definitely be there
    third(-)eye
    He shouldn't be here for the same reason that Fripp shouldn't be here (but is anyway); everyone who knows who he is recognizes him as among the best. "Underrated" implies there are people who claim he's not that good or don't pay enough attention to his ability.
    Mikethespud
    I think it's more the fact that they're not recognised by enough people; Fripp and Rodriguez are leagues above people like Slash and Kirk Hammett but only a relatively small number of people know who they are.
    third(-)eye
    But everyone who actually knows who the **** they are agrees that they're monsters. So they're not "underrated", because no one is giving them low ratings. They're underEXPOSED.
    qrEE
    The definition of "rating" includes exposure so to be "underrated" and to be "underexposed" are the same thing.
    third(-)eye
    So if you have a record on, say, amazon.com, that only has 10 reviews, all of which are raving, is the album underrated? No, it just hasn't been properly advertised; probably didn't receive any radio airplay or anything like that. "Underrated" and "underexposed" are very different things. You can't call something that is rated 5 stars across the board "underrated".
    justkevkev
    Where the **** is Steve Lukather? This guy is so good, yet forgotten so often
    r0ckmaker
    Yes! The best guitar player ever IMO! Buck Dharma from Blue Öyster Cult is also ridiculously underrated.
    AlexGreat123
    Really good list Nice to see Jerry Cantrell, Myles Kennedy and Wes Borland getting some love. I am surprised Izzy Stradlin isn't on the list though. Criminally underrated. Even moreso when you realise he wrote most of the classic Guns N Roses songs
    rubcub
    Jimi never said that about Rory Gallagher, it's simply not true. Rory is one of the greats, but jimi never even mentioned him!
    yogosan
    You're right, Jimi never said that. But Eric Clapton did say that Gallagher made him fall in love with the blues again.
    AeonOptic
    Though, even if he didn't say it, Rory did support Jimi, IIRC, at the Royal Albert Hall, in the band 'Taste'. So he must have had at least some inkling of his talent.
    Maiden95
    People say that Jimi said those words about a lot of people... Phil Keaggy included, none of which has proven to be true. Good list though.
    solomonkane
    theres always rumors about hendrix saying glorious thing about other guitarists there was one for years about Phil Keaggy in his Glass Harp days that probably is still going around
    martin.zuccari
    What about John Martyn?
    Nero Galon
    I think among people who know about John Martyn they know him to be a great player, but I think with him its just that he is not celebrated in the mainstream or for that matter I don't expect many UGers to listen to his stuff either to be honest.
    KentHawkings
    Very happy to see Wes Borland get some love (Personally I would have put him a bit lower on the list but that's just me). I've always admired his eccentric guitar playing. I've also always admired the guitar work of Ian D'sa of Billy Talent. He isn't necessarily a guitar legend but he is always overlooked in my opinion.
    Rockeagle540
    Nils Lofgren goddammit
    entropicxdisson
    Skip to the 4 minute mark! That's when Nils takes it to another level. I saw him with Bruce in May and he added a guitar solo in "Because The Night" that was out of this world.
    entropicxdisson
    Let's not forget that Bruce can unleash it when he want's too. This is probably my favorite telecaster tone ever. Rumor is that Rolling Stone critiqued him for "playing guitar minimally" (funny coming from the Rolling Stone that slaves over him now), so Bruce started adding an intro solo to "Prove It All Night" to show his chops. It's about a minute into the song.
    flemishine
    Absolutely! Lofgren is better than five of these metal numbskulls put together. If you see him live on an average night, you leave ashamed of yourself for not having the range and technique and originality Nils has. We're talking incredible harmonic picking, haunting lap slide on Strats, fun and playful straight ahead solos, pedal mastery as good as anyone (lately the Octavia) and 42 years ago he was 1st lead with Santa Monica Flyers (LOOK it UP).
    Rockeagle540
    How can a ****ing arsehole like synester gates get recognition and this guy cant, criminally underrated. Very distinct, and incredible skillfull, without being flashy, IMO one of the top 10 best of all time
    WildthingJR
    As much as I like Steven Wilson, I have to say that he's not really a great guitarist as much as a brilliant songwriter.
    third(-)eye
    Actually he's a better producer than either of those things IMO. I don't think he's actually that great of a songwriter. Occasionally he pulls out a gem. He's a bit mixed-nuts though.
    third(-)eye
    If all of his stuff was as focused and cohesive as Raven, you'd have a point for him being a brilliant songwriter.
    TheLiberation
    Sorry, no. Raven definitely wins at atmosphere, but it's definitely "overjazzed" at times (except Drive Home and the title track which are genius and flawless), the best example being the middle part of The Watchmaker which goes in some random inexplicable directions. He's written tons of more cohesive songs (Raider II has 23 damn minutes with not a single one wasted), with some very rare failures (Mellotron Scratch argh) - he's generally a great songwriter, and the sheer variety of the stuff he writes, from minimalistic ballads with incredible atmosphere (Heartattack in a Layby), to complex prog-metallish mind**** (ANESTHETIZE), is just amazing. Huge quantity accompanied by excellent quality. I also thing he is a great guitarist, not because of sheer technical skill (which is still very, very decent, although not quite John Petrucci kind of tier and he often chooses to keep things simple), but because of how unique his style is. His use of space is just amazing (Veneno Para Las Hadas for example), and so is his ability to combine straightforward rock riffing with some very sophisticated cleaner playing. And I still think the solo in Time Flies is the greatest guitar solo ever created. Period. There is nothing like it.
    third(-)eye
    Here's your reply, since obviously you can't handle a negative sign by your comment without "justification" (FTR I didn't downvote you, I rarely downvote people unless they really piss me off). Downvoting people without replying is not a "dick move", it's just that people disagree but don't feel like going into a long song and dance about it. The reason I said Raven was his most cohesive work was because of two reasons: 1) it has no notable "weak points" and the songs feel obviously connected, and 2) it's devoid of the later (post-Opeth) PT habit of trying to be metal. Most of the pre-In Absentia work had great ideas but was hard to listen to in context from start to finish because the albums simply didn't flow. In Absentia and beyond was littered with really bad "fake metal" guitar tone that became the cornerstone for what me and my bandmates call "butt prog". The only PT album that is mostly safe from both pitfalls is Signify, which is consequentially my favorite of theirs (only flaw with that one is that it drags in places). Oh, and then there was Stupid Dream, which I don't even know what the **** that album was (PT trying to be a pop band?)... Raven is well-written, well-produced, and well-played; pretty much every musician on that record is a virtuoso besides Wilson himself. All things considered, it's (at least) one step any of his work with PT. And Steven's guitar style really isn't THAT unique. He will be the first to admit that he's basically just ripping off David Gilmour with his solos.
    third(-)eye
    OK I lied a bit; I downvoted your dick-related comment because it didn't contribute anything to the discussion.
    TheLiberation
    Lol. No, it's just that it's kind of annoying when I take the time to write a thought-out reply (which I had to write twice because UG is retarded and I got logged off after clicking "post"). So ignoring a post contributes to a discussion, but my comment didn't. Some great logic you've got in there... So basically your argument for lack of cohesion is that you don't like the heavier style of later PT works. ... Besides the fact that there are more ways to play prog than oldschool prog and modern progmetal, and there is a reason why one million prog bands followed PT and tried to incorporate metal elements into a style of their own (as someone finally had the balls to break that stupid barrier), The Raven doesn't flow any better than Grace For Drowning (which, even though supposedly just a bunch of loose songs with no major concept, flows amazingly), or especially the last two PT albums which are just masterpieces of good album flow. Individual skill of musicians has no importance here, as there are good ways of using it (Guthrie in Drive Home) and not so good ways (middle part of The Watchmaker). Not to mention the rest of PT are awesome musicians as they are, especially Gavin Harrison who can definitely compete with Marco Minnemann, though their styles are very different. So basically your argumentation for Raven being "better than anything he's done to date" is quite weird and shaky to say the least. There is Gilmour influence without a doubt, but there's a lot of things he does that are unlike anyone else basically. Does Cheating The Polygraph also sound like Gilmour?
    WildthingJR
    'twas just my personal opinion Sure, he's a great producer as well, but my point was actually that it's rather strange to have him on this list.
    dennis.1960
    Fripp underrated? Every musician I know acknowledges Fripp as one of the top 3 guitarists in prog rock history.
    Mikethespud
    I would've liked to see Trey Spruance make the list, but I don't think he's well known enough. He's under-underrated.
    qrEE
    Us Mr Bungle fans had our best luck with the "weirdest riffs" list, we're not going to get another one for a long time unfortunately.
    LivinJoke84
    No James Dean Bradfield? I tried to vote in the original aritcle but couldnt reach the bottom!
    SorgFamily
    I have no right to bitch because I didn't take time to mention him but I'm surprised Dean Deleo wasn't at least brought up. One of the few "mainstream" rock guitarists to make sure to put a solo in every song and not make it sound forced.
    BlackRose93
    The Jimi Hendrix-Rory Gallagher thing is just an urban legend.It has been said for various guitarists of his time.I even heard the same story for Manolis Hiotis,a bouzouki player from Greece.So unless Jimi was going crazy naming every other guitarist better than himself,this thing never happened.
    kfong03
    Great list - awesome to see Jerry and Wes making it. Dean Deleo from STP should've been on too.
    Krill3Z
    And of course you did not include Shawn Lane, the modern day, guitar equivalent of Mozart. Right, because he's not underrated at all...
    Tys602
    Josh Middleton everyone.
    Asatru_Raven
    I couldn't agree more, my god that man can play, and not to mention he is the lead singer, and lead guitar.
    sonicx2218
    I didn't think anyone would post him. His solos are seriously beautiful and his playing is so clean it drives me crazy. He's definitely one of my favorite modern thrash guitarist...not to mention he's lead guitar AND vocals.
    Alserda
    Adam Dutkiewicz from Killswitch Engage is pretty underrated aswell, check this out.
    slipdisk
    good to see john 5 got a mention. and nuno. buckethead should be there too
    PePziNL
    Nuno definately should get some more recognition imo, he's an awesome guitarist
    Rajah
    He did, back in the day. I have a heap of old Guitar Word and Guitar For The Practicing Musician magazines and in the early 90's every second issue had an interview or a transcription of Nuno. 1990-1991 he was everywhere, and rightfully so. Awesome player.
    Dalek300
    I always think that Ian D'Sa from Billy Talent is quite an underrated player. Perhaps not as skilled as some on this list, but definitely worth a mention
    bomorceau
    Vito Bratta (Ex-White Lion). He sounds like a ton of bricks in the face!!! He's the only guy to sound pretty close to Van Halen.
    svgenderen
    It's good that Jonny Greenwood, John Butler and Mike McCready are on this list. They deserve so much more attention.
    Vinhair
    Glad to see Shiflett made it into the list, always looked at him as a guy who deserve more attention
    arabmetallion
    Allot of these guys aren't all that underrated but I guess if you're gonna poll the most underrated players based on the most popular votes it is abit contradictory.
    mike.d13
    I agree with Kim Thayil and Alex Lifeson. Also Peter Green from the original line up of fleetwood mac. And Mick Ronson from Ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars