Top 20 Most Underrated Guitarists

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Top 20 Most Underrated Guitarists
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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