View Full Version : My "TOP TEN GUITAR PLAYERS"

paul Macdowell
03-05-2003, 07:02 PM
This is my top 10 list :

Andy Timmons www.andytimmons.com
Jose de Castro www.josedecastro.net
Scott Henderson www.scotthenderson.net
Brett garsed www.brettgarsed.com
Joe Satriani www.satriani.com
Eric Johnson www.ericjohnson.com
John Petrucci www.johnpetrucci.com
Steve Vai www.vai.com
Steve Lukather www.stevelukather.net
Tomo Fujita www.tomofujita.com

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03-05-2003, 07:08 PM
Andy rocks !!! Can´t wait to meet him again on Friday at the "Musikmesse".

NP: Where´s that "And-thology" CD ?!?

paul Macdowell
03-05-2003, 07:30 PM
Andy Timmons........... OF COURSE.

03-05-2003, 10:47 PM
Ya know, I feel like an alien, but I have just not been able to get into Steve Vai, or Eric Johnson. I have bought CD's by each of them recently, and they are technically spectacular, but their music just doesn't do anything for me. Hope that opinion doesn't get me banned from the forums. :D

03-05-2003, 10:52 PM
No, not banned... ignored maybe :) ( J/K ! )

Well, I got into Eric Johnson pretty late, but "Cliffs Of Dover" completely made me lose my mind ( haven´t got it back yet, sure you can tell ).
I love the whole "Ah Via Musicom" album, and I even love "Venus Isle" ( a lot of EJ-fans don´t like that one )...
The only record I couldn´t get into very much was that live-album he released a while ago...

03-06-2003, 01:45 AM
Hi, here's my favorites in case you care.

1.Paul Gilbert
2.Jason Becker
3.Joe Stump
4.Randy Rhoads
5.George Lynch
6.Andres Segovia
7.Eddie Van Halen
8.Ritchie Blackmore
9.Yngwie Malmsteen
10.Goncalo Pereira

P.S. I like Andy Timmons too:)

03-08-2003, 04:22 PM
my personal top ten ( in no specific order ):

1) Luke

2) SRV

3) Markus Deml

4) Abi von Reininghaus

5) Mario Neunkirchen

6) Danny Gill

7) Dann Huff

8) Brent Mason

9) Michael Landau

10) Eric Johnson


03-09-2003, 06:45 AM
Danny Gatton, Dick Dale, Satch, John Pettruci, Scott Henderson, Chet Atkins, Lenny Breu, Brian Setzer, Steve Morse, Yngwie Malmsteen

Not necessarily in that order.

07-26-2004, 08:42 AM
Here are my top 10 guitarists, but in no particular order ....(BUT , Wes is number one :) )

Wes Montgomery
Steve Vai
Yngwie Malmsteen
Jesse van Ruller (www.jessevanruller.com)
Peter Bernstein
Vinnie Moore
Joe Satriani
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Jimi Hendrix
Jim Hall

I hope I didn't leave anybody out ..... :rolleyes:
This is a tough one ...



07-26-2004, 09:26 AM
So, I just noticed, I did leave one of my favorites out.

I need to add ROBBEN FORD to my list.

So, now it would be my top 11 .... ;)

07-26-2004, 11:16 AM
In case you care :)

1. Paul Gilbert
2. Eddie van Halen
3. Eric Johnson
4. Randy Rhoads
5. Joe Satriani
6. Jimi Hendrix
7. Slash
8. Zakk Wylde
9. Steve Vai
10. Michael Angelo (not really musically, just cause he's so over the top)

For some reason I really don't like Petrucci. I have no valid arguments but I just hate the songs. Hope I'm not offending anyone :).

07-26-2004, 11:25 AM

1.Yngwie J Malmsteen
2.Joe Stump
3.Rusty Cooley
4.Jason Becker
5.Paul Gilbert
6:Alexi Lahio
7:Steve Vai
8:Tony Macalpine
9:Corbin King

07-26-2004, 12:37 PM
1. My self (Haha, you should check out this dude! He's great! ;) )
2. John Petrucci
3. Yngwie Malmsteen
4. Michael Romeo
5. Andre Olbrich
6. Mikael Åkerfeldt
7. Daniel Gildenlöw
8. Fredrik Thordendal
9. Marko Rantaeskola (local guitarist and good friend of mine from Sweden, Borås. That dude will get famous one day)
10. Krister Svensson (local jazz-guitarist from the band "Fusion")

07-26-2004, 02:49 PM
1. My self (Haha, you should check out this dude! He's great! ;) )

Then lets check him out. ;)

07-26-2004, 03:56 PM
Then lets check him out. ;)
He's working on some recordings, hopefully presented soon on the "show & tell" section :)

07-26-2004, 09:32 PM

These are my favourite players but in no specific order.

Michael Romeo (www.symphonyx.com (http://www.symphonyx.com))
Timo Tolkki (Stratovarious)
Herman Li and Sam Totman (both www.dragonforce.com (http://www.dragonforce.com))
Yngwie Malmsteen
Mark Tremonti (www.creed.com (http://www.creed.com))
Jimmy Page
Eddie van Halen
Ritchie Blackmore.........


07-27-2004, 01:32 AM
There's no way I could pick just 10... But these lists have some of my favorites!

TK is definitely up there on my list. He rocks! :)

SRV, Joe Pass, KWS... So many great musicians.

I can sympathize with the Petrucci comment. Some of their albums have songs I love, some ENTIRE albums I can't even listen to! I don't know why, but it's just the way it is.

07-27-2004, 02:27 AM
Alan Holdsworth
Pat Martino
Jan Akkerman
Shawn Lane
Brett Garsed
Nuno Bettencourt(sp?)
Greg Howe
Walter Trout

Priest Becker
07-27-2004, 03:04 AM
1.Jason Becker
2.John Petrucci
3.Andy Timmons
4.Paul Gilbert
5.Rusty Cooley
6.Yngwie Malmsteen
7.Eddy VanHalen
8.Jimmy Page
9.Eric Johnson
10.This guy down the street lmao he can shred pretty well

07-27-2004, 05:12 AM
FWIW, every single music store I've ever been to in my life seems to have at least one guy that is an insanely good guitar player, whether it's rock/jazz/whatever. I've been to many music stores in 10+ states too.

For instance, Satriani played in cover bands :eek: up until Steve Vai convinced him to do a record, and the rest is history...

I personally grew up with 3 "rock" guys that I consider to have skills in the virtuoso range.

07-27-2004, 09:14 AM
Hey, Bizarro ....

Who are TK and KWS ???(I DO know SRV, though :D )

And what does FWIW stand for ?
Sorry, I just don't know all these abbreviations.... :confused:

Cheers :)

07-27-2004, 09:15 AM
I wasn't familiar to more then 3-4 guitarists on my list untill some years ago. For some years when I was a kid I thought that Andre Olbrich in Blind Guardian was the fastest guitarist ever in history. Can you imagine what shock it was to me when I heard Yngwie Malmsteen for the first time? :)

07-27-2004, 09:25 AM
mmm, this might be a bit different:

1. Pat Metheny
2. John Scofield
3. Scott Henderson
4. Pat Martino
5. Wes Montgomery
6. David Gilmour
7. John Petrucci
8. Michael Romeo
9. Marty Friedman
10. Mark Knopfler

07-27-2004, 09:35 AM
Scott Henderson really is a great musician. I love his Melodic Control, it gave me more then "the Guitar Chapter", "Passage to the reaper" and "Pentatonic Speedballer" together..

07-28-2004, 05:10 AM
"Who are TK and KWS ???(I DO know SRV, though ) "
TK = Thorsten Koehne, he posts here often. Run, don't walk, to his website and download his tunes! http://home.t-online.de/home/Mr.Shred/ He is insanely talented and most of us here are amazed that he's not world famous yet!:)
KWS = Kenny Wayne Shepherd, blues-rock guy heavily influenced by SRV. He is a great guitarist, songwriter, etc. He has 3 great albums, several hit songs I'm sure you'd recognize, and another album due out this summer.

"And what does FWIW stand for ? "
For what it's worth... :)

07-28-2004, 06:59 AM
Hey Bizarro,

Thanx for the explanation. :)
Yeah I know Thorsten, I heard some of his playing, and you're right, he's really AWESOME !!!!!

And I've also heard of Kenny Wayne Shepard, he is this very young and incredible Blues player, right ?!

Once again, thanks !!!

Lars :)

07-28-2004, 07:59 AM
1. David Gilmour
2. John Williams
3. Dimebag
4. Tom Morello
5. Alex Lifeson
6. Adam Jones
7. Jerry Cantrell
8. Kenny Hickey
9. Dave Mustaine
10. Satch

07-28-2004, 08:22 PM
1.joe perry(he gets to my soul, man)
2.joe satriani.
3.john petrucci.
5.steve vai
6.slash(used to be number 1 until i heard this guys above)
7.yngwie malmsteen(good combination of shredd and musicality)
8.buddy guy(he makes me wanna cry)
9.jeff beck
10.john mayer(his chord arrangements are just beatyful)

07-28-2004, 08:24 PM
oh man¡¡¡¡¡ i nforgot eddie van halen hes like in... number 2 tied with satch

07-29-2004, 04:04 AM
If anyone cares who my top ten favorite's are here they are

1. Jason Becker
2. Marty Freidman
3. Greg Howe
4. Buckethead
5. Dave Mustaine
6. Eric Vandenberg
7. Steve Vai
8. TK
9. Joe Satriani
10. Slash

There are many more im sure

And I havent heard all the players

07-29-2004, 05:09 AM
MY Top Ten, in no particular order except for no.1

1. Brett Garsed
2. David Gilmour
3. Jimmy Page
4. Mark Knopfler
5. Stuart Fraser
6. Steve Morse
7. Slash
8. Jimi Hendrix
9. Angus Young
10. Eddie Van Halen


Killa Beaver
07-29-2004, 01:48 PM
oh bollocks, might as well join in then

1. The Hellecasters - this counts as one cos I dont know who's playing what on their albums
2. Leo Kottke
3. Joe Satriani
4. Danny Gatton
5. Albert Lee
6. Django Reinhardt
7. David Grier
8. Tommy Emmanuel
9. Steve Morse
10. Pete Huttlinger

07-29-2004, 06:59 PM
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
B.B King
Duane Allman
Dickey Betts
John Fogerdy ( ccr )
Crosby stills nash and young ( dont know who plays what guitar parts but they are lovely )
Eric Clapton
Joe Pass ( joes blues with herb ellis is an awesome cd fyi )

Id say any one of these folks can put a smile ear to ear on my face, some can even make my eyes water, and well jimi, allman brothers, and csny can just about change my whole mood.

07-29-2004, 07:13 PM
1. Kirk Hammet
2. Marty Friedman
3. Malmsteen
4. Steve Vai
5. Joe Satriani
6. Jeff Loomis
7. Van Halen (did everyone forget him?)
8. Slash
9. Angus Young
10. Kerry King

Of course there are many others but these are my obvious top 10.
I didn't forgot Jimi Hendrix but I think his to good to put in here:D

Barking Pumpkin
07-29-2004, 09:29 PM
My current top ten(no order):

Jason Becker
Steve Vai
Michael Romeo
John Petrucci
Frank Zappa
Marty Friedman
Glenn Tipton
K. K. Downing
Joe Satriani
Alexi Laiho

07-30-2004, 12:37 AM
No mention of Mick Taylor or Peter Green :) Both pretty soulfull I think.


07-31-2004, 04:37 AM
Hmmm..this changes frequently, but...

Joe Satriani
Segovia (shameful that I was the first to name him :P )
Rusty Cooley
Jeff Beck
Tom Hess (still lovin' Opus 2)
David Russell
Yngwie Malmsteen
Douglas Niedt
Keb Mo
Steve Vai

07-31-2004, 07:20 AM
Wow, there's so many I'm sure I leave out a few but here's a crack at it:

Rusty Cooley
Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
John Petrucci
Allan Holdsworth
Buckethead (Brian Carrol, Death Cube K, Thanatopsis, and Praxis)
Jeff Loomis (I really like Nevermore...lol)
Eddie Van Halen (I gotta include him)

07-31-2004, 11:29 PM
Jimi Hendrix
Alex Lifeson
Jimmy Page
Brian May
Rhandy Rhoads
Steve Morse
Van Halen
Michael Lee Firkins
Joe Satriani
Eric Johnson
Steve Vai
Greg Howe
Vinnie Moore
Frank Gambale
Billy Gibbons
Blues Saraceno
Tom Scholz
Anyone who's ever played with "Steely Dan"...so many greats!
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Mark Knopfler
Duane Allman/Dickey Betts
Dick Dale
Albert Lee
Ted Nugent
Joe Perry
Randy Bachman

oh man there's so many more too...

08-01-2004, 09:39 AM
I think I have to post some more here, 'cause there are so many greats out their.

Viktor Smolski (www.rage-on.de (http://www.rage-on.de) Check him out he's so metal and classical)
Eric Clapton
Frank Zappa
this guy who plays with Bob Marley on his Babylon by Bus tour


08-01-2004, 12:49 PM
In no particular order. They're all great in their own way.

Michael Hedges
Leo Kottke
Don Ross
Tommy Emmanuel
Pierre Bensusan
Warren Haynes
Jimmy Page
Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Pat Metheny
Oh ya
Clapton has his moments too.

08-01-2004, 06:44 PM
In no particular order:

Wes Montgomery
George Benson
Grant Green
BB King

and a LOT more, but these guys made the most impact, aside from the local guys and teachers that aren't famous but probably mean the most to me.

08-01-2004, 07:46 PM
My Favorite Guitarists (in no particular order):

Mick Thompson (Slipknot)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Kirk Hammet (Metallica)
Kerry King (Slayer)
Eddie Van Halen
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Jimmy Hendrix
Daron Malakian (System of a Down)
Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
Angus and Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

08-01-2004, 08:29 PM
My list:

1. Alexi Laiho
2. John Petrucci
3. Roope Latvala
4. Michael Romeo
5. Mikael Åkerfelt
6. Jesper Strömblad
7. Peter Lindgren
8. Steve Vai
9. Slash
10. John Frusciante

Killa Beaver
08-02-2004, 08:39 AM
Jimi Hendrix
Alex Lifeson
Jimmy Page
Brian May
Rhandy Rhoads
Steve Morse
Van Halen
Michael Lee Firkins
Joe Satriani
Eric Johnson
Steve Vai
Greg Howe
Vinnie Moore
Frank Gambale
Billy Gibbons
Blues Saraceno
Tom Scholz
Anyone who's ever played with "Steely Dan"...so many greats!
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Mark Knopfler
Duane Allman/Dickey Betts
Dick Dale
Albert Lee
Ted Nugent
Joe Perry
Randy Bachman

oh man there's so many more too...
Good list here, esp the bottom half.

Skunk Baxter and Denny Dias were the 2 main axemen with Steely Dan, although Larry Carlton lent more than a few chops. The classic solo on 'Reeling in the years' was by Elliott Randall. Not sure what else he's done though, apart from his work with the Dan.

08-03-2004, 01:57 AM
i just have to include more of my top players 'cause i left a lot of 'em out:

santana(his and jeff beck's playing makes me think about making love)
john frusciante
eddie van halen
the guy from TRAIN
gary moore(his playing and lyrics makes me think of my old girlfriends )
vinnie moore
the guys from thin lizzy
kirk hammet
(i hate rusty cooley, no offense but he's just not interested in making music)
sergio from a band called mana(they made a song with santana)
the edge (he's like number 3 in my list, he's great at painting landscapes of feelings with just a few triads)

08-03-2004, 02:05 AM
How about Chet Atkins & Tony Rice?

08-03-2004, 01:26 PM
(i hate rusty cooley, no offense but he's just not interested in making music)


That's one of the most uninformed comments I've ever heard. Go listen tot War of the Angels. Or go read some interviews with Rusty.

11-12-2004, 08:06 PM
In no particular order.

1. Steve Vai
2. Paul Gilbert
3. Joe Satriani
4. Frank Gambale
5. Eric Johnson
6. Allan Holdsworth
7. Steve Morse
8. Vinnie Moore
9. Greg Howe
10. Eddie Van Halen


11-12-2004, 09:17 PM
well i mnot into shred so mine may sound a bit wierd...id have to say

1Jimmy Page
2Van Halen
4Kirk Hammet
6stevie ray
7angus young
8Frank Zappa
9J. Garcia
10Kurt Cobain!

just kidding on the kurt cobain thing...:D

noiz anomaly
11-12-2004, 10:26 PM
no no no! you guys have it all wrong....HERE are the R
eal greats....

1)the Hanson brothers (or sisters who can tell?)
2)the chicks from Kittie
3)blink 182
4)good charlotte
5)kurt kobain
6)that dude from the juicy fruit commercial
7)angus young (yes I am making fun of him what are you gonna do about it?)
9) Joe Stump...I bought his DVD and it was the BIGGEST waste of mony EVER. All it is is that arrogant **** gloating and then he "teaches" you about double picking........now I hate the bastard
9).....I can't really thin of anyone else to make fun of.....

my REAL list would probably look something like

Yngwie Malmsteen
Jeff Loomis
Timo T
Michael Romeo
Robby Krieger (The Doors...not a lot of chops but some SERIOUS creativity)
Lenny Breu
Jason BEcker
Shawn Lane
Michael Angelo
Tony Rice (a bluegrass flatpicker)
Eliot Fisk (too crazy too imagine)
Marcel Daddi
Stephen Grossman
Me....I'm not saying I am amazing but I think that if you devote so much time to something you'd better love what you are doing....maybe everyone should include themselves in their lists.....look at what you CAN do instead of what others can that you can't.

11-13-2004, 01:59 AM
lol i actually like angus young..sure his solos arent hard to play (even i can play em easily!) but they just fit the songs so well. But yea ill admit he isnt great technique wise

11-13-2004, 02:19 AM
Me....I'm not saying I am amazing but I think that if you devote so much time to something you'd better love what you are doing....maybe everyone should include themselves in their lists.....look at what you CAN do instead of what others can that you can't.I don't hink i would include myself in my list. Don't get me wrong...I've been playing for sometime now and alot of people have been telling me that I'm awesome. I really try not to listen to these people. IMO they don't help my ego any. With me the only problem I can think of is my ego. I'd rather have someone who hands me constructive criticism than tell me I'm good. The one thing that drives me is my low self-esteem. It's my catalyst.

11-13-2004, 02:52 AM
Brett Garsed
Nuno Bettencourt
Allan Holdsworth
Steve Vai
Jason Becker
Yngwie Malmsteen
T.J. Helmerich
Marty Friedman
Ritchie Kotzen
John Williams (The Classical Guitarist)

In no particular order...

11-13-2004, 07:21 AM
Well since everyone seems to be pitching in I figure I might as well throw a list out there as well.

In a pretty specific order at this given moment:

1. Kurt Rosenwinkel
2. John McLaughlin
3. Jim Hall
4. Grant Green
5. Jimmy Bruno
6. George Benson
7. Ed Bickert
8. Wes Montgomery
9. Pat Metheny
10. Joe Pass

Like everyone, the list always changes...but the top 2 NEVER change.

Bongo Boy
11-13-2004, 08:19 AM
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