Many amazing guitarists have gifted us with their talents and skills through their work on various songs, perhaps even through guitar solos. Not only do they provide us with entertainment, but they put their heart and soul into every song that they create. While there are many great guitarists in bands all around the world, we can all agree that there are some that are simply better than others and that are true legends in the music world. Let’s take a moment to give these legends the praise and nitric they deserve.
Number one on our list of top guitarists of today is Brian Elwin Haner. Popular with the stage name Syn or Synyster Gates, this American musician and multi-instrumentalist is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the Avenged Sevenfold band. The release of the band’s first album “Sounding the Seventh Trumpet” earned him respect and international recognition. He has since gone on to release several hit albums. He gives a soul to the songs he plays with his guitar and creates magic with his combination of voice and string. Haner was Total Guitar’s “Best Metal Guitarist in the World” in 2016 and 2017 and one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Guitar World.
Joe is an American musician, songwriter, and blues-rock guitarist. He was the 12-year-old kid prodigy who once opened for B.B. King. He earned the love and respect of fans with his sterling guitar skills. Through his J&R Adventures, Joe has released 15 solo albums, 11 of which have topped the Billboard Blues Chart. He has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and played alongside popular artists including Eric Clapton, Warren Haynes, and Stephen Stills. Bonamassa is also involved in efforts to further music education through his “Keeping the Blues Alive” nonprofit which funds scholarships and provides educational music resources to schools.
The American virtuoso guitarist, composer, and producer, Petrucci is popular as a founding member of the progressive metal Dream Theater band. He has produced all of Dream Theater’s albums — working with former band-mate Mike Portnoy from 1999 to 2009 and alone since Portnoy’s departure in 2010. Petrucci is a seven-times top-three G3 tour player and was Joel McIver’s 2009 second greatest metal guitarist, one of GuitarOne’s “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time” and Guitar World’s 17th “Greatest Guitarist of All Time” in 2012.
Eddie Van Halen
One of the most skilled, innovative and influential electric guitarists ever, Halen is distinguished by his ability to simulate multi-guitar plays with the magical manipulation of his guitar neck. The Dutch-American musician is a founder and main songwriter of the Van Halen hard rock band. Halen is considered one of the best guitarists in rock music history. He has won many awards in his 50+ years career. He was among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011 and Guitar World’s greatest guitarists of all time in 2012.
Influenced by the greats of old, American musician, producer, and guitarist, John Clayton Mayer is a true great of his generation. Mayer has released many multi-platinum albums and won Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2003 and 2007, and Best Pop Vocal Album in 2007. He has collaborated with popular artists including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. He is a multi-talented and creative pop icon with interests in comedy, television hosting, writing, and watches.