Best Guitarists of 2014 – Results Are In!

Best Guitarists of 2014 - Results

Over the past four weeks, Prog Sphere readers had multiple opportunities to vote for the best guitarist of 2014. Just to remind you, we selected 20 great guitar players who provided some amazing work throughout the year. Find below all the nominees and their order in Prog Sphere’s 2014 readers poll. Besides our selection, voters could also enter their own choice, and you can also see which of them are in the top 5.

20. Nik Goroshko (Serdce)


19. Benjamin Baret (Ne Obliviscaris)


18. Paul Masvidal (Cynic)


17. Fredrik Akesson (Opeth)


16. Tymon Kruidenier (Exivious)


15. Robby Baca (The Contortionist)


14. Plini


13. David Maxim Micic (Destiny Potato, Bilo)


12. Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me)


11. Tim Henson (Polyphia)


10. Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa)


09. Aaron Marshall (Intervals)


08. David Davidson (Revocation)


07. Mark Holcomb (Periphery)


06. Richard Henshall (Haken)


05. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)


04. Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders)


03. Angel Vivaldi


02. Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats)


01. Mattias “IA” Eklundh

Your votes:

01. Joe Chawki
02. Jeff Loomis
03. Dean Wells
04. Andy James
05. Marco Sfogli
06. Misha Mansoor
07. Jakub Zytecki
08. Mario Camarena
09. Jason Richardson
10. Joe Satriani

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.


  1. Sudipto Baroi

    February 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    i seriously didn’t expect angel vivaldi to come third. people these days actually think “Djent” to be progressive music which is actually not right. i think aron marshall should have come third. although i wanted John Pertucci to come first :p. but on a serious note, people need to change their thinking about progressive metal music.

  2. Hugh Al

    February 6, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Jeff Loomis, John Browne & Jakub Zytecki should definitely be up there

  3. Arturo Garcia

    February 26, 2015 at 2:55 am

    where the hell is jakub zytecki and sergey golovin??!! they should definitely be on that list too. top 10 EASILY.

  4. Travis

    April 27, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I’m wondering why Christian Muenzner from Necrophagist/Obscura/Spawn of Possession and many others is not on here. His solo album Beyond the Wall of Sleep is nothing short of majestic.

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