10. Alex Lifeson (Rush)
After receiving over 50,000 votes across 11 categories, this year's Total Guitar readers' polls were fiercely competitive. Now, the results have been tallied, and we're ready to announce what you voted the finest gear and guitarists of 2015.
Prog is becoming an increasingly broad church, and we're pleased to be able to include such a diverse range of players in this category. From sonic trickery to technical perfection, these are the players that lit your fire this year, starting with...
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee are rapidly approaching their 50th anniversary as members of Rush. Imagine that for a second: half-a-century of progging your flippin' bonce off. Amazing scenes.
Lifeson hinted that he may no longer be able to play live soon due to arthritis, but man, what a run. The legend endures.
9. Mikael Åkerfeldt/Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth)
We want to get drunk with Opeth - they seem like they know how to enjoy themselves. They celebrated 25 years as a band in 2015, and frankly, they're not acting their age.
Still restlessly inventive, still weird, still great - and there's not many folk can do the things Mikael Åkerfeldt does to his PRS.
8. Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
He's heavy, he's funky, he's a man of many strings - yes, it’s Tosin Abasi, the extended-range guitar wizard who had a hell of a year.
Abasi stepped up a level to join Guthrie Govan and Joe Satriani as part of the G4 Experience, and he'll be playing with them once more in 2016, cementing his status as a key member of the new guitar god pantheon. Nice.
7. Rory Friers/Niall Kennedy (And So I Watch You From Afar)
The Belfast boys did good this year, releasing mind-bending fourth album Heirs and gaining themselves a whole bundle of new fans in the process.
Friers and Kennedy play memorable, atmospheric guitar parts that make you want to skip one minute and stare introspectively across a lake the next, which is no mean feat if you ask us.
6. Misha Mansoor/Jake Bowen/Mark Holcomb/Adam 'Nolly' Getgood (Periphery)
Oh, Periphery, with your guitar tones dialled in on God's rig, with your double-albums full of every shade of progressive metal both light and dark, with your burgeoning crossover appeal...
We could sing the praises of Misha Mansoor and co for many, many thousands of words. A big year for a big band, with touring aplenty.
5. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
Love him or hate him ' for there is no middle ground - Matt Bellamy continues to be that rarest of beasts, a bona fide guitar hero putting out bizarre concept albums that effortlessly trample all over the charts.
Drones was adored by many, and a welcome return after three years away.
4. Sam Vallen/Zac Greensill (Caligula's Horse)
Quite aside from anything else, Caligula's Horse win the award for best band name of 2015 hands down.
As for the music, well, Sam and Zac are melodic masters, always happy to bring the heavy but versatile enough to ease back and serve the song when needs must.
3. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
As ever, John Petrucci continues to hold vast swathes of the guitar-toting population in awe. Dream Theater are about to release The Astonishing, an album that requires a map to navigate its storyline, so expect a bumper 2016, all you Dreamers.
2. Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats)
The more time passes, the more we're convinced that Guthrie Govan is an actual wizard.
Quite apart from the hair and the general demeanour of a man who has spent a lot of time searching dusty tomes for hidden secrets, his fingers are simply not of this reality.
1. Mike Vennart
The former Oceansize man and Biffy Clyro touring guitarist takes the top prize in this year's prog poll, and we heartily embrace the fine tastes of our readership.
With his debut solo album, The Demon Joke, which displayed an uncanny ear for a hook and a nasty fuzz tone, Vennart is a man on the rise.
Perhaps more than anyone else on this list, his playing is all about serving the song – there's probably a lesson in there somewhere...