Who is the best rock guitarist of 2018?

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2018 has been a fantastic year for rock music, reflected in this shortlist of fantastic guitarists who have released an album or hit the road in the last 12 months. 

Best rock guitarist is always a hotly-contested category and each player on this list deserves to win. From rock guitar icons still at the top of their game, to new contenders to the rock throne, which lord or lady of the riff gets your vote this year?

Last year’s winner: Brian May

Want to vote in other Best in guitars 2018 categories? Have your say here.

Voting closes at midnight on 21 November 2018.

The MusicRadar Best in guitars awards are brought to you in association with Ernie Ball. #colorsofrocknroll

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