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who is your favorite mainstream guitarist?

Eric Clapton
10 (25%)
John Petrucci
5 (13%)
Steve Vai
5 (13%)
Eric Johnson
4 (10%)
Joe Satriani
12 (30%)
Yngwie Malmsteen
4 (10%)
 
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Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:44 pm

im curious... who is your favorite guitarist? the ones on the poll are just mainstream solo artists, but name any you would like.

mine would have to be Matt Heafy of Trivium. i know hes not the most talented, but hes darn good enough to earn my respect. plus hes the most influential to me.
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Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:46 pm

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Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:05 am

In 2 days time I will have Petrucci a few meters from me, will be watching them in Oporto :D
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:32 am

Here is my list of Favs:

The holy trinity: Eric Johnson, Steve Via, Joe Satriani

The newest cat I have been listening too: Andy Timmons (gotta check him out).

Ok my list:
Micheal Lee Firkins
Justin King
Micheal Hedges
Leo Kottke
Adrian Belew
Steve Howe
Robin Trower
Gary More
Steve Morse
Peter Klett (Candle Box)
John Petrucci
John Jennings
Django Reinhart
Phil Keagy
Al Di Meola
Steve Carlson
Adrian Leg
Randy Rhodes
Zack Wylde
Jake E. Lee

I will think of more later :)
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:49 am

Of the ones you listed, I suppose I'd have a tough time picking between Satriani and Petrucci. Kind of surprised you didn't list Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Alex Lifeson, Stevie Ray... they're all fairly "mainstream", and I'd consider them quite influential as well.

As far as lesser-known guitarists go, here are a few of my personal faves (in no particular order):

Steve Morse (formerly of the Dixie Dregs)
Scott Henderson (really cool jazz/rock/blues fusion player)
Scott McGill (jazz-rock, lately a bit more avant-garde)
Allan Holdsworth (incredible jazz-rock guitar and guitar synth player)
Shawn Lane (jazz-rock)
Terje Rypdal (Norwegian guitarist and composer who is basically impossible to classify)
David Torn (guitar "texturalist" and composer)
Bill Connors (jazz and jazz-rock)
Nuno Bettencort (rocker somewhat in the Eddie Van Halen vein, formerly of Extreme)
Kazumi Watanabe (Japanese jazz/fusion guitarist)
Steve Tibbetts ("texturalist" and composer, similar to David Torn)
Bon Lozaga (great fusion guitarist, also does some "textural" stuff, ala David Torn)

(I tried to post links to bios of most of these, but allmusic.com's links give phpBB indigestion for some reason. You can go there and search on them yourself if you're curious.)
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:34 am

I've been into Don Ross, Kaki King, and Tuck Anders lately. There are just so many great to choose from....

I picked eric johnson for the poll, but all time fav has to be SRV
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:49 am

Everytime I listen to the song Tin Pan Alley, I am convinced it's SRV who is the best.

Rob Baker's work on New Orleans Is Sinking blows me away too.
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:47 am

Joe Pass, Leo Kottke, Larry Coryell. Michael Hedges half a notch below.
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:02 am

I really like Monte Montgomery.

He's a badass out of Austin, Texas.

Album recordings are so-so, but feed this guy tequila shots, and he comes alive!

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Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:41 am

Number one to me is the man who first popularized the tapping technique most young 'uns ascribe to Eddie Van Halen, Steve Hackett. I'd also have to include Pete Townsend, Steve Howe, Martin Barre, and Jerry Garcia.
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:54 am

Townsend and Clapton

Edit: and Satriani
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:08 am

JJCDAD wrote:
Everytime I listen to the song Tin Pan Alley, I am convinced it's SRV who is the best.


SRV used to tell everyone his brother Jimmie was the best guitar player in the world. However I saw Jimmie Vaughn open up for Bob Dylan last summer... and I have to disagree.
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:10 am

List continued:

Alex Skolenik
Neal Schon
Craig Chaquico
Shawn Lane
Robben Ford
Chris Duarte
C.C. DeVille (just kidding) :oops:
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:11 am

torax wrote:
I really like Monte Montgomery.

He's a badass out of Austin, Texas.


Aren't they all?
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:24 am

jinjuku wrote:
Shawn Lane

I thought we were discussing guitarists, not note machines (Lane, Michaelangelo Batio, etc). :P

Speaking of tapping, I think this guy has it all down.

And this dude here is also impressive, though I find the music less interesting.
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:32 am

Clapton is the best in the world alive today IMHO.

SLOWHAND FTW

Truthfully, I haven't heard of many of those others above.
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:32 am

morphine: I'm not sure if you've heard of him or not, but if you like Mongrain, you'll like Andy McKee. There's a bunch of his stuff on YouTube...it's pretty similar to Mongrain's stuff though.
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:32 am

In direct answer to the poll: click me

If I'm allowed to choose a dead guitarist, then Jimi Hendrix. :)
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:38 am

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morphine: I'm not sure if you've heard of him or not, but if you like Mongrain, you'll like Andy McKee. There's a bunch of his stuff on YouTube...it's pretty similar to Mongrain's stuff though.

Just checked his clips out, he's great! I think that musically it's more pleasant than Mongrain too. Thanks!
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:44 am

morphine wrote:
jinjuku wrote:
Shawn Lane

I thought we were discussing guitarists, not note machines (Lane, Michaelangelo Batio, etc). :P


I can only assume 2 things: 1 your joking, or 2 you have no clue... Pick one
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:48 am

jinjuku wrote:
morphine wrote:
jinjuku wrote:
Shawn Lane

I thought we were discussing guitarists, not note machines (Lane, Michaelangelo Batio, etc). :P


I can only assume 2 things: 1 your joking, or 2 you have no clue... Pick one

How about nr. 3, I have little interest in guitarists that spend 99% playing 1/32nd notes and 1% doing actual music?
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:48 am

Crap, I totally forgot:

Pat Metheny

* not wanting to stir up controversy, the only reason people will pick Eric Clapton is they most likely haven't heard of any of the others.

Eric Clapton is killer guitarist btw...
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:50 am

jinjuku wrote:
torax wrote:
I really like Monte Montgomery.

He's a badass out of Austin, Texas.


Aren't they all?

I think you might be right.
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:43 pm

morphine wrote:
jinjuku wrote:
morphine wrote:
jinjuku wrote:
Shawn Lane

I thought we were discussing guitarists, not note machines (Lane, Michaelangelo Batio, etc). :P

I can only assume 2 things: 1 your joking, or 2 you have no clue... Pick one

How about nr. 3, I have little interest in guitarists that spend 99% playing 1/32nd notes and 1% doing actual music?

Sure, Lane could shred, but there's more to him than that. Listen to some of the stuff he did in the last few years before he passed away, with Jonas Hellborg (e.g. Icon, or Zenhouse). IMO these heavily Indian-influenced recordings showcase his versatility moreso than much of his earlier work.

Even among his harder-edged material, there's a lot of tasty stuff. "Juvalamu" (from Michael Shrieve's "Two Doors" album) is one of my favorite Shawn Lane tracks. Sure, there's a trademark Shawn Lane solo in the middle of it, but it isn't 5 minutes of non-stop shredding -- it spends over 2 minutes building to that point, and winds down again afterwards. Very musical, IMO.
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:54 pm

My favourite guitarist is Fredrik Thorndale (what a metal name) from Meshuggah. He's the biggest influence on the way I play over any other guitarist/band Bring on the 8 strings!!! :)
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:08 pm

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Truthfully, I haven't heard of many of those others above.

Well, I did say that the guitarists on my list were "lesser-known"... so you were warned. :wink:

Quite frankly, in some ways I think it's more interesting to find out what lesser-known (and relatively unknown) musicians people are into. I mean, if everyone just posts about Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, etc., what's the point? Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for 30 years already knows who they are, and what they sound like.
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:00 pm

morphine wrote:
jinjuku wrote:
Shawn Lane

I thought we were discussing guitarists, not note machines (Lane, Michaelangelo Batio, etc). :P

Speaking of tapping, I think this guy has it all down.

And this dude here is also impressive, though I find the music less interesting.


Check out this link: Justin King


Andy Timmons

Too bad they took down the Eric Johnson 'Trail of Tears' Video from his Austin City limits 1984 appearance. Dear gawd (ok, gotta go pop the dvd in)

EJ is IMO the singular virtuoso of the last 25 years in guitardom. The tone that man has is nothing short of amazing. He can play any style with grace and taste (jazz, blues, rock, classical (merry axemas vol 1), fusion, acoustic finger style).
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:02 pm

These kind of elections are always very hard to do, because invariably it ends up being a matter of personal taste, as all of the listed guitarists are skilled enough "within inches" of one another.

But there's a very vital point that I think must be made, and that jinjuku has already touched on: a GOOD guitarist will dazzle you... a GREAT guitarist will dazzle both you and the people that listen to other styles, by playing different stuff. I think that's what separates mice from men here. For example, Steve Stevens is all about the 80's metal hair look yet listen to him pulling out his well-known flamenco chops in Black Light Syndrome among others.

There's also the "era" aspect here. I have tons and tons of respect for SRV and Clapton et al but I guess I'm too young for their music to really have touched me, so they wind up half-forgotten, so to say.
 
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:47 pm

Ok, it's on. For the wow-factor I really love Stanley Jordan who, uh, well, just watch:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 7711475397

Of course the shredders listed above are all excellent. In my old guitarist age though, I'm starting to listen more to the song than any individual player. But then again, there aren't really any new guitarists that blow me away, either.

However, there's a bunch of classical guitarists that I get really inspired by, Ben Verdery, Kazuhito Yamashta, and John Williams. Just by watching them play, you get better.
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Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:51 pm

jinjuku wrote:
EJ is IMO the singular virtuoso of the last 25 years in guitardom. The tone that man has is nothing short of amazing. He can play any style with grace and taste (jazz, blues, rock, classical (merry axemas vol 1), fusion, acoustic finger style).


All I had ever heard was the song Cliffs Of Dover. So...I'm 5 songs into Venus Isle right now. Wow! 8)

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