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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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Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:43 pm

NeXus 6 wrote:
I didn't see Tom Scholz mentioned. He's not greatest guitar player but he definitely gave Boston a sound all its own.

And not one mention of David Gilmour? He's probably my favorite.


Dave Gilmour is one of the best slow players out there. Extremely expressive.

Another that hasn't been mentioned: Paul Gilbert...
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Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:45 pm

NeXus 6 wrote:
And not one mention of David Gilmour? He's probably my favorite.

Doesn't need to. He's already been immortalized. We're just figuring out who's next :lol:
 
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django reinhardt
Doc Watson
Roy Clark (hee haw wouldn't his best work)
Merle Travis
Chet Atkins
Mark knopfler
Al Dimieola
John McClaughlin
Paco Delucia
Dan Crary

Yeah, seen G3 with Malmsteen,Vai,Satriani,McAlpine, and Stu Hamm... Just incredible for the most part.... Satriani rocked consistently, Vai played some stuff I didn't understand and Malmsteen was anywhere from brilliant to in his own space.

Ritchie Blackmoore gotta be here for the most well know riff of all time.
Iommi.... Accidental or not the sound is known everywhere. and damn other than Angus young... who plays the SG?

George Lynch
Tony Rice... (pre cocaine meltdown)
Norman Blake

Seen some mention Kottke, and Hedges.. 2nd that.

Not sure I ever put clapton very high... more along the lines of classic rock like Van Halen, jimmy page, townsend...

Hendrix, SRV good music to me.

Just proud to live in a time when we have easy access to so many great performers/performances.
 
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Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:01 pm

cass wrote:
who plays the SG?


me.

this is my guitar (for now... until i get my f-250)
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EDIT: Travis Miguel of Atreyu (one of my favorite bands) uses a custom ESP Viper (SG). unless you meant the actual Gibson SG. in that case... Angus and Tony are the only big ones i can think of.
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Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:07 pm

cass wrote:
Iommi.... Accidental or not the sound is known everywhere. and damn other than Angus young... who plays the SG?.


Dickie Betts
Eric Clapton in his Cream days
Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult
Jimi Hendrix in his early days
Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd
Carlos Santana at Woodstock
Pete Townsend in the Tommy days
Derek Trucks
Frank Zappa through the '70s
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Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:41 pm

NeXus 6 wrote:
I didn't see Tom Scholz mentioned. He's not greatest guitar player but he definitely gave Boston a sound all its own.

Yup, that counts for a lot. Having a unique, recognizable sound is a big part of what makes a truly great musician IMO.

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Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult

Oooh yeah... gotta agree with that.

A lot of people seem to dismiss BOC as second-rate Black Sabbath wannabees or something... I'd rank them as one of the truly great bands of the '70s. Definitely above Sabbath in my book.

Now excuse me while I crank "Lips In The Hills" (from their "Cultosaurus" album)... some absolutely killer playing from Buck Dharma in that one. :D
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Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:07 pm

Eric Johnson - Camel's Night Out is my new "gotta see a stripper dance to this song song". Used to be Kiss - Take It Off. Been there, done that, and it was everything I hoped it would be. 8)
 
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A few of my favorites:

Peter Frampton, especially his new Fingerprints CD
Eric Clapton
Robby Krieger
Brian May
Don Felder
Henry Garza
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, particularly in their S&M album

That's it for now, I'll probably remember more later on.
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Another guitarist I enjoy listening to that I don't think anyone has mentioned: Mattias "IA" Eklundh. He's a crazy dude from Sweden, who fronts a rock group named "Freak Kitchen". His singing is pretty weak, but his guitar playing is definitely entertaining in the least. He also has a side project by the title of "Freak Guitar". I wouldn't say he is the best, but he's definitely a lot better than your average rock band guitarist. Here's a video of a one of his solos. I wouldn't rate it as his best solo actually, but it gives you an idea for what his playing style is like. He uses a lot of harmonics. A lot.
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one i forgot to mention (i think) is Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom. i love his playing. like carl's guy, hes not one of the best of the best, but i love his style. and his guitar.
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 2:24 am

No love for Prince. He's probably one of the most underrated guitarists alive. I'm not saying he's number one, but not even a mention on anyones list? I'm a bit confused on this thread. Define "Mainstream". I see alot of obscure technically proficient guitarists there. Half of them most folks have not even heard of.
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Dave Gilmour

Pete Townshend

Yngwie Malmsteen

Joe Satriani

Steve Morse

Eddie Van Halen

Buckethead

Al di Meola

Paco de Lucia

Jimmy Hendrix
 
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prince is pretty good. i dont like his style very much though. and his guitars are butt ugly

and why is hello kitty the first to mention buckethead (that ive seen)? i was waiting for someone to say him.
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:36 am

mafropetee wrote:
prince is pretty good. i dont like his style very much though. and his guitars are butt ugly

and why is hello kitty the first to mention buckethead (that ive seen)? i was waiting for someone to say him.

Because the man has enough loose screws to put him in the "genius but unreliable" section :lol:

Regarding Prince, I think he's a awesome guitarist too, but he doesn't put his guitar playing in enough relevance/songs for the world to take notice, imo.
 
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No love for Prince. He's probably one of the most underrated guitarists alive. I'm not saying he's number one, but not even a mention on anyones list? I'm a bit confused on this thread. Define "Mainstream". I see alot of obscure technically proficient guitarists there. Half of them most folks have not even heard of.


I've seen alot of guys that play well on the electric, but suck on the acoustic and guys that play well on the acoustic and really suck on the electric

To me, you have to dominate (no one really dominates the guitar) or at least be proficient on both (leading)

Jimmy or Van Halen on the acoustic?..lol

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Pettytheft wrote:
No love for Prince. He's probably one of the most underrated guitarists alive. I'm not saying he's number one, but not even a mention on anyones list? I'm a bit confused on this thread. Define "Mainstream". I see alot of obscure technically proficient guitarists there. Half of them most folks have not even heard of.


I've seen alot of guys that play well on the electric, but suck on the acoustic and guys that play well on the acoustic and really suck on the electric

To me, you have to dominate (no one really dominates the guitar) or at least be proficient on both (leading)

Jimmy or Van Halen on the acoustic?..lol

No matter how many years, you have been playing...you never cease to learn.. A new chord or picking technique that has to be explored


you dont have to be good on both to be an awesome guitarist. people have their own styles and dont feel the need to play acoustic. in fact, some guitarists hate acoustic, not because its hard but just because they dont like it. namely a lot of heavy metal guitarists. personally i love playing on either one, but i mainly play on electric because thats just my thing. metal leads. but when i pick up my ovation 1778 elite i can still do a lot with it.

EDIT: but i do strongly agree with the fact that theres always something new to learn.
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 11:09 am

I believe his main point is an "awesome" guitarist should, by definition, be more than a one-trick pony, so to say. Let's assume something to the tune of "being able to proficiently and passionately play more than a couple styles".
 
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well to give credit where credit is due, if going by that idea, van halen actually does an excellent job on acoustic. and malmsteen can play some really good acoustic solos.
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morphine wrote:
mafropetee wrote:
and why is hello kitty the first to mention buckethead (that ive seen)? i was waiting for someone to say him.

Because the man has enough loose screws to put him in the "genius but unreliable" section :lol:

QFT.

I have a few of his CDs. While his playing is top-notch, some of the material is just plain messed up. He's just a bit too unpredictable and off the wall to make my list of personal favorites.
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:42 pm

On that note, Mattias "IA" Eklund (Freak Kitchen) is probably the cleanest player I've ever seen/heard, despite using copious amounts of gain, but his music is just so plain weird at times that it's hard to absorb. He's especially awesome doing harmonics and sweep picking.
 
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CampinCarl wrote:
Another guitarist I enjoy listening to that I don't think anyone has mentioned: Mattias "IA" Eklundh. He's a crazy dude from Sweden, who fronts a rock group named "Freak Kitchen".


I just stumbled upon Mattias "IA" Eklundh and Freak Kitchen over at Last.fm. I think I just found my new favorite band! Yeehaw! 8)
 
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mafropetee wrote:
well to give credit where credit is due, if going by that idea, van halen actually does an excellent job on acoustic.

QFT. Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton are also very proficient on both.

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Re: guitarists

Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:39 pm

Reviving the thread.

Two glaring omissions: Marty Friedman and Vinnie Moore
May have rose to fame since the thread: Guthrie Govan
And a relative newcomer: Nick Johnston
 
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Re: guitarists

Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:12 pm

I'll endorse Guthrie Govan as well. The new Aristocrats album is really good.
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Re: guitarists

Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:11 pm

Oh man, Guthrie Govan is incredibly good, and also incredibly humble. I can just sit and hear the man speak.
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:52 am

Holy 12 year old necro batman.

I don't listen to mainstream...anything. But I'd put Brendon Small up for most talented and fascinating guitarist.
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Re: guitarists

Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:57 am

As Toki Wartooth or Skwisgaar Skwigelf? :)

And funny that you mention him right after Govan; Small did some vocals in The Aristocrats' Tres Caballeros. (Edit: Apparently their bassist, Bryan Beller, is also part of Dethklok).
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Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:09 pm

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As Toki Wartooth or Skwisgaar Skwigelf? :)


As himself. I like is Galaktikon albums more that the dethklok stuff.
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Re: guitarists

Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:08 am

I'm ashamed to admit that I'm not familiar with many of the guitar players mentioned above. Of course, I heard the names (Satriani, Malmsteen, Bettencourt, Vai) but I don't think I've ever heard any of their songs. I promise to fix this.

Right now my favorite guitar players are: Jimi Hendrix, John 5, Dimebag Darrell, Buckethead, Petrucci, Frusciante, Marty Friedman, Chuck Schuldiner and Paul Gilbert

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