|June 21st, 2012, 05:13 PM||#1 (permalink)|
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Top 10 Favorite Guitarist's
Top 10 Favorite Guitarist’s:
OK, so I asked this question a while back on a different forum site called IORR, which is a Rolling Stones based fan site. I got some really enthusiastic feed-back from a whole bunch of people, which was great, but I wanted to re-ask it on this site because IORR is so Stones based that the people who visit it are true Stones fans and often placed Keith, Brian, Mick and Ronnie straight up to the top of their list. This is certainly OK, but I wanted to see some answers across a broader spectrum….see here we go.
(This is how it was originally worded)
I have wanted to do this for a while on one of the guitar forums that I belong to and since I have been here most recently it seems like as good of place as any.
Who are your favorite guitarist and feel free to elaborate, this is not a "who's the best" list like Rolling Stone or Guitar World magazines put out, but a true "your favorite" list, dead, alive, biggest influence, most pleasing to listen to. Remember this is a IORR site but if you wanna include Jazz, Blues, Country ... whatever. Here are mine, I know I said 10 but I need more.
1. Eric Clapton: IMHO, note for note he is the best guitarist, he can do no wrong, IMHO.
2. Neil Giraldo (Pat Benatar): Love his "for the song" playing. I really tried to emulate his onstage presence for quite a while when I was younger.
3. Keith Richards: The coolest of the cool, BIG influence to me. I loved the whole open-G thing when I found out about it and he is the reason I favor Telecasters to this day.
4. Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick): Totally crazy dude, I like his playing a lot and he has such a great guitar collection. I built a triple-neck with a Mandocello in the middle because he had a five-neck.
5. Lindsay Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac): Great tone and technique...extra points for a great voice too.
6: Ace Frehley (Kiss): The reason I wanted to pick up a guitar when I was a kid. Not a great guitarist, but KISS fans understand where I am coming from.
7. Brian Setzer (Stray Cats): Another Cool Cat, because of him I went back and listened to many earlier guitarist from early Rock n Roll and Rock-a-Billy.
8. Pete Townshend: What a guitar player can do without resorting to flashy leads. Tremendous rhythm player and great song writer too.
9. Ronnie Wood: To me, he is an all around guitarist. Great at rhythm, Slide and Lead. He has been in a few great bands and is a sideman extraordinaire. Plus he uses some way cool Zemaitis models.
10. Mike Campbell (Tom Petty): Like my #2 choice, Mike plays exactly what you think he should, although he could solo for days if he wanted, also great at slide.
I know, I know, I said ten…but a couple more
11. George Harrison: I was listening to my brothers Beatles albums when I first realized what a guitar was...at the time I was using a tennis racket! Seriously, George was an exceptional guitarist and constantly experimented with different instruments and sounds.
12. Brian May (Queen): Tone, Tone, Tone!
I know I should stop but I can't! ...For my Harder years
13. Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
14. Michael Schenker (U.F.O.)
and my honorable mention...
15. David Lindley: Local guy who made me pick up a lap steel and a mandolin. This guy could play anything with strings.
16. Robert Cray: I saw him open for Clapton and I got hooked.
17. Albert Lee: The first "chicken picker" that really turned me on.
18. Tom Petty: What a real rhythm guitarist should sound like.
I guess I’ll just continue to 20 because I’m so close.
19. Jeff Beck: I know talent-wise he should be up further on the list but sometimes he is so good that you have to be a guitarist to understand just how complicated some of the things he is doing are to do.
20. Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam’s guitarist): I just love this guys sound, a real bluesy country boy.
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|June 21st, 2012, 06:25 PM||#2 (permalink)|
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1 Mark Knopfler-great sound, wonderful technique, brilliant.
2 Pete Townshend-adventurous and bold. the greatest rock rhythm player ever
3 John Lennon-underated. the second best rock rhythm player ever
4 John Fogerty-simple but effective. scores of memorable licks.
5 Tony Rice-bluegrass, newgrass and jazz player extrordinaire
6 Norman Blake-bluegrass and old-timey legend (he's not as talented as Doc Watson, but his style appeals to me more)
7 Steve Howe-prog rocker from Yes and Asia. virtuoso
8 George Harrison-timeless stuff with the Beatles & solo
9 James Taylor-love his acoustic sound. instantly recognizable
10 Stuart Adamson-front man for Big Country, pushed the envelope a bit with his bagpipe like sound
"I have affixed to me the dust and dirt of countless ages...who am I to disturb history?" - Pig-Pen (the Peanuts character)
|June 21st, 2012, 06:27 PM||#3 (permalink)|
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1. Django Reinhardt
2. Scotty Moore (early Elvis)
3. Bill Frisell
4. Marc Ribot (especially his work with Tom Waits)
5. Merle Travis
6. Link Wray
7. Hank Marvin (The Shadows)
8. Neil Young
9. Chet Atkins
10. Rick Miller (Southern Culture on the Skids)
Runners up: Lightnin' Hopkins, Charlie Christian, Bo Diddley, Clarence White, Gurf Morlix, Mississippi John Hurt, Mark Orton (Tin Hat Trio), Doc Watson, Leadbelly, Dan Auerbach, Billy Strange.
You can probably tell that I don't go just for chops or sophistication. A great voice and presence on the guitar is most important to me.
|June 21st, 2012, 06:40 PM||#5 (permalink)|
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In no particular order
Mississippi John Hurt
"Life is mostly Froth and Bubble" Adam Lindsay Gordon
|June 21st, 2012, 06:43 PM||#6 (permalink)|
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in no particular order...!
|June 21st, 2012, 06:51 PM||#8 (permalink)|
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The OP said 10, then proceeded to list 20 so honorable mention goes to...
Could I do like 20 more? Still wouldn't be enough!
Wanker, Twangker, Tele-Spanker
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|June 21st, 2012, 06:52 PM||#9 (permalink)|
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danny gatton, jim hall.
|June 21st, 2012, 07:13 PM||#11 (permalink)|
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|June 21st, 2012, 08:12 PM||#16 (permalink)|
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Location: New Orleans, LA
I wouldn't say that these are necessarily my favorite guitar players, but maybe they are. These are the guitar players, other than personal friends I'd played with, who had the biggest influence on my playing.
Hound Dog Taylor
John Prine (Yes, John Prine)
One String Sam
Kenny Holladay was a friend, but we never played together.
|June 21st, 2012, 08:19 PM||#17 (permalink)|
Doctor of Teleocity
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Location: Garden City, KS
Or did you mean, "guitarists?"
|June 21st, 2012, 08:29 PM||#18 (permalink)|
Friend of Leo's
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In no order.
Great Guitarists within the Texas Swing mold- Red Volkaert is one
Various Wrecking Crew folks
Various Motown Folks/ Funk Brothers
KENNY POWERS for Precedent !!
|June 21st, 2012, 08:32 PM||#19 (permalink)|
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To make it interesting list only five.
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