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Top 10 Favorite Guitarist's

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by TimmyM, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. TimmyM

    TimmyM Tele-Meister

    Jul 2, 2010
    Rialto, CA. USA
    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 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.

  2. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    greenville, sc
    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

  3. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    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.

  4. picknfool

    picknfool Tele-Meister

    Jun 4, 2003
    Oakland, Ca.
    Eric Clapton
    Jerry Garcia
    Mark Knopfler
    Richard Thompson
    Albert Lee
    Wes Montgomery
    James Taylor
    Robben Ford
    Larry Carlton
    David Grissom

  5. chezdeluxe

    chezdeluxe Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 29, 2007
    Brisbane Australia
    In no particular order

    George Barnes
    Grady Martin
    Hank Marvin
    Albert King
    Chuck Berry
    Laurindo Almeida
    Mississippi John Hurt
    Robert Johnson
    Earl Hooker

  6. joaopazguitar

    joaopazguitar Tele-Holic

    Apr 27, 2012
    Porto, Portugal
    in no particular order...!

    Pat Martino
    Bill Frisell
    Wes Montgomery
    Grant Green
    Steve Vai
    David Gilmour
    Jimmy Hendrix
    Johnny Smith
    Jack White
    Lenny Breau

  7. bossking7

    bossking7 Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 11, 2011
    Trey Anastasio
    Buddy Guy
    Dan Auerbach
    George Harrison
    Mick Jones
    Carlos Santana
    Neil Young
    David Gilmour
    Gary Clark Jr.

  8. bobsway

    bobsway Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2012
    Erie, Pa, USA
    Wes Montgomery
    Billy Gibbons
    Rory Gallagher
    J.J. Cale
    David Gilmour
    George Barnes
    Jimmy Page
    Johnny Marr
    Chuck Berry
    The OP said 10, then proceeded to list 20 so honorable mention goes to...
    Barney Kessel
    Leo Kottke
    Emily Remler
    Willie Nelson
    B.B. King
    Elvis Costello
    Johnny Ramone
    Davey Graham
    Dexter Romweber
    Les Paul
    Could I do like 20 more? Still wouldn't be enough!
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2012

  9. tedro

    tedro Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2010
    7th Galaxy
    pat martino
    john abercrombie
    pat metheny
    john scofield
    mike stern
    robben ford
    duane allman
    eric clapton
    jimi hendrix
    john mclaughlin
    larry coryell
    nando lauria

    opps...that's 12!

    george benson
    gabor szabo.

    danny gatton, jim hall.

  10. tedro

    tedro Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2010
    7th Galaxy
    heh, i use that Picasso on my facebook id.:D

  11. iim7v7im7

    iim7v7im7 Tele-Meister

    Apr 29, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    Jazz & Blues

    Jimmy Bruno
    Chris Cain
    Larry Carlton
    Ronnie Earle
    Robben Ford
    Joe Pass
    Django Reinhardt
    Duke Robillard
    Johnny Smith
    Martin Taylor

  12. chabby

    chabby Friend of Leo's

    Jan 11, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Not in any order
    Duane Allman
    Derek Trucks
    David Gilmour
    Jimmy Page
    Ed King
    Jeff Baxter
    Denny Dias
    John Fogarty

  13. mal paso

    mal paso Banned

    Nov 24, 2011
    Bloomington, IN
    Man, this is hard to do. It doesn't help that I'm always changing my mind either.

    These are definites-

    Keith Richards
    Jimmy Page
    John Fogerty
    Neil Young
    Kevin Shields

  14. twangjeff

    twangjeff Tele-Holic

    Feb 2, 2010
    Houston, TX
    In no particular order...

    Redd Volkaert
    Danny Gatton
    Ray Benson (Way underrated as a guitarist!)
    Albert Lee
    Robben Ford
    George Benson
    Eric Johnson
    Ted Greene
    Freddie King

  15. Bulldog87

    Bulldog87 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 2, 2008
    Louisiana, USA
    BB King
    Eric Clapton
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Billy Gibbons
    Jimmy Page
    Derek Trucks
    Duane Allman

  16. mpearce

    mpearce Tele-Meister

    Oct 23, 2010
    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.

    Roy Buchanan
    Hubert Sumlin
    Carlos Santana
    Elmore James
    Son House
    Hound Dog Taylor
    J.B Hutto
    John Prine (Yes, John Prine)
    Kenny Holladay
    One String Sam

    Kenny Holladay was a friend, but we never played together.


  17. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    Guitarist's what?

    Or did you mean, "guitarists?"

  18. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    In no order.

    Jeff Beck
    Jimmy Reed
    Jerry Donahue
    Mark Knopfler
    Great Guitarists within the Texas Swing mold- Red Volkaert is one
    Reggie Young
    Various Wrecking Crew folks
    Various Motown Folks/ Funk Brothers

  19. Tidepoolbay

    Tidepoolbay Friend of Leo's

    Jan 27, 2009
    Franklin New Jersey
    Living, dead or all of the above?

    To make it interesting list only five.

  20. telewacked

    telewacked Tele-Holic

    Mar 17, 2003
    Shawnee, KS
    Two not mentioned yet that are in my "top" list are Elliot Easton and Mike Campbell

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