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Who is the absolute best guitar player you've ever seen play live?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Big_Bend, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. kidmo

    kidmo Friend of Leo's

    May 25, 2008
    Rory Gallagher

  2. pelle31

    pelle31 TDPRI Member

    Jan 26, 2010
    Stanley Jordan in a small after hours club.

  3. daddyplaysbass

    daddyplaysbass Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2003
    Chandler Arizona
    Carl Wilson and David Marks, trading licks at POP about "62

  4. Edsel Presley

    Edsel Presley Tele-Holic

    Jan 29, 2017

  5. FerruleCat

    FerruleCat Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    May 2, 2017
    Tulsa, OK
    Michael Hedges at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. Saw him twice in the early 1990s. Incredible technique and a remarkable sense of composition, wrapped in the form of a neo-hippie with a terrifically dry sense of humor and quirky audience banter. The layered sounds were crystalline and immersive - just an awe-inspiring performance... until he got to his vocal numbers, that is.
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  6. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

    Jul 22, 2012
    Back in the 70's I got to see Foghat from the front row. Rod Price was just KILLER in his prime when playing Slide Guitar.
    He inspired me to really get into playing slide. His live playing was so much better than the recordings. He was awesome...

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  7. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    This is difficult. I've seen many greats. I'll list five.

    Michael Hedges
    Al DiMeola
    Adrian Belew/Robert Fripp (tied since they were both in King Crimson at the time)
    Richard Thompson
    Bill Kirchen

  8. Utah Joe

    Utah Joe TDPRI Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I grew up in Baltimore. When Michael was a student at Peabody I used to see him play regularly around town, usually in very small venues (The Pub at Papillion's comes to mind). He was very approachable and seemed like a good guy. His style was unique for the time and we knew that he was destined for greater things.

    Also in Baltimore in the early 80's I got to see Stevie Ray Vaughn play in a bar that was actually a converted row home called No Fish Today. I had no idea who he was but I remember walking in the door and hearing him wail on Little Wing. It was just like having him play in someone's living room. The thing that struck me was that his strat had "SRV" on the front and I'd never seen anyone modify a guitar that way. I regret not speaking with him during the break.
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  9. middy

    middy Friend of Leo's

    Apr 28, 2010
    Dallas, TX

  10. big jimmy

    big jimmy Tele-Holic

    Feb 10, 2004
    Melvis, TN.
    Yes Doug Pettibone is a Tremendous, Fabulous, Stupendous live player. Saw him with Lucinda and he is the real deal. I have seem a lot of big name guitar players and Mr. Pettibone makes a lot of them look like chumps.
    Eddie Perez live is one of my favorites also. Saw Eddie with the Mavericks, one of the tightest, talented bands I have ever seen. Also saw him with Dwight, awesome show. Live Eddie is killer.
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  11. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Probably Richard Thompsen, or Lendsey Buckingham.
    Maybe Jeff Beck. I haven't seen to many.

  12. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire

    I saw Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen at the Palomino in about 1974 or 5. That was before I started "playing" guitar, and I didn't see what I was looking at, didn't know who Bill Kirchen was.

  13. ce24

    ce24 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 26, 2008
    I'd have to say Mark knopfler and another vote for Phil Keaggy.....I manned an artist booth at creation fest and got to sit with him as he was talking to fans... Had a great conversation....... Why are all the great ones small in stature?.... Not all but a

  14. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 26, 2017
    A great guitarist who can't sing and insists on singing? Shocking.

  15. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 26, 2017
    Oh yes, I forgot Richard Thompson. Saw him in Durham NC. Oh my god I couldn't believe it. He would start solos and I'd think WTF and then by the time he got through you saw how it made sense. Then he got out the acoustic and played some complicated medieval stuff. I don't recall if he played it that night but that song about the motorcycle always makes me tear up.

    His voice too. Kind of like his solos, at first I was like eeeeh but then you realize what a beautiful expressive baritone it is.
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  16. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 26, 2017
    Because taking up the guitar was the best way for them to get girls. Oh wait, that's why we all took up the guitar.
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  17. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    Andy Timmons, Eric Johnson and Guthrie Trapp were amazing.
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  18. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 13, 2014
    Billy Gibbons, Martin Taylor, and that bunch of Finnish gypsy kids jamming at a stand for Gypsy Jazz guitars at a guitar show.
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  19. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Meister

    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    Paco de Lucía... the rest are miles away. Nothing to do

  20. Tony Forman

    Tony Forman Tele-Meister

    Ritchie Blackmore
    James Burton
    Jake E Lee
    Martin Taylor
    BB King
    Albert Lee
    Mike Stern
    Peter Green
    Wayne Krantz

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