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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. Besquire

    Besquire Tele-Meister

    Jan 6, 2017
    One and a half week ago in Nuremberg, Germany:
    Ty Tabor!!!

  2. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 11, 2011
    North of Boston
    In the late '60s I saw Mike Bloomfield playing with Al Kooper during a "Super Session" tour. He was absolutely jaw dropping. The funny thing was he started playing and never stopped. He played through all the vocal verses, took all the solos and kept his foot to the floor for the whole show. Big sound-LP through a big Fender piggy back amp (Dual Showman?).

  3. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    I love when people say that because let's face it: That's one of the most indirect, roundabout ways imaginable of meeting girls.

    "Hey I think I will hide myself away for years woodshedding so that I can get girls, while regular guys are actually meeting girls."

    Then when you emerge from the woodsheddding, you realize girls don't care about guitar players, you or your crappy band!

    I think that worked for 5 minutes in 1964 after the Beatles hit and anyone with long hair and a guitar was attractive.

    But people (except guitar players) have been bored with guitar players for decades.

  4. ronzhd

    ronzhd Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Nov 16, 2008
    Spring, Texas
    Charlie Sexton at Wharehouse live in Houston, the small room. Awesome show.

  5. atk1

    atk1 Tele-Meister

    Jun 16, 2016
    Dayton, Ohio
    Trey Anastasio.. Hands down. 1997 and every year since then.

  6. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    Last year I was taken to a private Flamenco club near Cadiz in Spain and saw the best guitarist I've ever seen play live.

    Just incredible. Just a local who played in the area for a few decades.

  7. iggyrip

    iggyrip TDPRI Member

    Jan 24, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have seen many killers: Van Halen, Yngwie, George Benson, Allan Holdsworth, and many others, but the one that totally blew me away was Pat Metheny. He was playing solo on his Orchestrion Tour. He played by himself with instruments he programmed and triggered to accompany his playing. It sounded huge. The guy is a musical genius.

  8. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    oh yeah, the flamencos -- those guys rule

    flamenco is its own mountain

    like the Himalaya

  9. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 26, 2017
    That hasn't been my experience. How many times it has actually led to sexual intercourse is another matter, but it is very common to see women become very interested when they find out I play guitar.

    Once they actually hear me play is also another matter.

  10. Sjnoring

    Sjnoring Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 26, 2017
    Oh yeah I forgot about him to! I saw him in Philly on the day of Live Aid. No question I went to the right show that day.

  11. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Here's my short list of people that have blown me away live:

    Jeff Beck
    Joe Satriani
    Michael Schenker
    Trevor Rabin
    John Petrucci

    Concerts where I left going "I don't know how to play guitar".
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2017

  12. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2005
    N. Cal.
    Tal Farlow
    Grant Green
    George Benson
    Pat Martino

  13. Viejo

    Viejo Tele-Holic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Southern IL
    Kenny Vaughn and Marty Stuart

  14. 6stringcowboy

    6stringcowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Acknowledging my dislike for absolutes, I'd probably have to say George Benson

  15. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    Yeah, I get that, and maybe I am overlooking the fact that some people find musicians alluring in some way. But still, as a way to meet girls?

    Way too labor intensive and indirect. Just a bad "plan."

  16. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    Best or favorite? Both are so subjective.

    Favorite: Steve Vai

    Best: BB King followed closely by Buddy Guy (same show at Red Rocks).

    I had tickets to go so EVH... but I had to go see about a girl.

  17. PastorJay

    PastorJay Tele-Holic

    Apr 12, 2014
    Even if it works it could be a bad plan. I have a friend who's been married and divorced twice--to women he met because they were fans of bands he was in.

    And engaged once to a woman he met in a bar where he was playing. Lucky for him they broke up before they actually got married.

  18. Harry Styron

    Harry Styron Tele-Holic

    Aug 2, 2011
    Branson, Mo

  19. papa32203

    papa32203 Tele-Holic

    Nov 4, 2011
    Surprise, AZ
    As of last month, Robin Trower is now my favorite guitar player- again!
    Heard him live. Expected a pleasant ride down a nostalgic memory lane.
    Instead, he was just phenomenal.

  20. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 15, 2012
    The guys who play acoustic and you swear are playing in another tuning than there's very little in the way of shapes and cliche phrases to grab onto.
    Recently I've seen
    The Grigoryian Bros, Paco Pena and his flamenco troupe, Wolfgang Muthspeil.
    At the end of end each piece they would tune up in standard guitar tuning. So there is No trick to being this good apart from talent and hard work. The best I could do with their given instruments would be to play a simple boss a nova

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