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Who's really your number 1 guitarist for reals?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by blowtorch, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke Tele-Holic

    Dec 3, 2011
    Mandurah. West Australia
    For sheer tasteful playing its got to be Jimmy Capps for me.
    Then Tommy Emanuel, Vince Gill, Mark Knopfler and the late Chet Atkins.. S

  2. dogmeat

    dogmeat TDPRI Member


  3. claes

    claes Tele-Meister

    Aug 20, 2007
    If you have a no 1 guitarist you've missed the point. Its about music. Its like having a favorite steeringwheel.
    Unless the guitarist is interesting beause of other reasons. Eg great songwriter, integrety, humor, all around nice guy... Well you get the point (hopefully)

  4. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Meister

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Lerxst will always be right up there but I went to a Walter Trout gig last weekend and he was brilliant. I've got a couple more gigs lined up for next year - Steven Wilson (guitarist is Guthrie Govan) and also Sonny Landreth.

  5. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    Hendrix... I'll go to months listening to other stuff.. yeah, nice, clean, impressive technical or melodic playing... but then I'll put some old live Hendrix Experience stuff on and be the 14 year old kid who's life was knocked completely off course by his Live at Albert Hall LP.

    Talk about being able to ride the storm. Completely other level of connection between the soul and the sound.

  6. Besquire

    Besquire TDPRI Member

    Jan 6, 2017

  7. NiceTele

    NiceTele Tele-Holic

    Dec 20, 2012
    I guess in all the years I've been playing I've heard some wonderful guitarists in many genres, though Robert Fripp always seemed to be coming from a different perspective than the rest and always made me stop and pay attention to what he was doing.
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  8. EddieLocrian

    EddieLocrian Tele-Holic

    Feb 7, 2014

  9. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 24, 2009
    There's a Jimmy Capps instrumental he cut when he was a young fella called Road Hog that I think is outstanding...great song and perfect Tele tone, every bit as good as Buckaroo imo. Too bad they took it off Youtube. :(

  10. dazzaman

    dazzaman Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 12, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    If it MUST be just one it is Richard Thompson. His playing is always working in the context of the song rather than trying to be flash or whatever. In the over-30 years I have been listening to him his music has changed a fair bit, but his guitar playing has always be "right".
    There are others who also do the same thing - Mike Campbell, Ian Moss, and (some) Robbie Robertson. Also hard not to think of Duane Allman, Steve Gaines and Mark Knopfler.
    I also have a lot of time for Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Martin Taylor, and I guess my own playing style is mostly leaning in that direction (though not the skill).

  11. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    For real I don't have one. I hear good playing all over the place, in all sorts of styles and genres. Lots of times I hear great playing in genres I don't especially like. Lots of times I hear playing that isn't technically great, but is so tasteful and effective that I admire it even thought it's "easy." I have players I like but often it's because they push me technically rather than I love their music. So I can't find a number one in there

    Probably my favorite musicians are not guitar players, partly because I listen to them with less of the "can I/should I do that?" going on.
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  12. PearlJamNoCode

    PearlJamNoCode TDPRI Member

    May 26, 2017
    My first favorite guitar player was Mike McCready from Pearl Jam. His playing made me pick up the guitar, and I taught myself to play by playing along with their albums.

    Another favorite would be Nels Cline from Wilco. Just an astounding guitar player, an absolute genius-wizard.

    My newest favorite is J Mascis. Somehow I went 30 years of life without discovering Dinosaur Jr until this past summer. His playing is right in my wheelhouse; distorted, melodic, and dynamic.
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  13. Omiewise65

    Omiewise65 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2009
    Bavarian Iller Delta
    Mick Jones , then Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood ! And of course Maury Muehleisen !
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