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Your favourite guitarist and why

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jonsongz, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. jonsongz

    jonsongz Tele-Meister

    Dec 1, 2009
    I'm sure this question has been asked here before. If so I apologize. Just thought it would be fun to get opinions on guitar players and why they are favourites of yours. I'll start.

    Brian Setzer. I'm in the process of going through his Hot Licks video from back in the day. He makes me understand what it is I love about rockabilly. All the influences of country, blues, swing and bebop coming together to make this wonderful rock and roll. His style borrows from all of these and he plays with such fluidity and creativity. He's only gotten better over the years and listening to him with the Stray Cats or the Brian Setzer Ochestra is a pure pleasure for me. I learn something from him every time I listen.
  2. Mrsamlki

    Mrsamlki Tele-Meister

    Jun 28, 2011
    Lancaster pa
    Greg Howe. He's just sooo original. His phrasing is absolutely amazing, and from what I've heard, he was never formally trained. He's just got a really great sense of rhythm and knows how to phrase relatively simply stuff (a lot of pentatonics with a major 6th added to give it a Dorian sound) to make it sound ridiculous. That and he's got crazy technique, although I think his obsession with tapping out things that could just be played with legato is unnessasarily complex. But I can't think of a player who has nicer phrasing than him. But I'm done rambling now :)
  3. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 8, 2010
    Up North
    The late Howard Roberts.

    He looked like Duke from the Doonsbury comic strip, but man-o-man could that guy shred.
    One of the Greatest Studio Guitarists of all time.

    I got to spend a weekend at one of his guitar seminar's in 1977.
    Changed me for Life for the better.
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  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Eric Johnson, still, after 40 years.
    His playing is fiery, melodic, inventive, instantly recognizable, versatile,
    and as some scribe once wrote, "jiveless".
    He's also a decent, kind and humble guy.
    Honorable mention goes to Lenny Breau.
    BTW, my Mom was from St. Johns, jonsongs.
  6. Duncas

    Duncas Friend of Leo's

    Nov 11, 2010
    Wolverhampton UK
    Guthrie Govan

  7. jmiles

    jmiles Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2003
    The late Danny Gatton. Always amazing.
  8. Shidoin

    Shidoin Tele-Holic

    Jan 7, 2009
    Ventura CA
    Ted Greene. Although he was known (for good reason) as a chord melody champ, his knowledge of music in general and guitar music specifically was awe inspiring. He could play anything from Bach to B.B. to Jimmy Bryant. The list of his studies at the end of the book 'My Life With The Chord Chemist' would humble any mere mortal.
    Plus, He literally 'wrote the book' (Chord Chemistry) and was a teacher of teachers that left the word a better place than he found it. Plus, a more humble, nicer guy would be hard to find.
  9. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 20, 2012
    Beirut, Lebanon
    Freddie King and Otis Rush. They really poured their hearts in every note
  10. hybridrocknroll

    hybridrocknroll Tele-Afflicted

    May 26, 2010
    Brad Paisley. Introduced me to country and the tele. Later I rediscovered delay usage because of studying his playing. Granted, he tends to throw some wrong notes in to his flurry, and his timing on fills can be random, but it's what he does that makes him unique and fun to listen to.

    Runner up would be Mike Einziger of Incubus. His use of effects pedals turned me into a pedal junkie early in the hobby. Dude writes some crazy sounding riffs.
  11. furtherpale

    furtherpale Former Member

    Aug 11, 2012
    Melbourne - 32
    kurt cobain: if he can make it that big... anyone can

    TEAM LANDRETH Tele-Meister

    Nov 1, 2009
    My son Joey.
    He has been blowing my mind ever since he started playing. All he ever wanted to be was a guitar player, and that's exactly what he's doing.
    He's a busy sideman in the country scene, he has a few local regular gigs and has a band with his older brother which features their original material.
    He is a well respected player and songwriter, but judge for yourself. Here is a little promo video they did recently.

    Here is another song he wrote; I'm Yours and one of mine he played on Funkier
  13. GigsbyBoyUK

    GigsbyBoyUK Friend of Leo's

    Apr 30, 2008
    Peterborough, UK
    Django Reinhardt: wonderful player, innovator and composer. His playing makes me smile and cry more than anyone else's.
  14. saltstainedeyes

    saltstainedeyes TDPRI Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Jerry Garcia ... Don't hate on the fat man!!
  15. SmokeyTea

    SmokeyTea TDPRI Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    In terms of real guitarists, I'd say John Williams. He is still the benchmark, after all these years. He doesn't even need to be in tune to sound perfect: there's a performance of Cavatina where the tuning is all over the place and John manages to use it to make the song even more haunting.
    In terms of popular guitarists, I've got too many idols. Jimmy Page was my first true love, Hendrix, as we all do, Jack White, Magic Sam, Keef, bluesman after bluesman from Son House through Rev Gary Davis to Albert Collins, Jerry Garcia, and then into Jazz with Wes Montgomery. But if I had to give a final answer, I'd say Django. Beautiful phrasing, unparraleled chording, and every one of his guitar lines are singable. I can whistle the entire way through Minor Swing.
  16. jonsongz

    jonsongz Tele-Meister

    Dec 1, 2009
    It's a small world brookdalebill! I guess that makes you a Texas Newfie or a Newfie Texan awesome pedigree any way you look at it. Ever been up this way?
  17. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    Rory Gallagher. His intensity and soul in playing is spectacular. Rory was the perfect blend of technique and feel. There have not been many guitarists within shouting distance of Rory.

    Dan R
  18. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
    im my favorite guitar player

    i can play exactly like myself so when im playing i can almost play exactly like me

    i know all my tricks and cool stuff riffs

    when i hear myself play i dont have to envy my playing cause its me playing already!
  19. TexasTech90

    TexasTech90 TDPRI Member

    Sep 12, 2012
    Have you ever seen him play? I was not a fan and thought he fit into the Rock star gets hooked on Drugs and Kills himself. I was not a fan of Nirvana's music. I watched an MTV Unplugged that his band did about six months before his death. They did several covers of some random songs. Then I watched an old Vh1 behind the music about the album Nevermind which is now 20 years old... Cobain replaced Michael Jackson at #1 on the Top 40. The Producer of the Album told of the struggles the group had before that album. He then... you should watch it ... You might be surprised. I was. I guess seeing my mother who is 73 change her opinion of him and his talent was pretty amazing. I learned he was an easy target until he vocals and guitar are isolated that you see how talented he was...listen to his vocals, without effects... and learn actually he wrote, sang, and played every song. For Nirvana to pull of MTVs Unplugged was amazing but it was Kurt who pushed them. He is rated in the top 100 guitarist ever by Rolling Stone. His decisions away from Music are in question but so is the behavior of Tiger Woods, JFK, and my favorite Keith Whitley. I He isn't a screaming power chord player. He built his guitars and handled his own equipment. Just my opinion but I have facts .

    Regards, TTU1990
  20. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Alas, jonsongz, though I lived in Canada (PG,BC) from 1992-2003,
    my travels never took me east of Winnipeg.
    It's a lifelong goal to visit St. Johns.
    I have an 18 year old daughter who lives in Pr. George, and many dear friends
    in BC, so I have strong connections to Canada.
    Maybe, soon!
  21. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2005
    N. Cal.
    Wes Montgomery--could swing harder than any guitarist and had brilliance to boot.
    Jim's Hendrix--for revolutionizing the electric guitar.
    Robert Cray--cause I just love the guy.
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