Flea and frusciante of the chilli peppers. Particularly flea. Yes it’s flashy but it always serves the song.if they can lift a song a level higher they do well.
there are so many guitarist under the radar.
take all those on the albums of Alice Cooper.
like 'from the inside' 'Alice Cooper goes to hell' , there is great guitar stuff on them
There's a video on youtube somewhere floating around where the Joshua Tree album is played in the studio, and tracks analysed etc. Edge's main rhythm parts are impressive enough, but the stuff he plays on the other tracks, in the background, are also super imaginative as well.It's tempting to judge other guitar players by the "could I play that" test: You hear some great player, and you think, "wow, I could never play that, that guy's great." You hear some other guitar part and think, "oh, I could play that, that's easy." And maybe we dismiss that guy as being nothing special.
Sure, maybe you could play that. But could you come up with that?
If all of us had never heard of U2, and we were given some U2 tracks with the guitar stripped out, and asked to come up with a guitar part, there is zero chance any of us would come up with the parts that the Edge played on the majority of their songs. That's creativity and originality. And that quality is WAY more rare and valuable than "chops," whatever we consider that to be.