Favorite guitar solo

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  1. superjam144

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    I've been thinking, OH MAN, that was a fantastic solo, and I have to post it!

    But I forgot them all, until this morning, this song came on SIRIUSXM LITHIUM. There are 2 short solos here.

    The tone of the guitar is so squishy and flavorful. The guitarist (PETER DISTEFANO) has complete control and mastery of his wah wah pedal and isn't afraid to express it.

    A good solo hits you right in the feels, right to your soul. You feel that? Yeah I feel it.

    A good solo can release a lot of pain and sadness, or happiness and joy. Either way, the soul goes to the hand and through the strings, then through the amp and the waves it produces are absorbed and interpreted by another human being, and for some reason, there is so much power in a solo. It is perhaps the purest form of expression for a guitarist.

    The wah wah pedal seems to be the choicest of pedals for a good solo, allowing the user to get more out of each note, and manipulate the sound waves, to form an incredible speaking/singing expression.

    Seems like a man's pain, trials, journey through life can be exhibited in a solo completely. Without speaking a word, he just told you what he lived, with his guitar.
     
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    I don't think I have a favorite, there's just too many great ones.
     
  3. Martian

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    “Is This the Way” on Robert Gordon’s first album, with Link Wray on guitar. It’s not long and not flashy. In fact it’s the opposite of flashy. It’s direct, to the point and piercing and I’ve never heard any other solo that sounded so much like the pain of a broken heart.
     
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    Still my favorite:

    Sends a chill up my spine every time. Totally in service of the song, and screaming the emotion of the narrator.
     
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    These are some of my faves. Couldn't pick just one. No particular order.

    Iron Maiden - "Wasted Years"


    Iron Maiden - "Stranger in a Strange Land" - not just the solos, but the guitar textures


    L.A. Guns - "Rip and Tear" - love how it snowballs at the end


    SRV - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"


    Great White - "Love is a Lie" - the outro solo is killer. Mark Kendall was a master of the slow burn blues-rock solo.


    Danny Gatton - "Sun Medley" - Love how he played the traditional solos first, then just went off.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAPZ76LUbIg

    Roy Buchanan - "Drowning on Dry Land" - Epic Roy. Hard to pick one of his.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJfBrCa19io

    Albert Collins - "Too Many Dirty Dishes" - another "conversation with Collins" - always loved how he could do that.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4qYXIHNydA

    Tora Tora - "Being There" - they don't have to be flashy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPLfIjVxZig&list=PLK_ArbxpvWAKdWDV4z0GJTSZ5079La8p0

    Tora Tora - "Nowhere to Go But Down"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvkFKVgI9pM

    The Scream - "Outlaw"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F40CWY7e9j8

    AC/DC - "Rocker"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGJ6oiHUcx4

    Chet Atkins - "Mr. Sandman"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-c66SJPuUI

    Jerry Reed/Chet Atkins - "Jerry's Breakdown"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5C8Ny_7i0A

    Bill Kirchen - "Swing Fever"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvwpVleqR0o

    Bill Kirchen - "High Snakes, Deep Water" - so simple, so profound.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYbzPYdXrBM&list=OLAK5uy_mFml_GjUmy6HMIgAAsDzKwEXBaM71pbkA

    Rusty Pinto - "Mary Anne" - Rockabilly! Not sure who the guitar player is here. But dang!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjYB3TEwJFs

    Nick Curran (R.I.P.) - "Player" - monster player and singer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDCDGeJ-2sM

    BR5-49 "Even If It's Wrong" - hyphenated and in their prime
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKJeB03TrJg

    Justin Johnson - "Malaguena"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA_sgVCq3nU&list=LL4PzTTtG4iG_pB99MILvwaw&index=691&t=0s

    I'm sure there are many more, but this is way more than the OP called for. Forgive me. I like a lot of stuff.
     
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    I may have missed it, but it seems we’ve gone 11 pages without mentioning this one. (Too cliche?) Anyway, here it is live.

    Occasionally something comes along and knocks it out of the top spot, but it always comes back.
     
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    My favorite is probably I Can't Think About It Now by Dawes. Starts around 3:20. I really like how it builds up and uses a lot of dynamics. It fits the rest of the song tastefully too.
     
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    Forgot about this song by Nazareth. The solo is beautiful and flawless. Surely one of the greatest ever done. On a tele no less.
     
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    Thanks for posting this - I saw Pretenders in 1984 at the Capital Theatre in Passaic NJ. A great venue that's been torn down. Saw them again at Brendan Byrne Arena. This reminds me why I loved this band.....
     
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    Wayne Kramer rips on the studio version of "Looking At You." MC5
     
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    Then there’s this...second solo burns!
     
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    Lots of great guitar solos/work out there.

    One of my favourites. Baxter solos mid song and towards the end. I’m posting this version because Baxter and Dias are both using teles.

     
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    Danny Cedrone - "Rock Around The Clock"

    Hasn't been a good guitar solo since that one -- and that one was 65 years ago! So since Cedrone nailed it we've had 65 years of guys just noodling away creating silly nonsense.
     
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    Oh come on! Larry Carlton!!!

     
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    Idk... thats a seriously tough question and I could make an enormous list of my favorites, but to pick just one hmmm not really fair.

    But for giggles one of my absolute favorites is Dokken "The Hunter"... the phrasing is just so damn good!

    Also, as an extra as im not sure it really counts... Vinnie Moore's Meltdown has just got a really awsome groove!
     
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    I already mentioned Mark Knopfler and Sultans of Swing nut Steely Dan's opening ans solo in Reelin' in the Years by Elliot Randall was sheer genius. Melodic, fitted the song and done in one take ( so I've been told). Yet " Skunk" Baxter gets all the credit for it. He's still good though.
     
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    Dr My Eyes - Jackson Browne solo - Jesse Ed Davis
     
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    +1. In fact, Dan Vickrey just kills on the entire album.
     
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