Name a Guitar Player that was totally original

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  1. Torz Johnson

    Torz Johnson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Has anybody said that nobody is totally original yet? I just have these deep profound thoughts because I'm a genius. :lol:
     
  2. claudel

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    I'm fairly certain that Link Wray was the first one to do rude 'n nasty on the electric guitar with any commercial success, but I could be mistaken.
     
  3. chezdeluxe

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    I am not aware of anyone playing guitar in the manner of Mother Maybelle Carter before her.
     
  4. Telemarkman

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    I agree about Roy. Hendrix was real innovative too, as was Les Paul and Django Reinhardt.

    The same can be said about this guy ... His solo Baritone playing in "half Nashville" tuning redefines the guitar as a solo instrument.

     
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    +1000
    The man is a god.
     
  6. elihu

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    Smart, too.

     
  7. axeornot

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    I agree...Lenny did things on the instrument that nobody had ever even thought to do before him.
     
  8. kelnet

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    David Gilmour was fairly original.
     
  9. Dr. Bill

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    Here's my top ten:

    Maybelle Carter
    Robert Johnson
    Charlie Christian
    T-Bone Walker
    Django
    Albert King
    Roy Buchanan
    Jimi
    Neil Young
    Eddie Van Halen
     
  10. trev333

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    thanks mudshark for posting that "thumbs" vid...

    I often try to play like that with a tele flat on my lap... my left thumb gets sore chording so to have a break and try and figure out runs playing like "thumbs" does...(jeff healy plays like that too).. err without the thumb grip....
    good to see how he voices his chords that style... and links it up...
    a good study...

    Original guitarist?... mmmm? the guy who started to use bottles and slides on a "picking/chording" instrument.. is my guess... whoever that was...

    everyone is influenced by guitarists they have heard prior... isn't that why we play?...
     
  11. charlie chitlin

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    Larry Busby!! :D
     
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    Chuck Berry
    Chet Atkins
    Robert Johnson
     
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    I haven't seen him mentioned yet, I'd vote for Peter Buck of REM.
     
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    Skip James.

    Some Turkish dude I knew who did a lot of things on the guitar that were not physically possible because he grew up in eastern Turkey and did not have anyone to tell him that what was doing was not possible so he needed to stop doing them, NOW!
     
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    You probably haven't heard this record then...



    That was the flipside to Choo Choo Ch'Boogie. The train in Johnny B Goode? It was this Louis Jordan record.
     
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    Any guitarist is influenced by someone, especially during his beginners period of playing,
    but I think that Jimi was one of the few, who overcame this quite early. He then learned by doing and experimenting. There are many more guitarists influenced by Hendrix now than he was possibly influenced by. That makes him "original" and outstanding in my opinion.
     
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    Charlie Christian - no one was playing long & weaving single note lines through a honking slightly overdriven low wattage amp like that before 1937/38 as it was an impossibility. The electric guitar had only just come out....

    Django too - same kinda fierce and swinging attitude but on acoustic



    I also see them as being instigators of rock and roll. Their sheer attitude on the instrument kinda got lost in the Jazz guitar world....



    Both were simulating other instruments but as for being purely applicable to guitar, I think they really were the pioneers
     
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    Luther Perkins was awesome. You knew it was him right away.
     
  19. Dave_O

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    +1. You got everyone I was thinking of.

    Hmmm... IIRC, Leo couldn't play guitar...

    Fairly arguable that Paul Burlinson beat him to that. But I could be wrong...
     
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    I forget the French gentlemans name that I met at CAAS.

    Anyway he said that Scotty Anderson brought somthing new to popular guitar with his playing style. His triple stop or three and four part harmony phrases produce beautiful melodies in ballads for example and when he does it at speed it's just very impressive combined with his right hand technique and running bass line when required.


    Scotty played over there years ago for their version of the Chet Atkins Appreciation.
     
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