The ONE guitarist whose musical genes you'd most appreciate having

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    There are so many great players out there. We're all standing on the shoulders of giants, for sure. If I could, I'd cop from all of them. Brad Paisley's feral twang-slurs. Wes's smoove groove. Dickie's modern-Bach blues phrasing. Allan's poignant legato dementia. Elliot's perfectly compact eight bar takes. Derek's worldly, lionhearted slide voice. So, with a gun to the head, no way out of it, deal-with-my-childish-question-or-ya-get-it-see?, whose musical DNA would you cop if you could only pick one (mainly electric) guitar player's musical essence?

    I can tell you it's a tough one for me. I could add a bunch to that list--been wicked into Mike Seal lately--whew. That gets me close. But I have to say, at least today, it's Jimmy Herring. Why?

    This is not to say I would necessarily have his exact sound/tone (not sure I've ever understood the distinction--and don't bother explaining), or even that I'd take quite the same compositional or genre tracks. But "gene" features?
    • his phrasing says something almost all of the time, even over extended time
    • his phrasing combines superior technique and some shred-ness with real beauty and soul
    • he is at once challengingly complex and eminently listenable. Such is not always the case with some of the greats. . . .
    • He can play in any genre, own it, master it, communicate it, and do whatever he wants within each. I am confident he himself would wince at that, but that's how I hear it.
    • Timing!
    • Distinctive. And yet. . .
    • Musical character acting . . .while still sounding like himself!
    • Always love that cello/violin thing
    • Assimilation of genre and harmonic content from all my fave genres
    • I like that he seems like a really good dude.
    Is he the greatest? The best? I have no idea. And I doubt there's a there, there. That's not the question.

    You?
     
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    Brian Setzer. I also want to inherit his guitar and amp collection. AND, his record collection. Heck, his vocals and hair are awesome, too! Is he the best? Yup.

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    Jonny Greenwood. I wish I could approach the guitar at such a unique angle and coax such weird & wonderful sounds from it
     
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    Rowland S. Howard or Blixa Bargeld or Daniel Ash. Guitarists who can wring pain and confusion and discord out of their instruments. Who don't necessarily have all the "mad skills" but have an enormous vision and a disregard for the rules.
    Or else John McGeoch!
     
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    Hmmm.
    Let’s see.
    If it’s one guitarist, Eric Johnson.
    If it’s a guitarist/singer/songwriter, James Taylor.
     
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    Tommy Emmanuel. He pretty much has it all. Acoustic, electric, great phrasing, chops, and touch...
     
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    David Gilmour. If I could wring the lyricism and emotion out of melodies that he does, I'd be the happiest camper.
     
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    Bobby Weir? - he's never just campfire strumming
     
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    That's a tough one. Gilmour and Gallagher (see avatar) are the top two for me.
     
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    I'd die happy a happy man if I could play like Big Al Anderson or Junior Brown.
     
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    As of this date, it would be the phrasing, tones and emotion of David Gilmour.
    Don't have to have many notes or speed to sound and feel amazing.;):cool:
     
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    Tony Iommi. The grandfather of Heavy Metal.
     
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    Impossible for me to answer because I love so many different artist for different reasons. One day it might be Vince Gill and the next Robert Cray or Chet.
     
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