Who is the absolute best guitar player you've ever seen play live?

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  1. soundchaser59

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    George Benson
    Rick Derringer
    Steve Howe
    Doug Rappaport

    If I had seen Chicago early enough I would have said Terry Kath.
     
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    I saw him seveal times, early. Yes, I’d say Terry Kath. He even received some good reviews from Jimi Hendrix.
     
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    Joe Walsh
    Johnny Smith
     
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    Redd Volkaert. I saw him live with Haggard, and it was great. :)
     
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    Probably Larry Carlton...
     
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    "Best" guitarists that I have ever seen, in person??

    Albert Collins
    Fenton Robinson
    Gatemouth Brown
    Jeff Beck
    Johnny Winter
     
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    Paco de Lucia. Incredible, even at the age of 65.
     
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    Evan Johns ! - no one ever more Fun to watch
    ...so much, that sometimes I wished Gatton's amp would blow up when they played together.
    Don't hate me, I love Danny too (God Bless him)
    but you said absolute.
     
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    Chet Atkins, several times, always amazing... Roy Nichols with Merle back in the late 70's, Phil Baugh once in the early 80's at a Nashville club, and Brian Sertzer for last years Christmas tour...he plays a while lotta guitar!
     
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    David Gilmour
     
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    Trey Anastasio. He can play rock, jazz, funk, bluegrass, etc., and he can improvise all of it without missing a note for hours on end.
     
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    I've been lucky enough to catch Duane Allman, Joe Pass, and Frank Zappa.
    Joe played the best completely solo, bass, chords, and melody with no back-up.
    Frank had the best back-up bands and was completely original.
    Duane beat them on slide, though, and could he make that box talk.
    Frank liked to jabber with fans, Joe not so much. He was into his cee-gar on breaks.
     
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    BB King
     
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    This guy
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    Alex Lifeson, 5 years ago. Geddy and Neil seem to get the lion's share of attention, but Alex can really lay it down.
     
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    I am going to use the term best loosely, because on technical ability, not the best guitarist I have seen, but sonically impressed me most is Tony Iommi.
     
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    Pepe Martinez, a great modern flamenco player.
     
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    Tommy Emmanuel. Amazing man!
     
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    I saw Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani on a double bill in around 1990 or '91. A couple of years later I stood about three feet away from Jerry Donahue at a winter NAMM show while he was just noodling around-and that man can flipping NOODLE.
     
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    Can't name one. I'll just say this, Steve Morse had me for awhile.
    Unbelievable technique.
    Toy Caldwell got me good one night.Couldn't stop talking about it for weeks!
    Dickey Betts late 70s blew my head off one night.
    Garcia one night in 93 at RFK had a flawless performance.
    But no,right now the guy that blows me away every time-

    Derek Trucks.
    So much gas in the tank!
     
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