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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

After seen that 'popularity' poll for guitarist, I'd like to point out some guitar players that don't get the attention they deserve as 'skilled musicians'.
I can care less about popularity/commercial success and attitude which seem to be the determining factor in many cases , I'd like to hear about guitar players that are actually good.

I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and I like to hear players/songwriters who are good regardless of style of music.

My favorites would be:
Alex Lifeson of RUSH
Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
and
Phil Keaggy.



As for RUSH, you have to go beyond Tom Sawyer (the radio song) to hear what he is capable of. Listen to Hemispheres (all 18:07 of it), All of Permanent Waves and even Power Windows (which has a lot of synth) and you will be amazed. A great guitar player does more than shred or bend every note like the blues guys, an excellent player can paint a picture and get the most sound out of 6 strings (or 12).
I was lucky to meet him at a music & tennis festival back in 1990. Very funny and down to earth guy who like to crack a lot of jokes. Our style of humor was so alike it almost scarred me.  Laugh out loud



Mike Campbell is great because of all the fills and colors he adds to the music. He is one of the few rockers who can solo on a Rickenbacker 12-string. Any guitarist who has played one of these knows that's not an easy task. Those slim necks with all of that lacquer can make things very hard to move around.



Phil Keaggy is simply amazing. Excellent songwriter/composer and player. He is missing two fingers on one hand and can pull off what many can't do with all 10. He is unknown to many because he is on the Christian record labels and is mainly in to singing religious songs and doesn’t really care for all of the fanfare and hype.
A good album to get a dose is ‘Love Broke Through’ (1976) and The Master and the Musician (1978)
I've actually met him too at a church once to see him put on a small show. Very nice guy.
BTW, I am not one of those ‘holy-roller’ types.






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User currently offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

Andres Segovia


Charo


User currently offlineLeopold From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

too many people mistake loudness for talent. i think that just about all of todays so called guitarists have little talent beyond making those shrill, ear piercing buzz saw noises. some people think thats talent. i think its garbage. i don't care about how loud or shrill it is. I want to hear a good melody.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

 Embarrassment
OH, how could I forget Charo! Embarrassment


Andres Segovia is outstanding and is repscected by many that don't even listen to classical. Very well know guitar player.



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User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

I wondered when someone would mention Phil Keaggy. He is really good.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

Leopold:
You are right!  Big thumbs up

No guitarist that's been on MTV for the last 10 years don't even belong on a list with talented guitarist.

To think that Kirt Cocaine made that list with real musicians is a crime. I can't believe that guitarist of the group Cum...err... I mean Creed gets endorsments for Paul Reed Smith guitars.
They are nothing but a boy-band that can play instruments and screem.

Eric Clapton is OK but he just seems like the guitarist that's safe for mam & dad to listen to.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

Jessman:
I am amazed that someone else even knew who he was.  Smokin cool
I've been listening to his music for over 10 years.

To songs Time and Take Me Closeer gives my goosebumps.  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

John Williams


Jose Feliciano




Superfly, more Charo for you!  Big thumbs up




User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

Lortab 7.5mg:
I thought you didn't like covers of 60s' songs?


Jose Feliciano doing a doors song?
It must sound cool.  Smokin cool



I love that Charo!
Yoor going for the gusto.  Big grin



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User currently offlineMDL_777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

One of my favorites is Pat Metheny - an outstanding jazz guitarist, and probably one of the best guitarists in the world.

User currently offlineDripstick From Canada, joined Dec 2001, 2364 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3229 times:


Liona Boyd

Easy on the eyes.



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

Dave Matthews.

That's my vote.

'Speed


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Speaking of under-rated guitar players, I just returned from John Mayer concert. He's relatively new on the scene, but he puts on a great show. Better live than on the CD.

'Speed


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

Peter Buck. Guitarist for R.E.M. and Tuatara. Most people never even heard of the man, sadly.
http://www.tuatara.com



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

Jwenting:
I'll check out Tuatara.
I have respect for any band that a uses string bass, bongos, trumpet, grand piano and dulcimer.  Smokin cool  Big thumbs up

I will definatley check them out!
Thanks for the link Jwenting.  Smile



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3161 times:




Stolen?

Stolen?


I ain't no theif!

What kind of crap is that?  Confused



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User currently offlineBruno From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 853 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

I'd vote Tommy Shaw of Styx.
Very melodic yet hard rocking guitarist.



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User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3034 times:
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I always thought Oz Fox of Stryper was very underrated. Wasn't really into their music lyricswise, but always liked the music itself.

User currently offlineBimmer202 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

Robbie Robertson from The Band. He was dominant!


Who let the billy goats out? No serioulsy, who let the friggin billy goats out? This aint no joke anymore children.
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

I think Johhny Marr from The Smiths is very underated.




Excellent guitarist! Very talented!



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User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2985 times:

Good question...:

Pat Metheny
John Pettrucci
Dave Murray
John Jorgenson
Jerry Donahue
Stefan Elmgren
the guy that played the guitar on the last BILLY JOEL album

to name but a few

also many guitarists I have worked with, there was one guy from Peru whose name I forgot who was incredible, played everything of all the Vai, Satriani, etc... bunch at the age of 18 (!) but with much more heart and esteem as those.



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User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1808 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Javier Batiz..........he was the guitar teacher to non other than Carlos Santana.


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User currently offlineAMRAAM From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2950 times:

Anyone heard of Eric Johnson?

He gets my vote


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40070 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

AMRAAM:
Oh yes I am very aware of Eric Johnson. I saw him open for RUSH in 1991.

Another guitarist I forgot to mention was Michael Hedges.
He is an outstanding New Age guitarist.
His album 'Aerial Boundaries' (1984) is a masterpiece.



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User currently offlineToady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

Trickijedi, maybe Johnny Marr is under-rated in the US but you'll be pleased to hear that he is VERY highly thought of over here. Not only as a guitarist but as a composer. And rightfully so.

25 Post contains images Superfly : There's a light that never goes out.
26 Toady : And many more! Theirs was a different kind of partnership to that of Lennon & McCartney but I think Morrisey & Marr are responsible for some of the fi
27 Post contains images Superfly : Some girls are bigger than others.
28 Toady : And some girls' mothers are bigger than other girls' mothers!
29 Trickijedi : Hi Toady, ...but I think Morrisey & Marr are responsible for some of the finest songs ever recorded. I agree, I think Morriseey is one of the greatest
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