Lar? from Adebisi Shank
Gary Moore (one of the best solos ever http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CxkzluURe7g)
Noel Gallagher (ahem)
I watched that Bream programme too, he was amazing. I'm also amazed by a lot of gypsy jazz players in the Django vein. The speed of them is crazy. This is pretty impressive. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=J_pfmrj0rxc
Matt Bellamy is shit, wise up... turn off all the effects and he's just a prat with a whiney voice...
Bryan May, Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Chuck Berry are some of the best.
You can argue two ways you can say that those shred guys are amazing cus they can play fast and with great technique etc, but i'm more inclined towards meaningful guitarists like Harrison.
Ive realised ive had to make a modification to my top 10. Was thinking about this last nite, and i knew 1 guy was missing. So in place of Dave Navarro i whacked in the ' the wee man himself ' PRINCE!!! He's such a talented fecker.
Slash (Yip, i said it)
Hetfield (as a rhythm guitarist the mans a god)
Dimebag Darrell (but not in an "omg RIP Dimebag!" fanboy kinda way.)
Jack White (I love his tone, and his riffs, simplistic though they are)
[quote:fc5ac3147b="johndarcy"]it's a toss up between 'Head' and 'Munky' from KoRn for number 1 surely...[/quote:fc5ac3147b]
When Head found Jesus, there was a passion and intensity to his one finding-of-Jesus that another Jesus-finding-guitarist could not achieve with a [i:fc5ac3147b]thousand[/i:fc5ac3147b] findings-of-Jesus.
[quote:aa0d465c51="T Entertainment"]I think he's one of the best guitarists in the world [i:aa0d465c51]despite[/i:aa0d465c51] having played for RCHP. 8)[/quote:aa0d465c51]
I wouldn't go as far as saying he's one of the best guitarists in the world, but the fact that I like him [i:aa0d465c51]at all[/i:aa0d465c51], and he was in Chilli Willie's Red Hot Peppers, is praise for something.
Anyone who can come out of the Chilli Willie band with any respect at all, is a God in my book (or possibly in league with the dark powers).
But a black mark against Navarro for the size of his head, which is completely out of proportion to the rest of his body.
To be honest I think that's balls. The Peppers have went downhill in recent years but both Fruciante (or however it's spelt), flea and smith are first class at the their instruments and tight as a unit. The only one who ballses it up is Kedis with his hippy/over-sexed/pseudo-beat/arse biscuits lyrics, his voice is passable.
I've been really liking the stuff that Richard Thompson has done, especially the slide guitar intro section to Calvary Cross, and the free jam in the middle of the live version, on "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight".
Another is the work of George Harrison. Brilliant guitarist.
[quote:1a91d05f46="The enfant terrible"]...flea and smith are first class at the their instruments and tight as a unit.[/quote:1a91d05f46]I'm a bass player and nothing I've ever heard Mr Flea play has impressed me in the slightest, and any time I've tried to play along to one of their songs, I've nailed it straight off.
So, either I'm a genius, or Flea is average.
On a similar basis: maybe this thread should be closed to those who can't play guitar themselves. :D
[quote:13c04fbf52="Recycled Alien"][quote:13c04fbf52="The enfant terrible"]...flea and smith are first class at the their instruments and tight as a unit.[/quote:13c04fbf52]I'm a bass player and nothing I've ever heard Mr Flea play has impressed me in the slightest, and any time I've tried to play along to one of their songs, I've nailed it straight off.
So, either I'm a genius, or Flea is average.
On a similar basis: maybe this thread should be closed to those who can't play guitar themselves. :D[/quote:13c04fbf52]
You're probably a genius. I wouldn't be surprised.
+1 on Graham Coxon. The solo in Coffee and TV is an amazing moment. Mike McCready is conspicuous by his absence here. I saw some footage of him playin the old Even Flow solo on a DVD someone had - it was nothing short of a disgrace (and I used to like a bit of Pearl Jam). Also saw Slash tryin to play Hey Joe at some award ceremony a few years ago and it was utterly painful, needless meandering noodling.
[quote:4b8e530728="frajam"][quote:4b8e530728="Deestroyer"] Also saw Slash tryin to play Hey Joe at some award ceremony a few years ago and it was utterly painful, needless meandering noodling.[/quote:4b8e530728]
Im gettin slaughtered sumthin shockin on youtube, for sayin pretty much the same thing about that :lol:[/quote:4b8e530728]
Did you see said performance too? Man, it was a mess. He just completely ran out of ideas in front of like 10,000 people, and several million on TV. it went something like this.
widdleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddley widdleywiddley whoooooooooooooop (bend) widdleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddley Whoooooop! Whooooooop, widdleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddleywiddley. For fuck sake son, play a fuckin melody ya cool lookin c*nt...
Don't get me wrong, Slash has a few good solos behind him (i'm sure), but that really showed him up.
This isn't the clip in question, but it is hilarious.
Edit: link is acting strangely. Just search for Slash Shreds on Youtube.
“I love this guy i litteraly worship him!!
“I’VE NEVER HEARD A SOLO LIKE THE ONE HE PLAYED IN NOVEMBER RAIN, AND DON’T FORGET ABOUT ALL THOSE INTROS LIKE SWEET CHILD O’ MINE, WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, PARADISE CITY, CIVIL WAR,
3) Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin
As a true musical virtuoso, Mr. Page has been a pioneer for all guitarists who have followed. The beauty and complexity of his compositions and performances produce an emotion in the listener emanating from the very depths of ones soul. Many guitarists have attempted to duplicate his sound but fail miserably. He and the other extremely talented members of Led Zeppelin composed and performed without limits.
4) rory gallagher
what can ya say....X
“Prince is well known for being able to play many instruments and there is no doubt within the music industry that he is one the worlds leading guitarists. Prince taught himself to play by the age of 13 and by 16 was able to play Santana note for note. When he hit the mainstream with his first album at the age of 20 he was already being compared to the likes of Hendrix. And he still had a long way to go.
One thing that become apparent very early on with Prince was that he wasn’t tied down to one style of music and excelled with a versatility not seen in anyone else before or since. Because of this versatility not all his released music is guitar focused and therefore he hasn’t always been judged for his skills as a guitarist.
Arranging and Producing his own music from the beginning Prince has also become an extremely adept guitar engineer in the studio and live on stage with an ability to manage a wide range of effects simultaneously, whilst also arranging the other band members’ sections.
His ability to play guitar at the top of his game in all styles of music shows how skillful he is, and there has not been one stage he has performed on where he hasn’t torn the house down.
From loud, dirty, distorted and burning fast to slow acoustic and emotionally charged playing, Prince’s range on guitar is even larger than that of his vocal range. There are technical guitarists and there are talented guitarists and then there is simply Prince.
6) Eddie Van Halen, Van Halen
One of the most skilled and innovative guitarists ever. Fastest right hand in the business.
7) Pete Townshend
WOW!! words fail to express how much this guy rocks!!
8) Neal Schon, Journey
“Kicks ass man!
Buckethead’s unique style and impossible guitar solos make him the best guitarist. No one can or has gotten close to how wonderful his style sounds. Nor has a guitarist been able to rip such insane, long guitar solos. If Buckethead isn’t using his trademark style, he is playing metal/techno/chicken-picking/thrash metal/experimental/jazz/rock/and many more.
10) Kirk Hammett, Metallica
“He’s not the best, but man is he good. He’s definitely heavy metal, and can go insane with a guitar. If you’ve heard him play any of his better songs, you’ll know what I mean.”
Couldn't really say whos the best 10 guitarists but 10 who've inspired me are:
Wolf Hoffman (Accept)
K,K Downing (Judas Priest)
Eddie Clarke (ex Motorhead)
Wurzel (ex Motorhead)
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
Angus Young (AC/DC)
Reverend Nice (DeepSwitch)
Elliott Smith is a seriously underrated guitarist. I think because his songwriting and arrangement was so good people lose sight of of how good he was. "Everything reminds me of her" and "Condor ave" are particularly good examples of his work.
Mississippi John Hurt is pretty special too. The guy has more rhythm in his right hand than most drummers have in their whole body.
My personal favourite is J Mascis. He is sloppy but thats half the appeal. I think he is the closest thing the world has seen to Hendrix who is head and shoulders above anyone else but that sort of goes without saying.
Bad omission so far - Andy McKee. He plays The Menagerie tomorrow night...
And our own NI legend Henry McCullough is hard to beat on a good night. The guitar work he did with Joe Cocker at Woodstock was simply awesome. Henry also did the guitar parts for the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. He was paid a meager 70 quid for the session and that album still sells millions.
Peter O'Hanlon from Strabane who is playing Strat with Bap Kennedy these days is one hell of a player.
Also in the acoustic world, check out Clive Carroll. He can really hold his own with Tommy Emmanuel. In fact he took over and completed Tommy's set in Vicar Street a few years ago - complete with dodgy Aussie accent and Tommy's famous one-liners - when Tommy took ill on stage!