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Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:29 pm
  • I can think of at least a dozen however my favorite is Doug Aldrich.
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Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:13 pm
  • Junior Brown definitely comes to mind. Plays both lead (top guitar) and steel guitar (bottom) at the same time. Writes great music too, and has a beautiful voice.

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:49 pm
  • Paul Leary is just so damn awkward, I cannot get enough of his playing.



    and Larry LaLonde are two that come to mind.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:12 pm
  • Dickie Betts of the Allman Brothers. Duane gets much of the credit, and rightfully so, but I think I prefer the meanderings of Dickie. Pete Townshend. Always talked about as a rhythm guitarist for much of his career but his playing is tasty, monster and melancholy all at once.
    Dave Gregory from XTC, Great...Unsung...Guitarist.
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Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:31 pm
  • Al Di Meola


    Who?

    This guy




    FWIW, Steve Vai calls him his hero.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:42 pm
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:58 pm
  • m0ng0 wrote:Paul Leary and Larry LaLonde are two that come to mind.


    Larry! Matt Pike.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:52 pm
  • Great calls on Ler, Al Dimiola and Prince.

    Prince is probably the most unsung guitarist mentioned so far. Dude could flat out shred.

    I'll nominate Mike Keneally.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:06 pm
  • John Mayer. Dude shreds.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:07 pm
  • Zebulon Dak wrote:John Mayer. Dude shreds.

    Get out.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:25 pm
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    Zebulon Dak wrote:John Mayer. Dude shreds.

    Get out.


    :lol:
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:40 pm
  • Not a guitarist but a bass player. Sir Paul Mc. Very under rated.
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Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:50 pm
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:14 am
  • Alex Lifeson, although he may be "unsung" more because of the other two outstanding band members.





    I love his solo on this:



    Gotta agree about Paul Leary....



    Always liked The Tragically Hip, not sure what their names are



    Sometimes I think Billy Gibbons doesn't get as much credit as maybe he deserves.



    Then you got those guys with unique styles, the one from Primus was already mentioned, but I always liked East Bay Ray.





    Or even the guy from U2 with the name so obnoxious I won' type it...





    If you want really unique try Big Black's Steve Albini...



    There's just so many.....
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:49 am
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:04 am
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:29 am
  • samwize77 wrote:Not a guitarist but a bass player. Sir Paul Mc. Very under rated.


    No he isn't. McCartney is a very mediocre bass player. Great songwriter, but the Beatles are yet another example of the whole being greater than the sum of it's parts. This is accurately reflected in the post-Beatles careers of its members.

    Agree on Lifeson, doesn't get nearly the plaudits he deserves. DISAGREE on The Edge. He sucks.
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:29 am
  • Keneally was my second choice.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:41 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    samwize77 wrote:Not a guitarist but a bass player. Sir Paul Mc. Very under rated.


    No he isn't. McCartney is a very mediocre bass player. Great songwriter, but the Beatles are yet another example of the whole being greater than the sum of it's parts. This is accurately reflected in the post-Beatles careers of its members.

    Agree on Lifeson, doesn't get nearly the plaudits he deserves. DISAGREE on The Edge. He sucks.


    On Paul we will disagree. Present time says hes not even in the discussion. Agreed. BACK IN THE DAY says he definitely was. Example: In his day, Alvin Lee shredded. Now? Nope.
    I love Alex Lifeson. And agree he gets lost in the shuffle with Peart and Lee. The Edge also sucks.....true.

    Lyndsey Buckingham?
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:45 am
  • Largent80 wrote:Eric Johnson



    I think he gets his due don't you? Hes always mentioned right next to Vai and Satch. At least in my circles.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:51 am
  • Guitar snobs like us know who he is, but the GP doesn't.

    The edge is garbage BTW.

    Lifeson is in the same camp as Johnson.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:59 am
  • samwize77 wrote:
    Lyndsey Buckingham?


    One of the worst guitarists ever to get famous. Seriously.
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:21 am
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:44 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    samwize77 wrote:
    Lyndsey Buckingham?


    One of the worst guitarists ever to get famous. Seriously.


    Not the worst but fair enough
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:48 am
  • SeAhAwKeR4life wrote:Alex Lifeson, although he may be "unsung" more because of the other two outstanding band members......

    Was gonna post the same thing this morning but you beat me to it. Love his playing but everyone focuses on Neil and Geddy so much, and really not surprisingly so, that they leave Al out of the conversation.
    If I was forced to listen to only one Rush song the rest of my life (shudder) it would be La Villa.
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:56 am
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    Huge fan of Trower. Saw him for like the 6th time this last Summer. Don't know what you call it when a person plays 2 different parts at the same time on the instrument but he does so often and it's very cool to see.

    I might add the night I saw him was in an old theater in PDX that has little air conditioning it was about 90 degrees in the place as the show was during that long hot spell we had. Plus he's under hot spotlights so had to be like 110 on stage. Dude's 70 years old and he played right through the heat, full setlist. Had a roadie coming out wiping his brow during songs which was mildly amusing.
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:25 am
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    SeAhAwKeR4life wrote:Alex Lifeson, although he may be "unsung" more because of the other two outstanding band members......

    Was gonna post the same thing this morning but you beat me to it. Love his playing but everyone focuses on Neil and Geddy so much, and really not surprisingly so, that they leave Al out of the conversation.
    If I was forced to listen to only one Rush song the rest of my life (shudder) it would be La Villa.


    Villa is a top tune. Hemispheres is my favorite Rush album. Always a great listen.
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:42 am
  • I realize I'm one of the few blues guys here, but John Garcia is a wonderful guitar player I doubt few of you have ever heard of. I first met JG when he was with John Lee Hooker in the 1980s. They played a Fri/Sat gig at the old Caspar Inn.

    In a world of over produced music, he's a clean, honest, guitarist.

    If y'all skip to the 2min mark, you'll get an idea of what I'm talking about...but you really had to see him in person to truly appreciate his talent.

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:51 pm
  • Frank Zappa could play! (best part at about 5:43)



    And lets not forget Tony Iommi....



    ....who tried to learn to play backwards and still shreds...



    Even with the crappy singer....



    And of course Randy Rhodes gets all the hero worship, but Jake E. Lee could play too....



    And he had only a couple hits, but I've always like Matthew Sweet...

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:57 pm
  • you guys know this one?

    get famous...get sick...learn to play all over again with your off hand. Cool story, great music if you can handle the new agey stuff.

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:01 pm
  • Not guitar but Banjo (and I actually know this guy a bit) Danny Barnes is awesome!



    That was just him, but here's the album version.

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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:11 pm
  • And some of the guitar duos I grew up on, like Dave Murray and Adrian Smith.



    Or Glen Tipton and KK Downing...

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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:16 pm
  • NoChops wrote:you guys know this one?

    get famous...get sick...learn to play all over again with your off hand. Cool story, great music if you can handle the new agey stuff.



    A bit like Tony Iommi, definitely inspiring.



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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:21 pm
  • Kinda surprised nobody mentioned Andy Summers yet. You can talk Rush all day, but the Police were another amazing trio with a guitarist that is often overlooked because of the other members.

    Another Andy just came to mind too.

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:26 pm
  • NoChops wrote:Kinda surprised nobody mentioned Andy Summers yet. You can talk Rush all day, but the Police were another amazing trio with a guitarist that is often overlooked because of the other members.

    Another Andy just came to mind too.



    I almost did, but you've beaten me to it. Try playing this guitar line, took me forever to get it and it's still hard.

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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:30 pm
  • Another band where the amazing bass overshadows the guitar work. I think this is Navarro, but they have had so many changes I'm not sure, but it's nearly always good.


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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:38 pm
  • SeAhAwKeR4life wrote:Another band where the amazing bass overshadows the guitar work. I think this is Navarro, but they have had so many changes I'm not sure, but it's nearly always good.





    John Frusciante that is......
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:43 pm
  • I will go there, even though he has 251 studio albums Buckethead is still a bad bad bad player. this is not the best example of his unique play but its a damn funny song :D

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Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:50 pm
  • true confession time.... I may have sat around in my underwear dreaming of this woman's right hand. Or maybe not.

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:42 pm
  • Another Prince vote.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:57 pm
  • Tical21 wrote:Another Prince vote.

    Me too. Very under appreciated as a guitarist IMO.



    And Seahawker4life, I'm a HUGE Tony Iommi fan.
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Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:04 pm
  • I'm gonna throw another name out there.....Gary Richrath. He was the lead guitarist for REO Speedwagon and before Kevin Cronan ruined them with one schmaltzy power ballad after another they actually rocked some. Two songs in particular I thought he had killer solos on were Golden Country and Back on the Road Again.

    He passed away about six months ago.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:42 am
  • This thread quickly turned shit. Well done, guys.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:51 am
  • A lot of well known guitarists in here, and it got off track, supposed to be about people that are very good and don't get much credit.
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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:52 am
  • Largent80 wrote:A lot of well known guitarists in here, and it got off track, supposed to be about people that are very good and don't get much credit.



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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:02 am
  • How about Sickie Wifebeater, he got some chops!

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:14 am
  • The Cretin can shred!



    And steal awesome solos too....

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:23 am
  • I'd almost forgotten the array of talent that was King Crimson and Adrian Belew on guitar:

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Re: Great unsung guitarists.
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:17 pm
  • Seahawker, you clearly missed the point of this thread.
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