Your top 5 guitar gods?
Good calls on Butler and James Dean Bradfield.
And yeah, interesting to see what people are listening for in a guitarist. Seems to be two broad groups - technicians and 'feel' players.
On a different day I could have gone for...
So many great guitarists to go for...
Well mine would be:
I cheated (so bite me...)
in no order
Also love some of the older guys:
John Lee Hooker
Haven't really listened to much else. Not that into guitary stuff but thought he'd be worth a mention.
Peter Green (before he cooked his brain)
T Bone Walker
Eddie Van Halen
Jack Bruce. (or Clapton)
Rick McCollum's stuff on The Afghan Whigs' "Gentlemen" LP is beautiful and painful enough for any other five guitarists.
Marc rizzo anyone ?
Lee Ranaldo & Thurston Moore
Joey Santiago & Charles Thompson
I kinda cheated there.
Agree with a lot on there, but some +1s for Django and Jansch
Jake E Lee
Brings back memories:)
Lots of stunt guitarists as to be expected, great to see Nile Rogers recognised. James Dean Bradfield and Jonny Marr.
I've got a couple to add Brian Setzer, George Thorogood.
My 10yr old son's in order
1. Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)
2. Angus Young
4. Pete Willis (Early Def Leppard)
5. Jimmy Page
These are his favorite players not who he thinks are the best.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Can't believe so few Eddie fans!
1. Eddie Van Halen
3. Angus Young
4. Eric Clapton
5. John Frusciante
oops that's seven!
I'm not immediately sure beyond that, maybe Gordon Giltrap, Ben Harper and/or Chris Rea. At some point it becomes hard to separate the guitars from the whole sound of the band they're in. E.g. I'm a Pearl Jam fan and Mike McCready is a very good guitar player but it's Pearl Jam as a whole I'm a fan of, I'm not passionate about McCready's playing in particular.
Tommy Emmanuel who manages to sound like an orchestra with just one guitar.
Most bands need two guitarists though so I'll suggest these:
Andy Irvine (with just five strings) and Christie Moore
Jean-Jacques Goldman and Michael Jones
Louis Bertignac and Jean-Louis Aubert
Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie (with just four strings)
So many other greats that others have mentioned but Junior Kimborough, Dan Auerbach and Nile Rodgers are so, so good!
I'm gonna come back with my 5th once I've thought about it.
The Edge for inventing a new language
France alonso - see you tube
Michael Schenker. 70-80
Me. Just cos I like the stuff I play which seems unusual amongst guitarist
I prefer originality, and the sort of distinctive style that tells you who it is within the first four or five notes. Fret wankery is all well and good, but it gets pretty tiresome after a while.
Neil Young and Mark Knopfler get honourable mentions, too.
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