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Rated 78 points - posted 8 years ago by BradHemphill in category Music.
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Johnny Fean (Horslips) Report Abuse
Anyone reared in Ireland during the 70s would (ok, must) be familiar with Horslips - a band wayyyyy ahead of its time and should have become the best ever Irish band (yep - better than "Three Prats and a Drummer" (aka U2). And Johnny Fean still remains one of the best, yet under-rated guitarists ever (as does Hugh Cornwell of 'The Stranglers'). Check out these 3 CDs - The Táin (in particular the track called 'Dearg Doom'), Celtic Symphony and Aliens. They won't disappoint.
572 points - added 7 years ago by DeargDoom - 5 comments
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Can anyone help me with the chord progression for Dearg doom!!! Just want to play with original track- (I can't solo:-( If you can- I'd be over the moon!!!!! Cheers Email ok123eep@aol.com
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Comment above - an exemplar oxymoron.
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You can't be on this list if your band is essentially unknown. You have to be in a noticable position to be considered underrated.
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THE man is so talented. Recently recored an outstanding unbeatable live version of his I'll be waiting on live at the O2 2010. Amazing from an amazing and very underated band Horslips. They're back! StephenF
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Johnny Fean- One of the greatest guitarists I have ever heard, a mean singer too.
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Mark Knopfler Report Abuse
547 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 10 comments
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His style quotes back to Buddy Holly and Scotty Moore, but he rocks.
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The Mainstream recognition does not do justice to his mastery of the art and control of guitar. He can make it cry, sing and smile. He never went out of control like Jimi Hendrix nor stuck to a singular style like Eric Clapton. He is the best guitarist who could also sight read musical notes unlike the other great guitarist.
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I agree totally. Mark is great. Love him
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He's under the mainstream radar as a solo artist, obv. not with Dire Straits.
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This man is the master. In the best 10 of all time.
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Comment above subjective.
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He actually has too much mainstream recognition to be considered underrated.
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tone, timing and taste - Knopfler has 'em all in spades. He repeats himself a bit, but I'd repeat myself too if I was stringing together licks and phrases like that.
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Coins the term UNDERrated.
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How is Knopfler this low?? I supose he is well known is Guitarist circles, but he has almost no mainstream recognition. Should be higher.
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Alex Lifeson Report Abuse
415 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 15 comments
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King Lerxst is unquestionably the most humorous underrated guitar player ever! Just listen to how he teaches us the Canadian alphabet in "YYZ".
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I liked his early bluesy stuff better.... later stuff to much chorus and delay, very processed tone
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To be capable of playing music with Ged and Neil you must be legendary.
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So versatile ! Let's face it for any player to keep up with Geddy and Neil, they have to be incredibly special. Alex is a beast.
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In a band with such other great musicians that he tends to get lost. But the textures he weaves on his guitar are as perfect as any in rock history.
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Alex Lifeson is completely incredible! . He is a complete god when he picks up that guitar. I wish that people would recognize him for the legend he is.
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he's my uncle
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What can I say... his guitare wiz skills technique is perfect. He works hard and it never shows. That is a sign of real masternig it's craft. He is without a doubt one of the most super underrated in the music world.
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Lifeson is the most amazing guitarist out there.... nobody can play his songs like him he is way better than van halen and way better that jimmy hendrix
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The greatest guitar player of all time also happens to be in the greatest band of all time; Rush. He is a combination of longevity, creativity and technical ability unlike anyone else.
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Great guitarist. Exceptional-technical guitarist, but not at the level of Van-Halen, Hendrix or Page.
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love him in my opinion he is right up there with van halen hendrix and paige
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Alex is amazing so overlooked, Saw them live at the Cleveland show last week, he shreds.. so versatile. Knows his gear top to bottom and just rocks!!
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damn straight. Lifeson is incredible in so many ways.
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BY FAR, the most underrated. Nobody, and I mean Nobody, talks about Alex Lifeson as a great player. He is GREAT.
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Dave Murray - Iron Maiden Report Abuse
412 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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Not under rated in my book... but far from a household name, but an 80s legend
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Adrian Smith is better
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legato king
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Prince Report Abuse
356 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 3 comments
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Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Hazel and Ernie Isley had a baby. His name is Prince. And he is funky!
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One of the most under-rated of all time due to his copious amounts of other talents (song-writing spanning dozens of genres, that voice of his, his showmanship, his ability to play every other instrument on the stage, his RIDICULOUS output of good pop music etc) overshadowing just how well he plays. Unlike most "rekknowned guitar greats", playing 'guitarist' hasn't been central to his career as a musician. And he doesn't just throw in solos because he can. Everything fits the music. But, believe me, see him play live (particularly what he's doing currently with 3rdeyegirl) and you'll see just how darn good he is.
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Great guitarist but people often talk about how good he is. I think his popularity as a pop star does overshadow his playing.
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George Harrison Report Abuse
312 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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Paul McCartney played the solo on Bulldog, ding dong!
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agreed. he was never a flashy guitarist, but when he did decide to show off you get a solo like "hey bulldog" or "i'm only sleeping". awesome.
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Gary Richrath Report Abuse
262 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 8 comments
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The get what you play for live epitomizes the purity of Rock bands in the day in the early 70s & the textures & flavors of Gary Richraths playing is unparalled! listen to all the songs on the live album & check out the expression he uses with a cry baby wah pedal & the time signature changes during solos on some of the songs with Neil Doughty's keyboard playing that showcases Garys unique style. He carves up the songs with a melodic chainsaw of a sunburst les paul with lines that dance in your head for days after listening. He was an innovator & a hall of famer in my book!
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Old school, plug it in and shred it. The man's fingers moved with speed, accuracy and just plain skill. The tone he could make that Les Paul crank out was unparalleled. He was always ripping it up and trying to make the bubble gum crap that started to prevail in the 80's REO lineup worth listening to. The man was a legend. And he was a good man with a big heart who cared about his family, friends and fans. #8 with a bullet.
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try listening to riding the storm out the original studio recording. hes an awesome guitarist his leads are so good. RIP
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Absolutely the best guitar riffs ever when playing with REO speedwagon.
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His solos on Golden Country, 157, and just about every other tune on the 77 live album really show how great a guitarist he is. Gets a bad rap for their sappy material, but back in the day he really jammed!
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never heard of him til recently because i totally dismissed the band but check his work on their records pre1980, he rips and is in total control of the instrument
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best forgotten
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Good ad. I forgot about him. The guitarist for REO Speedwagon-and before all of you groan, in the seventies when REO was a actually a pretty good rock band before they became a nothing but fluff pop band Gary Richrath would belt out some of the meanist, furious leads you can imagine. Check out the live version of 157 Riverside Avenue for just one such example. A true underrated guiarist!!
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David Glimour Report Abuse
Hello...Have you heard of Pink FLoyd?
234 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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How can the lead guitarist in one of the best selling bands of all time be underrated? Gilmours genius come more from the studio work imo
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Very underrated.
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Definately not underrated! Awesome guitarist. A man of style not speed.
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Sure we have, and Gilmour is a great guitarist- but I wouldn't say he's underrated. He's consistently recognized as a great guitarist.
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Terry Kath Report Abuse
One of the best every, The Chicago Transit Authority, later known as Chicago.
177 points - added 7 years ago by rmotz - 6 comments
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No question here. One of the best of all time. Great singer, too.
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This bloke could play Jazz, Rock, Classical and a bit of Bass to boot, was double tapping in 1969 long before VH. listen to Free Form Guitar
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So underrated he doesn't appear on most underrated lists. Chicago were an extreme band, but most people only know of the ballards. First 7 albums covered every style of music.
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listen to california purples or 25 or 6 to for incredibly powerful
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Yes. Very underrated. Should be on the greatest guitarist of all time lists
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underrated is an understatement. If you try and argue this with most guys who think they know what they are taliking about, they'll look at you and say, "who?"
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Lyndsey Buckingham Report Abuse
Not classically trained, but a phenom nonetheless. Buckingham's finger-picking and rhythm work are unparalleled. And he's a great singer. Best Moment: "Never Going Back Again"
174 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 7 comments
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Don't hold it against him--like most unconsciously do--that he uses a guitar pick. To most rock/blues types, that's communist, and that's why he--Buckingham--is the most skillful guitar player in the Rolling Stone top 100 guitar players barely makes it at #100.
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You want a good example of Lindsey's work. Stephanie off the Buckingham Nicks album
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Agree Buckingham is very underrated
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Can't play for buttons
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One of the few on this list I agree with.
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i dare another guitarist on this list or Rolling Stones Top 100 try to out play him... I dare them
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Absolutely! One of the true greats.
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Allen Collins Lynyrd Skynyrd Report Abuse
Check out his leads on Freebird!
168 points - added 5 years ago by redbarron80 - 1 comment
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Don't forget to listen to his work on The Needle and The Spoon as well. Incredible!
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Robin Trower Report Abuse
Most underrated period.
144 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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How in the world is he under rated. Best dope smoking music ever.
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Larry Lalonde Report Abuse
Having taken lesson from Joe Satriani, Ler has extensive knowlage of all sorts of guitar meathods. He seems to be shadowed by a bigger name in his band (Primus). That man is Les Claypool who is easily one of the greatest bassist in the business. Larry could very well be the most over looked guitarist ever, and damn can he play.
136 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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People are redundant when they say that Les Claypool is an amazing bassist. Just think of how amazing a guitar player you have to be to play around that!
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larry is a god and he doesn't get the credit he deserves he's also a bastard, of course
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Should be higher up, Not only is he pivotal in the most unique band in rock, Primus, but he was also the guitarist of the highly influencial extreme metal band Possessed. His technique is anything and everything done perfectly.
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He shreds guitars and is a master at the distortion peddal
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Billy Gibbons Report Abuse
Doesn't overplay. Says as much with a pause as with a note. Sick technique. Sweet riffs. Terribly underrated.
134 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Jimi Hendrix said that Billy was the best that he ever saw
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Ted Nugent Report Abuse
Great guitarist from the 70's, and yet nowhere to be seen nor recognized on any Rolling Stone list.
130 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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He's not on any Rolling Stones list because of his politics ... period. Sad, really.
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Ah yes - Ted and Sammy Hagar - two of the best.
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Mick Mars (Motley Crue) Report Abuse
Just listen to the You Tube, Slash vs Mick Mars. most of them that they have chosen are not his guitar solos yet a lot of Slash are. Get Mick to no.1.
129 points - added 7 years ago by Tone Def Rockstar - 4 comments
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fabulaow player
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I agree with guest. A very mediocre player
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Mick is awesome. The best melodic heavy/blues player. No stupid notes.
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Come on man. Mick Mars is nothing special.
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Rory Gallagher Report Abuse
Power Blues that inspired Brian may and many others to use a treble booster and Vox AC30. Great slide skills as well. Much dynamic and emotion in his playing, even when he's going hard.
128 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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My favorite guitar player. Had his own style and played so hard he sweated the paint off his guitar.
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Brian May (Queen) Report Abuse
I know he's not exactly a "nobody" but he's often left out on the short list of "Greatest guitarists" and it is hard to find more than maybe a handful of players to match his skill, range, technique, flavor etc.
121 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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he just doesn't want atention that is why he's so underrated (sorry for my bad english, i'm a Croat)
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Tom Verlaine Report Abuse
120 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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He's a great guitar player and a big influence on post-punk guitarists, but most of his stuff comes from one album. He should have written more.
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John Mayer Report Abuse
117 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 3 comments
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Just listen to his live album "Where the Light Is"
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John Mayer is one of, if not the greatest guitarist this generation has seen!! he has an incredible sense of rhythm and some of his licks are the sweetest you have ever heard. Dare I say, does Hendrix better than Hendrix!!
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Very talented guitarist, even though I hate most of his music.
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Buckethead Report Abuse
113 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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By far the greatest guitar player I have ever had the pleasure to hear in my lifetime
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Hands down, greatest guitarist of all time.
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Very much so. Greatest guitarists of this 2000's decade.
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Mike Campbell Report Abuse
Ever heard 'Runnin' Down a Dream'?
109 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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Amazing live performer
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YES! I do this a lot in my head and Mike Campbell is always atop my list. Glad to see him on another even if he is 23rd.
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Jeez. You want to talk about underrated! His riffs are classic.
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Pete Townsend Report Abuse
99 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 3 comments
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The Who, get it right. He rarely plays solos, but his chord progressions are masterful and in no need for solos. He more or less invented the power chord. Listen to the ever-recognizable intro to "Pinball Wizard" and you'll realize what I am talking about. Also, his blues and rock and roll influences helped shape rock music as we know it.
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He play's with Barry Manilow doesn't he?
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Come on. He's a guitar legend!
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Jerry Cantrell Report Abuse
hes very unique on guitar alone with simple but driving sound
98 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Very simple and tasteful, yet very creative at the same time. He brought classic rock guitar back into the 90's.
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oh well he really is underrated
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gary moore Report Abuse
he can play any style and sound better then the original. he has his own style but can blend with any artist, listen to him play thin lizzy songs, what about roy buchanans the messiah , he shreds it to bits.
98 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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A guitar genius!!! Could play any style.Rock In Peace Gary windfingers Moore. Very much missed.
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Ry Cooder Report Abuse
Cooder can play any style and exemplifies the virtues of subtlety and taste. A better slide player does not exist. Best Moment: "Jesus on the Mainline"
87 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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If they ever publish a history of recorded guitar, he should right the forward.
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He is a wonderful guitarist, and you're right about him being the best slide in the business. My favorite Ry Cooder is "Theme from Southern Comfort;" it is nearly as moody and relaxing as the drink itself.
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Angus Young Report Abuse
Many people believe that this guitarist is overrated, yet I think the opposite. He, along with the rest of the members of AC/DC don't get the full credit they deserve. So when I see him ranked in the 90's in Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists, it's quite disappointing.
76 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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How the hell is he underrated? His brother is underrated.
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While neither innovative, technically proficient, original, nor able to hold my attention for more than long enough to determine who's playing (which isn't very long), he does bring an above average level of excitement with his style. With the exception of this and his showmanship, he brings nothing to the table when discussing talent. If I were to rank every guitarist I know of, he'd be just above the ranks of Green Day and 3 Doors Down (not very high).
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Has he got any CDs out?
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UNDERRATED??!! He's one of the most famous rock guitarists of all time! On top of that (sorry) he's quite mediocre. I love Angus he was one of my first guitar heroes 30 years ago when I started playing but he is what he is.
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Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) Report Abuse
'Brittle' guitar - that's the best description of Hughs sound. As with the best of musicians, he makes the really difficult appear seamlessly easy. And let's not forget he's also a superb songwriter and a dead-nice bloke. Full Marks Hugh - when are you visiting Dublin again?
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Tony Iommi Report Abuse
72 points - added 5 years ago by NickDrake - 4 comments
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Iommi was under rated in his time, he only got the recognition after every guitar player and his brother copied him in the 80s. But in 70s hecwas very underrated.... as was Sabbath itself, there music was sold by word of mouth.... radio didn't play them and the critics blasted them
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I think the point is that he's never really in the discussion as one of the greatest. It's always EVH, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, etc. Even though he's pretty much the riff god.
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What? How is Iommi underrated? He is one of the most celebrated guitarists, and considered an icon in the rock and roll world! I mean, everyone who is interested in that genre and/or guitars knows who Tony Iommi is?!
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tony iommi isnt underrated, hes one of the most well known and respected guitarists in the rock and metal world. a guy known as the "god father of heavy metal" isnt at all underrated
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Billy Corgan Report Abuse
66 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 3 comments
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Also, he's EXTREMELY versatile, you could listen to three smashing pumpkins albums and never guess they came from the same man
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YES. Billy corgan is a legend, even though he's fairly unknown among casual guitarists cause his music tends to be fairly simple.. (he can play worth eleven stars, it's just that he tends to choose pretty riffs over fast ones so you wouldnt realize how good he is unless you watch the live vids, particularly the solo to Starla from live at the metro 1993)
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very complex guitar work.
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Robbie Robertson Report Abuse
Never given proper credit. Robertson was famously Jimi Hendrix's favorite player. Not a virtuoso, but always in the moment and willing to improvise. Best Moment: Solo from "Ophelia" from "The Last Waltz."
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Chuck Schuldiner Report Abuse
45 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Invented death metal? Surely you jest.
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Chuck Schulinder was the best Death/Prog Metal guitarist,far better than John Petrucci(who by the way somehow made this list,alongside Yngwie Malmsteen and Ace Frehley...nice) or anyone else that gets all the mainstream credit.Not to mention his huge influence on all Progressive and Extreme Metal,having invented both Death Metal and Technical Death Metal.
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James Murphy Report Abuse
Murphy played at bands like Death , Obituary , Cancer , Testament..etc.He had also apppeared in many other bands as guest.James Murphy is a guitarist that everyone should know.He is extremely talented and he plays proggresive/death/thrash/heavy metal.Check him at youtube.
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Andy Timmons Report Abuse
It's a shame Andy wasn't even on that list. He's so underrated, and i'm not talking about mainstream success. I'm talking about the fact that he isn't even known among people who listen to the genre so much (me, for example, untill lately). FFS, David is on the list! He's consistantly being recognized as a huge guitar god. Angus young really isn't underrated, and it doesn't even matter if some douch chose Angus Young as the world's 97th greatest guitarist. Neil Young shouldn't be considered as a guitarist.
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Criss Oliva - Savatage Report Abuse
One of the most underrated guitarists ever! I have never seen anybody rank him in the top 100, or whatever! not even in underrated! He's talent went unnoticed until his untimely passing, and continues to go unnoticed. Listen to "Hall of the Mountain King," "Gutter Ballet," and "Agony and Ecstasy." Forever a legend in my book!
36 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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its about time someone reconized his talents. personally he should be rated in the top 10 . Long Live Criss
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Should be number one. Is the best and most under rated guitarist in metal history.
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Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult) Report Abuse
Just Go See The Band Live or Youtube His Solos and Riffs Like "Cities On Flame", "Burnin For You", "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", or "Godzilla"...I could go on and on...
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Godzilla is known as a "novelty song" but my god there is incredible lead playing all over that song... buck is one of my faves
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Just listen to his solo guitar work on "Dominance & Submission" and "I Love The Night" to hear the brillant range. "...to the pleasure of the Dreaded Master." "...the Light that never warms..."
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jan akkerman Report Abuse
focus in 1973 was a blast. listen to hocu pocus, he shreds at an incrdible speeed .
35 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Classical, jazz, rock, shred. . .Akkerman displayed an astonishing range of styles with incredible techniques in the very early seventies including sweep picking, legato speed runs, manic alternate picking, volume swells, etc. Definitely does not get the accolades today that he and his groundbreaking abilities deserve!
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John Butler-The John Butler trio Report Abuse
I'm extremely suprised how he is not aldready on the list A few guitarists display such dexterity and technique .His music is food to the soul if you don't know what i mean listen to 'Under an Indian Sky' he is as good as anyone on this list
33 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Come on man.... Listen to his OCEAN solo..... He is simply amazing..... He must be in the top ten!!
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Joe Bonamassa Report Abuse
33 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Plays where many other blues guitarists have stepped before, but gets his own distinctive tone. Very good player.
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I cant believe Joe Bonamassa is not in the top 10! Really?!!!
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He's a truly master on dynamics, the perfect piece for Black Country Communion... Not only an amazing guitar player, also an incredible singer...
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Amazing guitar player, amazing tone... Simply the best...
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Ty Tabor - King's X Report Abuse
If you haven't heard this guy, he is effing incredible... completely self-taught and capable of complex textures as well as shredding the fretboard when needed, he is the first guitarist who literally gave me goosebumps while playing live. Youtube him.
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Critically acclaimed and notoriously overlooked. Ty, Doug and Jerry of King's X are way above average musicians/performers that I have had the chance to see live only twice but rank as some of the best live shows I have ever seen. Worth checking out!
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He invented the guitar sound of alternative 90's. Hey. I didn't say it. Jeff Ament did.
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Ty isn't just underrated, he's practically unknow, which is a shame. Listen to King's X albums from 1988-1996 and marvel at Ty Tabor's virtuosity. Listen to the song Lost in Germany and tell me you've ever heard anyone comparable. Then check out the solo in the song Moanjam. Or the chunky goodness of Dogman. Wonderful stuff.
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Mark Tremonti Report Abuse
Creative, emotional, and can play almost any style, hes a great guitarist, who is rarely ever recognised for his talents
33 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Some of you may remember when Creed was at the height of their popularity at the tail end of the 20th century. I recently revisited the Creed catalogue with an open mind and trying to ignore Mr. Ego Scott Stapp and was just amazed at the choices this young guitarist made on their debut and sophomore efforts. When was the last time you listened to What If off of Human Clay? Amazing stuff!
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in loving memory, the most beautiful song in the whole world, written by him
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check guitarist.com. His blackbird solo was voted the best ever over eruption. His true potential wasn't seen so much in Creed but listen to Alter Bridge and his new solo albu"All I was". He is a great guitarist.
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People pass him off as because he didn't do anything in Creed. He is much more prominent in Alter Bridge. Listen to Blackbird by them.
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John Petrucci (Dream Theater) Report Abuse
33 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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How exactly is he underrated? He's one of the best, and he's considered one of the best...
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Dimebag Darrell Report Abuse
31 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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my personal favorite dimebag and the rest of pantera were beast then later he shredded heads in damageplan listen to floods cowboys from hell.
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Tommy Bolin Report Abuse
31 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Tommy should be way higher on the list. If you've never listened to his Private Eyes album you are missing out big time.
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"Quadrant 4" off Billy Cobham's Spectrum album is enough evidence
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Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) Report Abuse
Listen to Pearl Jam and you will understand.
30 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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It's about freakin time he has the crazy great solos #seattle born and raised
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Yes. Finally someone understands.
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Michael Hedges Report Abuse
30 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Spawned 2 generations of percussive guitarists. Kaki King is the latest iteration he has spawned.
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Jake E. Lee Report Abuse
Seriously - how is he not on here yet - let alone near the top?
30 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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30 years is a long time in politics
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Are you kidding me? In the eighties you couldn't pick up a guitar magazine without seeing his face on it. Plus, he sounded like half the shredders out there. How can you consider him underrated?
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Mick Taylor Report Abuse
Mick Taylor was the "silent" driving force behind the Stones best period. Before him they were a good ordinary band...after him they were a parody of a great band. With Taylor, the Stones were the greatest band in the world. End of.
29 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 5 comments
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Mick Taylor wasn't just the greatest musician that the Stones ever had. He's also one of the world's greatest guitar players, period (just check out his playing on "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out!).
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my favorite guitarist he added something to the stones nobody else possibly could.
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easy fella taylor he was the best guitarist the stones ever had. brian jones was the best musician the stones ever had
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For my money, by far the best guitarist the Stones ever had, just listen to "Sway", or "100 Stones Ago", or... ****, anything he did with them in his period with them. It wasn't a coincidence there best albums were with Taylor!
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Finally someone speaks the truth. As the Stones have said over and over, Mick Taylor was the BEST musician the band ever had.
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Steve Vai Report Abuse
29 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Doesn't get the credit he deserves
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Are you kidding. Mr. showboat?? He's certainly not underrated by himself. Sorry, he seems to be a bit taken with himself. Definately not underrated. Not by a long shot.
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underrated?! no he's not.
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Underrated?
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Neil Young Report Abuse
28 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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Any doubts should be removed by listening to the live rust cd trance like in a good way
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Amazing
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Richie Sambora Report Abuse
He writes the best riffs and solos and doesn't disappoint live. He is my favorite player and the one who inspired me. He should be at the top of every list
25 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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a really mr blues man, truely amazing singer and songwriter
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Robert Fripp Report Abuse
25 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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Genius
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Todd Rundgren Report Abuse
24 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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Very much like Zappa in the way of " Shut up, just play the guitar damnit"
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Just listen to bootlegs of his "Johnson" tour. I was lucky to see it live, what a guitarist!
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Agreed 100%. One of the best of all-time. One of the greatest songwriters as well. Knew how to convey emotion with every note...and when he wanted to go technical, he did it just as well.
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He's such a genius people forget he's a guitar player.
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He should be in the top 10. No debate period.
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Profound and oh-so subtle
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mark farner Report Abuse
when he started with early grand funk .he did some guitar parts that were innovative at that time. he had melody in his playing. he also had a new sound
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maybe the most underrated of all guitarists and also a true showman and singer…had the triple threat down.
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Steve Stevens Report Abuse
his versitility... if you listen to some of his 80's solo's such as the top gun anthem then compare it to his 90's stuff like flamenco a go go. not many guitarists can change so much and still be awesome.
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Phil Keaggy Report Abuse
Amazing guitarist, known by so few
23 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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One of the most amazing, innovative artists of all time. With over 50 albums and counting, Phil Keaggy's skill & technique have never stopped growing. Any time I see him play live, I still come away with rug burns on my jaw from my mouth hanging open in amazement. Truly a very talented man.
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Could have been on every top 10 list but traded fame for faith.
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Eric Clapton called Phil Keaggy the best!
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Hillel slovak Report Abuse
He is an amazing guitarist who was on the verge of stardom before he died. John fruscainte followed in his footsteps and is now considered one of the greatest guitarists of our time.
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No one funkier than Hillel.
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Ace Frehley Report Abuse
Frehley makes none of the top lists, but has been as influential as any other guitar player. Sloppy at times, but completely original. Best Moment: Solo from "Firehouse" and "Let Me Go, Rock and Roll"
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Smoking solos, made the guitar sing, less is more, no type writer stuff from this guitar legend, every note counted!
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space ace is the best and will always be the best beacuase his solos will blow u away
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The Space Ace yes sloppy but sloppy was his forte look at solos in the songs shock me, and the riff from cold gin both written on his black cherry custom not a piece of paper and the funny thing he never forgot the notes even when he fell off the stage in 77! He's the true ROCK SOLDIER!!!!
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Daniel Johns Report Abuse
19 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Should be much higher
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Elliot Easton Report Abuse
The guitarist for The Cars. That MoFo could rip buddy.
19 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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Agree. The best and most expressive musician in the band. I like his solos more than I like the band.
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The problem with Easton is that every note of his solos was dictated to him by Ric Ocasek. This is documented.
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Finally! I was waiting to see his name. I'm not a huge Cars fan ( I like them ) but he's an exceptional guitarist. He should be way up on the list.
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Trey Anastasio (PHISH) Report Abuse
18 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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he should be WAY further in the rankings Listen to last 7 min of Harry Hood 12/31/93 and you will understand me
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Paul Simon Report Abuse
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Richie Kotzen Report Abuse
Unbelievable Feel and skills that will blow most guitarists away. Great all round musician and songwriter. He should be massive
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He's easily one of the best guitarists. Can play any style. As good as his licks are, he's a better singer. So talented and criminal that he's not better known.
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Martin Barre - Jethro Tull Report Abuse
Mark Knopffler once stated that he wished he could play like Martin. Now if thats not a recommendation of the highest order what is
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Mick Jones Report Abuse
14 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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You swine! Mick is from the CLASH!!!
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I'm not sure if he's that underated! have you heard the new Foreigner lately? They're much more powerful that the original.
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Mick Ronson Report Abuse
A guitarist who helped many other musicians (Bowie, Hunter and others) make a name for themselves. Some great riffs.
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Alex Lifeson (RUSH) Report Abuse
Not only is Alex one of the most underrated guitarists (he is NEVER on any list), RUSH is one of the most underrated bands of all time. Ever listen to The Spirit of Radio or YYZ or the solo on Freewill (or practically any RUSH song EVER?) Alex RULES and needs to be on this list in the top 10!
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Lifeson an absolute monster of a player.should b top 20 all time
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Mike Einziger - Incubus Report Abuse
13 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Mike is a beast! Plays all styles of music and maintains a fluid melodic sound. Has control of not only his FX loop but the dexterity of his left hand can control the intonation, volume and sheer awesomeness. If you haven't listen to him and your not already an incubus fan. Check out the song Sick Sad Little World when they play it live at the Red Rocks. The improv is amazing. He knows when to be fancy and when to keep it simple and pretty.
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Ian Thornley Report Abuse
12 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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A phenomenal guitarist who is underrated time and time again. He can get so much emotion out of a guitar and his technique is incredible. He can shred, listen to the solo in "A Million Days", he can play blues, listen to "Control" and combines an ecletic style of folk, rock, blue, jazz - but most of all his guitar playing has soul.
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Frank Marino Report Abuse
The most underrated of all time..
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he should be number one as the most underrated
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Uli Jon Roth Report Abuse
in the 99.9 percentile of rock guitar virtuosos.
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Jonny Lang Report Abuse
Never really heard the guy ever mentioned in great guitarists, though he is young, I still believe he should be recognized. He's not the greatest, but he is still good.
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Andy LaRocque Report Abuse
11 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Love this guy's style!! He seems to play a lot of Harmonic Minor mixed perfectly with the Natural Minor scale. He's awesome.. Check out the song 'House of God' and his guitar tone.
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Andy slays
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Jim Croce Report Abuse
10 points - added 7 years ago by terminal - 1 comment
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While I agree that the guitar lines in Jim's songs are excellent and tasteful, he wasn't the one playing them. Just check out some live videos. The man playing lead on pretty much all Croce's stuff had some solo albums of his own. His name escapes me.
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Tommy Shaw Report Abuse
Find one of Shaw's STYX solos that isn't absolutely perfect for the song. Fun, energetic, and a great singer. Best Moment: Solo for "Blue Collar Man"
10 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 3 comments
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Try the solo in Crystal Ball.
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Extremely underrated and forgotten nowadays... amazing in all aspects.
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He's great!
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Bob Dylan Report Abuse
10 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 4 comments
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Because his vocals are directly conected to his playing skills... Christ. He is underrated.
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Bob Dylan is a fabulous guitarist!
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This is an underrated guitarist list, not singers. Dylan is a much better guitarist than most people realize.
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Totally over-rated. His singing reminds me of a Honda 50 (that's a motorbike from fadó fadó) starting up. Avoid.
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CC Deville Report Abuse
10 points - added 8 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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I feel that his work isn't too well known around, and his riffs feel complete, His solo's are great, and the fact that he got the job over slash is saying something
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MOST UNDERATED IN HISTORY people think just because hes from Poison hes bad. He's is insane. I think hes better than slash the most over rated, and joe perry.
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Neal Schon- Journey Report Abuse
Please. I am a metal/ hard rock dude at heart and in my playing. Just stop for a minute and listen to the AMAZING riffs and melodies Neal throws out in his creations. Put aside that it's "Journey" for a second... take off your Megadeth T-shirt, set down the bong and the Epiphone Les Paul and listen to Mr. Schon actually play the damn guitar - it's unreal!
9 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Neal Schon is is this low on the list? Listen to Stone In Love (or any other Journey song for that matter) and reconsider this one. Listen to him live and you' ll crap your pants.
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Dick Wagner Report Abuse
9 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Dick Wagner would have to be the most underrated guitarist going around..and has probably played the most underrated solo on Alice Coopers Album 'Da Da'. Listen to the solo on Pass the Gun Around
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Trevor Rabin Report Abuse
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Matt Belamy - Muse Report Abuse
If you've heard Stockholm Syndrome, Plug In Baby, Knights of Cydonia and Hysteria, you'll know what I mean when I say he's an incredible guitarist!
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Ray Toro Report Abuse
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Steve Hunter Report Abuse
8 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Steve is great!
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Johnny Greenwood Report Abuse
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Ollie Halsall Report Abuse
Ollie made the guitar sound like it was a completely different instrument. As talented a guitar player as Jimi Hendrix. Listen to him with the band Patto or on Kevin Ayers solo albums.
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Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) Report Abuse
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Ok this is blasphemy to have Dave as 95 on this list. The guy is not just shredding the whole time he serves the song and if need be he'll slip in a solo. His guitar work along with the rest of janes was the catalyst for 90s alt rock and they did it before all of the other "I hate myself and my parents suck" gen x bands even got out of the garage.
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Wilko Johnson Report Abuse
Appreciated by a loyal following but never makes the best guitarists list as with other great guitarists who have their style rooted in rhythm guitar playing.
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Steve Gains- Lynyrd Skynyrd Report Abuse
Amazing work on the later recordings of Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as solo work. Was regarded by the rest of the band "as the best they ever saw".
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Matthias Jabs Report Abuse
An exceptional player. He's a part of one of the world's most renowned Hard Rock bands, but as a guitarist, nobody notices his real value.
6 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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He's influenced Richie Sambora and many others. Great harmonics and a perfect compliment to R. Schenker!
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Michael Romeo (Symphony X) Report Abuse
This guy is a technical god, knows and applies theory like no one else, is crazy fast, and is very humble. He knows when to lay back, when to play the same thing, when to stay in a groove, and when to break out and let loose. He never does too much, never too little, knows when to play fast/slow, creates atmosphere perfectly, and exactly how to create and maintain a theme. This guy is incredible and is without question one of the most amazing guitarists to ever play. Definitely within the ranks of Satriani, Gilbert, buckethead, and Petrucci.
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Bumblefoot Report Abuse
Key albums include 9/11 and Abnormal, along with the elusive Chinese Democracy with Guns N' Roses. A true master of the fretless guitar
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Jack White Report Abuse
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Ernie Isley Report Abuse
Check out That Lady, Ohio/Machine gun, Ain't I been good to you and many more for unexpected face-melters!
4 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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His tones so good that Prince stole it.
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Richard Thompson Report Abuse
He's so underrated he's wasn't on this list. Great Songwriter, singer, and the best Strat player. Influenced Mark Knopfler more than Mark fans are willing to acknowledge.
4 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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His guitar playing is completely his own. Nobody sounds like him. A great songwriter too.
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Davey Johnstone Report Abuse
Long-time guitarist for Elton John. As a guitarist for a solo artist, has to make his playing fit the song rather than be the star. I could listen to Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding all day, in part because of his playing. Listen to Gotta Get a Meal Ticket, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting, almost anything from Rock of Westies.
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Frank Hannon Report Abuse
The guy is nails! Intelligent and just a solid all around shredder. Excellent live and one of the nicest guys in rock.
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Bruce Springsteen Report Abuse
3 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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ummm, what is underrated about him? he isn't considered a good guitarist because he isn't that good, maybe my ears are broken, but ive never heard anything by him that was the slightest bit impressive
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I don't know what I'm talking about either but I'll write something as well.
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You could be right. I've never noticed him much as a player. He's a huge star, but if he's a good player he might be underrated.
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Bruce is incredibly underrated as a rock guitarist. He has more emotive leads, rhythms, and bends than most players on this list. Check out 'Darkness..', and The wild, the Innocent...'
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Nels Cline (Wilco) Report Abuse
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Dean Deleo Report Abuse
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claudio sanchez Report Abuse
amazing guitarist! he can play with his teeth! way to underrated for his talent!
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