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Favourite guitarists

Lost Chicken in High Weeds 19 Oct 20 - 04:28 PM
keberoxu 19 Oct 20 - 03:49 PM
Bonzo3legs 17 Oct 20 - 02:32 AM
GUEST 17 Oct 20 - 01:10 AM
GUEST,21st Century Primitive 15 Oct 20 - 07:16 PM
Raedwulf 15 Oct 20 - 12:34 PM
Tattie Bogle 15 Oct 20 - 11:33 AM
gillymor 15 Oct 20 - 08:29 AM
Mooh 15 Oct 20 - 07:08 AM
Bonzo3legs 14 Oct 20 - 03:33 PM
Bob Hitchcock 14 Oct 20 - 09:09 AM
Bonzo3legs 14 Oct 20 - 08:01 AM
GUEST,Guitarfumbler 14 Oct 20 - 05:52 AM
GUEST 13 Oct 20 - 11:48 PM
GUEST,Jim Bainbridge 13 Oct 20 - 12:22 PM
fat B****rd 13 Oct 20 - 09:03 AM
gillymor 13 Oct 20 - 08:19 AM
Bonzo3legs 13 Oct 20 - 08:10 AM
gillymor 13 Oct 20 - 06:42 AM
GUEST,henryp 13 Oct 20 - 12:06 AM
Elmore 12 Oct 20 - 09:43 PM
Elmore 12 Oct 20 - 09:21 PM
Bonzo3legs 12 Oct 20 - 06:59 AM
Steve Shaw 12 Oct 20 - 06:15 AM
Jeri 11 Oct 20 - 10:10 PM
Elmore 11 Oct 20 - 10:05 PM
Steve Shaw 11 Oct 20 - 10:04 PM
GUEST 11 Oct 20 - 10:02 PM
Bill D 11 Oct 20 - 09:19 PM
Steve Shaw 11 Oct 20 - 04:33 PM
GUEST,Big Al Whittle 11 Oct 20 - 03:54 PM
Bonzo3legs 11 Oct 20 - 03:07 PM
gillymor 11 Oct 20 - 01:16 PM
gillymor 11 Oct 20 - 01:07 PM
GUEST,Tattie Bogle 11 Oct 20 - 12:13 PM
GUEST,Henry Piper (of Ottery ) 11 Oct 20 - 11:22 AM
Bonzo3legs 11 Oct 20 - 07:28 AM
Bonzo3legs 11 Oct 20 - 07:27 AM
GUEST,Anon 11 Oct 20 - 04:25 AM
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Bee-dubya-ell 10 Oct 20 - 12:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Lost Chicken in High Weeds
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 04:28 PM

Robert Johnson, Mother Maybelle Carter, Jimmy Page

I'm more of a banjer man myself overall, though.

I *really* love early Bob Dylan's guitar, too, and pretty much can't help but mention Nick Drake as well. 3, even 10 is tough. I don't really have "favorites", I just love a lot of guitarists, and each for differing aspects, not necessarily raw ability.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Oct 20 - 03:49 PM

I would like to put in a good word for the late Fred Hellerman.

When the Weavers performed their rousing arrangements
of traditional song (or otherwise),
Pete Seeger's banjo and occasional mandolin got all the accolades.
Fred Hellerman remained the true accompanist,
providing both rhythm and counterpoint,
complementing both Seeger's instrumental solos
and the vocals, both solo and choral, of the Weavers.
Those Weavers recordings were some of my earliest exposure
to sophisticated arrangements of popular/traditional songs,
and for me, Fred Hellerman is the unsung hero of those arrangements;
I learned much about accompaniment from listening to him.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 02:32 AM

Try Richard Smith for Chet Atkins style!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 20 - 01:10 AM

Dick Gaughan
Arty McGlynn
John Allan Cameron


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,21st Century Primitive
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 07:16 PM

Robbie Basho
Daniel Bachman
Jeff Parker


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Raedwulf
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 12:34 PM

Yngwie Malmsteen - something of a twerp, by all accounts, but started neo-classical shredding & apparently had Eddie jealously hunched over his guitar, trying to work out what the hell the new kid on the block was doing!

Jon Petrucci - Difficult choice here between Jon & Joe (Satriani), but although Dreamtheater do, especially on later albums, disappear into complexity, Joe, I'm afraid, just disintegrated into it. Both took shredding to a new level, but Petrucci's output has generally been tighter, more musically coherent, less self-indulgent, probably because he's one member of a band, not the whole vehicle (& speaking of self-indulgent, just don't mention Joe's most famous pupil, Steve...).

Martin Taylor - I'm not that much of a fan of jazz of any description (the tendency to get self-indulgent again), but once again, I have to say that the technical eptitude of this bloke is jaw-dropping. And the couple of albums of his that I've so far acquired do, for the most part, remain musical, rather than disappearing into complexity / experimentation / showing off.

Were I allowed more than 3 (see, I'm trying to play by the rules, DtG ;-) ) I'd likely pick at least two of Julian Bream, John Williams & Andrew York, classical guitarists all. I realise this makes it sound like I admire technical excellence above all else; I don't (otherwise my lip wouldn't curl at the mention of Vai). But how can I put this? Yes I'm basically a headbanger, rather than a folkie. But you have to make music as well as being technically ept. And the ones I've mentioned could play anything else as well as anyone else anyone has mentioned. The reverse mostly isn't true. I can imagine Hendrix being able to do Malmsteen or Petrucci, frex; I can't see Moore, and certainly not Knopfler, ever achieving the same level of ability.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 11:33 AM

Ralph McTell: of course people will mainly think of his singing and songs, but brilliant guitarist too, plays many styles.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: gillymor
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 08:29 AM

Guit-steel man Junior Brown is pretty amazing.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Oct 20 - 07:08 AM

In no particular order and subject to change on a whim:

Joscho Stephan

Roy Buchanan

Rory Gallagher

(Runner ups: Tony McManus, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen)


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 03:33 PM

Stu Taylor
Godfrey Mew
Bernie Watson


All in Lord Sutch's Savages in early 60s

Not forgetting the amazing Micky King from Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers and later James Royal & The Hawks!!!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bob Hitchcock
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 09:09 AM

Danny Gatton, Mark Knopfler and Wes Montgomery.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 08:01 AM

Country music means the incredible Brad Paisley!!!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,Guitarfumbler
Date: 14 Oct 20 - 05:52 AM

In terms of guitarists who sound like nobody else:

Richard Thompson
Davey Graham
Roy Buchanan


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 11:48 PM

Michael Bloomfield
Jimmy Page
Jimi Hendrix

#1: Michael Bloomfield. Unless I missed it, I don't think he's been mentioned. Tops by far for me. Selecting #2 & 3...and beyond...is brutal. But #1 is easy.

#2: "Favorites" in general tend to change as tastes evolve, but "influences" leave a long-term mark. Jimmy Page is probably my "favorite" who was also a real primary "influence".

#3. "Best" is different from "favorite". Who I think is the best at a particular guitar/musical skill is not necessarily my favorite. And there are "bests" in each genre, who should not really stand in comparison to one another. But, to have a little fun with a top 3 list, I'll stick with favorites who are also among the "best". So, #3 has to be Duane Allman. No...changed my mind...Jimi Hendrix. No, wait...

So, that's where my inclination is now. On another day, I might try to represent three different styles. Today, I guess I'm feeling the electric blues/classic rock thing.

Oh, and B.B. King. Even if he' not part of the answer, it's not cool to have a discussion like this without saying "B.B. King".


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,Jim Bainbridge
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 12:22 PM

I've never heard anyone who could rival Doc Watson, except maybe Merle Travis- nobody this side of the Atlantic, for sure


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: fat B****rd
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 09:03 AM

Wilko Johnson
Robin Trower
Cliff Gallup


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: gillymor
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 08:19 AM

He's a very subtle backup player, not known for flashy solos. Listen to his parts with Booker T and the MG's, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave etc. He has a style that combines both rhythm and lead and is fun to play even outside a band setting.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 08:10 AM

Never saw what the fuss was about over Steve Cropper.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: gillymor
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 06:42 AM

Well said, Elmore.

Some great R&B players-

Steve Cropper
Teeny Hodges (played on a lot of Al Green's hits)
Curtis Mayfield
Cornell Dupree
and more recently Josh Smith

Leo Kottke is worthy of mention for acoustic steel string, I especially like his earlier compositions for the 6 string like Ojo, The Fisherman, and Stealin'.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 13 Oct 20 - 12:06 AM

Eric Weissberg, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Elmore
Date: 12 Oct 20 - 09:43 PM

Oops. Gordon Bok, Rory Block, Dave Van Ronk. Anybody who can narrow their favorite guitarists down to three knows either a lot more or somewhat less than I do.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Elmore
Date: 12 Oct 20 - 09:21 PM

Larry Campbell, Robin Bullock, David Bromberg.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 12 Oct 20 - 06:59 AM

Nancy Kerr is a bloody good guitarist!!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 12 Oct 20 - 06:15 AM

We saw solo Paul Brady live, must have been about 20 years ago, at the Plough in Torrington. His set was stunning, and he included Arthur McBride, to everybody's delight. We bumped into an acquaintance of ours at the gig, not an uncommon occurrence in these parts. On the way out at the end he said that he'd enjoyed the concert even though Paul was "only a strummer." :-)

"Only a strummer". I tell you, we've dined out on that recollection ever since!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 10:10 PM

Tony McManus on YouTube


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Elmore
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 10:05 PM

Beppe Gambetta, Chet Atkins,Paul Brady.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 10:04 PM

That was me.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 10:02 PM

Tony McManus is as acoustic as can be, Bill...


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 09:19 PM

My introduction to really good guitarists was at the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield Kansas... where I attended the first five or six... thus I got to see Doc Watson, Norman Blake and others including Dan Crary and the amazing winner of the 1st festival, Jimmy Gyles.(BTW... Mark O'Conner the fiddler also won the flat pick one year).
   This was only one style, so even though I bought lots of Norman Blake and Doc Watson LPs, I also loved good playing, so when I saw a YouTube of Tommy Emmanuel, I was hooked.,,,because he seems to be able to play anything!
Yes, I found Tony McManus and others, but I really only care for acoustic music. I know OF some of the others noted above, but am not able to rate them.... so the title "Favourite guitarists" was way to broad for me.

Pick 3? I guess if I had to, I'd just list Doc, Tommy & Norman for pure listening.... and that leaves out Segovia and Parkening and other classical ones.

People need to pose easier, narrower questions!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 04:33 PM

Tony McManus. Listen to Return To Kintail, the album he made with Alasdair Fraser. He'll be your favourite guitar player for ever more. Him and Jimi and Julian Bream. Julian made the strings squeak, unlike John Williams. But who would you rather listen to?


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 03:54 PM

I always rated Chuck.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 03:07 PM

Billy Bremner - yes of course, saw him in a backing band for Linda Thompson at Ronnie Scott's in London. I made possibly the only recording!!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: gillymor
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 01:16 PM

Mention of Tim Edey made me think of some other fine nylon stringers from over there-

Steve Cooney
Jim Murray
Donogh Hennessey


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: gillymor
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 01:07 PM

Two things, Bonzo. I'll bet you'd have a hard time finding an electric guitarist to agree with your assessment of Chuck Berry's instrumental abilities. Also, when you mentioned Dave Edmunds you brought to mind Billy Bremner, Edmund's band mate in Rockpile. Bremner also played lead on some Pretender's recordings. He is a good one.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,Tattie Bogle
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 12:13 PM

No mention yet of Tim Edey? I have been so much enjoying his Saturday night Sleeping Tunes sessions on Facebook during lockdown! Also a superb button box player. From 10PM UK time, still going at 1 AM today!


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,Henry Piper (of Ottery )
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 11:22 AM

Moving on from Rhythm guitarists in the jazz field (see above) how about,
Rock guitarists:- Robby Krieger, Barry "The Fish" Melton, and Alvin Lee.
Folk musicians:-   Martin Carthy, Nick Jones, Martin Wyndham Read.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 07:28 AM

3 more:
Dave Edmunds
Joe Moretti
Colin Green


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 07:27 AM

Chuck Berry was a great song writer but an awful guitarist.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,Anon
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 04:25 AM

Many of the above, plus:

Laurence Juber
Dave Onions
Joe Satriani


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,fasteddy
Date: 11 Oct 20 - 03:33 AM

Robby Kreiger Chuck Berry   Jim Mullen


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,BlackAcornUK
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 05:25 PM

Surprising omissions from the collective list so far (which give me a scoundrel's opportunity to name-check others)

John Renbourn
Davy Graham
Elizabeth Cotten
Joni Mitchell
Neil Young
Thurston Moore


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,BlackAcornUK
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 05:12 PM

Oops, forgot to include my profile! That last post (Joynes, Haino et al) is from me.


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 05:11 PM

Great to see Loren Mazzacane Connors, Derek Bailey & Mary Halvorson cited above, and I share great admiration for all those others named, perhaps especially John Fahey, Richard Thompson and Nic Jones.

I'm going to try and go with some that haven't been named yet -

3 in folk-ish idioms:

C Joynes
Ben Chasny
Jack Rose

3 in other realms:

Keiji Haino
Sonny Sharrock
Christina Carter


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 03:09 PM

My current favourite is Luca Bezzini who has some of his work on Youtube.... see here.    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4fc6cR9czH1wS4MpT1TBAQ


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: gillymor
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 01:23 PM

Some fingerstylists I love to listen to:

Al Pettway
John Miller
Ton Van Bergeyk


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 12:44 PM

Because I could play like him if I practiced a lot more - Norman Blake

Because being able to play like him is on the outer limits of my understanding - Tommy Emmanuel

Because I'd never be able to play like him short of a dope slap from the hand of God - Derek Trucks


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 12:10 PM

From the lady players: another 3: another vote for
Jenn Butterworth, and also
Anna Massie
Kristina Olsen (great on the slide guitar!)


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: GUEST,Big Al Whittle
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 11:06 AM

Great Guitarists Who Have Bought Me a Drink

Wizz Jones
Bert Jansch
Terry Smith


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 10:11 AM

Among those still living:

Tommy Emmanuel
Andy McKee
Ana Vidovic
Julie Ellison (wish she was still playing!).


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Subject: RE: Favourite guitarists
From: gillymor
Date: 10 Oct 20 - 08:43 AM

Bill Frisell
Pat Metheny
John McLauglin (mostly his acoustic work, especially from My Goal's Beyond).


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