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 Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 19:50

Following from the fulsome praise towards Peter Green on another thread, I wondered how highly he might rate compared to other great guitarists of the post war era.

Would Green make your Top 5? Please list your Top 5 in order of preference. I'll hold off for now, as I'm struggling to make my mind up.



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 20:11

1.Rory Gallacher
2.Gary moore
3.Guthrie Govan
4.David Gilmour
5.Rabea Massaad
Anyone who includes "the edge" in their list gets an automatic ban... You have been telt 🤣



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: auldpar  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 20:52

1. Richard Thompson.
2. Neil Young.
3. Eric Clapton
4. Peter Green
5. Mike Oldfield



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 20:53

Several great pickers in the Country genre.

Some were only active as session players so not widely recognised.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 21:01

Agreed... Most of the real great guitarists are session players... But there's far too many to list... And nobody really knows them.



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 21:09

No Mark Knopler? Tunnel of Love crescendo?
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Hail2Crail  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 21:27

Buckethead
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Stoo  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 22:55

For me, not arguing on technicality, MY favourites in no order:

Slash
Rory Gallagher
Kirk Hammett
Mike McCready
Buckethead

Special mention for Jerry Cantrell, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hendrix, Gilmour.



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Big T Par  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 22:55

Angus Young
James Hetfield
Malcolm Young
Tom Morello
Tobias Forge

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: helensburghpar  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 23:28

Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy Page

Rory Gallagher

Keith Richards

Brian Robertson



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Sammy_Must_Die  
Date:   Sun 26 Jul 23:53

1. The Edge
2. The Edge
3. The Edge
4. The Edge
5. The Edge

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: sadindiefreak  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 00:07

Only going with guitarists I have seen live and was blown away by.
If they can only do it in the studio are they really that good?

Top 5 are

5. Scott Levesque (Wheat)
4. Johnny Smillie (Thrum)
3. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
2. Ann Matthews (Ectogram)
1. Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females) The best by miles. My mind was melted by just how good she is.

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: DBP  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 07:18

I don't think when the above poster said best guitarists were studio ones, he meant they couldn't do it live, just that they're not part of the actual band.

They're bought in to help come up with the good stuff and often support the actual band or singer on tour, but we probably never know their names - but they get those jobs because they are the best musicians
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: sadindiefreak  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 08:52

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DBP, Mon 27 Jul 07:18

I don't think when the above poster said best guitarists were studio ones, he meant they couldn't do it live, just that they're not part of the actual band.

They're bought in to help come up with the good stuff and often support the actual band or singer on tour, but we probably never know their names - but they get those jobs because they are the best musicians


I wasn't even referring to the above posts.

Can totally see why you would think that I was though.

Was just meaning I chose folk I have seen live so I know they can play.
I've seen some guitarists who sound good on record but not so much when I've seen them live.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 09:52

Very difficult to choose only five G.G. when there are so many greats past and present :-


Peter White (lead for Al Stewart)
Mick Taylor (Stones)
Ry Cooder
Mark Knopfler
David Gilmour
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Gem 1977  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 10:16

In no order -

Wayne Kramer
Jeff Beck
Johnny Marr
Jimi Hendrix
Johnny Winter

Here's to the first of the day, fellas! To old D.H. Lawrence.
Neh! Neh! Neh! Fuh! Fuh! Fuh! Indians

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: charlie1  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 10:16

Surprised no mention for Brian May!
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 11:06

Best live one I have seen was Rory Gallacher, he played the Kinema many times!🎶🎶🎶
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: GG Riva  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 12:04

I've slept on it* and come up with:-

1. Mark Knopfler
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. Eric Clapton
4. Carlos Santana
5. Keith Richards

Of course I'm not claiming these are the best, but they're the ones I like the most. I suppose it all depends on the kind of music you're into. Mark Knopfler will always be my No. 1. Whenever I hear any of his chords, my spirits are lifted immediately.

*Tomorrow I could quite easily come up with a few changes, but I'll resist the temptation. 🙂



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 14:28

Stuart Adamson. Close thread

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Gareth Keenan Investigates  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 15:54

Tom Morello
Angus Young
Johnny Marr
John Frusciante
Adam Dutkiewicz

Something in there for everyone.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 16:35

John Williams
Richard Thompson
David Gilmour
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy McCulloch
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 17:35

Quote:

Sammy_Must_Die, Sun 26 Jul 23:53

1. The Edge
2. The Edge
3. The Edge
4. The Edge
5. The Edge

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Right!!! You're gettin it!!! 🤣



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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Par  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 18:55

Ed King
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDz2rVgv0uM

Bill Nelson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jVfOLcrNjs

Stevie Ray Vaughan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC5H9P4F5Uk

Rory Gallagher
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlEfyMoR49M

Paul Kossoff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifJGMVrlXls
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: dave67  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 19:30

BB King
Blackmore
Hendrix
Angus Young
Steve Vai
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: parfection  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 19:48

Buspasspar

Great to see a shout out for Peter White. His work with Al Stewart (possibly my favourite artist of the lot) is fab. Al has had some great guitar players - Tim Renwick and Laurence Juber to name a couple of others.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 20:13

Aye parfection Peter White was an incredible guitarist

I listen to Al Stewart every other night I start with Time Passages then Year of the cat

I am trying to remember the album which has a live track where Al introduces Peter as his new lead guitar player
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: General Zod  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 20:50

Satchel
Dimebag Darrell
Ernie C
Randy Rhoads
Tom Morello
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: red-star-par  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 21:03

Nits Strauss
Steve "The Deacon" Hunter
John Squire
Stuart Adamson
Johnny Marr
Those 5 are probably my favourite, in no particular order. I've seen them all live but Steve Hunter was superb playing with Lou Reed at The Playhouse
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Malcolm Canmore  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 21:12

Has to be room for John Martyn in there.

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 22:34

Surprised nobody has mentioned Robert Cray yet or the late Jeff Healey.





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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: parfection  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 22:52

Buspasspar

I think the album to which you refer is Live at the Roxy. If it isn’t (and I will check) I definitely have this recording somewhere.

I own a very rare album (very limited release) called ‘Seemed like a good idea at the time’. If you don’t own this, and it’s now hard/pricey to get, and you’d like a copy I’d be happy to oblige.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: jake89  
Date:   Mon 27 Jul 22:52

Lot of older guys on here. Surprised not to see "newer" guitarists like J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Graham Coxon (Blur) or Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age/Them Crooked Vultures).
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: sammer  
Date:   Tue 28 Jul 01:47

Thanks for the links, but too much heavy, groovy, rock blues for my taste. It’s guitar playing for its own sake rather than to develop a song. I’ll stick with:

Mark Knopfler- as GG says, he lifts your heartstrings and gives you a glimpse of heaven.

Chuck Berry- who played guitar to piano tuning and did more with three chords than most do with many. A minimalist genius.

Alvin Lee (from 10 Years After.) He becomes the guitar after a while. He takes you into his world.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Tue 28 Jul 03:01

Good to see Al Stewart get a mention here. He has made so many good albums. A greatly underestimated talent.

When I was studying at Southampton he turned up at my local pub, The Great Harry in Warsash (now named The Ferryman), which was a well-known jazz club at the time. Acker Bilk was a regular there.

At the urging of the pub crowd, Al Stewart played a short session while the main act took a break. It was just him and a borrowed acoustic guitar and he was superb.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Tue 28 Jul 08:35

Parfection there are 3 live tracks at the end of Russian and Americans ...good album ...I think it may have been on one of those. I will check out live at the Roxy as well
Never seen Seemed like a good idea at the time I will check that out also and if I can't get one I may take you up on your kind offer

Many thanks
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: veteraneastender  
Date:   Tue 28 Jul 10:22

"If they can only do it in the studio are they really that good?"

Yes - only difference is they choose not to live the nomadic "on the road" lifestyle.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: AJ27  
Date:   Tue 28 Jul 17:34

I’ll go with ones I’ve seen as well

Jerry Garcia
Bert Jansch
Chuck Berry
Richard Thompson
Keith Richards
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: average white par  
Date:   Tue 28 Jul 18:39

Micheal Schenker
Gary Moore
Larry Carlton
Dave Murray
George Benson

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: OzPar  
Date:   Wed 29 Jul 16:00

<<Has to be room for John Martyn in there.>>


Loved John Martyn in the 1970s. His song, Solid Air, which was written about his friend Nick Drake who was at the time in a state of heavy decline due to drug use, is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever heard. It is still among my most played songs on Sonos/Spotify.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Wed 29 Jul 18:23

Love John Martyn Oz I have most of his albums ...He was also in heavy decline due to alcohol abuse

What might have been such a tragic scene just changes
Moves smoothly oh so smoothly into time
I will try it can't deny it if I need it I will bleed for it
Cos it never tastes the same it never tastes the same to me

From the album Glasgow Walker
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Wed 29 Jul 20:06

parfection found it Its at the end of ..Lori don't go right now ..on the Russian and Americans album.. yeh :)
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Malcolm Canmore  
Date:   Wed 29 Jul 21:25

John Martyn live on stage with Echoplex - wonderful gigs and fantastic talent on display. Not sure he even knew he was on stage, but the audiences loved it.

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: parfection  
Date:   Wed 29 Jul 22:42

Cheers Buspasspar,

Lori don’t go right now is another great song. I agree that Russians and Americans is a fine album - I like the title track in particular.

As I said, do have a hunt for Seemed like a good idea at the time - it’s an undiscovered gem.

My wife and I saw Al perform the whole of Past Present and Future and Year of the Cat at the Royal Albert Hall just a couple of years ago. He was performing with the original line up of musicians (barring deaths of course). Both Peter White and Tim Renwick were playing - it was a truly epic gig and they rounded the night off with Time Passages as a wee extra.
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: MikeyLeonard  
Date:   Thu 30 Jul 00:20

Stuart Adamson
Bill Nelson
Prince.
John McGeoch

Cannae really think of another one.

Oops. . .edited to add John McGeoch. . .how could I forget 😮

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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Thu 30 Jul 20:53

3 for the oldies, this trio inspired many of the groups in the 60's and 70's, some of these groups still playing today!

BB King
Muddy Waters
Hank Marvin
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: ipswichpar  
Date:   Fri 31 Jul 11:37

Angus
Malcom
Hetfield
Morello
Frank Bello
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 Re: Top 5 Guitarists
Topic Originator: Superally  
Date:   Fri 31 Jul 22:50

Gilmour
Page
May
Knophler
Townsend
Richards



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