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Sunday Fun Favourite Guitarists

Discussion in 'music' started by fegs, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    Ok Just for fun, who are your fave guitarists?

    Note I said favourite not best!

    We're not necessarily looking for technical prowess here, they may well just be cool as ........

    Or they may well be your fave because they're masters of their craft?

    here's a few of mine in no particular order, and like all good lists this may well be different tomorrow

    Thurston Moore - Sonic Youth

    Bill Nelson - Be Bop Deluxe

    Mick Ronson - Bowie Hunter/Ronson

    Joey Santiago - Pixies

    Poison Ivy - The Cramps

    Johnny Ramone - Ramones

    Terry Bickers - House Of Love

    Steve Jones - Sex Pistols

    Stuart Adamson - Skids , Big Country

    Rob Marshall - Exit Calm, Mark Lanegan

    Geordie Walker - Killing Joke

    John Mc Geoch - Banshees, Magazine, PIL

    Bernard Sumner - Joy Division, NO
  2. MichaelC

    MichaelC pfm Member

    It has to be...

    Steve Hillage

    Huw LLoyd Langton

    There are of course so many fantastic guitarists, it becomes a lengthy list and I shall add into the mix

    Robert Fripp
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  3. martin dawson

    martin dawson pfm Member

    Jimi Hendrix
    Frank Zappa
    JJ Cale
    Peter Green
    Leslie West
    Jeff Beck
    Johnny Echols
    Stephen Stills
    Steve Vai
    Nick Drake
    Randy California
    Clarence White
    Duane Eddy

    I could listen to the above list for hours.


    Last edited: Oct 18, 2020
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  4. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    Huw Lloyd Langton is an excellent shout!
  5. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Nigel Tufnel, of course.
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  6. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    Or Vim Fuego ?
  7. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Dodgy hair...
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  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Wes Montgomery, genre-defining work on Riverside etc.
    Grant Green, genre defining work on Blue Note etc.
    John Mclaughlin, his work with Miles Davis on In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew and A Tribute To Jack Johnson guarantees immortality.
    Bill Frizell, another true innovator who is still bringing a wealth of new techniques and textures to a variety of genres.
    Jimi Hendrix, the exception to the ‘rock guitar hero’ rule, this one played at a jazz-level and actually had feel, genius level player.
    Marc Bolan, just the king of the simple pop-blues riff/hook, even if he found some of the best ones elsewhere, never less than an amazing guitar sound.
    Robert Fripp, mainly for his ‘Frippertronics’ drone stuff, but really all of it.
    Vini Riley, a total breath of fresh air in the absurdly crowded ‘me too’ world of rock/indie guitar, just totally different, unique and instantly identifiable.
    Manuel Göttsching, his work with Ash Ra Tempel and later solo as Ashra was groundbreaking and opened many doors.
    Kevin Shields, Loveless brought a whole new way of playing, especially with regards to using the ‘talent handle’ on a Jazzmaster.
    Steve Hillage, again brought something genuinely new and something that would be just as at home in the ambient beauty of Rainbow Dome Musik or with The Orb as it was with Gong.
    Derek Bailey, I have absolutely no idea WTF he is doing, or why, but that makes his work far more interesting than most.

    Again my top 10 has 12 entries. Sue me.

    PS Should really have Thurston Moore in there too down to his use of random guitars in thoroughly odd tunings, I love the idea of modifying a guitar just to write one song, such great new sounds.
  9. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs pants up, knee down

    Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers)

    Skip MacDonald aka Little Axe (Dub Syndicate etc.)

    Django Reinhardt
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  10. mountain biker

    mountain biker The hills are alive

    Joe Bonamassa

    Gary Clark Jnr

    Robert Cray

    Larry Coryell

    John Mclaughlin

    Eddie Van Halen

    Al Di Meola

    All the usual's Hendrix Clapton etc.
  11. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Jimi Henfrix
    Frank Zappa
    Gwenifer Raymond
    John Etheridge
    Peter Green
    John Fahey
    John Mclaughlin
    Gary Moore
  12. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Peter Green and Jimi Hendrix are all you really need.
  13. Euan

    Euan pfm Member

    Peter Banks
    Michael Romeo
    Vinne Moore
    Yngwie J Malmsteen
    Al Dimeola
    Dave Young
    Devin Townsend
  14. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Joseph Spence
    John Fahey
    Charlie Patton
    Django Reinhardt
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  15. Graham H

    Graham H pfm Member

    Hans Reichel
    Derek Bailey
    Fred Frith
    Keith Rowe
    John Fahey
    John Renbourn
    Grant Green
    Michael Chapman
    Jimi Hendrix
    Richard Thompson
  16. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Hendrix is a given.

    Tom Verlaine was the first name that came to mind. His playing fascinates me because it's so distinctive.

    Easy to forget that Joni Mitchell is an innovative guitar player, among her superabundance of talents.

    I also enjoy Maurice Deebank's (Felt) playing, especially on The Splendour of Fear. He was last seen living in a monastery near Birmingham. Very interesting interview with him here:

    I'm not such a big fan of guitar in jazz but exceptions include Mclaughlin's playing with Miles Davis, and any number of albums by Ralph Towner.
  17. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Yes, I agree about Tom Verlaine having a distinctive sound, you only have to listen to Foxhole! Another great guitarist for sure.

  18. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Joni and Tom Verlaine should be on any list for sure.

    PS I remember going to a House Of Love gig just to see Felt who were supporting!
  19. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    Good list of acoustic players, I would add
    Rev Gary Davis
    Doc Watson
    I love the unhurried swing they all have. Watson in particular is a bit like a great sportsman or woman who always seems to have more time than the other players around them.
    In a different tradition
    Martin Carthy
    Nic Jones
    Chris Wood
    Martin Simpson, who crosses the English / Americana line.
    Richard Thompson is a genius on acoustic and electric.
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  20. clifftaylor

    clifftaylor Absolutely retired!

    John Martyn, Dave Gilmour

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