Most Unique tones

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  1. IPlayHamers

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    In your opinion, which guitarists have the most interesting and unique tones? 2 that come to mind are Adrian Belew and Dimebag Darrell(RIP). They were as far away from the Marshall/Fender sound as possible.

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    who's johnny greenwood?
     
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    I met Belew in the mid 80's when I worked for a guitar company and he was using Mustang guitars with the Roland Hex synth pu thru Roland Jazz Chorus amps.. I saw him a few times after with similar gear, and then the last time I saw him he was playing DRUMS for PROJEKCT2!! To me his tones aren't that distinguishable but his style is.... Same really with Johnny Greenwood (WHO I LOVE BTW) ... IT's sort of hard to define what you're asking with this but many of us use lots of fx to play with .. I mean these guys use lots of fuzz, modulation ,delay etc but still sounds like guitar to me!

    The guy in PLACEBO is pretty distinguishable.. lots of FUzzes and tones like Johnny Greenwood

    The EDGE has 1 of the most unique sounds to me.. Just beautiful AC30 sounds....

    Dean Deleo in STP had a pretty unique and interesting tone to me with his Demeter Tga3 preamp and VHT power amps but last time I saw him in concert he used 2 VOX Ac30 's and sounded very much similar.....

    ERic Johnson to me has a VERY unique sound, but most of it is due to the lack of treble and his extreme legato picking style..

    Robbie Krieger in theDOORS had a very unique style (Only guy I've ever heard sound close was Hugh Cornwall from the Stranglers!) , as did Jerry Garcia from the Dead...

    Trey Anastasio had a very unique sound! ALTHOUGH when I met him he was using Ibanez guitars and Mesa amps and a tube screamer back in the early -mid 80's and then switched to Paul's guitars thru Mesas and then thru Deluxe Reverbs, thru switching systems ,etc and always sounded like TREY TO ME!!

    David Gilmour has a pretty unique sound... (in the fingers again)

    I think I'm finding a common theme .. Most guys I think have a pretty unique sound , sound similarly thru all kinds of different gear.. .hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Same for me!

    Steve Hilllage had a very distinguishable sound, but much of it was guitar synth...

    Frank Zappa had distinguishable tone and style

    Reeves Gabriels

    HENDRIX

    NUGENT... the list goes on and on!

    BBKING.....

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    Iommi's a good one! Blackmore is too.. but it's hard for me to draw the line between 'different tone ' and 'distinguishable style! ERIC
     
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    Lowell George
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    George Harrison...

    A few that comes to mind immediately.
     
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    absolutely Johnny Greenwood!

    George Harrison, Belew, The Edge

    always thought Jerry Garcia had a very unique sound, even though I'm not a big fan
     
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    Big +1 on that - and other great ones mentioned - but there are so many others...

    Snakefinger, Brian MacLeod, David Torn, Jan Akkerman, Derek Bailey, Steve Hackett, Michael Hedges, Lowell George, John Abercrombie, Tommy Bolin, Rory Gallagher, Richard Thompson, Vernon Reid, Joni Mitchell, Kevin Breit, Steve Howe, etc...
     
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    HEY I just thought of 1 of the most unique tones , and he hasn't been mentioned yet... BILL NELSON Of Be Bop Deluxe... Anyone know what he used? Hollowbody Gibsons into Ampegs???? I'm totally guessing

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    Good call!
    Not sure of the gear though...
     

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