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Who is the Most Underrated Guitarist?

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by BigDoug1053, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. BigDoug1053

    BigDoug1053 Supporting Member

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    Who deserves more props, press, respect, awareness? To make this list, the guitarist must have chops, be a stylistic influence on players, and not have gotten wide recognition or reward from the general public. I will start off with:

    Danny Gatton
    Alan Holdsworth
    Charlie Christian
    Johnny Smith
    Ernie Isley
     
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    Holdsworth is a great one.

    Add Leslie West.

    Many guitarists list him as an influence, mostly for his thick sound.
     
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    I'd say Lindsey Buckingham is pretty darn underrated.

    I never thought much of him until I was dragged screaming to a Fleetwood Mac concert by an old girlfriend...I had a whole new appreciation of his playing (and the entire band) after that night.
     
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    Martin Barre - a true workhorse and gets zero credit. I don't think I've ever seen him in any guitar type magazine.
     
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    John Stowell
    Joe Diorio
    Lenny Breau
    Harry Leahy
    Ted Greene
    Reggie Young
    Sam Brown
    Hubert Sumlin
    "Pops" Staples
    Michael Gregory Jackson
    Blind Willie Johnson
    James Burton
    Magic Sam
    Mick Goodrick
    Attila Zoller

    +1 on Johnny Smith & Lindsey Buckingham, definitely

    About two dozen more guys are going to pop in my head as soon as I send this....
     
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    Great suggestions so far...

    I'll add, off the top of my head:

    Ollie Halsall
    Ed Bickert
    Steve Topping
    Pierre Bensusan
    Richard Thompson
    Jan Akkerman
    Domenic Troiano
    Frank Marino
    acoustic Bill Connors

    ...
     
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    Huge +1. I saw him live with Metro a couple of years ago and it was one of the best concerts I've been to, the guy blew me away and the same goes for the rest of the band. Besides, from the concert and interviews I've read he seems to be the nice, humble, Lukather type. Check out his impressive credits here http://chuckloeb.com/ (there's some clips too) and if you're into contemporary jazz I think the album Metrocafé by Metro is a must.
     
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    ..I told you I'd forget some...

    Djelimady Tounkara
    Fred Frith
    Mark Stewart
    Tim Brady
    Marc Ducret

    ..in addition to Wayne's list..I can't believe I forgot Ed Bickert and Richard Thompson, two of my all-time fave guitar players, and who I've actually been listening to a lot of lately....
     
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    I think Bonnie Raitt is consistently overlooked in terms of her guitar ability. Not only is she an amazing song writer, but she can make you cry with her slide work. I think she has great technique as well.
     
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    Wherever you rate this guy, even if it was #1, he'd still be underrated


    Johnny Winter
     
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    :dude :dude :dude :dude :dude
     
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    +1 on Johnny Winter

    David Lindley
    Steve Tibbetts
    David Torn
     
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    Rick Neilson.
    He can play on my team any day!:dude
     
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    +1 for Johnny Winter AND Mike Bloomfield....


    ....add Don Felder and Dickey Betts to the list too.
     
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    The entire country of Brazil.
     
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    No offense, but a lot of guys being mentioned I wouldn't consider as being underrated :confused:


    DanR
     
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    John Sykes (Whitesnake, Blue Murder)
    Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem)
     
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    James Pennebaker

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