Worth asking? Who is the most "loved/respected" guitarist's guitarist?

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  1. WordMan

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    I don't see this happening as a poll - at least not yet. It will likely end up just being a list that folks post to.

    But I was looking at that "How can anyone NOT like Al DiMeola?" thread. It got me thinking: who is a player that *most* folks would acknowledge, even if they aren't big fans themselves, that this player is a "guitarist's guitarist." Nothing to do with songwriting or commercial success - this is about playing and who we guitarists look to.

    Of players still alive, I guess I would suggest Jeff Beck. When threads get started about him, I don't feel like I see nearly as many attempts to threadsh!t and point out something wrong. Even TGP's official thread-starter topic, Eddie Van Halen, gets more folks griping about something or another than it feels like Beck does.

    What do you think?

    In terms of younger guitarists, I would suggest Julian Lage. Guthrie Govan comes to mind, too, but Lage is so diverse and excels so far in so many genres.
     
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    Guthrie Govan. The guy seems to be universally loved not only as a player, but also as a character. His interviews, Rig Rundowns and lessons on YouTube are pure gold.

    I could listen to him read a phone book and be perfectly entertained...
     
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    Alan Holdsworth
    David Gilmour
    Danny Gatton
     
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    Jeff Beck, Elliot Easton, David Gilmour,
     
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    I would agree, Jeff Beck and also add Michael Landau, in terms of tone, touch and taste.

    There are others for me personally such as Steve Lukather and Gary Moore, but those are more controversial in terms of people moaning about tone or "overplaying" ;)
     
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    Richard Thompson.
     
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    All good suggestions. Mine would be Mick Ronson
     
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    For me, Jan Akkerman.
     
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    I abolutely do not love Guthrie. He seems nice enough. I just dont dig his playing.

    My vote for universal love by guitarsts would be Pat Metheney.
     
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    I think some people are really misunderstanding the question.
     
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    no contest in my opinion. He's one of the few players who seems to have 'transcended' some level that is beyond our universe. His attention to time would take several decades to even begin to approach. His forethought of notes (that are yet to be played) is almost God-like - it's as if he is playing a game of pool in his head, but he just knows exactly what pockets the balls will all roll into. I've never seen such mastery.

    Passed Away:

    For me it's Randy Rhodes. To put it into perspective, he was only 25 when he died in a plane crash. That's very young, however, he was a teacher, and he had hundreds of students. He taught at his mother's music school. The body of his work is pretty small, but within that small offering - what he did was mesmerizing. He really was unique and a truly gifted musician. Humble and non-egotistical, but at the time of this death - he was already planning on going to school and pursuing classical guitar.

    When I look at that arc of progress - in such a young player - it's pretty amazing. So to me, he's a "guitarist's guitarist" because he never kept his technique(s) secret - he'd show anyone who asked how it's done. This can't be said for a lot of players. They guard their secrets.

    ***Honorable mention must go to Ted Greene. This man was someone who truly understood everything about music on a deep level, and the guitar playing he did proved it.

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    Holdsworth, Beck, Gatton, Thompson, Carlton....
     
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    Because Led Zeppelin's catalogue is so well known that even the deep cuts have gotten radio airplay. I've heard more of Zeppelin's music on the radio than just about anybody after the Beatles.

    Every Beatles song has been played alphabetically during marathons on FM radio stations.

    George?
    John?
    Paul?
     
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    There's also a huge chasm between what TGP thinks - and what the rest of the non-guitarist planet thinks.
     
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