Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by WordMan, Jun 12, 2019.
Woody Mann...Pat Metheny...lots of'em
Of those living I offer:
Not necessarily in that order.
This question can virtually not be answered. You are asking it of a varied group of (mostly) guitar players. The answers will vary greatly from person to person.
People will answer with their personal heroes, favorites and/or greatest influences.
When one answers "Dave Gilmour", or "Angus Young", or "Guthrie Govan", or "Jimmy Page" are we saying these are the ultimate guitarists in history? If these guys, why not Barney Kessell or Tommy Tedesco or Django Reinhardt or Ted Greene? I guarantee you that these guys have defined 20th century guitar in their own, important ways by their expansion of the vocabulary of the guitar while redefining the meaning of "chops".
There is no "the one". Only Neo in the Matrix. To try and affix a label of "ultimate" to any one player is impossible.
Paradigm creators, by definition or proxy most loved/respected:
Charlie Christian, Freddie Green, Eddie Lang, T Bone Walker, Django Reinhardt, Son House, Segovia, Wes Montgomery
To me, none of the other guys mentioned, much as I love most of them, would exist without being able to stand on the shoulders of those who came first. They are the headwaters of everything we talk about on these pages. No disrespect intended to anyone else's choice(s).
Also...for relatively recent players, surprised no one has mentioned Greg Koch.....unless I missed it.
Jim Campilongo comes to mind.
Paul Gilbert, hands down.
Amazing player, better human being.
At the individual level, sure. But across 9 pages so far, some players are emerging pretty consistently, and that's about the best one can hope for when starting this type of thread on TGP. And the discussions about some folks I would suggest don't meet the criteria because there is TGP Snark baggage associated with them is part of this interesting thread. It's all good.
Tony Mattola (his work with Sinatra deserves a listen)
He has the reverse Samson thing going on though. The longer his facial hair gets.... the more by the numbers and uninspired his musicianship gets....
Besides the obvious ones already posted i'll list a few more recent history that come to mind:
older ones i didn't see mentioned:
No surprise all of these guys are/were also amazing session players.
edit: forgot to mention Carl Verheyen.
I can''t believe I left out Ribot! I steal from him all the time!
I can't believe it took 9 pages for Jimmy Herring to be mentioned!
Guitar players I love that effected me...
Eddie Van Halen
Guitar players I can not get into but I get why people like them
Most Jazz guys...
Honestly and not my favorite player by a long shot.
I'd say Larry Carlton.
Brian Setzer is another player that I see regularly lauded as a "guitarist's guitarist," as well as a popularizer, and I can't say I've ever heard anyone diss his playing.
I think the name I hear most often - specifically from other professional players in interviews/podcasts etc... who is almost universally respected, admired and lauded is Michael Landau. As mostly a sideman he is certainly not front of mind to most non players - or even guitarists who in the modern no liner notes era (or back in the day when the liner notes were often incomplete and didn't credit the guys who actually played) don't know what he's done in his career. But I don't think I've ever read or heard a bad comment about his playing.
I've read many interviews of my favorite guitarists and two names come up quite often.