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

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  1. Irving Pye

    Irving Pye Member

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    Woody Mann...Pat Metheny...lots of'em ;)
     
  2. BigPapiFan

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    Of those living I offer:
    Warren Haynes
    Jimmy Herring
    Derek Trucks
    Not necessarily in that order.
     
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  3. dansworld

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    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.
     
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  4. blueman61

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    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).
     
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    Also...for relatively recent players, surprised no one has mentioned Greg Koch.....unless I missed it.
     
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    Jim Campilongo comes to mind.
     
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    Paul Gilbert, hands down.

    Amazing player, better human being.
     
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  8. WordMan

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    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.
     
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    Bob Mould
    John Scofield
    Robert Fripp
    Andy Summers
    Tony Mattola (his work with Sinatra deserves a listen)
     
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    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....
     
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    Besides the obvious ones already posted i'll list a few more recent history that come to mind:
    Greg Koch
    Pete Thorn
    Johnny Hiland

    older ones i didn't see mentioned:
    Steve Cropper
    Ry Cooder

    No surprise all of these guys are/were also amazing session players.

    edit: forgot to mention Carl Verheyen.
     
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    I can''t believe I left out Ribot! I steal from him all the time!
     
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    I can't believe it took 9 pages for Jimmy Herring to be mentioned!
     
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    Guitar players I love that effected me...

    George Harrison
    Eddie Van Halen
    Jeff Beck
    Chuck Berry
    Chet Atkins
    Eric Clapton
    David Gilmore
    Lindsay Buckingham
    Elliot Easton
    Mike Campbell
    Billy Gibbons
    Joe Satriani
    Eric Johnson
    Brett Mason

    Guitar players I can not get into but I get why people like them

    Steve Vai
    Paul Gilbert
    Ygie Malmsteen
    Most Jazz guys...
     
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    Warren Haynes
    Audley Freed
    Rich Robinson
    Derek Trucks
     
  17. big mike

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    Honestly and not my favorite player by a long shot.
    I'd say Larry Carlton.
     
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  18. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  20. dansworld

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    I've read many interviews of my favorite guitarists and two names come up quite often.

    Allan Holdsworth
    Ry Cooder
     

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