Best rock guitarist (Page 4)
softbeard: a few names I would like to add to this list:
I don't believe I saw Joe Satriani,
or John Petrucci,
and one that everybody missed, Aldo Ray,
who was making his guitar talk back in the 50s
toniforrestal: sorry but angus young shouldn be in here to all the people who think he should ...
1- Randy rhoads(ozzy)
2- Paul Gilbert(Racer x)
3-Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
i guess you always have to have both Jimis in there os they started everything.
apart from them, Steve Vai, joe Satriani, Dave Mustaine, Eddy Van Halen..and so more that its impossible to mention them all .
ricktune: A word about Angus Young. If you've never seen AC/DC in concert, then you're commenting blindly. I watched this little, tiny man do a three hour show and he had just as much energy at the end as he did in the beginning. He was a dynamo, his stage presence was tremendous that he had 100's of people rushing the stage during one of his solos just to beat the stage with thier fists. What you hear on studio recordings is nothing compared to the stuff he does live.
I've heard all the cuts against AC/DC, but there is a reason that they've been around 4 decades. If you actually listen to the structure of the music instead of the vocals and "just" the rhythm, there are many subtle nuances in Angus' playing and in the structure of the songs. Listen carefully to "Ride On" and see if you can figure out the chords he's playing, without looking them up on line or in a "play it our way" magazine.
The man is one of THE most covered guitar players in the world, but it's rare to hear a bar band play him correctly. They b@&*$ and complain about the structure and say it's F'ed up, but it's not, not really. I enjoy the key change on most of the solos, breaks up the monotony of same key solos that most other bands do. In my original music I use this change to bring out a different side to my musics, to my trane of thought.
About that Explorer, thank you. I purchased that guitar "off the rack" in 1984. I was 17 and my parents said they would pay half, if I could save the other half. Incentive is a wonderful thing. I got the guitar, hard case, rocking pyramid studded strap, picks and a Seko tuner for $450 "out the door". I still have all of it, including the hang tags. the guitar has seen better days, I don't buy guitars to look at and strum occasionally, I'm a working musician and my gear gets roughed up. I don't consider the guitar abused, misused or brutalized, I look at it and I can remember the story behind every scar on it. A few years back, my ex (who will remain nameless, because I fear invoking her name might make her appear) saw me drooling over a 1984 SG. She talked the old owner out of it for $300 and gave it to me on an anniversary. It was made within the same week as my Explorer and came from the same guitar shop in Celina, Ohio and there's a pretty good chance I played it at the store(I checked out a lot of guitars that day). It came with a Gibson, hard plastic flight case (farely rare item) and the original owners manual. that's what I play exclusively now, it's lighter and a little neck heavy (I like that) and stays in tune even in harsh conditions. I did replace the Klusons with some really good Schalers but other than that she's stock. I love the sound of the Alnico HB's that they were using in the early 80's, the 490's and the 500's were just destroyers through a good quality tube amp.
Brett11: Jimi...............'Standing next to a mountain, chop it down with the edge of my hand!'
All u 100mph mixolydian playing widdly-widdly masterbaters cant top that shit!
You can close this thread nao, clearly we have a winner!
Nick718: Forgot to mention Steve Vai, even haev a pic with him in my profile, i met him and talked to him. When i met him I was like, "your good! and told him what songs i could play, and ones i was learning by him, I was such a goof haha. he played private concert that day for Carvin and i stodd bout 5 feet in front of him watching him play solos with Tony MacAlpine all day, best day of my life.
ricktune: I saw Vai with Zappa. The only thing about Vai, Satriani, Malmsteen etc. is that they aren't the "Guitar hero" of a band, it's STEVE VAI (and his backup band) or YNGVIE MALMSTEEN (and his backup band). I'm not taking anything away from these guys, but they aren't guitar heroes so to speak. They are masters of what they do, but for most typ[ical players, unless you have 12 hours a day to dedicate playing their stuff, you are not going to pull it off in a cover band. They are awesome, like Mozart was awesome. They are chord and riff geniouses, but guys like eddie Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix were more about adding character to the song, not adding song to the riff.
Nick718: i know ricktune, to be honest malmsteen satch, and vai arnt even that good to me anymore. listen to Labyrinth, Twilightning, Grave Digger, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iron Savior, Blind Guardian, Savatage, sooo many great bands. they're guitarists are great because of the buildups, the feel they put into it, and theyre sheer creativity and technique. they can match highpitch vocals with pinch harmonics, and whammy dives are the shiz. listen to a song Excalibur by Grave Digger, you'll get an idea of how a band so heavy can have an awesome yet "feely" solo. if your bored search some Rob Marcello, and Mercel Coenen...two great foreign guitarists, you shall be in awe my friend.
ricktune: Please don't misinterpret me brother. I'm not taking anything away from the three mentioned in my thread. these guys paid their dues and came up the same way everybody else did and they are masters at their trade, just not what I view as a "guitar hero".
Keep an eye on Sweden, I see great things coming from our fare haired brothers in the old world. I've heard some pieces recently that are very reminiscent of some early stuff from Wasp, Iron Maiden and Nazareth.
Nick718: yeah when i say germany i mean anything european. sweden, finland, italy, scandanavia, poland, everywhere. haha search this on youtube Finnish Guitar Heroes - 12 Donkeys . its a live performance with a band of 6 guitarists i like, from diferent bands. they all come play solos together, even the guitarist from Tarot is there! just watch the vid, its awesome, thats my style playing i freestyle solo lik that over backing tracks alll day haha.
near50ohoh: hands down, nothing like him before or since. after all he's one of the innovators
Arthur Philip Dent: There are a lot of incredible guitarists, but we must not forget Stevie Ray Vaughan(R.I.P.)
bonjoursydney: santana, Zappa, galagher, Johnson, Garry moore, Guilmour, Vai, BB King, and so on ...
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