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Initial post: Dec 18, 2012 4:08:16 PM PST
Last weekend I had the pleasure of talking with one of San Diegos best guitarists about who has the most recognizable sound. The one's you know who they are when you hear them play regardless of band, singer, etc. Here are the one's that first came to mind for me. These arent in any particular order. Name the guitarists you think have the most recognizable sound.

1. Tony Iommi
2. Buck Dharma
3. Brian May
4. Eddie Van Halen
5. Michael Schenker
6. Robin Trower
7. Ritchie Blackmore
8. Randy Rhoads
9. Jimi Hendrix
10. Jimmy Page
11. Rory Gallagher
12. Ted Nugent
13. Uli Jon Roth
14. Gary Moore
15. David Gilmour
16. Dimebag Darrell Abbott
17. Carlos Santana
18. Frank Marino
19. Pat Travers
20. Angus Young

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:20:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2012 5:50:40 PM PST
B L T says:
I can identify these seven guitarists immediately by their unique sound.

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. David Gilmour
3. Carlos Santana
4. Eric Clapton
5. George Harrison

**EDIT**

6. Billy Gibbons
7. Mark Knopfler

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:48:22 PM PST
Park says:
Going back a-ways, there is blues singer Lonnie Johnson, who I believe had a very distinctive sound.

- I'm in Love Again

- I've Got Rocks in My Bed

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:03:09 PM PST
B. rogers says:
Andy Summers and Robert Fripp

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 6:07:41 PM PST
Captain Ogre says:
I'm surprised that Neil Young didn't come up in the conversation with one of "San Diego's best guitarists"
His distortion fueled style is so recognizable that anyone who plays a song that way can't avoid the inevitable comparison

Tommy Bolin is instantly recognizable to me, too, across a lot of genres with a lot of different singers/bands

Of course, when either of those play acoustic, the uniqueness is not so distinctive

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 6:14:05 PM PST
Captain Ogre says:
B. rogers,

How did I not think of those two?

Which also brings Adrian Belew to mind

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:16:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2012 6:32:28 PM PST
Captain Ogre says:
Ricky Wilson only had a small body of work, but he had a unique style.
Listen to any B52s song at random and it's pretty easy to tell if it was pre or post Ricky's short time on this mortal coil

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:24:20 PM PST
Steve Howe
Terry Kath
Joe Walsh

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:26:20 PM PST
George Thorogood, Warren Haynes, Gary Rossington three great unique styles all are great! They are sometimes imitated, never duplicated because they are that darned good!

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:39:15 PM PST
B-Jak says:
Allan Holdsworth
Steve Hackett
Frank Zappa (although Dweezil and Ike Willis come pretty close)
Richard Thompson
Jeff Beck
Eric Johnson
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Doyle Bramhall ll
Phil Manzanera

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:42:55 PM PST
Allan Holdsworth,Steve Hackett,Mike Oldfield,David Gilomur,Steve Rothery,Andy Latimer to name a few.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:47:59 PM PST
B-Jak says:
Steve Stevens

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 7:03:33 PM PST
B. rogers says:
Jamie West-Orum

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 7:08:33 PM PST
B. rogers says:
Neil Schon

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 7:16:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2012 7:18:11 PM PST
Unquestionably Brian May. His playing has a sound and tone that tells you immediately that it's him and no one else. I've never heard anyone duplicate his sound. I'm not saying he's the best, but he does have the most distinctive sound.

Eddie Van Halen's sound is also very distinctive, with its rapid-fire staccatos.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 7:23:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2012 7:26:24 PM PST
Brian May's distinctive sound stems primarily from his first guitar being made by he and his father from a very old mahagony fireplace that was being torn out of a house. But it was also his style that made him a one of a kind. Brian really shines live. I saw Queen several times in concert and I always enjoyed the part of the show when Freddie would take a break and Brian was left in the spotlight for his extended solo. He made fantastic use of echo effects to sound like there were three guitarists onstage.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 7:44:05 PM PST
Wes Montgomery is instantly recognizable by his tone produced on a Gibson L5CEs. Add to that list Michael Mann aka "Hollywood Fats" and Freddy King on Gibson ES345s. Ditto for George Benson on an Ibenez GB-10.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 8:11:08 PM PST
zlh67 says:
Jim Mankey of Concrete Blonde has a very dinstinct tone/style to his sound. A very under-rated part of that band and their sound imo.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 8:45:23 AM PST
The Brown Tone...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 11:19:02 AM PST
Randal Stoner,

Thanks for the info on Brian May's first guitar. Interesting stuff. I never heard of a guitar being made from a house's mahogany fireplace ! But I guess that once you set your mind to a goal, it can be accomplished.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 11:19:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 11:21:20 AM PST
Sharptop says:
Frank Zappa

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 11:23:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 11:26:54 AM PST
Robert

There's a really interesting article online about how Brian and his father made the whole guitar, from the pickups to the body. They wanted a specific sound, but couldn't afford to buy a factory made guitar. He first learned the ukelele and piano and received his first guitar at the age of 7. It took he and his dad two years to complete the guitar that became known as "red special."

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 11:42:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 11:44:05 AM PST
Randal,

It really doesn't surprise me, because I believe that all the guys in Queen ended up graduating college with advanced degrees in subjects of study like physics, biology, chemistry, etc. Smart dudes, that's for sure.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 12:06:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 12:09:44 PM PST
Funny you should mention that Robert! I was just reading another article online that stated Brian was being chosen to replace the head of the organization of Astronomers in England.

Brian wrote a 48,000 word thesis in 2007 to obtain his PHD in astrophysics.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 3:01:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 5:53:10 PM PST
mac says:
Chris Whitley
Henry Kaiser
Glenn Phillips
Terje Rypdal
Ben Harper
Mike Keneally
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