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Great guitarists that have no business SINGING.


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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 8:10:05 AM PDT
Zakk Wylde. Amazing guitar player! He does terrific lead work, and comes up with brilliant rhythm riffs, time after time. But Black Label Society should have hired a lead singer. Or maybe let Nick (Rhythm Guitarist) try his hand at vocals.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 7:51:11 AM PDT
Jeff Beck no doubt -- one the best atmospheric guitarists ever -- but his voice will bring you right back down to earth.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 7:37:56 AM PDT
JBug says:
I don't have a problem with Hendrix's singing.

Gary: I think you meant to say, "you're a moron"....

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 7:29:07 AM PDT
Tony L says:
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Great Guitar Player. MegaWeak Vox.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 7:09:50 AM PDT
Working Man says:
Robin Trower. While I am getting used to some of his songs now, he really need to leave the singing to others.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 6:38:50 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 27, 2011 6:37:07 AM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
May catch some flak for this, but Stevie Ray just sounded like every other run-of-the-mill white guy trying to sound black while playing the blues. When he shut his mouth and let his playing do the talking, well, that was another story entirely. Has Jimmie had the good sense not to repeat his brother's mistake? Never heard him sing. Don't want to either.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 6:36:09 AM PDT
Snoo says:
B-Jak,

Michael Hedges ? Really ? And you've listened to "Face Yourself " ?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 5:59:19 AM PDT
Many years ago I saw Steve Howe on one of those housewife morning talk shows (Might have been the Dinah Shore Show) where they would have a seventies rock icon come on the show and play something. Like once they had the singer for Styx come out on piano and sing "Lady". Anyway, Steve came out with I think Bruford on drums and a studio bass player and he sang "Roundabout". God it was awful. Another guy was Roy Buchanan, though he didn't ever want to sing. I believe his managment kind of made him sing.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 5:36:47 AM PDT
A J Day says:
... and then there's Trevor Rabin ... Great voice ... plays a mean piano and - oh yeah, not bad on the guitar too ... oops wrong discussion board!

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 5:26:29 AM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Joe Satriani. Phenomenal fretwork, but if you listened to his singing on Flying in a Blue Dream, it sounds like some hair farmer band's attempt at sounding like Springsteen (only to end up sounding like John Cafferty).

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 11:52:33 AM PDT
B-Jak says:
I can agree with most everything posted so far, except for Hendrix. Not a great voice, and apparently, he didn't care for it much himself, but I think it is a very expressive instrument.
Being a huge Television fan, I bought a Richard Lloyd album. The guitar MAY be good, but I didn't have the stomach to listen long enough to find out. Too bad.
I find Leo Kottke's playing amazing, but I cannot listen to his voice. Just bums me out. Michael Hedges is sorta the same, not quite so bad.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 11:38:32 AM PDT
Nope, no explaining taste.
:)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 9:57:36 AM PDT
Wow. I think Hendrix was very very listenable. No explaining taste, eh?

Mike Bloomfield tried to sing and just couldn't pull it off. Jeff Beck is unmatched in his ability to express himself with a guitar. Good thing, too, if you know what I mean.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 9:49:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2011 9:49:44 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
It's a good thing Dylan is not considered a great guitarist...
I'll go with Eddie Van Halen...great on background vocals with Michael Anthony but the tune he sings from VH III is BAAAAAD!!!

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 9:06:44 AM PDT
Randy says:
Ry Cooder and David Lindley are two of my favorite guitarists. Neither has a very good voice, but I really enjoy listening to them, as their voices fit their styles. I would say they are definitely acquired tastes, though.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 8:36:37 AM PDT
I concur with Hendrix....great guitarist...vocalist...not so much

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 7:41:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2011 7:42:30 AM PDT
J.Espresso says:
Steve Howe is a great guitarist, however anyone who has heard him on his solo recordings would likely agree, he's much more listenable when he lets his fingers do the talking. By the way, some of those solo projects are good stuff, it's just Howe's voice that is -- to put it generously -- an acquired taste.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 6:52:05 AM PDT
Hip O Critic says:
Alvin Lee has a weak voice but is a sensational guitarist. If Ten Years After had of had Robert Plant or Paul Rogers on vocals they would have matched it with Led Zeppelin.
George Harrison could just pass as a singer but played guitar uniquely different than anyone else.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 3:37:49 AM PDT
Carlos Santana - listen to Everything's Coming Our Way on Santana III for proof.
And of course Andy Summers of The Police.

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 9:29:57 PM PDT
I agree with you on the Hendrix - I can kind of enjoy his singing, but he's not really a good singer.

Ulrich Roth (who was heavily Hendrix influenced) has an even rougher singing voice than Hendrix (although I can kind of enjoy it). He did some vocals when he was with the Scorpions in the 70s, and did lead vocals for his solo albums in the 80s.

Initial post: Sep 25, 2011 9:15:12 PM PDT
There are many fab guitarists in the world of music, but there are some excellent guitar players that simply can't sing...one example: Richard Lloyd. Another (& I know I'll get roasted for this): Jimi Hendrix.

Who(m) do you-all/yunz think should forgo attempts to be singers (that are great guitarists)?
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