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Initial post: May 23, 2012 11:23:16 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
In no particular order;
1- Les Paul, not only a great picker but a pioneer of sounds too.
2- Link Wray, mean & unique picker & distortion pioneer (influential)
3- Muddy Waters, nobody "amplified" the delta like he did.
4- Roger McGuinn, cornered the market on electric 12 string
5- Jimi Hendrix, the best rock guitar that ever was or will be
6- J Beck, tone to die for from Yarbirds to present
7- Peter Green, best uk blues man bar none, strange voodoo
8- Albert Collins, that icy tone still rules the blues
9- Chet Atkins, pure finger picking glory
10-tie between Keef Riffhard & Townsend two rhythm aces

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2012 11:43:17 AM PDT
Jimmy Page should be on anybody's top 10 even if he had died after Zeppelin II. I also might put Jack White up there if only for the rhythm guitar on "De Stijl" and "White Blood Cells." Steve Hackett is also very underrated. Both Jack and Steve seem to have the potential of putting out more great material.

Posted on May 23, 2012 11:48:39 AM PDT
S. Rice says:
Dick Dale pretty much single handedly invented a new sound for guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRH_70_Foow

Posted on May 23, 2012 12:26:25 PM PDT
Billy Gibbons tone is mean, nasty, and immediately recognizable.
Steve Howe's tones are very tasty.
Although I love Steve Hackett and have many of his solo works, I don't find his tone (sound) to be that amazing, but his style is.

Posted on May 23, 2012 12:44:56 PM PDT
S. P. Levin says:
To me no one plays the guitar better than Gabriela Quintero of Rodrigo Y Gabriela.

Posted on May 23, 2012 1:01:20 PM PDT
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alysha25 says:
@S.P.Levin, never heard of him but went to youtube. One of the comments said his music was in the t.v. show "Breaking Bad", great show, although I don't recall their music, but then I haven't seen season 4 yet (waiting for it to come out on DVD in June). In the episode where they played "Windy" by the association on Breaking Bad, I had that song in my head for days! I guess it drew a lot of new attention to that song too.

"Charo" (cuchi cuchi) is one of the best classical guitarists in the world, (if it doesn't have to be rock) hard to believe, but true.

Posted on May 23, 2012 1:15:49 PM PDT
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B L T says:
David Gilmour has a unique sound.
Carlos Santana has a distinct sound.

Posted on May 23, 2012 1:20:23 PM PDT
mac says:
To this day, James Gurley's sound on his solo in "Ball and Chain" - Big Brother and the Holding Company, blows my socks off.

Posted on May 23, 2012 1:32:01 PM PDT
tmoore says:
Terry Kath of (the group) Chicago. Some would argue he gives Hendrix a run for his money. I have heard that Hendrix admired him.

Posted on May 23, 2012 1:32:25 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
S. Rice, agreed re Dick Dale & my top 10 could easily change tomorrow to include him.
He was a true surf pioneer. The Fender Co could hardly keep up with his requests on building gtrs/amps to his specs! & NO ONE sounded like him.

He is on tour this summer & will see him.....good call.

Posted on May 23, 2012 1:37:39 PM PDT
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Snoo says:
Eric Johnson
Steve Morse
Jeff Beck
There is no doubt who is playing when you here them.

Posted on May 23, 2012 7:10:27 PM PDT
B-Jak says:
Richard Thompson's Strat tones - a huge influence on Mark Knopfler and many others
Many imitators since, but Eddie Van Halen changed the whole game.
Edge of U2 created a whole new vocabulary for guitar.
Adrian Belew, too.
Oh, heck, throw Robert Fripp in there .

Posted on May 23, 2012 8:39:15 PM PDT
Jeffrey M. says:
Just as a matter of interest, I used to work with a much older mechanic who grew up as friends with Link Wray and his brothers, particularly Doug. Used to get his hair cut by Doug regularly. Also has a picture he's showed me of the three of them standing in front of a bill-board where the Ray-Men were head-lining over Elvis Presley. Furthermore, he's got home tapes of Link and others, including Pete Townshend, jamming. Doesn't matter really, I just thought it was cool since I know how influential Link Wray's sound was. It turns out "Rumble" got it's name because the daughter of the record label head thought it sounded like a gang fight. Anyway, guitar sounds, I'll name a few that aren't there yet. I'd include Earl "Chinna" Smith, who was the premier reggae/dub session guitarist in Jamaica from the late 60's 'til today and onwards. Also, Maybelle Carter; there's a reason the technique is known to this day as Carter pickin'. Lastly, The Edge of U2. He catches flack for using multiple effects, but the guitar is a versatile instrument. His sound is this great wash, or wave, of ringing lines usually doubled or echoed. He doesn't have to be a virtuoso to create something unique.

Posted on May 24, 2012 2:36:55 AM PDT
Grandpa Tom says:
1-Stevie Ray Vaughan
2-Pat Metheny
3-Robbie Robertson
4-Mark Knopfler
5-George Harrison
6-Steve Cropper
7-Pete Townshend
8-Kenny Burrell
9-Ronnie Lane
10-Bob Welch

Posted on May 24, 2012 3:38:07 AM PDT
Lou Reed and the punk people.
Neil Young's black Les Paul.

Posted on May 24, 2012 3:59:52 AM PDT
Joe satriani

Posted on May 24, 2012 7:41:59 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
Eddie Hazel - a master of blues/funk/rock whose imagination was as limitless as were his skills.

Ernie Isley - true genius whose tone and mode of expression set him apart.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 11:15:40 AM PDT
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Kevin "Geordie" Walker
Andy Gill
Jim Martin
Mike Palm
Rick Miller
Keith Levene

Posted on May 24, 2012 11:19:28 AM PDT
joe d says:
say no more ROBIN TROWER

Posted on May 24, 2012 11:22:08 AM PDT
Joe Walsh and the talk-box effect. Not sure but I think he was the 1st to use it.

Posted on May 24, 2012 12:03:29 PM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Cool stuff 1 & all.....keep 'em coming.

Gramp T....good call re Steve "the colonel" Cropper.....now that is pure un adulterated "tele" tone to the bone. & Robertson too...he got some truly gnarly sounds with Ronnie Hawkins & John Hammond Jr in addition to he landmark "Band" records.

Jeff M, cool stuff regarding Link Wray....Link was a really nice guy & I'm glad someone else out there seems to know how truly important he was in the grand scheme of things in the world of rock guitar....Earl C Smith was a cool reggae master....also do check out ska master Ernest Ranglin. He had a great tone & style that graces many ska/rock steady recordings.

Truthfully, 10 just aint enough slots for the "gunslingers" that I admire....more like 100!

Posted on May 24, 2012 1:19:38 PM PDT
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1. B.B. King (amazing how underrated he has become)
2. T-Bone Walker
3. James Burton
4. Elmore James
5. Maybelle Carter
6. Lowman Pauling (The "5" Royales belong in RnR HOF)
7. Doc Watson
8. Chuck Berry
9. Robert Ward
10. Clarence White

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 1:34:38 PM PDT
Max Flash says:
If you're talking about tone, the sound Duane Allman got with his guitar, amp, and slide were subtle but quite astounding.

Posted on May 25, 2012 8:12:52 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Jim M....that is 1 awesome list dude.....all selections worthy & inredible
BB...speaks for himself, so much of "his" sound is that inimitable left hand vibrato
T-Bone - what can you say about the "daddy" of electric blues....you cant put an estimate on how infuential he is & real beautiful tone from that hollow gibson too.
Burton- solid & influential country/rockabilly picker & like "Bone" very infuential....this guy just about defined what a tele should sond like on those Nelson, Luman & Hawkins records
Elmore- the king of all "house rockers" & highly infuential on anyone that plays rock & blues slide & tone that just kills....his "trumpet" sides are among my fave blues.
Lowman Pauling - had some unreal sounds from his Les Paul & somewhat reminiscent of a guy I should have had in my 10 (Mickey Baker). Pauling is very deserving of HOF status & guys like Steve Cropper worship his playing you know he's onto something.
Berry- like all the above just an unbeleivable influence & nice raw tone from that Gibson he played.....In the words of the late great Cub Koda "don't trust a guitarist who cant play Chuck Berry"
Robert Ward - talk about one of the unkown greats of soul/r&b he is it. He played some devistating licks on Wilson Picket records with a very distinctive swampy tremelo sound that reminds me of another giant Mr Lonnie Mack.....solid pick.
Clarence White- Roger McGuinns right hand man & the guy that made the Byrds a viable entity after they kept loosing key members. White was an inovator & brought his Kentuck Colonels "lighting in a jar" to his fender telecaster like no other.....he was a true "honky tonk GOD" & we'll deserved top 10 for any pickers list.
Also a very interesting pick in Mabelle Carter as she had a picking style copied by many.

Cool choices in Duane & Page as well....both of these guys were top session men in their native countries & for damn good reason...I actually prefer the session work to that of their "flagship" bands.....keep 'em comin people.

Posted on May 25, 2012 11:30:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2012 3:37:27 PM PDT
Jeffrey M. says:
I myself am suprised Maybelle Carter got a second pick. I don't think The Carter Family's music is very well known anymore. Another individual worth mention is Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson. He gets grouped into the relatively narrow "blues" category, but he could play in any style needed. He had the amazing ability to sound like multiple people playing together, but it was him merely playing his instrument like it was a piano ; bassline, chords, and melody on top. Many players used that style of course, but he's also generally credited as being the first to play "guitar solos" as we know them today, a progression of single notes in a melodically logical manner. Better known is Son House. He might be the man most single-handedly responsible for rock 'n' roll and everything derived from it, since he taught Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, who of course were massively influential in their own right.
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