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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 2:24:29 PM PDT
Evan says:
I think all truly great guitarists are under-rated. Too much focus on the lead vocals.

On the other side of the ledger you get some like Pete Townsend and Davey Johnstone - I think they were overrated.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 2:27:13 PM PDT
Evan says:
Mick Taylor (more likely)

Posted on Apr 11, 2012, 3:18:27 PM PDT
Peter Buck of REM is a truly underrated guitarist, even though I don't really care for REM's output for the last 20 years.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012, 5:29:12 PM PDT
stevign says:
Excellent mention. Other than fans of John Mayall and "perhap" some Stones fans, Mick is almost forgotten. Talk about a sad tale...........

Posted on May 1, 2012, 1:33:19 AM PDT
Tony Sac says:
James Dean Bradfield-Manic Street Preachers

Posted on May 1, 2012, 12:30:54 PM PDT
Jim Hogan says:
I have seen no mention of Clarence White from the Byrds nor David Bromberg. And kudos to Bobby T for including John Cippolina.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012, 2:52:40 PM PDT
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W. P. Perry says:
I cited Clarence White back on pg. 27 with you tube links. Can't really include Bromberg here because --as great as he is-- he's a bluegrass/blues/Amercana musician, not rock but, hey, it's great to keep Clarence's memory alive at every opportunity so, right on!

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012, 3:11:24 PM PDT
Jarvier Mas plays twelve string for Leonard Cohen and has also made one album called Tamiz with Rollo...the track Blues De Ry is 10 minutes of rock, rock. rock

Posted on May 1, 2012, 3:51:49 PM PDT
J.Rice says:
Didn't read every post, but didn't see Mike Campbell (TP and the Heartbreakers). IMO, Tom Petty owes much of his success to Mike's tasteful playing. JJ Cale is another of my favorites. George Harrison, Lowell George, Dickey Betts, David Gilmour, Merle Travis (not rock), Robert Johnson, Jimmie Vaughan, and Clarence White. I have more, but I'll shut up now.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012, 4:14:24 PM PDT
None of the people you've mentioned, with the exception of JJ Cale, is underrated. Every one of them is, by all accounts, known as an exquisite player. Robert Johnson, though not by any means a rock player, is most well-known for the huge impact he's had on hundreds if not thousands of rock guitarists.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012, 2:28:04 PM PDT
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tarzan says:
2nd your 2nd. Saw Kath with band at Univ of RI. Terry raised the rest of the band up and made them rock. Saw today's version of the band on tv the other day. Sorry to say that Terry's gunslinger replacement in the band did not measure up at all.

Posted on May 3, 2012, 3:28:47 PM PDT
Wyckoff says:
Steve Hackett (Genesis, GTR and his prolific solo career).

Posted on May 3, 2012, 3:31:35 PM PDT
Bill Itzel says:
Mike Slamer

Posted on May 3, 2012, 5:43:55 PM PDT
Johnny Marr, formerly of The Smiths. He is a vastly underrated guitarist, not to mention, a great songwriter.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012, 10:18:46 PM PDT
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Steve Hillage of Khan/Gong/solo, he sure can play guitar with a lot of emotion
Neil Schon of Santana/Journey/Bad English, when it comes to the band Journey I wish people would focus more on the guitar talents of Neil Schon instead of Steve Perry's voice, I like Steve Perry as a singer but I much prefer Neil Schon's guitar
Manny Charlton of Nazareth, great guitarist from a very underrated classic rock band

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012, 10:20:49 PM PDT
I totally agree with you that Vito Bratta is a great guitar player and White Lion would have never been as great without his guitar work

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012, 1:57:12 AM PDT
Evan says:
Is this Neil Schon in this video?

I agree that the guitar playing for Journey has been under-rated - strength in this area has been essential for a big stadium band like Journey.

However it is only natural for listeners to focus on the great voice of front man Steve Perry - he is an absolute freak. It is the role of Schon and the others to provide this singer with his platform and they do it very very well.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012, 4:18:15 AM PDT
Steve Hillage has been a favorite of mine since I bought the "L" album back in 1976. He is a vastly underrated guitarist. I was a fan of Journey until they went pop on their fourth album "Infinity". Neil Schon was/is an extremely talented guitarist who became overshadowed by Steve Perry. I actually met Neil in 1979 after a Journey concert in Portland, Maine. Nice guy, and I still have the guitar pick he gave me. I used to love Nazareth. Manny Charlton was indeed a great guitar player. He and my Dad looked a lot alike back in the day!

Posted on May 4, 2012, 7:42:07 AM PDT
Al Zee says:
Steve Miller!

Posted on May 4, 2012, 12:24:20 PM PDT
Music Lover says:
Joni Mitchell
Nancy Wilson

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012, 6:20:19 PM PDT
Evan says:
Underrated as a singer too. Considering his amazing chart successes. Actually the songs he sang were very strong too!!!

There are some great youtube performances by the Steve Miller Band also.

Posted on May 4, 2012, 8:51:43 PM PDT

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Posted on May 4, 2012, 9:29:55 PM PDT
Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. His talent is subtle, not flashy.
Bernard Butler, formerly of Suede. Exciting and dynamic, as well as quite clever. With his talent and good looks, he should have been a star.
John Christ, a great rock guitarist who seemingly disappeared after leaving Danzig.

Posted on May 5, 2012, 12:21:07 PM PDT
jerry cantrell-alice in chains,jake e. lee -from ozzy osbourne,badlands,johnny winter,robin trower. rik emmit-triumph,dave meniketti-y@t.
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