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Prince. Forget all that "woefully underrated as a guitar player" business. I'm also not gonna refer to his solo on "Gently Weeps". The man simply rocks. Also, as he's matured a bit away from his "Darling Nikki" days... I think some jazzy tones from a big ole Gretsch is certainly a possible future.
But he's so far advanced musically, I wouldnt think I could gain much from a session with him (other than what I can hear (music, not words)). But If I could take a lesson with anyone, I'd want...
* Billy Gibbons - Nuff said
* Hubert Sumlin - I know that Maceo Parker is "The Teacher"... but Maceo dont play guitar
* Lenny Kravitz - If anyone can show you how to make monster rock jams out of simple arrangements, the Lennyman can.
I'll go for NY band Television's Tom Verlaine & Richard Lloyd on their 1977 debut album Marquee Moon, and on live recordings form that era. Both played Fenders and they made them sing strange and wonderful sounds. It wasn't just the solos but the way their guitars interacted.
Television were something else back then, half Velvet Underground and half Allman Brothers. It certainly wasn't punk even though they were part of the CBGBs scene.
I realize this means nothing to most people on this forum. Marquee Moon isn't music for the masses but it was one of those records that made me want to play the guitar
Wow!! There are so many. I am like most here and like every good guitar player I hear. My all time favorite has to be Chet Atkins for his ability to play the most beautiful melody's with some of the best background fill at the same time it almost defies what a human should be able to do.
Second would be Duane Eddy. He set the guitar playing world upside down with his driving deep twanging sound. and third would have to be Nokie Edwards. He along with the rest of the Ventures have to have inspired a generation of players with there great sound.
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Absolute Favorite? The man who riffed and launched a million fingers picking - Chuck Berry who was Angus Youngs and so many others reason to pick up a gitar.
I agree... he was the man.. not just his solos but the clever lyrics too.... I grew up with his music, if you went to a dance the bands always played a bunch of Berry rockers.
Keith Richards and Angus Young took the Berry licks to another level, Johnny Thunders' playing had a lot of Berry in it too... maybe that's where Sex Pistols' Steve Jones got his Berry influence from....