Favorite Guitar Solos

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    This month’s cover story in Guitar Player is the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos as voted by readers. Well known musicians also weigh in, but weren’t allowed to choose the usual suspects - Gilmour, Hendrix, Page, Beck, SRV, EVH, etc…

    What are some of your favorite guitar solos that aren’t as well known as Comfortably Numb, Eruption, Stairway, Bohemian Rhapsody, Hotel California, Watchtower, Sultans, FreeBird, 25/6/4 or While My Guitar … (Those are the Reader Top 10.)
  2. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    I always loved the solo in Robert John's "Sad Eyes" and the wah solo in Lynyrd Skynyrd's "The Needle and The Spoon".
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  3. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    Don Felder Hotel California and Mark Knopfler Sultans of Swing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BETTER FOR UNIVERSAL APPEAL NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!! No matter what your age

    Well crap! drmilktruck Guilty for not reading your post excluding the usual. IMO and not so humble opinion the other only appeal to a very small group like 20 minute Jazz and Blues Solo's they are called a Cacophony you need to get the pronunciation correct it is ****-A-PHONEY. There is none better than the usual suspects.

    Well actually I think my Ukulele Solo in my hit song 24 Hour Drive up kills any other solo's beside the usual suspects.

    Like Reverend Horton says "Excuse me baby, I'm drunk." :)
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  4. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Beatles — "Slow Down" + Stones —-"Heart of Stone"
  5. larryr

    larryr Synchromatic

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    Sympathy for the Devil live Ya Yas

    John Jorgenson " Passion "
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  6. Shock

    Shock Gretschie

    Sep 7, 2020
    The solo from Linda Ronstad's When Will I Be Loved.
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  7. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    For me it's Comfortably Numb 2nd solo, Stairway to Heaven, Kid Charlemain (both), Another Brick in Wall pt 2, Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road and about 10 from SRV :)
  8. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Synchromatic

    May 15, 2020
    From the Joe Ely album, “Live at Liberty Lunch”, David Grissom on “Open Letter to LA” comes to mind.
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  9. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Gary Moore's solo on "Still Got The Blues"
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  10. Duo Slinger

    Duo Slinger Synchromatic

    Sep 11, 2020
    California, USA
    The Rev's "Smell of Gasoline"
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  11. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Mike Bloomfield in The Electric Flag - "Texas"
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  12. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    I like the one from You’re No Good, I am still trying to master that song on acoustic.
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  13. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    John McGeogh’s solo in ‘Permafrost’ by Magazine makes me very happy. But then again just about everything he did with Magazine and the Banshees was extraordinary.
    Robert Fripp on Bowie’s ‘ Its No Game pt 1’
    I like dissonant and out of control stuff. Not turned on by lots of notes and ‘ugly guitar face’ gymnastics.
  14. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    David Jenkins in Pablo Cruise did some very imaginative solos, such as on Whatcha Gonna Do and Love Will Find A Way. Jenkins’ solos were always surprising to me.

    Another one, from that era was Smoke From A Distant Fire, which has a very unusual bend in it. IIRC, it bends from the 4th degree up to the 5th degree. I’ve never heard anyone do that before or since.

    25 or 6 to 4 is an obvious one for me. Kath was the heart and soul of Chicago.

    The solo in Harrison’s Something is a study in taste and restraint.

    Larry Carlton’s solos on Donald Fagan’s Nightfly album are worth a listen. Carlton was amazing at that Jazz:Rock Fusion sound. I study him frequently.

    One last one, Johnny Smith’s solo on Walk, Don’t Run. He literally owned the tune and he recorded it twice. The solos he takes over it are astounding. Both the 1954 and the 1967 recordings are worth a listen, the latter challenging Einstein’s belief that nothing could travel faster than light. I’m pretty sure Johnny’s hands were blue-shifting on the upstrokes and red-shifting on the downstrokes.
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  15. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Danny Cedrone - Rock Around the Clock & 13 Women (Bill Haley)
    Roy Buchanan - Lonesome Fugitive
    Chet Atkins - There’ll Be Some changes Mace
    Les Paul - Smoke Rings
    Danny Gatton - In Fall (Steve Erwin)
    Brian Setzer - Stray Cat Strut, September Skies
    George Harrison- Just for Today, And Your Bird Can Sing
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  16. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

    Jun 12, 2012
    OK so if the usual suspects aren't allowed.

    Steve Rothery - Easter
    Such an emotional melodic player

    Honourable mentions for:

    Bernard Butler of Suede - We are the pigs.
    Daryl Stuermer - Easy Lover by Phil's Collins & Bailey
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  17. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
  18. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    There's a great number for me, but if I have to retain only one : Santana.

  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    That was one of Setzer's three choices, along with Be Bop a Lula
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