Favorite Guitar Solos

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  1. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    He's just great all the way around.
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  2. Jackrd

    Jackrd Electromatic

    Nov 27, 2017
    New York NY
    I have two: "Who's that Lady" and "Ricky Don't Lose that Number". Yes, the first uses distortion which 'alters' the piece but I judge solos by how listenable they are. Both of these solos, in my opinion, do a terrific job of 'playing to the song', not simply going off into tangents of fast playing and redundant nonsense. The latter is one of the most brilliant solos I have ever heard and never get tired of hearing it, and I am not a solo guy by any stretch.
  3. Ktone

    Ktone Electromatic

    Oct 31, 2021
    My favorite solos are ones I really love to play. Here are five, all over the map, common theme is that they hit “the spot” for me when I play them. In no particular order:
    One of These Nights - Don Felder (Eagles)
    Play The Game - Brian May (Queen)
    Wino Junko - Jimmy McCulloch (Wings)
    Ava Adore -Billy Corgan/James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins)
    Man In The Box - Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)
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  4. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Robben Ford on "Up The Line" is nice. and many other songs on this album: Solo 1:40
  5. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Many Eagles solos. Not sure if that fits this request though.
    Coco does some nice stuff on this album:
  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    What a cool thread!
    Although there are a lot of " more technically qualified " entries on this subject I always thought that the most "spot on" and "most self-contained" solo I ever heard was Kiss` Ace Frehley`s solo on "I was made for loving you".
    I always loved Starships`s Craig Chaquico`s solo on "Nothing gonna stop us now" for the same reason.
    Just a few bars that will burn into your mind forever as an integral part of an iconic song.
    I always tried to make a short but "sing-able" contribution to the world like these and I really hope that one day I will succeed.
    It is not a matter of physical skills and burning down the house but a matter of finding the ultimate short "song within the song" for me.
  7. MentalTossFlycoon

    MentalTossFlycoon Gretschie

    Dec 22, 2018
    Opps thought of one more very important one for me........ ZZ Top " Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell".......Billy at his finest, especially the long solo at the end.
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  8. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    This song has always hung around in my head.

    The intro and lead riff have just captured me.

    One of the late Paul Cotton's finest.

  9. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Prince, While My Guitar Gently Weeps at the George Harrison RnR induction. Starts at 3:25 if you're impatient. The look on Dani and Prince's faces at 4:55 says it all. Pure joy

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  10. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    I'm not sure about this -- could be well known, but I don't hear many people talk about it when discussing great solos: Clapton's solo on "Badge." I think it's one of his best.
  11. Waxhead

    Waxhead Friend of Fred

    Aug 30, 2014
    yeah that Prince solo is truly great Henry.
    Pity he didn't include that kind of playing in his own music.

    For innovation and exploring new tones with electric guitars I rate this Tom Morello solo very highly too - got to 2:50 secs :)

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  12. Landshark2020

    Landshark2020 Gretschie

    Sep 4, 2020
    Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) - "Still in love with you" main solo (2:42)
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  13. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    Great solo, IMHO.
    I forgot about this, but yer right. Beautiful work. Poco is a very under appreciated band. I was living in Colorado at the time of this recording and there seemed to be a spiritual connection between the Front Range of Colorado and Country Rock, in general, and Poco had some local connections, so they probably got more airplay in the Denver/Boulder market than in other parts of the country.

    When I started reading about the history of Country Rock, I was coming at it from the perspective of a kid that had spent his teen years living within sight of the Denver Boulder Turnpike, right during the heyday of Country Rock. From my experiences, Poco was a big time act and I was shocked to read that they had fairly limited chart success. You couldn’t have proven that from what was played on the Denver AM stations in the ‘70s.
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  14. senojnad

    senojnad Synchromatic

    Jul 13, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    GREAT topic and some EXCELLENT posts!

    One of my favorites is Scotty Moore's 2nd solo on "Hound Dog". After all these years, I still have not been able to figure out the first 2 opening chords he used to start that riff. I've done some "Googleresearch" but have not found anything that sounds right.....
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  15. Scamp

    Scamp Gretschie

    Feb 22, 2018
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  16. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    The solos in this song have stuck in my head for years, especially the second one (3:40) which is my ideal guitar tone.

  17. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I LOVE that one. David Gilmour is for me one of the most exemplary soloists - he stays within the mood and setting of the song and plays things that you can easily relate to.
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  18. Ktone

    Ktone Electromatic

    Oct 31, 2021
    A great example of what you are talking about is Todd Rundgren’s solo in I Saw The Light. Short and singable because it really follows the melody. I love those kind of solos too.

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  19. J Bird

    J Bird Synchromatic

    Check this out. Almost guaranteed to bring tears to my eyes.

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  20. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    Amazing guy.
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