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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Oct 9, 2020.
I'm going with Chet.
This is another subset, but as for playing "slide guitar" which itself has additional subsets, nobody played slide like George Harrison did.
His Solo career is full of examples.... "Give me Love" being a great one.
Listen to the solo he did on Belinda Carlisle's 1989 "Leave a Light On" (3:01 mark) and tell me who else could get that tone?
Free as a Bird - Beatles after they were Beatles.
Traveling Wilburys - probably at least 1/3 of their songs!
Yes, Duane Eddy has a unique style. Les Paul and Chet Atkins all had unique styles as well.
Definitely agree with JG! When he played, you just knew it couldn't be anyone else. Two more that come to mind are Carlos Santana and the under-appreciated Robert Fripp...
That's easy. I'm no guitarist and its not my chosen career but it has to be me. I don't seem to be any better than when I started!
Not trying to get off track here, but Martin Barre is very under-rated. Another under rated player with a distinct sound would be Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues...
I'm OLD: Duane Eddy
Back in those days, he had the MOST recognizable sound on pop records.
He really shaped the sound of electric guitar, and his influence is felt to this day.
Mark Knoppfler....Without a shadow of a doubt....Totally original 'Finger-Picking' Style....No one else was doing this in the 70's & later for a while.
Might find a lot of these guys are nothing more than a product of a pedal or amp & cabinet with their guitar & pickups. EVH was the illusion of a Gibson bridge humbucker that he packed with wax, an amp that was set up to produce a brown sound. And that doesn't detract from the skills he had playing an instrument by any means. So pick any artist that is dominant in their era and you'll recognize them instantly. Godsmack, Tool, the Cure, Ramones, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day or anyone else more recent, all easily as recognizable as anyone that preceded them, I mean, even Nickleback has a signature sound, love or hate them for it. I think it's why we see so many guests playing with another band. Jeff Beck can do a rendition of ZZ Top and with ZZ Top.
To me it's JJ Cale.
The tone, melodic sensibility and rhythm...
Also Mark Knopfler (himself hugely influenced by Cale) and David Gilmour.
On the Jazz side I'd go with Tal Farlow Grant Green, Lenny Breau, and (kind of off topic cause he plays a nylon guitar) Baden Powell.
Totally agree on both - love Justin Hayward. He's also uncommonly tall. I saw a recorded concert not long ago and he seems to tower on stage. Love Moody Blues in general.
Brian May, BB King, Mark Knopfler, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, and Dave Gilmour, are the first that come to mind for super-easy to recognise!
Yeah, Johnny Ramone of course. Possibly because of Dee Dee's va-ta-twa-fa which comes before his strumming.
Tom Scholtz of Boston
Brian May of Queen
and others previously mentioned
Gilmour, Mal Young (as against Angus) , Edge, Hendrix are for me all unmistakeable.
I think Mals rhthym was more distinctive than Angus' lead tone.
Oh and probably Brian May and Billy Duffy are also totally recognisable but not sure if it's the tone or the chord progressions with Billy
Pauls tone, too, leading up to the vibrato...
No disrespect, Ric, but the sound IMO is the culmination of playing style, guitar and amp adjustments, etc. Open 'er up and say "aaahhh" (<meant happy listener...)
Yep. The Isle of Wight concert is epic.
I would also have to go with Hank Marvin even though his sound has changed considerably over the years one can still recognize that it is him. Even his current Gypsy Jazz sound is unique to him.