Most Recognizable Guitar Sound

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  1. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    I'm going with Chet.
  2. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Electromatic

    Jan 29, 2018
    Hamburg, NY
    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!
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  3. Wjensen

    Wjensen Gretschie

    May 25, 2019
    Raleigh, NC
    Yes, Duane Eddy has a unique style. Les Paul and Chet Atkins all had unique styles as well.
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  4. rockinstephen

    rockinstephen Electromatic

    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...
  5. Durbanator

    Durbanator Electromatic

    Aug 16, 2016
    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!
  6. rockinstephen

    rockinstephen Electromatic

    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...
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  7. richopp

    richopp Electromatic

    Feb 9, 2009
    I'm OLD: Duane Eddy

    Back in those days, he had the MOST recognizable sound on pop records.
  8. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    He really shaped the sound of electric guitar, and his influence is felt to this day.
  9. steve cook

    steve cook Newbie

    Jan 6, 2020
    sheffield, UK.
    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.
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  10. gretsch-to-go

    gretsch-to-go Electromatic

    Oct 2, 2019
    Palm Coast, FL
    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.
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  11. Electrosynthesis

    Electrosynthesis Electromatic

    May 11, 2011
    São Paulo
    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.
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  12. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    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.
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  13. GretschBoy

    GretschBoy Electromatic

    Sep 13, 2020
    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!
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  14. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Yeah, Johnny Ramone of course. Possibly because of Dee Dee's va-ta-twa-fa which comes before his strumming.
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  15. m_n_b

    m_n_b Electromatic

    Feb 29, 2016
    San Jose, CA
    Tom Scholtz of Boston
    Brian May of Queen

    and others previously mentioned
  16. Johnnypops

    Johnnypops Electromatic

    Jan 7, 2020
    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
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  17. DasherF

    DasherF Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2020
    Minneapolis, Mn
    Pauls tone, too, leading up to the vibrato...
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  18. DasherF

    DasherF Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2020
    Minneapolis, Mn
    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...)
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  19. BCRatRod73

    BCRatRod73 Gretschie

    Sep 1, 2020
    Yep. The Isle of Wight concert is epic.
  20. Razzataz

    Razzataz Newbie

    May 20, 2010
    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.
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