Under rated guitarists

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by juks, Sep 25, 2021.

  1. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    One for me is Wilco Johnson of Dr Feelgood. They were part of the pre-punk pub rock scene and continued for decades. Wilco for me has a very unique style that totally rocked. Like in this song he's not using a pick. Not complicated but dang kept the songs rocking.

    I saw Dr Feelgood back home 4-5 times, unfortunately Wilco was no longer in the band, but his riffs were of course. Finns really liked them to the point where Lee Brilleaux (singer) stated that Helsinki is like his 2nd home town as he's there so frequently. Great live band always. Little anecdote: when Lee passed (days apart from Kurt Cobain), he donated in his testament the band name to the remaining members. Don't know if they did anything with it, but nice gesture.

  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Martin Barre' of Jethro Tull.
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  3. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    I'm not sure if he's under-rated or not - Leslie West
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  4. Archtops

    Archtops Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2021
    I always liked Walter Becker from Steely Dan but I didn’t hear much about him back then.
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  5. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    Becker had some interesting ideas. I watched a video of him playing and was surprised to see that he played almost entirely across the neck, rarely shifting positions.
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  6. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Only my mother feels how brilliant and underrated I am.
  7. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Paul Simon for me. Rightly lauded as a songwriter but his playing is never mentioned.
  8. NSM245

    NSM245 Synchromatic

    May 7, 2011
    Ollie Halsall. For me, his guitar work in the early '70s UK band Patto has never been equalled in the rock music field. Nothing was too difficult for him to play, but he was so much more than a flash shredder - a musician of a quality rare in any field of music.

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  9. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Earl Hooker.

    Buddy Guy said : "I attempted to play slide, but when I heard Earl Hooker, I gave up and gave him my bottleneck..."

  10. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Neil Geraldo- mr pat benatar.
    Len tuckey - ex mr Suzi Quatro
    Bjorn ulvaeus - abba (and ex mr agnetba)
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  11. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Synchromatic

    Peter case and Eddie Munoz of the Plimsouls... Their guitar work on album and live is simply great! take a listen if you want!
  12. Jerzey Bob

    Jerzey Bob Synchromatic

    Apr 3, 2021
    North Jersey
    I'm going waaay off the radar. Big Jack Johnson, Todd Wolfe, Billy Hector, Matt Stubbs, & up-and-comer Chris "Kingfish" Ingram.
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  13. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

    Jun 12, 2012
    I hear ya' my friend. My wife doesn't rate my skills - although it may be that she actually just doesn't care and wants me to "grow up". :D
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  14. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Thank you !
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  15. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2021
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  16. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    Dig these threads, adding to my Spotify lists everytime!
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  17. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    We don’t hear much about Albert Lee these days, but he’s frighteningly good at what he does. I met him once, and he’s an unassuming fellow. He definitely wold not stand out in a crowd.
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  18. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Captain Sensible from The Damned

    His onstage lunacy & mad antics often mask what a great guitar player he really is…. A virtuoso!
  19. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    The great Bernie Torme´ comes to my mind (RIP).
    This man`s playing was so energetic.
    There was a reason Ozzy Osbourne chose him to fill the big shoes of Randy Rhoads after his death.

    Though his style was not all-too technical and vituosic I always loved his neanterthal approach.
    It was the perfect match to Colin Town`s delicate keyboard-playing.
    Here`s the man with Ian Gillan`s band:
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  20. mr coffee

    mr coffee Country Gent

    Oct 7, 2009
    I saw Leslie on tour some years back with Satriani, it was a pretty good show. At one point, Corky was bouncing drumsticks off of his cymbals and into the crowd and beaned Leslie in the back of the head with one. Pretty sure it was unplanned, I can't imagine wanting to take a drumstick to the back of the head. Anyway, he stopped the song, turned and flashed a look at Corky, said WTF???? and dropped right back into the song as if nothing had ever happened.

    Another underrated guitarist might be Dot Wiggin.

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