Who has the MOST Recognizable Guitar Sound?

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  1. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Steve Jones
    Johnny Thunders
    Slash
    Keith Richards
     
  2. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    Expanding to bass guitarists:

    Lemmy
    John Entwistle
    Chris Agnew (Rezillos - really fun player that nobody knows of)
     
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  3. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Synchromatic

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    Hmm...for me, probably Ritchie Blackmore.....Brian May had a very recognizable tone....David Gilmour maybe....
     
  4. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Love the Rezillos/Revillos stuff:



     
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  5. Chet Harrison

    Chet Harrison Gretschie

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  6. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Toronto
    Gotta be Knopfler. My dad and I used to marvel at the fact that he was so versatile and yet so recognizable. He can play so many different genres convincingly, but he always sounds like himself.

    Honourable mentions go to Santana, Gilmour, and the Edge.
     
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  7. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Albert King
    Brian May
    Mike Bloomfield
    even Leslie West
     
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  8. juks

    juks Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California

    I have to modify my statement. "Only few know of". :)
     
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  9. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Sound I would instantly recognize even on unknown songs (to me): Hendrix, Knopfler.
     
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  10. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

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    Knopfler yes, I’ll add George Harrison’s slide tone.
     
  11. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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  12. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

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    Brian May`s tone is quite idiosycratic.
    Most of the others have very recognizeable fingervibrato or special note-choices that meke them recognizeable, though.
     
  13. Londoner

    Londoner Gretschie

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  14. gretschbigsby

    gretschbigsby Gretschie

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    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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  16. Howitt

    Howitt Electromatic

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    I have to agree with the choice of Mark Knopfler. It makes no difference if he's playing an electric or an acoustic. It always has his signature phrasing/attack.

    Certainly Chet Atkins fits this description, as does Ry Cooder, again with both of them having a style that translates on acoustic or electric.

    How about Django Reinhardt? Aside from the give-away tonality of the typical long scale Selmer guitar, his bending technique was sublime.

    Best,
    Howard Emerson
     
  17. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Cant Stand The Rezillos was such a good pop punk album. The guitar riff in “Getting Me Down” got “appropriated” in a song that i wrote for a band i was in a few years ago. I dont think I’d have won in a copyright infringement lawsuit.
     
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  18. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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  19. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    I agree with Jimi, SRV, and Knopfler for sure, though my knowledge of "who played what" is rather limited.

    How about BB King, and Jeff Healey?
     
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