Who has the MOST Recognizable Guitar Sound?

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  1. If its only a few notes , then it’s BB King. Very distinct. At the same time, no one sounds like Jerry Garcia. But there are not that many recordings of him on guitar on other peoples music.
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  2. sgarnett

    sgarnett Synchromatic

    Apr 14, 2020
    Knopfler for sure, and I love the album he made with Chet. Oddly, I’ve never seen him perform, despite being one of my favorite musicians for decades.

    For recognizing a single note, BB King, who I saw multiple times.
  3. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
  4. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
    Some good choices but more recognizable than Jimi friggen Hendrix or that very distinct Santana sound, I think not. It’s not recognizable it’s most recognizable. Just my opinion.
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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I have to go with a lot of the folks you have all mentioned. I'll add Martin Barre', Leslie West, and Jim Messina.
    Lee Sklar
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  6. PBO Blues

    PBO Blues Electromatic

    Aug 28, 2016
    Chatham County, NC
    Knofler jumped immediately to mind and you're spot on with Landreth.
    Jimmy Vaughan (easier than his brother who has dozens of imitators), Eric Johnson, Santana, and B.B. are close on their heels.

    I swear, I can identify an artist/band more quickly by a guitar lick than a voice. My wife doesn't understand that at all.
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  7. afire

    afire Country Gent

    All have been mentioned, but the standouts to me would be Knopfler, SRV, James Burton and George Harrison on slide.
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  8. Bonnie Raitt.
    Albert King.
    Ronnie Earl.
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  9. WingZero

    WingZero Electromatic

    Oct 21, 2021
    Québec City, Canada
    Tom Morello hands down.
    If you hear something weird, its him, if you hear way too much whammy pedal, its him, if you hear guitar sounds you've never heard before, its him
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  10. hcsterg

    hcsterg Friend of Fred

    Feb 13, 2012
    Chuck Berry.
    Hank Marvin.

    Maybe some others, yes, but these three above for sure.

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  11. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada

    All very distinctive for sure, but I really think we all started paying attention to that ''special'' guitar sound when Roger, then, Jim McGuinn appeared on the scene.

    So much more than just loud noise!

    Attached a nice early photo of Roger and Ric!



    Roger and Ric.jpg
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  12. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
  13. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    Billy Duffy… The Cult. Instantly recognisable.

    Same applies for Johnny Thunders..
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  14. Midlifecrisis71

    Midlifecrisis71 Electromatic

    Nov 26, 2021
    Exeter, U.K
    I will throw in Slash, instantly recognisable.
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  15. Lucky Jim

    Lucky Jim Gretschie

    Oct 16, 2020
    Kent, England
    Yep, just one note is all it would take. It could be no-one else.
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  16. Gregor

    Gregor Country Gent

    For me it has to be Chet and BB King.
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  17. SAguitar

    SAguitar Synchromatic

    Jan 17, 2020
    Jack Plate, Oregon
    I gotta go with the King of the Blues on this one, B.B. King.
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  18. r0de0

    r0de0 Synchromatic

    Jul 7, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
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