View Full Version : Your favourite guitarist

Mr Badguy
01-16-2004, 04:36 PM
I know this is a DLR/Van Halen related site and I really like EVH and some of Dave`s guitarists, but they ain`t my favourites.

I know some people in here will go apeshit, but I bet there are a few others who have different idols or influences.

For my top guitar player ever, I would have to pick Steve Howe of Yes/Asia fame.

I can pick up tab and just about play anything that most of the shredders can play but when you see some of the shit that Howe does, it makes your mind boggle.

Sometimes it seems that he goes out of his way to play something different to the cliched guitar parts in rock music and when you hear him play you can tell who it is.

That`s the sign of a true artist.

Who will you pick?

01-16-2004, 04:59 PM
Well my favorite guitarist is still EVH, but Jimmy Page is a close 2nd.

01-16-2004, 05:38 PM
my top 3

1. Jeff Beck
2. Eddie Van Halen
3. Billy Gibbons(I like him also as a singer)

Mr Badguy
01-17-2004, 08:57 AM
Billy Gibbons!

Excellent and very under-rated.

01-17-2004, 10:57 AM
My top 3 are in no particular order:

1) EVH
2) Tom Morello(Rage against the Machine/Audioslave)
3) Stevie Ray Vaughn(RIP)

01-18-2004, 12:12 AM
Stevie Ray

Not necessarily in that order.

01-18-2004, 02:31 AM
I'd have to say EVH, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughn.

steve vai1
01-22-2004, 04:40 PM
mine would be:

2)Randy Rhoads
3)Steve Vai

up and comers: Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Tom Morello

Dave's PA Rental
01-22-2004, 06:06 PM
1) EVH
2) The Edge (dont hate...)
3) C.C. Deville

ok, really #3...

3) Andy Sommers or George Lynch (not the basketball player...)

Dave's PA Rental
01-22-2004, 06:07 PM
although I was watching that "Flock Of Seagulls" reunion show on VH1 last night...

01-23-2004, 04:27 PM
Originally posted by Daves PA rental
although I was watching that "Flock Of Seagulls" reunion show on VH1 last night...

Saw the Frankie Goes to Hollywood today.....the lead singer told them to fuck off and would not perform.

01-24-2004, 08:29 AM
Yngwie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


01-26-2004, 04:27 AM
1. evh
2. brian may
3. me
4. perry winkle
5. pete townshend

01-26-2004, 04:40 AM
1)Wes Montgomery
4)Keith Richards
5)Pete Townshend
6)The Edge
7)Duane Allman
8)Tom Morello
9)Steve Vai
10)Steve Howe

01-26-2004, 07:09 AM
Steve Stevens and Keith Richards.

Eyes of the Night
01-26-2004, 07:41 AM
Cantrell ...

01-26-2004, 08:42 AM
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, sure he's a SRV clone, but he CAN be great..

01-26-2004, 09:13 AM
worst ever?

1. eyes
2. eyes
3. that idiot from pantera
4 . eyes
5-20 . eyes

01-28-2004, 07:18 PM
Eric Johnson
Billy Gibbons
Chris Duarte
George Harrison
Jeff Beck
Stanley Jordan
AJ Vallejo

08-10-2006, 04:24 PM
Here be my top ten (I'm bringing back these old threads);

1. Eric Johnson
2. Eddie Van Halen
3. John Petrucci
4. Ted Nugent
5. Dave "The Snake" Sabo
6. Glenn Tipton
7. Mick Mars
8. Tracii Guns
9. George Lynch
10. "That idiot from Pantera" as flappo said

08-10-2006, 05:03 PM
Steve Vai

Nuno Battencourt

and myself of course!

I´d add EVH, but not in the shape he´s currently in!

08-10-2006, 05:54 PM
George Lynch
That Eddie-character from that band
Gary fuckin' Moore (very underrated)
Billy Gibbons
Michael & Rudolph Schenker
Uli Jon Roth
Matthias Jabs
Jimi H.
Ritchie Blackmore
Steve Clark (Def Leppard)
Scott Gorham/Brian Robertson (of Thin Lizzy-fame)

08-10-2006, 06:43 PM
I must say that Ace Frehley and Eddie Van Halen inspired me as a child to pick up the guitar but my All Time Favorite Guirtarist is by Far Steve Stevens.. He is a truly great fucking guitarist..



08-10-2006, 10:16 PM
Originally posted by Coyote

Gary fuckin' Moore (very underrated)

SO TRUE...his guitar work on his more 'metal' albums before he "got the blues" is incredible, and you can hear his influence MASSIVELY in players like John Sykes, Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen of Def Leppard...hell, when they first gained prominence they were ALL playing some of his licks nearly VERBATUM.....that's also where Zakk Wylde got his signature low-string harmonic "pings" (as he calls them) from....whether he'd admit it or not....

For me, I'd have to say:
Gary Moore (and the afforementioned former 'clones')
and Jason Becker was nothing short of AMAZING in his prime...still blows my mind...I have this vid up on my MySpace page...I watch it every time I start thinking I'M hot shit....:D

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And yeah, Steve Stevens rips too...

08-11-2006, 04:06 AM
Favourites, in no particualr order:

Jake E Lee
Dimebag Darrel
Michael Schenker
Randy Rhodes
Dave Mustaine
Angus Young
Tony Iommi (very underrated)

Hendrix goes without saying....

I also really like Nuno Bettencourts playing, it's just a shame that he was always in shit bands.....

And as far as rhythm playing goes - Hetfield

08-11-2006, 07:33 AM
EVH is not my fave any longer.

my current top 3 are

1. Jeff Beck
2. Johnny Winter
3. Brian Setzer

I dislike heavy metal guitar players.

Soul Reaper
08-11-2006, 08:10 AM
Mattias Eklundh
Jeff Beck
Robert Fripp
Mick Ronson
Pete Townsend
Steve Vai
Dimebag Darrell
George Lynch
Alan Holdsworth
Shawn Lane
John Sykes
Gary Moore
Yngwie Malmsteen

Soul Reaper
08-11-2006, 08:12 AM
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This is why I really like Pete Townsend....great song, great guitar playing....

08-11-2006, 08:47 AM
Outside of (Classic) EVH...

Gotta go with Allan Holdsworth.

08-11-2006, 09:00 AM
Yo, binnie, just to let ya know, Darrell's got another "L" in it. Also, Randy's last name's spelled RhoAds

Soul Reaper
08-11-2006, 10:03 AM
Originally posted by fryingdutchman
Outside of (Classic) EVH...

Gotta go with Allan Holdsworth.

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08-12-2006, 12:37 PM
Yeah, forgot to mention Holdsworth..geez, what a mofo...:D

I like Nuno also, and Dime. Gotta throw Yngwie in there.

And I have to add JEFF BECK. :smoke:

Jérôme Frenchise
08-12-2006, 12:44 PM
Jeff Beck, if I have to choose just one. Without any hesitation. :cool:

08-12-2006, 12:50 PM
Originally posted by Jérôme Frenchise
Jeff Beck, if I have to choose just one. Without any hesitation. :cool:

Yeah, he's a badass. And he's STILL GETTING BETTER. The guy has not stopped progressing as a player since the 60s.

And oh yeah, so much for my original teacher's assertion that "Holdsworth doesn't tap". :baaa:

08-12-2006, 12:53 PM
David Gilmore???!!! Anyone???

08-12-2006, 12:56 PM
Originally posted by HENDRIK-I
David Gilmore???!!! Anyone???

Ah, yes...Gilmour's never played a bum note in his LIFE, I bet...impeccable phrasing.

Don Corleone
08-12-2006, 03:21 PM
Besides classic EVH, I'm a big fan of Adrian Smith. I think the guy is vastly underrated.

Jérôme Frenchise
08-12-2006, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by jhale667
Yeah, he's a badass. And he's STILL GETTING BETTER. The guy has not stopped progressing as a player since the 60s.

I agree with you. Besides, it obviously makes him the greatest IMO. :cool:

08-12-2006, 05:59 PM
Mick Ronson :cool:

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I Fucking love him in the most hetero way.

Why do all of the good ones have to die or get extremely fucked up?


08-13-2006, 05:02 PM
Got a few modern guitarists that are very prominent:

1. Synyster Gates/Zacky Vengance (Avenged Sevenfold)
2. Jeff Loomis/Steve Smyth (Nevermore)
3. Dan Jacobs/Travis Miguel (Atreyu)

09-09-2006, 11:31 AM
Eddie Vanhalen

George Lynch

Traci Guns

Steve Via

Jimmy Page

Randy Rhoads


Warren D'martini

Angus young

Vivian Cambel

09-09-2006, 06:56 PM
This is a list of some of my fav guitarslingers:

Eddie Van Halen(not the new pornoshit)
Jake E. Lee(still plays great)
Zakk Wylde(No rest for the wicked and No more tears is the best he's done, and Pride & Glory of course)
Johnny Winter(in the 70's)
Pete Townshend(still plays great)
Joe Bonamassa(the best crossover bluesplayer in years)
Gary Moore(both the hardrockstuff and the bluesstuff)
Jimmy Page(almost everything he's done is great, maybe not the Death Wish-soundtrack though)
Prince(one of the most underrated guitarist ever)
Michael Schenker(i don't like UFO so much but his solowork with MSG is very good)
Ace Frehley(the reason that i, and maybe a couple of other kids, decided to become rockstars!)

This is just a few.

Soul Reaper
09-10-2006, 05:50 AM
Originally posted by jhale667
And oh yeah, so much for my original teacher's assertion that "Holdsworth doesn't tap". :baaa:

he doesn't usually....I think he only did it for one album....Road Games....

all one handed on the other albums, amazingly....

09-10-2006, 07:09 AM
Originally posted by Soul Reaper
he doesn't usually....I think he only did it for one album....Road Games....

that is correct.

09-10-2006, 09:32 AM
Kim Thayil

Junior Brown

Brian Setzer

Ben Harper

Hugh Morgan

Joe Strummer

Vernon Reid

Andy Taylor

Mick Taylor


To add a few of my faves that haven't been mentioned yet!

09-10-2006, 10:54 AM
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tommy Emmanuel
Jerry Reed
The Edge
Ted Nugent

09-10-2006, 03:54 PM
Ed inspired me to pick up the guitar but other than a general business in my playing there's not a lot of his evident in my playing. Same goes for The Edge and Andy Summers - I don't sound like them but I wish I could.

Steve Jones was a big inspiration especially when I first started trying to play.

Porl Thompson and Robert Smith are plenty evident in my playing.

Love the way Lou Reed plays.

Scotty Moore always meant a lot to me.

Stole liberally from Chris Isaak and Hershel Yatovitz.

Those would be the big components of my style. I've got little flavors from loads of other people from Maiden to Johnny Ramone, Peter Buck, Jonny Greenwood, Springsteen, Dylan. It all comes together in the end.

09-10-2006, 07:01 PM
Ronni LeTekro

09-10-2006, 07:09 PM
Originally posted by SparkieD
Ronni LeTekro

As an Norwegian and because i know Tekro(i'm from the same town) i was glad his name got mentioned here!
He's an amazing player.

09-11-2006, 12:48 AM
Originally posted by Gringo
As an Norwegian and because i know Tekro(i'm from the same town) i was glad his name got mentioned here!
He's an amazing player.

Wow! Lucky you! :) I'm surprised you didn't beat me to it. Loved him since KotNT.

09-11-2006, 01:02 AM
Guess I gotta throw Robin Trower in the mix. His disk Bridge of Sighs is top notch. Brian Setzer's not to damn shabby either.

Bridge of Sighs
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Day of the Eagle
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09-11-2006, 03:26 AM
Originally posted by mako_kimura
Yo, binnie, just to let ya know, Darrell's got another "L" in it. Also, Randy's last name's spelled RhoAds

Dude, spelling whilst drunk has never been a strong point of mine, but chears for the heads up.

09-26-2006, 07:05 PM
Alex Lifeson .

09-26-2006, 09:20 PM
I've gotta give respect to Richard Thompson - blows me away

09-26-2006, 09:45 PM
Originally posted by tjvhou812
Warren D'martini


Great tone... Didn't he use Laneys?

09-26-2006, 11:07 PM
I'll skip the SRVs, Jimis, and Claptons because much like salt and pepper they always get added to taste.

Top five for shits & giggles

#1 Billy Gibbons – ZZ Top or Terry Kath – Chicago (If he hadn’t repainted his house with brain chunks and made more albums I’m sure more people would be talking about him)

#2 Brian May – Queen (he sounds so good he almost makes me want to try and build a strange looking guitar with a shit load of switches)

#3 Slash – GnR (Top Hat Biatch! Nuff said)

#4 Steve Stevens or Billy Duffy – The Cult (take your pick I dig them both)

#5 Esteban – QVC & Home Shopping Network (Don’t hate, if you practice really hard you to can play “House of the rising sun, & wear a black Pirate Outfit, & sell shitty ass guitars on TV......... I’m shocked he doesn’t sell an official Esteban

Edit edit edit Last minute thought

#6 Joe Walsh (because drugs are goooooood)

09-27-2006, 04:07 AM
Disagree with you on Brian May, but the rest of your list is fuckin great.

25%morecowbell, great name!

09-27-2006, 08:59 AM
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