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LordBaxtus
06-09-2009, 11:57 PM
I apologize in advance if this has been done before, but if not, here goes.

Which guitarists, in your opinion, are the most unique? By unique I mean not what they play (don't give me stories about a guy who plays techno-reggae death metal) but how they play. Which guitarists could you identify by just hearing two or three notes from their solo, who's playing style is completely their own.

For me personally, I think Neil Young's playing style (and tone too, for that matter) are very unique and personal. I think I could also identify a Brian May solo anytime, very good at hitting those right notes, has a very economic playing style.

What about you guys?

enemy120
06-10-2009, 12:02 AM
David Gilmour, i can tell his solos from the first few notes

yLynch
06-10-2009, 12:03 AM
Cliff Burton

cornmancer
06-10-2009, 12:04 AM
I apologize in advance if this has been done before, but if not, here goes.

Which guitarists, in your opinion, are the most unique? By unique I mean not what they play (don't give me stories about a guy who plays techno-reggae death metal) but how they play. Which guitarists could you identify by just hearing two or three notes from their solo, who's playing style is completely their own.

For me personally, I think Neil Young's playing style (and tone too, for that matter) are very unique and personal. I think I could also identify a Brian May solo anytime, very good at hitting those right notes, has a very economic playing style.

What about you guys?
So economic he uses a six pence as a pick XD
...sorry bad joke. Anyways I can tell when I'm hearing Chuck Berry, many have emulated him but no one can play double stops quite like him. That opening lick is like thunder to me.
David Gilmour, i can tell his solos from the first few notes
It's strange, he shreds by playing one note, yet he does it so incredibly.

EvoLancer211
06-10-2009, 12:04 AM
David Gilmour, i can tell his solos from the first few notes

yeah I can tell a lot of artists' by the first few notes of a solo

Doodleface
06-10-2009, 12:04 AM
Definitely Brian May, his tone and style are defintely unique and identifiable.

I would also say Bumblefoot, his songs (of his more recent work) are very cathy and simple.. then you go to try and play them and you just can't do it! His solo's are often very memorable as well.

hippieboy444
06-10-2009, 12:05 AM
Paco De Lucia is rather unique since he can play ridiculously with his fingers, but Nick Drake gets my vote. His style is astronomically influential and is unlike anyone else's.

billiegoat
06-10-2009, 12:08 AM
I can tell when it's John Frusciante immediately, also Matt Bellamy's gotta be on there

captainoid
06-10-2009, 12:09 AM
Marty Friedman. That is all.

masterp666
06-10-2009, 12:10 AM
jeff beck, rory gallagher, duane allman

germX-50
06-10-2009, 12:10 AM
jerry cantrell and Mikael Åkerfeldt for me. just the way they can (each in their own way) take something so simple ans make it sound so complex, or make something complex sound simple

sacamano79
06-10-2009, 12:11 AM
santana

bagrm
06-10-2009, 12:12 AM
Definitely Jeff Beck. Also Jerry Garcia, Trey Anastasio, Satch, Vai.

luyano
06-10-2009, 12:13 AM
Brian May, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore came to my mind

aetherspear
06-10-2009, 12:13 AM
Bill Frisell, Nels Cline, Derek Bailey, Jeff Beck, Dominic Frasca, Skip James, Prasanna, Lenny Breau. They literally sound like nobody else around, and are all awesome.

Chase_Jarvis23
06-10-2009, 12:14 AM
Jason Becker- his shredding just sounds 'happier' or more 'upbeat' to me. Joe Satriani- His tone is also unique to me. Dimebag Darrell- again, tone, and nobody can squeal like him.

germX-50
06-10-2009, 12:15 AM
Jason Becker- his shredding just sounds 'happier' or more 'upbeat' to me. Joe Satriani- His tone is also unique to me. Dimebag Darrell- again, tone, and nobody can squeal like him.

i dunno, i think zakk wylde is trying to out-squeal everyone :)

RivercrestColts
06-10-2009, 12:16 AM
Matt Carter

TrasherFromHell
06-10-2009, 12:34 AM
Shawn Lane, Marty Friedman, Guthrie Govan, Wes Montgomery and Steve Vai. No matter what they play is immediatelty obvious who it is when you listen to their music.

Chase_Jarvis23
06-10-2009, 12:51 AM
i dunno, i think zakk wylde is trying to out-squeal everyone :)
Well Zakk Wylde uses too many pinch harmonics, while Dime used natural harmonics while pulling on his floyd to make noise frequencies high enough to kill furry woodland creatures.

aig91
06-10-2009, 03:22 AM
In my opinion, Derek Trucks has a very unique style.

Benjami
06-10-2009, 04:38 AM
Tom Morello is very unique.
And Satriani's style is very recognizable as well imo

A Rolling Stone
06-12-2009, 09:03 PM
Derek Trucks, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Bo Diddley and most of all Robbie Robertson. His playing style is so unique, I can recognize him from two notes (both of them bent 3 ways to Sunday no doubt.)

whitenihilist
06-12-2009, 09:08 PM
Well Zakk Wylde uses too many pinch harmonics, while Dime used natural harmonics while pulling on his floyd to make noise frequencies high enough to kill furry woodland creatures.


Don't forget that Satriani also is a squeal master that make Wylde blush. :cool:

Check out Satch Boogie, he whammies the hell out of those harmonics.

aerosmith513
06-13-2009, 07:14 AM
Buddy Guy, Slash sometimes, Luther Dickenson, Rich Robinson, Mick Mars, and Billy Corgan

hugh20
06-13-2009, 12:28 PM
Thomas Erak is so original and varied with his licks and riff. He manages to combine a million different genres of guitar playing into one song.

TMF128
06-13-2009, 12:30 PM
You can't get any more unique than Buckethead.

#Black Label
06-13-2009, 12:34 PM
David Gilmour, Santana

bonesofghosts
06-13-2009, 02:03 PM
Thomas Erak is so original and varied with his licks and riff. He manages to combine a million different genres of guitar playing into one song.

YES.

also, Dave Knudson

germX-50
06-13-2009, 03:14 PM
You can't get any more unique than Buckethead.

+1

Venice King
06-13-2009, 05:05 PM
In my opinion, Derek Trucks has a very unique style.
+1, I thought it was because of the slide style but heard him without and is still very different and interesting

CRplaysguitar
06-13-2009, 05:20 PM
either Lindsay Buckingham, Jimmy Page or Eddie Van Halen

CRplaysguitar
06-13-2009, 05:21 PM
Buddy Guy, Slash sometimes, Luther Dickenson, Rich Robinson, Mick Mars, and Billy Corgan

Luther Dickinson is RIDICULOUS!!!! :)

Iron Disturbia
06-13-2009, 10:21 PM
My top three are definatly: Adam Jones (Tool), Michael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and Fredrik Akesson (Opeth).

Adam is unique not only because Tool as a whole is a VERY different band, but because Adam doesn't use one single, specialized technique. He jumps around and shows a wide variety of skills.

As for the Opeth duo, I mean come on they developed their own picking style. That is unique right there. They created it and only they (as far as I know) can do it perfectly. \

But yeah.

kirbyrocknroll
06-13-2009, 10:27 PM
Chris Poland has a very identifiable tone, bending style, and vibrato.

C1337us
06-14-2009, 02:15 AM
Jimmy Page, Santanna and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Burning_Angel
06-14-2009, 03:33 PM
Mattias IA Eklundh, Wes Montgomery, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker...

But IA takes the cake for me.

niqolaise
06-14-2009, 04:31 PM
Michael Hedges comes first to my mind, Don ross, Stanley Jordan, Erik Mongrain, Tommy Emmanuel, Frank Zappa, John Butler,...

trackmind
06-14-2009, 04:38 PM
tom verlaine
kevin shields
jimi hendrix

not many people can even so much as compete with these three guitarists.

germX-50
06-15-2009, 12:48 AM
My top three are definatly: Adam Jones (Tool), Michael Akerfeldt (Opeth) and Fredrik Akesson (Opeth).

Adam is unique not only because Tool as a whole is a VERY different band, but because Adam doesn't use one single, specialized technique. He jumps around and shows a wide variety of skills.

As for the Opeth duo, I mean come on they developed their own picking style. That is unique right there. They created it and only they (as far as I know) can do it perfectly. \

But yeah.

YES!!!
+like a million
:D

volcom_sk8_rock
06-15-2009, 04:56 AM
Yeah have to agree with you on Neil Young also I noticed that Nels Clines playing at least on Kidsmoke off Summerteeth I think it is, is very much like the style of Gareth Liddiard of The Drones.

MetalGear1786
06-15-2009, 05:11 PM
Adam Jones of Tool, Buzz Osbourne of the Melvins, Omar Rodríguez-López from at the drive in, & Billy Howerdel of APC.

Race:in/Raceout
06-15-2009, 09:39 PM
Adam Jones of Tool, Buzz Osbourne of the Melvins, Omar Rodríguez-López from at the drive in, & Billy Howerdel of APC.
you read my mind. Omar Rodríguez-López is amazing. the way i like to describe it is, he knows how to hit all the right wrong notes. if that makes sense. it does to me xD
but just like to point out he is now in the mars volta. just sayin... ha ha

Isidora
06-18-2009, 02:20 AM
Alex Lifeson.

sick-boy21
06-18-2009, 02:30 AM
Even though I don't particularly like the guitarist, I will always be able to tell an Yngwie song. Unique style and tone.

I can also always tell a new Metallica song because of James and Kirk's playing styles, both on their own and together.
Santana has pretty unique playing tone and style as well.

HeavyReverb
06-18-2009, 12:31 PM
Hendrix until everyone starting copying him. Also Rory Gallagher

Megasaurus
06-19-2009, 04:01 AM
Brian May of Queen
even when i turn on the radio to the middle of a queen song i know its his guitar playing
ive heard he always uses a coin as a pick

Fearless(Times)
06-20-2009, 04:02 PM
Mike from Incubus
&
Teppei from Thrice

scott8193
06-20-2009, 08:43 PM
synyster gates
Great player, i know when its him playing...such a good player

TrustMeWhenISay
06-20-2009, 11:29 PM
buckethead hasnt been said much...suprised

Blind In 1 Ear
06-21-2009, 01:17 AM
jeff beck comes to mind. i think eric johnsons style is quite unique. ive never really heard anyone else that sounds like him. well, now there are people who are influenced by him, but in eric' time and before him, i havent heard anyone play like him. he has a very specific way to play faster runs.

EndTheRapture51
06-21-2009, 05:01 AM
John Petrucci.

Alex Westaway, I know when it's him. he loves slides from nowhere, to nowhere in quiet songs on an acoustic guitar, and tremolo picking loads.

tom1thomas1
06-21-2009, 07:49 AM
Carlos Santana, Brian May, Zakk Wylde, Randy Rhoads, Angus Young (lots of people can play like that but no one actually does it on a record), Mark Knopfler, Eddie Van Halen. David Gilmour is pretty unique, except that I reckon he's got a similar tone to Slash, when I first heard Comfortably Numb I thought it was GNR till I heard vocals.

tom1thomas1
06-21-2009, 07:52 AM
Hendrix had a recognisable tone but he always hid it behind a crapload of effects, but without effects I can tell his tone straight away. You said unique not recognisable anyway so he was unique

yankees717
06-21-2009, 10:32 AM
Tommy Emmanuel wins by a landslide

aig91
06-21-2009, 12:46 PM
Carlos Santana is also a very unique guitarist in my opinion.

Gris-Gris-Man
06-21-2009, 09:05 PM
Jeff Beck definitely

Ninjamonkey767
06-21-2009, 10:49 PM
Larry LaLonde.



I think...

Beserker
06-21-2009, 11:24 PM
Jeff Beck definitely
Agreed, but the man in your avatar at least equally!

Backflash33
06-22-2009, 05:11 AM
i've listened to so much music it all sounds the same.... hate to say it but there aren't very many combo's left on the guitar from the 1950's to present

even if someone is unique others will copy it soon after making it the norm if it sounds good .....

but who cares ;) right???


edit: i guess i'll pick Santana though

Zaphikh
06-22-2009, 05:14 AM
MICK BARR
Ocrilim - Orthrelm - Octis

galapogo
06-22-2009, 12:06 PM
Nick Drake, Kevin Shields, Steve Albini, Elliott Smith, Dave Pajo

Gris-Gris-Man
06-22-2009, 02:47 PM
Agreed, but the man in your avatar at least equally!
true that brother!

DoomsdayArsenal
06-22-2009, 02:49 PM
Mike Einziger, Tom Morello, The Edge, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai (I'm thinkin' like BAD HORSIE), Matt Bellamy

diminishedtobme
06-22-2009, 05:56 PM
Frank Zappa

JMerr1212
06-25-2009, 03:26 PM
dude..SKWISGAR SKWIGELF...aka Brendon Small...he has an awesome very unique sound...and willie adler from lamb of god

LordWorm420
06-25-2009, 03:26 PM
Herman Li, because no one can be quite as horrible as him.

LEON.01
06-26-2009, 05:16 AM
All the same names popping up!
John Squire is the name i'm throwing in! Always gets overlooked or dismissed all together.
Defo one of the best guitarists of our time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRg7oV6q05Q

If you get bored of the intro, the song kicks in at 2:15!!!!

LISTEN TO IT!

JMerr1212
06-26-2009, 10:00 AM
Herman Li, because no one can be quite as horrible as him.

but herman ree is cool!! lmfao

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSNLfa1VPwo

c-rob6422
06-26-2009, 12:08 PM
jimi hendrix.
mike einziger of incubus
matt bellamy of muse
angus young of AC/DC because he was so awesome with the pentatonic scale.
Daron malakian of SOAD.
kurt cobain
TOM MORELLO
Buckethead
Synyster Gates of A7X
and last but not least
B.B. Bloody KING. how can people leave out the kickass blues?

StarChildSammy
07-25-2009, 01:48 PM
Ace Frehley, Marty Friedman, Jani Liimatainen, Bruce Kulick

pb199
07-30-2009, 10:02 PM
Gonna throw this name out there cuz nobod has posted it, along with many of m other favorites Jon "the Barber" Gutwillig of The Disco Biscuits

n_tracyKC
08-16-2009, 01:55 PM
john mclaughlin, omar rodriguez lopez

Crazylegs11
08-17-2009, 05:50 PM
You can tell an Angus Young solo when you here it, but if we are talking about unique, I have to say James Taylor, he has such weird chord fingerings.

Gundam pilota09
08-18-2009, 05:13 AM
Richie kotzen has an unmistakeable tone. his live sound and his studio sound are RADICALLY different but you can tell one of his songs a mile away. a punchy smooth guitar that is either pumped through countless effects or none at all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x0hpRgEA5o&feature=related
also D'jango Reinheart(butchered spelling)

daimjagv12
07-11-2011, 10:13 AM
has to be carlos santana for me his playing and tone is superb..

SantanaMan69
07-13-2011, 02:21 PM
I do like Carlos Santana (http://www.ultimatesantana.com/CarlosSantana.html) -- especially the early years. But it might have to be Jeff Beck. In his late 60s, and sounding better than ever!

r-bizzle182
07-13-2011, 06:41 PM
Cameron Boucher of Old Gray

due 07
07-13-2011, 06:50 PM
loooooooooooool

iwannabesedated
07-13-2011, 07:41 PM
Brian May and Hendrix are obvious. Johnny Ramone, especially at the time, was very unique.

A few more:
Steve Turner
James Williamson
Dr. Know
Pete Townshend

SamMetalGuitar
07-14-2011, 12:39 PM
Marty Friedman. That is all.

this and Al Di Meola and Vai

z28dylan
07-15-2011, 01:56 AM
if youre just looking at tones then you gotta say zakk wylde pretty much hands down. i think the best example is pornstar dancing. first time i heard it i had no idea who was singing or anything but i knew within the first three notes that it zakk shredding because he's always got that squealy tone. on the other hand looking at just playing techniques, i think dimebag and randy rhoads and jerry cantrell stand out. they seemed to play with feeling more than using musical theory. nobody can play cemetary gates or floods like dime. so much emotion comes outa dime in that song

lvd1
07-29-2011, 10:32 PM
i love zakk wylde but the harmonics get on my nerves some times. steve vai too his stuff gets waaaaaay too deep musically but both of these guys are beyond amazing- especially vai.

neidnarb11890
07-30-2011, 01:03 AM
Robert Fripp, of Fripp & Eno fame.

IHoldOn
07-30-2011, 06:23 AM
Hendrix, jeff beck, vai

The_Flesh_Storm
07-30-2011, 08:19 AM
Marty Friedman n°1 for sure, then Zakk & Dimebag and Randy Rhoads.

lvd1
07-30-2011, 10:28 PM
Marty Friedman n°1 for sure, then Zakk & Dimebag and Randy Rhoads.

dime was awesome but he doesn't come close to vai or zakk never mind randy.

even eddie v halen said he jammed with randy once and he felt like he didn't know how to play after the session, crazy.

Dmaj7
08-01-2011, 12:48 PM
Rodney Mullen.

jsspang
08-27-2011, 10:29 AM
John 5 no doubt. Who else mixes metal with country

.Skywalker.
08-27-2011, 05:40 PM
Randy Rhoads
Brian May
Joe Satriani
Rory Gallagher
Paco de Lucia

Jearl
08-27-2011, 08:24 PM
dude, Marc Ribot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFhPaWvp-y0&feature=related