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Old 04-23-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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Top Ten Modern Guitarists?

People often talk about the most influential, best, or most unique guitarists, and the same, classic names always come up (Clapton, Jimi, SRV, ETC.). So, who are your favorite guitarists who appeared in the last decade or so? Just curious
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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Petrucci, Satriani, Vai, Paul Gilbert, Mark Tremonti, Buckethead, etc.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
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Frusciante is definitely at the top. Others include Graham Coxon, the Strokes guitarists - Valensi and Hammond, Jack White, Dan Auerbach, Johnny Greenwood and Thom Yorke, etc. These are opn the top of my mind, I could probably come up with more, but yeah, love 'em all.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:36 PM   #4
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Tosin Abasi, Luke Hoskin, Tim Millar, Matt Heafy, Ron Jarzombek, Thomas Erak and Chris Letchford!
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:43 PM   #5
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It'd probably be a crime not to mention Tosin Abasi.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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Frusciante is definitely at the top. Others include Graham Coxon, the Strokes guitarists - Valensi and Hammond, Jack White, Dan Auerbach, Johnny Greenwood and Thom Yorke, etc. These are opn the top of my mind, I could probably come up with more, but yeah, love 'em all.


+1 playing at 300BPM doens't make you the best guitarist, I think there's a lot more to being a good guitarist and technical ability, and not just becasue i'm bad
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:52 PM   #8
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That being said, Tosin Abasi is pretty mesmerizing to watch
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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Jack White, absolutely, that man's a god.
Paul Gilbert.
Joe Bonamassa anyone?
Frusciante has so much emotion in his playing.
Brian Aubert.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ!!!!!
Rogers Stevens.
Dan Auerbach, because he made blues-rock mainstream again.


Umm, that's about all the real guitar music from recent years that I listen to...
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:15 PM   #10
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Tough to pick....
In no particular order besides #1:

1. Paul Waggoner - the man's playing is unreal, and his sense of melody, direction, and chord choice is impeccable.
2. Thomas Erak - I'm just getting into The Fall of Troy, but what I've heard does nothing to disabuse myself of the notion that he's an excellent and innovative musician.
3. Paul Ryan - one of the few people doing anything exciting with sweeping in death metal these days.
4. Al di Meola - flawless note choice and technique. I can't think of a jazz guitarist whom I admire more.
5. AJ Minette and Dean Herrera- not particularly innovative, but these two are so stunningly good at both composition and performance that I can't get enough of 'em.
6. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
7. Frederik Thordendal and Marten Hagstrom- Check out the polymetric insanity of Meshuggah and you'll understand.
8. Mikael Akerfeldt - just listen to his playing; it's at times technically chaotic and at others patronizingly simple, but what matters most about him is his ability to create complex and layered pieces of music that sweep the listener on an escapist journey through the entire spectrum of human emotion.
9. Ihsahn - see above
10. Luke Hoskins & Tim Millar - their ability to play off one another's strengths to create a chaotic, genius mess is stunning.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:21 PM   #11
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That being said, Tosin Abasi is pretty mesmerizing to watch

Every now and then I decide to watch couple of videos of him playing on YouTube. I then always get insanely jealous of his amazing technical and composition skills try to erase it from my memory again.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:37 PM   #12
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Honestly, I can't think of anyone of significance who emerged the last decade except for maybe Derek Trucks. I probably need to start keeping up with the guitar magazines again. And I'm learning from you guys, of course.

If it was pushed back to 1990, I could do better. I don't want to get off topic.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:18 PM   #13
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Depends on what you call modern. My personal top 10 would have to include John Frusciante, Jonny Greenwood, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy and Graham Coxon amongst others.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:51 PM   #14
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John Frusciante, Jack White, Tom Morello, Mark Tremonti, Omar Rodriguez, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonnamasa, Dan Auerbach,
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:53 PM   #15
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Jack White, absolutely, that man's a god.
Paul Gilbert.
Joe Bonamassa anyone?
Frusciante has so much emotion in his playing.
Brian Aubert.
OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ!!!!!
Rogers Stevens.
Dan Auerbach, because he made blues-rock mainstream again.


Umm, that's about all the real guitar music from recent years that I listen to...

Hmm, Brian Aubert is someone not a lot of people bring up in this sort of discussion, but I would most definitely have to agree. Dan Auerbach is on the top of my list, also.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:56 AM   #16
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Everyone is naming guitarist that emerged in the 90's, so will I. I'd say thats considered modern anyway.

John Petrucci
Trey Anastasio
Warren Haynes
Jimmy Herring
Shawn Lane
Tom Morello
Jerry Cantrell
John Frusciante
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Adam Jones
Mike McCready


Man, I could go on and on. The 90's produced some fine guitarists and lots of great bands. Like I said, I can't think of anyone significant since 2000 other than Derek Trucks.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #17
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Personally I like Greenday... even though it's only half rock I think they have some pretty catchy songs even though there is some language
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:12 AM   #18
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Personally I like Greenday... even though it's only half rock I think they have some pretty catchy songs even though there is some language

lol

I myself am incredibly influenced by Brent Hinds. The guy has a great style and can play incredibly well (fiend with out a face)
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:51 AM   #19
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Alison Robertson (The Donnas)

Seriously...Amazing tone. Great chops overall. Phenomenal rock guitarist. So underrated it's criminal.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:49 AM   #20
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I can't say I'm a huge fan but I feel like Jack White should be mentioned here.
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