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Old 06-13-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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Most overrated and underrated guitar players.

Who are in ur opinion the most underrated and most overrated guitarists?

My opinion:

Overrated:

- Slash
- Kurt Cobain (plays 2-3 powerchords and sings about depression, boooring as hell..)
- Kirk Hammett
- Zakk Wylde
- Herman Li
- Yngwie Malmsteen
- Eric Clapton

Underrated:

- Michael Schenker (most underrated artist in history of rock)
- Jake E. Lee
- Uli Roth
- Chris Impellitteri
- Greg Howe
- Eric Johnson (hes well known but doesent get the credit he deserves)

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Old 06-13-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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Eric Johnson is very well know and gets quite a bit of praise.
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I'm irritated that you remade a thread for this, not cool
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:27 PM   #5
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #6
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I chose to link that thread at random out of the dozens of identical threads you could have found using the searchbar.
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lol herman li is terrible his solo's sound so bad but i <3 Yngwie Malmsteen
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:17 AM   #8
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Yeah, dudeman could use the search function. Or maybe he could just make a new thread. It's the internet, guys. It's not like we're going to use it all up if we make a new thread for something that's been discussed before. Big long threads are clunky and get off topic and are filled with old information. Maybe someone has changed their opinion since but didn't think to call the old thread from the grave.

overrated: Obviously hammet. Anyone with half a brain can tell this guy sucks. Buying his sig guitar is like saying "I want to play the guitar like a total jackass".

Cooley. Yeah. He plays fast. What does he play? I dunno I can't pay attention for more than 15 seconds.

Rhoads. Best thing this guy ever did was ask someone to make him a cool guitar.


underrated: Mansoor. Yeah everyone is talking about him nowdays-- but not enough people as far as I'm concerned. This guys solos are always so freaking good and not just pointless shredding either. Super structured and liquid fast without sounding like Cooley making a milkshake.

Muhammed SuiÁmez. I don't even know what to write about this guy he's just too good. And I'd say he takes a reasonable amount of responsibility for way too technical death metal.

Karl Sanders. This guy acts ridiculous. I've seen Nile a few times and he is so fat and drunk and weird. But the stuff this guy writes is crazy. I know a lot of people knock this band for 'everything sounding the same', and all I would say to that is... nah, not to me.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:51 AM   #9
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Frank Solari - underrated
Eric Clapton - overrated
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:41 PM   #10
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So what if there is another overrated/underrated thread.

Overrated:

Eric Clapton - He is good, but should not the number two greatest guitarist according to Rolling Stone magazine. Crossroads is one of my favorite songs, Sunshine Of Your Love was one of the first song I learned, but he isn't the second greatest guitarist of all time.

Jimi Hendrix - He dressed like a blind clown and was trippin out practically any time he touched a guitar. Yes, he inspired years of rock, but honestly, not "The Greatest Guitarist Of All Time To Exist On Earth Ever"

Kurt Cobain - Like the post said, he sings about depression and rape and other weird stuff. And he plays a couple power chords in a progression, his solos aren't super good either.

Underrated

Dimebag Darrell - Yes there are Dime fanboys that make him seem overrated. But he is really good. When I first heard Cowboys from Hell, I was like "Okay, Okay, oh yeah, initiate headbang!" But then other songs like I'm Broken, Walk, Cemetery Gates, Mouth For War, Domination, 5 Minutes Alone, and more. He is just good. He had so much more to offer.

Allman Brothers guitarists - Warren Haynes, Dickie Betts, Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, they are all good.

Megadeth Guitarists - Dave Mustaine is good, but I mean the other guys. The ones that play other times. Marty Friedman, Chris Poland, they are very good, but live in the shadow of Dave.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:49 PM   #11
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+1 for underrated marty friedman. His work with Cacophony is ridiculous.
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There are a few I forgot to say

Underrated

Richie Blackmore of Deep Purple
Yeah people think of Smoke On The Water, but there is so much more. My favorites are Lazy, Highway Star, and Space Truckin

George Harrison of the Beatles
Just an excellent musician. Played more than just guitar too.
If you talk to someone who likes the Beatles, but doesn't play guitar, chances are, they will talk about John Lennon or Paul McCartney, not George.

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Old 06-30-2013, 11:25 AM   #13
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Underrated - Jimi Hendrix
Overrated - just about everyone else.

If you never 'got' Hendrix it is probably because you were brought up on the safe bog standard 4 beats to the bar that your parents liked. If you have ever bothered to listen to classical music and heard a violin being played then Hendrix isn't a problem, in fact he sounds more musical than anyone else. Technically he may have had some issues, but is that what music is really about. And some of his technical issues came in performance through drug misuse.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #14
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Overrated: BB King

Underrated: George Harrison
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #15
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Overrated: Steve Vai

Underrated: James Williamson

EDIT: There are more, I just can't think of any right now. I've always been a huge James Williamson fan. Though he is far from being a guitar god I just don't think that he ever has gotten the type of credit that he deserves.

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Old 07-07-2013, 01:44 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by emirvai
Who are in ur opinion the most underrated and most overrated guitarists?

My opinion:

Overrated:

- Slash
- Kurt Cobain (plays 2-3 powerchords and sings about depression, boooring as hell..)
- Kirk Hammett
- Zakk Wylde
- Herman Li
- Yngwie Malmsteen
- Eric Clapton

Underrated:

- Michael Schenker (most underrated artist in history of rock)
- Jake E. Lee
- Uli Roth
- Chris Impellitteri
- Eric Johnson (hes well known but doesent get the credit he deserves)



I agree except you also forgot to include Chris Broderick (from Megadeth) as one of the most underrated guitar players. I think he is about as good as it gets, yet will remain in the shadow of Marty Friedman -- due to the loyalty factor that hard core Megadeth fans have bestowed on him.

Also I think it should be noted that Kirk Hammett does not put on any pretenses about his ability to play, as great as that is. He's a much better classical metal composer then a super talented guitar player, per se' imo!

I would also like to thank you for mentioning the relatively unknown guitar greats on your list, in addition to the note about Micheal Schenker.
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I think every douche mentioned in this thread is way overrated. I'll let you figure out the ones who aren't.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:49 PM   #18
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Overrated - George Thorogood. I love his songs though : )
Underrated - John 5.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:05 PM   #19
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Overrated: Jimi Hendrix
Underrated: Billy Corgan (who has a similar style but better)
Any asshole who has picked up a guitar for three days will say hendrix is god. But he is not. Sloppy, bad live playing, simplistic compositions. So what if he "played" guitar with his teeth. I could do that and it would sound equally as shitty. He had some good tunes, but nothing technically groundbreaking.
Corgan.. Isn't the best by any stretch of the imagination. But he never really gets recognition on a guitar standpoint. He is... Douche, yes, but listen to the solos for Geek USA, Soma, and Mayo. Geek USA was kinda a cacophony, but overall he has a very good sense of lyrical phrasing and rhythm.
Michael Schenker is also awesome!
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