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LordBaxtus
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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?
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David Gilmour, i can tell his solos from the first few notes
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Quote by LordBaxtus
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.
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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.
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Quote by enemy120
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
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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.
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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.
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I can tell when it's John Frusciante immediately, also Matt Bellamy's gotta be on there
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Definitely Jeff Beck. Also Jerry Garcia, Trey Anastasio, Satch, Vai.
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Brian May, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore came to my mind
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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.
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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.











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Quote by Chase_Jarvis23
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
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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.
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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.











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Tom Morello is very unique.
And Satriani's style is very recognizable as well imo
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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.)
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Quote by Chase_Jarvis23
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.

Check out Satch Boogie, he whammies the hell out of those harmonics.
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Buddy Guy, Slash sometimes, Luther Dickenson, Rich Robinson, Mick Mars, and Billy Corgan
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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.


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You can't get any more unique than Buckethead.
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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
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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
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either Lindsay Buckingham, Jimmy Page or Eddie Van Halen
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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.
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Chris Poland has a very identifiable tone, bending style, and vibrato.
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Jimmy Page, Santanna and Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Mattias IA Eklundh, Wes Montgomery, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker...

But IA takes the cake for me.
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Michael Hedges comes first to my mind, Don ross, Stanley Jordan, Erik Mongrain, Tommy Emmanuel, Frank Zappa, John Butler,...
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tom verlaine
kevin shields
jimi hendrix

not many people can even so much as compete with these three guitarists.
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Quote by Iron Disturbia
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.


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