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Dmt8jr
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ok everyone i know to get opinions on the BEST guitarist of the 80s speed metal, hair metal, era

i want to know the guitar players name, the band they were in, and why you like them best.


personally mine are

dave murray- iron maiden
george lynch- dokken
yngwie malmsteen- steelers
neal schon- journey
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Dave Mustaine- Megadave... because he is a funny character and has some nice rythm playing + a very identifiable style.
James Hetfield- Metallica, vastly underated rythm player imho
Marty friedman- Cacophony... his unique phrasing and technical ability
Jason becker- Cacophony... being an awesome dude and composer and also for probably out doing malmsteen.

Got any reasons for your choices?
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Dmt8jr
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dave murray is my #1 hands down because i grew up on iron maiden been listening to them since i was like 6 and im 17 now lol, as a guitar player i really appreciate his style and hes a really good person too
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Reb Beach- Winger: He is often overlooked but his tone and emotion are spot on with the songs he plays

George Lynch- Dokken: Badass riffs and tone

Eddie Van Halen- Van Halen: The reason I play guitar today. He revolutionized just about everything in guitar.

Steve Clark/Phil Collen- Def Leppard: Great team of guitarists. They layer off of each other to create some cool stuff.

Vivian Campbell-Dio, Whitesnake: Most people don't know who he is. He plays with Def Leppard now but as a lesser role... With Dio and Whitesnake, his guitar parts were simple but effective.
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friedman and becker destoryed with cacophony!
them 2 , plus my favorite guitarist (mustaine and king)
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Slash - Guns N' Roses cause he's original and has a unique style of blues infused with rock. And he is the a guitar hero that everyone thinks of
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Quote by Dmt8jr
dave murray is my #1 hands down because i grew up on iron maiden been listening to them since i was like 6 and im 17 now lol, as a guitar player i really appreciate his style and hes a really good person too



I'm a MASSIVE Iron Maiden nut, Dave Murray is definately one of my favourite guitarists, but I'd say in terms of "best", Jason Becker or Shawn Lane (he was around in 80s)
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beckerfriedmangilbertbouilletlynchvaibeachkotzenmacalpine, etc.
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#13
That's easy, Randy Rhoads with Ozzy's band. Mostly because of the speedy guitar licks he used.

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Randy, because his playing is just flawless and his tone is amazing!
Jake E Lee, cause Ozzy's Bark At the Moon album, what more can I say?
Jason Becker, because of his composing, playing, everything.
Marty Friedman, well its Marty?
Dave Mustaine, his insane riffs.
Yngwie had some great solos and songs, eg I'll see the light tonight, Save our Love..
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Night Ranger's Brad Gillis. He had an arsenal of guitar tricks unmatched by any guitarist of his time or since.
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friedman and becker destoryed with cacophony!
them 2 , plus my favorite guitarist (mustaine and king)



if your a king fan i take it youd like my kkv bc rich ;D
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#18
i dont know if this would fit in here but Angus Young from ACDC because he is f@&%n amazing!!
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Slash - Guns N' Roses cause he's original and has a unique style of blues infused with rock. And he is the a guitar hero that everyone thinks of

I second this, best EVER!
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These are some of my favorites. Most have already been said.

Eddie Van Halen- Van Halen- Laid the groundwork for many guitarists in the 80's. Influence can't be denied.

George Lynch- Dokken- Cool tone great riffs and some of the best solos in Glam Metal.

Vivian Campbell- Dio- Again his riffs and solos are amazing.

Marty Friedman- Megadeth- The best lead guitarist in Megadeth's history imo. Cacophony was great as well.

Dave Murray- Iron Maiden- Iron Maiden are awesome and he is one of the main reasons why.

Randy Rhoads- Ozzy Osbourne- Enough has been said already about his playing

Wolf Hoffmann- Accept- Knew when to be melodic and knew when to show off. One of my favorites.

Glen Tipton/K.K Downing- No egos between them. They worked as a unit and never really tried to upstage one another. Great team and both great players.
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#21
There are just too many. But... Well, firstly, Dave Murray was the man who got me into guitar.

Andy LaRocque with King Diamond, brilliant guitarist, amazing melodies

Vivian Campbell for his Dio stuff

Marty Friedman for his unique approach to guitar

Yngwie Malmsteen for obvious reasons

James Murphy for Death - Spiritual Healing

Roope Latvala for his Stone guitar badassery

Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest for his vibrato

Alex Skolnick of Testament for heavy riffage combined with fast soloing

John Norum of Europe, he made some good songs
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+1 to Andy LaRocque and Paul Gilbert.
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George Lynch - Dokken, has a great tone and riffs
Slash - you know why
Angus Young, he has also got many cool riffs
And of course Richie Blackmore, he is SOOOOOO underrated!!!!
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Best, in terms of technical playing? Gilbert.
Best, in terms of good songs? Satriani.
Best, in terms of most profound impact on the guitar genre? Malmsteen.

Tough pick. I'll say Malmsteen because he managed to cover all 3 areas in some way. My absolute favourite, however? Satriani.
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Eddie Van Halen- Van Halen- He had is own unique style and changed the way many people look at guitar.
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Meh, I think threads like these are kinda lame.


But whatever, my favorite has always been Randy Rhoads. He obviously wasn't one of the fastest players out there (not in comparison to later shredders such as Yngwie, or Satriani) , but his creativity and sense of melody made him the greatest (in my opinion). His solos really fit the song very well, and he wrote awesome and memorable music with Ozzy.
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Quote by TomusAM
Meh, I think threads like these are kinda lame.


But whatever, my favorite has always been Randy Rhoads. He obviously wasn't one of the fastest players out there (not in comparison to later shredders such as Yngwie, or Satriani) , but his creativity and sense of melody made him the greatest (in my opinion). His solos really fit the song very well, and he wrote awesome and memorable music with Ozzy.

I agree. The reason randy is so good is because of the musical education he had. All these things like his melodic sense or ability to make to solo fit perfectly is i think because if you asked him he'd consider himself a composer as much as a guitarist.
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Eddie Van Halen, come on enough said right? He's Eddie Van Halen

Steve Vai, pound for pound probbaly the only guy who can go note for note with eddie, plus he does some weird stuff that'll make your head spin, his creativity is second to none

Mick Mars: By far the most underrated guitarist in Rock N Roll Mick Rocks

Stevie Ray Vaughn, Do I really need to say more about that? It's STEVIE RAY VAUGHN for crying out loud.

The Guitar Twins, only true fans will know who I am talking about, there harmonies and dueling solos revolutionized Heavy Metal.
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There are just too many. But... Well, firstly, Dave Murray was the man who got me into guitar.

Andy LaRocque with King Diamond, brilliant guitarist, amazing melodies

Vivian Campbell for his Dio stuff

Marty Friedman for his unique approach to guitar

Yngwie Malmsteen for obvious reasons

James Murphy for Death - Spiritual Healing

Roope Latvala for his Stone guitar badassery

Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest for his vibrato

Alex Skolnick of Testament for heavy riffage combined with fast soloing

John Norum of Europe, he made some good songs


John Norum is my favourite guitarist of all time!! i think he deserves more recognition than what he got. he has one of the most original and unique styles of playing. he has speed, technicality, melodies and so much soul and emotion into his works!!!!!
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Malmsteen, because neoclassical is ****ing win, and shredding classical guitars is just badass

Jeff Waters because he is an awesome guy and waaaaayy too underrated

And he's not really '80s' as such but a very 80s style player, Michael Romeo because he is just awesome.
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#36
Can't believe no one's mentioned Nuno Bettencourt yet...simply an amazing player. Play With Me has one of the greatest 80's solos ever.
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Yngwie J. Malmsteen was the best in the 80's also the first true shredder. Becker, Friedman, Gilbert, Bouillet, McAlpine, Batio, Bettencourt, Beach and the likes were all imitators of Malmsteen's neoclassical playing. All have admitted that it was Malmsteen who influenced their playing and style. Rhoads wasn't a neoclassical player like some claim. He was a pentatonic blues rock player who dabbled with some harmonic minor runs that were blues hybrid patterns i.e. Crazy Train. Rhoads was great but not up to par with Malmsteen at that time. No one before Malmsteen truly utilized and perfomed fast arpeggios on the electric guitar like Malmsteen nor did they use the scales that Malmsteen did and not one guitar player even today has the stage presence of Malmsteen period!

Seeing Malmsteen play Eruption with his teeth back in the 80's as well as behind his head was a for sure sign that this guitarist was a forced to be reckoned with.
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Chris Holmes from W.A.S.P. One of the best guitarist I ever heard.
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Just to name a few...