who are the best"jack of all trades"guitarists that come to your mind?

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I think that buckethead has a good command of a wide range of styles.
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#4
Eric Johnson is a bit of a jack of all trades.

Then there's Steve Howe...
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guitarists who would purely fit that description


Jimmy Page, Yngwie Malmsteen.
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Steve Vai. Of course the guy is easily recognized as a guitar god by everybody, but when you think about it, he's one of the very few guys who have actually dabbled in almost all genres thinkable.
#10
Govan obviously (like stated above) is the entire deck of cards. Just watch the video in which he imitates other guitarist.

Then probably Nunu bettencourt an EXTREMEly (see what I did thar? lol) underated guitarist. Bit of Paul gilbert, Bitch of SRV (who was a whole lotta hendrix).
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i would say steve vai or john petrucci. not only do they have amazing talent at almost every single technique, they are great songwriters and are never afraid of trying something new or trying new genres. they also know more theory than you'd want to know.
#19
Steve Morse anyone?

That guy is awesome.
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#20
Jimmy page John Paul Jones, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa
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#21
Tom Morello comes to mind.
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#22
Zappa (Dweezil or Frank, which ever one you'd prefer)
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No way would I call Vai, Petrucci or buckethead a jack of all trades.. They play the same damn stale style every time. The only time I've heard Vai sound anything remotely different was when he was playing with Zappa. Other than that they're both souless shredders at heart.

The Govan's, Gilberts, and bettencourts are real players, they know when to go hard or to hold back and actually play another style authentically rather than simply try to rehash it with the basic underlying techniques. It's not all about if they can sweep a crap load you know... That just makes you a shredder.

P.s. I accidentley said "Bitch of SRV" before. Pretty sure I meant to say "Bit" or maybe I was thinking about my ex... but yeah. I love SRV. so yeah just to clear that up lol.
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#24
Paublo Gilberto. Guy can pretty much play whatever the hell he wants if he feels like it.
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#25
Chris Broderick or Buckethead.
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Jeff Beck. That is all.
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No way would I call Vai, Petrucci or buckethead a jack of all trades.. They play the same damn stale style every time. The only time I've heard Vai sound anything remotely different was when he was playing with Zappa. Other than that they're both souless shredders at heart.

The Govan's, Gilberts, and bettencourts are real players, they know when to go hard or to hold back and actually play another style authentically rather than simply try to rehash it with the basic underlying techniques. It's not all about if they can sweep a crap load you know... That just makes you a shredder.

P.s. I accidentley said "Bitch of SRV" before. Pretty sure I meant to say "Bit" or maybe I was thinking about my ex... but yeah. I love SRV. so yeah just to clear that up lol.


You know, I will concentrate on Buckethead here.

You said he constantly stays in the same style cos he shreds a lot and he does and most of his technique sounds rehashed and it is, most likely.

But if you look at his repertoire, the number and variation of artists he collaborated with and the amount of albums he pumps out himself, I highly doubt that you cant call him a jack of all trades.

Leads and technique is one thing, composing is something completely different.

Look at Frank Zappa for example, not a great lead guitarist and most of his leads sound the same but the amount of stuff he composed and the variation between them, I'd say that he is, like Buckethead, a jack of all trades.
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John 5: Dudes played with Zombie and Manson and that's where he gets most of his recognition. Has also played/written songs for/recorded with kd Lang, Salt N Pepa, David Lee Roth, Lynyrd Skynrd, Paul Stanley, The Scorpions, Lita ford, Rick Springfield, Meat Loaf, and Ricky Martin

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You know, I will concentrate on Buckethead here.

You said he constantly stays in the same style cos he shreds a lot and he does and most of his technique sounds rehashed and it is, most likely.

But if you look at his repertoire, the number and variation of artists he collaborated with and the amount of albums he pumps out himself, I highly doubt that you cant call him a jack of all trades.

Leads and technique is one thing, composing is something completely different.

Look at Frank Zappa for example, not a great lead guitarist and most of his leads sound the same but the amount of stuff he composed and the variation between them, I'd say that he is, like Buckethead, a jack of all trades.


I can understand where you're coming from with that opinion. But I really couldn't ever seeing Buckethead being placed on a mantle on the same stage as the Zapman. Buckethead as composer is redundant and boring, sure enough he's played with a lot of people but it all sounds the same to me, That weird yet not so weird rehash of a messed up Paul gilbert (of which he was taught by for a while, and clearly uses a lot of his stuff). But that's technique alone. Zappa created 100's upon 100's of peices which for the most part weren't even for guitar.. Orchestral, ambient, or down right flamboyant musical perfomance styles. Hell even showtunes probably.

To be honest.. I think Buckethead is just overated. He sticks to his image and made up fake style too much which hinders him imo. But respect to him for playing and creating that weird style.

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#33
John Petrucci quite obviously.
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No way would I call Vai, Petrucci or buckethead a jack of all trades.. They play the same damn stale style every time. The only time I've heard Vai sound anything remotely different was when he was playing with Zappa. Other than that they're both souless shredders at heart.

The Govan's, Gilberts, and bettencourts are real players, they know when to go hard or to hold back and actually play another style authentically rather than simply try to rehash it with the basic underlying techniques. It's not all about if they can sweep a crap load you know... That just makes you a shredder.

P.s. I accidentley said "Bitch of SRV" before. Pretty sure I meant to say "Bit" or maybe I was thinking about my ex... but yeah. I love SRV. so yeah just to clear that up lol.


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Buckethead and Vai fit description perfectly, but if i were to name 3 it would be Guthrie, Broderick and Buckethead.
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No way would I call Vai, Petrucci or buckethead a jack of all trades.. They play the same damn stale style every time. The only time I've heard Vai sound anything remotely different was when he was playing with Zappa. Other than that they're both souless shredders at heart.

The Govan's, Gilberts, and bettencourts are real players, they know when to go hard or to hold back and actually play another style authentically rather than simply try to rehash it with the basic underlying techniques. It's not all about if they can sweep a crap load you know... That just makes you a shredder.

P.s. I accidentley said "Bitch of SRV" before. Pretty sure I meant to say "Bit" or maybe I was thinking about my ex... but yeah. I love SRV. so yeah just to clear that up lol.

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#38
Saying Buckethead isn't a jack of all trades is pretty silly, honestly. The guy has done funk, flamenco, blues, metal (different kinds), electronic music, ballads, bluegrass, noise, etc. Whether or not you like it is irrelevant. He can play it.
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#39
Steven Wilson comes to my mind. How much stuff he has had a hand in that I love, and just his playing in general. Very unique style.
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#40
This isn't your favorite guitarist thread. This is about a guitarist that plays metal, rock, jazz, blues and whatnot equally well. I'd have to go with Buckethead and Marty Friedman. I took lessons from Francesco Artusato and that dude knows his jazz.
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