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#42
Quote by sethkins
eric clapton, george harrison, john lennon, pearl jam guy, steve vai, stevie ray vaughn, jerry cantrell. what about most overrated?

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#46
Paul Kossoff of Free
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Lets get this straight: Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Beck, Kossoff
#47
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Mick Ronson! Criminally underrated at the time

Agreed. Love his work on "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust....etc. Ad Nauseum".
#48
I've always been a big fan of Justin Hayward. I know the Moody Blues have kind of jumped the shark and I really wish they would either make a new album (Michael Pinder would make it even better) or stop touring. It makes me sad to see them out there trotting out Tuesday Afternoon for my mom and her friends.
None of that, however, can take away that beautiful sound that comes from everywhere. Justin is a frontman because that's his job in the band. He's a guitarist for the same reason. It's never been a showcase for him, it's always been in support of the music they were all trying to make. Even if he wasn't a very good guitar player (think what you like), that quality in itself makes him a great guitar player.
#49
I feel like I'll be called a sissy for this, but I'd go with Peter Frampton. You almost hear nothing about him yet he's still touring and making new music. I saw him earlier this year in concert not knowing many of his songs besides "Baby I Love Your Way," "Show Me the Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do." The problem is the first two I mentioned above are pretty much all you hear of him, yet he covers many different genres and sub-genres. He's really an amazing player, but the songs you always hear aren't really meant to showcase the guitar, yet he's done such a wide variety of material that does.
#51
I would say Yngwie Malmsteen, when he first started out he was very much classic rock but now his music music is leaning more to metal.

But he is extremely underrated, he inspired generations of guitarists and influenced the guitar sound of todays heavy rock/metal. (I would say rock in general but since todays rock sounds alot like pop its now heavy rock or metal)
#52
Quote by Firehawk2410
I feel like I'll be called a sissy for this, but I'd go with Peter Frampton. You almost hear nothing about him yet he's still touring and making new music. I saw him earlier this year in concert not knowing many of his songs besides "Baby I Love Your Way," "Show Me the Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do." The problem is the first two I mentioned above are pretty much all you hear of him, yet he covers many different genres and sub-genres. He's really an amazing player, but the songs you always hear aren't really meant to showcase the guitar, yet he's done such a wide variety of material that does.


Before his solo career he was in a band called Humble Pie with Steve Marriott. Amazing band, amazing guitar playing. Check out Performance Rockin' the Fillmore to see what I mean.
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Lets get this straight: Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Beck, Kossoff
#55
Earl Slick , check out his hair raising solo's on " Width of a circle " on David Bowies 1974 " David Live " album
#56
I wasn't going to post but I can't believe I don't see any mention of Frank Zappa on here. I got into him a few years ago and couldnt believe I hadn't heard of his guitar skills before. No one ever mentions him in the same breathe as hendrix, clapton, page, etc. but he's right there with them imo. He's one of the best songwriters in classic rock history (even if his lyrics were more humorous than serious), and a ridiculous guitarist(see muffin man, stinkfoot, watermelon in Easter bay, anything off shut up and play your guitar). He was one of the most versatile and diverse musicians ever too, i never understand why I don't hear many people mention zappa as one of the best ever, when in my opinion he is.
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#60
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Tom Scholz from Boston. He had great melodic sensibility, but more importantly, he had fantastic tone, and made a lot of advances in recording techniques. He pioneered modern POD and amp-sim technology.



I think this one >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTo5fyk3iew
hahaha.. I also agree. I think Tom Scholz also..


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#61
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Alex Lifeson.


Amen to that...the guy is under-rated beyond belief.
Would also agree with Rory Gallagher... two of my all time Guitar hero's !
#62
AlexLifeson from Rush, I thinkRush is the most under rated band ever.Theyhave maybe the second best drummer ever(after Keith Moon R.I.P) one of the best bassists of all time and a great solid guitar player. Andit's B.Sthat ABBA is in the rock and roll hall of fame and Rush isn't.

Another under rated guitar player is David Gilmoure fromPink Floyd. He is just as good/better than Eddie Van Halenand just as good as Jimi Hendrix.Just listen to the solo's in Comfortably Numb and on the main guitar part on Is There Anybody Out There.

Brian May from Queen
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet. Listen to Broken Beat and Scarred and Master of Puppets and you will see what I meen.
#63
Robby Krieger. I dont know if I would say he's the best but he's definetely underated.
#64
Another one to throw into the mix...Martin Barre.
Tull's style of music doesn't ALWAYS allow him to show just what he can do on a Guitar...but when the occasion does arise the guy is stunning. Listen to Black Satin Dancer and tell me it ain't so
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James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet. Listen to Broken Beat and Scarred and Master of Puppets and you will see what I meen.


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#66
Terry Kath, fools. Check out "Questions 67 and 68" or "I'm a Man" to see what I mean.
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#67
I suppose it depends on whose list you're starting from, but if you work from something like the Rolling Stone list then, to me, Alex Lifeson is the most underrated. They ranked him #98. In my mind he's at least a top 20-25 rock guitarist for a variety of reasons but the main reason is his incredible body of work. He's played every style of guitar over his 40 years since emerging as a 21-yr old monster with his great hard rock/blues/metal riffs and solo's on 1974's first Rush album and he's never stayed in the same place since. Then as he stretched out into great acoustic and classical playing while his rock repertoire expanded exponentially over the course of their other 70's records. Come the 80's and he expands again into a host of styles that we all either love or hate from those days (reggae, new age, modern english, etc.). On 1984's Grace under Pressure, for which he wins Guitar Player magazine's Rock Guitarist of the Year (over one Mr. Eddie Van Halen), his creative tone, emotional playing, soloing, etc. hit a new level. But he keeps on changing and experimenting and growing as a player; right through their return to heavier sounds in the 90's and 00's, bringing in mandola, mandolin and more acoustic playing while continuing to be inventive and interesting. He's aggressive on 2004's Vapor Trails, expansive on 2009's Snakes & Arrows and rocking out on 2012's Clockwork Angels. In some sense, and understand me here, he's definitely one of the greatest rock guitarists ever, in the conversation with Page, Clapton, imho. He has memorable riffs and anthems (Limelight/Tom Sawyer/Working Man), unforgettable solo's (La Villa Strangiato/Working Man/The Way the Wind Blows/Freewill), great acoustic/classical (The Trees, Hope, Closer to the Heart) and all out rockers (2112 anybody) while showcasing creative tone (Grace Under Pressure, Permanent Waves, Hemispheres) over 40 years, 20 studio albums and thousands of live shows, where concert-goers never leave disappointed by a bad performance. He and his bandmates are true professionals who are always prepared, always bring it and seem to rarely ever miss a note, screw-up the sound-quality, etc. There are very few other rock guitarists who can say the same or meet his high standards of performance and professionalism, let alone his range of work, creativity and inspiration across a couple generations of listeners. I love the work of Kreiger, Frank Marino, the Scorpion's Jab, etc., but none of them can boost of Lifeson's career and body of work.

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#70
This guy Snow White played guitar for Pink Floyd when they would go on tour and he was the only guitarist other than Gilmour to be recorded on their records. He has a song called "bird of prey" that has some really tasty guitar licks
#71
I know many people have said this in this thread but I have to say Alex Lifeson.

The guy is a amazing guitar player who can play in many different styles of music very well and is great both on the acoustic and electric guitar.
#73
Justin Hawkins of The Darkness. Best Les Paul/ Marshall tone ever.

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#75
Quote by ReggaeGuitar
This guy Snow White played guitar for Pink Floyd when they would go on tour and he was the only guitarist other than Gilmour to be recorded on their records. He has a song called "bird of prey" that has some really tasty guitar licks


Would agree...Snowy White also played on several Thin Lizzy albums. His single was Bird Of Paradise. He has had quite a career on the quiet:

http://www.snowywhite.com
#77
I feel like Pete Townshend is somewhat underrated. probably because he's mainly a rhythm guitarist
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#79
Definitly Steve Gaines from lynyrd skynyrd. Died in the plane crash. he was the best guitarist in lynyrds band. Look him up
#80
Quote by ihartfood
Ronnie Wood

Definitely agree here. A lot of people don't pay attention to the rhythm guitarist (given there is one) just because he/she is not the "lead." But if you really listen to a lot of songs of a band with two guitarists you'll hear both guitarists taken turns on solos occasionally. Keith Richards and Ronnie are a great example.
Another good example is Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Joe Perry has actually said he's learned a lot from Brad, and Brad has even written a few of Aerosmith's iconic songs, but most people just assume it's Joe Perry playing lead on everything they record.