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#1
i vote Nuno Bettencourt, that guys so underated, great songwriter and guitarist! he had a style that took van halen riffs to the next level!

what do you guys think?
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#2
Either Jeff Waters of Annihilator or Emppu Vuorinen of Nightwish. Both definitely underrated guitarists!

EDIT: If this is just 80's then Jeff Waters
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#4
Either Alex Lifeson or Buck Dharma for me! Just listen to Lifeson's solo in the live version Working Man; the guy had Page on all fours in '74!
#5
Nuno, Reb, Dave Meniketti, Frank & Tommy of Tesla
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#6
There's no such thing as an underrated guitarist. Underknown, maybe, and even that's a stretch.
The more you say 'epic' the less it means.
#7
Harry Cody of Shotgun Messiah, just listen to I Dont Care About Nothin or The Explorer.
CC Deville, he may not be great live but he wrote some great riffs and solos, for some reason he's considered rubbish though.
George Lynch should be as revered as Van Halen, Malmsteen etc, very unique style, incorporated so many different techniques into his solos so they were technically impressive whilst remaining very melodic and catchy. He wrote great riffs aswell.
The lead guitarist in Candlemass during Messiah Marcolin's time was great aswell.
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#8
Eddie Hazel, just check out Games, Dames and Guitar Thangs and Maggot Brain and you'll know what i'm talking about!

Stunning solos, amazing tone.

Simply fascinating player, never achieved the recognition he deserved.
#9
Billy Duffy. It is not possibly to rate him highly enough.

Also, use the search bar - this is basically a duplication of this thread:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1519597
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#10
Slash.


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#11
All 3 Iron Maiden guitarists. Each has his own unique sound and you can always tell one from the other.
#12
Ritchie Kotzen...if by under rated we're talking great guitarists who did not achieve great commercial success or mainstream appeal despite their incredible skill.
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#13
George Lynch is not underated
Slash is overrated

Brad Whitford (Aerosmith )
Reb Beach (Winger)
Warren DeMartini (Ratt)
Vito Bratta (White Lion)
many more
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#16
Mark Tremonti
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#17
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Slash....... jk.


Good joke.
He can probably win the most OVERrated guitarist.
#18
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Good joke.
He can probably win the most OVERrated guitarist.

I'm a big fan of Slash - I'd rate him in my personal favourite top 2, but even I would agree with this.
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George Lynch is not underated
Slash is overrated

Brad Whitford (Aerosmith )
Reb Beach (Winger)
Warren DeMartini (Ratt)
Vito Bratta (White Lion)
many more

yep, I already stated Slash is way overrated.

Recently went to M3 Festival (if you dont know what it is google it) and Loudness was playing. Never saw them but after seeing them, the are vastly underated.

Arika Takasaki is underated. YOu can go to utube and search roudness (yes, roudness 5/12/12) and see footage of their whole set at m3. while you cant get all the sound and energy that was there, you can see he is amazing guitarist that probably no one really knows about
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#24
Also, Jake E. Lee. He just doesn't get as much recognition for his time with Ozzy as Randy, Zakk and Gus G.
#25
dave murray, adrian smith, janick gers, gary moore, john norum, george lynch, dave meniketti, axel rudi pell, doug scarratt, paul quinn, kk downing, glenn tipton
#26
John Petrucci. Only thing that people see is his speed, they wont realize that he has composed some of the best songs out there and that he has slower, melodic guitar solos that sound extremely beautiful. Theres more to him than just speed.

Also, Kirk Hammet.
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#30
Quote by leony03
Either Jeff Waters of Annihilator or Emppu Vuorinen of Nightwish. Both definitely underrated guitarists!

EDIT: If this is just 80's then Jeff Waters


Emppu's a pretty good player, but he's become rather generic. Since Once it's seemingly the same 3 power chord progression every song. Shame because he wrote some really good stuff in their earlier albums. Astral Romance and Beauty of the Beast are two good examples.
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#33
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You'd be surprised how many "guitar fans" I know who don't know who he is. If they do, they only know "Eruption" and sometimes will call him the greatest of all time by that one song (which is really just an intro to "You Really Got Me").
#36
Doug Aldrich.

Why isn't he more recognized and famous? He plays killer live solos is just so epic. Maybe its because it has already kind of been done before in a slightly different way by other guitarists??? I guess he isn't really doing anything worthy enough... or being "original" enough....that is what I think.
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#38
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Emppu's a pretty good player, but he's become rather generic. Since Once it's seemingly the same 3 power chord progression every song. Shame because he wrote some really good stuff in their earlier albums. Astral Romance and Beauty of the Beast are two good examples.


He doesn't write most of the material for Nightwish though, that' mainly the keyboard player. Check out Brother Firetribe, Emppu's other band, by all reports they're quite good as well.
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