#1
NOTE: I will be adding more people to this list as fellow UG-ers contribute!

Someone please enlighten me on the greatest Funk guitarists of all time.

The current list: (no particular order)
John Frusciante (RHCP) funk-rock in old school RHCP, now it's just hints of it
Jimmy Nolen (James Brown's guitarist) funk funk!
James Valentine (maroon 5) pop-funk
Rob Harris (Jamiroquai's guitarist) electro-funk
George "Lightnin' Licks" Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) funk funk!
David Johnson (Guitarist for Michael Jackson and Madonna) funk
Phelps "Catfish" Collins (Parliment Funkadelic) funk
Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG's, The Mar-Keys, The Blues Brothers) blues-funk
Leo Nocentelli (The Meters) funk
Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic, Parliament, The Temptations) funk funk!
John Scofield blues-jazz-funk
Don Maloney funk
Hillel Slovak (past-RHCP) funk-rock
Mike Einziger (Incubus) jazz-funk in his side band Time Lapse Consortium
Nile Rodgers funk!
Curtis Mayfield (The Impressions) funk!
Jimi Hendrix some songs, eg Crosstown Traffic & Dolly Dagger
Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) jazz-funk
Thomas McClary (ex-Commodores) slow funk
Jimmy King slow funk
Lloyd Smith (Bar-Kays) funk
Joe Messina (Funk Brothers) jazz-funk
George Benson jazz-funk
George Pajon Jr (Black Eyed Peas) hip-hip-funk (is this called crunk?)
Eddie Willis (Funk Brothers) groovy funk
Cornell Dupree groovy funk

Any more??? Please spread the question!
Last edited by paulefty at Dec 3, 2007,
#4
Eddie Hazel?
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#5
as soon as i clicked on this, i said to myself, "i really hope that john frusciante isnt on this lists" but fukc, not only was he on it, he was the first one listed haha.
but john scofield gets pretty damn funky.
#6
Don Maloney should get a mention:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ACecCukWa0I

Anyway who can slap his own bass line whilst playing a guitar part and singing has a certain degree of skill.

I know it's not purely funk, but it does have a funky groove.
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John Scofield FTW!
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#8
John Frusciante ftw!
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#10
John Fruicante is not a funk guitarist. Neither is the Maroon 5 guitarist.....

Nile Rodgers is the "godfather" of funk guitar.... Check him out.
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John Fruicante is not a funk guitarist. Neither is the Maroon 5 guitarist.....

Nile Rodgers is the "godfather" of funk guitar.... Check him out.

yeah i agree about Nike Rodgers.
Frusciante uses underlying funk, but oonly much more in old school peppers.
Maroon 5 guitarist Valentine, if you listen closely on songs, does has a funk vibe to it
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Curtis Mayfield
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#14
Nile Rodgers of course, love his sound.
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#16
Check out some Buckethead funk chops... Hes preety damn good.... Especially on the Colonell Claypools Bucket of Bernie Brains album....
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#17
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For all those who say John isn't a Funk Guitarist, listen to Blood Sugar Sex Magik.


Hillel Slovek was the funk-freak in the RHCP.

Barely. Fru is a Jimi Hendrix stylistical offspring, always was, still is.

Eventually he took funk where Jimi left it with Dolly Dagger and Crosstown Traffic but didn't carry it any further.

Jimi Hendrix should be on that list.

Take out Jim Valentine, he's an average all around, really nothing special, no signature to talk about.

Steve Cropper is more "soul" than "funk".

Where is Al McKay and Johnny Graham ?

Where is Thomas McClary ? Jimmy King ? Lloyd Smith ?

Larry Carlton ? Cornelius Grant ? Joe Messina ?

George Benson ? Gary King ? Jerome Smith ?
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For all those who say John isn't a Funk Guitarist, listen to Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

I would've said the same thing if you hadn't already. Of course the album, not the song.
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Check out some Buckethead funk chops... Hes preety damn good.... Especially on the Colonell Claypools Bucket of Bernie Brains album....

sorry to disappoint but nah he doesn't cut it for me...

to ColdGin: Sure i'll take a listen to all those you listed & put them up. James Valentine? Hmmm I'm getting quite a lot of rejects on him, I'll go check him out again.

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James Brown is actually on that list. it's his guitarist, Jimmy Nolen
#21
Why were Eddie Willis, Joe Messina and Cornell Dupree left off the list?

Eddie and Joe played on all the Motown records of the 1960's. Heck, they were called 'The Funk Brothers' and I believe that this group of musicians (who scored more top ten singles then The Beatles) actually coined the term 'Funk'.

Cornell's playing with Aretha Franklin, The Isley Brothers (he and Hendrix were in the group at the same time) and others is still great. Steve Cropper and he did some playing together as well.

What about Robert Johnson? I'm talking about STAX session man RJ - not the better known blues player?
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That would be because he wasn't the guitarist in his band.
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#27
Perhaps Joe Walsh should be up for consideration? I'm talking James Gang and solo stuff not Eagles.