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Topic: Top 5: Guitarists
Posted By: martindavey87
Subject: Top 5: Guitarists
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 4:51am
Here's the second edition of my 'Top 5' series. This week I'm looking at guitarists.

How does my list compare to yours? Who are your top five guitarists?

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Posted By: LittleBig
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 7:04am
nice list, I'd mention Criss Oliva more than Caffery as far as Savatage is concerned.

my list of 5 guitarists (today LOL)

Alex Skolnick
John Petrucci
Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus)
Tore Ostby (Conception, Ark)
Karl Groom (Threshold)

also
Tony Iommi
Ritchie Blackmore
Jimmy Page
Andrew Latimer
Steve Hackett
David Gilmour
Michael Schenker (for his UFO work)

and many others, I'll get back to it


Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 7:20am
This is quite tough for me; I usually tend to single out favourite vocalists but treat the rest of a group as a whole and especially have trouble picking favourite guitarists when a group has more than one, as I can never tell who plays what. One name always stands out for me though:

Arjen Anthony Lucassen

I've got to think harder about anyone else. In fact this next name I'm going to mention I actually had to look up to include, but his playing is some of the first I thought of when I saw this topic so...

Vince Benaim

Vince Benaim is the guitarist of the prog metal band Spheric Universe Experience. He's the sole guitarist of the group and his playing on their Anima album is insane. I'd go as far to say some of if not the best riffs in prog metal on that album. 

I guess John Petrucci is an obvious pick, but I hardly listen to Dream Theater these days so I feel less and less inclined to include him in a personal top five. He's brilliant though, no doubt.

I'll think about this some more and maybe post again later. 


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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 7:36am
These Guys are some of my favorites for various reasons.
 
Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Jeff Loomis (Nevermore, Arch Enemy)
Hilmer Hassig (Love Shop)
Andy LaRocque (King Diamond)
Dan Rock (Psychotic Waltz)
Rand Burkey (Atheist)
Piggy (Voivod)
Denner/Sherman (Mercyful Fate)
Vogg (Decapitated)
Steve Vai
 
Sorry...I couldn´t just mention five Embarrassed
 


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Posted By: martindavey87
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 10:27am
Originally posted by LittleBig LittleBig wrote:

nice list, I'd mention Criss Oliva more than Caffery as far as Savatage is concerned. 

A lot of people in various Savatage groups have mentioned this, too. For me, whilst I love Oliva's work on 'Tage's early albums, I didn't get into them until 2003, so Oliva was a bit "before my time". And considering the wealth of material Caffery has to his name, with Savatage, TSO, Dr. Butcher, his solo albums and all the session/studio work he's done, for me, he's just much more preferred. 

Oliva is awesome though. 


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 12:28pm
Nice list, here's some of my favorites:

James Murphy (Testament, Death, Disincarnate)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Larry Barragan (Helstar)
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity)
Eddie Van Halen
Mick Murphy (My Ruin)
Dave Deathwish (Deathwish)
Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
Joe Satriani

Got a lot more, but these are the first that come to mind.



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Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 12:45pm
These lists all need more Chuck Schuldiner


Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 1:20pm
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

These lists all need more Chuck Schuldiner

Thanks for reminding me, can't believe I forgot. Shocked


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Posted By: martindavey87
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 1:40pm
Not gonna deny, I've never been into Death. Tongue


Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2015 at 2:54pm
Originally posted by martindavey87 martindavey87 wrote:

Not gonna deny, I've never been into Death. Tongue
I like Death, but I always liked Chuck´s rhythm playing more than his solos. I always thought his Sidekick guitarists were better.

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Posted By: ProgMetaller2112
Date Posted: 10 Oct 2015 at 12:40am
None of your faves are in my top 5 Tongue

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Posted By: LittleBig
Date Posted: 10 Oct 2015 at 4:15am
Originally posted by ProgMetaller2112 ProgMetaller2112 wrote:

None of your faves are in my top 5 Tongue


so where is your top 5? LOL 


Posted By: ProgMetaller2112
Date Posted: 11 Oct 2015 at 12:51am
^^^ Oh shit, lol LOL

Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

Just a few lol



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Posted By: Jbird
Date Posted: 11 Oct 2015 at 4:22am
Top 5 who I think are 'the best'?

Or my top 5 favorite?

Of the hard rock/metal genres, combining what I feel is jaw-dropping talent along with songs I like listening to:

John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Andy James
Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
Jari Maenpaa (Wintersun)
Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas)


yeah, there are guys out there I think are better electric guitarists than some on that list, like Guthrie Govan, Paul Gilbert, Steve Morse, Jeff Loomis, maybe Stephan Forte, Chris Impellitteri, Michael Angelo Batio, maybe the guys from Haken, Kiko Loureiro, Andy Timmons, etc. etc. but some of those I don't think of as 'metal (Govan, Morse, Timmons) or I just don't listen to much of them.

The 5 I listed I not only think they have great technique, but I eagerly await anything new by them or their bands.

A few guys that I love for their rhythm playing or their songwriting and they don't have jaw-dropping lead playing are guys like Jon Schaffer, Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot), Mikael Akerfeldt, Karl Groom.



Posted By: Vic
Date Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 8:24am
Andy LaRocque - King Diamond
Kai Hansen - Helloween/Gamma Ray
Jason Becker
Criss Oliva (Caffery himself would say it's crazy to choose him over Criss.)

Really difficult to name a fifth, it could change daily: Marty Friedman, Jeff Waters, Steve Vai, Mattias IA, Jeff Loomis, Skolnick, Josh Christian, Joey Taffola (oh, those solos on the Fourth Judgement!), Michael Romeo...


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Posted By: Vim Fuego
Date Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 3:59pm
I can never narrow it down to five in situations like this.

I could probably do five non-metal guitarists:
Frank Zappa
Brian May
Mark Knopfler
Neil Young
Kevin Bloody Wilson (a very accomplished musician outside his comedy persona. He used to teach guitar to children in the outback of Australia via two way radio!)


Posted By: freudiana
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2021 at 9:20pm
Michael Romeo
Robert Fripp
Robin Trower
Michael Schenker
Frank Zappa

Honorable Mention

Steve Hackett
John Petrucci
Piggy
Steve Howe
Andy Latimer
John Mclaughlin
Terry Kath
Mel Galley
Uli John Roth
Gary Moore
John Sykes
Ritchie Blackmore
Adrian Belew
Michael Delory
Andy Kirk
Alex Lifeson
Christian Beya
Jeff Beck
Allan Holdsworth
Larry Carlton
Steve Vai
Joe Bonamassa
Jimmy Page
Glenn Branca
David Gilmour
Gary Green
Paul Masvidal
Roine Stolt
Michael Akerfeldt
Ivar Bjørnson
Nicklas Barker
Jonas Engdegård






Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: 31 Jan 2021 at 9:39pm
Too many great guitarists to mention but if i have to choose my favorites i'd have to choose those who have mastered EVERY style of guitar playing: metal, rock, jazz, blues, flamenco, classical, experimental. These choices are for their extraordinary grasp of the entire spectrum of guitar playing.

Therefore:

Bumblefoot
Matthias IA Eklundh
Buckethead
Steve Vai
Fred Frith






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Posted By: Unitron
Date Posted: 01 Feb 2021 at 12:02am
Originally posted by Unitron Unitron wrote:

Nice list, here's some of my favorites:

James Murphy (Testament, Death, Disincarnate)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Larry Barragan (Helstar)
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity)
Eddie Van Halen
Mick Murphy (My Ruin)
Dave Deathwish (Deathwish)
Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
Joe Satriani

Got a lot more, but these are the first that come to mind.



I don't really know who would be my favorite guitarists, The way I listen to music I don't really pick out musicians in particular, and if my ears tune in to a certain instrument aside from vocals naturally, it tends to be bass or drums.

Doing a list of favorites now, it'd probably be something like this, guitarists that have a unique sound and are great songwriters. No order:

Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
Eddie Van Halen
Dimebag Darrell
Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles)
Steve Brooks (Floor, Cavity, Torche)
Mick Murphy (My Ruin, Neanderthal)
Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather)

Even though Eddie Van Halen and Mick Murphy are the only two from my old list on my new list, I do still at least like all the guitarists I had in my old list. I especially love Pepper Keenan, but I love his vocals more. If doing a list of favorite vocalists, he'd probably be in my top 5.


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Posted By: Iwan Ruby
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2021 at 12:56am
when i first learned to play guitar, i only knew national guitarists from my own country..
and here they are my top 5..
1. Andra Ramadhan
2. Pay Burman
3. Edo Widiz
4. Eet Sjahranie
5. Dewa Budjana

and my 5 favorite international guitarists are..
1. Marty Friedman
2. Richie Kotzen
3. John Frusciante
4. Tom Morello
5. Kiko Loureiro


Posted By: Psydye
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2021 at 5:28pm
Hmm, let's see...

Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
Duane Allman(or is it Greg Allman? I always confuse the two) (The Allman Brothers Band)
Jeff Waters (Annihilator)
Andy Larocque (King Diamond)
Jeff Loomis (Nevermore)

...of course that list could change quite easily,


Posted By: Archisorcerus
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2021 at 12:11am
Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
Shawn Lane
Joe Satriani
Michael Harris (Thought Chamber/Darkology)
Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson (solo)/Tribe of Gypsies)

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