Top 10 Favorite Guitarists

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My favorites:

Eddie Van Halen- my favorite guitar player and the reason why I started playing, amazing feel and an incredible ability to write cool riffs

Steve Vai- my 2nd favorite guitar player, Steve is king of the instrumental world, and I believe he is the best all-around guitarist/musician "technically speaking"

Joe Satriani- what guitar player doesn't like Joe?

John Petrucci- he's done some really cool stuff, and his playing ability is incredible

Zakk Wylde- great metal guitarist, very raw

Slash- wrote some excellent riffs and solos with GNR, great stuff

Yngwie Malmsteen- the guy is a mouth, but he can definitely tear it up, but to me he's just a shredder really and nothin more than fast lines, but his stuff is still fun to listen to and he has written some cool songs

Jimi Hendrix- his playing ability isn't technically as outstanding as the other players, but he played with a lot of feel

Vitto Brato- I hope I spelled his name right, this guy is one of the most under-rated guitar players I've heard, I think of him as EVH part 2

Ted Nugent- I love Ted's raw approach, and while his music is quite simple he can tear it up when he wants to, I enjoy listening to him
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These are in no particular order.

1-Steve Vai (My favorite and definitely biggest influence, one of the most emotive guitarits i've ever heard)
2-Michael Hedges (THE man of acoustic guitar as far as I'm concerned)
3-Joe Satriani (The father of shred)
4-Jake Cinninger (Can play any style of music and play it very well)
5-Al DiMeola (My dad used to put on Al D when i was younger and it played a great part in me picking up the guitar)
6-Frank Zappa (The mother of invention, not just a guitarist, an amazing composer)
7-Adrian Belew ( Could make his guitar sound like anything, whether it's an elephant or even a pile of small rocks...ha)
8-Dimebag Darrell (My sister used to listen to pantera and metallica when i was younger, it scared the shit out of me at first but of course i came back to it)
9-Jimmy Page (I once listened to nothing but Zeppelin for almost 5 months)
10-Jimi Hendrix ( My first big influence)
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here's mine in no particular order

Allan Holdsworth
Shawn Lane
Eric Johnson
Steve Morse
Pat Metheny
Robben Ford
Paco De Lucia
Andy Timmons
Jeff Beck
Brett Garsed
Steve Vai
Steve Lukather
Scott Henderson
Adrian Legg
Billy Gibbons
Ray Gomez

(Guthrie Govan - one to watch)

(Dann Huff - underrated)

(Mike Landau - great tone)

Ok it's not ten...but hey who's counting...
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treeduck wrote:here's mine in no particular order

Allan Holdsworth
Shawn Lane
Eric Johnson
Steve Morse
Pat Metheny
Robben Ford
Paco De Lucia
Andy Timmons
Jeff Beck
Brett Garsed
Steve Vai
Steve Lukather
Scott Henderson
Adrian Legg
Billy Gibbons
Ray Gomez

(Guthrie Govan - one to watch)

(Dann Huff - underrated)

(Mike Landau - great tone)

Ok it's not ten...but hey who's counting...
Ohhh I forgot Greg Howe...

I had to come back and add him... :roll:
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Steve Vai is the best guitar player to ever live in my opinon, there is overall balance with technical skill and how the songs are written. I would say if I grew up in the Late 70s and such it probably would have been EVH , and he is still a great player. I saw him last summer with Van Halen for their short tour they did in the US. Anyway Joe and Yngwie are basically going down the list in a top 5 fashion with Slash to end it. But lets all be honest here, Vai is the most innovative out of all them, he tries to go beyond his original material. EVH never did a lot of solo work which I think was a huge mistake, he could have had a huge solo career, anyway I think there will be others to come in the future that might live up to these guys but there will never be another Vai, Satriani, EVH, Yngwie, Slash ever again.
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THIS IS MY LIST:
STEVE VAI
MALMSTEEN
SATCH
SLASH
PAUL GILBERT
EVH
JASON BECKER
DIMEBAG
ANDY TIMONS
SANTANA
WYLDE
TONY MACALPINE
MICHAEL ANGELO
RHOADS
AND MUCH MORE...
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i forgot Steve Lukather ,john petrucci and vandenberg.
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Steve
Satch
Jon Gomm
Jimi
Dave Harris (The Teacher)
Chris Rea
Matt Bellamy
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Steve Howe
Robert Fripp
Dave Gilmour
Juice777
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Nah, but this one goes up to 11!! (Spinal Tap moment)

1. Steve Vai
2. John Petrucci
3. Jason Becker
4. Slash
5. Guthrie Govan
6. Pat Metheny
7. Paul Gilbert
8. Jimmy Page
9. Yngwie Malmsteen
10. Frank Zappa
11. Michael Angelo Batio
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Why is this in techniques, playing styles and music theory?.....not that is a bad thread or anything....
Alan_MAY_VAI
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My top 10, not really in any order.

Steve Vai
Brian May
John-5
Dave Gilmour
Joe Satriani
Wes Borland
Hank Marvin
Jeff Beck
Head
Munky

My top 10 at the moment anyway
lol
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this is tough but in no particular order other then the first listed

Steve Vai
Al dimeola
joe satriani
Eric Johnson
marty freidman
jmi hendrix
zakk wylde
tomoyasu hotei
jason becker
yngwie malmsteem

theres a lot of other guitarist i like but these are the ones that come to mind most often
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steve vai
joe satriani
zakk wylde
john petrucci
paul gilbert
dimebag
alexi laiho
herman li
tony macalpine
greg howe
James W
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Shawn Lane Allan Holdsworth Guthrie Govan Greg Howe Brett Garsed Jason Becker



Paco de Lucia Julian Bream Segovia


Jonny Marr (!)
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I really like Gary Moore's playing, it's really bluesy and rich.
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