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    Okay.......who are your favorite underrated guitarists of ALL time (past and present) ? I'm talking about the ones who really played tasty stuff that made songs work,yet never got the recognition they deserve (although maybe they weren't seeking it,we can give it to them).

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    Ollie Halsall - killer edgy jazz-rock fusion from before there was any such thing -- from a little-known British band called Patto. He also played with Kevin Ayers and did the dead-on George Harrison guitar parodies on the first Rutles record. Alas, he's dead.

    Pat Thrall - a monster player with a huge sound, heard him on a record by the Japanese composer Stomu Yamashta titled Go from the late 70's (with Steve Winwood, Michael Shrieve, Al DiMeola). Was in a not-so-great band with Shrieve named Automatic Man shortly after, then in Pat Travers' band... then he seemed to disappear.. I understand he's now a producer. Wonder if he still plays.

    Wayne Krantz -- such a great feel and beautiful conception. His trio kills. Two Drink Minimum is a must-have for everyone that likes high-order rock-flavored electric guitar improvisation.

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    Now are we talking underrated or underpublicized? These days with all the guitar mags and web stuff you see deserving guys getting great reviews for their playing and I assume that would lead to record sales in the guitar community. But if we're really talking about guys who are semi famous to guitar players, but not so well known to music fans in general, there are a lot of guys, and girls that spring to mind.

    David Grissom - played with Joe Ely, James McMurtry and John Mellencamp, and recently with Storyville...this guy is always dead on.

    Chris Duarte - His strings are big, his amp's gonna blow up, and he wears red Chuck Taylors...what the hell more do ya want?

    Susan Tedeschi - really cannot say enough about her. See her live and you will know that although girls are cool, girls with guitars are cooler, and girls who beat the crap outa those guitars while soloing are the coolest.

    John Hiatt and Warren Zevon - although known primarily as songwriters, these guys can each play a pretty mean guitar.

    Gatton and Buchanan are dead, so my vote for the current "humbler" doesn't even play a tele. Tuck Andress's fingerstyle jazz chops are dropjaw and always supremely musical.

    I'm sure I'll think of tons more...
    Let's see....Vinnie Vincent and Micheal Angelo...just kidding!

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    I agree regarding Susan Tedeschi. I saw her live in Boston and thoroughly loved it, but there's something I've wondered about her apparent sloppiness in playing: is that intended or is it real?

    She sure makes it sound cool, but what's the consensus on that playing style - is she struggling through those solos or is she so good she intends for it to sound a little messy?


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    Good Question on Susan Tedeschi,
    The album sounds sloppy and not really all that good guitar wise, to my ears. But I saw her at Hampton Beach, NH and she was just right, she had that raw edge to her playing, not too clean, but worlds away from the album, I think.

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    Well, I guess I would have to say ME. I mean nobody seems to give me any credit when it comes to my playing. Okay, sorry, but sooner or later someone was going to say ME. .

    In all honesty, Stanley Jordan and his two handed tap/piano approach is something else to see live. I've seen him live twice and both times you heard people say out loud "Get outta hear, impossible" and more than a dozen guitarists swear they will never touch a guitar again.

    As for acoustic guitar, Paul Simon does some pretty neat stuff. Listen to his Simon and Garfunkle stuff as well as his early solo stuff. He is a great guitarist as well as a wonderful song writer.

    And of course, jazz guitarist in general. In today's world of rock superstars whoever hears about Al DiMeola or John McLaughlin anymore. And those two are "famous." There are Jazz guitarist out there who would make most of us sob for days on end.

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    Cool Good Question....

    Jake E Lee.- the guy that saved Ozzy's ass after Randy Rhodes died...Ever heard his band after Ozzy? Badlands....
    Damn....that dude can play!

    Andy Timmons- he did the playing and Danger Danger's ablums and solo to....

    Richie Sambora- his solo stuff away from Bon Jovi is choice listening material, it ain't the stuff you hear coming out of Bon Jovi....It is good playing, good songwriting, and great vocals

    My 2 yen worth...more to follow...

    Hey! what are these strings for?

    Bow

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    Nick Mccabe - architect of the sound for "The Verve" - all around genius who usually improvised new guitar lines on stage rather then play the regular guitar part.

    Andy Summers of the Police - of course we all know him, but the majority of the U.S. just knows him as that guy who "used to play with Sting" - incredibly influential on guitarists like the Edge and Reggae/ska, but never gets the credit

    Phil Keaggy - regulated to obscurityville cause his music is labeled "Contemporary Christian" - but his guitar work is absolutely incredible, and his instrumental albums are excellent - (but when he sings, he sounds like Paul McCartney with a wedgie - ) -

    Vincent Nguigi - This would be one of the guys that has backed up Paul Simon's music for the last few years, from Graceland on - his African guitar techniques are really cool and give the songs their vibe. Paul's good too, but he gets enough credit.

    just my $.02 - (where the hell is the cents key on a keyboard?)

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    I agree. Phil Keaggy is my favorite.
    Also, this guy Ric Hordinski. He was with a group called "over the Rhine" and he just blows me away completely.

    I think the really great excellent guitar players are never popular because their materiel can only be appreciated by actual musicians. And we don't make the majority of the market. 16 year old girls do.
    -H2H

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    I agree with the Jake E Lee stuff, Badlands is very tasty stuff. I'm also a big John Hiatt fan. Lately i'm having a love affair with the music of Ian Moore. Any one else here check him out?

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