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September 20th, 2005, 01:49 PM
My Top 5

1. Jimmy Page

2. Brian May

3. Stevie Ray Vaughan

4. Nuno Bettencourt

5. Neal Schon

(a close #6. is Yngwie J. Malmsteen)

September 21st, 2005, 11:03 AM
Ace Frehley, Tony Iommi, Mick Mars, Billy Corgan and Rick Derringer

but my Influences are:
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rick Derringer, Alice Cooper, KISS, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Guns 'n' Roses, SoundGarden, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, The Tea party, The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Donnas, The Darkness, etc...etc...

September 21st, 2005, 11:41 AM
Hey dudes, where am I on those lists!! Haha, just kidding!

My top 5:

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Scott Henderson
3. Wes Montgomery
4. John Scofield
5. Albert King

September 24th, 2005, 04:32 PM
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. SRV
3. B.B.
4. E.C.
5. Albert King

Close others: Robert Cray, Coco Montoya

October 4th, 2005, 02:06 PM
I think Robert Cray rules when it comes to singing the blues. Just got that Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD and I haven't stopped playing it. And I don't care what people think...I say John Mayer is one talented individual...even though he looks funny doing it.

ps- Did I mention Buddy Guy as being in my list? Oh and Robert Renman? :)

October 4th, 2005, 02:16 PM
Haha, honoured to be on that list!!!!

John Mayer is a wicked blues player, don't you forget that!

October 24th, 2005, 03:48 PM
3.Jimmy Page
4.Willie Nelson
5.Muddy Waters
6.Lightnin Hopkins
7.Steve Cropper
8.BB King
10.Jeff Beck

October 25th, 2005, 02:19 PM
Whoa! Let's see if I can make it in (10) . . .

1.) Billy Gibbons
2.) Jimmy Page
3.) Ace Frehley
4.) SRV
5.) Joe Perry / Brad Whitford (ain't no Joe w/o Brad)
6.) Peter Green (original Fleetwood Mac)
7.) Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule / Allman Bros.)
8.) Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
9.) George Harrison / John Lennon (da' Beatles)
10.) Keith Richards / Ron Wood (da' Stones)
11.) Eddie Van Halen
12.) Joe Satriani
13.) Marc Ford / Rich Robinson (another spectacular duo)

*whew* Just under the wire with (13) total. Yeah, I kinda' knew it'd be more than (10)!!

October 28th, 2005, 11:16 AM
No Particular Order Here
1. Gary Moore
2.freddy King
8.mike Bloomfield
9.george Harrison
10.phil Manzanera

November 3rd, 2005, 07:07 AM
Ritchie Blackmore
Leslie West
Tony Bourge
Johnny Winter
Tony Iommi

December 16th, 2005, 09:44 AM
Johnny Winter
Jimmy Page
Hendrix again hehehe

December 16th, 2005, 10:51 AM
Johnny Winter!!?? Now there's a dude with some chops! If you haven't heard, or don't have it in your collection, "Second Winter" is an album I would highly recommend. Johnny's little bro' Edgar plays on it, too.

Wow. People listening to Johnny Winter down in Brazil. That's awesome. :)

December 16th, 2005, 11:01 AM
Second Winter was the first Johnny album I bought :)

Man, you would be surprised...many people here love the Blues, and Johnny is surely the favorite of many of them.

I bought his Pieces & Bits DVD last month, have you seen it? The setlist is great (though a bit short) and the image quality kinda sucks... but Johnny's trio really make it a worth buy...

December 16th, 2005, 11:17 AM
People in Brasil liking blues is pretty cool and the sweet looking babes down there are even cooler......

December 16th, 2005, 11:23 AM
and even more cool when they are sweet looking and listen to blues hehehe

December 16th, 2005, 04:30 PM
Iago - No, I have not seen the "Bits & Pieces", but thanks a lot for the tip. I'll definitely check it out.

As for people down in Brazil liking the blues, it's a bit hard for me to imagine. Perhaps its because of that stereotypical picture I have in my mind of crowds of people dancing in the streets to cantina or lambada music (which I'm assuming happens at various points during the year). At any rate, people are passionate about blues music just about everywhere in this great big world, and that's the line of thinking one should really have.

Now on that angle of beautiful Brazilian women AND great blues music - - well, it just sends my mind racing a hundred miles an hour. I think I'll hit Travelocity, and see what a plane ticket down there costs . . . ! :D

December 17th, 2005, 02:01 PM
I have in my mind of crowds of people dancing in the streets to cantina or lambada music

What's Cantina??? hehehehe a "cantina" in portuguese means something like a snack bar!

Oh, Lambada was big around 1989 when I was 6 years old hahahaha...:p

You're welcome to visit us!:)

December 18th, 2005, 03:18 AM
Hey are you folks crazy?

Where's David Gilmour on your lists?

His soli are one of the best peaces of guitar music...mot only "I can play more notes in one bar" but often little songs in a song...

Hey and Johnny Winter... cool but I saw him a fews years ago when i did a job in the backstage area, and he looks (and is) very ill. He stands nearly absolute not moving on the stage, but his fingers are still very good.

December 18th, 2005, 11:44 AM
My dream is to shake Johnny's hand once! I know about his health problems, too bad :(

Gilmour would be in my top ten!

December 19th, 2005, 06:41 PM

I see you too are a Nuno disciple! Nice!

Nuno has been as big of an influence on guitar to me as Jimi has. Nuno autographed my American Deluxe for me last Halloween at a Population 1 gig. Very nice guy... and he can play piano, drums, and a bunch of other instruments.

If you can get a copy of the DVD "Guitar Wars", grab a copy. It's got Nuno, John Paul Jones, Paul Gilbert, and a host of others jamming together. One of the best concerts I've ever seen. (It's a Japan-only release) :(

December 19th, 2005, 08:52 PM
If you can get a copy of the DVD "Guitar Wars", grab a copy. It's got Nuno, John Paul Jones, Paul Gilbert, and a host of others jamming together. One of the best concerts I've ever seen. (It's a Japan-only release) :(

Hey Tremelo -

I think it'd be a great idea for you to write a brief review, or maybe add some addt'l info about that "Guitar Wars" CD to the *new* "Have You Heard" section of the forum. I'd bet there'd be a bunch of people (including myself) who'd be interested in hearing more about it. ;)

December 20th, 2005, 04:37 AM
Hey! You all missed the incredible Billy Duffy from The Cult!

December 20th, 2005, 08:27 AM
Hey Tremelo -

I think it'd be a great idea for you to write a brief review, or maybe add some addt'l info about that "Guitar Wars" CD to the *new* "Have You Heard" section of the forum. I'd bet there'd be a bunch of people (including myself) who'd be interested in hearing more about it. ;)

I suppose I could do that. If people would really be interested in a copy, perhaps Santa could either create a .torrent of it or mail you a copy if you send me a private message. :) The thing cost me a fortune but was well worth it!

You can find the Guitar Wars DVD info here:



December 20th, 2005, 10:04 AM
Hey Tremoloman,

I dig Nuno's style. I like the funky tight riffs he's famous for. Just a funky sound and style that I love. Attitude in his playing too. The rhythm licks he does on songs like "He man woman hater" just kill! His sound reminds me of my sound. :)

I remember watching the DVD "Highlander III: The Final Dimension" one time...I'm the type that takes the time to read the credits at the end of every movie I watch...and the song "God took a picture of me" starts playing and I stand up and go "HEY THAT'S NUNO BETTENCOURT"!!! I recognized his playing immediately! I hadn't heard that song before until that moment.

He seems like a pretty cool dude. I've read many of his interviews and thats the impression I get from him. He rips on the piano! (the intro to "Decadence Dance" off Pornograffiti and the New York style of "When I first kissed you")

I just looked at the links you posted. I've been getting a lot of music DVDs lately since I now have a killer large screen tv and digital surround system set up at home. I watch concerts all the time now! I'll order me a copy of this. Thank you for the tip!

December 20th, 2005, 11:39 AM
I have Nuno's "Schizophonic" CD, and it's a very interesting listen (he's almost a dead-ringer for Marilyn Monroe, too - *see CD cover*) Nuno is "Vai-like" in a some of the aspects of his playing, but as you'd mentioned, seems to have a penchant for the funkier guitar hooks, which is what I really dig about his playing. One of my fave jams of his is from a song called "There Is No God", off of Extreme's "Waiting For The Punchline" CD. Some very cool-sounding, heavy guitar on that CD, too. The dude can definintely "bring it" on the six-string.

I was always puzzled by the fact that Nuno didn't hook up with another band, or form his own band following Extreme's dis-banding (maybe he did, and I just don't know about it.) What's your take on that? Jake E. Lee seems to have followed that same course a few years earlier when he was with Badlands (the band called it quits in '95 following vocalist Ray Gillen's death), and he's now just getting back into the swing of recording again. IMHO, there's way too much guitar talent there not to be active in the studio. I mean, look at Vai & Satriani - they're touring w/ G3 or as solo acts, and release a killer new guitar albums / DVDs every year or so.

Anyways, this is starting to seem like a thread that should gravitate over to the "Have You Heard" section of the forum . . . ? Your thoughts? :D

December 20th, 2005, 12:38 PM
You're a much better moderator than I'll ever be Nelski. hahahaha (policing the boards for proper content).

December 20th, 2005, 01:48 PM
Ok, look for the reply in "Have you heard?"

January 8th, 2006, 07:52 AM
I have lots of favorite guitarists, but Eric Clapton is the guitarist that I've always liked the most. When the Fresh Cream album first came out, it pretty much cemented my fascination.

January 8th, 2006, 09:31 AM
ECFAN - So tell us, what did you find fascinating about "Fresh Cream"? The guitar tone? The songs? The lyrics? The arrangements? Also remember that that Cream wasn't "just" Eric Clapton. Jack Bruce (vocals, bass) and Ginger Baker (drums) were two very fine musicians, and a large part of the reason Clapton was able to explore guitar the avenues that he did in that band context. And, why the Cream "sound" literally exploded on the scene when it first came out way back in 1966.

January 8th, 2006, 10:11 AM
getting back on track here....in no particular order....

duane allman
warren haynes
ry cooder
roy buchanan

and old timers like....
robert johnson
muddy waters
howlin' wolf
son house

September 22nd, 2006, 09:55 AM
1. Roine Stolt from The Flower Kings
2. Ritchie Blackmore
3. Joe Satriani
4. Stevie Ray Vaughn
5. Ian Moore
6. George Harrison
7. Arjen Anthony Lucassen from Ayreon
8. Jeff Beck
9. Ty Tabor from Kings X
10. David Gilmour

September 22nd, 2006, 11:26 AM
1. Harrison/Lennon (You Can't Do That solo)/McCartney(Taxman solo)
2. Jeff Beck (anything from Blow By Blow and There And Back)
3. Larry Carlton (actually most any session player with Steely Dan)
4. Mark Knopfler
5. Tommy Emmanuel

And from there on it is a steep drop off for me.


September 22nd, 2006, 11:45 AM
Interesting thread. This is a hard question to answer because I have my list of favorite guitarists, then I have my list of favorite musicians too which I like for other reasons, such as their song writing, etc.

Favorite Guitarists:
- Eric Johnson
- Pat Metheny
- Robben Ford
- Jimi Hendrix
- Carlos Santana
- Larry Carlton (his older recordings)
- George Benson
- Django Reinhart

Favorite Musicians:
The Beatles
Paul Simon
Billy Joel
Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen)
Leon Russel
Elton John
Charlie Parker

September 22nd, 2006, 03:52 PM
Too many "favorites" to list, and many have already been mentioned, but here are some that may have been omitted...
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Luther Allison
Albert Collins
Sonny Landreth "Gone Pecan, Blues Attack")
Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe), the REAL original "Ziggy Stardust" glam rocker(sorry Trem, but he was amazing on guitar. Check out "Blazing Apostles" or "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape" from "Live! In the Air Age"):eek:
Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush)
Joe Bonamassa
Walter Trout
Neil Young (esp. "Live Rust", and anything w/ Crazy Horse)
Taj Mahal
Keb Mo'
Jerry Reed
Brad Paisley
OK, I'll quit, you guys had already mentioned most of my other favorites already anyway!:D

September 23rd, 2006, 08:54 AM
Well to say the elast I am a simpleton when it comes to guitar gods so here goes(by the way these are in no particular order) as I think they are all great.

Mark Knoffler, Jimmy, Eric Clapton, JimmyPage,BB, Eddie,(oldies but goodies) and some new ones Vitto Bratta, Nuno, Satriani,Vai, forgive me as I forget the guys name from Tool but he is incredible, I can't name all my influences here but in this 10 or so I cannot forget my all time favorite Angus Young, (he was the reason I started to play guitar in the first place)

Well that about does it see you all later....................the freak:R

September 23rd, 2006, 04:00 PM
Geez, about time I posted to this thread....

Duane Allman
Jimi Hendrix
Jeff Beck
Mark Knopler
Steve Morse
Carlos Santana
Pete Townshend
Jimmy Page
Greg Koch
Joe Satriani
Johnny A
Steve Vai
Rory Gallagher

...and a bunch more I forgot. Order is approximate (except for SRV!) and may change at a whim! :DR

September 24th, 2006, 08:37 AM
Here is an unordered collection of guitarists

Marc Ribot
Duane Allman
Jerry Garcia
Jim Scofield
Neil Young
Dave Alvin
Jim Hall
David Hidalgo
Jean LeLoup
Doug Pettibone
Mark Knopfler
Django Reinhart
Trey Anastasio
Taj Mahal
BB King
Albert King
Billy Gibbons
Gram Parsons
T-Bone Walker

Of course there are *more* guitarists!

And here is a collection of concepts & ideas

Barbed wire fence
Speed of light
Dark night of the soul
Mountain creek,
Brownian motion
Lying on your back watching clouds drift into and out of shapes
Dirty dishes
The clean beauty of asymmetry
h bar
Omega (Ohm?),
Call of the Wild
Fallen angel

Of course there are many *other* concepts & they may or may not go with the guitarists. Think of it like a sticker book.

But I only have one favorite guitarist and I listen intently to *every* FRIGGIN note that b-tard plays. Unfortunately he is lousy, but I still love him:


Let me look around for a sticker....hmmm...yes, this fits:

Zero) Me

September 25th, 2006, 12:20 PM
Jimi Hendrix would be my favourite guitarist. Secondly would be SRV, but after that I don't think I could really decide. I really like some of the solos Brian May did in Queen songs, but the live performances I've heard of him are really awful. I also like Eric Clapton; I prefer his performances as an older man as opposed to the cream stuff.

September 25th, 2006, 12:39 PM
I want to add Joe Satriani to my list after seeing and hearing his commentary on the G3 in Japan DVD this weekend. He reminds me of me.

September 25th, 2006, 01:16 PM
This is not in any order, these are just some of the ones I like alot...

Jimi Hendrix
Gary Moore
David Gilmour
Eric Clapton
Eric Johnson
Yngwie Malmsteen (yes you heard correct!)

Right now those are all I could think of, I'm sure there is alot more that I might have forgotten.

fender tele
September 28th, 2006, 08:18 AM
can be in any order.....

1. Danny Gatton
2. Scotty Anderson
3. SRV
4. Brent Mason
5. Larry Carlton
6. Steve Lukather
7. Brad Paisley
8. Albert Lee
9. Ray Flacke
10. me....yeah i play just lke all of those guys......right-handed

October 1st, 2006, 05:57 PM
There's a ton on my list but on my top 10 in no order
1. Rik Emmett
2. Rusty Cooley
3. Joe Satriani
4. BB King
5. David Gilmour
6. Stanley Jordan
7. Steve Morse
8. David Wilcox
9. Kim Mitchell
10. Eddie Van Halen

there's a couple that could be replaced its too hard to make 10

October 1st, 2006, 07:02 PM
In no particular order:

1. Hendrix
2. SRV
3. Warren Haynes
4. Clapton
5. BB King
6. Doyle Bramhall II
7. Chris Duarte
8. Buddy Guy
9. Eric Johnson
10. Derek Trucks

October 12th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Here are some more guitarists:

Ry Cooder
Grant Green
Richard Thompson
Jorma Kaukonen

You can post your own concepts...;)

October 14th, 2006, 08:06 AM
David Gilmour

Michael Hedges

Allen Collins

Brian May

Frank Zappa

....................and so many more!

October 14th, 2006, 06:44 PM
Albert King
Bill Frisell

October 20th, 2006, 09:30 AM
1. SRV
2. Robben Ford
3. guthrie Govan
4. Hendrix
5. Albert Lee

October 23rd, 2006, 10:32 AM
Ok. I am just starting out playing, and so am just going to list a bunch of folks I like listening to right now, without focusing too much on technique.

In addition to:

Albert King
David Gilmour . . . who have been discussed,

I also really like the following:

Neil Young (acoustic - Old man, You and Me, tons of others)
Neil Young with Crazy horse sound.
the Edge, earlier stuff, through Joshua Tree, then All you can't leave behind forward
Tom Wisniewski from MxPx
Bonnie Raitt put on a really great live performance here in SV recently, it was a great Strat show, lots of slide.
Lyle Lovett does some interesting picking stuff.

For Bass guitar - Mike Dirnt

There are lots of others of course. Just a few on my mind/playlist lately