Who are the most underrated guitarists?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by SurrealCereal, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Rawkdude

    Rawkdude Member

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    Good point saw him with a side project called Hell Is For Children with Claude and he rocked.
     
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  2. Wild Horse

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    Marc Ford from the Black Crowes
     
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  3. HippieDrill

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    There's dozens if not hundreds of underrated/under recognized players out there.

    Most times it’s just a case of them playing with a band that isn’t very mainstream.

    For example I could say guys like Andy larouqe from King Diomand and Andrew Latimer from Camel are underrated but I’m not sure that’s accurate. They are rated very highly by fans of those bands it’s just that most people aren’t familiar with those bands so they don’t get the kind of household name recognition that great players in more popular bands get.

    As for someone whose actually very famous but is underrated as a guitarist, I’d say Willie Nelson. His Spanish flavored lead work is so expressive and lyrical.
     
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  4. Eddie Winters

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    Moses is indeed awesome and underrated. I just had a deep interview with him today on my show. If you have a second, check it out:

     
  5. notesofachord

    notesofachord Forum Resident

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    Carlos Alomar, surely...

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  6. Svetonio

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    Chris Picton

     
  7. cedarbrew

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    Most of these guitarists are not underrated or unknown by other musicians, but perhaps underrated and lesser known by the public:

    Emily Remler
    Jimmy Rosenberg
    Lenny Breau
    Amos Garrett
    Robben Ford
    Sylvain Luc
    Porl Thompson
    Mark O'Connor
    Dmitri Vandellos
    Phillip Catherine
    Jimmy and Doug Raney
     
  8. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Forum Resident

    Link Wray, Steve Cropper, Travis Wammack, Ross Friedman, and many others. John Fogerty for example.
    Listening to Booker T. and the MG's now reminds me of how perfect Steve Cropper's playing was.
    James Burton is another underrated one. And Lowman Pauling of the "Five: Royales (Cropper's biggest influence).
    Also G.E. Smith!
    And certainly Deniz Tek.
    Ron Asheton...
     
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  9. RockRoom

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    Clarence White
    Robbie Robertson
     
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  10. Octowen

    Octowen Well-Known Member

    Eric Stewart of 10cc.

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  11. BluesOvertookMe

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    Rated highly by those that are aware of them, but not as widely known as they should be:

    Samantha Fish
    Jarekus Singelton
    Selwyn Birchwood
    Matt Schofield
    Jimmy Thackery
     
  12. pokemaniacjunk

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  13. Northwind

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    Alan Ross of 70s bands Ross, Alan Ross Band and Ro-Ro.

    Watch him tear through this set on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert in 1975... it astounds me that this guy never broke through and has been completely forgotten today.

     
  14. Jeff Carlson

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    and Jeff Watson
     
  15. 5-String

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    There is no such thing as being underrated guitarist IMO. In the guitar community, of which I am part, 99% of the names mentioned in this thread are well known and well respected.
    If the guitar community does not know your name you are simply not good enough.
    Now, the general public usually does not have ability to evaluate the technique of a certain musician, being guitarist or bassist or drummer or whatever.That is why you always see the same names like Page, Van Halen etc. in the lists. It usually goes with how popular the band is with the general public.

    BtW Danny Gatton and Ry Cooder are two of my favorite "underrated" guitar players.
     
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  16. Gordon Giltrap - the best guitarist the UK has ever produced and yet most people have never heard of him. It's a crime!
     
  17. Clanceman

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    Tracii Guns
     
  18. October Man

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    Without a doubt, Geordie Walker from Killing Joke
     
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  19. Kris Dollimore
    Jason Falkner
    Dave Davies
     
  20. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Well-Known Member

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    Lenny Breau {Very musical. Amazing chops and versatility, maybe one of the greatest to pick up an ax, but unknown. No aptitude for living.}

    Ed King {The pepper that kicked Skynyrd into high gear, Second Helping is the master dish. The difference on record before Ed King and when he joined is huge. Sweet Home is his lick.}

    Charlie Christian {Not unknown, but, not mentioned enough. He and BB created the way we play now.}
     
  21. Minstrel Boy

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    Kurt Winter, The Guess Who post-Bachman and pre-Troiano.
     
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  22. Jack

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    Jerry Miller, Eilen Jewell Band
     
  23. Mother

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    Peter Frampton
     
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  24. SKATTERBRANE

    SKATTERBRANE Forum Resident

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    John Leventhal
     
  25. pokemaniacjunk

    pokemaniacjunk Active Member

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    i Thought turtles guitarist Al Nichol was pretty good with some of the riffs he did like on Outside Chance
    I just wonder what happened to him
     

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