Who's got the best rock guitar tone?

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  1. steamthief

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    I was doing yard work today cranking the Queen Jazz CD, and I was once again blown away by Brian May's guitar tone. In my opinion, the solo on Don't Stop Me Now is the epitome of great rock lead guitar sound.

    Who does it for you?
     
  2. kenneffdupriest

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  3. 20db pad

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    Brian May’s tone is great I agree. I like Angus Young’s and Steve Howe’s too. But Steve Hackett has the ultimate tone IMO.
     
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  6. bassgod0dmw

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    There are so many great ones out there.

    I came in to post Angus, EVH, and Brian May and I see I'm not alone. They are all just so clear and articulate, yet extremely powerful.
     
  7. SlingBass4

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    When did this become a guitar forum :eyebrow:
     
  8. joebar

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    EVH-fair warning
     
  9. Tanner5382

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    Jeff Beck on anything
    Joe Walsh, especially the "Rides Again" album
    Pete Townshend's tone on "Who Are You" is totally underrated and to die for.
     
  10. Hawkbone

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    Page of course.

    Neil Young always gets a great tone, from crushing to clean, whatever the song needs

    Robin Trower's strat tone always kills. Check out the Seven Moons DVD with Jack Bruce (bass content!).

    Love Mike McReady's tone with Mad Season. Harder to pick him out of the Pearl Jam mix.

    Gordie Johnson - always great tone, crushing to clean. Uses SVT heads too - more bass content for the thread!
     
  11. JimK

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    Reading No Way Out, Alan Paul's book on the ABB...it's mentioned that Duane Allman loved every guitarist except two-
    Sonny Sharrock
    Jimmy Page
    ...no explanation given about why Page disagreed with his tastes.
     
  12. cnltb

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    "Who's got the best rock guitar tone?"


    Michael Landau.
     
  13. IvanMunoz

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    John Mayer. Simple as that.
     
  14. aquamentus

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    Any guitar player you can hear play and instantly know its them...

    Slash, Brian May, EVH just to name a few.
     
  15. Hawkbone

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    Well could be he was sick of the name! Wonder how many times he was compared to Page, or asked if Page's use of a Les Paul was the reason he chose to play one?


     
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    Warren Haynes
     
  17. SirMjac28

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    Brian May
    Neal Schon
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Tom Scholz
    Eric Clapton
    I also like Bill Spooner's tone on the Tubes "She's A Beauty"
     
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I forgot my favorite George Harrison.
     
  20. seang15

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    Alex Lifeson
    Jeff Beck
    John Petrucci
    Eric Johnson
    Joe Buonamassa
    Chris Poland w/Ohm
    John Sykes comes to mind too...
    Early VH, up to Fair Warning
    Allan Holdsworth on Metal Fatigue
     
  21. brokenstoned

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    Joe Walsh on Walk Away....that's a great rock tone
     

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