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Unmistakable Guitar Tone

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by JohnMCA72, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    For some reason I was just thinking about guitar players whose tones are totally unmistakable & you know as soon as you hear 2 notes, who played them.

    Off the top of my head: Brian May, Mark Knopfler, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn.

    Others that come to mind? I'm sure I could think of some more in time.
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  2. BargeOn

    BargeOn Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    No mistaking Jerry Douglas. Likewise John Hiatt.

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  3. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Tom Verlaine
    Richard Thompson
    Robert Fripp
    Mick Ronson
    Jeff Beck
    Cliff Gallup
    Link Wray
    Charlie Christian
    Wes Montgomery
    Hubert Sumlin
    Magic Sam
    John Lee Hooker
    Albert King
    Joe Maphis
    Don Rich
    Merle Travis
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  4. thabassmon


    Sep 26, 2013
    New Zealand
    Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix are easily recognizable to me.
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  5. B.B.King

    Steve Howe
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  6. Ostie


    Aug 1, 2018
    Mid MI
    Albert Collins
    Eric Clapton
    Duane Allman
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  7. Big old + 1.

    He hits that one big note and you know it's him!
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  8. Thud Staff

    Thud Staff

    Jan 2, 2017
    Houston TX
    Eric Johnson
    Robben Ford
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  9. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Ian Crichton of the band Saga
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  10. Dincrest

    Dincrest Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine
  11. vinlander


    Jan 9, 2021
    Tal Farlow, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, John McLaughlin, Robert Fripp
  12. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Eddie Van Halen's tone always stood out to me. Prince, too.
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  13. jimmydean


    Mar 14, 2009
    George Lynch and Billy Sheehan .
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  14. jmlee

    jmlee Catgut? Not funny. Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2005
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Richard Thompson
    James Taylor
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  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Eddie Van Halen - "Beat It", Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Let's Dance"...I couldn't tell til someone told me. My brother-in-law is Eric Johnson but he's an airline pilot and doesn't play guitar that I know of.

  16. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Jerry Garcia
    Pat Metheny
    John Scofield
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  17. BassinCT

    BassinCT Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Alan Holdsworth
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  18. Gary Moore
    Leslie West
    Johnny Winter
    Robin Trower
    Freddy King
    Brian Setzer
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  19. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Already said.
    Ronson and May.

    Keith Richards is recognizable. To me part of his tone is in the tuning.

    Johnny Marr!!!
    Pete Townsend.
    Jeff Buckley
    J. Mascis

    and me for sure, I sound like when the garbage truck smashes the bags full of beer bottles
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  20. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I semi-sorta-agree with a lot of the names already mentioned in this thread, though tbh I'm not sure I can separate their "tone" from their phrasing, articulation, and note-choices.

    E.g., if any/all the guitarists mentioned just played a single high A (1st string, 17th fret) for a couple of tied, double-dotted whole notes... aka

    ...could we really tell one person from the other?

    Okay, yeah, Pat Metheny would still be instantly identifiable. :)
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