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Which guitarist has the best tone?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Lovebown, May 14, 2001.

  1. Lovebown


    Jan 6, 2001
    Might have been asked before..

    Which guitarist got the best tone, in your opinion?

    Some favs of mine are:
    Brian May (Queen)
    Alex Lifeson (Rush)
    Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
    Scott henderson (Tribal tech etc.)

  2. Petrucci(DT), vai, the guitarist from Symphony x, and others I just can't think of.
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Since you mentioned several and it's your party;

    Brian May is some hot action.

    A little known guy named Adrian Curtis, nee Gurvitz, of Gun had a hair-raising distortion. Dave Edmunds and Matthew Sweet are faves.

    Pat Metheny gets some beautiful tone. Wes Montgomery got some beautiful tone. Al DiMeola can sound brutal or genteel.

    When the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine hits power chords, his tone is outrageous.

    Keith Richards always seems to sound just right for the song.

    Jeez, there's a jillion more.
  4. oddentity

    oddentity Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Some who come to mind-

    Trey Anastasio (Phish)
    Jimmy Page
    Warren Haynes (I recently saw him with Phil Lesh & Friends and Gov't Mule... holy moly...)
    Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles - crunchy Marshall heaven from outer space)
    Jerry Garcia
    Carlos Santana
  5. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Pat Metheny.
  6. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I´ve always loved SRV´s sound. I don´t think about this stuff, though...
  7. BigJH


    Jan 20, 2001
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I would say Dimebag Darrel has an interesting tone for his guitar. I also like Vernon Reid from Living Colour. Jim Cantrell from Alice in Chains has a great tone.
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Steve Khan
    Robben Ford
    Grant Green
    George Benson(of yesteryear)
    Mike Stern
    Pat Martino
    Jimmy Herring
    Rene Toledo
    Alan Holdsworth
    Steve Morse
    Larry Carlton(I love his tone on "Spiral" by The Crusaders & "Kid Charlemagene" by Steely Dan).

    & some guys with an "edge"(or as Rick sez, "Brutal")in their tone-
    Terry Kath
    Sonny Sharrock
    Jimi Hendrix
    Blood Ulmer
    Derek Bailey
    Mike Landau
    Paul McCartney(What can I say, I dig his distorted tone on "Taxman"). ;)
  9. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I'll toss Eric Johnson into the ring.
    (Bonus: He plays with Roscoe Beck :D ).
  10. dave navarro.

    carlos should go without saying.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...not that there's anything wrong with that! ;)
  12. cole


    Sep 14, 2000
    David Gilmour and Brian May both spring instantly to mind...
  13. Jeff Beck.
    Martin Barre.
    Tal Farlow.
    Steve Howe. (back when he cared what he played)

    And the already mentioned:
    Pat Metheny.
  14. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    David Gilmour and Jeff Beck gotz good tones.
  15. I'd have to say Trevor Rabin of Yes. Nobody ever seems to talk about him but he always has a fantastic sound(s) and is really an incredible talent.
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think he gets an amazing tone on the last album to be released (in the UK anyway) - Absolute Benson. Some of the material is a bit "smooth", but the guitar sound is great.

    I would also put in a mention for Kenny Burrell - my favourite guitar sound of all time - while others might be better players, I just really like his tone.
  17. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Hmmm...I've seen them playing in festivals in the UK, sometimes free ones - they always sounded much better than I expected and I quite liked their improvisational approach - with sort of "chillout music" - lots of keyboards and flute - and some interesting Jazz-like influences. But usually nobody has ever heard of them - I thought they were just a small-time UK phenomenon?
  18. Frank Reckard
    Buddy Miller
    James Burton
    Jim Hall
    Muddy Waters
  19. I'd have to say The Edge (U2), and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath).
  20. NJXT


    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    In different styles :
    J.Hetfield and K.Hammet (Metallica)
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Joe Satriani
    David Gilmour
    Chris Rea
    Steve Lukather (Toto)
    Dave Muray & Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
    Steve Vai
    the blind guy playing the guitar lying on his knees (damn, can't remember his name)
    BB King sometimes
    George Harrisson sometimes
    Mark Knofler

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