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Who's got the best rock guitar tone?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by steamthief, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    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. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
  3. ster


    Oct 18, 2003
    New Jersey
    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.
  4. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    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.
  5. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    When did this become a guitar forum :eyebrow:
  6. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    EVH-fair warning
  7. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    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.
  8. Hawkbone


    Mar 23, 2009
    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!
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Commercial Break-
    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.
  10. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    "Who's got the best rock guitar tone?"

    Michael Landau.
  11. John Mayer. Simple as that.
  12. aquamentus


    Apr 15, 2005
    Keokuk, IA
    Any guitar player you can hear play and instantly know its them...

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


    Mar 23, 2009
    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?

  14. randyg


    Jul 10, 2010
    Creedmoor N.C.
    Warren Haynes
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  16. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    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"
  17. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I forgot my favorite George Harrison.
  18. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    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
  19. brokenstoned


    Sep 20, 2012
    Joe Walsh on Walk Away....that's a great rock tone