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Post by Iceman on Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:34 pm

Being painfully aware that this smacks of "poserism" at it's worst, I'm still gonna put it out there...

If you could perfectly mimic the tone and style of ONE player who would you pick? If you are in a place where your style makes this question absurd or facetious my hat is off to you and thanks for looking.

I am at 3 right now but have not been able to winnow it further down... yet.

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Post by IanO on Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:55 pm

I love George Lynch, especially his less widdly moments - check this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7fX27vqnvU. i love the pecussiveness and vibrato, dead cool. Love the guitar too.

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Post by IanO on Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:56 pm

An great tone on this too

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:30 pm

I think I have Alex Lifeson down already. Lately I have been really working on Trevor Rabin's bending style which IMO is his trademark. I'm getting close -even on an acoustic. He uses 9's on his and I use 11's but with work has been working out. I'm nowhere as good as he is, but I think I can fake his stuff fairly well. For him it is all about bending up to the next note instead of fretting up the next note. Unusual that more players don;t use that thought, but once you start doing it, it can become second nature. Probably something you need to hear to appreciate

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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:32 pm

Also lots of compression and on the acoustic, low action , or very hard picking to get a bit of buzz

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Post by corsair on Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:14 pm

Why, Ritchie, of course, for electric posing 'cause he is the complete package; chops, tricks, taste and presence! Or perhaps Ian Moss from Cold Chisel; great player; real high energy stuff, unusual progressions up and down the neck.... Oh, I dunno... Too hard!

Acoustic, hmmmmm..... I really like what Lawrence Juber was doing with Al Stewart....

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Post by Iceman on Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:34 pm

ONE player, gentlemen... ONE! Evil or Very Mad


Sheesh




Hold the phone... Lionel Ritchie plays the guitar???

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Post by hobster on Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:27 pm

Tone wise i'd have to go with Stevie Ray - no question.

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Post by Iceman on Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:37 pm

hobster wrote:Tone wise i'd have to go with Stevie Ray - no question.

Sweet. Be ready to string up with the heaviest gauge you can lay your hands on. His fingers were freakishly strong...

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Post by Warrn on Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:45 pm

Les Claypool, hands down. If I could match his technique, I'd be set for life. Also, is it really that uncommon to bend up to the next note? I do that sometimes.

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Post by hobster on Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:03 pm

Iceman wrote:
hobster wrote:Tone wise i'd have to go with Stevie Ray - no question.

Sweet. Be ready to string up with the heaviest gauge you can lay your hands on. His fingers were freakishly strong...

Yeah, he used 13's and that had something to do with it but man did he have an amazing tone!! Sounds so thick and powerful, he was one of a kind. David Gilmore is right up there also, like i've said before, i'm a strat guy.

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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:46 am

Johnny Allen Hendrix.....on acid.. What a Face

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Post by corsair on Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:39 am

Iceman wrote:Hold the phone... Lionel Ritchie plays the guitar???

You're funny.

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Post by beavis on Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:34 am

I might be tricking my way out of this one, but technique and tone are two very different things.

So, for the technique, my choice goes to Nuno Bettencourt. Technically, he has it all. But so do many others (Jason Becker, Yngwie, Paul Gilbert) who all have reached technical perfection. Nuno just has a versatility that the others don't, which is why he sticks out.

Now for tone, the answer is very easy: Brian May.


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Post by Iceman on Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:02 am

corsair wrote:
Iceman wrote:Hold the phone... Lionel Ritchie plays the guitar???

You're funny.


...I know you are, but what am I? lol!

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Post by Iceman on Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:14 am

Now that you blokes have given me license to ignore my own caveat as I originally stated it. Thanks guys, I really did not want to mention just one anyway.

It is the recognized technique (style) that makes it difficult to choose between my top 3. The genre however you wish to define it would be blues no matter how you define it.

2nd place for me is too close to call, but right there are both Mike Bloomfield and Gary Moore. Words will escape me at times attempting to quantify either of them.

But it is the overall package that includes the tone and phrasing that tilts the honor to the Right Reverend William F. Gibbons for me. I suppose it would be the easier choice to say Jimi, or Stevie, or John Mayall or Jeff Beck.

But... what can you do??

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Post by hobster on Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:11 pm

Technique wise, howz about some Steve Vai. He is one of the most creative and technically proficient guitarists out there and one of my personal favorites. Passion and Warfare is one of the best guitar albums ever made. Besides, he was discovered by Frank Zappa (rocks greatest genious ever) who hired him as a teenager, need i say more?

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Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:41 pm

Robben Ford....... :cat: 's whiskers

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:03 pm

Duane Allman is my choice and was also from my hometown.

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Post by Warrn on Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:38 pm

Tone? I think I'm fine with what I've got. I want Claypool's technique, but I'll tweak my own sound. Smile

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Post by beavis on Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:23 pm

hobster wrote:Technique wise, howz about some Steve Vai. He is one of the most creative and technically proficient guitarists out there and one of my personal favorites. Passion and Warfare is one of the best guitar albums ever made. Besides, he was discovered by Frank Zappa (rocks greatest genious ever) who hired him as a teenager, need i say more?

Well, he did go on to ruin every band he ever played in: whitesnake, alcatrazz... Those guys used to rock before Vai arrived! :joker:

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Post by Iceman on Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:57 pm

Ya know Beavis, looking at you avatar got me thinking about my comment on John's choice. I was just kidding around with the Lionel Ritchie jab there John.

So do you enjoy Ritchie's In and Out of Love early style or the later Wanted: Dead or Alive phase of his career?

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Post by hobster on Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:42 pm

beavis wrote:
hobster wrote:Technique wise, howz about some Steve Vai. He is one of the most creative and technically proficient guitarists out there and one of my personal favorites. Passion and Warfare is one of the best guitar albums ever made. Besides, he was discovered by Frank Zappa (rocks greatest genious ever) who hired him as a teenager, need i say more?

Well, he did go on to ruin every band he ever played in: whitesnake, alcatrazz... Those guys used to rock before Vai arrived! :joker:

Ouch. He didn't even write anything on the Vaisnake album, Coverdale was a jerk and fired the whole band after the album was written and hired a supergroup to record it. You could just as well say Vandenberg ruined Whitesnake. As for Alcatrazz, i knew Yngwie was with them but i never listened to them much. How about Eat em and smile, thats an amazing album with Billy Sheenan and Vai ripping it up. I'm glad he has gone solo since, he is too good to not do his own thing anyway.

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Post by Iceman on Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:33 pm

hobster wrote:
beavis wrote:
hobster wrote:Technique wise, howz about some Steve Vai. He is one of the most creative and technically proficient guitarists out there and one of my personal favorites. Passion and Warfare is one of the best guitar albums ever made. Besides, he was discovered by Frank Zappa (rocks greatest genious ever) who hired him as a teenager, need i say more?

Well, he did go on to ruin every band he ever played in: whitesnake, alcatrazz... Those guys used to rock before Vai arrived! :joker:

Ouch. He didn't even write anything on the Vaisnake album, Coverdale was a jerk and fired the whole band after the album was written and hired a supergroup to record it. You could just as well say Vandenberg ruined Whitesnake. As for Alcatrazz, i knew Yngwie was with them but i never listened to them much. How about Eat em and smile, thats an amazing album with Billy Sheenan and Vai ripping it up. I'm glad he has gone solo since, he is too good to not do his own thing anyway.


OIY affraid That's my boy Adrian you're talkin' 'bout there, pal. Evil or Very Mad

Vai is admittedly pretty good as they go. If you are talking pure technical pyrotechnics I gotta go with Yngwie though. Technical fusion/theory goes to Vai's mentor Satch in my book as well.

Who am I kidding.... they are all players par excellance, miles ahead...

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Post by hobster on Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:07 am

Hey i'm a big Adrian fan, lived in Holland 4 years and saw him open for Dio in Rotterdam in 84, just making a statement. Yngwie is technically amazing but to me he seems repetitive and stuck in one style. I've always loved Satch but Vai is so much more creative musically and explores many more angles. Maybe its the Zappa "wierdness" he was influenced by. Flexable is a great first solo album and really OUT THERE! I used to love to experiment with, well shall we say mind altering substances, back in the day and listen to the early Vai albums. I'm sure that has nothing to do with my opinion. Very Happy

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