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M&P Shooter
08-25-2012, 09:13
Here's Dokken and he's finger tapping in the solo before Eddie Van Halen:shocked: No I don't think he's better then Eddie but he was very under rated IMO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtR6IrvxeFs&feature=player_embedded#!

faawrenchbndr
08-25-2012, 09:40
Dokken,.....est 1978
VanHalen...est 1972



There are a LOT of under rated players.

Annoyedgrunt
08-25-2012, 09:47
Rocky George, used to play lead for Suicidal Tendencies. He was really good, and underrated.

jakebrake
08-25-2012, 09:49
leslie west. johnny winter, rory gallagher, johnny lang.

Jay9928
08-25-2012, 09:56
Neal Schon

http://www.guitarlessons.com/wp-content/themes/glTemplate/images/guitarist/neal-schon-thumb.png

M&P Shooter
08-25-2012, 10:05
Dokken,.....est 1978
VanHalen...est 1972



There are a LOT of under rated players.
Yes but Dokken finger tapped before Eddie did, at least in front of people.

saddlebum
08-25-2012, 10:06
david grissom

427
08-25-2012, 10:09
Joe Walsh

Tommy Bolin

saddlebum
08-25-2012, 10:09
Yes but Dokken finger tapped before Eddie did, at least in front of people.
that would be george lynch. dokken = singer

M&P Shooter
08-25-2012, 10:22
that would be george lynch. dokken = singer
Yes:rofl:

FLIPPER 348
08-25-2012, 10:43
Jr Brown
Willie K

Little Joe
08-25-2012, 10:52
George Harrison

Little Joe
08-25-2012, 10:56
Martin Barre - Jethro Tull

Little Joe
08-25-2012, 10:59
Danny Kirwan of the original Fleetwood Mac. He used to hold his own against Peter Green and then some. I think he might have been the better rocker between him and Peter Green.

milje
08-25-2012, 11:03
Doug Aldrich

GLWyandotte
08-25-2012, 11:04
Finger-tapping has been around for many years prior to Lynch and Eddie V. Roy Smeck did it in the '30s; Harvey Mandel did it in the '60s.

eracer
08-25-2012, 11:05
In no particular order:

Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson)
Neil Geraldo (Pat Benatar)
Terry Cath (Chicago)
Brian May (Queen)
Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
Elliot Randall, Skunk Baxter, Larry Carlton (Steely Dan)
Frank Zappa
Mick Ronson (Bowie, Mott the Hoople, etc.)

Jay9928
08-25-2012, 11:14
http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/tourbooks/rollthebones-28-ss.jpg (http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/tourbooks/rollthebones-28.jpg)

Bullwinkle J Moose
08-25-2012, 11:50
Finger-tapping has been around for many years prior to Lynch and Eddie V. Roy Smeck did it in the '30s; Harvey Mandel did it in the '60s.
Don't forget Stanley Jordan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQZY87PDsnQ&playnext=1&list=PL0E506845A849A695&feature=results_main

Little Joe
08-25-2012, 12:09
Brian Robertson - Thin Lizzy
David Hidalgo - Los Lobos
Mattihas Jabs - The Scorpions
Kim Simmons - Savoy Brown
Dave Mason
Kerry Livgren

INJoker
08-25-2012, 12:21
Twiggy Ramirez - Marilyn Manson
Dan Donegan - Disturbed
Mick Mars - Motley Crue
Myles Kennedy - Alter Bridge
Tom Scholz - Boston
Nigel Pulsford - Bush

Jay S.
08-25-2012, 12:23
Not so much underrated as not well known but Tommy and Phil Emmanuel. This is the Town Hall Shuffle.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=town%20hall%20shuffle&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDcQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DQuID42TCaeU&ei=tRc5UK6tE8WxywGA3oHQAg&usg=AFQjCNGvXfS1RWA1VbK6skmEHtwhO4G-dA&sig2=aPAsWI1VHVRlvrxPOmR5Sw

janice6
08-25-2012, 12:25
Roy Clark. He plays anything with strings well.

automatic slim
08-25-2012, 13:07
The only guy who could give Robert Johnson a run for his money back in the day was Richard "Hacksaw" Harney. He recorded 2 records in the 60's, and only one was ever released.
"Hacksaws downsouth blues" Richard Hacksaw" Harney - YouTube

Kevin108
08-25-2012, 13:21
John Fogerty

TransAm-98
08-25-2012, 14:18
Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Mars Volta

Little Joe
08-25-2012, 14:28
John Fogerty

Good call. He wrote all the guitar parts to all those great songs.

Jay9928
08-25-2012, 20:19
Oh! Forgot
http://assets.vice.com/content-images/contentimage/no-slug/e4f5657fba40abfab1824060327b8818.jpg


Guess

Harper
08-25-2012, 21:27
The only guy who could give Robert Johnson a run for his money back in the day was Richard "Hacksaw" Harney.

Blind Blake was up there in technical prowess I think. http://youtu.be/IO5Ajf_eO_s





My pick is probably Norman Blake. He's mastered everything with strings but more importantly he's a great artist (songwriter) and his playing style and tone is phenomenal.
http://youtu.be/UEkVkJax2Co

MarinePride
08-25-2012, 21:40
Neal Schon

http://www.guitarlessons.com/wp-content/themes/glTemplate/images/guitarist/neal-schon-thumb.png

As soon as I read the thread title, his name popped into my mind immediately also.

WarCry
08-25-2012, 21:42
Like someone else said, not so much underrated as up-and-coming:

Orianthi Panagaris (she just uses her first name for stage work):
Orianthi - Highly Strung ft. Steve Vai

That's from 2009, when she was 24, holding her own with Steve Vai. This album came out after she had been tasked for lead guitar on Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour, that never happened. Regardless of what you think of him, a LOT of Jackson's songs had ripping guitars, from Eddie Van Halen on "Beat It" (at least as a writer), Steve Stevens on "Dirty Diana".

She's done a few solo things, and currently is one of Alice Cooper's lead guitarists on tours.

Grabbrass
08-25-2012, 21:48
I don't know about underrated, but these guys are definitely under-recognized ...

Scotty Anderson.

Scotty Anderson & Bob Saxton - A Taste of Honey - YouTube

Scotty Anderson and Bob Saxton - Sweet Georgia Brown - YouTube


Redd Volkaert

Redd Volkaert - Home in San Antone - YouTube


Freddie King

Freddie King - YouTube

Freddie King - Woman Across The River - Stockholm 1974 - YouTube

Scott3670
08-25-2012, 21:50
How about Eric Johnson. Check out his album Ah Via Musicom. Great stuff!

Harper
08-25-2012, 21:51
Justin King
http://youtu.be/d8JqEOJn6NY

Berto
08-25-2012, 21:54
In no particular order:

Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson)
Neil Geraldo (Pat Benatar)
Terry Cath (Chicago)
Brian May (Queen)
Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull)
Elliot Randall, Skunk Baxter, Larry Carlton (Steely Dan)
Frank Zappa
Mick Ronson (Bowie, Mott the Hoople, etc.)


Good list, although Lou Reed never struck me as that impressive. Terry Cath was something special.

Add to list:

Tommy Victor ( Prong/Danzig)
Bobby Baker (T-Hip)
Billy Duffy ( The Cult)
Mike Campbell (TP and Heartbreakers)
Scotty Moore (Elvis)
Chris Whitley
Elliot Easton (the Cars)

427
08-25-2012, 21:55
Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher - I Fall Apart - YouTube

Berto
08-25-2012, 21:56
Oh, George Benson is a another. I love his guitar style.

I'm sure someone will laugh, but I love his playing.

George Benson playing "Breezin'" - YouTube

3glkdog
08-25-2012, 22:25
He's gone now but I vote for Gary Moore.

automatic slim
08-25-2012, 23:00
Blind Blake was up there in technical prowess I think. http://youtu.be/IO5Ajf_eO_s





My pick is probably Norman Blake. He's mastered everything with strings but more importantly he's a great artist (songwriter) and his playing style and tone is phenomenal.
http://youtu.be/UEkVkJax2Co

Hey, I wore my Blind Blake tape out years ago!:supergrin:

I was fortunate enough to know Robert Jr. Lockwood. I might be bragging just a little bit, but he is the one that told me about Hacksaw. He was known as a piano player, and in later years, was a piano tuner. He could tear the top off of a guitar, without thinking twice. Robert told me Hacksaw never worried about that little punk Robert Johnson.:rofl:

Those were much different times....Hey, here's Robert Jr. Lockwood!:wavey:
Robert Lockwood Jr. - Take a Little Walk With Me - YouTube

camelotkid
08-25-2012, 23:04
Brad Nowell - Sublime

I have heard people that originally did songs that he covered say that his versions were better than their own.

M&P Shooter
08-25-2012, 23:18
Jerry Cantrell......Alice In Chains
Top 10 Solos of Jerry Cantrell - YouTube

JBG30
08-26-2012, 00:47
Prince.

Yeah I said it, Prince.

Gareth68
08-26-2012, 00:54
Prince.

Yeah I said it, Prince.

I got all the way to the end to add that one, and you beat me to it.

Most people don't realize he is damn good.


Now his music, etc....not a fan.


But he is a damn talented guitar slinger.

Grabbrass
08-26-2012, 07:41
Prince.

Yeah I said it, Prince.


I got all the way to the end to add that one, and you beat me to it.

Most people don't realize he is damn good.


Now his music, etc....not a fan.


But he is a damn talented guitar slinger.


I hear he makes excellent pancakes, too.

WarCry
08-26-2012, 07:58
Prince.

Yeah I said it, Prince.

The albums he puts down and sells don't appeal to everyone, and that's cool. But it's not just guitar. Prince is one of the greatest musicians in modern times. All the music, all the arrangements, he writes himself, and he can and does play any instrument in his band. It's just REALLY hard to do that for live performances so he has the New Power Generation.

Love him or hate him, if you appreciate talent, you need to respect him.

Flying-Dutchman
08-26-2012, 08:08
Oh! Forgot
http://assets.vice.com/content-images/contentimage/no-slug/e4f5657fba40abfab1824060327b8818.jpg


Guess
Steve Miller?

Larry Carlton
Larry Carlton - Solos (Hill Street Blues / Kid Charlemagne / Don't Take Me Alive / and...) - YouTube

Bren
08-26-2012, 08:24
Here's Dokken and he's finger tapping in the solo before Eddie Van Halen:shocked: No I don't think he's better then Eddie but he was very under rated IMO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtR6IrvxeFs&feature=player_embedded#!

Here's Roy Smeck (at 1:28) tapping on a ukulele in a movie from 1936. He didn't invent it either.

Roy Smeck - YouTube

Here's some serious tapping - Stanley Jiordan uses nothing but tapping:
Stanley Jordan - Amazing Guitar Tapping (jazz) on letterman - YouTube

People have been doing it one the electric guitar since the 50's.

Honestly, guys like Van halen are great...if you limit yourself to rock and metal guitarists, but it's easy to find people displying a lot more skill and musical ability.

longhair
08-26-2012, 08:34
Guy van Duser, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor

Bren
08-26-2012, 08:35
Oh yeah - most underrated guitarist I know of? Zhenya Rock - especially when he was with the Red Elvises.

Here he is playing acoustic:
Zhenya Rock at Gypsy Picnic - Scorchi Chernya - YouTube

And electric:
Zeerok Bellydance Red Elvises Days - YouTube

Flying-Dutchman
08-26-2012, 08:41
Kurt Cobain
Nirvana Spank Thru - YouTube
Nirvana-Sappy Live [02/25/94] - YouTube
Elliot Easton The Cars
The Cars - Touch And Go (Live In Houston 1984) - YouTube

kirgi08
08-26-2012, 08:57
Mark Knophler

Adrian Smith

Dave Murray

KK Downing

Glen Tipton.

Craig McKinney.

M&P Shooter
08-26-2012, 08:58
Synyster Gates:cool:
My Top 10 Synyster Gates Solos - YouTube

WarCry
08-26-2012, 09:23
How about a little fun from Chris Broderick of Megadeth?

Chris Broderick - Fur Elise - YouTube

saddlebum
08-26-2012, 09:50
monte montgomery
http://youtu.be/PjpkVv9OrZQ

Atlas
08-26-2012, 09:54
monte montgomery...

Yep..

ericridebike
08-26-2012, 10:02
Billy Gibbons-ZZ Top

Drain You
08-26-2012, 10:16
Ralph Macchio

WarCry
08-26-2012, 11:35
Ralph Macchio

I know you're being facetious, but for anyone that wants to know, "Eugene's" guitar parts in that movie were played by the legendary Ry Cooder, who co-wrote most of the stuff in the film with Steve Vai.

And for those that may be lost on this conversation....Crossroads, 1986. Steve Vai as Jack Butler, the "Devil's Player", Ralph Macchio as Eugene "Lightning" Martone:
Steve Vai v's Ry Cooder CrossRoads Guitar Duel..flv - YouTube


Two legendary (rather than underrated) guitar players, but a highly underrated movie, in my opinion.

GVFlyer
08-26-2012, 11:55
http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/tourbooks/rollthebones-28-ss.jpg (http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/tourbooks/rollthebones-28.jpg)

Alex Lifeson?

Drain You
08-26-2012, 14:13
Two legendary (rather than underrated) guitar players, but a highly underrated movie, in my opinion.


Now don't got spoiling my randomness lol. I agree though, totally underrated movie. Saw it when I was 8 and loved it.

Green_Manelishi
08-26-2012, 14:18
Here's Dokken and he's finger tapping in the solo before Eddie Van Halen:shocked: No I don't think he's better then Eddie but he was very under rated IMO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtR6IrvxeFs&feature=player_embedded#!

Don Dokken tapping, or George Lynch?

Green_Manelishi
08-26-2012, 14:21
Freddie King


FK was not unknown to the British blues scene, including the phenomenal Peter Green.

Another "under rated" was Gary Moore.

Green_Manelishi
08-26-2012, 14:23
Glen Campbell as well.

3glkdog
08-26-2012, 14:26
Charo.

heliguy
08-26-2012, 14:55
Kaki king amazing talent for a usually drugged up gay person..... Search for her YouTube segment on Letterman!

jg420
08-26-2012, 15:00
Oh, George Benson is a another. I love his guitar style.

I'm sure someone will laugh, but I love his playing.

George Benson playing "Breezin'" - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7YAYQxmLh0&feature=related)

Beat me to it, Benson is epic and so damn smooth. Also whomever said Alex Lifeson is dead on the money, dude is a beast on the strings.

JBG30
08-26-2012, 18:02
I hear he makes excellent pancakes, too.

Only after playing basketball.

Game... Blouses.

AnimalK
08-27-2012, 08:36
I can't believe it took two pages for a mention of Elliot Easton...

Chris Hayes (Huey Lewis & The News) gets my vote as well.

Bren
08-27-2012, 08:42
Did anybody say Roy Clark? he's not reall "underrated" but he isn't that well known to rock and metal types. The guys who think being a great guitar player is about "speed" would have to give up metal if they really checked out the good country players.

Bren
08-27-2012, 08:47
Two legendary (rather than underrated) guitar players, but a highly underrated movie, in my opinion.

You are right there - great movie with a great soundtrack. My favorite song in it was "Willie Brown Blues" that they played in the Mississippi juke joint.

...They Call Me Willie... - YouTube

PPinesRon
08-27-2012, 08:53
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Roy Buchanan, & Steve Miller.

And I'm not from Texas.

WarCry
08-27-2012, 09:01
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Roy Buchanan, & Steve Miller.

And I'm not from Texas.

I'm not sure anyone would really say that Stevie Ray Vaughn would be considered "underrated".

kirgi08
08-27-2012, 09:49
:agree:

FireForged
08-27-2012, 09:53
Andy Taylor

FireForged
08-27-2012, 09:55
I'm not sure anyone would really say that Stevie Ray Vaughn would be considered "underrated".


I agree, The dude is a legend for his guitar playing.

GLWyandotte
08-27-2012, 10:49
Most of the players mentioned in this thread aren't underrated. This has turned into a favorite fest.
Mike Campbell and Chris Hayes are about the only two mentioned in 3 pages that qualify IMHO.

All Pro Sports Hero
08-27-2012, 11:15
Has anyone said Tracii Guns yet?

I know he's appreciated in some circles, but on a more broad reaching scope the guy is criminally underrated.

Bren
08-27-2012, 13:14
Most of the players mentioned in this thread aren't underrated. This has turned into a favorite fest.
Mike Campbell and Chris Hayes are about the only two mentioned in 3 pages that qualify IMHO.

That's always the way it goes, especially among those who don't play. I try to separate what I think of a guitarists ability from what I think of his music - my favorite guitarists, from my favorite bands are not skilled players at all. Daniel Ash, Joe Strummer, and lots of others from the punk/post-punk world. Even the Farriss brothers from INXS or Lynval Golding from the Specials.

Then there are great guitarists who music I don't enoy - lots of Jazz players, metal players, etc. I'm sure, at some level Yngwie Malmsteen is very skilled, but if his music was all that was left on earth, I'd stop listening to music.

Then there are a few who are both know for their skill and who make music I like, like Randy Rhoads or Eddie Van Halen.

aplcr0331
08-27-2012, 13:24
Question for the Guitar players/aficiando's:

Why do older players who have passed on still remain high on all-time lists? (Hendrix specifically). Have none of their contemporaries improved? Do you actually stop improving once you learn guitar? It seems like other guitar players could improve and leave them behind, or were the older players that far ahead of everyone else?

John Galt
08-27-2012, 13:38
Our candidate for the next President of the United States of America...

Scott Gorham

GLWyandotte
08-27-2012, 15:21
Question for the Guitar players/aficiando's:

Why do older players who have passed on still remain high on all-time lists? (Hendrix specifically). Have none of their contemporaries improved? Do you actually stop improving once you learn guitar? It seems like other guitar players could improve and leave them behind, or were the older players that far ahead of everyone else?

I suppose because many were groundbreakers and then died. Who knows what they would have produced? People like Clapton diversified and improved. People like Peter Green hit his peak early then weirded out. Had Green died in 1970, he would be immortalized like Hendrix.
Some folks hit a wall and never improve, others keep learning and breaking ground. I know my playing is light years ahead of 15 years ago, but I keep plugging and playing with different groups of people and exchanging music ideas/influences. If you don't pursue new ideas, you somewhat limit yourself and get lazy- and frankly, boring.

03scgt
08-27-2012, 15:54
I've got a huge list but here's a few

Synster gates-avenged sevenfold
Twiggy Ramirez-Marilyn Manson
Wes Borland-limp bizkit
Corey beauLieu-trivium
Mick Thompson-slipknot
Tom morello-rage against the machine
Brian "head" welch-Korn
Zakk wylde-black label society/ozzy osbourne



Obviously if we are going to list the greats we can look at Kirk hammet,Eric Clapton and a ton of others

jtull7
08-27-2012, 18:11
Pat Metheny

Green_Manelishi
08-27-2012, 19:14
People like Clapton diversified and improved.

:wow: I Shot The Sheriff and similar tripe pales in comparison to anything done with Cream.


People like Peter Green hit his peak early then weirded out. Had Green died in 1970, he would be immortalized like Hendrix.


I don't believe he "peaked"; he probably would have kept improving but noone will ever know because he "weirded out" due to drugs; he was a mess. To some of us he is immortalized despite the years and the ravages. After all, how many guitarists gave BB King the sweats?

Cochese
08-27-2012, 19:17
Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Mars Volta

Good call!

Rivers Cuomo goes on the list for me.

SpoiledBySig
08-27-2012, 19:17
Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac)....a very good yet under rated guitar player.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/evilon/Spoiled%202/220px-LindseyBuckingham.jpg

97XJ_Sport
08-27-2012, 19:22
John Petrucci. Maybe not underrated, but not mentioned often.

Little Joe
08-28-2012, 01:36
Danny O'Keefe - Pieces Of The Rain - YouTube

ULVER
08-28-2012, 04:19
When a teenage girl can play Hendrix, and look bored doing it, you know times have changed... :faint:

Juliette Valduriez - Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) - YouTube

Bren
08-28-2012, 04:32
Question for the Guitar players/aficiando's:

Why do older players who have passed on still remain high on all-time lists? (Hendrix specifically). Have none of their contemporaries improved? Do you actually stop improving once you learn guitar? It seems like other guitar players could improve and leave them behind, or were the older players that far ahead of everyone else?

Playing the guitar isn't just a set of technical skills that can be learned and then added to - it's more like painting, where you might have the greatest ability to mix colors and copy things in the world, but no artistic talent, so you'll never be remembered as great - kind of an Yngwie Malmsteen. It's the artistic talent to make music that separates the greats from the forgotten.

Jimi Hendrix isn't remembered because his music was difficult to play - Jimi is easier to copy than most metal guitarists who come and go. He is remembred because he played great guitar while making great music.

I'm not a good guitarist at all, but I can play Hendrix - it's much easier than playing lots of other people who'll never make a list of greats.

This idea that a great guitarist is all about technical difficulty and hard to copy is a product of people who don't play or beginners trying to decide who is a great guitarist - it's a lot like those threads where insurance salesmen and college students comment on gunfights.

Bren
08-28-2012, 04:35
Also - while he certainly isn't underrated among guitarists, since he's clearly considered one of the all-time greats, Mark Knopfler is probably underrated among non-guitarists.

WarCry
08-28-2012, 06:14
When a teenage girl can play Hendrix, and look bored doing it, you know times have changed... :faint:

Juliette Valduriez - Voodoo Child (Jimi Hendrix) - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZKLJoG0VyY)

Playing the same music isn't the same thing, though. I've seen a lot of bands cover Motley Crue songs, for instance, but not of them are Mick Mars. He makes the guitar sing the notes, he doesn't just play them.

Mimicking someone else doesn't make you a great, or even a good guitarist. It makes you able to either read or hear what they did. What she's doing in that video is emulating Jimi Hendrix. Who was Hendrix emulating when HE did it?

mike from st pe
08-28-2012, 19:54
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Fripp
Robert Fripp - Frippertronics Demonstration '79 - YouTube

Robert Fripp

Green_Manelishi
08-28-2012, 20:02
Mimicking someone else doesn't make you a great, or even a good guitarist. It makes you able to either read or hear what they did. What she's doing in that video is emulating Jimi Hendrix. Who was Hendrix emulating when HE did it?

There is a difference between being able to play songs on the guitar, and being able to play the guitar.

rgregoryb
08-28-2012, 20:07
Steve Morse...current Deep Purple guitarist, listen to their Montreux jazz festival recordings

rockymtnhorror
08-28-2012, 21:25
Elliott Randall. He's a session player, best known for the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years". Supposedly Jimmy Page said it was his favorite guitar solo of all time.

Bren
08-29-2012, 05:53
Elliott Randall. He's a session player, best known for the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years". Supposedly Jimmy Page said it was his favorite guitar solo of all time.

Which is funny, considering that if Jimmy Page could have an exact opposite, that would be it.

deadhead
08-29-2012, 12:59
Bob Weir - lived in Jerry's shadow
Steven Van Zandt - in Springsteen's shadow
Pete Townshend - played a lot of rhythm while and Moon and Entwistle did their things.

gruntmedik
08-29-2012, 15:12
Like someone else said, not so much underrated as up-and-coming:

Orianthi Panagaris (she just uses her first name for stage work):
Orianthi - Highly Strung ft. Steve Vai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7b-_YcACuQ)

That's from 2009, when she was 24, holding her own with Steve Vai. This album came out after she had been tasked for lead guitar on Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour, that never happened. Regardless of what you think of him, a LOT of Jackson's songs had ripping guitars, from Eddie Van Halen on "Beat It" (at least as a writer), Steve Stevens on "Dirty Diana".

She's done a few solo things, and currently is one of Alice Cooper's lead guitarists on tours.

I saw her when Alice Cooper opened for Iron Maiden in Indy last month.

She is good.

gruntmedik
08-29-2012, 15:15
Like a couple have mentioned, Roy Clark can play dang near anything with strings, and play it very well!

Jerry Reed is often overlooked, too.

David Gilmour, but I wouldn't necessarily call him under rated.

Andy McKee

WarCry
08-29-2012, 16:18
I saw her when Alice Cooper opened for Iron Maiden in Indy last month.

She is good.

I was THIS close to getting tickets to that Chicago show, but the day I was going to buy them is when Motley Crue and KISS announced they were going on tour together, and with a St Louis show. My budget made me choose, and I had to go with KISS. Killer shows this past Monday night in St Louis, but I really wanted to see that Chicago show, too....

amorican88
08-30-2012, 16:38
Mick Taylor
David Rawlings
Marc Ford
Dickey Betts

TalkToTheGlock
08-30-2012, 16:50
Buckethead

Jason Becker

Peter Lindgren (Opeth)

Rustin
08-30-2012, 20:29
Danny Gatton for sure.

Telecaster Master.

Danny Gatton - Harlem Nocturne - YouTube

427
08-30-2012, 21:13
Eric Bell

Thin Lizzy - The Rocker (Berlin 18-09-1973) - YouTube

Along with under-rated drummer, Brian Downey.

And Phil

Little Joe
08-30-2012, 22:37
Dick Wagner.

He played guitar with Steve Hunter on Lou Reed's Rock N Roll Animal.
Aerosmith's "Train Kept A Rollin" from Get Your Wings.
Kiss - Destroyer
Alice Cooper - Many Many of Alice Coopers hits.

Top tier in-demand session player.

Check out this discography.

http://www.wagnermusic.com/discography.htm

tooexcessive
08-31-2012, 14:07
Kim Simmonds-Savoy Brown Band

barbedwiresmile
08-31-2012, 14:39
Junior Brown

tooexcessive
08-31-2012, 14:53
Oh Yeah, I forgot Martin Barre-Jethro Tull and Alvin Lee-Ten Years After...There are soooo many more.

Ironbar
08-31-2012, 15:04
http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/tourbooks/rollthebones-28-ss.jpg (http://www.cygnus-x1.net/links/rush/images/tourbooks/rollthebones-28.jpg)

Alex Lifeson is NOT underrated. He is the standard to which most professional players aspire.

Ironbar
08-31-2012, 15:10
My pick would be Kyle Gass of Tenacious D:

Tenacious D Live KG's Heavy Metal Power Solo - YouTube

FF to 2:11

madh4ttr
08-31-2012, 18:56
To name a few, these guitarists are all, I wouldnt say underrated but more unknown. Well, some are underrated. Arika, if you havent seen him live, is like Japans EVH

Arika Takasaki-Loudness
Mick Mars-Motley Crue
Nuno Bettancort-Extreme
Reb Beach-Winger
Brad Whitford-Aerosmith
Vito Bratta-White Lion

madh4ttr
08-31-2012, 19:11
Question for the Guitar players/aficiando's:

Why do older players who have passed on still remain high on all-time lists? (Hendrix specifically). Have none of their contemporaries improved? Do you actually stop improving once you learn guitar? It seems like other guitar players could improve and leave them behind, or were the older players that far ahead of everyone else?
Every person who plays guitar, has something special of their own to offer. Many that seem like prodigies have a short life or like Jason Becker, a short playing life. You never actually learn the guitar. Their is always room to improve. Always something new to learn. Even after 30+ years, I am still learning.

Bren
09-01-2012, 07:12
Junior Brown

Yep, pretty awesome.

Coughee Shop
09-01-2012, 10:15
A personal friend of mine, Ben Lacy:

http://youtu.be/_dSSL-bq3FQ

http://youtu.be/ZFbsOiF-C4M

http://youtu.be/y3poiVuGEX0

http://youtu.be/c2k6uFonWlI

Jay9928
11-04-2012, 15:49
Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser