I tend to prefer folk-based guitarists, whether acoustic or electric. IMHO, the finest guitarist in folk/rock/pop circles over the past 40 years is Richard Thompson. Other guitarists that I think are outstanding are Leo Kottke, the late Bert Jansch and Jim/Roger McGuinn of the Byrds (master of the electric 12-string).
David Gilmour Joe Satriani Bernhard Beibl (Tangerine Dream) Maxxess Mads Eriksen The Edge Trevor Rabin Michael Thompson (Miami Vice Season 5)
Michael Thompson, probably AOR Michael Thompson Band. Didn't know he used to play with Tim Truman
Oh yes. I found it out in an old Keyboard Magazine interview with Truman. Then I found Thompson on Facebook, where we talked a bit about his involvment on Miami Vice. His guitar work in season 5 is brilliant.
If you've never heard/seen Andy McKee, you are missing out.
The embedded video ("Drifting") was probably the piece that "put him on the map," so to speak, a few years back. But he's got dozens of amazing songs and amazing performances out there.
Last year, I saw him open for (prog heavyweights) Dream Theater in southern California, and this guy was unbelievable. It was just him, a stool, and a guitar- he doesn't even have a guitar tech! Most of the crowd (myself included) had no idea who this random guy was. He just started playing "Hunter's Moon," our jaws hit the floor, and we all sat there stunned and spellbound for the next 45 minutes. I'd never seen/heard anything like it. I'm now a huge fan.
JOHN NORUM GEORGE LYNCH ALEX SKOLNICK AKIRA TAKASAKI AL PITRELLI CHRIS CAFFERY
Has anyone looked at any of those GREATEST guitar players of all time polls ? Not that they are scientific, but they are interesting to read. Interesting which ones are one the list, and which ones have been left off.
I saw two Steve Vai concerts a couple of weeks ago in Japan, and I'm still on a high. The second show was in Yokohama and was in a much smaller venue than the Tokyo show, and as a result I was lucky enough to be pretty much in the front row. It really something special to be able to watch Steve do his thing from a couple of meters away. He winked at me during one of freaky guitar solos.. thanks Steve^^