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    Posted: July 11 2019 at 14:18
Time for another T5.

1. Piotr Grudzinski (Riverside)
2. Brett Kull (Echolyn)
3. Mike Keneally (Zappa, solo)
4. Phil Miller (Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North)
5. John Mitchell (Arena, Frost*, Lonely Robot)


Edited by Grumpyprogfan - July 11 2019 at 14:23
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1. Allan Holdsworth - Bruford, UK , Solo
2. Steve Morse - Dregs, Kansas, Deep Purple
3. Steve Rothery - Marillion
4. Mike Rutherford - Genesis 
5. Michael Dunford - Renaissance

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Grumpyprogfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2019 at 14:44
Allan and Steve are in my top 5 of all time, but underrated?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Argo2112 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2019 at 14:56
Not really underrated , maybe just not as well known as some others. (Howe, Hackett, Fripp, Zappa...) 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fischman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2019 at 15:31
Originally posted by Argo2112 Argo2112 wrote:

1. Allan Holdsworth - Bruford, UK , Solo
2. Steve Morse - Dregs, Kansas, Deep Purple
3. Steve Rothery - Marillion
4. Mike Rutherford - Genesis 
5. Michael Dunford - Renaissance


I LOVE Morse.  Dude can do (and has done) it all.  But he's hardly underrated.  He's got more "best guitarist" poll wins than anyone else I know of (from various current year polls, not necessarily "best ever" polls which are invariably carried by Jimi Hendrix).  And for his resume, must include his solo/Steve Morse Band work, which rivals or beats any of the listed groups, as well as his most recent gig with Flying Colors.  

Holdsworth is another one who may be underrated in the sense that he's not a household name, but is held in highest esteem by aficionados and fellow musicians. 
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How about Rabin? He probably has a higher actual quality than perceived quality, which is one way to define “underrated.”
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^ A consummate professional.

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Jan Akkerman (Focus, Solo)
Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Solo)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull, Solo)
Roine Stolt (Transatlantic, Flower Kings, The Tangent, Fantasia, Kalpa, Agents of Mercy, The Sea Within, Anderson/Stolt, Solo)
and yes.... Alex Lifeson!
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Alex is in my top 5 of all time killer guitarists, but too well know to be underrated.

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Scott Henderson
Shawn Lane
Bjorn Riis (Airbag)
Nick Barret (Pendragon)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fischman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2019 at 18:20
Well known doesn't mean he gets the accolades he's deserved.  He's not often in the convo for best ever discussions, so to me that means underrated.  
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Jean Dorais (Octobre)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 11 2019 at 21:58
Originally posted by patrickq patrickq wrote:

How about Rabin? He probably has a higher actual quality than perceived quality, which is one way to define “underrated.”

he's technically good but not original ---and doesn't have the feeling a great original prog guitarist should have..nor the rock a great rock guitarist should have--he's not Howe or Van Halen.Smile
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I'm a jazz-rock fusion fan at heart, so my list includes:

a) John Goodsall of Brand X 
b) Frank Gambale of Chick Corea's band
c) Daryl Stuermer of Jean Luc Ponty & Genesis 
d) Shawn Lane, RIP 
e) Peter Banks, RIP 


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Michael Karoli
Roger Trigaux
Mike Rutherford
Jan Akkerman
Phil Manzanera
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1. Stephen Caudel
2. Mike Holmes (IQ)
3. Edgar Froese
4. Chris Fry (Magenta)
5. John Mitchell

I'm sure there are others and it will annoy me that I forgot about them!


Edited by richardh - July 12 2019 at 00:19
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In no particular order:
Russ Ballard (Argent)
Franco Mussida (PFM)
Sándor Cziránku (Barbaro)
Robbie Krieger (the Doors)
David Byrne (Talking Heads)
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1. John Goodsall
2. Steve Rothery
3. Frank Bornemann
PROGMATIC
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Martin Barre, Franco Mussida, Mick Box, Niels Van Der Steenhoven and Tomi Bolin. 
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Tony MacAlpine
Larry Carlton
Greg Howe
Earl Klugh (needs more notice for his electric guitar playing - if you can find it)
Richie Kotzen
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