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    Posted: July 01 2011 at 20:57
Who is your favorite prog guitarists? Give me your list

1. Steve Howe-Nobody melded more styles of music into rock than Steve.
2. Alex Lifeson-Subtle rhythms and ferocious leads, what else can you say?
3. Steve Hackett-His solos were slow and emotional and he hardly ever got a solo, but he could rip your head off with his skill (Dancing with the Moonlit Knight is a good example).


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 00:29
1. Steve Morse
2. John Petrucci
3. David Gilmour
4. Jan Akkerman
5. Kerry Livgren
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 01:06
I think I get the most enjoyment from listening to Steve Howe although I'm not sure if he was better than Jan Akkeman or Steve Hackett who are perhaps technically a notch better.
 
Of the heavier guitarists I am very fond of Leslie West (Mountain). Big character!
 
Chris Fry (Magenta) and Mike Holmes (IQ) have also impressed me when I've seen their respective bands play live.
 
Mike Oldfield is also one of the best although his work as an artist sort of overshadows his brilliance as a guitarist so he often gets overlooked.
 
I also like Stephen Caudel who has made some very pleasing new age stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 01:06
Fred Frith absolutely slaughters just about anybody else.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 03:31
I think that Trey Spruance is a very good guitarist/musician/songwriter. He doesn't do flashy music perhaps but very original and interresting. He is a master when it comes to making melodies. Just check out the later Secret Chiefs 3 albums. Think he has been working with John Zorn also.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 05:22
John Petrucci - easily the best technical guitarist possibly ever
Andy Latimer - the feeling the man can produce from a guitar is at times unbelievable
Steve Hackett - One of the engines behind the brilliant period of what is arguably the best prog band of its or any        other time.
David Gilmour - what needs to be said.
Steve Rothery - similarly to Latimer the man has the touch
Gary Moore - he aint prog but hell - one of the best of all time
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 07:28
Steve Morse
Steve Hackett
David Gilmour
Gary Green
Robert Fripp
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 18:57
My top 3 are - in no particular order:

Steve Hackett

Andy Latimer

Roine Stolt

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 20:03
Eddy Marron-most famous for his involvement in jazz/rock-krautrock group Dzyan

Dirk Steffens-some of his work is progressive, like Birth Control-Rebirth, while his solo albums are what you could label as hard rock

Leigh Stephens-love his work in Blue Cheer and Silver Metre-not really prog, but love it nonetheless

John Mclaughlin-my favorites are his more aggressive and rockish recordings, like Devotion, Inner Mounting Flame, Trio of Doom
 
Wolf Hoffmann-not prog really, but love his playing in the early Accept recordings

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 20:12
i had also meant to mention Tony Bourge of Budgie-awesome!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 21:47
Mike Holmes deserves another mention.  
Just give it all an hour by the concrete lake.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 22:14
Not in order:
1.Stephen Hackett
2.Alex Lifeson
3.Steve Howe
4.Robert Fripp
5.Mike Oldfield

and not Prog but Prog related imo, 6.Billy Corgan


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 22:33
John Mitchell (It Bites, Arena, John Wetton Band, Kino etc.) is all too often overlooked. All the names mentioned so far are indisputable greats, but John is pretty damn good too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 23:06
Martin Barre is the coolest. i love his Iommi type screams from his guitar. Such a cool sound and style.
Latimer is the nicest. Such a smooth sound
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 02 2011 at 23:15
1. Robert Fripp
2. Steve Howe
3. Fred Firth
4. Frank Zappa
5. Toby Driver

It is sometimes difficult to separate prog rock guitar from hard rock guitar. My choices, I feel, use their instruments in a manner that exuberates creativity.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2011 at 00:46
My list:

  1. Steve Hackett: The most emotional, he's as technical as the best ones and by far the more versatile.
  2. David Gilmour: His solos were aggressive and emotional.
  3. Jan Akkerman: Brilliant, and dramatic
  4. Steve Howe: Hard to beat, but IMO not the best.
  5. Carlos Santana: The perfect balance between technique and emotion.
  6. John Mc'Loughlin: More technical than all the previous, but a bit soulless IMHO.
  7. Yngwee Malmsteen: I believe he's Prog Related at the worst, and incredibly skilled
  8. Rich Williams: Criminally underrated
  9. Robert Fripp: Great but not the god many believe (IMO of course)
  10. Brian May: Unique
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2011 at 01:22
Robert Fripp, defined the idea of guitar as an ensemble instrument in prog, rather than merely the choice instrument of riffs and solos.

Steve Hackett....very smooth and elegant technique and so emotional, never sounding, well, 'too perfect'.  One of  the best soloists in prog along with...

David Gilmour.  Hmmm, self explanatory.

Andrew Latimer...similar to Hackett in many ways, just not so adventurous or unique. Kind of seems to be in the shadow of jazz-rock guitarists along with major influences of rock like Blackmore, Gilmour but still is always a pleasure to listen to. 

Johnny Greenwood, simply amazing with textures.  Textures that are also often harmonically interesting and serve as a great device of development and not just something that sounds good. 

Steve Howe - I don't like his guitar tone at all, but the question is about greatest and I can't possibly leave him out. 





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2011 at 01:47
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Fred Frith absolutely slaughters just about anybody else.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 03 2011 at 05:05
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Fred Frith absolutely slaughters just about anybody else.


All that tells me is that you over-use hyperbole.

Explain how and why and make this ubiquitous thread worthwhile.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 05 2011 at 16:54
Zappa ftw. I can't believe I'm the first to put him on here. His compositions and playing were unlike anybody in the late 60's and he remained at the top for decades. He surpassed everyone in the originality department to boot.

Fripp is going to be my runner up. The innovator of the early progressive guitar sound. He came from outer space and his playing came from further out. So many people have been trying to replicate his style since the beginning, especially with recent bands like The Mars Volta.

If McLaughlin had kept his intensity (and original lineup) with MO, I'd actually take McLaughlin. He really ventured into other styles of music like World fusion and hard bop, which doesn't quite fall into the "prog" category. Having said that, I'll take McLaughlin as my all-time favorite guitarist with Zappa, Hendrix, Scofield, and Kurt Rosenwinkel close behind.


Nevermind about the Zappa comment, looks like Tengent mentioned him. Still though, Zappa only came to mind for 2 people? Really??


Edited by EchidnasArf - July 05 2011 at 16:58
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