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    Seeing Myles make mention of under-appreciated guitarists in another thread, it immediately occurred to me that the most under-appreciated guitarist of whom I can think is Davey Johnstone, Elton John's longtime guitarist. Have you ever heard one guitarist mention Mr. Johnstone as an influence? I've haven't yet.

    So who is your under-appreciated guitarist?
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    Clarence White (1944-1973) who revolutionized two entirely different styles of guitar playing. In bluegrass he took Doc Watson's speed and precision and added unpredictable (at the time) syncopated runs that set the style widely followed ever since by such greats as Tony Rice, Russ Barenberg, and David Grier, among countless others. In country electric guitar, he invented the note bender that allowed him to get pedal steel sounds from his Telecaster. You can hear his influence in practically every country-rock record recorded since his untimely death. Most of you who don't recognize the name might remember his work as lead guitarist for the Byrds from 1968-71. His style was always clean and unmistakeable. I think I have everything he ever recorded and he never missed a note and never ceased to amaze.

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    • #3
      I can't think of any at this moment, but I thought Myles was spot-on with regard to Lindsay Buckingham. Never really thought about Davey Johnstone as being one, but your comment about no one ever mentioning him is a valid one.
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      • #4
        Tommy Bolin could fit this bill. I bought his Teaser album in the 70's. It had an eclectic mix of players and styles including Jan Hammer, David Sanborn and Jeff Porcaro. He played lead guitar on Billy Cobham's Spectrum album(Jazz Fusion, Rock) He also played with other jazz artists and fusion jazz artists. His second solo album-Private Eyes was also very good. Not as diverse as Teaser. Previous to this, Tommy Bolin replaced Joe Walsh with the James Gang for two albums(Joe went solo & left the band) He also filled in for Richie Blackmore at Deep Purple for the Album Come Taste The Band. Unfortunately, he passed from a drug overdose at age 25. Very smooth, flowing guitar style. One of my favorites from my teenage years in the 1970's.

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        • mkuller
          mkuller commented
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          I first saw Tommy Bolin playing with a local band, Zephyr, in about 1968 when I was in school in Boulder.

        • Hawk
          Hawk commented
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          That would have been cool. 1968 he was really young. Boulder must have been fun in the late 60's!

      • #5
        Bruce Cockburn
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        • Hawk
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          I saw Bruce Cockburn live at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He was excellent. Good choice

      • #6
        Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
        Never really thought about Davey Johnstone as being one, but your comment about no one ever mentioning him is a valid one.
        I can't imagine Elton's earlier albums, especially Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, without Johnstone's contributions
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        • #7
          What about Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow)? Yes, he is pretty well known but only rarely mentioned together with really great guitarists like for example Hendrix, Beck and Page. Is that fair?

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          • Hawk
            Hawk commented
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            Nice choice. Very memorable riffs from both Deep Purple and Rainbow. In particular, Rainbow reminds me of when MTV actually played music

        • #8
          David Meniketti from Y&T

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          • #9
            Steve Hackett. I don't think I've ever heard his name come up in a discussion of great guitarists, yet his work in the Gabriel era Genesis was out of this world. Never one for showing off with excessive speed, just wonderful tone, and a crazy sense of making their music work. Then again, I think Phil Collins was one of the most underrated drummers in rock, too.
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            • Rob
              Rob commented
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              AFAIK Jim Keltner gets the credit for the percussionist most widely associated with creating the original drum machine sound.

            • Steve Lefkowicz
              Steve Lefkowicz commented
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              Collins does seem to get more respect now than he did twenty years ago. I've been a huge fan since first hearing Nursury Cryme.

            • jonathanb
              jonathanb commented
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              There does seem to be something in the air…

          • #10
            Since we've headed toward Prog-ville, I'll add Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music to the fray. His solo albums are superb and 801 Live is one of my desert island live recordings.
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            • Johnny Vinyl
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              Another fine choice. And his playing with David Gilmour is not too shabby either.

          • #11
            Terry Kath, the original guitar player for Chicago. When Jimi Hendrix was asked who he admired as a guitar player, he said it was Terry Kath.
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            • #12
              Joe Walsh is my favorite although some appreciate him. Alvin Lee and Robin Trower come to mind.

              I think George Harrison is underappreciated (like Ringo as a drummer) - when I listen to the Beatles from different albums I am always amazed at the different styles of playing he uses.
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              • mep
                mep commented
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                George Harrison was great, but I'm not sure he was under appreciated.

            • #13
              Originally posted by mkuller View Post
              Joe Walsh is my favorite although some appreciate him. Alvin Lee and Robin Trower come to mind.
              Loved Alvin Lee (Ten Years After era) and Robin Trower, and thought they were underappreciated too.
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              • #14
                I am going to go obscure on this one. How about Ramblin' Jack Elliot whose finger picking style influenced numerous younger guitarists such as Arlo Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Donovan, among many others.
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                • #15
                  Originally posted by dirmae View Post
                  David Meniketti from Y&T
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