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    Eddie Van Halen
    Allan Holdsworth
    Steve Vai
    Al Dimeola
    Joe Satriani
    Fashion your life as a garland of good deeds.

    - Buddha

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRvh1 View Post
    I know 9 out of the 11 names you posted after your favorite players.
    Did you know Shawn Lane? EVERYBODY should know Shawn Lane!

    Around 1979, Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas was looking for a new guitar player. It's purely my speculation, but I'm guessing he saw David Lee Roth dressing like him and thought, "That guy's just ripping me off, except he's teamed up with some prodigy guitar player! Fuck that guy! I'll show him!" So he found Shawn Lane in Memphis.

    Shawn was just 14 years old and there was, touring with Black Oak Arkansas. Unfortunately he developed health problems, and the medication he had to take caused him to gain a massive amount of weight. He kept playing, though, and made a cult following for himself. Unfortunately I think he died before he even reached 30.

    But just watch this guy's stuff. While everyone cheers glittery pretty boys that couldn't string his guitar, Shawn plays like his fingers are going to fly off!


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    Clint Strong I became aware of because of Merle Haggard. I was watching this old early `80's Merle Haggard DVD I had bought for my Dad, and I was thinking, "Man...this guitar player sure throws in some cool, jazzy lines. " So I looked him up, and ran his name by the friend of mine who's a fusion nut and knows all the player's players. He said, "Oh, yeah. Clint Strong can play any style and blow everyone away at it."

    I looked him up and found where he'd done this jam with Billy Sheehan.


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    Depends if songwriting comes into play or not.

    In terms of pure guitar playing:

    EVH
    Satriani
    Vai
    Gary Moore
    Little Dreamer

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyBoy View Post
    Clint Strong I became aware of because of Merle Haggard. I was watching this old early `80's Merle Haggard DVD I had bought for my Dad, and I was thinking, "Man...this guitar player sure throws in some cool, jazzy lines. " So I looked him up, and ran his name by the friend of mine who's a fusion nut and knows all the player's players. He said, "Oh, yeah. Clint Strong can play any style and blow everyone away at it."

    I looked him up and found where he'd done this jam with Billy Sheehan.

    I can't believe somebody mentioned Clint Strong on this site.

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    There are so many:

    Jimmy Page

    Ronni Le Tekro

    Vai

    Yngwie

    Blackmore

    Schenker

    Joe Walsh

    Joe Perry

    Chris Poland

    SRV, Johnny Winter, all the great blues rockers...Walter Trout....

    Ace Frehley

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    There are so many:

    Jimmy Page

    Ronni Le Tekro

    Vai

    Yngwie

    Blackmore

    Schenker

    Joe Walsh

    Joe Perry

    Chris Poland

    SRV, Johnny Winter, all the great blues rockers...Walter Trout....

    Ace Frehley
    You only get four dude. That's how many are on Mt. Rushmore.

    Show some gumption and pick 4.
    The only genre I really know is Van Halen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtyBoy View Post
    Did you know Shawn Lane? EVERYBODY should know Shawn Lane!

    Around 1979, Jim Dandy of Black Oak Arkansas was looking for a new guitar player. It's purely my speculation, but I'm guessing he saw David Lee Roth dressing like him and thought, "That guy's just ripping me off, except he's teamed up with some prodigy guitar player! Fuck that guy! I'll show him!" So he found Shawn Lane in Memphis.

    Shawn was just 14 years old and there was, touring with Black Oak Arkansas. Unfortunately he developed health problems, and the medication he had to take caused him to gain a massive amount of weight. He kept playing, though, and made a cult following for himself. Unfortunately I think he died before he even reached 30.

    But just watch this guy's stuff. While everyone cheers glittery pretty boys that couldn't string his guitar, Shawn plays like his fingers are going to fly off!

    I've certainly heard of him and have checked out some videos.
    Mega-talented!

    Wasn't there a story told by Billy Gibbons, that when he first saw Sean play, he (Billy) almost fell off his seat?
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    "Van Halen was never about the singer..." - a very wise fan.
    "Embrace the past. Live in the moment but keep your eyes on the future, and keep on moving forward..." - Richie Sambora

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    EVH
    SRV
    Page

    then either Clapton (although almost everything post-Dominoes has bored me) or Hendrix.

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    Gotta make a strong case for Lester..



    This image popped up in a search. I'd replace the two in the middle, but..
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    For me it would be

    Eddie
    Randy
    Nuno
    And the vacuum salesman who has an entire thread dedicated to him in the guitar forum

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    Jimmy Page - riff master and studio wizard
    EVH - changed how guitars are played and made
    Roy Clark - if it had strings, he could play it, better than anyone
    Les Paul - started modern guitar playing AND manufacturing
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

    Emperor Brett - "I can't believe you guys are analyzing song-by-song Van Halen III? What next, analyzing the script of Stroker Ace looking for some shred of Citizen Kane?"

    David Lee Roth did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it!

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    Hurricane Halen - Let's all gingery touch our sword tips!!!

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    As far as players that I think are the foundation of guitar playing, my Mount Rushmore is:

    BB King
    Chuck Berry
    Jimi Hendrix
    Eddie Van Halen
    Honorable mention: Ritchie Blackmore

    As far as guys that made me want to play:

    Joe Perry (though I'm not sure anymore what he actually played on those '70's Aerosmith albums)
    Jimmy Page
    Alex Lifeson
    Eddie Van Halen
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    Quote Originally Posted by salg View Post
    List your Mount Rushmore of guitar players. Could be your favorites...or if you play guitar who influenced you the most or whatever. Mine would be;

    EVH
    Joe Satriani
    Tony Iommi
    Randy Rhodes
    Why is it so hard to spell Rhoads?

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    EVH
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    Right here I say....

 

 

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