Underrated and overrated guitarists

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Which guitarists do you think are overrated and which ones are underrated? Please stay away from 'he sucks' I think this thread will be interesting if you bring good reasons...

I would say one of the most overrated guitarists ever is Kirk HAMMETT from Metallica... He uses techniques but he seems not to master them (timing sometimes off, not always perfectly executed with ringing open strings for example) I wouldn't mind if that guy wasn't voted 'Best guitarist' by every mag that has 'guitar' on its cover. But there are guitarist that could take his spot, come up with solos that sound as good as his, and maybe be a little more creative...(Steve MORSE is one of them, and he doesn't get half as much recognition...)

Underrated: Well, his friend, James Hetfield. That guy is an amazing rhythm player, nothing new here, but he can play awesome solos, in a LOT of styles, including country!! And it's him that makes the sound of metallica, one of rock's most influential band ever.
Also, all the guys in the studios that could chop everyone's head off with any guitar, anywhere, in any style... I had this tape by Tommy TEDESCO, and WOW, talk about polyvalence and technique!!! Well, there are lots of them out there!
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Which guitarists do you think are overrated and which ones are underrated? Please stay away from 'he sucks' I think this thread will be interesting if you bring good reasons...

I would say one of the most overrated guitarists ever is Kirk HAMMETT from Metallica... He uses techniques but he seems not to master them (timing sometimes off, not always perfectly executed with ringing open strings for example) I wouldn't mind if that guy wasn't voted 'Best guitarist' by every mag that has 'guitar' on its cover. But there are guitarist that could take his spot, come up with solos that sound as good as his, and maybe be a little more creative...(Steve MORSE is one of them, and he doesn't get half as much recognition...)

Underrated: Well, his friend, James Hetfield. That guy is an amazing rhythm player, nothing new here, but he can play awesome solos, in a LOT of styles, including country!! And it's him that makes the sound of metallica, one of rock's most influential band ever.
Also, all the guys in the studios that could chop everyone's head off with any guitar, anywhere, in any style... I had this tape by Tommy TEDESCO, and WOW, talk about polyvalence and technique!!! Well, there are lots of them out there!
http://www.lalimace.net

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over/under

over=Ace F.KISS Even i play that good.
under=Zakk W. He contiues to WOW me. And his live
stuff! he's a well rounded player for sure.:cool:
Rock-n-Roll 4 Ever
:cool: Jack 7

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over/under

over=Ace F.KISS Even i play that good.
under=Zakk W. He contiues to WOW me. And his live
stuff! he's a well rounded player for sure.:cool:
Rock-n-Roll 4 Ever
:cool: Jack 7

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over: kirk hammet, maybe yngwie malmsteen but im not sure anymore..
under: keith richards, malcolm young, james hetfield, ritchie blackmore (he is the most underated player ever), S.R.V, who became popular in europe only after his death
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over: kirk hammet, maybe yngwie malmsteen but im not sure anymore..
under: keith richards, malcolm young, james hetfield, ritchie blackmore (he is the most underated player ever), S.R.V, who became popular in europe only after his death
"They think im crazy..
but i know better.
It is not I who am crazy.
It is I who am mad.."

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over: I have to say Kirk Hammet

under: I'm into powermetal and you barely hear from those guys. I know the style may not be everyones cup of tea but there are some really good guitarists. A lot of them are equals to malmsteen in speed. Well, that may be the problem. too much speed, sometimes not enough heart. Anyway I think we will find the most underated guitarists in the not so popular styles.

People seems to rate guitarists based on popularity. From what I've seen, the always present contest "who's the best guitarist" should be renamed "who's the most popular". Would Krik Hammet be on the list if he wasn't so popular! Was he consider one of the best when Ride the lightning came out.

I have to agree with Lalimace on Steve Morse. Try to listen to his remake of "Joy to the World" and you'll see.

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over: I have to say Kirk Hammet

under: I'm into powermetal and you barely hear from those guys. I know the style may not be everyones cup of tea but there are some really good guitarists. A lot of them are equals to malmsteen in speed. Well, that may be the problem. too much speed, sometimes not enough heart. Anyway I think we will find the most underated guitarists in the not so popular styles.

People seems to rate guitarists based on popularity. From what I've seen, the always present contest "who's the best guitarist" should be renamed "who's the most popular". Would Krik Hammet be on the list if he wasn't so popular! Was he consider one of the best when Ride the lightning came out.

I have to agree with Lalimace on Steve Morse. Try to listen to his remake of "Joy to the World" and you'll see.

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I'd put David Gilmour on the underrated list. He hardly ever did anything fast, but the technique and emotion of his playing always amazed me.

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I'd put David Gilmour on the underrated list. He hardly ever did anything fast, but the technique and emotion of his playing always amazed me.

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Most guitarists who I would consider overrated I dont listen to much of their stuff so I wouldnt really be able to say.

Underrated though:

Marc Bolan (T Rex) - Great rhythm player, so of his ideas were very innovative. Pity he died so young.

George Harrison (Beatles) - The most underrated guitarist, musician and songwriter ever. Proof is that Frank Sinatra(phoney bastid that he is) used to introduce his version of George's Beatles song "Something" as "his favourite Lennon/McCartney song ever.

Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) - Something alot of guitarists dont understand is his genius. Funnily enough, his biggest fans and biggest critics are all guitarists - the critics usually made up of lead-minded players(but not all mind you)

Robby Krieger (Doors) - Great classically-styled guitarist guitarist. Very underrated but his solo from "Five To One" has been ripped off by KISS and Pearl Jam.

and
Noel Gallagher (Oasis) - Why am I the only one who thinks he is a good guitarist? He can solo, thats for sure. And he can sing and play, sing and solo at the same time(which we all know can be really tricky). which is better than alot of people can do.
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Most guitarists who I would consider overrated I dont listen to much of their stuff so I wouldnt really be able to say.

Underrated though:

Marc Bolan (T Rex) - Great rhythm player, so of his ideas were very innovative. Pity he died so young.

George Harrison (Beatles) - The most underrated guitarist, musician and songwriter ever. Proof is that Frank Sinatra(phoney bastid that he is) used to introduce his version of George's Beatles song "Something" as "his favourite Lennon/McCartney song ever.

Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) - Something alot of guitarists dont understand is his genius. Funnily enough, his biggest fans and biggest critics are all guitarists - the critics usually made up of lead-minded players(but not all mind you)

Robby Krieger (Doors) - Great classically-styled guitarist guitarist. Very underrated but his solo from "Five To One" has been ripped off by KISS and Pearl Jam.

and
Noel Gallagher (Oasis) - Why am I the only one who thinks he is a good guitarist? He can solo, thats for sure. And he can sing and play, sing and solo at the same time(which we all know can be really tricky). which is better than alot of people can do.
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http://www.izzystradlin.tk/

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a lot of people may hate me for this but Eric Clapton is definetly way over rated.

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a lot of people may hate me for this but Eric Clapton is definetly way over rated.

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by chris mood
a lot of people may hate me for this but Eric Clapton is definetly way over rated. [/QUOTE]

I have thought the same way for years, I guess he is now, but in his time, he was a genius (I guess), the guy has understood blues like noone, and he was a white british guy!! But it always makes me laugh whan anyone tells me I'm amazing because I can play "tears in heaven" while they don't give a shoot about my 24th caprice...
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by chris mood
a lot of people may hate me for this but Eric Clapton is definetly way over rated. [/QUOTE]

I have thought the same way for years, I guess he is now, but in his time, he was a genius (I guess), the guy has understood blues like noone, and he was a white british guy!! But it always makes me laugh whan anyone tells me I'm amazing because I can play "tears in heaven" while they don't give a shoot about my 24th caprice...
http://www.lalimace.net

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Over-Rated, Well I have to say most of the "Speed" guys, they are just too, one dimensional, if they even put vocals on the album, the songs are pretty lame, just not my cup of tea for more than about 5 minutes

Way Under-Rated, guys like Jeff Baxter,Rick Derringer, Jimmie Johnson, Steve Cropper, they have played on hundreds of albums, for many different and diverse artists, for many years, they know when to play and when not to play, how to play soft and loud, they add something to the music, just about everybody has heard something they have played on, but don't have any idea of who played the guitar on it, I salute the unsung heroes..............

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Over-Rated, Well I have to say most of the "Speed" guys, they are just too, one dimensional, if they even put vocals on the album, the songs are pretty lame, just not my cup of tea for more than about 5 minutes

Way Under-Rated, guys like Jeff Baxter,Rick Derringer, Jimmie Johnson, Steve Cropper, they have played on hundreds of albums, for many different and diverse artists, for many years, they know when to play and when not to play, how to play soft and loud, they add something to the music, just about everybody has heard something they have played on, but don't have any idea of who played the guitar on it, I salute the unsung heroes..............

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One guy I would like to mention and include as under-rated is Peter Frampton, if he would have never recorded anything but "Comes Alive", I would still say he's a great player, he was always very melodic, and fluid in his playing, could improvise well, wrote some cool songs and has a good voice.......

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One More Straw

One guy I would like to mention and include as under-rated is Peter Frampton, if he would have never recorded anything but "Comes Alive", I would still say he's a great player, he was always very melodic, and fluid in his playing, could improvise well, wrote some cool songs and has a good voice.......