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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_c_music View Post
    Rik Emmett
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    I hvane't seen many live shows, so I'll just list the one that for me is definitely at the top of this small list...Robert Fripp.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Ronnie Montrose - once solo, once with Gamma, once with the Tubes
    Whoa. Which album was Ronnie touring for, Open Fire?

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    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    David Gilmour
    Johnny Winter
    Jimmy Page
    Al Di Meola
    Robin Trower
    Eric Clapton
    Tony Iommi
    Carlos Santana
    Ritchie Blackmore
    Martin Barre
    Jonny Lang
    Buddy Guy
    B.B. King
    Bonnie Raitt
    Frank Zappa
    Joe Satriani
    Eric Johnson
    Kenny Wayne Shepherd
    Zakk Wylde
    Steve Hackett
    Steve Howe
    Eddie Van Halen
    Leslie West
    Billy Gibbons
    Buck Dharma
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post

    Ralph Towner
    Will also deserve a mention if a similar thread for pianists is posted.

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    I ain't going to make a whole list; several of the ones above. The only one I'll name here, because I don't see him above:

    Roy Harper
    Now that you mention him, I never saw Roy, but I did see his amazing son Nick Harper - hell of a guitarist.
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    I saw Rik Emmet and Jeff Healey too, now that you mention them.

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    Damn, some of you guys have seen some incredible players/shows. The one Iím surprised I didnít see here was Terry Kath of Chicago. He was a beast.

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    Whoa. Which album was Ronnie touring for, Open Fire?
    Yep. Awesome show.

    With the Tubes, he only played two songs as part of their encore (which irritated me because he was one of the headliners: the show was advertised as "Robin Williams, Todd Rundgren, Ronnie Montrose, and the Tubes"): "Town without Pity" - which the Tubes had done previously as part of their act, with vocals - and a slow, burning blues version of WPoD.
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    Damn, some of you guys have seen some incredible players/shows. The one I’m surprised I didn’t see here was Terry Kath of Chicago. He was a beast.
    Please see Post #24.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    Yep. Awesome show.

    With the Tubes, he only played two songs as part of their encore (which irritated me because he was one of the headliners: the show was advertised as "Robin Williams, Todd Rundgren, Ronnie Montrose, and the Tubes"): "Town without Pity" - which the Tubes had done previously as part of their act, with vocals - and a slow, burning blues version of WPoD.
    Open Fire is awesome, a "guitar album" before Shrapnel made them a thing in the mid-'80s. I love The Speed of Sound, too (first bought it on cassette).

    And Gamma, of course.

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    A few off the top of my head...

    Allan Holdsworth
    John McLaughlin
    Mike Keneally
    Ralph Towner
    James McGaw
    Steve Hackett
    Robert Fripp
    David Gilmore (not the Pink Floyd guy, the M-Base jazz guy)
    Jan Zehrfeld
    Paco De Lucia
    Alex Machacek
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    Also adding :
    Greg Howe
    Alex Machacek ( although it was with "UK" )
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Tony MacAlpine
    Chris Poland ( with Ohm, not Megadeath )
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    Chris Poland
    Most people don't realize how good Poland truly is. I have everything he's done, from Damn the Machine to Ohm and solo. He recently released a new one (one track is dedicated to Nick Menza).

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    Frank Marino
    Jerry Garcia
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Eric Johnson
    Jeff Beck
    Steve Hillage
    Steve Hackett
    Steve Howe
    Steve Morse
    Steve Stevens
    Adrian Belew
    Bob Fripp
    Dr Brian May
    Roye Albrighton
    David Torn
    David Gilmour
    Dickey Betts
    Warren Haynes
    Pat Metheny
    Buck Dharma
    Al DiMeola
    Tony Iommi
    Akira Takasaki
    Uli Jon Roth
    Michael Schenker
    Mathias Jabs
    Allan Holdsworth
    Rik Emmett
    James MacCaw
    Roy Harper (I don't really think of him as a "guitarist" so much as a "singer/songwriter who plays guitar", but since someone else mentioend him up thread, I'm going to include him

    I mean, this feels more like just a laundry list of my favorite guitarists (minus the ones I've never seen live, e.g. Blackmore, Trower, Towner, Rypdal, etc)
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    One I haven't seen mentioned:

    Ian Bairnson

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    re: Ronnie Montrose

    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    Open Fire is awesome, a "guitar album" before Shrapnel made them a thing in the mid-'80s. I love The Speed of Sound, too (first bought it on cassette).
    I feel like a total dope whenever anyone mentions Ronnie, because i've been aware of him for 37 years now, but I've never really heard much of his music.

    I read about him in the September 1983 issue of Guitar Player. I remember there was this photo of him playing this big Gretsch guitar, which was his main axe at the time. So my initial impression was that he was some kind of rockabilly guy or something. Course, I started reading the article, and then I saw the photos of his stage rig (he had this pedal board with like a half dozen CV pedals that he used to control the digital delays in his his effects rack) and of him playing with the the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, I think it was. Obviously, he wasn't a rockabilly guy.

    But anyway...so I remember in this article they were talking about Town Without Pity, and they asked him how close it came to "breaking" i.e. how close did it come being a hit, and he said very close, but he was foiled by Chuck Mangione, who released Feels So Good right about the same time, and as Ronnie put it, "How can you have two instrumentals at the same radio station? At least, that's the line they gave me".

    The other thing I remember was, apparently, at the time, he was performing as a duo, with just him and keyboardist Mitchell Froom (who later became a noted record producer), with a drum machine and sequencer doing the stuff the two of them couldn't. Always wanted hear what that sounded like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    I feel like a total dope whenever anyone mentions Ronnie, because i've been aware of him for 37 years now, but I've never really heard much of his music.
    Start with Open Fire.

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    The other thing I remember was, apparently, at the time, he was performing as a duo, with just him and keyboardist Mitchell Froom (who later became a noted record producer), with a drum machine and sequencer doing the stuff the two of them couldn't. Always wanted hear what that sounded like that.
    Probably something like this...


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    So many...

    Martin Barre
    Steve Howe
    Steve Hackett
    Steve Morse
    Steve Hillage
    Steve Rothery
    David Gilmour
    Alan Holdsworth
    Al Di Meola
    John Mclaughlin
    Mike Stern
    Larry Coryell
    Frank Zappa
    Robert Fripp
    Adrian Belew
    Robin Trower
    Buck Dharma
    Ulrich Roth
    Michael Schenker
    Mike Johnson
    James Mac Gaw
    Paco De Lucia
    Michael Karoli
    Alex Lifeson
    Tony Iommi
    Ed Wynne
    Phil Miller

    and on and on and on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Roy Harper (I don't really think of him as a "guitarist" so much as a "singer/songwriter who plays guitar", but since someone else mentioend him up thread, I'm going to include him
    I think he's a masterful acoustic guitarist. Also, at least one time I saw him he played an electric guitar through some effects for a really good sound. I agree that it's all mostly put toward the singer/songwriter thing, but IMO his guitar playing is much more atmospheric than most singer/songwriters.

    If I WERE making a list, Todd Rundgren would be on it (others MUST have listed him), as well as Frank Usher, who played with Fish for years. Oh, and Jerry Garcia!
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    When it comes to acoustic guitarists, the holy trinity must surely be Phil Keaggy, Michael Hedges and Paco de Lucia.

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    Most people don't realize how good Poland truly is. I have everything he's done, from Damn the Machine to Ohm and solo. He recently released a new one (one track is dedicated to Nick Menza).
    Ain't that the truth!

    I've seen him so many times with Ohm (with bassist, Rob Paglieri, who is one of the best bassist on the planet), and every time, no matter how many times I've heard those great fusion songs, he never fails to make one's jaw drop.

    And look at that, he's playing TONIGHT not 15 minutes from my house. Not sure I am ready to be in a small packed club yet...


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    Quote Originally Posted by simon moon View Post
    Ain't that the truth!

    I've seen him so many times with Ohm (with bassist, Rob Paglieri, who is one of the best bassist on the planet), and every time, no matter how many times I've heard those great fusion songs, he never fails to make one's jaw drop.

    And look at that, he's playing TONIGHT not 15 minutes from my house. Not sure I am ready to be in a small packed club yet...


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    If I lived over there, I'd go to the first set. Hey, patio seating! I'm just glad Ohm's still at it. It means we'll get more music.

    His new solo album is Resistance. By new, I mean it came out last year. But something tells me you already know that!
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    David Gilmour
    Frank Zappa
    Martin Barre
    Pete Townshend
    Jerry Garcia
    Frank Marino
    Jorma Kaukonen
    Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser
    Tony Iommi
    Steve Howe
    Carlos Santana
    Adrian Belew
    Gary Rossington
    Allen Collins
    Ed King
    Johnny Winter
    Stephen Stills
    Dickey Betts
    Joe Perry
    Ritchie Blackmore
    Jimmy Herring
    Gary Green
    Roger McGuinn
    Bill Kirchen
    Peter Frampton
    Leo Kottke
    James Burton
    John Jorgenson
    David Nelson
    Michael Schenker
    Dave Davies
    Francis Rossi & Rick Parfitt
    Doc Watson
    Lowell George
    Dave Mason
    Robbie Robertson
    Henry Vestine
    Lindsey Buckingham
    Craig Chaquico
    Rod Price
    Barry Melton
    Phil Manzanera
    Taj Mahal
    David Lindley
    Debbie Davies
    California Guitar Trio
    Ed Wynne
    Dick Dale
    Cyril Pahinui
    Ray Kane
    Ledward Kaapana

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    I'm not going to list all the guitarists I've seen, but the best were:

    Michael Hedges
    Richard Thompson
    Mike Keneally
    Eric Clapton

    Of those not listed in the all encompassing posts...

    Mike Holmes
    Neil Zaza
    Peter White
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