Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Top 10 Underrated Guitar Players

Here we have another touchy subject for guitarists - underrated guitar heroes. While there are dozens of amazing players that don't get the credit they deserve these 10 spring to mind for me.

10) Mick Mars (Motley Crue)

Like many of the musicians on the list, Mick has long been overshadowed by his band mates and their antics. Maybe if he releases an amateur porn and beats his wife he'll get some recognition.

9) Ty Tabor (King's X)

King's X as a whole is a criminally underrated band. They've had the misfortune of being saddled with the stigma of being a Christian band. That being said, Ty Tabor is a tone god. His sound has been sought after for decades by players in the know.

8) Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult)

I was never a big B.O.C. fan until a few years ago. They were on a morning radio show playing an acoustic version of "Don't Fear The Reaper". When Buck started shredding on an acoustic he earned my respect.

7) Tim Sult (Clutch)

Tim is a master of conservative playing. He doesn't need to cram a million notes into a song, just huge riffs and a fat tone.

6) Rory Gallagher

It's a tragedy that this Irish blues-rock legend has been lost in the annals of time.

5) Pepper Keenan (Corrosion of Conformity, Down)

Lead singer and guitarist for C.O.C. and a founding member of Down, Pepper is a workhorse in southern metal. His hallmarks are fat riffs and bluesy deep fried leads.

4) Eric Peterson (Testament)

As a founding member of a band that has employed two of the most revered lead guitarists in music, it's a difficult task to gain special recognition. Eric is a primary songwriter and producer for Testament and helped cement them as one of the baddest metal bands to ever walk the earth.

3) Brad Whitford - (Aerosmith)

You know him as the "Not Joe Perry" guitar player in Aerosmith. Brad has written some of the BEST Aerosmith songs, probably while Joe was too fucked up to see.

2) Robby Krieger - (The Doors)

Having one of the best known front men in the world and being a contemporary of titans such as Hendrix and Clapton, it's easy to see how Robby gets lost in the shuffle. A talented flamenco player and songwriter, he deserves respect.

1) George Harrison - (The Beatles, Solo, Traveling Wilburys)

Forever attached to the stigma of being a Beatle, George never got the recognition he deserved as a guitarist or as a songwriter. Even as one of the Fab Four his compositions are among the best they ever produced.

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