Your Mount Rushmore

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  1. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    They may be boring choices, but they are undeniably four of the most important innovators for playing the instrument. Are they the four most important? That's subjective.
     
  2. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    all those guys were important, i mean wasn’t the electric pickup invented so charlie could be heard over the clarinet? it’s boring because it’s tough to argue with good choices, not because he’s at all wrong about it.
     
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  3. RickP

    RickP Established 1960, Still Not Dead

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    Don’t be a Cry Baby
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I don't think music's a contest. There are really too many great ones to list. But here are some players whose recordings affect me every time I hear their work:

    Mike Bloomfield
    Albert King
    Jimi Hendrix
    Jimmy Page
     
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  5. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    These are a handful of the guitarists that inspired me to play guitar and love music in my earliest of days. It would change tomorrow, but these are a few I am thinking about today.

    Tony Iommi
    Phil Collen
    Dave Mustaine
    J. Mascis
     
  6. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    i love those guys, dinosaur jr was my studying music in grad school.
     
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  7. Tosca

    Tosca Zombie 10, DFZ

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    I love how personal this list is. That’s what music is all about.
     
  8. Jimmakesmusic

    Jimmakesmusic New Member

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    marty freidman
    gary moore
    van halen
    SRV

    in no particular order obviously
     
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  9. Kiwi

    Kiwi New Member

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    Groundbreakers all (and a pair of Bluesbreakers):

    Eric Clapton
    Jimi Hendrix
    Jimmy Page
    Steve Howe

    =K
     
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  10. ppacheco1284

    ppacheco1284 New Member

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    Gilmour
    Page
    SRV
    Mayer
     
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  11. Serious Poo

    Serious Poo Shoegazing Member

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    My personal Mt. Rushmore has 5 people on it:

    Rik Emmett
    Phil Keaggy
    Alex Lifeson
    Randy Rhoads
    Michael Hedges
     
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  12. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    Eddie Lang was Bing Crosby’s accompanist. According to the contract, he had to be in every movie Bing was in. Unfortunately he died of complications from appendicitis.
     
  13. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Player

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  14. Mike Duncan

    Mike Duncan DGT Player

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    I have others....more Strat players.
     
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  15. Kiwi

    Kiwi New Member

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  16. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    i’m behind you on eddie lang, but then i still listen to fred astaire records.
     
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  17. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame (David Gilmore is a jazz guitarist) is my favorite guitarist of all time.

    He has certainly influenced me to no end. But I honestly don't know if he has had an "influence" on the guitar playing public as much as the others mentioned. I'd like to think so, but some would argue that Gilmour was the net result of influences from so many previous great players, and therefore his influence is not as discrete.

    So if I'm going to allow my personal influences to color my judgement, my personal Mount Rushmore is:

    David Gilmour
    Neil Young
    Alex Lifeson
    Glenn Tipton/KK Downing

    But going back to the original intent of who I think influenced guitarists and guitarism in general (did I just invent a word?) over the generations, letting just a bit of my favoritism into it, maybe this:

    Jimi
    EVH
    Gilmour
    Chuck Berry or maybe BB King or maybe Django

    Or maybe Jimmy Page - his rock'n'roll persona may have been more of an influence than his technical skill or "feel", I suppose (which some could very well say about Slash). Page was a rock icon to me in high school, but it didn't stick through college when I gravitated heavily to Floyd.

    I dunno, I still think this is an impossible task. OTOH, that is also what is so great about guitar playing - there are so many awesome influences to be found throughout the history of the instrument.

    For example, I was just listening to some Echo and the Bunnymen last night (long story as to why...) and was impressed at how well that music has withstood the years - more guitar in there than I remember. A major influence? No, not for me, not even a minor influence for my personal experience. But they probably did influence Radiohead and other bands.
     
  18. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    Let's stir the pot...

    And this is where these type of threads always seem to get a bit sideways. I love Gilmour's playing, he can say more with one note than a lot of players say with 100. But...did he revolutionize the game? Did Clapton? Blackmore? Page? SRV? Iommi? Beck? Without a doubt all of these guys are all unbelievable players, and several would be on my personal Rushmore, but I don't see them fitting with Shawn's original criteria.
     
  19. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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  20. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Hey, what can I say? His soloing on Cortez the Killer is absolutely fantastic, IMHO. And the riot of noise that is the soloing on Rockin' In The Free World is tremendous. He gets perhaps rightfully trashed for Down by The River and Cinnamon Girl because the "solos" are not really lead breaks, just single note textures. But his general attitude of using the electric guitar as an almost broad-brush abstract artform is very moving to me.
     
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