Who is your overall favorite guitarist?

At 44 years of age, I personally feel fortunate to have lived in an era along with some of the finest guitarists who have ever lived. I have always had an overwhelming love of music. As I look back to my earlier years of music appreciation (I took formal piano training for 17 years) I remember how my instructor would suggest exposing myself to the many different styles and disciplines of music.

These were such valuable words of wisdom. Considering the fact that this suggestion, more or less, forced me to be more open to musicians other than those that played in strictly rock and roll bands.

Wow, was I surprised to find that I could be as entertained by Chet Atkins and Les Paul as I could be by Ritchie Blackmore or Carlos Santana. Just think about some of the finest from our time. Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Robin Trower, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Steve Howe, Al DiMeola, the list could seem almost endless. All such incredible musicians.

Although it's very hard to pick one person or style in particular, let's remember the key words, "overall favorite".
I would probably have to say that my overall favorite would have to be Steve Morse (from Dixie Dregs fame).

Who is your favorite?
YES! all the above plus.. Michael Sheckner, Ronnie Montrose.
I cant pick just one!

And If anyone hasnt heard "G3 live in concert" its a must!



the version of "For the love of god" that Steve Vai plays
on that CD is pretty incredible. In my opinion he has to
be rated as one of the top "NEW SCHOOL" guitarists.

If i have to pick just one...
Oneprof, you are unfortunately, absolutely correct. The recording quality and sound quality of most of the Steve Morse material was horrific. The same thing stands for all of the Dixie Dregs recordings. It is an absolute shame considering the compositions and intricate progressions the Dregs were known for. I guess you just have to let your mind filter out all of the garbage.
Amorsby, if your a Benson fan, you may want to check out Norman Brown. He did an album titled "After The Storm" in 1994. Great licks with a Benson like quality.
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