Underrated Guitarists?

Who are some of your favorite guitarists that you consider underrated? The first one that comes to mind for me is Steve Howe.

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  • Smiley
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Personally, I've never considered Steve Howe to be underrated at all. He has always been recognized for his skills. The same holds true for Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Steve Morse, Al Di Meola, Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin, Alvin Lee, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck, Randy Rhodes, etc etc. No offense to those who mentioned these guitarists in their answers...but they are not underrated. I suppose the term "underrated" can be very subjective. Perhaps the fact that a young person of today hadn't heard of Johnny Winter, John McLaughlin, or Alvin Lee until 6 months ago makes them seem underrated to that particular individual? Not sure.

    Here's a few that I feel don't get the recognition they deserve...

    Jim McCarty - guitarist for Mitch Ryder Detroit/Wheels & Cactus

    Steve Hillage - guitarist for Khan, Gong, Mike Oldfield, solo.

    Eddie Phillips - The Creation (first to ever bow an electric guitar)

    Tony McPhee - The Groundhogs

    Dave 'Clem' Clempson - Colosseum, Humble Pie

    Jorma Kaukonen - Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna

    Peter Kaukonen - Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, solo

    Peter Banks - Yes, Flash

    Eddie Hazel & Ron Bykowski - Funkadelic & Parliament

    Darryl Stuermer - played with Jean Luc Ponty, Phil Collins, etc.

    Phil Manzanera - Roxy Music/801, solo

    Elliot Easton - The Cars

    Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter - Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers

    Glenn Phillips - Hampton Grease Band/solo

    Andy Powell - Wishbone Ash

    Ted Turner - Wishbone Ash

    Laurie Wisefield - Home/Wishbone Ash

    Caleb Quaye - Hookfoot/Elton John

    Randy California - Spirit

    Km Mitchell - Max Webster/Solo

    Adrian Gurvitz - Gun/Three Man Army/Baker Gurvitz Army

    Walter Rossi - Charlee/solo

    D!ck Wagner - The Frost, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, etc.

    Steve Hunter - Detroit, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, etc

    Paul Chapman - UFO

    Frank Marino - Mahogany Rush, solo

    Walter Rossi - Charlee, solo

    Leigh Stephens - Blue Cheer

    Kazuo 'Flash' Takeda - Blues Creation, Creation

    John Goodsall aka Johny Mandella - Brand X, Atomic Rooster, etc

    Lee Pickens - Bloodrock, solo

    John Nitzinger - Nitzinger

    Larry Reinhart - Iron Butterfly/Captain Beyond

    Chris Spedding - Played with many artists

    Les Harvey - Stone the Crows

    Stan Webb - Chicken Shack, Broken Glass, Savoy Brown

    Adrian Gurvitz - Gun, Three Man Army, Baker Gurvitz Army

    Tom Verlaine - Television/solo

    Dominic Troiano - Bush (Canadian band), Guess Who, James Gang, solo

    Alan Shacklock - Babe Ruth

    Robbie Blunt - Silverhead, Broken Glass, Robert Plant

    Bob Welch - Fleetwood Mac, Paris, solo

    Kerry Livgren - Kansas

    Ricky Medlocke - Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Harvey Mandel - Canned Heat, Rolling Stones, solo

    Kirby Gregory - Stretch, Curved Air. Stretch also toured the US as the "Bogus Fleetwood Mac" in the early 70's

  • 1 decade ago

    Steve Howe is a genius and an alien !!!!! there are many underrated ones , so here goes a random list of 10 as examples :

    [1] Peter Green


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    [2] Rory Gallagher


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    [3] Robin Trower


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    [4] Tony Bourge


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    [5] Uli Roth


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    [6] Leigh Stephens


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    [7] Frank Glicken


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    [8] Walter Rossi


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    [9] Louis Dambra


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    [10] Randy Holden


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    [11] Alvin Lee

    [12] Frank Marino

    [13] John McLaughlin

    [14] Ron Asheton

    [15] Ted Turner

    [16] Scott Gorham

    [17] Gary Moore

    [18] Paul Gilbert

    [19] Paul Kossoff

    [20] Matt Pike

    [21] Roy Buchanan

    [22] Brian tatler

    [23] Buck Dharma

    [24] Ry Cooder

    [25] Frank Zappa

    [26] Pat Travers

    [27] Manny Charlton

    [28] Leslie West

    [29] Peter Hesslein

    [30] Martin Barre

    [31] Johnny Winter

    [32] Joe Bonamassa

    [33] Eric Johnson

    [34] Tommy Bolin

    [35] Eddie Hazel

    and many others more ...

  • Peepaw
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Rory Gallagher

    Trevor Rabin

    Steve Howe

    Jeff Beck

    Pat Travers

    Robin Trower

  • vtd288
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Rory Gallagher

    Richard Thompson

    Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna)

    Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)

    Curt Kirkwood (The Meat Puppets)

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  • Walter
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Earl Slick

    Mick Ronson

    Jeff Beck

    Gerry Leonard

    Rory Gallagher

    Robert Fripp

  • 1 decade ago

    Al Di Meola

    John Squire

    Tommy Verlaine

    Richard Lloyd

  • 1 decade ago

    Nice choice Joker and from others as well. Saw YES back in the 70's, front row and he was incredible. One of my best concerts EVER!

    Frank Zappa

    Jerry Garcia

    Frank Marino

    Randy Rhodes

    Ronnie Montrose

    Robert Randolph

    Tom Morello

    Steve Vai

    *peacefrog. I guess I'm trying to understand what your concern is but on Y!A when have you seen any of these artist discussed? Really? Who discusses Ronnie Montrose on this site? I know Rush is discussed all the time on this site, so Alex Lifeson? Yes, to us "older" folks, my list may be seen as guitar gods status, but I'd like to think I can get others to discover these great musicians instead of "ranking" on fellow participants. As far as Tom Morello, I not a big RATM fan but he's incredible and not discussed much on this site either but w/o those who mentioned that band/him on Y!A, I wouldn't have discovered how good he is. Sorry to have disappointed you in some way. Have a grateful day.

  • 1 decade ago

    Alex Lifeson of Rush

    Edit: Stella. A few of the guitarists you mentioned are seen as guitar gods. Tom Morello?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Eddie Hazel- Parliament-Funkadelic

    Ernie Isley- Isley Brothers

    Johnny Graham- Earth, Wind & Fire

  • 1 decade ago

    Rory Gallagher.


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