Underrated Guitarists!

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  1. GhostJam47

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    yup. seen him live a couple times and the dude rips it up.
     
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    Easy. Look up who played for Gamble and Huff.

    Probably Norm Harris...who belongs on this list. Or TJ Tindall.
     
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    Absolutely! So many people don't realize that he was the guitarist on the old Guess Who hits, American Woman, No Time, These Eyes (He actually was the one who came up with the main piano riff)
     
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    Jason Becker was amazing before he got ALS.
     
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    'Sugar' Bonner (RIP)
    If ya don't know...:


    ('Fire' shows some P-Funk influence, too... oh yeah!)
    Edit: i see fezz already name checked him, but it was a good excuse to start my morning off right, LOL.
    Leroy Roosevelt "Sugarfoot" Bonner.
    Born in Hamilton, Ohio, about 20 miles north of Cincinnati in 1943, Leroy Bonner grew up poor, the oldest of 14 children.
    After running away from home at 14, he wound up in Dayton, where he connected with the musicians who would form the Ohio Players...
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    ... and he was much funkier than the other guys who played a double neck guitar back in the 70s, too.
    ;)
     
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    Buckethead is so underrated, it comical.
     
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    Now i'm thinking that (depending on the circles you move in), probably none of these guitarists are actually underrated.
    Their names are simply not widely known outside of their respective genres...
    but in those scenes, EVERYONE knows who they are and gives them their proper due respect.
     
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    Underrated is the wrong word. ;)

    "Ingnorant of" fits it better. But some will take that as being perjorative. LoL
     
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    Those who know, know.
    I think he is just to weird/quirky/hard to classify to become as popular as he is prolific.
     
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    All of the guitarists from the Bar-Kays, starting with Jimmy King.

    Flip side of Soul Finger. Booker T. Jones on harmonica.

     
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    Best band to come out of my hometown. Cool to see someone knows em here. :thumb:
     
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    I haven't listened to The Cure much since I was a teenager (late 80's/ early 90's) but Robert Smith is definitely underrated!
     
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    Thomas McClary. Commodores.
     
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    Wendy.

     
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    Andy Summers...


     
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    I'm not sure about underrated, but Tommy Bolin sure deserves much more exposure than he ever got. He only did two solo albums before his pitcher a morning of Martini's and lunch time hit of heroin got the best of him. Sad.

    I haven't read this whole thread, but if he has already be mentioned, pardon me, but Robin Trower is one of the most underrated guitarists, in my opinion, and at his age, he's still going strong.
     
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    I've got one for you. This man was an R&B guitar legend. Played on a number of chart-topping rap & R&B albums. You can hear his work on songs such as PWA by 5th Ward Boyz and others. His name just slipped my mind so I'll update this in a second.


    Edit: his name was JB Money aka Joseph Bythewood. An incredible musician taken from this earth well before his time. Joe was murdered by his adult son at his own home a few years ago. Rest in Peace, JB Money.

    Here's JB playing Maggot Brain and PWA after that. You can, hear his guitar throughout the song 'PWA' and in the guitar solo that starts at 4 mins.




    I've posted about JB Money on here before but it seems that no one ever listens to PWA when I post it, going by the lack of replies to my posts every time. I guess because it's rap music. It's probably the greatest guitar solo ever recorded on a rap song, IMO. It took me almost 20 years to finally find out who played guitar on that song. I've loved the guitar solo since the first time I heard it in the 90s. It finally took me asking one of the guys that's IN 5th Ward Boyz who it was that played electric guitar on that song. He replied with "JB Money" and I figured it out from there.


    PWA (Instrumental version). Solo starts @ 4 mins

     
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    Wendy & Lisa played with Prince in the Revolution, didn't they? Is it that Wendy & Lisa?

    One of my pet peeves is people who call basically any guitar player underrated. We're talking guitarists who obviously aren't underrated whatsoever.

    They name off folks like Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, or *insert your favorite guitar player that no one has listed yet* as underrated so much that it's almost comical. Or worse, they'll name off guys like Gary Moore or Peter Green or somebody. It's like... "what??? Do you not pay attention to rock music whatsoever?" You'd literally have to know nothing about it to think something like that, imo. I

    t's almost as if they consider "underrated" when their #1 favorite guitar player isn't considered that highly by everyone else. So they now consider them "underrated" because nobody else thinks they're the best guitar player ever. <shrug>
     
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