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Old 05-18-2013, 11:47 PM   #151 (permalink)
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The best Blues Guitarist in my mind is Stevie Ray Vaughan. He could bend those guitar strings like no other.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:21 PM   #152 (permalink)
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Before he got waylaid by a bad heroin habit, Michael Bloomfield was one of the most soulful blues guitarists ever. I saw him when he was in the Butterfield Blues Band and his playing gave me goosebumps. His playing is bit more understated than Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn or Jimi Hendrix but his elegant phrasing was the best of any blues guitarist I've ever heard.

The song Stop is from the first Super Session album.



If you're going for pure tonal effect and the use of sustained notes, then Albert King is your man. The sound of his guitar on Cold Feet is about the funkiest thing I've ever heard. I love the way he deliberately plays dissonant notes just to screw with your mind.

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Old 06-16-2013, 02:31 PM   #153 (permalink)
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This is flippin' amazing.
You're right, Johnny's cover of the B.B. King song Be Careful With the Fool is one of the most amazing blues guitar recordings ever. I used to play it over and over in complete awe of Johnny's technical mastery. I could never figure out how Johnny Winter got that snarling junkyard dog guitar tone on his first three or four albums.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:46 AM   #154 (permalink)
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No one mentioned Peter Green or else I overlooked him. Probably one of the most under rated guitarists ever

a short list

Tinsley Ellis
SRV
Johnny Winter
Tommy Castro
The Ice Man, Albert Collins
Jimmy Vaughan
Gary Moore
Duane Allman
Roy Buchanan
Jonny Lang
Buddy Guy
Michael Burks
and even David Gilmour can crank out some pretty good blues when he wants to

all the guitarists named in this thread are great, but even by doing a poll IMO there can be no "best". You could possibly find the most popular but that doesn't necessarily make that person the best. They all have their good points some better than others.

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BB King. Definitely BB King. So cool and smooth.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:01 AM   #156 (permalink)
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For me Eric Clapton
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SRV tops any such list, in my book.
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As anyone reading this tread can see, its all about subjectivity. All the names deserve recognition for jobs well done, but blues, like every other genre, is about the song. Guitarists who fit in with the song being played are the ones we gravitate to. Technical proficiency can be admired, but to me, it will always be secondary to the song. After all , it seems most of the posters like blues and I offer the suggestion that its because there are so many great musicians practicing their craft in this genre.
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My all time favourite is Jimi Hendrix. My present day favourite is Derek Trucks who I don't think is as gifted as many others, but, like blue-noteable mentions, I think he just fits in beautifully with the rest of the band.
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My all time favourite is Jimi Hendrix. My present day favourite is Derek Trucks who I don't think is as gifted as many others, but, like blue-noteable mentions, I think he just fits in beautifully with the rest of the band.
When you say Derek Trucks fits in with the rest of the band, which band are you referring to? The Derek Trucks Band, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, or The Allman Brothers Band?
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