Most Versatile GuitaristsThis List contains the Most All-Rounder Guitarists who can play many number of Guitar Styles, Techniques & Guitar varieties across many Genres of Music...
This guy can play like Chet Atkins one minute, then go one-on-one with Jazz great Tal Farlow the next minute, then play a Sabicas style Flamenco piece the next minute. Sometimes all in one song. The dude's versatility is off the charts. Jose Feliciano should be on this list too.
Lenny Breau, though not recognized by the general public, was by far the most versatile guitarist on the planet, and whose versatility has not been matched to this very day. Not only did he perform Country, Jazz, Classical and Flamenco, he was able to perform those styles with equal authenticity. Unfortunately, like many musicians, drug abuse was a problem, and more than likely played a part in his untimely death. The music world has yet to see a guitarist with versatility of that magnitude.
Cliffs of Dover... To Dusty... And everything else in between. Very sophisticated style. Versatile? Extremely.
JP was really the first versatile guitarist along with the guitar gods. His session career went handy for him when he formed zeppelin. He's not only versatile in playing, but versatile on what he is. Guitarist, founding member, composer, producer; who else can say that? He listened to all kinds of music, he played all kinds of music in zeppelin. Blues, rock n roll, country, classical, folk, punk, heavy metal, reggae, are just the very attributes jimmy page had to offer. Whole Lotta love, rock and roll, communication breakdown, heartbreaker, since I've been loving you, stairway to heaven, Bron y aur stomp, the song remains the same, over the hills and far away, houses of the holy, black dog, the rain song, kashmir, dyer maker, all my love, babe I'm gonna leave you, fool in the rain, and Achilles last stand are prime examples. Jimmy page should be #1. There's a reason why he's known as the most influential guitarist.
James Patrick Page should be number 1. He was not only a great player, he was a great writer and producer.
How does Ritchie Sambora beat jimmy page? Jimmy page did the same as Ritchie Sambora, but better since jp influenced him!?
Classical, Country, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Metal... You name it, he plays all of them! He's the Greatest Guitarist of All-time...
Just to get a rough idea on Richie Sambora's Incomprehensibly Incredible range of Guitar playing: He is the Lead Guitarist of Bon Jovi for 30 Years & Counting responsible for 12 studio albums, 3 compilation albums, 1 live album, 1 box set, 13 video releases and over 50 singles plus as a Solo Artist responsible for 3 Solo Albums. He has contributed for more than 500 Songs with his Divine Guitar Wizardry.
Just give a listen to: Stranger in this Town, Wanted Dead or Alive, Livin' on a Prayer, Keep the Faith, Dry County, You give Love a Bad Name, Bed of Roses, Always, I'll be there for you, Born to be my Baby, Ballad of youth, One Light Burning, Diamond Ring, Father Time, The Answer, In it for Love, Lay your Hands on me, (It's Hard), Letting you Go, My Guitar Lies Bleeding in my Arms, Thank you for Loving me, Bad Medicine, Runaway, Never ...more
Most versatile? Steve Howe has to be at the top of this list!
"America" cover long version. Listen
I saw GlassHarp when they started out in the Youngstown Ohio area and Phil was clearly the musician for life leader of the sound!
Phil seems to be always seems to create great melodies in whatever he does. It's obvious that he has world class technique, but it is always about the song and the melody. His acoustic work is stunning but I really miss the les Paul work.He early stuff was so creative and years beyond many of the great players at the time. I've never heard anyone with just a Les Paul and an amp create such a soundscape. Blistering runs, sweeps, volume swells, e-bow, weaving in jazz, rock, classical etc. I often wonder what he could have been as a member of a band with a creative group of musicians to keep pushing him.
His early work with trio Glass Harp was really groundbreaking. No one came close to making a Les Paul make the tones and sounds that he could create. Volume swells, sweeps, shred, you name it, all the while being incredibly melodic. And then there's the acoustic... regularly considered one of the best in the world. He's all over the map and hard to pin down, but whatever he does, its ranks up there with the best.
Man! From the days of Glass Harp to all the way to his Solo career, Phil Keaggy has demonstrated an Extraordinary Guitar Artistry. Maker of the Universe, The wind and the wheat, John the Revelator, Salvation Army Band, Make you feel my Love, Addison's walk, Arrow, County Down, Rivulets, Can you see me, Time as so on... What an Incredible Guitarist!
Buckethead should be at the top of the list. Does anyone know of a guitarist who can play almost any string instrument equally well. Can anyone name a guitarist who has released more than 200 albums?
Even god himself would've been tired by now, but Bucky has already released a dozen albums in 2015..
I keep listening to more and more of this guy's stuff... it's just incredible how many different genres he can play at an extremely high level... blues, shredding, neuvo-classical, rock Buckethead does it all
From 'Padmasana' to 'Soothsayer', From 'Baptism of Solitude' to 'Final Wars', From 'Mrs. Beasley' to 'Beaten With Sledges', From 'For Mom' to 'The Treeman', Buckethead has them All!
First lets take the Masterpiece: HOTEL California! Both the Electric (1976) & the Acoustic (1994) versions are Amazingly Versatile and Don Felder is the Master behind it! There are plenty of Eagles songs with lots of diversity. He can play Rock, Blues, Country, Classical & more...
Check the Electric & Acoustic Versions of Hotel California!
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Sultans of Swing, Brothers in Arms, Private Investigations, Telegraph Road, Tunnel of Love, Money For Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Your Latest Trick, Walk of Life, It Never Rains, On Every Street, Why Worry, Lady Writer, Once Upon a Time In the West, Love Over Gold, Twisting by the Pool, So Far Away, Heavy Fuel... I mentioned only 18 of Dire Straits material Here... See how differently beautiful they sound compared to each other!
From heavy shredders to powerful melodies. To jazz, blues like sounds, to classical inspired parts, emotional meldies. This guy can play it all. Just listen to erotomania, the best of times, lines in the sands, hollow years live at budohkan, stream of consciousness, as I am. When the water breaks, universal mind, paradigm shift, biaxident then listen to some of the songs on his solo album like Glasgow kiss damage control, lost without you, and jaws of life. Then you will understand all of his different sounfs and know his versitility.
Early rock, sitar, slide, modern rock, pop...any song you want. The tune is what matters. The best one to have in a band full of great tunes.
First listen to 'Epilogue for Lisa', Next listen to 'Get you Back', Then listen to 'Death Theme' and Finally listen to 'Not Again'!
Guthrie has sheer mastery of almost every guitar technique, and a fantastic grasp of the English language. He is a brilliant instructor and is truly modest. Unfortunately not many people listen to jazz.
I can't think of anyone who has such a grasp on various guitar styles.
Ridiculously versatile, just listen to the Aristocrats albums.
In my opinion the most versatile. Glen played, country, rock, blues, even classical. He was one of the most sought after studio musicians of the 60s.
One man band, needs no backup, play for all the greats including Elvis, beach boys, Neil diamond, part of famous wrecking crew session musician group