Favourite not popular guitarist?

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  1. Bentaycanada

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    When I’m asked about my favourite guitarists, I tend to go to my more obvious choices: John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert.....

    Then I got thinking about other guitarists that I love, but are less talked about.

    What are some of your favourite not popular guitarists out there?

    I’ll start!

    Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed).

    He’s awesome. He’s been pushing the envelope of technical metal and grind core for over 20 years, he’s great with grooves, and he’s highly underrated. IMO, he’s been at the forefront of modern metal and music technology for years.
     
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    Josh Travis for sure!
     
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    Josh Elmore from Cattle Decapitation

    The quality of early recordings don't do his playing or tone any justice, which is incredibly unfortunate. He's always been killer live.

    Zac Joe formerly of Cephalic Carnage

    I always dug how versatile his playing could be. He wasn't a shredder or anything, but his leads were fun and memorable. Just a solid player overall.

    I'm sure I'll think of some others.
     
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    Mine has to be Deron Miller.
    The guitar work on Foreign Objects was pretty sick for the time and obviously the riff in CKY was cool.
     
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    That’s funny, as soon as I read Cattle Decapitation, I thought “ooh, what about Cephalic Carnage?”
     
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    Brian Eschbach - he's the corner stone of TBDM and his riffs are IT. Thoroughly under rated.

    Rob Milley (Neuraxis, Akurion) dude writes incredible tech death, absolutely love his riff style, neither of his bands have gotten enough credit.

    Josh Elmore - dude is MONSTER player.

    Erik Rutan - a DM legend and not widely appreciated enough for what an insane guitar player he really is. I have never seen ANYONE with a pick attack like his.

    Terrence Hobbs - again, not widely enough appreciated as a player. Like Rutan he's a legend in DM, but his riffs and picking hand control are not nearly talked about enough.
     
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    Rob Arnold (ex Chimera)
     
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    Yeah, the CKY guys don't get thier due. Great, inventive writing chops and solid riffs for days.
     
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    First that comes to mind for me is Leon Macey of Mithras. He's wrote some of my favourite riffs in death metal and I find his leads to be really creative and sometimes chaotic/unorthodox, which I love in death metal. He also does spacy ambient stuff that I sometimes would not have suspected was done with a guitar had I not know otherwise, and it's all over their discography.

    Some sweet guest solo action:


    RIFFS:
     
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    Definitely need to second these two. Both also huge inspirations for me, their technique blows me away. When I listen to Liege of Inveracity I always have a hard time thinking of something better in the genre. I can think of a lot of stuff I'd put beside it, but nothing obviously better, for me.
     
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    Buzz Osbourne. Not the most technical guy on the planet, but he's a riff writing motherfucker.


     
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    Steve Gaines


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    Leon Rhodes


    After trying to play some country lead stuff, I kinda get the saying about going to country when you get tired of metal.
     
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    I think Marcos Mena from the band Standards hasn't gotten nearly enough attention yet. His guitar playing is incredibly unique and has developed a lot of interesting techniques. He should be in the same conversations as other modern players like Tosin or Josh Martin from Little Tybee.

     
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    Jordan Ziff (saw him as 2nd guitarist on Marty Friedman's tours, now in Ratt) - not really a household name, but is amazingly skilled.

    Kevin Hufnagel from his solo work and Gorguts. His Halloween EPs are pretty great if you haven't checked them out.

    Sylvain Coudret and David Andersson from Soilwork. I don't know if they get as much attention as Wichers and Frenning did back in the day...did a great job filling their shoes for the last several releases.
     
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    Ratt's still around?
     
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    Yes, last seen in a Geico commercial.
     
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    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
     
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    I know they’re more known now, but the guys from Protest the Hero. Just nonstop on almost every track.
     
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    Definitely Dave Martone.



    Dude is incredibly technical and musical at the same time. Last time I saw him he was opening for Satriani, which is pretty much a perfect fit. He's been putting out instrumental guitar albums for at least 20 years now.

    He's from my neighborhood back in Canada as well and I used to see him at tiny clinics at the local stores. The first time I heard him was when he did a clinic with Jennifer Batten and the audience was just me and about 5 other people. Really cool guy on top of being a monster player.
     
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