Damn, all of you have GREAT answers. I’ll have to expand my mental list on this!
John Fruciante, Tony Iommi deserve kudos especially. Damn, Iommi’s tracks were so rough and live, he sets a metal standard too, Dio, you’re right on that one. Lindsey was unique at almost everything. His country picking finger style, especially on ‘Gypsy’ is fantastic.
Lita Ford did some great shit on acoustic too. The intro to “Crazy On You” is a standard in guitar, man. (And she’s a hot chick who plays metal riffs before a lot of other hacks were born!)
Busy Scissors (great band name), I agree that Tony Morello defined the Rage Against the Machine sound, especially with production using a seperate track to ‘chunk’ on.
Damn, The Smiths! johnny Marr gets in there too, Oni.
Argent, I’m glad to hear you and your friends love Brian May too. As far as recognition goes, the last article I saw about him in recent years was concerning his degree in Astronomy in England, what he used to study before that little Queen band got in the way! But the headline in the Mirror or BBC News said, “Queen Guitarist gets Astronomy Degree”.
With Queen it seems everybody remembers Freddie (and why the hell not?) but the other members fade, at least I thought so. Kind of like when people describe Rush and talk about Gedde, Neil and the ‘other guy’.
I think that Brian May has THE BEST rock guitar sound in history of the genre. I have not heard anyone that sounds anything like that. Almost an acoustic/distorted resonance. Maybe that’s what building your own guitars gets you. And how many guitarists can have their solos sung in a bar by drunk guys? Every time I hear ‘Killer Queen’ on the jukebox there’s always someone (besides me) that sings the damn solo.
I can’t wait to see who else Dopers come up with on this. The more you all suggest, please remember, I have very few gigs left on my iPhone iPod.