The Five Most Underrated Guitarists
We all know that the flashy types like Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen get (or got) kudos simply for playing super fast. But being a great guitarist is more than just burning up a fret board. Here are the five folks who best know that nuance is just as important as flamboyance.
Hailing out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tab Benoit should be a household name. The guy's guitar and composition skills are top-notch; but playing the blues these days gets a lot of great guitarists the short shrift.
Whether as a member of King Crimson or as a solo performer, Robert Fripp is the king of discipline. He once claimed that Eric Clapton didn't know how to hold a pick. Fripp's playing is technically overwhelming, but never showy. Hell, in the '80s, Fripp would often play seated and shielded from the crowd by his amps.