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Players who excel on acoustic AND electric


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Phil Keaggy's great acoustic playing was mentioned in another thread...he's also a fantastic electric player.

 

Which other players are known and admired on both electric and acoustic? Tommy Emmanual - who has been a household name down here since the 80s - springs to mind...although his success in the US and Europe in recent years has been based on his unbelievable solo acoustic shows.

 

Who else?

 

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Michael Hedges, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Carl Verheyen, Ben Verdery are all good places to start with. Maybe also Lee Ritenour, Michael Chapdelaine (sorta), and Steve Vai (again sorta)

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I hate to sound like a broken record, but,

John McLaughlin

Steve Miller

Jan Akkerman

Daryl Strutmeyer

Johnny Winter

And as much as I don't care for his electric style, I can't knock Eddie Van Halen's success, plus I recall hearing him do a fine job acoustically, too

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All of the greats have probably excelled on both...

 

The backstreet boys never played electric guitar...

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"All the greats have excelled at both."

 

I'm not sure I quite agree. Lots of guys play one excellently and another WELL, but that's not the same thing, is it?

 

One I can think of is Clarence White, who not excelled at both but had a unique style and was highly influential at both.

 

I have a CD of Robben Ford playing acoustic guitar on a CD with his band. It's not bad at all, the playing is fine, but he doesn't have that great TONE.

Allan Holdworth recorded a beautiful instrumental called "Home" (English pubs it appears) where the rhythm parts are electric and he plays a very nice solo on acoustic guitar - wish he'd do it more - fat chance he'd listen to ME, though, LOL.

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Wow. I was afraid no one was going to mention Richard Thompson. I have seen him play both acoustic and electric gigs, and to my mind, he is beyond exceptional at both.

 

I also agree that not everyone is good at both acoustic and electric. A lot of guys who are good electric players are dead boring on acoustic. Hate on me if you must, but I hear very little about Eric Clapton's acoustic playing that makes me interested. His electric playing can't be faulted (when he's on his game). But acoustic, MEH.

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All of the greats have probably excelled on both...

 

The backstreet boys never played electric guitar...

 

didn't know that they were one of the greats on acoustics...I guess one could say django never got his chance on a strat or an LP...but I would wager it would sound great with him playing either one...

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"All the greats have excelled at both."

 

I'm not sure I quite agree. Lots of guys play one excellently and another WELL, but that's not the same thing, is it?

 

One I can think of is Clarence White, who not excelled at both but had a unique style and was highly influential at both.

 

I have a CD of Robben Ford playing acoustic guitar on a CD with his band. It's not bad at all, the playing is fine, but he doesn't have that great TONE.

Allan Holdworth recorded a beautiful instrumental called "Home" (English pubs it appears) where the rhythm parts are electric and he plays a very nice solo on acoustic guitar - wish he'd do it more - fat chance he'd listen to ME, though, LOL.

 

It's probably true that the greats have more interest in one over the other and maybe they can only excel on one or the other...but I'll bet most of them can make any guitar sound good...

 

 

 

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