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Young guitar heroes
doc: This is a question for the under 20
crowd here. Who are the three most influential
guitarists currently for you that are in current
bands? I realize that some of you have some
of the same influences as us older folks - SRV,
Billy Gibbons, Slash, Wes, etc, etc. What I’m
looking for is who are the current crop of young
guitarists picking up stuff from. I’m soliciting
opinions from those to whom Metallica is “old”
music. I realize that time marches on and that
to some degree I’ve been “stamped” with the
music of my peers and slightly before, but I still
want to keep my sonic horizons open to new
stuff. Please don’t respond if you’re over 20
unless you have some kind of special knowledge
on the subject. Thanks!
thenewpollution: John Mayer, Davy
Knowles, Brad Paisley. All incredible musicians.
firegoalie44: Joe Perry...this is the guy who
got me to pick up a guitar in the first place.
All the rest. I think that the beauty of music is
that it lives forever. Hendrix (et. al) is just as great
to me as he is to someone older.
1: John Frusciante
2: John Mayer
3: Derek Trucks
4: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Gumley: Derek Trucks, John Mayer, Eric
Slash, Angus Young, EVH
doc: Thanks for the replies. I’m a little surprised.
Most of the young musicians I know seem to
be into people I’ve rarely (or never) heard,
usually in bands with names I can’t remember.
The replies here seem to indicate that at least
those here that have responded tend to have
some of the same influences (or second to third
generation based on the same influences) as us
older guitarists do. I expected more replies like
Mastodon and Mars Volta. Maybe we’re primed
for a return of classic guitar rock? An alternative
explanation would be that those connected to
newer styles tend to not be guitar players.
Thwap: From metal obviously...
1: Alexi Laiho-Children of Bodom
2: Gus G-Firewind
3: Michael & Christopher Amott-Arch Enemy
4: Mikael Akerfeldt-Opeth
Simto: I’m 21, but I think I fit in this category
well enough, but it’s pretty much the same stuff.
Been listening to those guys since I started
playing, and they are the people who really have
inspired me the most on guitar.
1: John Mayer / James Valentine
4: Mike Einziger
5: Andy Summers.
joachiml: How about the guy in ...the
band which I can’t remember the name of.
Makeup and hats and stuff. Synyster Gates, or
something? I see him in youtube tribute videos
all the time, seems to be a guitar god to the kids
who share his taste in clothes.
dan7 69: 24, but I’ll play
1: Mark Tremonti
2: John Mayer
3: Brad Paisley
3 different styles, but all influence my playing
Show us your studio
moody07747: Let’s see your studio. Feel
free to post images or videos. Keep images
small or link to them so it doesn’t mess with the
page layout too much.
Sonic Orb Studios:
Updated 3/18/2009 Working on a new video tour.
PJH: I converted my double garage into my
studio. Control room/soundbooth.
GaryNattrass: I’ve posted this before but
here is my studio again: An AMS Neve Logic 3
and audiofile and a pro tools 002 set-up. I just
sold the Neve as I am going to be pro tools only
from this year:
devinb: I finished up my work on the current
project there last night...the next step will be in
another studio, but we’ll be back to mix.
The control room pictured is the ‘B’ room...$30
an hour, seriously! We did a little work in the ‘A’
room last night, $65 an hour... The ‘A’ is much
nicer in many ways, but doesn’t look as cool, in
My theory at this point is that I’m better of
financially not feeling the need to gas for audio
equipment...that said, I do mostly vocals/
acoustic, so I probably could do a lot at home,
then again, for the cost of the two Royer’s used
on my acoustic, I can get 100 hours in the ‘B’
room...I probably would be able to record my
parts on every song I write for the rest of my life
in 100 hours...I’m not prolific.
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