Guitaranatomy wrote:I can easily name three:
1. Peter Frampton (He is amazing and yet you do not hear about him a lot in the guitar world).
2. James Hetfield (Best vocalist-rhythm guitar player I have ever seen, and yet is not given an ounce of credit.)
3. Dave Mustaine (Not given enough credit for his complexity of soloing and style).
Uh... Peter Frampton not getting credit? Are you kidding me? How long have you been in the world of guitar, my friend? Those are three of the most well-known names that any decent guitarist will say, "yes, I know who that is and why they've made a name for themselves with their playing."
Peter Frampton: Only has one of the most recognizable songs to date. Your parents or friends of your parents would tell you that listing his name was ridiculous. Peter Frampton had his recognition.
James Hetfield: Even if someone doesn't know the man behind the riffs by name, Metallica is only one of the most well-known bands around. Just because you haven't heard much from Metallica lately doesn't mean he hasn't had his day in the spotlight MANY a time. When a band like Dream Theater covers an ENTIRE ALBUM of yours at a live concert, you're well recognized. lol.
Dave Mustaine: I will give you credit for this one but not because of his soloing. Not to sound like I'm King Sh*t or something but Dave's solos are the simple ones when compared to his hired guns on each Megadeth album. Dave's riffing is what I find to be extremely underrated. His note choice for riffs and like you said, style, is truly unique and I think a bit underrated.
When I think of guitarists who didn't get or never have received recognition, I think of guys like Shawn Lane, Vito Bratta, Anthony Mazzella, Bob Zabek, the list goes on and on and on and on. Then again, let's truly define, "didn't receive recognition." On what scale are we talking about here, you know? Because in the underground shred scene, guys like Shawn Lane are well-known and VERY recognized. Are we talking about guitarists who haven't had their names plastered in page after page of name your favorite guitar publication? There are a lot of guitarists who could be mentioned or removed based on the clarification of exactly what is meant by, "never received recognition."