Ted Nugent Rates Other Guitar Players in 1987 Guitar World Interview
Ted Nugent rates a host of guitarists in this interview from the March 1987 issue of GW.
STEVE STEVENS: "A real exciting player."
MICHAEL SCHENKER: "A very lyrical, expressive player."
BRAD GILLIS: "A very exciting player who has drawn from all the obvious influences and orchestrated his playing very well."
RUDOLPH SCHENKER/MATTHIAS JABS: "Exciting guitar players — it’s amazing that Germans can apply the American influences as well as they can."
RITCHIE BLACKMORE: "One of the originals who created his own style and nurtured it and maintained it through all these years and progressed with his style."
FERNANDO VON ARB: "A good player."
SAMMY HAGAR: "He has soul, plays a lot of traditional licks and hasn't gone the techno-extreme route. He plays a real palatable guitar style."
RONNIE MONTROSE: "One of the all-time greats who famously faded out of the scene and denied us the great pleasure of his guitar playing. I'd like to kick his ass so Ronnie would start eating some meat and come back and play like he means it."
BILLY GIBBONS: "My favorite guitar player in the whole world. He's got more soul than any black guitarist I've ever heard; he's got the definitive lyrical style. The great majority of his licks are real traditional, but he does them with such a style that they just drip — the quintessential stylist."
NEAL SCHON: "A brilliant guitarist — the best of rock 'n' roll, jazz, blues and an unknown original stylist. He's underrated; he's one of the most dexterous, fluid players around today. He accelerates Journey's music to the maximum every time. His best work is with Journey."
JAKE E. LEE: "He’s very good, but a real standard player."
DUANE ALLMAN: "One of the greatest white blues players of all time. He made statements with his slide and statements with his tone. He was very lyrical"
PETE TOWNSHEND: "The ultimate rhythm guitarist. Every time he goes for a lead, I cringe, but every time he hits a chord, I refocus. He invented the power chords."
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: "A great traditionalist with a flow for revitalizing blues and r&b. I love his style, but I don't see the correlation between him and Jimi Hendrix that everybody tries to make."
BRUCE KULICK (KISS): He plays a great guitar; he's fast, controlled and real expressive. "
ACE FREHLEY: "He was always so stoned that I couldn't decipher a lot of his playing, but the nights he shined, he shined fantastically.”
KEITH RICHARDS:' "The all-time slop master — the most grunting, groaning soulful blues-oriented guitarist who ever lived. He plays Chuck Berry music so much like Chuck Berry that he should get a Nobel Peace Prize. Keith is probably the single most influential guitarist I've ever heard."
JOHNNY WINTER: "The blues renaissance man of the seventies. I never cared for his shrilled tones, which are a bit too transparent for me, but he's technically proficient."
LESLIE WEST: "A great underrated guitarist who took the Clapton influence to its definitive end. The master of tone, the master of impact of a given note and an innovator of tones and feedback."
AL Di MEOLA: "An outrageous guitarist who has taken everything from Wes Montgomery to Eddie Van Halen and juxtaposed it all into a slew of styles which is difficult for me to translate but is nonetheless a competent and exciting player."
RICK NIELSEN: "The most fun guitarist in America. Very underrated, and he's got a great sensibility."
B.B. KING: "A spokesman for a generation of blues creationists who established the electric guitar for all of us to feed off. We owe him our heritage."
MICK JONES (FOREIGNER): "The 'Hot Blooded' guitar solo is the nastiest, most emotive guitar solo of all time. He is not really technically proficient but on occasion shows great sensibility in his playing."
MARK KNOPFLER: "He's wonderful — the only guy that dabbles in country that I can listen to."
KEITH SCOTT (BRYAN ADAMS): "A real stabber who plays a real simple, fluid style which is real pertinent to the compositions — well-constructed guitar work."
JIMMY McCARTY (DETROIT WHEELS): "One of my biggest influences. He inspired me to get my Gibson Byrdland in 1962. He 's got a blues band in Detroit and cranks."
DICK WAGNER: "Great guitarist who plays all the traditional Chuck Berry rhythm and blues styles in an exciting, emotional approach, always effective."
STEVE HUNTER: "From the same school — went to town and electrocuted the Chuck Berry style, very influential in music."
TOMMY BOLIN: "I have problems with guys like Tommy, who was a great player but was so badly stoned most of the time that his playing was divertly diffused — a mere shadow of his potential."
DAVE DiMATO (TED NUGENT's band): " I discovered him in a club in Los Angeles where he was playing the best of the traditional Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen and more. He has an electric style."
TED NUGENT: "An uninhibited, Chuck Berry devotee but experimented with and broke a lot of ground on feedback techniques and solid variations in tonal and dissonant utilizations. I'm one of the best guitarists in the world, and I play with great emotion."
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