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Who are some good solo musicians that perform with a distorted electric guitar and no backing band?

Asked by nononoyesno (204points) February 14th, 2010

Looking for singer-songwriters that perform with a distorted electric guitar and nothing else. No backing band, no drum machine, nothing.

This example of Ted Leo performing solo provides a good guideline for what I’m looking for:

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mass_pike4's avatar

look up steve vai. You may know of him and heard his stuff. He plays with a band, sometimes with orchestras, but he also has a lot of solo performances.

Try Buckethead as well. He is an excellent guitarist. Again, he plays with a band, but also has a few solo performances.

Listen to Peter Frampton’s “Do You Feel Like We Do?” guitar solo.

This isn’t exactly what you are looking for, but I cannot think of anyone who just plays solo with a “distorted electric guitar.”

cbloom8's avatar

Joe Satriani is similar to Steve Vai and Buckethead – similar style, has a backup band, but also has some solo stuff.

mass_pike4's avatar

@cbloom8: Oh, I like him. Good stuff

Irishmar's avatar

I think of Jimmy Hendrix when he solo the National Anthem at sunrise in Woodstock.

Berserker's avatar

Brian Patrick Carroll, aka Buckethead.

Also known as God.

nononoyesno's avatar

Meh, a lot of this stuff like Steve Vai and Buckethead, while pretty cool, are more along the lines of “OMG LOOK HOW GOOD THEY ARE” type of music.

I’m looking for what is essentially solo performers who sing and use an electric guitar instead of an acoustic. Bonus points if they’re of the indie variety. Here’s another example of what I’m looking for by PJ Harvey

Seek's avatar

I tend to call that “musical masturbation”.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Yngwie Malmsteen. Dude is AWESOME. Flight of the Injured Bumblebee is just insane.

chocolatechip's avatar


Malmsteen is best described as follows:


1TubeGuru's avatar

It is odd to see a electric guitar player without a rhythm section. Gretchen Menn is a very talented guitarist.

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