Im really surprised no one mentioned Tony MacAlpine!
Tony MacAlpine just has this tone that is so unique.. it can be angelic at times, and pure cynical at others.. Of course, its all in the fingers, and Tony definately proves it. It only gets better on his actual CDs, but his live is amazing too..
Of course, What mention of tone is without Marty Friedman, He can use any guitar with any amp (people always made fun of his Crate amps, since they are basically budget amps, no tube elitism here) but he always sounds so great.. He has that raw aggression to his heavier style, yet so dreamy clean playing, you can get lost in it.. He sends chills down my spine
BTW people who aren't open minded, you wont like these clips, but you cant deny the mans talent. Hes a musician, not a "metalhead", Get over it.
OHHH and one of my favs not many people heard of I bet, hide from X japan/Zilch... He has amazing tone, that whole band had amazing tone, glad Pata is playing with Marty now.. But hide was just insane, even with acoustic he got great tone.. Check this out
Also, The best clean tone I ever heard, Alex Skolnick.. Its almost spine chilling, but in a total different way than Marty
Hard to find clips cause everything live isnt as smooth as on record obviously, but listen to his Trio cds, Trust me. Makes me wanna buy a hollow-body http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZdx7...elated&search=