People on this forum obviously have a bit of a bias towards more “shreddy” style guitar solos, which makes perfect sense and is fine, but I figure that we all probably have some solos we love that aren’t so shreddy either. Here’s a thread to appreciate them.
I’ve got two.
^ Although good luck finding it - it doesn’t sound much like a guitar solo.
Almost every single Def Leppard solo no matter which guitar player was playing them. Some of my absolute favorites ever. I’m not going to link. There’s too many. Some of the lesser known ones to check out are the solos to desert song, paper sun, and lady strange. But there is so much and the one thing they have in common is how well placed they are, and how well they fit the song. Some of that was probably Mutt Lang too,
Also Alex lifeson’s soli to Manhattan Project. Happens at the end. Classic call and response that fits the progression well.
I always liked his leads way more than Walsh’s. I’d vote for Hotel California too, easily but I’ll list some others.
I was thinking of making a thread on “favorite guitar tones” and this is one of my favorites (and favorite solos too). Sorry, I know Christmas is over…
Same on this one, great tone, great solo
Someone else took Comfortably Numb but that solo is just perfect.
Sister Christian has the tastiest hair band solo I can think of (unfortunately not the great tone of the others I’ve mentioned, but hey, it was the 80’s):
Neal Schon has great tone and tastiness. I guess since he’s a shredder I’m disqualified for mentioning him due to the same “guilt by association” problem with Tommo’s submission. He’s just so damn melodic though.
Lastly (until I think of many many more), probably my favorite rock solo of all: