Prince could honestly be the most talented musician in human history. The guy played every instrument and played nearly all of them on each of his albums. But Prince’s primary instrument was the guitar and he surely doesn’t get enough credit as a guitar player.
First off, go to YouTube and watch his solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” during George Harrison’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. That video says more about Prince’s guitar chops than words ever could. Prince was a guitar virtuoso that nobody really knew about, as he was considered more of a pop star and performer. Prince frequently performed with a guitar, but was often involved in choreographed stage routines and other performance spectacles.
Prince’s best guitar work can be heard in his epic solos, most notably “Purple Rain.” Although a simple solo in technique, it evokes emotion in the listener and is just perfect for the track.
Prince will likely continue to have his guitar work overlooked for the foreseeable future, but he was honestly one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.
https://www.guitarplayer.com/technique/10-ways-to-play-like-prince Source: Guitar Player
5. The Edge – U2
The Edge simply doesn’t get enough credit. Is he an incredible technical guitar player? No. Does he play blistering-fast, ten minute solos? No. But he’s created his own entire style of guitar playing by revolutionizing the way that guitar effects units are used.
Since U2’s first album in 1980, the Edge has been taking delay effects to a whole other level. His use of dotted eight note delay is recognizable immediately. You know when U2 comes on the radio because you can hear the Edge’s distinct style. His continued collecting of rack-mounted effects and midi-control units gives him a constantly changing tone. If you ever tried to be the Edge in a U2 cover band, you’d basically need a completely different guitar rig for every song.
Some people would argue that using a lot of effects is a crutch, or cheating. But that viewpoint is ridiculous. Almost every band you go see has a massive effects rack, regardless of what style of music they play. Effects units are part of being a guitar player in the 21st century. They allow for more creativity and help make a guitar player’s job easier.
But, what really makes the Edge great is that his guitar tone is different on every song. Rather than a guitar player like Noel Gallagher, whose overdriven sound is the same on every track, the Edge creates a new sonic workspace for each song. His use of dozens of different guitars also help lend complexity and variety to his tones.
So no, the Edge isn’t going to win a guitar battle with Jimmy Page. But, I don’t even really consider the Edge a guitar player. Jimmy Page actually said it best himself, The Edge is, in truth, a “sonic architect.”