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View Poll Results: Who is the best guitarist of all time
Phil Keaggy 9 18.00%
Paul Gilbert 0 0%
Santana 3 6.00%
Steve Vai 6 12.00%
B.B. King 3 6.00%
Stevie Ray Vaughan 3 6.00%
Jimi Hendrix 7 14.00%
Angus Young 0 0%
Joe Satriani 6 12.00%
Eddie Van Halen 5 10.00%
This poll doesn't have enough options...and even with more options, it'd be impossible to choose a "best" 323 100.00%
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Unread 02-09-2007, 09:08 PM   #16
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Indeed...my first reaction was "there's alot of names left off this list..."
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Unread 02-09-2007, 10:11 PM   #17
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Jimi Hendrix is the greatest guitarist to ever live. It is very unlikely that anyone will ever be greater.

Since I can't decide on a second and since Jimi Hendrix is really in a league of his own, I'll just vote for him.

If I had to pick, Santana may come next... or Satriani... or Vaughan... or Clapton.
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Unread 02-09-2007, 10:19 PM   #18
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I still fail to see how Jimi is the greatest evar...
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Unread 02-09-2007, 10:20 PM   #19
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Unread 02-09-2007, 10:22 PM   #20
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Influence.
So by that you really mean Merle Travis...?

Or maybe you meant the Kings (BB and Albert), Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, since they influenced Hendrix...?
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Unread 02-09-2007, 10:23 PM   #23
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So by that you really mean Merle Travis...?

Or maybe you meant the Kings (BB and Albert), Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, since they influenced Hendrix...?
No, I'm pretty sure I really meant Hendrix.
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No, I'm pretty sure I really meant Hendrix.
but if your reasoning is "influence"...
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Unread 02-09-2007, 10:28 PM   #25
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Indeed...my first reaction was "there's alot of names left off this list..."
Ditto.


What about David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Robert Johnson, Warren Haynes, and Chuck Berry?

And if we're going to include guys like Angus Young, how about Carlos Santana, Trey Anastasio, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Page, Derek Trucks...

A noble effort, but I don't see this being a fruitful thread.
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And if we're going to include guys like Angus Young, how about Carlos Santana, Trey Anastasio, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Page, Derek Trucks...
Umm...Santana is on the list.
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but if your reasoning is "influence"...
Exactly. If influence is all it takes... Then Charlie Christian is the best guitarist of all time, because none of us would be playing electric guitar like we do.

Yes, even your precious Hendrix would have probably never picked up an axe.
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but if your reasoning is "influence"...
Yes. That doesn't mean you get to define what I mean by influence. It doesn't make any sense to talk about influence that way you were talking about it. Perhaps that's why it bothers you so much; you approach it wrong. I mean, the roots of rock trace back simultaneously to Spain and the Middle East (for the production of the stringed instrument as we know it today) and Africa (for a lot of the blues background). Hell, you could say slave traders influenced rock more than anyone else, but that's just not a helpful way to talk about influence. Talking about the impact of a single artist makes a lot more sense. In this way, I treat influence and pervasiveness as factors of making a good artist or musician. Jimi Hendrix had a massive impact on the world of rock. His style of playing was the absolute perfect mix of blues and rock.
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Unread 02-09-2007, 10:33 PM   #29
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Yes. That doesn't mean you get to define what I mean by influence. It doesn't make any sense to talk about influence that way you were talking about it. Perhaps that's why it bothers you so much; you approach it wrong. I mean, the roots of rock trace back simultaneously to Spain and the Middle East (for the production of the stringed instrument as we know it today) and Africa (for a lot of the blues background). Hell, you could say slave traders influenced rock more than anyone else, but that's just not a helpful way to talk about influence. Talking about the impact of a single artist makes a lot more sense. In this way, I treat influence and pervasiveness as factors of making a good artist or musician. Jimi Hendrix had a massive impact on the world of rock. His style of playing was the absolute perfect mix of blues and rock.
it doesn't bother me at all. I don't agree that Hendrix is really the answer. Maybe it just bothers you that I disagree with your conclusions.
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