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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%
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Unread 02-10-2007, 02:00 PM   #46
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Having seen him play, he did show off. I mean, burning, throwing guitars on the ground, playing with his teeth and behind his head and wielding it like a gun were all part of the act. While he was good and he had good songs, he did not play very cleanly and sometimes he hit some clams. If those three criteria are to be applied, the best guy for me would be Clapton. I've seen a lot of Clapton live and have yet to hear him hit a wrong note.


Yeah, but, when you hear him play on the CD, it doesn't sound like he's going all-out shredding and all that. Sure he could do it live, but when it came to writing CDs, he didn't go all out and write and record a bunch of improvised solos for his songs. He would fit the guitar work into the song to make it sound good. For that, I have a lot of respect for him.

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Unread 02-10-2007, 02:59 PM   #47
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Yeah, but, when you hear him play on the CD, it doesn't sound like he's going all-out shredding and all that. Sure he could do it live, but when it came to writing CDs, he didn't go all out and write and record a bunch of improvised solos for his songs. He would fit the guitar work into the song to make it sound good. For that, I have a lot of respect for him.
I'm just sharing what I saw him do and what I thought. Yeah, I liked him and I like and listen to him still. At least I got a bigger picture of him than what you hear on an album or what you read about. Sometimes the legend becomes greater than the man as he really was. For myself, I like to know what the real person is like too and with him, I think I got a glimpse.
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I think that influence had any business here, then Joe Sat should be the winner... I mean, he's actually technically talented... and has influence that I think even Hendrix would have trouble comparing to...

I mean.. He taught Hammet and Vai... Vai is up there and I'm kinda surprised Hammet isn't... I mean, I don't think he belongs up there, but usually when you're talking greatest somebody mentions him.

And I still think he's the most talented guy up there, influence aside...
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Eh...in terms of influence it's hard to argue against Hendrix. Sure Satch taught Hammet and Vai, but the reality is that his music isn't something that influences mainstream music. That is was Hendrix did do.
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Eh...in terms of influence it's hard to argue against Hendrix. Sure Satch taught Hammet and Vai, but the reality is that his music isn't something that influences mainstream music. That is was Hendrix did do.
Correct.

I mean, seriously, slave traders did more to influence rock music than any musician, but they aren't the best guitarists ever because of it.

Jimi Hendrix influenced rock directly, not through some indirect process.
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Just an amazing guitarist no one hears of go to you tube and search scottie anderson and weep.
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Unread 02-11-2007, 12:37 AM   #54
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I think that influence had any business here, then Joe Sat should be the winner... I mean, he's actually technically talented... and has influence that I think even Hendrix would have trouble comparing to


Satriani's influence doesn't even close to Hendrix's, in my opinion.


It seems that, before Hendrix came on the scene, the guitar wasn't viewed as something to be mastered, more like something that seemed to be taken for granted for the most part when it came to writing songs.

When Hendrix showed up, he showed that the guitar could be used to fit the song and it could be mastered. He showed that it was possible to be relatively skilled technically and to be able to use that talent to write songs that could make the listener's jaw drop at the skill required to make the sounds that were coming out of the guitar and yet also be able to make the song sound good froma songwriting standpoint.

Sure, Satriani also did that, but, if you look at the big picture, he did it on a much smaller scale that Hendrix did.
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It's unfortunate that whenever we have a thread like this, pretty much only rock guitarists are mentioned. There have been a lot of great guitarists who played acoustic jazz, blues, or folk.

Have you ever heard of Django Reinhardt? He was an amazing acoustic jazz guitarist, and he sounded great despite the fact that he could only use two fingers of his left hand. If you look him up on Wikipedia, you can find some video of him playing.

Nick Drake was a very good folk guitarist. He had excellent fingerstyle technique, and did some good things with altered tunings. And he was a great songwriter.

And I already pointed out the omission of Segovia. If you're considering influence, he can't be ignored.
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And I've seen both Jimi and Phil, I like Phil better to be honest. He is more versatile and to me - that is a qualification for being the best.
I feel young again. How many CGR members where around to see Hendix? I voted for him though. I think he was the greates electric guitarist of all time. You can get into a ton of arguments when you through classical, jazz and spanish guitar into the mix. The main reason I rank him above more versitile later guitarists is that he invented so much of the modern guitar solo. Nobody really had done what Jimi did before him, and to pioneer is greater than to drive a paved road.
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Okay, I haven't read all of this.. but I'm shocked, utterly, shocked and.. well, downright disgusted... That Stevie Ray Vaughan only has THREE people with it.. I only clicked him. Cause only him.. ( and well.. Either Keith Richards or Peter Frampton!! or, even Slash should be up there with him).. but on that list.. ONLY.. S.R.V.
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Satriani's influence doesn't even close to Hendrix's, in my opinion.


It seems that, before Hendrix came on the scene, the guitar wasn't viewed as something to be mastered, more like something that seemed to be taken for granted for the most part when it came to writing songs.

When Hendrix showed up, he showed that the guitar could be used to fit the song and it could be mastered. He showed that it was possible to be relatively skilled technically and to be able to use that talent to write songs that could make the listener's jaw drop at the skill required to make the sounds that were coming out of the guitar and yet also be able to make the song sound good froma songwriting standpoint.

Sure, Satriani also did that, but, if you look at the big picture, he did it on a much smaller scale that Hendrix did.
Have you ever heard of Chuck Berry? He certainly knew that it was something to be mastered and made it fit the song... I mean, Johnny B Goode?

If you're citing Hendrix's influence at least cite it for what it is. He did a different style than had been done before. He brought nothing else to guitar.
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