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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 02-11-2007, 11:06 PM   #61
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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.


Yes, I had forgotten about Chuck Berry at the time, and yes, he did somewhat do the same thing Hendrix did. However, if you ask basically any guitarist out there playing the guitar and writing solid pop songs, who do you think they're going to cite as more of an influence in that field; Chuck Berry or Jimi Hendrix?

Not to mention the fact that Jimi was probably more technically skilled on the guitar than Chuck Berry.

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Unread 02-12-2007, 12:23 AM   #62
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I refuse to vote for anyone less than Pat Metheny.

Or Django for that matter.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 12:34 AM   #63
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Or Django for that matter.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 01:12 AM   #64
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Yes, I had forgotten about Chuck Berry at the time, and yes, he did somewhat do the same thing Hendrix did. However, if you ask basically any guitarist out there playing the guitar and writing solid pop songs, who do you think they're going to cite as more of an influence in that field; Chuck Berry or Jimi Hendrix?

Not to mention the fact that Jimi was probably more technically skilled on the guitar than Chuck Berry.
I think you missed my point. The reason that Jimi has more rep than chuck is because Hendrix had a different style. He was the first of his kind. His playing wasn't what was revolutionary, it was his style, and really not even his guitar style, his genre as a whole, he was the first in that genre to gain national recognition... There were more skilled guitarist before his time, and during his time...
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Unread 02-12-2007, 06:30 AM   #65
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Choose the best.
There is no "best".
Furthermore and with all due respect to the folks you mentioned, if there were a "best", he/she is not mentioned on your poll list except maybe Keaggy for his versatility.

Angus Young? You're joking, right?
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These polls really should be renamed "Your Favorite Guitarist Of All Time" as that's what they really are.
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Amazing how the top two are Phil Keaggy and Jimi Hendrix. You couldn't pick two great guitarists with such contrasting life styles.
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I really don't think there should even be a poll, because there are so many guitarist that people may not know.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 10:33 AM   #71
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I really don't think there should even be a poll, because there are so many guitarist that people may not know.
And Hendrix has been dead long before some people here were born. You might even say he is no longer a guitar player.
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is the best guitarist of all time
Phil Keaggy: Technically, the best of all listed an amazing player. My son got to attend an all day clinic he was teaching. Yes I was jealous, it was an awsome opportunity.

Paul Gilbert: Where is he now?

Santana: Best pentatonic scale player on the planet.

Steve Vai: Best creative player using different genres of music and electronic equipment. Amazing to watch.

B.B. King: Best blues scale player who never used a slide and is one of the godfathers of blues music. Plays regularly and is over 80 years old.

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Incredible blues player who rolled blues greats with Jimi Hendrix into the best intensive blues player that ever lived. Was never lost while playing, always knew were he was going next no matter what or with who he was playing. Is well respected by the godfathers of blues music and he always paid respect for their having paved the way that allowed him to do what he did.

Jimi Hendrix: Simply the first to do what he did with the most basic gear on the planet.

Angus Young: Very, very, good blues based rock and roll band lead guitarist.

Joe Satriani:
Was one of Steve Vai’s teachers but now, Vai is the master.

Eddie VanHalen:
Changed what every guitar player on the planet did with a guitar after their first album hit store shelves in 1978. I remember four of us sitting around watching each other’s jaws hit the floor while playing it for the first time. Greatest, no, the godfather of modern guitar, yes.

One person you don’t have listed is Jason Becker. Becker only had a very short career before being stricken with a disease that paralyzed him. If he had not been stricken with a disease, he would have been the master of every single person listed above. Do some research on him.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 11:36 AM   #73
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i'm going with steve vai. of all those listed, i have a top 3 of hendrix, satch, and vai. vai has such an insane ability to make a guitar do whatever he wants. perhaps he's not the fastest shredder, but no-one shreds as creatively as he does, no long mindless runs over and over.

i'll add that yngwie malmsteem should have been added to the list, but his lack of creativity still wouldn't get my vote as the "best."

edit: steve vai only has three votes? what gives?
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I made a slight modification to the poll...continue on.
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I want to throw in.. My opinion of three best guitarist.. (Influence aside).. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Peter Frampton, and Tom Morello.
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