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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 02-12-2007, 02:36 PM   #76
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mAtT tHiEsSeN rOx mY sOx!!@!11!!! OMG wHy iZnT hE oN tHiS pOlLLL?!?!?1/1/1/1?!/1

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Unread 02-12-2007, 09:00 PM   #77
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Jimi Hendrix: Simply the first to do what he did with the most basic gear on the planet.
Umm... not to mention, he pioneered the use of these brand new things known as "effects pedals", used in ways we still see as innovative today. His gear was far from basic, IMO.

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And Wes Montgomery?
And Joe Pass.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 09:46 PM   #78
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...err...Steve Howe. And Angus Young.
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Unread 02-12-2007, 10:44 PM   #79
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Wait a sec...No Clapton!?
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I had to select not enough options, especially since clapton is not on the list. I am with others who believe a "best" cannot be named, but after watching my crossroads festival DVD again for the umpteenth time I decided that Clapton is definately my favorite. He gets up there and plays with some of the greatest (several are included on the poll), let's them have their turn and then proceeds to show them how its done.
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Unread 02-13-2007, 10:32 AM   #81
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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."
I find that hard to believe since he masterfully put lead and rhythm to classical music.
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Unread 02-13-2007, 11:24 AM   #82
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Why isn't Jesus on the list? {/sunday school answer}
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Unread 02-13-2007, 12:16 PM   #83
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John Mayer and U2's The Edge are some of the best
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Unread 02-13-2007, 12:17 PM   #84
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Why isn't Jesus on the list? {/sunday school answer}
And you get a gold star for that happy answer.

Those who really wish to pursue this unattainable quest for "best guitarist" should look into players like Tommy Emmanuel, Muriel Anderson, Lawrence Juber, Stanley Jordan, Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Bryant, Pete Huttlinger and many other lesser known players who normally do not make the typical popularity contests that masquerade as "best" lists.
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John Mayer and U2's The Edge are some of the best
Not even top 100 worthy. The Edge has a signature sound, but he's not that great.



FWIW here is Rolling Stones top 100 list. If I were making it, I'd make a lot of revisions such as Hendrix wouldn't be #1, Steve Howe of Yes would be much higher as would Brian May, And Tommi Iommi and Eddie Van Halen would be at least top 30. And Randy Rhodes would be somewhere around 20.

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Not even top 100 worthy. The Edge has a signature sound, but he's not that great.



FWIW here is Rolling Stones top 100 list. If I were making it, I'd make a lot of revisions such as Hendrix wouldn't be #1, Steve Howe of Yes would be much higher as would Brian May, And Tommi Iommi and Eddie Van Halen would be at least top 30. And Randy Rhodes would be somewhere around 20.

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I've read the RS list before...it sucked. The best list I've seen was a non-list. it instead grouped the most influential guitarists by style and time period. Thus they were able to lend equal weight to Hendrix, Berry, Atkins, Paul, etc.

You're right about the Edge though...he's very, very good at what he does, and what he does is be the Edge. I can't say I agree with Mayer not being top 100 material though. I can't think of any new guitarist in the last ten to fifteen years that I would think better than he.
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I've read the RS list before...it sucked. The best list I've seen was a non-list. it instead grouped the most influential guitarists by style and time period. Thus they were able to lend equal weight to Hendrix, Berry, Atkins, Paul, etc.

You're right about the Edge though...he's very, very good at what he does, and what he does is be the Edge. I can't say I agree with Mayer not being top 100 material though. I can't think of any new guitarist in the last ten to fifteen years that I would think better than he.
Apparently the newest cover of RS magazine features Mayer, John Frusciante and Derek Trucks.
Frusciante's work with the RHCP is well documented and he's quite a capable guitarist.
Derek Trucks, on the other hand, is not very well known at all outside of guitar player/jam band circles.
I had the opportunity...actually it was a privilege...to see his band live last year. He is an amazing musician that breaks the mold of the traditional electric guitarist.
Mayer is good for what he does but does nothing unique...I'd say the same about Frusciante...but Derek is in a class with little peer.
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Mayer is good for what he does but does nothing unique...I'd say the same about Frusciante...but Derek is in a class with little peer.
I don't have much of an opinion on Frusciante. I think the thing with Mayer is that he's become the figurehead of a blues-rock revival. I can't think of any other bluesmen to have serious mainstream success like Mayer's had since SRV.
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I don't have much of an opinion on Frusciante. I think the thing with Mayer is that he's become the figurehead of a blues-rock revival. I can't think of any other bluesmen to have serious mainstream success like Mayer's had since SRV.
Calling Mayer a bluesman is a bit of a stretch, don'cha think?

Ok, he can play some SRV/Hendrix-ish licks fairly well but is that was makes a bluesman today?

I'm not trying to be smart but I'm seriously asking as one who respects John as a player and has checked out his catalog of music and not seen the classic signs of a blueman in the making, unlike SRV who even on a David Bowie record or while playing a Stevie Wonder tune could not disguise his blues roots.
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I had to select not enough options, especially since clapton is not on the list. I am with others who believe a "best" cannot be named, but after watching my crossroads festival DVD again for the umpteenth time I decided that Clapton is definately my favorite. He gets up there and plays with some of the greatest (several are included on the poll), let's them have their turn and then proceeds to show them how its done.
He does the same for me too every time I watch the DVD. BUT, there are so many great guitarists, it kinda makes this poll moot. I gotta say that watching Vince Gill was a definite highlight for me.

Then again, I'm watching my Phil Keaggy live in Philly DVD right now and I wonder, how can anybody be better. He's all by himself with his Olson - well, and his looper.
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