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Unread 08-07-2009, 11:20 AM   #16
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The Edge doesn't do anything spectacularly. He is known primarily for the effects he uses and how he uses them, not for what he plays. If you use the guitar as purely a sound making device, I guess he probably seems great.

I wish I could make millions of dollars playing four or five notes into sixteen delays.

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Unread 08-07-2009, 11:26 AM   #17
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Unread 08-07-2009, 11:36 AM   #18
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Kurt Cobain was certainly a mediocre guitarist; however, I've always been impressed with his ability to separate the rhythm of the melody from the rhythm he was playing on guitar. "Come As You Are" is a good example of that.

But I don't know anyone who thinks Kurt Cobain was a great guitarist, so I don't really know how overrated he actually is.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 11:43 AM   #19
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The objection to The Edge seems to fall into anyone can copy him justification. When I started playing church music a common complaint I heard was that praise teams sounded like a bad copy of U2. Perhaps many are able to dial in the exact effects settings that The Edge uses and it is "easier" then copying a bend by SRV, octaves like Wes or a tap by EVH but he is still a standard setting artist who many try to emulate.
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Kurt Cobain.
Yes, yes, and more yes.
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The Edge is a huge influence on my playing...
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The Edge is a huge influence on my playing...
And you're better than he is. Fancy that.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 01:04 PM   #23
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But I don't know anyone who thinks Kurt Cobain was a great guitarist, so I don't really know how overrated he actually is.
I hear greater than EVH routinely. I hear him absolutely worshiped as a player.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 01:12 PM   #24
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Kurt was the first one that came to mind for me too. Great, catchy song writer...yet one of the most overrated guitarist of all time.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 01:15 PM   #25
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Mark tremonti....completely un-impressed.
Malmstein....lotsa speed but no sole.
Kurt Cobain.....catchy but no one would listen to a nirvana instramental album.
Jimmy Page....Good, but no better then the other lead guitarists of his time.
Dragon force.....see malmstein.



I would dissagree with puting the edge on this list, he innovated rythem guitar and created a completely unique style. His style is still fresh and thought it has been replicated easily by others it was still his first. I can play Hendrix tunes, does that make me as good as him? I can play VH leads lick for lick, does that make me as creative as eddie?
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I would dissagree with puting the edge on this list, he innovated rythem guitar and created a completely unique style.
The Edge himself admitted that he developed a style that everyone else does except he plays it in higher octaves and through mutiple delays and effects. He innovated nothing.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 01:34 PM   #28
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Kurt Cobain.

I didn't realize that Cobain was even rated in the first place! But one guy that I would say is overrated (not that he wasn't good) is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Also Santana is way overated IMO.
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How do you rate a guitarist anyways? Is it by the number of notes per minute he can play? How soulful he is? etc. etc. etc. etc.? If all guitar players could agree on some sort of rating system, I'd be shocked. Then again, I wouldn't see the point of it anyways.

I'm really neutral on the Edge. I don't particularly like or dislike his playing. I can appreciate that he has influenced many, many guitarists though. So have some of the others that have been listed here I'm sure. That should count for something in a ratings system.

I just don't see any positive coming out of a thread like this...
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Hendrix is my main choice here, I understand that he was a pioneer, but his clout is completely unearned. I think that half his clout comes from the fact that most of his fans when he was still alive were twice baked.

Cobain is another obvious choice, to me its always been more about his lyrics and his style, I'm a pretty big grunge fan, but I don't see him as that great. Though as a vocalist and guitarist I can see why he wanted Pat to play lead live.
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