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Unread 12-31-2009, 01:04 PM   #16
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Really it seemed like they were going for guitarists that inspired their eras. The influence of these three guitarists on their time periods is tough to deny.
Yeah, I can see that. Maybe I'm just finicky because I don't like "The Edge".

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Unread 12-31-2009, 01:42 PM   #17
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I agree with Steve. The movie not trying to say who the best guitarist is. Not at all. It's looking at the electric guitar, it's effect on music, and three different musicians' approaches to it.

You have Page who was there for the early stages of the electric guitar introduction into rock and roll. He provides the perspective of someone who was there when the phenomenon was starting.

To me, Edge seemed to be much more of a "scientist" in his approach. He almost comes off as obsessive compulsive in the documentary, and even admits himself that he drives other people nuts trying to get exactly the right sound to come out. What's interesting isn't whether or not he's the best guitarist, but his passion for effects, and trying to push himself into seeing what the guitar can do, and what he can get out of it.

Then there's White comes from a much more raw (he's literally bleeding all over his guitar in one scene) and unrefined approach. With his out of tune/ old beat up/ plastic guitars, and unorthodox methods, he almost seemed to be the antithesis of The Edge. His background as a guitarist is also interesting in that he emerged from a place where electric guitar was uncool.

This doesn't need to be yet another "who's underrated/ overrated" discussion. Watch the movie because it's a fascinating look at the guitar. Not because it's trying to tell you who's the best.
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Unread 12-31-2009, 02:58 PM   #18
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To me, Edge seemed to be much more of a "scientist" in his approach. He almost comes off as obsessive compulsive in the documentary, and even admits himself that he drives other people nuts trying to get exactly the right sound to come out. What's interesting isn't whether or not he's the best guitarist, but his passion for effects, and trying to push himself into seeing what the guitar can do, and what he can get out of it.
Yeh, the clips from the Edge's parts of the movie, plus my experience as a guitarist who's a fan of the Edge leads me to agree. He isn't the best, flashiest, or most inventive guitarist, but his influence is undeniable. He brings an incredible passion for his style, the amount of time and energy he spends to tweak his equipment to get that elusive sound he hears in his head. He brings an absolutely incredible knowledge of gear to the table. As a ridiculous tone freak who also enjoys spending countless hours tweaking equipment, I really admire his talent. I can't wait to see the rest of this film.
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Unread 12-31-2009, 03:24 PM   #19
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I saw it a few months ago in theaters. It was excellent. Very very interesting.
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.... but three of my least favorite guitar players. Yeesh.
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I'd like to see this. I'm gonna see if I can find a DVD somewhere.
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I might rent/buy this.
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I might rent/buy this.
+1. I need to find a blockbuster where it's in stock.
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just rented it tonight. i loved it.

great movie.

but i really dislike "the edge".

his name is stupid, he relies too much on effects, and hes just not very good. the page and white are great though
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but i really dislike "the edge".

his name is stupid, he relies too much on effects, and hes just not very good. the page and white are great though
What about Bono, is his name stupid too?
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What about Bono, is his name stupid too?
guess not.

its just "the edge" sounds like its trying to be hardcore and cool.

you sound...angry and defensive in your post lol. just my opinion dude
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guess not.

its just "the edge" sounds like its trying to be hardcore and cool.

you sound...angry and defensive in your post lol. just my opinion dude
It just seems silly to me to discount a guy because you think his nickname, one that was given to him nearly 30 years ago, is stupid.
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It just seems silly to me to discount a guy because you think his nickname, one that was given to him nearly 30 years ago, is stupid.
im not discounting him for that. im discounting him because i dont think hes a good player. i think he relies on too much effects, and doesnt have much skill. he even said in te movie "look how boring this is without the effects..."
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im not discounting him for that. im discounting him because i dont think hes a good player. i think he relies on too much effects, and doesnt have much skill. he even said in te movie "look how boring this is without the effects..."
If this was all there was to it, you wouldn't have brought up the name.

That being said, I think it's pretty cool that he recognizes how boring his playing is without effects. I don't think that means he lacks skills as much as it means that he understands his limitations and has carved himself out a special niche through his use of effects.
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If this was all there was to it, you wouldn't have brought up the name.

That being said, I think it's pretty cool that he recognizes how boring his playing is without effects. I don't think that means he lacks skills as much as it means that he understands his limitations and has carved himself out a special niche through his use of effects.
I think hes creative, smart, knows his effects, and is smooth with what he does.

i also think his technique, and general playing is pretty bad. and i did bring up the name just cuz i think its funny and stupid.
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I agree that the Edge seems really out of place, in terms of musicianship. But, influence wise, I can see it.
Jack White always intrigues me, he's an interesting fellow, and a great musician, I really like his music.
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