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Old 04-22-2003, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greatest guitarists ever

Who do you think are some of the greatest guitar players of all time?
A few of mine:

Stevie Ray Vaughn
Jimi Hendrix
Steve Vai
Eddie Van Halen

Note: Two threads have been merged into this one, so some duplicate posts may exist.
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Old 04-22-2003, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My favourites are

SRV
Jimmy Page
Jimi Hendrix
Roy Buchanan
Tony Iommi
Joe Satriani
Slash
Ritchie Blackmore
Robert Johnson
B.B. King
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Old 04-22-2003, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok, so i'm probably going to get some flack over this but recently I came to the conclusion that John Frusciante is the greatest guitarist ever. Let me explain..

Nobody and I mean nobody plays with the style that he does. Every lick in a RHCP/Frusciante song has a purpose. No notes are wasted. Add to that his improvisational skills and the fact that he's created some incredible, timeless songs and you've got what is in my oppinion the best guitarist ever. A few of my other favorites.

David Gilmour
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Tom Morello
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Old 04-22-2003, 04:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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How the fuck could I forget Gilmour


Frusciante is great, but he's not the best ever. He hasn't evolved any new techniques or brought anything really new to the music world like for example Robert Johnson, Hendrix or Van Halen did. His style is pretty distinctive however and his coorporation with Flea is breathtaking to say the least. I'd place him in the category right under Guitar Gods. Here's my rating system complete with examples.

Guitar God
- Hendrix. All of those mentioned in my above post.

Very fucking Good
- Frusciante, Jeff Buckley, Tom Morello

Good
- Keith Richards, Adam Jones

OK
- Kurt Cobain

Meh
- Guys from bands like 3 Doors Down or Jimmy Eat World. They're probably allright, but I can't be bothered listening to them.

You shitting me? This is bad.
- Tom Delonge, guy from Linkin Park.

I'd rather masturbate with a broken glassbottle than listening to this shit again
- Some Nu-Metal bands I've been lured into hearing around the net. These people actually think they can play worth shit.

N00b
- It's not their fault they suck...
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Old 04-22-2003, 05:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The two best I know of:
Charlie Bingham of the Hoopsnakes...this guy is a god...Many have said he is better than Clapton...and yes he is. I would highly recommend buying a hoopsnakes album.........Best Blues...EVER

Tommy Bolin I would have to say is the second best in my book.
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Old 04-22-2003, 05:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just a few who have influenced me;
Jimmy Page
Pete Townsend
Lenny Breau
Wes Montgomery
Jeff Beck
Joe Pass
Mike Stern
Michel Cusson
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Old 04-22-2003, 05:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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uh...eddie van halen is the best. i dont understand why so many people dont include him. its unbelievable to me. he is the most innovative guitar player...

suggested listenings: spanish fly, eruption, hot for teacher, unchained,
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Old 04-22-2003, 05:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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uh...eddie van halen is the best. i dont understand why so many people dont include him. its unbelievable to me. he is the most innovative guitar player...

suggested listenings: spanish fly, eruption, hot for teacher, unchained,
continued from last post....i hit tab by accident

ice cream man solo, and any live solo. he is far from a one trick pony that im guessing most people think he is, because of his tapping technique.
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Old 04-22-2003, 05:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 04-22-2003, 06:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'll add a new one...Yngwie Malmsteem! The SPEED!
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Old 04-22-2003, 06:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I can't believe no one has mentioned <b>Frank Zappa</b> yet.

Then there's Paco De Lucia - best flamenco guitartist ever.

Clapton. People used to write "Clapton is God" on walls without a trace of irony.

Robert Fripp. From the anal retentive school of perfection.

As for the rest - All the ones that folks have mentioned here in all honesty are great (Heck, Steve Vai was Zappa's "Stunt Guitarist").

Eddie Van Halen could be the greatest guitar player in the world, but he has a goofy image that will never go away until he is old enough that people confuse him with Andres Segovia. C'mon, you name your kid Wolfgang Van Halen and you cannot expect to be taken seriously no matter what you play.
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Jimmy Page
and Hendrix

2 of the fathers of modern rock...
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:51 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I can't believe no one has mentioned <b>Frank Zappa</b> yet.

Then there's Paco De Lucia - best flamenco guitartist ever.

Clapton. People used to write "Clapton is God" on walls without a trace of irony.

Robert Fripp. From the anal retentive school of perfection.

As for the rest - All the ones that folks have mentioned here in all honesty are great (Heck, Steve Vai was Zappa's "Stunt Guitarist").

Eddie Van Halen could be the greatest guitar player in the world, but he has a goofy image that will never go away until he is old enough that people confuse him with Andres Segovia. C'mon, you name your kid Wolfgang Van Halen and you cannot expect to be taken seriously no matter what you play.
When Frank wasn't fuckin' around, he could blow ANYONE away; suggestion: "Shutup an' play yer guitar" Truly deserves the word AWESOME!!
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Old 04-22-2003, 07:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Old 04-22-2003, 08:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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most definatly hendrix....... he could just go off on about anything
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Old 04-22-2003, 10:45 PM   #16 (permalink)
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No Question.

Clapton.

'nuff said.
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Old 04-23-2003, 12:11 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Satriani <----- mah savior I saw him live at the House of Blues in Chicago and he did a three hour set with just him, it was great if I do say so myself.


Jimi
Clapton
Page
Malmsteen

Those are my favorites with Joe being on the top. There are more, but I can't remember them right now.


And what about great bass players?

Stu Hamm?
The guy who plays with bela fleck a lot, can't remember his name...Oh! Victor W00ten?

I don't know many bassists but was wondering who poeple consider to be a great?
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Old 04-23-2003, 01:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Clapton, absolutely the best blues EVER.
Hendrix, cuz he could do some crazy shit while he was playing.
Eddie Van Halen
Slash from Guns and Roses
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Old 04-23-2003, 04:21 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Duanne Allman
Dickie Betts

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Old 04-23-2003, 05:11 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I'm actually surprised noones mentioned mark knopfler yet (sp?)

My favourite guitarists (not necessarily the best, mind):

Jimmy page
Eric Clapton
David Gilmour
Robert Fripp
Adam Jones
Jeff Martin
Jimmy Hendrix
Joe Satriani
Dean DeLeo
Tommy Emmanuel
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm kinda surprised that no one's mentioned Carlos Santana or Mahavisnu John Mclaughlin; they did an album together back around '74 called "Love, Devotion, Surrender"; about 50% crap and 50% blow-you-away-good; very uneven, but worth finding!
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:41 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Good point, cinnles.

Knopfler also is good. (and I like Jimi too, but Clapton still rules.)

If you want to hear a good jazz guitar player, look up Larry Coryell.
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Old 04-23-2003, 08:54 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Brad Delson of Linkin Park ofcourse. (note had to look that up )

no, I'm not sure you guys have covered about all of them.
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Old 04-23-2003, 10:38 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Anyone ever listen to Adrian Legg?

Check out his song "Reckless Love".
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:15 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Well, I agree with a lot of what's been said. I'll throw one more out: Alex Lifeson (from Rush). Not so much on their newer stuff, but if you listen to the older stuff (say Permanent Waves and earlier) and particularly their live albums (Exit, Stage Left, All the World's a Stage) he's great.
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:53 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Hendrix, Cobain, Clapton.
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Old 04-23-2003, 05:59 PM   #27 (permalink)
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To me, Gilmour and Satriani.

Gilmour is so slow and feely and that vibrato...

Satriani used to be (Extremist Days) the perfect balance of virtuosity and 'listenability.'
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Old 04-23-2003, 07:10 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Eric Clapton during his heroin charged "Cream" days. None better.
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Old 04-23-2003, 07:57 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Clapton. Hands down.
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Old 04-24-2003, 04:26 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Not many have mentioned Mark Knopfler he was excellent in his time.
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Old 04-24-2003, 09:18 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 04-24-2003, 09:34 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Phil Keaggy is definately up there too... absolutely amazing player.
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Old 04-24-2003, 10:12 AM   #33 (permalink)
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John Petrucci from Dream Theater
Steve Vai
Joe Satriani
Adam Jones - Tool
Jimi Hendrix
Carlos Santana
George Harrison
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:23 PM   #34 (permalink)
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  • Dave Mustaine
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Randy Rhodes
  • Tony Iommi
  • Zakk Wylde
  • Scott Ian
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:05 PM   #35 (permalink)
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So many to list...

SRV
Hendrix
Clapton
BB King
Freddie King
Albert King
Albert Collins
Buddy Guy
Tony Rice
David Gilmour
Alvin Lee
Duane Allman
Stephen Stills
Doc Watson

So many more....
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:23 PM   #36 (permalink)
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You are all going to jump down my throat, but here's my contribution:

John Mayer.

No, I'm not talking about the current, glammed-up, playing-what-the-record-companies-are-paying-him-to-play, adding-instruments-for-no-reason John Mayer. I mean solo-acoustic-guitar John Mayer. Check out the finger work on his acoustic version of 'Neon'. At one point, he had the handwritten tab for it on his website, and I couldn't fathom how some of it was physically possible.
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Old 04-24-2003, 05:44 PM   #37 (permalink)
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There are really too many for me to name... but personally I think that the craziest solos come out of...

-Zakk Wylde

-Kirk Hammett

-Tony Iommi

-Eddie Van Halen

Those four, are, to me, in a league of their own as far as soloing goes. As for more general guitarists, these guys also come to mind...

-Billy Corgan (VERY underrated)

-Jack White (VERY VERY VERY VERY Underrated... sure, the White Stripes may seem like all power chords to most, but you have to see him play solos with a slide in person to really get a feel for how talented he is... also, he can sing and play rather techical stuff at the same time, which is REALLY hard... for non-guitarists, think rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time... times 80,000,000,000.)

-Frank Zappa (He's just plain awesome)

-Steve Gaines

-James Hetfield
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Old 04-24-2003, 07:08 PM   #38 (permalink)
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The omission of Ritchie Blackmore, Larry Carlton, Walter Becker, and Jeff Beck from this thread has thus far been blasphemous. Good thing I was here to save the day.

Oh, yeah, and Mustaine rules (Rust In Peace).
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Old 04-24-2003, 07:35 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Forgot Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets. Very underrated band.
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