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Postby Skydog_71 » Fri Feb 24, 2006 12:56 am

As you can see, im an avid music fan, mainly classic rock, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. So i was wondering, who does eveyone think is the best guitarist ever to live.

I'd start a poll but many people are going to throw in names that won't be on the list.

In my opinion, its Duane Allman. He perfected the slide guitar, and made an amazing sound. To think, Duane was only with The Allman Brothers Band for 2 years before his death, :-/ , he has done so much for "guitar".

Throw out your opinion.
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Postby WharfRat » Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:16 am

In order...

Hendrix
Clapton
Stevie Ray

Buddy Guy should be on that list too, as should guys like Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker, who maybe couldn't play as well but paved the way for the other guys. They were the architects.

Duane Allman was great, but can't hold a candle to these other guys.
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Postby bceagles04 » Fri Feb 24, 2006 1:57 am

As an avid music fan myself, and a guitar player...this is a great topic.

If we are going to talk about the BEST guitarist ever...then we need to look at who had the biggest impact, with the greatest ability.

This is a very hard topic, and I like the Duane Allman suggestion. The Allmans are one of my top 5 favorite bands...but I do not think he is the greatest guitarist of all time.

I would look more in the direction of Hendrix.

He did so much for music, and he was an incredible player who studied hard before hitting the mainstream. He knew his instrument like the back of his hand. It was like an extension of his body for him.

After him...Stevie Ray, Jimmy Page, Clapton

their are so many names...and so many different types of guitar. we could move into metal with Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, and Kirk Hammet...or move into blues, as I already did, with Clapton (who fits many genres), SRV, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, and even Page who was more rock. Then we have Eddie Van Halen who is in a class of his own...

Then their is Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Yngwie Malmsteen who most non guitarists do not know...but are the top 3 best guitar players currently.

here are some more names

Santana
Brian May
Slash
David Gilmour
Angus Young
John Petrucci
Tony Iommi
Mark Freidman
Ritchie Blackmore

Really a great thread idea...there are so many names, I think this will be a great discussion!!!

And remember...it is all subjective
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Postby dannyolbb » Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:08 am

Maybe I'm an old man, but you can't leave Tommy Johnson off the list. You know all the stories about Robert Johnson? All his stories, including the selling-his-soul-to-become-the-greatest-guitar-player-ever were stolen from Tommy Johnson.I like the Malmsteen suggestion as well.

Finally, Les Paul doesn't get enough respect. It's hard to believe considering his fame and lack of popular songs, but it's true. He simply doesn't get enough respect for his talent.
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Postby bceagles04 » Fri Feb 24, 2006 2:10 am

Ya I forgot Les Paul...electric guitar would nto be the same without him. I hardly know anything about him other than his contributions to electric guitar and that he was still playing at his incredibly old age.
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Postby Another Blown Save » Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:14 am

Greatest is Jimi without a doubt

Best (I'm assuming this is talking about guitar skills) is hard to say, but I'll say it's either Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Morse, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, or John Mclaughlin (I'm sure I'm missing few names).
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Postby RugbyD » Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:48 am

i'm not qualified to judge contribution or skill, but my favs to listen to right now are:

Satriani
Vai
Eric Johnson
Petrucci
Malmsteen
SRV
TennCare rocks!!!!
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Postby Shadow of the Sun* » Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:35 am

I know he is not the best ever, but I was hoping someone would at least have mentioned Tom Morello.
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Postby bceagles04 » Fri Feb 24, 2006 10:57 am

Shadow of the Sun* wrote:I know he is not the best ever, but I was hoping someone would at least have mentioned Tom Morello.


He is easily top 5 for most innovative...he has done amazing things with his sound
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Postby AcidRock23 » Fri Feb 24, 2006 11:24 am

Al Di Meola is pretty amazing... :-D
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