Best Guitar Player

Discussion in 'Guitar' started by egrogsacul, Dec 8, 2002.

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Who is/was the best guitar player

  1. Jimi Hendrix

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    49.5%
  2. Kirk Hammett

    15 vote(s)
    15.5%
  3. Carlos Santana

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    22.7%
  4. B.B. King

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    12.4%
  1. lachrymotion

    lachrymotion New Member

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    wheres Robert Fripp?
  2. bigbaddave81

    bigbaddave81 New Member

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    if you are talking the 'best'.... steve vai... by a long shot
  3. Catweazle

    Catweazle New Member

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    Jimi Hendrix has influenced Everyone. Either directly or indirectly.
  4. PoisonSnake

    PoisonSnake New Member

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    Along with the others already mentioned, i would say my favs, without the obvious of : SRV, Satriani, Santana, among others previously mentioned would be(no particular order):

    Neil Schon of Journey- one of my truly favs. also was a prodigy of Santana.
    Joe Perry of Aerosmith- great rock player with that classic bluesy feel.
    Ted Nugent- Even during his Damn Yankees days the Nuge was still great.
    Slash- its a given i enjoy his guitar playing.
    Richie Sambora of BOn Jovi- Another great guitar player.
    The two guitarists from Night Ranger- they are both really good, maybe great on their own, but a great tandem.

    There are many others, this is truly a hard poll or type of list to pick greatest because it depends on personal preference.
  5. mlacey

    mlacey New Member

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    the edge
  6. skellxx

    skellxx New Member

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    Richie Sambora and Eric Clapton
  7. saxmidiman

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    Pretty funny thread. Hammett has influenced today's heavier styles, but he's never had me say "He's an untouchable God". Guys like Clapton and Page would listen to Hendrix and be very iimpressed by his very unique (at that tiime) guitar stylings. The purists would say "Vai, Satriani, Bettencourt, Malmsteen" because of their technical merit. To me, the best guitarist is one who does what the song calls for and isn't completely self indulgent. I always say to my guitar students, "Sure he can do this, but can he hold one note for 32 beats and make you say "damn, lets hear that again!!!"". :thumbsup:
  8. EContrary

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    Man, this is an old thread

    My choices: Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, and John Petrucci


    No one can touch Dream Theater !
  9. ayfer75

    ayfer75 New Member

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    Some really good ideas. interesting to see guitarists from many different styles.

    My picks would be
    1. Steve Vai
    2. Angus Young
    3. Nuno Bettencourt
    4. John Pettrucci
    5. Stevie Ray Vaughan

    as an aussie I will also throw in Tommy Emmanuel
  10. pajon82

    pajon82 New Member

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    Clapton for me... :)
  11. darren

    darren New Member

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    How about Danny Gatton or Mark Knofler
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    Great Guitarists

    Do anyone like Eric Johnson? He is the only guy who has blown me away in recent times.
  13. Marc64

    Marc64 New Member

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    Different styles, different moods, different guitarists...

    Gilmour, Satriani, Knopfler, Clapton...

    Any guitarist who gives me goosebumps is a great one...
  14. KakashiLP

    KakashiLP New Member

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    yngwie malmsteen would may be the best...:)
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    blumnmz03 New Member

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    jimi hendrix + john frusciante
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    Man where do you start - : mind you this is tuff that has been covered but i agree with draccon and his analogy of what makes a great guitarist,1) technical ability 2) feel 3) knowledge 4) live performance. And yes draccon, Steve Vai certainly has all of these down pat but I also think with the recent inclusion of Tony McAlpine on his recent tour, he definately matches Steve for all of these. Someone who is very underrated is Steve Morse and someone who you never hear of anymore which I would have to say is the best technical player ever.....MR JASON BECKER.....c'mon down!!!!!!! This guy ****s on anyone for technicality. The only person who has ever succesfully covered a JAson BeCKER solo piece has been the monster MR PAUL GILBERT who has been failed to mention in this little debate. But like others have said, there are way too many to mention. What should be said is "Who has the BEst Guitar Tone?? or "Sound" whichever you like!!!!!
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    There is also Steve Lukather from Toto who has been one of the most top session muso's of all time, Steve Howe from YES for his inventions to lead playing, One of the best female guitarists of all time and close to being one of the worlds best is Jennifer Batten, Also Al Di Meola, Larry Carlton, Greg Howe, Mark Landau, Jengo Reinhardt, Jeff Healey, Neil Schon, Vinnie Moore, Michaelangelo, Stanley Jordan, Vernon Reid, Richie Sambora, Alex Lifeson, Zakk Wylde, Tommy and Phil Emmanuel, Brett Garced, Stuart Fraser, Dave Hole, Marty Friedman, John Sykes, etc etc the list goes on!!!!
  19. BarryC

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    P.O.D.'s guitar player, Lawl :D
  20. qtip22

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    They're all good, but you forgot one of the best.
    Dimebag Darrel. He might have seemed like a normal one, but had the singing not been so prominent, you would notice how fast he wipped out the pinch harmonics. Pantera was awesome.

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