The Greatest Guitarist

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Who is the Greatest Guitarist ever?

  1. Yngwie Malmsteen

    6 vote(s)
    3.9%
  2. Steve Vai

    4 vote(s)
    2.6%
  3. Slash

    7 vote(s)
    4.6%
  4. Joe Satriani

    12 vote(s)
    7.8%
  5. Eddie Van Halen

    8 vote(s)
    5.2%
  6. Eric Clapton

    20 vote(s)
    13.1%
  7. Jimi Hendrix

    39 vote(s)
    25.5%
  8. Stevie Ray Vaughn

    5 vote(s)
    3.3%
  9. Kirk Hammet

    8 vote(s)
    5.2%
  10. Other

    43 vote(s)
    28.1%
  11. Richie Sambora

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. Nuno Bettencourt

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  1. Pol

    Pol Stuck on the M1 <img src="images/smilies/shakehead Staff Member Super Mod

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    Depends on the type of guitar playing you're into
    Malmstein is great but you'd get a nose-bleed listening to guitar playing at that speed. Personally i like Nuno Bettencourt, Slash, Clapton and Gary Moore.
  2. chipmunks4ev

    chipmunks4ev New Member

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    JIMI!!! Need I say more. . .
  3. aliengrrrl

    aliengrrrl New Member

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    Holdsworth IS UNBEATABLE

    What's wrong with everybody....Do you need long hair and a Jackson to get attention ?!!.....Holdsworth may LOOK regular but if people USE THEIR EARS , They'll KNOW he's the best....who gives a rats ass if he looks like a Soccer Dad.....

    So typical....People hear with their eyes...not their ears....
    OH!. look !...a strat !...Let's smash it so we can get "Best Guitarist Awards"......


    PS: Even Eddie Van Halen says that Holdsworth IS "God's Gift to Guitar"..........Nuff said.
  4. Bossworld

    Bossworld New Member

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    Tom Morello
  5. joey

    joey New Member

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    Not one of you mentioned Chet Atkins, Bruce Mathiske or Django. Surely when you can play with the technique, speed and melodic ability of Bruce Mathiske on an acoustic guitar with only a small amount of reverb as an effect, this counts you as on eof the greats.
  6. Dallas Aussi

    Dallas Aussi New Member

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    Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath - amazing how cutting off two fingers changed the world sonically - Tony having to tune down to use prosthetic fingers made the world of death metal possible
  7. cetech1971

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    How can you not have Eric Johnson on there, his playing is lightning fast and CLEAN, his tone is like creamy warm with violin like highs, and sustain that goes for days. This guy was Stevie Ray Vaughns roomate for a few years, so you know they played/practiced together. I've seen Eric in a small club, right up front, and he truely is awesome. Finished up by coming out by himself with just an acoustic, just unreal ability.
  8. searocker

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    For me its such a mood oriented thing to answer this question. Speed, chops, traditional creativity, progressive creativity, the sound itself, studio perfection vs live presence and performance. It so completely depends on what Im into at that momemt. Satch always blows me away, Hendrix was a master as was SRV. Petrucci seems to be able to do it all, Gary Moore can give me cicken skin. So many great guitarists, Im reluctant to have to select just "one" as the best.
  9. D_A_S

    D_A_S New Member

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    Jimmy Page... No question
  10. asensayuma

    asensayuma New Member

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    Me in my dreams (otherwise Martin Simpson)
  11. roblesb

    roblesb New Member

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    My vote

    My vote on Brian May
  12. AcidX

    AcidX New Member

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    May I ask: Where is Tom Morello? (Rage against the machine & Audioslave)He can do some real crazy and cool stuff on his guitar, anyone got any live CDs with him playing in, I think the things he does are still cool but not as good as the studio things...
  13. izam74

    izam74 New Member

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    I think each guitar player has his own skills. I wonder why Jennifer Betton or Dimebag Darrel aren't in here. I think they are guitar gurus in Berkley...
  14. bird

    bird Bird is the Wordd

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    while not my favorite artist, van halen is by far THE BEST GUITARIST EVER. prime examples: Eruption, Hot For Teacher, and Panama
  15. Jailbreak

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    Respect! Pat rules!! :thumbsup:

    Actually I'm tied between Pat Metheny and Al Di Meola (both of which I have seen live :) ) Hmm, I think Al wins when it comes to rhythm and technique, but Pat wins when it comes to overall musicality. But still they both rock - or jazz that is ;)

    Yngwie is nice in a "guitar hero" kind of way. But he seems to be stuck in the eighties. I mean, he masters tapping to a frightening degree, which is quite impressive, but you sometimes get the feeling that it is the only style he does. Plus his songs seem more like an excuse for him to show off, than actual pieces of music.

    Eric Clapton? Best guitarist? Lol, all old "Slowhand" ever does is play pentatonics. Don't get me wrong he does make some nice songs, but come on, he's not in the same league here.

    If you think the best guitarist plays rock, you obviously haven't checked out the jazz scene.

    Oh, well, guess some people will always prefer redheads, or blondes, or brunettes or... :)
  16. floyd25

    floyd25 New Member

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    I think Brian May should be included
  17. Serban

    Serban New Member

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    I can not believe that Randy Rhoads, Jimmy Page and Zakk Whylde are missing from the list. Especially Randy Rhoads, who holds nr. 3 on Guitar World's Top 100 solo's of all time. Anyhow, my vote will forever go to Randy. R.I.P.
  18. strat

    strat New Member

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    I saw a interview on much music
    one time with Eddie Van Halen
    he said he wanted to play like
    Clapton.And I read in guitar player how Joe satriani also tryed to play like clapton.
    He gets my vote..But if Jimmy were still
    here,I think Clapton would vote for Him.
  19. alain

    alain Guitarillo

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    I think it's very difficult to compare.
    There are a lot of excellent guitarplayers
    Don't forget Jan Akkerman ( remember the Dutch 80's-band Focus
    with songs as Sylvia, Hocus Pocus, focus 1,...... )
    Another one, and very unknown is Jean-Marie Aerts ( he once played in the famous Belgian band Tc-Matic ) not for his technical skills, but for his innovating style of playing
  20. fuzzbox_51

    fuzzbox_51 New Member

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    dudes what about brian robertson of thin lizzy fame????
    hes a great player!!!

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