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User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4656 times:

Tonight I'm doing a QRF mission (quick reaction force: basically like being on standby), and anyway, we're hanging out in the ready room, listening to some tunes, and debating about the best guitar players of all time.

And it got me wondering, so who would they be? Who's the top 5 best players of all time?

--------Here's my top 5-----------

1.) BB King: What can I say - his name says it all: He's the king. His string bending technique is legendary and the sole he plays the guitar with is matched by no other. Throughout his entire life he has inspired some of the other greatest guitar players. And to top it off - his voice is awesome. Lets face it: we can draw almost all modern guitar sounds back to old blues songs. King simply commands respect - and while others might have him beat in skill and technique - King has a lifetime of rocking to the top. Best guitar moments: The Thrill is Gone, Rock me Baby and The Sky is Crying

2.) Jimmy Hendrix: I placed him second, simply because we don't have a lifetime of guitar playing to base an opinion on. Had he lived longer, he probably would be at the top. But even in those short years, he revolutionized the way the guitar is featured in modern music. His style and techniques have inspired countless others after him - including Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, etc... Best guitar moments: Purple Haze, Along the Watchtower and Foxy Lady

3.) Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton's versatility scores big points. Hell... look at his song "Layla", it was an awesome song in its original form... and yet he was able to take the same song and make it sound totally different by going acoustic. He's played along side Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pete Townshend and BB King - and unquestionably held his own. Clapton has also quite a few hits that have bridged beyond blues or rock hits - his music appeals to a very large audience. Best guitar moments: Layla(both versions), Cocaine and when he jammed with BB singing Rock me Baby

4.) Stevie Ray Vaughn: When you listen to Stevie, you just get the impression that he's playing with everything he's got. His skill is incredible and his quick paced technique is extremely hard to duplicate. And look what he did, he took old blues songs, mixed them with a Hendrix-type style, and created jaw dropping guitar sounds. But I down grade him because of the scope in which he created music. Clapton won out over Stevie, because Clapton is versatile and plays to a wider range of music. But still Stevie was a natural with the guitar. And if you know anything about him and his long battle with drugs and kicking them towards the end of his life, it's a real shame we lost him so early. Best guitar moments: Pride and Joy, Voodoo Child, and Tightrope

5.) Eddie Van Halen: This is a tough one - because there are quite a few other great guitar players who could arguably be in the top five of all time. And the reason Van Halen beat them out was because of his effect on music through the entire decade of the 80s. His famous two handed tapping technique was adopted by almost all other major rock bands. Best guitar moments: the solo in Michael Jackson's Beat It, and his 1:42 minute solo in Eruption, and Panama


So what would your top 5 list look like?

-UH60

[Edited 2006-08-14 01:58:26]

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User currently offlineMigfan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4656 times:

1. Eric Johnson
2. Randy Rhoads
3. Kirk Hammet
4. SRV
5. Brian Setzer

/M


User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4639 times:

In no particular order:

-Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)
-Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
-David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
-Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
-Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

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User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4638 times:

Eric Clapton
David Gilmour

Those two are the best without a doubt in terms of pure talent, the ability to adapt their riffs and melodies, and their sheer skill.



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

- Eric Clapton
- Joe Satriani
- Mark Knopfler

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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4629 times:

What about Carlos Santana?

UAL


User currently offlinePulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

Clapton
Keith Richards
Satriani
Mick Ronson
Jimmy Page
Robert Cray


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8115 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4623 times:

Carlos Santana
Stevie Salas
Steve Rothery
Alex Lifeson
Eddie Van Halen



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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4610 times:

John Deacon.

Signed,

Jetjack74


User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2799 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4609 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
-Eddie Van Halen

I think his name is Eddie Van Zant, not sure, pretty sure it is Van Zant.



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4601 times:

Andrés Segovia



Charo



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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4601 times:

Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 9):
I think his name is Eddie Van Zant, not sure, pretty sure it is Van Zant.

No, Matt  Wink



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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2745 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

Carlos Santana has to be my Number One.

User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4590 times:

Django Reinhardt
Leo Kottke
Chet Atkins
Mark Knopfler
Andy Summers



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User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2754 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

David Gilmour surely has to be up there somewhere?!? Big grin

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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

BTW good call on Malcom Young. Not the best guitarist, but the guy who wrote all the memorable ACDC riffs.


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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4579 times:

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 10):
Charo

 vomit 

Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana are my choice. But I reckon there are other good guitar players out.


User currently offlineUSAF757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4575 times:

Jimmy Page

SRV

Bruce Springsteen, he doesnt get enough credit because of his song writing abilites.

Jimi Hendrix

Dick Dale, king of the surf guitar.


User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4573 times:

1. Frank Zappa
2. T Bone Walker
3. Joe Satriani
4. Stevie Vai
5. Ronnie Montrose



...and all those guys on your list too.

[Edited 2006-08-14 04:12:49]


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User currently offlineZarniwoop From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4560 times:

I can't believe no one has mentioned The Edge. He may not play obvious blinding solos all the time but what he does play is quite subtle but fills so much of the sound. Next time you listen to some U2, listen carefully to the layers.

My top 5 in no order:

Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
The Edge
Dave Gilmour
Keith Richards


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4549 times:

My top 10, in no particular order:

Jimmy Page
Jimi Hendrix
Eric Clapton
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Angus Young
Dimebag Darrell
Dick Dale
Bill Haley
Carlos Santana
Eddie Van Halen



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4549 times:

Zappa

Hendrix

Clapton

Page

Santana



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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4545 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

Whoops, meant ANGUS Young Big grin



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5395 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4536 times:

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
3. Django Reinhardt
4. B.B. King
5. Albert King
6. Joe Satriani
7. Jimmy Page
8. Angus Young
9. Carlos Santana
10. Kenny Wayne Shepherd (before he wussed out and went pop)



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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10036 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4529 times:
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Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
-Malcolm Young (AC/DC)



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 22):
Whoops, meant ANGUS Young

Haha, you corrected it before I could....

Though:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 15):
BTW good call on Malcom Young. Not the best guitarist, but the guy who wrote all the memorable ACDC riffs.

I agree with that. Actually, it's really hard for me to choose my favorite guitarists by their lead playing. Quite often I'm more impressed by guitarists' rhythm playing. With that in mind, some great rhythm playing belongs to:

-Izzy Stradlin (GnR)
-Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
-Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
-Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, and Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones)
-John Lennon and George Harrison (and Paul McCartney?) (Beatles)

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25 Post contains images Jetmatt777 : Van Zant is with Lynyrd Skynyrd then? I guess the "Eddie Van" got my confused.
26 Traindriver : My favorites in no particular order: Hendrix Page Clapton George Harrison Jerry Garcia (Dead) Alvin Lee (10 Years After) Pete Townshend (Who) Jorma Ka
27 Post contains images KFLLCFII : Knew I was missing one!
28 Itsjustme : I agree with most thus far and think Chuck Berry should be in the top 5.
29 Senorcarnival : In no particular order: -Jimmy Page -Randy Rhoads -David Gilmour -Jimi Hendrix -John Petrucci
30 Post contains images KevinL1011 : Nice Call! I remember seeing TYA at the Long Beach Arena during the "Rock and Roll to the World" tour (approx. 1975). He's a big guy and hammered on
31 Post contains images Spacemanspiff : Johnny Greenwood from Radiohead!
32 Post contains images Columba : The best "worst guitar player" in the world The most underrated guitar player My Top Ten in no particular order: 1) Brian Setzer 2) Jimi Hendrix 3) J
33 Theredbaron : I hate this give me the top 5 axeman of all time because there are tons of guitarrists that are simply superb and in diferent fields, techniques and s
34 Lucky42 : i am suprised no one mentioned Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac fame...Saw a bio about him once and was amazed at how awesome he is on the guitar a
35 2112 : Top 5 guitarists... Some of my favorites, in no particular order: Eddie Van Halen John Petrucci Alex Lifeson Randy Rhodes Eric Clapton
36 Post contains links Knoxibus : Too many good ones out there for me: - Hendrix; - Kirk Hamett; - Yngwie Malmsteen; (might be considered as just a very fast guy, but some of his solos
37 Alphafloor : I don't know who's the best. I like a lot of guitarists, my taste changed over the years... it's hard to tell really. In this moment I hear a lot of K
38 Post contains images Superfly : Alex Lifeson (RUSH) Tom Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) Tommy Shaw (STYX) Al Di Meola Phil Keaggy
39 Express1 : Don Williams classical guitarest, i dont know about now,but i remember he was the fastest classical guitar player going, he may still be? dave
40 BHMNONREV : I think you mean Mike Campbell, but I get your drift. To me he makes the Heartbreakers sound so distinctive. I'll throw out a few more... Leslie West
41 Post contains images Superfly : BHMNONREV: YIKES! I was mixing him up with the former Republican congressman from San Jose, California. Please don't ask why! Yes, I meant to type Mik
42 Vikkyvik : Ronnie Van Zant was the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd. He died along with other members of the band in a plane crash in 1977. Steven Van Zandt is a m
43 Columba : He also played with Johnny Cash on the "American" series - all of them are very good. Although the last two of them (American IV and V)are very dark
44 AirPacific747 : Mark Knopfler Santana I love these two songs by Mark Knopfler: Sailing To Philadelphia What It Is[Edited 2006-08-14 15:08:02]
45 Superfly : Columba: I must check out those albums.
46 Traindriver : Wow, so many great guitar players. Another favorite I forgot to mention in my earlier post was Roger Mcguinn. I couldn't get enough of the sound of th
47 Eatmybologna : I don't know if anyone has mentioned these two great guitarists... 1. Bill Gibbons (ZZ Top) 2. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) E-M-B
48 Post contains images Cosec59 :
49 Post contains images Danny : No particular order: Eirc Clapton Jimmy Hendirx Mark Knopfler Carlos Santana Steve Rothery Pat Metheny
50 Post contains images AGM100 : 1. Steve Wood My long time Friend, dude can absolutely lay down anything ! I hate him . He has been playing guitar for 45 years , and just lives for i
51 Boeing Nut : IMO, two that you would never expect to see on the list... Roy Clark Brad Paisley In Paisley's defense, listen to a clip of "Time Warp" on his latest
52 IL76 : I personally am not a big fan of whailing lead-guitarists, so my favorites are guitarists who play the tightest riffs: (these are just the ones that j
53 RAPCON : Nobody comes close to Segovia
54 DeltaDC9 : And he is also Tony Sopranos right hand man. DAMN STRAIT! The guy can not only play guitar with the best of them, he can play ANYTHING with strings w
55 Post contains images Ryanair737 : Really surprised no one has named Slash yet. He rules! Ryanair737
56 DeltaDC9 : Lets not forget Glenn Tipton and KK Downing of Judas Priest either. Not only can they do it in the studio, they can do it live in your face too. That
57 IFEMaster : 1. Me. 2. Everyone else. No, a little more seriously...good guitar players are ten-a-penny; I've heard unknowns play at events like Guitarmaggedon who
58 Senorcarnival : That's a good call. It's a catch-22 situation here: Hetfield laid down the rhythm for most songs that Hammett later composed his solos from but most
59 AGM100 : For SpeeedMetal !! Their is only two.... Dave Mustaine Marty Friedman of... Megadeth , Especially Hanger 18 (Rust in Peace) Very very technical highs
60 Traindriver : Two other greats that nobody has mentioned yet are Steve Cropper and Ry Cooder.
61 CURLYHEADBOY : Jason Becker, too bad he didn't have the chance of playing some more....
62 Columba : Shame on me for forgetting Ry Cooder !!!!!!!!!!!!
63 Post contains images Spacemanspiff : what about John frusciante from the Red hot chilli peppers? amazing they only need him on guitar and he does it so well. proof - Red Hot Chilli Pepper
64 PanHAM : No Texans here? 63 posts and good 'ole Willie is not mentioned? OK Willie Nelson and trigger
65 Vikkyvik : Ahhhh, I just heard "Money for Nothing" on the radio on the way to work....probably one of the best guitar riffs ever. Up through the Black Album, He
66 Scintx : I was just searching to see if any one mentioned this. I've had the opportunity to see him several times and always impressed.
67 CastleIsland : Interesting how most of us have our individual areas of preference. For me it's mainly late 60s - 1970s guitarists: Robert Fripp Steve Howe Alex Lifes
68 Cedarjet : So true. I can't believe I forgot Mr Buckingham. He really means every single note. I saw Fleetwood mac twice in Dec oh three and it really did chang
69 AGC525 : Non other than Dime Bag Darryll!!
70 Comorin : Any of you guys hear of a dude called Duane Allman ? He helped Derek make an obscure album called "Layla and other Love Songs"...
71 AGM100 : Angel flying to close to the ground ... awesome . Man you just cant name them all... Duane is may favourite slide player for sure ! No one has mentio
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