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Best Guitarist Of All Time Poll: Lifeson / Dimebag  
User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (1 year 12 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3154 times:

Poll conducted by Guitar World and you can vote too :
http://www.guitarworld.com/poll-grea...-4-dimebag-darrell-vs-alex-lifeson

He's got my vote :
http://i47.tinypic.com/t89pg2.jpg

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User currently offlinewingman From Seychelles, joined May 1999, 2261 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (1 year 12 months 3 days ago) and read 3117 times:

For me a toss up between Eddie, Stevie Ray, or Jimmy. I love Rush but Alex couldn't hold a candle to those three. Neil on drums? That's a no brainer in the Percussion vote.

On a classical guitar the answer is Paco de Lucia, but that's probably a different magazine (with much lower subscription stats)!


User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3645 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3114 times:

Quoting varigb707 (Thread starter):
http://www.guitarworld.com/poll-grea...-4-dimebag-darrell-vs-alex-lifeson

ACCESS DENIED

You are not authorized to access this page.


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3102 times:

Quoting mham001 (Reply 2):
ACCESS DENIED

You are not authorized to access this page.

I got the same message. Is it because we're not logged in?

If we have to log in, then I'll pass.



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7957 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

Those polls are bull**** anyway; there is no such animal as the best guitarist (or drummer or singer or bass player). You may tell them what your *favourite* guitarist is, but not the *best*.

Every artist basically stands on an island - called Jazz or Blues or whatever - where he or she may be brilliant. But as soon as you move the artist on another island he/she probably fails miserably, no matter if it's Mark Knopfler or Pat Metheny. And artists like Kaki King or Gordon Giltrap won't make it anyway, because hardly anyone knows them.



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User currently onlinebrilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 3):
I got the same message. Is it because we're not logged in?

If we have to log in, then I'll pass.

You have to subscribe to the magazine to get the content, or subscribe to the website or something like that. BTW my vote is obviously for Lifeson.

[Edited 2012-09-21 08:52:04]


Rush for ever; Yankees all the way!!
User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1375 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

My favorites are Tommy Emmanuel, Ritchie Blackmore and Freddie King. Any of them when they're on form (well, Tommy's always on form) can make my spine tingle.


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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Quoting brilondon (Reply 5):
You have to subscribe to the magazine to get the content, or subscribe to the website or something like that.

That's what I figured, so I won't vote then.

My favourite is Slowhand.



"A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant one" - Moliere
User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8269 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

I'd go with Carlos Montoya or Stephen Edgerton.

User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2185 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3066 times:

John Petrucci, if he's anywhere on that list (he should be!)


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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Joe Satriani and Mark Knopfler!

Soren   



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User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3645 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

Best thing about these debates is that it stimulates threads with plenty of names to check out.

Some of mine; Gary Moore, Django Reinhardt, Paul Gilbert


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13598 posts, RR: 61
Reply 12, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3045 times:
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How is Dimebag even in this discussion?!?


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User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1375 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 12):
How is Dimebag even in this discussion?!?

Because he's dead.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

Athel "Doc" Watson. Unfortunately he passed away a few months ago (there was a thread about it).

He changed the guitar from being a pure harmony instrument in Bluegrass music and made it a solo instrument, and surprised everybody by being able to play fiddle tunes at high speed on the guitar (watch towards then end of this movie, where he increases the speed):




BTW, he originally played electric guitar in a rockabilly band, but later changed to accoustic guitar. And he was blind from birth.

Another one would be the British guitarist Bert Jansch (unfortunately dead as well):

He played a mix of folk and jazz and is known as a member of the shortlived, but revolutionary band Pentangle of the late 1960s-early 1970s, where he played the guitar together with his equally good fellow guitarist John Renbourn, singer Jaqui McShee, bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Terry Cox.

(Hunting song from the 1969 album Basket of Light)



Then the American singer and guitarist Dave van Ronk aka "The Mayor of McDougall Street" in Greenwich Village, NYC(unfortunately dead as well) :




BTW, even though not gay himself, he came to the help of the gays, who rebelled against police harrasment during the Christopher Street riots and was one of the arrested.

Then Django Reinhardt: A Belgian swing guitarist of Roma origin famous in the 1920s- 1950s.

He lost the use of three fingers of his left hand as a young man, when the caravan he and his wife lived in caught fire. Still he developed a new way to play he guitar.





He and his band were mainly responsible for the development of Euro jazz.

Else I agree with NoUFO´s post: Every guitarist is unique, this is why I´ve listed several from different styles, whom I all like (unfortunately all of them are dead by now)

Jan

I embedded several Youtube videos of these musicians, but they seem to have not gone through.


User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3069 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

Quoting mham001 (Reply 2):
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Me,too.

But I would say that Lifeson would be in my top ten but not #1.I might put him #5/6 on all time greats.


Here's why and it's been posted before.Alex is a fabulous guitarist and the recent "Time Machine 1 & 2 concerts" in which I saw him/Rush at Gibson,now being torn down in LA, Alex came out to the fore front but he's problem is that he complements Geddy's keyboards which is no fault of his.He's often cast more as great "Rhythmic Guitarist"

But hands down, it's Lifeson over who? Yeah,I agree.How does Dimebag even come into the conversation.Very laughable.

[Edited 2012-09-21 11:30:11]


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User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

Quoting wingman (Reply 1):

For me a toss up between Eddie, Stevie Ray, or Jimmy. I love Rush but Alex couldn't hold a candle to those three. Neil on drums? That's a no brainer in the Percussion vote.

On a classical guitar the answer is Paco de Lucia, but that's probably a different magazine (with much lower subscription stats)!

You are totally off topic. This is about Lifeson and Dimebag.


User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2444 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 4):
Those polls are bull**** anyway;

Agreed. The recent Rolling Stone poll didn't even have Neal Schon crack the top 100. Not saying he's the best but he's sure as hell ranks better than Curt Cobain.



Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!
User currently offlinemham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3645 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

Quoting varigb707 (Reply 16):
You are totally off topic. This is about Lifeson and Dimebag.

We'd have a better idea of the subject if you would either post a description of the subject; or a link we can see.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10027 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2936 times:
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Quoting PSA53 (Reply 15):
I saw him/Rush at Gibson,now being torn down in LA

Hmmm? I'm seeing Rush at Gibson in November.....

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 15):
he's problem is that he complements Geddy's keyboards which is no fault of his.He's often cast more as great "Rhythmic Guitarist"

Not sure what exactly you mean. Lifeson has guitar solos on a gigantic percentage of Rush songs. Sure, he assumed a lesser role on about 3 or 4 albums, but that's out of 19 albums of original material.

Even on keyboard-heavy songs like "Subdivisions", he still has solos.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39884 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (1 year 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2893 times:

Alex Lifeson gets my vote.
Not just because I've been a Rush fan most of my life but because Alex Lifeson is an incredible guitar player.


Dimebag is ok but I think he is listed because of his tragic death.
Others worth mentioning;
Phil Keaggy
Mike Campbell

Quoting PSA53 (Reply 15):
Gibson,now being torn down in LA,


I saw Nancy Reagan and Prince in concert there.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

I'll go with Dime.

He could just flat out shred. I'll admit I am a huge Pantera/Damage Plan fan so I am biased.

In terms of skill/influence he is at or near the top of the list of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkFqg5wAuFk
Walk
If I recall it was voted the #1 metal rift of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9raw6qc6hs
Solos



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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3069 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 19):
Quoting PSA53 (Reply 15):
I saw him/Rush at Gibson,now being torn down in LA

Hmmm? I'm seeing Rush at Gibson in November.....

We're both right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_Amphitheatre

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 19):
Quoting PSA53 (Reply 15):
he's problem is that he complements Geddy's keyboards which is no fault of his.He's often cast more as great "Rhythmic Guitarist"

Not sure what exactly you mean. Lifeson has guitar solos on a gigantic percentage of Rush songs. Sure, he assumed a lesser role on about 3 or 4 albums, but that's out of 19 albums of original material.

I'm not taking anything from Lifeson.No way.He's #1 as today's active guitar players.I'm saying that he switches off front duties with Geddy. Ritchie Blackmore and the late and great Jon Lord were the same way.

[Edited 2012-09-22 11:46:03]


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39884 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

Another understated guitarist worth mentioning is Andy Summers of The Police.


Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7379 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
Others worth mentioning

Randy Rhodes, just imagine what he would be today had he not died young.


25 Aaron747 : Guitarist pissing contests bore me. The great thing about such a versatile instrument is it yields a wide range of performers with unlimited variety i
26 Post contains images MD11Engineer : What about those without electrics? Jan
27 Post contains images Aaron747 : Even acoustic warriors play plugged in Nobody would be able to hear them otherwise unless you had a room with no people in it.
28 MD11Engineer : I just asked the question because most of these polls are gravitating too much towards rock / pop musicians with electric guitars. Jan
29 Post contains links and images Aaron747 : Doesn't always have to be the case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIW1crMTEDk Though these guys did start out as shredders...lol
30 Post contains links and images Superfly : Well in that case, throw in Michael Hedges and Paco deLucia. Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P9mmZyGb4s Paco de Lu
31 Post contains links MD11Engineer : ´Fly, check out this band: www.carolinachocolatedrops.com I stumbled upon them yesterday while searching for some oldtime music tunes and some old fo
32 Kaphias : How about the guy that Jimi Hendrix said was better than him... Terry Kath, anyone? Most underrated guitar player ever.
33 Post contains images Superfly : I'm a HUGE Chicago fan! I have every album of their's up to Chicago 25. My favorite album of their's is Chicago VII. Side one of that album is all in
34 Post contains links and images MD11Engineer : I don´t understand that beatbox either, but he is not a regular anyway. For the rest I think this girl has a good, strong voice (reminds me of Maria
35 Post contains images Superfly : Now THAT's wacky & zaney! I like! I have a friend that would really get in to this. That's probably why I can't get in their music that much. I d
36 Post contains links MD11Engineer : What about this English Damsel? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUKCHqoqfHg&feature=related Maddie Prior of Steeleye Span, recorded 1975. Or: http
37 Post contains links and images MD11Engineer : That chick of the Carolina Chocolate Drops reminds me of the young Maria Muldaur (when she was still performing under her maiden name d´Amato) with t
38 ER757 : There is no such thing and the "best" guitarist - how can you possibly measure it? Notes per second, number of chords you know, number of songs you ca
39 Post contains images Superfly : I would often see their records mixed in with the Steely Dan records at used record stores. That 3rd clip, her voice is more bearable. The music is g
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