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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1458 times:

Who do you think are the best guitarists? My picks:

1. Jimi Hendrix - He did stuff with the guitar which was just unbelievable. His technique was off the charts, and he made sounds which one found hard to believe was coming from a guitar.

2. Santana - While he may not have the technical skills of many, his musicality on the guitar in my opinion is verrrry good. My favorite album is the one he did with John McLaughlin, the music is simply amazing.


What do you all think?


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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

My choices are generally due to innovation, tone, and overall writing ability rather than raw technique so I'll name my top 5, in no particular order

Robert Smith- The Cure. Just listen to the album 'Disintegration.'

Bob Mould- Sheer tonal quality and the perfect track-layering sensibility

Chet Atkins

Django Reinhardt

The Chameleons' team of Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding- Fielding's reverb-drenched strumming mated with Smithies' Chorused plucking created one of the most powerful sounds in Rock. A band that imploded on the threshold of stardom, reunited!



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineRapo From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1440 times:



Bob Mould is a favorite of mine as well. A few more favorites:

Al DiMeola: technical genius
Trevor Rabin: former Yes member & on par with Al DiMeola

A few old school metal favorites:
Randy Rhoads: R.I.P.
Eddie Van Halen: what list would be complete without him?

I have more but I can't think of them now.
rapo


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

Joe Satriani - He has a host of his own solo albums which are really moody, and his work with DT is excellent.

Yngwie Malmsteen - My god he is fast  Wow!, amazing stuff..

Steve Vai - Much the same, he managed to make his guitar sound a whole choir he is so fast, most bands just get a real one  Laugh out loud.

Marty Friedman - Fast fast fast, some really really good stuff with Megadeth, even after the harcore 'Rust in piece', they still put out some great groove riffs in Countdown, Marty made it all happen Big grin.

George Lynch - Considering he was a member of a Hair metal band, he is such a great guitarist... 'Mr Scary' is so good, it reminds me of Hangar 18 by Megadeth.

Chris Impellitteri - This guy is amazing, i've never seen such amazing ripping music... ok maybe I have, but he is still great  Smile.

Some odd suggestions so far lol ...  Smile


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

lol yeah Van Halen would be on my list too, some really nice experimental stuff  Smile

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Joe Satriani is just about untouchable in terms of pure technique. Quite lyrical as well. Thank God he stopped trying to sing!

Pete Townsend has always been tremendously underrated. Jimi Hendrix copied everything from him in the early days, including his use of distortion and feedback, the Marshall stacks (which Pete co-developed with Jim Marshall). But for some reason he always was a bit shy about playing lead, in spite of his great skill at it.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, of course. Nobody ever played from the gut like him.

Dave Gilmour was never fast (unless you sped up the record player), but his atmospherics were innovative.

Charles


User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

The one, the only... THE EDGE from U2. need I say more??

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

Me.

filler filler filler



Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

If you include Bass, I'd say John Muang. He is so fast and his technique is incredible (playing all across the fretboard with a 6 or 7 string bass, very quick!) Big grin

User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

I don't know what is worse, that this made it to reply 5 before someone mentioned Stevie Ray Vaughan, or that nobody yet has mentioned the one

the only

Eric Clapton.

BTW- Clapton once introuduced SRV as the greatest guitar player he ever heard. There is a reason nobody ever covers his songs.

--
Mike



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

There is a reason nobody ever covers his songs.


Because they are crap???  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1051 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

There´s an awful lot of great guitarists.
Some that come to my mind right now, in no particular order:

Eddie van Halen

John Norum

Dave Gilmour

George Lynch

Dave 'Snake' Sabo

Al DiMeola

Paco de Lucia

Tony McAlpine

Joe Satriani

Steve Lukather

John Jorgensen

Jerry Donahue


...and many more.
I used to like Yngwie Malmsteen until I discovered he´s only faking his speed. For some reason I never liked Paul Gilbert and Jen Batten. Too clynical for my liking.
Btw, how about a best bass player thread?  Smile

Stratofish



The Metro might be the Sub(optimal)way
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7950 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

I'd like to add Pat Metheny and - as far as playing slide guitar is concerned - David Lindley to the list.


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User currently offlineLubcha132 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2776 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1352 times:

6-7string basses. feh

there are only 3 types of basses in the world. 4 strings, 5 strings, and Fender Bass VIs/Music Man Sillouhettes which are really just baritone guitars. the rest, with the 4 lane highway necks, are crap.


User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

Lubcha, the Fender Bass VI is the best sounding stringed instrument in the world!

(Back to Robert Smith again)



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

The best guitar player to ever live was Roy Buchanan. To hear this man play sends chills up my spin. It's amazing you do not even mention his name, he was asked to play for the Rolling Stones but turned them down. This man did things with a Fender Custom the above mentioned names could only dream of. Look into the man you will see guitarists paying homage to the "Best unknown guitar player in the world".

To attend a Roy gig was to see thousands of like guitar players aged 18-35 with their mouths agape at what this man could do with a Fender. Please visit this web site and learn about the best. Roy Invented circuliar picking and perfect playing the neck like these smucks like Eddie Van Halen. This man played with soul not to sell records on the top 40 like Joe Satriani or Ego Van Halen.

http://www.roybuchanan.com/

The Messiah will come again

TechRep


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

I personally think Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) is the most amazing guitar player to ever live, possibly with the exception of Jimi Hendrix.

User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1342 times:

Please have a look at a Roy Buchanan guitar given to him by the Fender Company, with some pictures of the master. Only 4 of these guitars were issued you can see James Burton, Roy Buchanan and James Cropper. Roy was given #0003

http://imageevent.com/techrep/1952fendertelecasterreissue

TechRep


User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Mark Knopfler.

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User currently offline777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

Jimi Hendrix

Eric Clapton

Edward Van Halen

Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)

Steve Vai

Joe Satriani

"Snake" Sabo , Rock on, Stratofish. Skid Row rules!

Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big)

Alex Lifeson

Plus lots more that I can't think of right now.



User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

Alex Lifeson of RUSH
is the best! ! ! !! !






Also, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter of the Doobis Brothers is great too.  Smokin cool




Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39831 posts, RR: 74
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

 Embarrassment
Shucks, it's the Doobie Brothers!  Smile



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineKing penguin From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1314 times:

I don't know about "greatest", but certainly the ones that somehow keep turning up on the record or CD player...

bernard sumner (joy division/new order)
will sergeant (echo & the bunnymen)
tom greenhalgh & john langford (mekons)
richard fortus (love spit love)
john mcgeoch (magazine, siouxsie & the banshees)
charlie burchill (simple minds)
chris spedding
elvis costello
peter buck

along with the aforementioned django reinhardt & robert smith

cheers,

kp


User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1306 times:

No mention of Gary Moore yet.

When I saw him I just couldn't believe that so much music could come from one man. He also sounded just the same as on CD and you all know how some people have to fiddle with the settings to sound good.


User currently offlineJSC_23 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Brian May of QUEEN would have to be my favourite!!!!

JSC_23



Be a realist...Remain a dreamer!
25 Post contains images Andreas : Yep, Gary Moore for sure, also one of the best guitar sounds (listen to the live version of "The loner", and you know what I mean!) others (beside Hen
26 Sebolino : I didn't see Frank Gambale in your list !
27 Mighluss : EGGD, is John Muang the bass player of Dream Theater? BTW, Paco de Lucia is the BEST guitarrist, but not with electric guitar...
28 Post contains images Thom@s : Slash from Guns and Roses! Thom@s
29 LPL : What about Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin?
30 LHMark : I don't know. Did Jimmy Page ever teach Robert Plant some runs in the tour bus?
31 Post contains images 777YYC : Oops, forgot Jimmy Page
32 Post contains links Toady : Diblo Dibala - "the fastest guitar in the West" Quite astonishing. http://africanmusic.org/artists/diblo.html[Edited 2003-01-31 18:29:04]
33 Post contains images EGGD : EGGD, is John Muang the bass player of Dream Theater? Yeah, I've seen DT live and he is pretty amazing... Dan
34 Post contains images Srbmod : The Modfather himself, Paul Weller: And here he is with one of the best thieves, I mean guitarists of the 90's, Noel Gallagher
35 Gunships : My top ten, in no particular order: Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin. Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple Pete Townshend from the Who Tony Iommi from Black
36 Seb146 : My top five are: Joe Satriani Ned Evette Joe Satriani Eric Johnson Joe Satriani
37 LZ-TLT : Hehe...being a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal minded, here's my top 10 in no particular order: Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween, ex-Gamma Ray) - blazing fast and a gre
38 Post contains images EGFF : Gonna have to be Slash from Guns and Roses, that part at the end of "November Rain" still rings in my ears Regards Shaun
39 Post contains images Stratofish : LZ-TLT: The Scorpions had a few great guitarists, best of them Mathias Jabs (listen to his solos from the 1980ies), but Rudolf is one poor guitarist.
40 LZ-TLT : Stratofish, are you sure Matthias Jabs is not playing BASS?
41 Andreas : Absolutely sure!! ...though I keep asking myself how any name connected to the worst German rockband could come up in a thread entitled "best guitaris
42 Todd : I don't see John Petrucci listed yet. Great stuff with DT and LTE. Can't wait for his solo album.
43 Post contains images Stratofish : Andreas: I do agree that at present they are Germany´s worst (you call that "rock"?) band. But if you are at all into rock music you should listen to
44 Ual777contrail : I would have to say, BLACKIE LAWLESS, W.A.S.P. SLASH, GUNS N ROSES KEVIN & PATRICK BROWN, LAMBBED those are my picks, RUSH suck ual 777 contrail
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