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Godfather
23rd Aug 2002, 12:24
... And here we go again ...

Sorry guys, but to avoid discrimination I had to start a poll with male guitarist just like I had started on about females a couple of days ago.

Anyway, this one ain't so lousy as you may very well think. I would really like to know whom you like best as a guitarist.

For me personally, it'll always be Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. That guy must have been born with a guitar in his hands. There is no person who can play the guitar like he does. He's written some of the greatest guitar solo's ever!!

My fav. Dire Straits song is still "Private investigations" ... sounds a bit like a dark thriller or something ...

cowboy from hell
23rd Aug 2002, 13:33
Edward Van Halen, Albert Lee, Danny Gatton, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson. I could list a million more but these are the best that I am currently listening to. And yes, Hendrix was OBA. He still rocks.

Godfather
23rd Aug 2002, 14:08
Originally posted by cowboy from hell
And yes, Hendrix was OBA.

Oh, I thought he was American. :D

Kat
23rd Aug 2002, 14:25
I don't see Joe Satriani on there anywhere, so I didn't vote.

TombRaiderChik
23rd Aug 2002, 15:53
definately hendrix!!!

GoranAgar
23rd Aug 2002, 16:37
Originally posted by Godfather
I had to start a poll with male guitarist
Who forced you?

cowboy from hell
23rd Aug 2002, 17:20
Originally posted by Kat
I don't see Joe Satriani on there anywhere, so I didn't vote.

Wow, another Satch fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is hope for this miserable planet yet LOL!
I was just making a quick list and figured few would care or even know who he was. I love him and my favorite tune is Flying In A Blue Dream! And just for a bit if triva: Satriani was suiting up for football practice when it came over the radio that Hendrix had passed. He told the coach to stick it and decided to make music his only love. He is also a very nice guy. Met him at a NAMM show in '94!

DaveJ
23rd Aug 2002, 17:26
Jimi Hendrix from that list, also Dave Navarro, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens and Nils Lofgren.

Godfather
23rd Aug 2002, 17:34
Originally posted by GoranAgar

Who forced you?

I did. :rolleyes:

Lil Lara
23rd Aug 2002, 18:51
Uhh--I know you can only have 5 options, but you should've put an 'other"! lol.

So what makes a guitarist "great"? Long-winded solos? Yeesh. That's not my thing. :rolleyes: :confused:

I better vote for Slash or else my best friend will kick my butt, haha. :D

Kat
23rd Aug 2002, 19:51
Originally posted by cowboy from hell


Wow, another Satch fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is hope for this miserable planet yet LOL!
I was just making a quick list and figured few would care or even know who he was. I love him and my favorite tune is Flying In A Blue Dream! And just for a bit if triva: Satriani was suiting up for football practice when it came over the radio that Hendrix had passed. He told the coach to stick it and decided to make music his only love. He is also a very nice guy. Met him at a NAMM show in '94!



WHOOOHOOOO!!!!! My favorite song by him off of Flying in a Blue Dream is the Mystical Potatoe Head Groove Thing, that song is awesome. Yes, an ex of mine turned me on to him so it's kind of stuck with me.

Also, I didn't see Scott Ian from Anthrax on there or Kirk Hammett from Metalllica or Steve Vai.

cool#9
23rd Aug 2002, 20:45
Satch! Me handle says it all :D
http://bearcool9.homestead.com/files/SATRIANI.jpg (http://www.satriani.com/)

Kat
23rd Aug 2002, 21:46
He's bald!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek:

the last time i saw him he had hair, but then again, that was 10 years ago in concert here in Indy. :D

cowboy from hell
24th Aug 2002, 00:07
Originally posted by Lil Lara
Uhh--I know you can only have 5 options, but you should've put an 'other"! lol.

So what makes a guitarist "great"? Long-winded solos? Yeesh. That's not my thing. :rolleyes: :confused:

I better vote for Slash or else my best friend will kick my butt, haha. :D

Some of the guys mentioned actually compose music instead of the cut and paste technique that is so common amongst many bands. I understand the punk ethic and that is admirable and it is a no-nonsense approach to playing music. But let's not deny the fact that these guys are more talented than they will ever be given credit for. They are tossed away as 'guitar wankers' and 'self-indulgent pukes'. And speaking of long winded, if I have to hear another 'I'm so depressed and I'm too bored to perform, and I am too cool to play a guitar solo, and my mommy is an alcoholic and I am a vegetarian, and..........' singer for another decade I am going to vomit. Speakers speak, writers write, painters paint, and musicians play. :D I promise that I am not mad as I write this and I don't judge anyone for what they listen to but I am one of those dorks who love guitar and alot of it and believe me, I take alot of heat for it.:D

Lil Lara
24th Aug 2002, 00:27
Oh, I completely understand and respect your opinion, Cowboy and everyone else here, for that matter.

Lol. All I'm saying is that I'm not a big fan of the long solos. I don't know why. But, I still have respect for those few artists that can pull off the solos beautifly(such as:Slash and Eric Clapton, lol).:D

cowboy from hell
24th Aug 2002, 02:06
Originally posted by Lil Lara
Oh, I completely understand and respect your opinion, Cowboy and everyone else here, for that matter.

Lol. All I'm saying is that I'm not a big fan of the long solos. I don't know why. But, I still have respect for those few artists that can pull off the solos beautifly(such as:Slash and Eric Clapton, lol).:D

I'll go along with that!:)

Lara Croft Online
24th Aug 2002, 03:30
There are so many great guitarists but there is a jazz guitarist
worth looking into. He is an unbelievable guitarist and a master
at it. He'a been around for many years and worth a mention here.
http://www.aldimeola.com/images/infinite/infiniteAl001.jpg
(http://www.aldimeola.com/alFrames.htm)Official Al Di Meola Page
Listen to a clip (http://www.aldimeola.com/sounds/casino.wav)

Aquarius
24th Aug 2002, 03:44
Where's Jimmy Buffett? :confused: He's awesome!

I'd go with Clapton though from the list. :) What else is there to say about Clapton?

When I was in London in April, we went to the Hard Rock there, and I have a pic of me holding one of Clapton's guitars!!!! :eek: I couldn't believe I was actually holding the guitar that started everything at Hard Rock.

Deekman
24th Aug 2002, 04:07
Originally posted by cowboy from hell
There is hope for this miserable planet yet

I've surfed with the alien.

If'n ye has a hankerin' fer some great axe-manship
might I suggest The Hellecasters?
Will Ray, Jerry Donahue, & John Jorgenson
http://www.hellecasters.com/im_cds/hell_rtn.jpg

AmO
24th Aug 2002, 05:35
well from that list i voted Hendrix, but there are so many greats, and don't forget Lynyrd Skynyrd.....;)

cowboy from hell
24th Aug 2002, 17:23
Oh yes, take the hint from LCO. Al Di Meola is a compositional master and an even smoother fusion player. I recommend the album 'Kiss My Axe'. This, to me, sums up his career up until that point. It is as if everything he had done had finally been distilled into it's purest form. It may not be easily digestible if you only listen to pop or top 40 but if you are adventurous or doubt a guitarists ability to compose, then check him out. What amazes me is his ability to blend jazz and gypsy passages seemlessly with blazing metal fusion and still keep it pleasing to the ear. OK I think I officially am a guitar dork:D !

DanO-mulder
24th Aug 2002, 17:57
Just the fact that you put Slash in the poll is slam in the face of the others....:rolleyes:

Slash.....hahahaha

cowboy from hell
24th Aug 2002, 19:53
Originally posted by DEEKMAN


I've surfed with the alien.

If'n ye has a hankerin' fer some great axe-manship
might I suggest The Hellecasters?
Will Ray, Jerry Donahue, & John Jorgenson
http://www.hellecasters.com/im_cds/hell_rtn.jpg

This is where I stole the idea for Orange Blossom Special that I perform live:D It was a well guarded secret until now lol!

cowboy from hell
24th Aug 2002, 20:02
How could I be so stupid, the Guitar Gods should have stricken me to the ground. Sorry Jeff Beck, you are still the man! He is so under-rated that it isn't even funny. He was a shredder before anyone knew what a shredder was. Also if you haven't checked out Brent Mason's 'Hot Wired' CD then you will never know how far real playing has come.

AmO
25th Aug 2002, 02:49
think we have forgotten a few greats;, how about Carlos Santana, and Stevie ray Vaughn,

shirl123
25th Aug 2002, 16:31
I voted for Hendrix, I don't think I need to explain why.

Godfather
25th Aug 2002, 18:44
R U guys (and girls) voting for Jimmy Hendrix because of his experience as a guitarist or because of his music?

I mean: I'd like to admit that Hendrix is thé greatest of all guitarists (if there is such a thing), but when it comes to music, I choose Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits; duh!)

I mean the man (= Mark) is great too and his songs are way better than Hendrix' ... or should I say different instead?

What'd you think of this?

DanO-mulder
25th Aug 2002, 22:15
*mulder bites lip....refuses to say anything......it's just not worth it*:rolleyes:

DaveJ
26th Aug 2002, 09:28
History has already answered that one.

whitemetal
26th Aug 2002, 09:58
Hmm! not a single Frank Zappa fan here except me!
Don't get me wrong i love Hendrix, Knopfler and Page, i also think Tommy Emmanual is a wizard but Zappa had fingers of fire producing sound like no other. Check out some of his albums Chunga's Revenge 1970
Over-nite Sensation 1973
Apostrophe 1974
Guitar 1988
LOL:cool:

yesrushdt
26th Aug 2002, 17:33
Overall I would give the nod to Steve Howe from Yes.

John Petrucci from Dream Theater is a very close second. Check out some DT here if you haven't heard them yet. Have to be one of the most technically proficient bands around.

www.dreamtheater.net

cowboy from hell
26th Aug 2002, 18:03
Originally posted by White Metal
Hmm! not a single Frank Zappa fan here except me!
Don't get me wrong i love Hendrix, Knopfler and Page, i also think Tommy Emmanual is a wizard but Zappa had fingers of fire producing sound like no other. Check out some of his albums Chunga's Revenge 1970
Over-nite Sensation 1973
Apostrophe 1974
Guitar 1988
LOL:cool:

Zoot Allures- my favorite Zappa Album. Frank had the best collage of guitarists ever!

Jorge22
4th Sep 2002, 00:45
I'll certainly go for Hendrix! Plus, he wasn't just the greatest blues/rock guitarist of all times, he was also a maestro - just watch how he's in full control of every single member of the band (even the guy playing the bongos, who's completely stoned) in Woodstock.

Clapton? Well, yes, but if you go in that direction I'm very sorry nobody thinks of someone like JJ Cale... He plays simple solos, apparently (and sometimes actually) simple music, and still he can make his guitar speak - I'm not sure Clapton can.

Jorge22
4th Sep 2002, 00:48
Now I saw it... Zappa? Of course. I can't always put up with his music but he was a genious and a true musician.

GuardianOfTheFlame
2nd Oct 2002, 16:40
I play the guitar myself so i really admire good guitarists.

ok whatever

Kirk Hammet - Metallica

Jimi Hendrix

Jeff Waters - Annihilator

Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath (c'mon people how could you forget this guy?)

Dave Murray - Iron Maiden

Ritchie Blackmore (tsk tsk, guys)

Alexi Laiho - Children Of Bodom

Zakk Wylde

Kai Hansen - Gamma Ray

and many more...

D3v1L80Y
6th May 2004, 18:09
I too, play the guitar and I have a list of my favorites....

B.B. King
Brian Setzer
Rev. Horton Heat(Jim Heath)
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Frank Zappa
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Vinnie Moore
Yngwie Malmsteen
Kirk Hammet
Eric Johnson

Just to name a few
:D

jso2897
7th May 2004, 18:24
Those are all good choices, as are those added by others - but everybody seems to be forgetting that they have (and have had, for a long time) these special kind of guitars that you actually don't plug into an amplifier. You know, acoustics? So I would like to add a couple to the list: Leo Kottke, John Fahey and the legendary Sandy Bull. And then, what about the minimally amplified jazz guitarists? Gabor Szabo, Django Rheinhardt, and Charlie Bird certainly deserve at least an honorable mention. Let's not be so narrow in our scope, folks!:D

GoranAgar
8th May 2004, 08:21
Johnny Marr.

EddyBones
8th May 2004, 20:22
Randy Rhodes

midroth
9th May 2004, 15:07
Originally posted by TombRaiderChik
definately hendrix!!!
"Chik" is right.

Solange
9th May 2004, 15:45
I like Robert Johnson!

Why isn't he in the poll? Or are you only looking for the recent guitar players? Then you shouldn't say greatest of all time!

EddyBones
9th May 2004, 16:18
Oh, wait. I should have said John Lee Hooker.

Tombraidachick
19th May 2004, 21:54
Come on now dont forget about Carlos Santana. some of his guitar solos give me goose bumps i love em so much lol

Raven25
20th May 2004, 01:19
Yes, an "other" option would've been nice.

Out of those.... Hendrix, but I also think that Frank Zappa was one heck of a guitarist as well.

socom
25th May 2004, 15:51
There are so many other quality candidates to choose from; it's really a means to an end. Other greats could include: Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, The Edge, etc, etc. It's a personal preference I believe, an opinion of course, all depends on the kind of music you like.

I, myself, am partial to http://socomseven.homestead.com/files/socom/slash.gif being the 'greatest'.

What can I say? :D :p

knightgames
27th May 2004, 04:34
Alright I don't really care about the mans singing, as I don't like his style. But ... 'holy G string'... Jose Felliciano plays a MEAN guitar. Not too shabby for a blind guy. I've never bought an album....(or for you younguns...... a CD)...of his but when I hear him I know he's one of the most talanted players.
The others mentioned are excellent, and personal taste does factor in. Listening to an Eddie Van Halen solo is something to make you sit up and take notice. He was one of the first to really bring out his style of play to mainstream music. Flamenco guitarists and Classic guitarists have always done that.
Slash has a style that is subtle... a talent that isn't obvious but when you really listen it shows how good he is.
Frank Zappa plays the bicycle better than some play the guitar. I miss him.
Jazz musicians play excellent guitar. Wes Montgomery. Yeaaaaaaah .... NICE. George Benson.....
Some studio musicians like Grant Guiessman are great to listen to.
I also like Craig Chaquiso who used to play with Jefferson Starship.
There really is NO best. If someone.....(dang, I hate to sound so melodramatic)....moves you with their musical abilities, then that makes them worthy of admiration. Or at least an album purchase.

coraline
4th Jun 2004, 17:39
Originally posted by GoranAgar
Johnny Marr.

Ditto! :)