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Who is (was) the best guitarist ?

By Mickster269 ·
I've been in this raging debate on another mesage/chat board about who was (is) the best guitarist.

For reference, I cited these sources:

and this new kid:

My take?

Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix.

Now, since everyone here at TR are an Eclectic lot, I'm wondering what you think about it.

Ironically, I view an Excellent Guitarist on the same level as a Gifted Tech. The tech that intutively understands the problems, the general goal, and the means to achieve the purest and best way to achieve the goal.

For criterea, I present the following :
Style, technique, and creativity. Anyone can mimic another's work. Anyone can duplicate (to some extent) another's style. But creativity is the crux.

Now, excuse me while I go listen to "Layla", Eruption", and "Voodoo Child".

update: edited to add vid of the new kid

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by mjd420nova In reply to Who is (was) the best gui ...

Jimi Hendrix is one of the top three, But among the living I really like Carlos Santana. Eric has his rightful place, but is more of a writer I feel, than a performer.

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My top 5

by mjwx In reply to Who is (was) the best gui ...

Dave Grohl - Foo Fighters. The best guitarist still touring.

Slash - GNR.

Kirk Hammet - Metalica.

Kirt Cobain - Nirvana.

Robbie Krieger - The Doors.

Really hard to limit myself to five. I'm younger than the average poster (I'm guessing) at 23 these are the guitarists I grew up listening too. the people who inspired me to (at the age of 23) to buy a guitar and learn how to play.

Listening to "Everlong" "November Rain" "Fade to Black" "Heart Shaped Box" and "People are Strange"

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by mimi_toma_sweety In reply to My top 5

ok, Dave Grohl sucks big time...he has a terrible voice, his guitar is so ordinary, the only thing he's good at is drums. slash rulz, he's number one, kirk is ok, but not number 3, kurt is ok, but not worthy of a top 5....maybe the best composer or one of the best for robbie, i haven't hurd his work so I'll shut up

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Clapton was once asked. . . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to Who is (was) the best gui ...

....quite some time ago, who he would like to always have as a session gutarist. His answer might surprise you. Chet Atkins. The guy was amazing.

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You got that right

by ds4211a In reply to Clapton was once asked. . ...

Another one of that era was Les Paul.

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I have to go with

by maecuff In reply to Who is (was) the best gui ...

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Johnson (who reportedly sold his soul to the devil for his talents)

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Satriani ?

by critch In reply to Who is (was) the best gui ...

How about Joe Satriani ?

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John Petrucci

by sallitt In reply to Satriani ?

satch is great... but I'd also go for John Petrucci

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My top 5

by tryten In reply to Who is (was) the best gui ...

Just about any blue player can be listed in my top 5, But these 5 are listed as my number 1
1. Muddy Waters
T-Bone Walker
Magic Sam
Blind Willie Johnson
Billy Gibbons
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
3. Lance Abbott (Dimebag Darrell)
4. Jeff Hanneman
5. Zakk Wylde

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Billy Gibbons and...

by Omnifice In reply to My top 5

Glad someone remembered Billy Gibbons (my favorite)...and Muddy Waters. Add to that Mark Knopfler. Joe Satriani is great too.


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