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post #121 of 319
Probably should've mentioned Ulrich Roth in that post, too.

Also, since
1,) the electric bass is technically a guitar, and
2.) these guys play it half the time like a lead instrument anyway, I'd like to give honorable mention to:

Chris Squire
John Entwistle
Stanley Clarke
Jaco Pastorius
Eberhard Weber
Victor Wooten
post #122 of 319
If we're adding bassists, Victor Wooten is WAY out ahead of all the rest.
post #123 of 319
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Originally Posted by Hicks View Post

It seems like feeling doesn't count for much in your book because Hendrix blows both of those guys away in terms of the emotional power and soulfulness of his playing.

Dudes can rip gnarly scales up and down the neck with technical prowess all day long, but if there's no soul in their playing then ultimately it's just wankery, in my opinion.

Normally I'd say you obviously haven't listened to all of their stuff, but I'll just leave it at a difference of opinion. I have listened to all of the material done by Hendrix, Petrucci and Satriani. There is plenty of soul, emotion and power in their music. Just because there isn't for you doesn't mean there isn't for others. It highly depends on the individual, and this individual gives the overall skill award to Satriani. Now if we're talking the biggest innovator...(see below).

P.S. Satriani doesn't "shred;" he glides the scales like a guitar hero. Seriously though, when I hear the word "shred" I think of someone who can run through the scales quickly up and down the guitar, but without any passion or emotion to the sound.

I am listening to "Another Side of Genesis" (Daryl Stuermer) right now and loving it!

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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

He was on Letterman a week or so ago. Old now, but still has it.

As far as Satriani playing Hendrix better than Hendrix himself, It is of my opinion that it's far easier to imitate somebody than actually invent a sound. A sound which has influenced every rock musician since then.

I won't argue with that. That's why Hendrix is my #1 for innovation; he's just not my #1 for overall skill. For me, it's all about the emotion and the skill.
post #124 of 319
Fretted instruments are for wimps. Ha!









Just kidding, I couldn't play the ukelele if my life depended on it...
post #125 of 319
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Probably should've mentioned Ulrich (or do you prefer "Uli Jon"?) Roth and Kim Thayil in that post, too.

Also, since
1,) the electric bass is technically a guitar, and
2.) these guys play it half the time like a lead instrument anyway, I'd like to give honorable mention to:

Chris Squire
John Entwistle
Stanley Clarke
Jaco Pastorius
Eberhard Weber
Victor Wooten

Marcus Miller
Verdine White (EWF)
Abe Laboriel
Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson)
Fred Hammond
John Pattitucci
Larry Graham
post #126 of 319
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Originally Posted by Andrikos View Post

Fretted instruments are for wimps. Ha!









Just kidding, I couldn't play the ukelele if my life depended on it...

post #127 of 319
Surprised that no one has mentioned Phil Keaggy. Probably one of the very best guitarists that many haven't heard of (possible because he has spent most of his career as a Christian musician). Started with Glass Harp back in the 60's. There has always been a rumor that Hendrix (or Clapton ... or McCartney ... or ???) called him (Keaggy) the greatest guitarist of all time on the Tonight Show (or the Dick Cavett Show ... or ???). That rumor has never been substantiated, but to even have it as a rumor that has stood for 30+ years says a lot. He is a tremendously talented musician, made even more incredible since he has been missing half of his middle finger of his right hand since childhood. He is amazing to hear ... especially live. His website.
post #128 of 319
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Originally Posted by RLReady View Post

Surprised that no one has mentioned Phil Keaggy. Probably one of the very best guitarists that many haven't heard of (possible because he has spent most of his career as a Christian musician). Started with Glass Harp back in the 60's. There has always been a rumor that Hendrix (or Clapton ... or McCartney ... or ???) called him (Keaggy) the greatest guitarist of all time on the Tonight Show (or the Dick Cavett Show ... or ???). That rumor has never been substantiated, but to even have it as a rumor that has stood for 30+ years says a lot. He is a tremendously talented musician, made even more incredible since he has been missing half of his middle finger of his right hand since childhood. He is amazing to hear ... especially live. His website.

ooooh - good one. I forgot about him.
post #129 of 319
For BASSISTS that play like lead gutarists (as per some recent posts), you can toss Justin Chancellor (TOOL) on that pile as well. The guy plays some sick stuff that is often heavier than the guitar.
post #130 of 319
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Probably should've mentioned Ulrich Roth in that post, too.

Also, since
1,) the electric bass is technically a guitar, and
2.) these guys play it half the time like a lead instrument anyway, I'd like to give honorable mention to:

Chris Squire
John Entwistle
Stanley Clarke
Jaco Pastorius
Eberhard Weber
Victor Wooten

Jack Bruce!
post #131 of 319
Thomas Blug:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4A5GdBTj7I

I have his PAL dvd, which doesn't work in my PS3. :/
post #132 of 319
i'm pretty bad@$$ at guitar hero
post #133 of 319
Bassist? Nathan East!
post #134 of 319
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Originally Posted by Andrikos View Post

Fretted instruments are for wimps. Ha!









Just kidding, I couldn't play the ukelele if my life depended on it...


I heard a rumor once, that there was an early version of the Les Paul that was fretless. But it appears to be a false rumor which I've never been able to confirm.

I have seen Jack Bruce play a fretless bass in the Cream Reunion video.
post #135 of 319
Bumblefoot can play fretless like it was nothing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KDWQ9AMiRA
post #136 of 319
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Originally Posted by RLReady View Post

Surprised that no one has mentioned Phil Keaggy. Probably one of the very best guitarists that many haven't heard of (possible because he has spent most of his career as a Christian musician). Started with Glass Harp back in the 60's. There has always been a rumor that Hendrix (or Clapton ... or McCartney ... or ???) called him (Keaggy) the greatest guitarist of all time on the Tonight Show (or the Dick Cavett Show ... or ???). That rumor has never been substantiated, but to even have it as a rumor that has stood for 30+ years says a lot. He is a tremendously talented musician, made even more incredible since he has been missing half of his middle finger of his right hand since childhood. He is amazing to hear ... especially live.

Ah, yes; I forgot about Mr. Keaggy. He was influenced by the Beatles and has done some incredible work with Andrae Crouch. He once met McCartney at a wedding in England and they got a chance to jam together. He even looks a bit like Sir Paul. Definitely underrated.
post #137 of 319
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i'm pretty bad@$$ at guitar hero

:d lol!
post #138 of 319
The best guitar playing ever was Jimi on "The Power of Soul" on the Band of Gypsys album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4US_O...eature=related
post #139 of 319
A world class bass guitarist: Paul McCartney.

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Originally Posted by rezzy View Post

Marcus Miller
Verdine White (EWF)
Abe Laboriel
Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson)
Fred Hammond
John Pattitucci
Larry Graham
post #140 of 319
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Originally Posted by kokishin View Post

A world class bass guitarist: Paul McCartney.

Yeah, my favorite Beatles 45 was always "Paperback Writer/Rain", which really highlights his playing on both sides.
post #141 of 319
Another vote for Phil Keaggy. I've seen him in concert three times and I have been awestruck on each occasion. It's even more incredible when you realize he's missing half the middle finger on his right hand.

post #142 of 319
If we are adding bassists to the list,my pick would be Stu Hamm(plays with Satriani) and Les Claypool.(Primus)
post #143 of 319
Thread Starter 
^ Stu is very skilled, though he went of on his own now. More power to him, though; he's quite good.
post #144 of 319
Stu Hamm is currently tourning with Joe Satriani and Mountain with Leslie West.
post #145 of 319
Brian Carroll - Buckethead.
post #146 of 319
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Yeah, my favorite Beatles 45 was always "Paperback Writer/Rain", which really highlights his playing on both sides.

Listen to the bass line he plays on "Hey,Bulldog"! If I remember right the song was on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. Incredible.
post #147 of 319
My favorites in no particular order:

Terje Rypdal
Frank Zappa
Vernon Reid
Shawn Lane
Wayne Krantz
David "Fuze" Fiuczynski
Pat Metheny
post #148 of 319
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Originally Posted by LRonHoover View Post

David "Fuze" Fiuczynski

Fiuczynski is pretty amazing, I only have one album that he plays on (the one he did with John Medeski) Lunar Crush I think is it's name. Great stuff. I would like to check out Screaming Headless Torsos, if I remember right that is his regular band.

On the Bass front, some have already been mentioned (no order):

Charles Mingus
Ron Carter
Victor Wooten
Jaco Pastorious
Les Claypool
Bootsy Collins
(his brother Phelps Collins is an excellent funk guitarist too)
Paul McCartney
Sting

All of those guys are masters of their instrument (though Mingus played an upright so perhaps doesn't belong on the "guitar greats" list)

Someone else that is a master of his somewhat unique instrument, that is somewhere between a bass and a regular guitar, is Charlie Hunter. Though I don't always care for his music (I do like most of it though) he is innovative and technically an amazing player. Someone mentioned earlier about a guitarists ability to play the rhythm and lead part simultaneously... This guy plays bass, lead, and rhythm guitar at the same time!
post #149 of 319
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Originally Posted by funkmonkey View Post

Ron Carter

I remember him once being described in a review as "the perennially off-key Ron Carter".

I had to laugh, because, even though he's always been one of my favorites, and been in a lot of my favorite recordings, if you really listen to him, he is ever-so-slightly just that.
post #150 of 319
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

I remember him once being described in a review as "the perennially off-key Ron Carter".

I had to laugh, because, even though he's always been one of my favorites, and been in a lot of my favorite recordings, if you really listen to him, he is ever-so-slightly just that.

LOL you are probably right, but the man has rhythm
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