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post #271 of 319
I think calling anyone the "best" is a personal opinion. I would rather call them my favorite players

1) Michael Schenker. To me, the most under rated player of all time. Great sound, feel and technique. Listen to "this kids" some time, especially the solo at the end.

2) Tony Iommi. Best riffs ever. There would be no heavy metal without him.

3) Albert Collins. The master of the telecaster. Incredible sound, you know it when you hear it.

4) Randy Rhoads. Technical ability and great soul in one player.

5) Alex Lifeson. Geddy and Neil are so good the he is often overlooked. Working man is one of the best guitar songs of all time and on their latest albumn, he hasn't lost a step.

There are several others (Beck, Page, Vaughn) that I think are great players too but those are my top 5.
post #272 of 319
Stumbled onto this thread,enjoyed it and has given me some new directions
To explore smile.gif

My Faves,usual crowd
1-SRV
2-Clapton
3- dickey betts & Dwayne Allman
4-Santana
5-Hendrix

However there are a couple of guys I didn't see mentioned.

1- the late Jeff Healey. Great technique and did some good jazz work too.
He was in the movie 'Road House'
2- Robert Cray- love the blues
3-Gary Moore- his solo in 'Still got the Blues for You' gives me goosebumps
Every time. RIP
post #273 of 319
The best of the best are from Metal, mostly is because they have a classical background fused with rock...

Randy Rhoads
Eddy van Halen
Jimmy Page
Ritchy Blackmore
Jake E Lee
post #274 of 319
Thread Starter 
It's great to see this thread regain a spark. I don't' know about you guys, but I've stumbled onto numerous new musical artists because of this thread, so I thank you all for participating. My music collection continues to grow!
post #275 of 319
I have one on my list that NOBODY ever says: Prince
post #276 of 319
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Originally Posted by REDdawn6 View Post

I have one on my list that NOBODY ever says: Prince
Actually, if you do a search you will see he is mentioned several times AND rightly so.
IMO, one of the finest axe-men alive.wink.gif
post #277 of 319
http://www.guitarworld.com/readers-poll-results-100-greatest-guitarists-all-time

According to the readers of Guitar World, Edward Van Halen is still tops.
post #278 of 319
My favorites to listen to are

1) George Lynch
2) Stevie Ray Vaughan
3) Satriani
4) Ed Van Halen
5) most of the guys that played on Shrapnel Records releases
post #279 of 319
Can't believe I hadn't seen this before. One I haven't seen mentioned is a personal favorite of mine, not an electric guitarist like most mentioned, although he did use amplification exquisitely IMHO, Michael Hedges. A bassist that he turned me on to, Michael Manring, is no slouch either.

I was surprised to see Frank Zappa and Dweezil Zappa mentioned only a few times, fantastic guitarists. Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Dicky Betts,Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Vai, Jonny Lang, Ry Cooder, Leo Kottke, Al di Meola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin, Justin Chancellor, Les Claypool, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani and some others I'm not thinking of at the moment are among those are I like the most (my SF bay area roots showing in the last bunch smile.gif).

Just the other night ac500 came over to listen to my speakers and he used some Dream Theater as a demo, somehow I've never heard them before so will see about this John Petrucci guy now. I saw a video on the tv the other night with Sublime's new guitarist, Rome Ramirez, he's got some talent, too.
post #280 of 319
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Originally Posted by jwebb1970 View Post

http://www.guitarworld.com/readers-poll-results-100-greatest-guitarists-all-time
According to the readers of Guitar World, Edward Van Halen is still tops.
George Harrison defeated Neil Young round 1.
Brian May defeated Hendrix round 6.

Uhhhh, OK....biggrin.gif
post #281 of 319
is it allowed to add Kirk Hammett to the list?
smile.gif

(I admit I don't know if he was mentioned before, the thread is quite long. But Kirk to me is still one of the bests hands down)
post #282 of 319
I'll throw everyone for a loop with this one...Roy Clark. Had him in concert many years ago in the town I was working. Backstage, someone made a comment about country music being the easiest of the musical genres to play. Roy very deadpanned asked what he'd like to hear. The guy mockingly said Led Zeppelin and Roy launched into a medley of Zep tunes that had everybody's jaw hit the ground. He also did a few jazz tunes as well that were indistinguishable from the original artists. The original WTF moment in my budding radio career.
post #283 of 319
post #284 of 319
In no order:
Rory Gallagher
Frank Zappa
Jeff Beck
John McLauglin
Jack White
Neil Young- not as technically gifted as above, his guitar is great.
post #285 of 319
No particular order
- SRV
- Andy McKee
- Randy Rhoads
- Antonio Dufour
- Slash
- Hendrix
- Andre Segovia
post #286 of 319
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Originally Posted by grasshoppers View Post

Stumbled onto this thread,enjoyed it and has given me some new directions
To explore smile.gif

3-Gary Moore- his solo in 'Still got the Blues for You' gives me goosebumps
Every time. RIP

Check out Joe Bonamassa's version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggLgFDzqwCA
post #287 of 319
God and Devil (or vice-versa)
Jimi Hendrix
Eric Clapton

Angels and Demons:
Alex Lifeson
Billy Gibbons
David Gilmour
Duane Allman
Eddie Van Halen
Gary Moore
George Benson
Jan Akkerman
Jeff Beck
Jimmy Page
John Mclaughlin
Johnny Winter
Larry Carlton
Michael Schenker
Peter Green
Richie Blackmore
Robert Fripp
Robin Trower
Rory Gallagher
Roy Buchanan
Steve Hackett
Steve Howe
Steve Lukather
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Tony Iommi
post #288 of 319
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Check out Joe Bonamassa's version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggLgFDzqwCA

Oops not Still Got The Blues but another Gary Moore classic, Midnight Blues covered expertly by my new favorite guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
post #289 of 319
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Oops not Still Got The Blues but another Gary Moore classic, Midnight Blues covered expertly by my new favorite guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

Thanks, my wife turned me onto Joe B. ("honey,come here quick! You gotta
Check this guy out!") I've got the DVD 'live at the Royal Albert Hall'
post #290 of 319
I don't think anyone has mentioned Lindsay Buckingham. I've always really enjoyed his playing.

Cheers,
post #291 of 319
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Originally Posted by Peter M View Post

I don't think anyone has mentioned Lindsay Buckingham. I've always really enjoyed his playing.
Cheers,
Yeah, he is good.
Some people don't understand the difference between a musician and a mechanic (as Mozart once described it).wink.gif
post #292 of 319
My favorite that I haven't seen mentioned,
Kenny Wayne Shepherd

A couple only mentioned in the last few posts,
Gary Moore
Billy Gibbons

Mentioned several times,
SRV
Hendrix
Lifeson
Gilmour
Satriani

Honorable mention,
Angus Young, more energy than any 20 year old.
post #293 of 319
Here are two guys - Paco De Lucia & Al Di Meola -having a conversation on their guitars few could join in-

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=v35YhhzCrYk
post #294 of 319
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Originally Posted by Distorted View Post

Here are two guys - Paco De Lucia & Al Di Meola -having a conversation on their guitars few could join in-

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=v35YhhzCrYk
I remember their collaborating decades ago on albums...real fireworks to be sure.
post #295 of 319
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Originally Posted by Yosh70 View Post

Altho he's been mentioned once in this thread, I'd like to add him again.


That'd be Rik Emmett from Triumph.....a phenomenal player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-KzV5sTRhE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuEvu4Kun78


Great great guitarist!
post #296 of 319
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

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Originally Posted by Distorted View Post

Here are two guys - Paco De Lucia & Al Di Meola -having a conversation on their guitars few could join in-

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=v35YhhzCrYk
I remember their collaborating decades ago on albums...real fireworks to be sure.

Their collaboration with John McLaughlin for A Friday Night in San Francisco is one of the all time great records to have...IMHO. When all three are "conversing" it's just amazing.
post #297 of 319
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Originally Posted by lovinthehd View Post

Their collaboration with John McLaughlin for A Friday Night in San Francisco is one of the all time great records to have...IMHO. When all three are "conversing" it's just amazing.
I recall that too.smile.gif
post #298 of 319
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

Yeah, he is good.
Some people don't understand the difference between a musician and a mechanic (as Mozart once described it).wink.gif

In that light, I can't get James Walbourne out of my head.
post #299 of 319
After several years and ten pages of posts, I've seen just about everyone I can think of mentioned... except one.

What? No love for Lee Ritenour? Loved his album 'Rio'. I believe he worked with Pink Floyd on at least one song on 'The Wall', and has collaborated with the likes of Larry Carlton.

One other thing I would like to mention (in the spirit of the OP of the thread). Hendrix might not have been as good as a guitar player as many mentioned in this thread. But what makes Hendrix notable is he created the framework of heavy metal guitar playing, which prior, did not exist. Most of the great rock guitar players mentioned in this thread (although good), still only play within THAT framework. And that's why Hendrix, is Hendrix.
Edited by Rutgar - 4/24/13 at 6:42pm
post #300 of 319
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Originally Posted by Rutgar View Post

After several years and ten pages of posts, I've seen just about everyone I can think of mentioned... except one.

What? No love for Lee Ritenour? Loved his album 'Rio'. I believe he worked with Pink Floyd on at least one song on 'The Wall', and has collaborated with the likes of Larry Carlton.

Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton are both fine guitarists, and I have several records of each but rarely put them on, guess they're just a bit mild for my taste overall. Didn't know about Ritenour working with Pink Floyd, tho.

Someone who's up and coming and don't think has been mentioned as yet is Gary Clark Jr.
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