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Brother Smith
25-05-2005, 18:43
Open debate on who you think the best guitraist of all time was.

It could be Eddie Van Halen, it could be Hendrix.
And if your totalliy insane, waste your opinion on Kurt Cobain.

Personally my vote goes for that Michaelangelo fellow for pure skill, but Alex Skolnick for overall perfection.

Wintermute
25-05-2005, 18:47
Why not post a poll from the sugestions made here.

My nomination goes to Jimi Hendrix.

Brother Smith
25-05-2005, 18:49
There are so many great guitarists out there the poll would'nt do them justice.

Lord Setra
25-05-2005, 18:52
Hendrix by far. Still love listening to his albums and they always get me in the mood to play a guitar. (Pity i cant)

m1s1n
25-05-2005, 20:50
Can you say "Jimmy Page"?

Hendrix is awesome as well, but frankly, Hendrix didn't perform "Immigrant Song".

Rathgar
25-05-2005, 21:02
Jimi Hendrix!! Though I concur with m1s1n as to the awesomeness of Page, I love Led Zeppelin so.
I was defiantly born in the wrong era for the music i like. :cries:

Brush your teeth
25-05-2005, 21:02
Eric Clapton is my favorite guitarist and he's easily the best british guitarist. hendrix, page and rory gallagher are also great guitarists.

Pertinax
25-05-2005, 21:03
Øystein Sunde.

I'm quite serious. Eric Clapton has named him as the best guitarist ever.

Brush your teeth
25-05-2005, 21:06
I've never heard of that guy.
is he norweigan.

Pertinax
25-05-2005, 21:07
He is Norwegian. He plays a mix of popular and folk music.

He plays the guitar like the devil plays the fiddle.

*goes to find some linked tracks that can be demoed*

Brush your teeth
25-05-2005, 21:10
I'll take your word for it. does he have albums in britain

Pertinax
25-05-2005, 21:12
Doubt it. He only sings in Norwegian.

He was one part of "Guitarkammeratene".

Seer Spankwell
25-05-2005, 21:13
OMG! how can this be argued! Jimmy Page hands down!! There are no bands who can match Zeppelin!! All of you who disagree should go and think about what you have done!

Pertinax
25-05-2005, 21:17
OK. I would counter that Ritchie Blackmore had some things going on that Page never had.

Dirty Fingers
25-05-2005, 21:18
I'm going to go with the pretentious fan-boy answer and say Yngwie Malmsteen, who basically thrust neo-classical guitaring into the limelight. Eddie Van Halen gets props too, but i never liked his music all that much, so meh.

I never liked Hendrix, and crucify me for this if you must, but i think he's a little overrated. Nowhere near as overrated as Cobain mind you....

As far as guitarist in a band that amuses me to no end, he might not be the best, but he's pretty damn good....Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom.

N'bel
25-05-2005, 22:04
How about Slash?

Frodo34x
25-05-2005, 22:17
I'd say Dimebag

Brother Smith
25-05-2005, 22:27
Have any of you ever heard of Michaelangelo Batio? He's obviously the best as far as skill is concerned!

Ass Goblin
26-05-2005, 00:04
My top 3 Guitar Gods are as follows

Jimmy Page
Eric Clapton
Alexi Laiho

I never liked Hendrix. While some of the stuff he done at Woodstock was cool I cant really see the hype about him.

redemptionist15
26-05-2005, 00:26
For me its a choice between Tom Morello and Mr Iommi, both are talented guitarists with great skills, but more importantly, both can write an awesome song with their own distinctive style.

Morellos solo on Bulls on Parade is one of my favourite guitar moments ever.

Close Runners up: Hendrix, Page, Daron Malakian.

astrocortex
26-05-2005, 00:49
Dave Murray gets my vote

arxhon
26-05-2005, 02:33
Jaco Pastorius.


OMG! how can this be argued! Jimmy Page hands down!! There are no bands who can match Zeppelin!! All of you who disagree should go and think about what you have done!

Stop buying the hype. :chrome:

polymphus
26-05-2005, 03:30
In no particular order...

-Mark Knopfler (sp?)
-Jimmy Hendrix
-Eric Clapton

Sprue Rubbles
26-05-2005, 03:32
Hendrix of course.

polymphus
26-05-2005, 03:43
Don't count slowhand out. He's bloody amazing once he gets going

Ouroboros
26-05-2005, 04:46
Gotta go with Hendrix as well.

Ophidian
26-05-2005, 09:24
Jaco Pastorius.

Did he play six-string as well then? If we're heading into bass territory, my shout goes to Les Claypool.

Pertinax
26-05-2005, 09:30
Base territory?

Flee
Sting

samael
26-05-2005, 09:39
I can answer bass.

It's either Les Claypool or Steve DiGiorgio.

Wiseman
26-05-2005, 09:48
hendrix then page followed by clapton

McMullet
26-05-2005, 11:14
Hendrix was the greatest guitarist ever. I could understand people not liking what he did, but his skill is an order of magnitude above anyone else.

Personally, I prefer to listen to Jimmy Page. Although, like I say, he my not have been as skillful as Hendrix (although quite possibly No. 2 to him), I find his playing strikes more of a chord (PUN!) with me than Hendrix.

Clapton was good until the early 70s, when he went rubbish on us. Also, Jeff Beck is pretty good. Keith Richards is another example of a guitarist with less technique, but a lot more "soul".

There may also be some modern guitarists who are good, but I wouldn't know about that.

Rathgar
26-05-2005, 11:20
I can answer bass.

It's either Les Claypool or Steve DiGiorgio.

Granted but the best bass player ever was Jaco Pastorius!!

But thats off topic (*glances up in panic to see if the Protent police are on the prowl*), I feel we should start another thread for bassists.
:cool:

hairyman
26-05-2005, 11:22
Django Reinhardt.

Lacked a full complement of fingers, but was simply amazing.

Yorkiebar
26-05-2005, 12:05
Dave Murray gets my vote
He may be part of the best band in the world but I wouldn't say he's the greatest guitarist. That has to be Hendrix.

Brush your teeth
26-05-2005, 12:33
In no particular order...

-Mark Knopfler (sp?)
-Jimmy Hendrix
-Eric Clapton

This guy has good taste

Of cource if it was in order it should go
Clapton
Hendrix
Knopfler

Riddy
26-05-2005, 13:34
Jimmi Hendrix
Tom Morrello
Jimmy Page

as for best bassist, it goes to

Steve Harris

Odin
26-05-2005, 13:37
Django Reinhardt.

Lacked a full complement of fingers, but was simply amazing.

Hairyman is right - the correct answer is Django Reinhardt. For those of you who don't know (I suspect quite a few), he was around in the 30s (IIRC), and played with the likes of Stephan Grapelli. He lost the use of two fingers in a caravan fire (he was a gypsy), from the hand which works the fretboard. And yet he could play the most amazing stuff. Check him out, seriously. Hendrix, Page, Clapton etc. are all great, but Django really was something else.

arxhon
26-05-2005, 14:16
Did he play six-string as well then? If we're heading into bass territory, my shout goes to Les Claypool.

:D

Effectively, a bass guitar is a simply a guitar with a bigger body and thicker strings. ;)

It just so happens that you can do everything a guitar can do, and more. You can approach a guitar in different ways, but in the end, it's still a guitar and does guitar things (primarily, but not exclusively, rhythm and lead). With a bass, you get a lot of percussive elements as well (and yes, you can play lead on a bass).

Besides, real men play bass. Drama boys play guitar. :cool:

Claypool is pretty good, too.

Ophidian
26-05-2005, 15:06
Oh, I totally agree, bass is the superior instrument.

And Les is the King.

m1s1n
26-05-2005, 15:36
:D

Effectively, a bass guitar is a simply a guitar with a bigger body and thicker strings. ;)

It just so happens that you can do everything a guitar can do, and more. You can approach a guitar in different ways, but in the end, it's still a guitar and does guitar things (primarily, but not exclusively, rhythm and lead). With a bass, you get a lot of percussive elements as well (and yes, you can play lead on a bass).



Essentially I agree--however, it does need to be established that we are discussing electric basses here. A standup bass is a far different playing style--especially when you get a bow involved. A fretless electric bass tries to emulate some of the sound you get from a standup, but really they are distinctly different--and a guitar (especially something like a 12-String acoustic) differs greatly from a standup bass.

Funny you should mention that real men play bass . . .I've always said that bass players just lack the imagination to deal with the extra two strings. ;) Assuming of course that we are only discussing 4-String electric basses . . .

Oh--and I agree with the Les Claypool vote, however I want to throw The Ox out there--John Entwistle is awesome.

PSD
26-05-2005, 15:57
Dave Mustaine
Dimebag
John Petrucci
Joe Satriani
Mark Knopfler
Tony Iommi

Hendrix is overrated.

Odin
26-05-2005, 17:16
Bass-wise, I'd have to say Noel Redding from the Hendrix Experience, Donald "Duck" Dunn from Booker T & the MGs, or my probable favourite - Robert Sledge from Ben Folds Five.


Besides, real men play bass. Drama boys play guitar.

I agree completely. :D

PSD
26-05-2005, 17:18
Bass is better than Lead, any day.

And in that case, my vote goes to Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne).

pullsyjr
26-05-2005, 17:35
One of the lesser appreciated guitarists

Stevie Ray Vaughan. Listen to his version of Little Wing as an excellent example of how awesome he could be.

Hendrix commercialised distortion, and that is about it. Musically there was nothing special there - don't get me wrong; he was good, but nowhere near 'the best'.

I'd rank the musicians who don't abuse gimmicks (effect pedals & boards) higher than those who do. Clapton and Knopfler pump out fantastic work.

However, there's no comparing the guys and gals who do classical guitaring. It's an apples and oranges argument, but rock guitarists can suffer in their jocks: Very few can come close to matching the fingerwork classics can do.

Piku
26-05-2005, 17:47
I haven't read through everyones suggestions so these might be a repeat...

Ry Cooder and Robert Johnson.

Eric clapton should get a mention aswell.

*Edit: Oh he has had a mention (I should really read the thread...)

Beefstick
26-05-2005, 17:47
Joe Satriani
Jeff Beck
Duane Allman
Clapton (before he sold out)
Hendrix
Flea for bassist
A special nod to Morello for the previously mentioned solo.

redemptionist15
26-05-2005, 17:50
Originally posted by Arxhon Good call, Mr Pastorius is a genius, his song "Portrait of Tracy" is a masterpiece on bass guitar.

In terms of bass players he is very very good. Ryan Martinie is exceptionally talented, as is Victor Wooten. Steve Harris whilst amazingly fast (how he does triplets with fingers at the speed he does astounds me) can get a little repetitive.

However my nomination for best bass guitarist is gonna be Timmy Cummerford, from a bass-line writing view so many of his lines are so memorable, and thats what its all about in my view.

Piku
26-05-2005, 17:53
...Clapton (before he sold out)...


Cream era? Before he started hanging around with Phil Collins?

Brandir
26-05-2005, 17:57
I would like to nominate Brian May and BB King.

Both superb guitarists in their own fields.

Kohhna
26-05-2005, 18:02
I can't belive nobodies mentioned Frank Zappa yet. Zappa is better known for his compositions but he was an amazing Axe-Man as well.

Melchor
26-05-2005, 20:34
I vote for Nigel Tufnel.

anarchistica
26-05-2005, 23:25
No idea who the "best" (?) guitar player is, but my favourite bass player is (well, was) Cliff Burton, with Claypool a mile behind that.

Great Harlequin
27-05-2005, 07:57
I don't think you can compare guitar players. So there really isn't a best guitar player for me. However my favourite would have to be Peter Green.

Brandir
27-05-2005, 08:05
I think anarchistica and Great harlequin are correct, one should say 'favourite' guitarist.

taer
27-05-2005, 08:19
Whoever the dead guy was who invented the spanish style of guitar playing, and then Hendrix for freeing the deal up a lot more than precedented. I blame the acid on that one ;)

Pertinax
27-05-2005, 08:32
I vote for Nigel Tufnel.

Goddam! Hell yeah!

Eldacar
27-05-2005, 09:39
...Clapton (before he sold out)...
What do you mean, sold out? Nowadays, he plays a different style of music, he didn't "sell out". If you want to rank them in terms of style, you can't compare people like, say, Mason Williams with Hendrix. It just doesn't match up. Classical and Electric are different things.

Now, my most FAVOURITE guitarists (which is what this thread is actually talking about) are:

Eric Clapton
Mark Knopfler (I saw him live in concert recently, and he is bloody awesome)
Jimmy Page
Hendrix

And Mason Williams is another that I like, cause the "Classical Gas" song simply rules. Straight up.

Brandir
27-05-2005, 09:43
Although he is not my favourite guitarist, Mr Knopfler did writer and play my favourite guitar riff - in the theme from Local Hero.

Justicar Jacob
27-05-2005, 10:55
Yingwie Malmsteen is both the best bassist and guitarist in my opinion. You all gotta hear him.

Beefstick
27-05-2005, 19:07
Clapton (before he sold out)

Yeah, like when he was with Cream, or especially Derek and the Dominoes. Not the lamed out version of watered down corporate blues he plays now. I almost cryed when he redid Layla. :cries:

Great Harlequin
27-05-2005, 19:20
Another favourite of mine would have to be J.J. Cale.

I have yet to see him in concert aswell. One of the musicians on my list... But he doesn't come to the U.K at all anymore. Very tempted to go to America and see him.

ithiltaen
27-05-2005, 19:56
Ihshan. He may be a pretentious *****, but he rules.

On the bass? The almighty Kliff Burton.

Brush your teeth
28-05-2005, 20:14
with the people saying clapton sold out I would to say i saw him in the 2004 tour and he still kicks ass

Kohhna
28-05-2005, 22:36
John Lee Hooker, BB King and Steven Vai would be among my favourites after Zappa, Slash and Brian May.

first_founding
29-05-2005, 09:22
Okay. I'm going for Hendrix as number 1.
Then it'd be Page, Slash and Frehley.
BB King's also in there. :cool:

Math Mathonwy
29-05-2005, 10:54
Tore Ostby, hands down, on skill.
Hendrix on legendary status.

Kohhna
29-05-2005, 11:54
Okay. I'm going for Hendrix as number 1.

Well hendrix was a gifted amazing guitarist, but I know this guy who used to live in London in the 60s and whose seen everybody at one time or another, and he said that as good as hendrix was in the studio, he wasn't that great live. Ok he's up there but I wouldn't say number one. Still, personal choice and all that.

Odin
29-05-2005, 12:13
Well hendrix was a gifted amazing guitarist, but I know this guy who used to live in London in the 60s and whose seen everybody at one time or another, and he said that as good as hendrix was in the studio, he wasn't that great live.

Have you seen the video of Hendrix at the Isle of Wight??!?!

Adept
29-05-2005, 12:25
Well hendrix was a gifted amazing guitarist, but I know this guy who used to live in London in the 60s and whose seen everybody at one time or another, and he said that as good as hendrix was in the studio, he wasn't that great live. Ok he's up there but I wouldn't say number one. Still, personal choice and all that.

Anyone, with enough practice, can master the technical skills required to be a great, indeed a magnificent guitarist. What seperates these people from the truly great musicians is the ability to take the music, and manipulate it to produce something very much unique, at least initially, to them.

Hendrix had some truly fantastic music which to this day remains simply awesome.

Hendrix for #1.

Kohhna
29-05-2005, 19:47
Have you seen the video of Hendrix at the Isle of Wight??!?!
Oh he could pull it out every now and again (like woodstock) but a lot of his live stuff wasn't up to his contemporaries. I supppose we shouldn't expect consistency from genius.

first_founding
30-05-2005, 07:20
Well hendrix was a gifted amazing guitarist, but I know this guy who used to live in London in the 60s and whose seen everybody at one time or another, and he said that as good as hendrix was in the studio, he wasn't that great live. Ok he's up there but I wouldn't say number one. Still, personal choice and all that.
Well, he was none for his own stage charisma mainly.
And he was one of the first to use vibrato arms and pedals.
I agree with you with some of his performances though. I mean no-one could be that consistant. You'd run out of things do to.
:cheese:

nevermore
30-05-2005, 12:14
Hendrix is so overrated its scary.

I believe the best bassist by a mile is fieldy from korn, kicks tom morrellos ass every which way but loose.

the best guitarist (lead) is kirck hammentt, took hendrix and made him good.

redemptionist15
30-05-2005, 14:45
I believe the best bassist by a mile is fieldy from korn, kicks tom morrellos ass every which way but loose.

Firstly Tom Morello plays guitar.

Secondly you gotta be ******** me about Fieldy, hes awful.

nevermore
30-05-2005, 14:48
he played bass in rage. :rolleyes:

Zack De La Rocha - Vocals
Timmy C. - guitars
Brad Wilk - Drums
Tom Morello - bass

Thud
30-05-2005, 15:00
Who's best? Couldn't care less.

My favourite is East Bay Ray because the riffs he's made are just awesome. I don't care whether or not Hendrix could have played them with an alcohol blood level of four per thousand, but the fact of the matter is that Ray made them, and I love them.

Delicious Soy
30-05-2005, 15:02
What exactly do you judge as 'best'? I wouldn't really judge most guitarists against one another, I judge them by how their band functions as a whole and how effective they are at functioning within it.

Claypool wins as bassist though :p

EDIT:

Barely related rant mode: I hate it when people (usually those who play guitar) say 'x is such a great guitarist! Look at how complicated it is!' Personally it may the hardest piece to play in the history of mankind, it isn't going to stop sounding like the death of a sperm whale.

redemptionist15
30-05-2005, 15:41
he played bass in rage.

Zack De La Rocha - Vocals
Timmy C. - guitars
Brad Wilk - Drums
Tom Morello - bass

Dude check any cd, website or what not relating to RATM, Tom Morello sure as hell did not play bass for Rage.

nevermore
30-05-2005, 15:45
I have just checked, im a fool :rolleyes: sorry.

arxhon
31-05-2005, 01:00
Essentially I agree--however, it does need to be established that we are discussing electric basses here. A standup bass is a far different playing style--especially when you get a bow involved. A fretless electric bass tries to emulate some of the sound you get from a standup, but really they are distinctly different--and a guitar (especially something like a 12-String acoustic) differs greatly from a standup bass.


Yes, naturally. They're quite different instruments. However, one can still play a lead role with a fretless standup; there's quite a bit of jazz that does this, in fact. On the other hand, it's not a "lead guitar" role, so in some ways, it's like comparing apples and salt shakers.


Funny you should mention that real men play bass . . .I've always said that bass players just lack the imagination to deal with the extra two strings. ;) Assuming of course that we are only discussing 4-String electric basses . . .


Many bass players don't do a lot other than kick out root notes, it's true, and i'm not going to deny it. A good bass player, however (or, to be precise, a good bass line), will take a band from average to mind blowing, no matter how much guitar ******y is involved. ;)

Good thing you threw that disclaimer in at the end; i was just going to point at the 6 string bass. Take Pastorius for a whirl, he'll blow your mind. :cool:

Kohhna
31-05-2005, 12:56
I'm suprised nobodies mentioned Jack White yet. In terms of live perfomance and skill level, as well as putting together riffs and doing some amazing things with old blues standards he is pretty amazing.

Frankly
01-06-2005, 05:03
That chick who plays bass in full circle.

Anonymous
01-06-2005, 21:25
Man, no-one has mentioned Steve Vai or Joe Satriani yet?

Must be two of the most skilled guitarists I've heard.

Personal favourites, though? John Petrucci, Keith Richards, Adam Jones, David Gilmour.

Bass wise, James Jamerson (Session player), Roger Waters, Tony Levin, John Myung, Billy Sheehan, Geddy Lee and Chris Squire. Steve Harris gets honourable mention.

Oh, no, don't forget Fieldy! I'm tempted to try and sell a special Fieldy-model bass, with one string. You'd have no trouble playing 90% of his basslines on it. :rolleyes:

snikch13
02-06-2005, 04:32
jimi gets my vote :D

Kohhna
02-06-2005, 12:14
Man, no-one has mentioned Steve Vai or Joe Satriani yet?

Must be two of the most skilled guitarists I've heard.

Personal favourites, though? ....... David Gilmour.

Steven Vai is pretty good I like a lot of his early stuff with Frank Zappa.

Dave Gilmour, how could I forget *slaps self*

(Evil)Ash
03-06-2005, 02:28
My favourite would be Jon Schaffer (from Iced Earth), he's not a solo guy (hell he never does any solo's and always lets someone else do the lead guitar) but he's boody fast and wicked in his riffs without making it a freight train passing by. I guess I'm not really a guitar solo freak either. they are nice from time to time but I hate it when they destroy the whole song with some awfull egocentric string mastrubation :rolleyes: .

greetz, :evilgrin:

Ass Goblin
03-06-2005, 02:40
There is a french folk bassist who my Brother was telling me about. Used a Six String bass and he was amazing. I downloaded a sample from him and he was amazing.

Brother Smith
03-06-2005, 06:21
I'm suprised nobodies mentioned Jack White yet. In terms of live perfomance and skill level, as well as putting together riffs and doing some amazing things with old blues standards he is pretty amazing.

Because Jack White has the technical skill level of Kurt Cobain - sure he wrote good songs but he couldn't play very well.

Guys check out Michal Angelo Biato for the bets guitarist in the world. No freaky styly suitar stuff, just guitar playing. He puts Hendrix, Vai, Malmsten and Satriani to shame.

ScouserInExile
03-06-2005, 11:02
Slash.

Close the thread...

The Grand Wazoo
03-06-2005, 11:13
Honestly people.... noone has mentioned Robert Fripp? Now there's a guitar God. I've seen King Crimson live, and he just sits on a chair surrounded by guitars and electronic doodads and pumps out the most amazing sounds.

Other personal favourites:

Jimmy Page of course.
Stevie Ray Vaughan (agree with the comment about his version of Little Wing)
David Gilmour
Mikael Åkerfeldt (from Opeth)
Frank Zappa

And one guy I doubt a lot of people have heard about.. Steven Wilson, the singer/guitarist/almost everything from Porcupine Tree.

Anonymous
03-06-2005, 12:33
Steven Wilson is a damned fine musician, and even better live. Probably a good idea if I added him to my list.
Robert Fripp, I've not had the pleasure of seeing live, although he's not totally to my taste. Still hugely talented.

Prince_Tyrion
03-06-2005, 17:39
Angus Young is underrated, often imitated, never bettered... Graham Coxon also has that something about him, that something that was distinctly missing when he left Blur, I also like Daron Malakian (I think he's the guitarist), if only for his contribution to the amazing SOAD riffs and breaks.

templersstorms
25-08-2005, 04:43
Angus Young tottaly rocks. None better ever in my opinion.

Tom
25-08-2005, 04:55
My favourite? Gilmour all the way, and then some. (HOW did he not appear till page 8???)

The best? I'm not qualified to answer, since I've only heard of about half the artists in this thread.

Charax
25-08-2005, 05:06
Lord Brian of May.

...Please dont hurt me....

Crube
25-08-2005, 09:05
OK, a couple here

Herman Li (dragon Force)
Adrian Smith (Maiden)
Steve Vai

Oh and personally - I think Hendrix is way overrated. I'm not belittling his influence, I just think there are many better guitarists out there...

devolutionary
25-08-2005, 09:21
*laughs* OK, the list!

Metal goes to Dimebag Darrell
Rock goes to Mark Knopfler
Blues goes in as a tie between Muddy Waters & Johnny Winter
Country goes to Mr Cash

Bass styles are a little more tricky. Ryan from Mudvayne walks all over Claypool and Flea in the mad riffing stakes, but Rex from Pantera was pretty damn sweet too.

What about drummers, just to throw everyone off? *grins* Danny Carey? Vinnie Paul? Joey Jordinson? Oooooh the choices... as long as it's not Lars freaking Ulrich I'm happy :p

Vaya
25-08-2005, 09:32
You cannot claim to know who the best guitarist of all times is or was. That's the same as trying to establish what the best type of food is: too many different perspectives on the same subject.

But there are a couple of good ones. John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Alexi Laiho, to name a few.

Spacemunkie
25-08-2005, 10:24
Hendrix showed people the way.... Went places that nobody had gone before.

Was he the best? Who knows. He must certainly be one of the most influential.

Crube
25-08-2005, 10:48
Hendrix showed people the way.... Went places that nobody had gone before.

Was he the best? Who knows. He must certainly be one of the most influential.


4 points

1 Agree
2 Agree
3. IMO No
4. Absolutely

:)

5upr3m3 h4xx0rz
26-08-2005, 00:27
My favorite? Jimmy Page, a God among men.

The best (and widely recognized as the best): Joe Satriani (sp?)

Zakk Wilde is also pretty ******* good on every instrument.

The guys from atreyu are all ******* awesome, definitely check them out some time. I love their music!

Wraithbored
26-08-2005, 00:30
Jimmy Page, Brian May as well, but we can't judge as each plays the guitar in a particular style I'd shudder to see mr.Page playing a banjo at the local hoe down....

Brother Smith
26-08-2005, 02:17
As always, the guitarists Marty Friedman, Jason Becker and Alex Skolnick are my favourite guitarists and are recognised as being on par with Satriani, Vai and Michael Angelo.

Makaber
26-08-2005, 03:08
Honestly, I think it's a ridicilous question. It's like saying "who's the best painter ever?". Which is of course Nigel Tufnel. Someone who might not be Hendrix caliber but whom I still enjoy tremendeously is Karl Sanders from Nile, who does this insane long winded sweeping solos that make me feel like a giant walking cock every time I listen to it. Not saying he is the best in the world. Just saying.

The Dragon Reborn
26-08-2005, 03:45
go listen to dream theater and you will understand why John Petrucci wins

since Zeppelin is my favorite band it greatly pains me to say he is number 2

as for bassists, john paul jones has be the most underrated musican ever, not saying he is the best, but he is darn good

as for drummers, easy john bohnam, followed by neil pert

Makaber
26-08-2005, 03:47
Oh! Dang! I forgot completely!

For one of the most awesome, underrated, obscure guitar players past and present: Buckethead. He can play anything.

Xinithorp
26-08-2005, 04:39
What about Dick Dale? The King of Surf Guitar. One listen to "Nitro" and you'll understand.

Alright, maybe a bit of a one-trick pony, but his stuff is still pretty cool. :D

I can't say there's any one best guitarist. As Makaber said, there are too many different styles.

I wanna mention him though as this thread looks like 11 pages of "Hendrix! Page! Van Halen!"


Django!
Robert Johnson?

jimbob78
26-08-2005, 21:45
imho, there should be the greatest technical players seperated from the songwriters. Eg: Ry Cooder is a great technical slide player and is a great technical player along with Vai and Satriani. However, the better songwriters, the guitarists with soul may include Page, Clapton, Kossoff, Knofler, Slash, Perry etc.

Inquisitor Engel
26-08-2005, 22:24
What about Dick Dale? The King of Surf Guitar. One listen to "Nitro" and you'll understand.

Quite. Whilst I'll agree with Hendrix, Page and Eddie Van Halen, here's a few other people who can play guitar VERY well, but aren't considered "super great" but are still damned awesome.

Jon Bon Jovi - Look up the tabs for 'Dead or Alive'. Try playing it. TRY. Can YOU jump from 15, 16 and 17 frets back up to 3 and 4 and BACK down without missing a beat? Didn't think so. It's some very, very, very snazzy work indeed, and most other songs are nothing to laugh at either.

Rivers Cuomo - Most of you will attribute this to my extreme love of Weezer, but Rivers is still in fact an AWESOME guitar player, and virtually every Weezer song ever features a lengthy guitar solo. Try playing all of 'Say it Ain't so' correctly and you'll see what I mean. The guitar working on most Weezer songs is awesome, but then again, it can also be equally simple in some parts. ;)

(And no, the Green Album is not figured into this, basically because Rivers wanted a pop-rock album, so he made one ;))

Sawao Yamanaka - The Guitarist and vocalist of The Pillows. Despite being Japanese, the Pillows are damned good, and different. They're catchy, and more than good enough to be rocking for over 15 years. The guitar is varied, and he can play many, many styles of guitar very very well, and works it INTO the songs.

Check The Pillows out, they're an ace band, and a good change of pace for many.

Angus Young - AC/DC's guitarist is one of the king's of intro's, something most songs lack today. Listen to Thunderstuck, and and tell me Angus doesn't have skill. I don't think I can say any more, you should all know how good he is. He can bounce and run around whilst STILL playing guitar. That takes serious, serious skill.

Lenny Kravitz - By today's standards, he is very, very, very good. He can play a lot of different styles, and can apparently do electric, acoustic, bass, spanish and even classical guitars. He's not done a lot recently, but man can he play when he wants to.

Carlos Santana - I've looked through, but how can no one have mentioned Carlos before now?! If you have and I missed it, appologies, but the man is amazing.

Xinithorp
27-08-2005, 02:44
Jon Bon Jovi - Look up the tabs for 'Dead or Alive'. Try playing it. TRY. Can YOU jump from 15, 16 and 17 frets back up to 3 and 4 and BACK down without missing a beat? Didn't think so. It's some very, very, very snazzy work indeed, and most other songs are nothing to laugh at either.

Are you refering to the opening riff?

If someone wrote down the tab so that the riff is on one or two strings and bouncing around the length of the neck, they don't know much about guitars - at least not enough to know that you can just go up or down a string and a few frets, rather than go 18 frets. ;)
That opening riff is achieved by picking the chord.
If you're refering to the solo, again I think that's just hopping frong string to string rather than jumping up a neck.


Carlos Santana - I've looked through, but how can no one have mentioned Carlos before now?! If you have and I missed it, appologies, but the man is amazing.


Ah yes, I forgot about him. I was trying to think of somebody and I think he was it.
His guitar looks like candy. :D

Inquisitor Engel
27-08-2005, 03:33
If someone wrote down the tab so that the riff is on one or two strings and bouncing around the length of the neck, they don't know much about guitars - at least not enough to know that you can just go up or down a string and a few frets, rather than go 18 frets. ;)

Yeah that's what I thought. Every tab I've found on the Net is down on seventeen and eighteen High E and B. The notes are incredibly short, and trying to simply cut them short to play the next note really doesn't ... eh.

It doesn't work quite as well as you make it sound. ;) Although, I imagine it's easier if you have a less sensetive pick up or the correct settings on your electic. But then again, I only have an acoustic with me. ;)

Kensai X
27-08-2005, 04:49
The All-around best in my opinion has to be Eric Clapton.

Although, trying to play Hendrix's chords is a ridiculously hard to task and takes forever and four quarters to learn that stuff...

Nazguire
27-08-2005, 08:56
Joe Satriani is pretty damned good. Hendrix is also great.

Vaya
27-08-2005, 13:16
Jon Bon Jovi - Look up the tabs for 'Dead or Alive'. Try playing it. TRY. Can YOU jump from 15, 16 and 17 frets back up to 3 and 4 and BACK down without missing a beat? Didn't think so. It's some very, very, very snazzy work indeed, and most other songs are nothing to laugh at either.

Nitpicking, but Jon doesn't play that. It's Richie Sambora, the guitarist. ;)

Inquisitor Engel
27-08-2005, 22:39
Nitpicking, but Jon doesn't play that. It's Richie Sambora, the guitarist. ;)

I was under the impression they both played it? They certainly both do live.

Kaaijer
28-08-2005, 09:47
My vote goes to Steve Vai. Check out the Fire Garden album...

Vaya
28-08-2005, 12:31
I was under the impression they both played it? They certainly both do live.

Never seen them live, so I guess you're right at that then.

Wiseman
28-08-2005, 14:11
joe satriani, i just love his style