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11-24-2011, 06:02 AM #1
100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time
It's official....let the debating begin....
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Eric Clapton
3. Jimmy Page
4. Keith Richards
5. Jeff Beck
6. B.B. King
7. Chuck Berry
8. Eddie Van Halen
9. Duane Allman
10. Pete Townshend
I'll accept Hendrix for #1. Not sure if Chuck Berry really deserves a #7. Angus Young at #24? Really, he's 42 places better than Robert Fripp at #62 or John McLaughlin at #68? And no mention of Alan Holdsworth? Steve Morse? Mkay...
11-24-2011, 07:43 AM #2
having been a music critic/journalist for years and having had to compile dozens upon dozens of Top Whatever lists (which, to me, is the cheapest, lamest form of journalism as it's sole purpose is to create "debate" and "controversy" and thus increase sales of magazines or drive more traffic to one's website), I can tell you that a lot of different factors go into who makes it onto a particular list. When it comes to a list such as this I am willing to bet that they take cultural importance/influence into consideration along with technical prowess. From a cultural (i.e. worldly viewpoint in terms of influence) way more people know who Chuck Berry is than Robert Fripp or Alan Holdsworth, two very worthy guitarists, but they are way more "cult" (i.e. known more amongst musicians and audiophiles than amongst the general music loving public). The fact that Chuck Berry is still performing and just the legendary status of the man as a cultural icon more than likely had a lot to do with his higher placement on the list.
Also, you have to look at and take into consideration who voted on this list (they tell you that on the first page). Taking into consideration the background and musical stylings/tastes of those that voted also plays a big part in the compilation of a list such as this.
In terms of "glaring" omissions, I'd have put Adrian Belew on the list. But that's just me. Also Steve Hackett from Genesis.
A lot of my favorite guitarists made the cut (Andy Summers, Zappa, Fripp, Gilmour).
There were also a large number of names on the list that I'd never heard of, which I always like to see on a list like this as it piques my interest and will make me search them out and try and figure out why they made the list."Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."
11-24-2011, 07:43 AM #3
To each his own I guess but to leave out guys like Django Reinhardt and Doc Watson is ludicrous especially when fucking "The Edge" is even on the list (38, seriously?). Robert Johnson at 71 is stupid. Billy Gibbons is better than most of the people in front of him.
Don't get me wrong Hendrix was amazing, but I have a hard time putting him at first given the relative shortness of his career.President of the Hugh Conway Book Club
11-24-2011, 08:28 AM #4
@dookey, same for me, there were a lot i've never heard of too.
there's a bunch i'd put on the list if i thought about it a while. adrian belew, steve howe, steve vai, yngwie f-ing malmsteen, ...
i liked seeing derek trucks ranked so high. i saw him play last summer for the first time and he blew me away. i had no idea he was so highly respected.
11-24-2011, 08:46 AM #5
Trucks rules! his slide playing sends chills.
i have no problem with Jimi in first.
it's Clapton in second that bothers me. dude is way overrated.
and seriously no Trey? wtf
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11-24-2011, 09:26 AM #6
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11-24-2011, 10:22 AM #9Funky but chic
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No Danny Gatton?!? pfft. Danny is top 10 for sure, he could play ANYTHING.
Just a taste:
Good to see John Fahey on there at least. So much of that list is bullshit, which is odd with that panel of voters, there's some serious cred in that panel, wonder how they managed to fuck it up up so bad?
11-24-2011, 03:19 PM #10Registered User
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Wow, a list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists with none of these guys?
Uli Jon Roth
Even a clown like Ted Nugent is more deserving than somea their choices"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."
11-24-2011, 04:10 PM #11Registered User
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2nd on clapton being overrated. his soloes go nowhere. and 2nd on wheres trey
11-24-2011, 05:52 PM #12
11-24-2011, 08:24 PM #13
Eddie Van Hamster also overrated. Replace EVH w/ SRV. Zappa deserved better too.Don't taze me bro.
11-25-2011, 01:13 AM #14
most memorable solos ever which most folks think that beatles guy did it.
11-25-2011, 08:12 AM #15
There is no such thing as the 100 greatest anything when it come to music.
I always contend that there is a kid somewhere in his garage that blows most people you've heard of away.
11-25-2011, 03:26 PM #16
In terms of style, technical prowess, and just all-around understanding of music, I'd be willing to bet that their are at least a hundred working jazz guitarists playing shit clubs everyday of the week that blow Rolling Stone's top 100 out of the water.
11-26-2011, 02:34 PM #17
Bitch please. Nobody lays Jazz anymore. Betcha there ARE that many unknown metalheads posting good licks on youtube, tho.
11-26-2011, 02:41 PM #18"Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed. But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks."
11-26-2011, 04:31 PM #19
11-26-2011, 05:40 PM #20
So that's what that fucking instrument is called. Thanks!
11-27-2011, 07:25 AM #21
The simple fact that this list does not include Joey Gaydos Jr. makes it pointless, needless, and incomplete."Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."
11-27-2011, 08:03 AM #22
that list is crap just like every top list RS puts out.
here's how you can tell it's crap: NO ADRIAN BELEW wtf?!?!?!
another freak, in the freak kingdom.
11-28-2011, 12:54 AM #23
11-28-2011, 12:59 AM #24Registered User
"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."
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11-28-2011, 07:51 AM #25
btw, i was listening to uli jon roth (electric sun) and michael schenker (MSG) just last week. i'm not a big fan of the scorpions (bits and pieces) but i like both of their solo stuff. uli's voice is bit hard to handle tho.