Skip to comments.Jimi Hendrix tops Rolling Stone’s list of best guitarists
Posted on 11/23/2011 3:33:10 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
Legendary musician Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history Wednesday by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.
Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage, said Grammy-winning guitarist Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrixs Purple Haze and The Star-Spangled Banner as key tracks.
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From a technical perspective, none of those three are even near the top. Page himself admitted that he was a somewhat sloppy guitarist. They are all great musicians, and I would put all three near the top for the roads they blazed and the music they wrote, but I do not think of any of them as great guitarists.
My thoughts exactly.
Thanks for posting the link. That music is certainly interesting.
robin trower.....frankie marino..........where are they??? (glad to see leslie west made it)..ronnie montrose....j geils.....too many that need to be there were not, and too many that had no business, made it
Right you are, although the joke part was his own idea. The Miss Vicky wedding thing was kind of sad, though.
Jimi deserves it, but he freely admitted he couldn't tune it. In South America, the radio played lots of boots from back in the day. Most of Jimi’s were out of tune and awful. And Jimmy Page was just lousy on everything I ever heard that didn't come from a studio.
If it has to go to an old guy, I'd go Danny Gatton. But, there are a thousand people out there now we've never heard of.
Where’s Buckethead !!! ???
No list of guitarist is complete without Buckethead !
Get rid of the acid trips, lighter fluid, upside down guitar, hippie gear and BS mystic of dying young and you have a talented blues guitarist rendered suicide chump.
Best? Not even close.
They’ve been on a 5+ year sabbatical, but their albums (and live performances) are excellent. Potzi not only looks like Django Reinhardt, but plays like him and supposedly is also a gypsy. I saw them three times here in the States, and can’t wait for their new CD (though the original bass player and occasional vocalist Mano has apparently left the band.)
Mark Tremonti is as creative and more technically sound a rhythm guitar player than Richards.
SRV...Hendrix and Vaughan are the kings
Mick Mars! Where is Mick Mars!
They got a new album out just in the last week or so. I’m guessing if you like Animals as Leaders you might also like Periphery.
What about some hardcore leaders, Kurt from Converge? I’m just guessing here.
There has to be something good since Van Halen?
J. Mascis? Thurston Moore?
Radio decided a while ago that they don’t want good guitaring, so we haven’t heard good guitaring on the radio, so after the famous top ten, everything has been obscure.
Someone somewhere may want to consider Yngwie Malmsteen for technical mastery.
Here is an incredible Van Halen solo. Unbelievable.
Some I'd add to the list are:
Peter Frampton, Albert Lee, Skunk Baxter, Larry Carlton.
Dat be da Doobie list, Argus.
Randy Rhoades, Jonny Lang, Vivian Campbell...
No Mark Knopfler?
No Steve Gaines?
This list sucks.
I guess Van Halen is more mainstream, since they could have easily added Randy Rhoads or Yngwie Malmsteen to the list.
They asked Jimi once who he thought the best guitarists was. His answer Barry Mcguire
Yup.....Tommy not only took the baton from Chet, he took it to 11. No one even close.
Wow, Keith Richards isn’t even the best Stones guitarist. Tha t honor goes to Mick Taylor by far. This was mostly a popularity contest or name recognition. Robin Trower, Ronnie Montrose, David Finkelstein (ELF) and others way more gifted
Robert Fripp indeed. Obscure to many, but I’ll never forget seeing him in the early 80’s incarnation of King Crimson touring for the Discipline album. Masterful.
Totally agree with you on Stevie Ray Vaughan.
That video is “just sick” in today’s vernacular!
Steve Howe is one of my favorites, along with Frank Zappa.
Another thing that bothers me about these lists is that it usually goes to the finger gymnastics wizards. What about Duane Eddy? Who could be a cooler guitar player than that?
As Albert King said when asked about a hot licks player, “Yeah, but does his Momma know it’s him when he’s on the radio?”
Jerry Reed was a pretty good picker too.
Well Randy Rhoads has been dead at least 25 years. And wasn’t Viv Campbell Dio’s Guitarist in the 80’s.
Shouldn’t guitarists be getting better and better all the time? Shouldn’t there be as many famous guitar heros now as before?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtzy6erFIjU - St Vincent Surgeon maybe not top 10 all time but this was at Webster Hall this month.
And where is Matt Bellamy on the top 100 list? Muse is not particularly obscure.
The sick part is he plays it clean at that speed. It staggers my imagination everytime I watch it.
Sorry to hear that.
Steve Howe (Yes) was the fastest with the guitar that I’ve seen.
Yes he had a short career. So did the Beatles by today's standards. Jimi Hendrix influenced almost all rock guitarists directly or indirectly. Even guitar players that have not directly heard Hendrix have been influenced indirectly since Hendrix influenced so many other top guitarists. All one has to do to validate that statement is to research what top guitar players themselves think of Jimi Hendrix - Page, Beck, Clapton, Townsend ... the list goes on.
When Hendrix first played in London he basically sat in with the Cream and plugged into an extra jack on Eric Clapton's amp. Clapton became slackjawed and couldn't even play. In the audience were top players in London at the time including Pete Townsend, Paul McCartney and some of the Rolling Stones who later stated they were blown away. Hendrix was the last act to close Woodstock. Occasionally a huge game-changer comes along. Hendrix passed through like a tornado.
That reminds me that George Harrison is on my favorite guitar player list too.
Wow, I’ve seen half that list play live. I feel pretty good about that. As for my list, I would remove Richards and add SRV. I also am not sure about having Chuck Berry in there. I would probly replace him with Buddy Guy or Billy Gibbons. Just my opinion nothing more. I am a huge Van Halen fan so I would move EVH up the list a bit at least in the top 5. The guys I have seen by the way-
Edward Van Halen (14 times)
BB King (3)
Also had the good fortune to see Vaughan play live 3 times before his demise. I was absolutely blown away the first time I saw him. Third row in a 3000 seat theater on the “Soul to Soul” tour right in fron of his mike stand about 20 ft away. I dont think my jaw came off the floor til about 4 songs in. His death was such a tremendous loss to the world of music. I still havent gotten over it.
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits impresses me.
I would agree.
I go with Al Dimeola, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Leo Kottke, not necessarily in that order...
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