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Jimi Hendrix tops Rolling Stone’s list of best guitarists
The Calgary Herald ^ | November 23, 2011

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 Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” as key tracks.

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To: Popman

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.


51 posted on 11/23/2011 4:06:21 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: cartan

My thoughts exactly.


52 posted on 11/23/2011 4:06:26 PM PST by Clyde5445
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To: Revolting cat!
My choice would be Potzi.

Thanks for posting the link. That music is certainly interesting.

53 posted on 11/23/2011 4:06:31 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Blue Highway; All
I know he won't be in any top guitarist polls for a while, but maybe 20 years from now we might be seeing his name, Tosin Abasi. Interesting 8-string guitarist to say the least.

Tosin Abasi from Animals as Leaders "CAFO"

54 posted on 11/23/2011 4:06:36 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: ConservativeStatement

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


55 posted on 11/23/2011 4:06:57 PM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: SamAdams76

Right you are, although the joke part was his own idea. The Miss Vicky wedding thing was kind of sad, though.


56 posted on 11/23/2011 4:07:22 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: ConservativeStatement; a fool in paradise

Ray Ennis.


57 posted on 11/23/2011 4:07:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
This was voted on by “musicians”. Such as Melissa Ethridge and Lenny Kravitz.

ugh....

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.

58 posted on 11/23/2011 4:08:23 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what your country can do TO you.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Don't forget Phil Keaggy (video). Jump to about 6:20 to see some beautiful work...and the man only has 9 fingers.
59 posted on 11/23/2011 4:08:42 PM PST by FightforFreedomCA (we're stumbling towards Romney....)
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To: Libertarian444
pretty much...
60 posted on 11/23/2011 4:09:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: cartan
No John McLaughlin? No Al Di Meola? No Paco de Lucía? Some list......

Exactly.....McLaughlin and Al were on a different plane of guitar virtuosos and then there is Paco de Lucia who pushed the envelope of perfection as far as it can go.

In the Rock guitar virtuoso category, I would put Jimmy Page in the top spot without reservation.
61 posted on 11/23/2011 4:10:04 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: andy58-in-nh
They really should divide these Best Of lists into "Most Innovative" and "Most Proficient", which are not always the same thing.

Even given that, I'd still put Hendrix at the top of both lists.

Also, there is no "time" context to the list. All the players are measured as if they were still alive and playing in 2011. Guitarists, especially rock guitarists, are famous (or infamous) for copying styles, so people like Les Paul, Chuck Berry and Chet Atkins tend to get shorted because of the era the played in. (Not to mention the wide availability today of effects units).
62 posted on 11/23/2011 4:10:42 PM PST by Libertarian444
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To: ConservativeStatement

Where’s Buckethead !!! ???

No list of guitarist is complete without Buckethead !


63 posted on 11/23/2011 4:11:13 PM PST by sawmill trash (TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY !!!!!!!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

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.


64 posted on 11/23/2011 4:11:36 PM PST by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: Fiji Hill

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.)


65 posted on 11/23/2011 4:11:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Another guitarist that I like is George Barnes. Here he is playing with Jazz Gillum & His Jazz Boys on Reefer Head Woman.
66 posted on 11/23/2011 4:12:43 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Libertarian444

Mark Tremonti is as creative and more technically sound a rhythm guitar player than Richards.


67 posted on 11/23/2011 4:12:53 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLw7nozO_U
SRV...Hendrix and Vaughan are the kings


68 posted on 11/23/2011 4:14:30 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: sawmill trash

Mick Mars! Where is Mick Mars!


69 posted on 11/23/2011 4:15:05 PM PST by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: ConservativeStatement
That list is BS. How can you not have Steve Howe and Al Di Meola in the top five?
70 posted on 11/23/2011 4:15:16 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: truthfreedom
Why is there nobody mentioned in the last 35 years? Not arguing the specifics, but it seems like after 1977, no good guitarists.

The best finger-style guitar player in the world. Tommy Emmanuel. On a accoustic no less

Tommy Emmanuel - Guitar Boogie & Stevie's Blues - July 2006 [You-Tube video....blow your socks off.]
71 posted on 11/23/2011 4:15:26 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: Blue Highway

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.


72 posted on 11/23/2011 4:16:39 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: OwenKellogg

Someone somewhere may want to consider Yngwie Malmsteen for technical mastery.

Here is an incredible Van Halen solo. Unbelievable.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdFJTbaFcZ0


73 posted on 11/23/2011 4:18:54 PM PST by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: Electric Graffiti
Darn, beat me to it. Tommy is a Chet Atkins “Certified Guitar Player” also.

Some I'd add to the list are:
Peter Frampton, Albert Lee, Skunk Baxter, Larry Carlton.

74 posted on 11/23/2011 4:20:25 PM PST by al44
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To: Argus

Dat be da Doobie list, Argus.


75 posted on 11/23/2011 4:20:31 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: truthfreedom

Randy Rhoades, Jonny Lang, Vivian Campbell...


76 posted on 11/23/2011 4:20:54 PM PST by toothfairy86
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To: ConservativeStatement

No Mark Knopfler?

No Steve Gaines?

This list sucks.


77 posted on 11/23/2011 4:21:34 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: truthfreedom
Yeah saw them on 11/3 a few days before the new album release. Kicks ass for sure.

I guess Van Halen is more mainstream, since they could have easily added Randy Rhoads or Yngwie Malmsteen to the list.

78 posted on 11/23/2011 4:21:47 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: ConservativeStatement

They asked Jimi once who he thought the best guitarists was. His answer Barry Mcguire


79 posted on 11/23/2011 4:22:08 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: al44

Yup.....Tommy not only took the baton from Chet, he took it to 11. No one even close.


80 posted on 11/23/2011 4:23:16 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: Revolting cat!

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


81 posted on 11/23/2011 4:24:53 PM PST by CrouchingTiger620
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To: AceMineral

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.


82 posted on 11/23/2011 4:24:53 PM PST by hugorand
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To: andy58-in-nh

Totally agree with you on Stevie Ray Vaughan.


83 posted on 11/23/2011 4:24:57 PM PST by alicewonders
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To: NavyCanDo
Pretty sure the answer to that question was Phil Keaggy. But it is urban legend actually that he even mentioned "any" guitarist in that way according to the internets.
84 posted on 11/23/2011 4:26:21 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: ConservativeStatement

Roy Buchanan.


85 posted on 11/23/2011 4:29:07 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Electric Graffiti

That video is “just sick” in today’s vernacular!


86 posted on 11/23/2011 4:29:31 PM PST by al44
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To: Hoodat

Steve Howe is one of my favorites, along with Frank Zappa.


87 posted on 11/23/2011 4:29:46 PM PST by alicewonders
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To: Hoodat
Mediterranean Sundance germany '81

Search for the Germany videos in 81 for the best of Mclaughlin, Al and Paco.
88 posted on 11/23/2011 4:31:32 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: ConservativeStatement

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?”


89 posted on 11/23/2011 4:31:42 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what your country can do TO you.)
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To: Electric Graffiti

Jerry Reed was a pretty good picker too.


90 posted on 11/23/2011 4:32:19 PM PST by al44
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To: toothfairy86

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.


91 posted on 11/23/2011 4:33:54 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: Libertarian444

92 posted on 11/23/2011 4:34:04 PM PST by sushiman
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To: al44

The sick part is he plays it clean at that speed. It staggers my imagination everytime I watch it.


93 posted on 11/23/2011 4:35:35 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
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To: Venturer

Sorry to hear that.


94 posted on 11/23/2011 4:39:08 PM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Steve Howe (Yes) was the fastest with the guitar that I’ve seen.


95 posted on 11/23/2011 4:40:24 PM PST by eaglestar
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To: A_Former_Democrat
His career was way too short to have been much, if any, of an influence on his contemporaries.

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.

96 posted on 11/23/2011 4:42:30 PM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk

That reminds me that George Harrison is on my favorite guitar player list too.


97 posted on 11/23/2011 4:44:59 PM PST by alicewonders
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To: ConservativeStatement

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)
Clapton (1)
BB King (3)
Page (1)
Townsend (1)
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.


98 posted on 11/23/2011 4:47:00 PM PST by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: ConservativeStatement
You gotta be impressed with his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock. Especially since it was at sunrise and he was supposedly on acid at the time.

Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits impresses me.

99 posted on 11/23/2011 4:48:00 PM PST by McGruff (Hold the House, retake the Senate.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

I would agree.

I go with Al Dimeola, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Leo Kottke, not necessarily in that order...


100 posted on 11/23/2011 4:48:52 PM PST by LaRueLaDue
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