Skip to comments.Rolling Stone names Jimi Hendrix the ‘Greatest Guitarist of all Time
Posted on 11/23/2011 9:26:13 PM PST by This Just In
Rolling Stone names Jimi Hendrix the Greatest Guitarist of all Time, followed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page The rest of the top five are Keith Richards and Jeff Beck
BY Jim Farber
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, November 23 2011, 3:44 PM
Yes, hes experienced.
Jimi Hendrix has been proclaimed the Greatest Guitarist of All Time by a panel of musicians wrangled by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Though dead for more than 40 years, Hendrixs fiery and distinct style clearly continues to inspire, and intimidate, six-string pluckers the world over.
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James Burton is the greatest guitarist of all time. Everyone knows that, right?
Thanks. I haven’t dug out any old Hendrix albums to check in ages. Now it’s just MP3 playlists with no album cover.
What happened to Chet Atkins or Roy Clarke?
Oh yest, they are not Black or hippies.
Mother Maybelle Carter was the greatest. Her techniques have been copied (or attempted to be copied) by countless musicians. Another ignored artist is Duane Eddy. Rolling Stone’s ratings are based on the ages and exposure to music of the existing generation that read that publication.
Listen , hear the applause and then vote:
I am a huge Pat Metheny fan but Lana is absolutely right here. Pat is a serious and deeply respectful musician. By the way, his Statement Regarding Kenny G is one of my favorite pieces of “music related writing” of all time!
No he isn’t. Stevie Ray Vaughn was the best.
Here's Alex Lifeson playing a cover of “Crossroads” which I thought more fitting on this thread in honor of Eric Clapton who did make the list.
Although one of my personal favorites of his is La Villa Stranglato. And “Malignant Narcissism” is a recent GREAT instrumental. I can't wait to hear what is on Rush's new album.
Question: What do you have when drool is coming out of both sides of Keith Richard’s mouth?
Answer: A level stage
Just went over to YouTue and listened to Segovia’s Asturias. Beautiful. Had the privilege of hearing him in concert many, many years ago. He stands alone.
Richard Thompson. Saw him at a an acoustical, one-man show in New Haven, CT. Would swear he was not alone on some songs.
100+ posts on this thread, and no mention of Les Paul...
Not only was he seminal in the technical evolution of the electric guitar from a big-band side novelty into the dominant instrument it is today, (one of the, if not the, most popular instruments bears his name to this day) but he also created many of the playing techniques that form the ‘basics’ for every electric guitar player since, from the eminences mentioned on this thread to the kid keeping the neighborhood awake nights with his screeching and sqawking...
If innovation and influence is part of the criteria, Les Paul certainly belongs on any serious list....
“Ill wager that they have never heard of Andres Segovia...”
Glad to see someone chime in that really knows true talent, thank you. Segovia is the master, without question.
In my opinion, Charro, Leo Kottke, John Fahey, Jose Feliciano were/are all better than Jimmie.
Agree both tie at number one.
Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
“Rolling Stones ratings are based on the ages and exposure to music of the existing generation that read that publication.”
9) Allen Collins
Admittedly, I haven’t heard every recording of Hendrix but what I have heard just grated on my nerves. To me, it was alot of noise. He is not #1 on 3cats list.
I never "got" Jimmy Page. He was horrible live. Sloppy (perhaps drunk or stoned), totally unimpressive. He was a great studio guitarist though. Richards' greatness comes from his rhythm playing---probably one of the top rhythm guitarists of all time. Harrison probably rates because he was neither an innovator nor a technician but a "bridge" between Chuck Berry and the new sound.
An interesting challenge is on the "Abby Road" album in the guitar jam just before "The End." There are three guitars, according to the Beatles' biographer Jon Gould, and Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon were all playing lead, trading off. See if you can figure out who is who!
Getting back to Clapton and Beck: I got the sense after I heard Clapton with Cream live that at some point you heard everything he could do. It totally fit whatever he was playing---and that was the greatness of Cream, in that since they were all soloing all the time, the genius came in the mix of the three, not any one guy in particular. But every time I heard Beck, I got the feeling that "this guy is really holding back. He's teasing you with what he can do."
Hendrix was awesome the first time I heard him circa 1968---he had just come out with the Experience. But a year later, he just couldn't get it together, none of the rifs really were as good, and he appeared stoned. The audience was screaming for "Vanilla Fudge," who opened for him, 10 minutes into his set. It was sad.
Stevie was a total copier. Good, but couldn’t even get the essence of Hendrix at times. Like Clapton, after a while, you heard everything he had. I’d rank him #5 or 6.
Personally, I couldn't stand Townsend as a guitarist.
If you want a current excellent Christian guitarist who doesn't go for a lot of distortion or tricks, listen to Lincoln Brewster. He played with Michael W. Smith and Journey for a while. Super.
As a contemporary of Kaukonen, who saw him at least once live, I never got the high regard with which he was held.
John Petrucci deserves a mention.
I think Vaughn has too much Clapton in him. The only guy who doesn't do this is Beck, who not only doesn't play it safe, but unlike Hendrix and Winter, "gets" whatever weird thing he goes for.
BTW, Clapton said of Beck, Hendrix, and himself that Jeff Beck was the best.
As well as Bill Nelson. He’s fantastic. Manages so many styles.
Try Highway Chile, 51st Anniversary, Killing Floor, Mannish Boy, Can you see me? I don’t live today, Red House, Hear my train a comin’...
Sorry FRiend, but yer out to lunch on this one.
No he wasn't. Jimi could do things with a guitar Duane (or anyone else) had never even imagined much less accomplished. A biographer listed some 210 odd sounds Hendrix invented and used in his playing vocabulary. No one was more appreciative of Hendrix than fellow musicians. He blew them out of their shoes and they said so to anyone who would listen. When Jimi was playing clubs in NY, early on, a top session player (whose name escapes me) would leave the studio, step across the street and see the unknown Jimi playing things he admitted he couldn't do (if he'd thought of them in the first place). Hendrix was two things: A virtuoso (a more physical accomplishment) and a spellbinder ( a more spiritual thing). That voodoo of knowing how much silence to put in between the notes is the rarest thing in musical accomplishment. Allman, like Les Paul and Eric Clapton etc had it (in spades) but recognized that Hendrix owned it.
And I am a git fiddler meself.
I don't know about this list....I think RS is as misguided about guitar greatness as they are about politics.
Just my $.02.
You should check out what Beck said about meeting Hendrix. It’s on YouTube.
Bill Nelson is still pushing out some *amazing* work at age 61 or 62.
Dick Dale is so under rated. He had major influence on the designing of Fender amps. Another guy that gets written off is Frank Zappa. His music is not for every one, but he sure could play.
I saw him perform a few years ago with his son In Newport Beach, still a great performer.
I’m getting old. Now I can talk about Yngwie J. Malmsteen concerts with other Freepers.
I too went to a couple of his tour shows in the 80’s. At one that he headlined, he made us wait about 75 minutes to appear after his band was set to go. People were tired and angry. Same show he waited backstage 15 minutes before coming back for his encore.
I love his recorded music from Alcatraz and the first couple solo albums. But it didn’t translate to the stage performance in those days. Live he was a pompous ass and couldn’t really make his compositions sing like they did on the recording.
The interesting thing to me about all these posts is that we are naming guys from 30 and 40 years ago. It would appear the whole guitar god thing was an era in time that no longer exists.
Agreed. There cannot be a serious conversation on who is best without Alex Lifeson.
The only trophy Richards deserves is “Highest Toxicity” attained without departing earth.
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