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Posted on Jan 15, 2010 7:11:28 PM PST
Skydog says:
Has anybody heard or mentioned Shawn Lane? Steve Morse? John McLaughin?

Remember! All three have composition skills and conservatory training.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 7:11:55 PM PST
Kerry says:
In order:

Steve Vai - Zappa called him a virtuoso, and Zappa was the greatest at the time
Frank Zappa - Listen to Zombie Woof on Overnite Sensation
Uli Roth - plays entire Vivaldi's Four Seasons on electric guitar, and the best parts are where he impovises!
Eric Johnson
John Petrucci
Michael Schenker
Joe Satriani

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 7:41:03 PM PST
Wisconsin's Dave Steffen. Awesome. Never heard of him? Pity.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 8:09:06 PM PST
C. C. Chard says:
As has already pointed out this is a very subjective subject. That said, my favorite, desert island, must-listen-to-every day-or-die guitarist is James Marshall Hendrix. I have well over five hundred hours of studio and live stuff by him and remain, to this day, more than forty years since I first heard him, astonished by his constant inventiveness, his indefatigable creativity...hell, words are truly inadequate to encompass the breadth of his talent and influence. After him I love listening to Richard Thompson, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, and John McLaughlin. Young Leo Kottke was astonishing, too. Great, fun post!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2010 8:17:49 PM PST
G. Kurtz says:
Nah-For starters Ritchie Blackmore is superior

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2010 8:20:40 PM PST
G. Kurtz says:
Rolling Stone magazine is crapola. They have to mention Keith Richards, who does not belong in the top ten by any stretch, because he is in the Rollling Stones. Get it? Rolling Stone magazine? Rolling Stones?

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 9:08:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2010 9:14:04 PM PST
Working Man says:
There's obviously no best of all time. So it's no use saying "hands down" or "without a doubt" or anything like that. It's who we like the best.

For me it's Robin Trower. I've been listening to him non-stop lately (new and old stuff) and I give him the nod over my other favorite Ritchie Blackmore. Of course this could change in a month, but for my money it's 1. Trower and 2. Blackmore and then everyone else, including:

Van Halen

Trower is no Hendrix clone, like Frank Marino (another great guitarists) was influenced by Jimi but has his own sound and style. Trower and Blackmore are by far the two guitarists I enjoy the most. I currently have a live version of "I Can't Wait Much Longer" and it's the solo as I type and it's terrific.

Posted on Jan 16, 2010 5:19:07 AM PST
Trey Anastasio of Phish could put most of the guys mentioned here to shame. He is probably the most fluid, versatile, passionate soloist I've heard since...well, Hendrix ! The man can literally play ANY type of music.

Posted on Jan 16, 2010 10:11:30 PM PST
Working Man says:
There is no best gutarist. Unless you can find someone who technically perfect, plays with feeling and passion, plays any genre and style of music, and is everyone's favorite.

I will share my choices again, Robin Trower and Ritchie Blackmore because I like their music and sound better than anyone else.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 5:46:15 PM PST
Opinions being the real question here I give these players for consideration.
Classic jazz Django Rheinhart - especially impressive when playing off and with Claude Bolling on piano.
Flamengo - Carlos Montoya - a very clear, precussive sound and killer fast picking.
Classic music - Andre Segovia - talented both in performance and in transposing pieces for guitar - a true innovator.
Modern jazz - Bill Frisell - unusually laid back sound which requires some knowledge of difficulty level to appreciate what he does - some say it's not jazz - no riffs -
but who cares. Great sounds whatever the genre.
Folk - Odetta - A favorite of mine for fairly thundering sound, clear picking, understated but fitting the song with either arpaggeos or struming and talented
in fitting this to the song.
Blues - Lost in the wonders of these players. I would say however that a good sampling is in an album called Great Blues Guitarists, String Dazzelers.
Obviously I enjoy acoustic guitrar. Electric is also okay, but I haven't probed into this area with the same verve therefore I can't give names. The one that I know for
sure is Stevie Ray Vaughn who is remarkable for what he can do with those enormous hands.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 6:39:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 18, 2010 7:06:11 AM PST
Snoo says:
Sky Dog,

No doubt. I mention Shawn Lane at every opportunity I can. Also a big fan of Morse and Mclaughlin.

I beg to differ.

Long in the tooth,
What are your thoughts on Michael Hedges or Tommy Emmanuel ?

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 7:15:15 AM PST
mikeymike says:
Stevie Ray Vaughan. I was fortunate enough to see him in concert twice before his death. I have also seen most of the others listed above in concert that I think were good. Was he technically perfect? No. There were times I thought he was close, closer than anyone listed here. Just about anyone can sound technically perfect in a controlled environment like a studio with multiple takes and electronic wizardry. Watching someone play live reveals the kind of musician they are. What I feel set him apart wasn't technique or the type of music he played but passion. He looked like the music came out of his pores with the sweat he dropped on stage and to me THAT is what set him apart.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 7:17:21 AM PST
There are many great guitarists. I only know Rock, so here's my list of favorites.
Jimi Hendrix
BB King
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Eric Clapton
Jimmy Paige
Carlos Santana
Chuck Berry
George Harrison
John Fogarty
Robin Trower
Billy Gibbons
Eddie Van Halen
Pete Townsend
Dave Mason

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 10:23:43 AM PST
The great Ritchie Blackmore !!!!

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 10:49:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2010 11:45:38 PM PST
Ritchie Blackmore John Scofield
Paul Kossof John Mclaughlin
Jeff Beck Mike Stern
Mick Taylor Joe Pass
Jimi Hendrix
Allen Collins
Alvin Lee

Of course there are million others but these in their field are my favourites

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 4:19:57 PM PST
G. Kurtz says:
Good list! Especially Allen Collins!
I have to say that I've never listened to Stern. I have to give him a shot

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 4:34:40 PM PST
Richard Thompson-- His long solos are like a space shuttle launch, they build and build , and then you are in orbit

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 7:55:49 PM PST
Working Man says:
Glad to see a couple of more votes Blackmore and the late great Paul Kossoff. What a shame he had to leave us so young.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 8:22:12 PM PST
Working Man,
I haven't heard of Paul Kossoff. What band was he in?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 8:25:37 PM PST
Hardly- a minor leaguer at best!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2010 11:34:47 PM PST
Paul Kossof was guitarist with Free.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 11:54:14 PM PST
Annie Clark FTW

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2010 6:58:32 AM PST

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2010 8:23:40 AM PST
F. Bessinger says:
Okay, nobody on this board has mentioned my favorite guitar player of all time and styles, the late Bola Sete. If you don't know him, Google him and get your hands on a CD. Amazing!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2010 9:05:22 AM PST
Bacco says:
In Rock, of all the greats I'd have to put Hendrix at #1 w/honorable mention going to :
Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Johnny Winter
Roy Buchanan
Rory Gallagher and
Jimmy Page
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