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So who do you have as your top 5 guitar players ever? I'll

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 7:44 AM
 

go with, in no particular order,

Eddie Van Halen

Eric Clapton

Randy Rhoads

Carlos Santana

Jimmy Hendrix

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 7:46 AM
 

Chet Atkins

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1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Stevie Ray Vaughn
3. Warren Haynes
4. Eric Clapton
5. Prince

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Stevie Ray Vaughn and Prince were two I considered as well***

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As was Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden***

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Re: As was Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden***

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Posted: Oct 8, 2020, 11:05 AM
 

My favorite band, and my favorite guitarist in the band. That said I'm not sure he is even the "best" guitarist in the band. Adrian Smith has a good style, but I don't think he's enough of a virtuoso to be considered a top level guitarist.

I think Randy Rhoads was really good, but not sure if his musical sample size is large enough to classify him as one of the best. He died so young that he didn't get a chance to do anything poorly, and really only on 4 albums, 2 of which weren't anything that special.

I'm not sure it's possible to list the best guitarists but I will try to list my 5 favorite guitarists who combine good writing skills as well as technical playing.

1. Alex Skolnick
2. Chris Oliva
3. Dave Mustaine
4. Brian May
5. John Lowery

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I love the bass from Steve Harris

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Posted: Oct 8, 2020, 9:17 PM
 

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:21 PM
 

Jimi, Jimmy Page, Stevie, Buddy, Clapton

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 7:54 AM
 

Hard to choose the top 5. Everyone listed is great. I would like to add;

Ed King

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:18 PM
 

ed king of lynrd skynrd ?

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:02 AM
 

SRV
EVH
Prince
Hendrix
Eric Johnson

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:54 AM
 

Joe bonamassa

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:03 AM
 

This thread could go on for a very long time...

Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Jack White
Randy Rhoads
David Gilmour

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I’ll give you mine:

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:10 AM
 

1. Eddie

2. Prince

3. Stevie

4. Jimi

5. Mark Knopfler



And then I like some current guys:

Derek Trucks

Zac Brown

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You can't mention current guys without including SC's own

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 7:32 PM
 

Marcus King. Maybe the greatest of the under 30 crowd out there. He can play absolutely anything!

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Posted: Oct 9, 2020, 10:42 PM
 

You can’t mention current guys unless Gary Clarke jr is on that list either. Dude is phenomenal.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:13 AM
 

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:22 AM
 

Chet Atkins
Les Paul
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Carlos Santana
Wes Montgomery

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Lol at no Jimmy Page or BB King

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:15 AM
 

Nm

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:34 AM
 

Like said...this could go on forever!

Add Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Brian May, Brad Paisley, to the discussion


My top 5:

Page
Hendrix
EVH
Brian May
Chet Atkins

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:45 PM
 

Roy Clark! Yes! He's awesome. Check this out if you haven't seen it before. Watch till the end, it worth it !
https://youtu.be/-xssnp7R51A

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I've never seen that - incredible. Top 5 GIT'TAR and #1

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:51 PM
 

ALL-TIME GREATEST SIDEBURNS . . . .


WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW - WEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee ! ! ! !

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:37 AM
 

Hendrix
Stevie Ray
Clapton
Duane
Toy. (I'm biased)

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Spartanburg guy?***

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There is only one

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:44 AM
 

S. Vaughn

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 3:35 PM
 

That would be correct, Toy Caldwell

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:40 PM
 

Yes

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Me too brother!***

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:48 AM
 

#1



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What, no El Kabong?

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:50 AM
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=010aaw1Ajo0

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This is a very subjective poll and is hard to fully develop

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:54 AM
 

a list.

You specified a general category (... top 5 guitar players ever?) instead of specific genre of music. You obviously listed rock guitarists.

So, he is my subjective list of guitarists I enjoy:

1. Brian May
2. Andrés Segovia (classical)
3. Eric Johnson
4. Eddie Van Halen
5. Nancy Wilson (not necessarily great, but nice to look at)

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Posted: Oct 9, 2020, 2:21 PM
 

I enjoy Eric Johnson. The man can play.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 8:58 AM
 

Joe Bonamassa and Mark Knopfler are up there too

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EVH, SRV, Prince, Jimmy Page, Jerry Garcia***

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:08 AM
 

Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy Page

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Edward Van Halen

Roy Clark

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:10 AM
 

Thanks to the guys who listed Roy Clark. Top 5?...maybe, maybe not, but he never gets recognized on these types of lists and that cat could play any genre', any style. I've seen clips of him playing classical music as well as clips of him on stage with the likes of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopler. And he didn't take a back seat to any of them.

People don't realize what a tremendous musician he was because he told corny jokes on Hee-Haw for twenty years, but Roy Clark was an amazing instrumentalist.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:13 AM
 

Joe Bonamassa
Steve Vai
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Angus Young
Steve Gaines
Eric Clapton

I can't count.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:16 AM
 

Great choices already listed! My top 5:

1. Steve Vai
2. Jimi Hendrix
3. Eric Clapton
4. Eddie Van Halen
5. Vinnie Vincent

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:21 AM
 

I'll go with the averages above and throw in Tommy Emmanuel

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:21 AM
 

People putting Prince in the top five are funny. He was never even mentioned in the top guitarists until he died and a fake quote circulated from Eric Clapton supposedly claiming Prince was the best ever.

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I saw Purple Rain at the Greensboro Coliseum - 4 rows back

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:24 AM
 

he's been in my top 5 ever since - don't give a crap what anyone else says or when they say it.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:36 AM
 

He may or may not be top 5, but watch his solo in this song and no doubt you will admit he was EXTREMELY talented...https://youtu.be/uWc4wMyL1oI

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 1:44 PM
 

There's no doubt that he's a great guitar player. He makes a lot of top 100 lists and deservedly so but I think a lot of people heard that fake quote from Clapton and he suddenly catapulted up into these kinds of lists. No way IMO he's top 5 though.

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How about top 5 pancake maker?

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:26 AM
 

Duane Allman
Tony Rice
Pat Metheny
Jerry Garcia
Willie Nelson

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No fair listing jazz guys like Metheny. Thought

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 6:59 PM
 

this was a rock poll. Jazz guys blow away the 3 chord rockers.

Just listen to the Steely Dan albums. ;)

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:55 PM
 

I second Tony Rice. Josh Williams is right there with Rice. Vince Gill insanely talented on guitar too.

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Posted: Oct 8, 2020, 1:46 PM
 

Tony Rice CRAZY good.

I did a session with him once that lasted until about 3 am. Just sat around and chilled after the track session was over.

Cool night.

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Interesting....

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:34 AM
 

In no particular order,

Jeff Beck
Wes Montgomery
Charlie Christian
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Andres Segovia

These are the ones I like to listen to most. Really need to pick a genre to determine a style....

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Re: Interesting....

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:36 AM
 

Hendrix and Urban

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:43 AM
 

Any list without tiny Tim is incomplete

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CLEARLY you haven't the foggiest about Ukelele's vs Git'tars***

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:45 AM
 

eddie van halen.....jimi hendrix....dimebag darrell abbott pantera.....tom morello rage against the machine.....jimmy page......eddie vah haen and jimi hendrix were the two original guys who really changed everything.....the guitar looked like just another piece of the body as opposed to an instrument when you watched them....

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FWIW ... I have watched a lot of this guy's videos ...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV-y91BZonY

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Thanks! Enjoyed watching this video.***

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Pig

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 9:56 AM
 

Jimmy Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Prince
Stevie Ray Vaughan
George Harrison

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Pig

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:00 AM
 

And don't forget BB King. Totally different and awesome!!!

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:14 AM
 

....yes, and BB King, definitely, but let's not forget another in that genre - Buddy Guy, who was the greatest I ever heard.

Go Tigers!!!

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:11 AM
 

Hendrix
Eddie
SRV
Terry Kath
Buckethead

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:19 AM
 

Eric Clapton

Carlos Santana

Jimmy Hendrix

Mike Campbell

James Burton


Consideration:
SRV
BB King
Albert Lee
Glen Campbell
Steve Cropper

Ah just make it Top 10!

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Terry Kath. That's what Jimi Hendrix said, and I agree.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:16 AM
 

Watch 25 or 6 to 4, Chicago - Tanglewood.

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some of my favs

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:40 AM
 

Dickey Betts

Jimi Hendrix

Jerry Garcia

David Gilmore

Jimmy Page

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Dicky over Duane?***

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hardly any of you said Jimmy Page...

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 10:43 AM
 

What is wrong with you people???

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:15 PM
 

Had him down, but forgot SRV so had to replace him with SRV. I'd have Page at 6, but can't replace any of the other 5.

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Rory Gallagher(Brian May's hero)
Doc Watson
Duane Allman
Dickey Betts
Toy Caldwell

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:01 AM
 

Really tough call. I have seen a ton of incredible axemen that warrant consideration:
Eric Johnson
Buddy Guy
EVH
SRV
Matt “Guitar” Murphy
Steve Stevens
Carlos Santana
Steve Vai

I would also throw in Leo Kottke and Phil Keaggy who I have never been able to see. They are both mind-blowingly good.

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Really tough call. I have seen a ton of incredible axemen that warrant consideration:
Eric Johnson
Buddy Guy
EVH
SRV
Matt “Guitar” Murphy
Steve Stevens
Carlos Santana
Steve Vai

I would also throw in Leo Kottke and Phil Keaggy who I have never been able to see. They are both mind-blowingly good.


I saw Phil Keaggy years ago. He’s missing part of a finger and is still ridiculous. If he played on the Rock and Roll scene,everyone would know who he is. He’s content to play within the “Christian music” scene.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:01 AM
 

No particular order:
Clapton
Allman
Hendrix
Page
Santana

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:03 AM
 

Al di Meola

Pat Metheny

John Petrucci

Eddie Van Halen

Stevie Ray Vaughn

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Wheres John Denver ?

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:04 AM
 

this list sucks :)

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SURROUND SOUND.

He’s #6 on my list - as I would guess he is on most peep’s.


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Shocking lack of Jerry here

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Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia

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Mine

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Jeff Beck
Gary Richrath
Hendrix
Al Di Meola
Stanley Clarke ( Need a bassist in here somewhere )

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Bassists!!!

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:39 AM
 

1 - Jaco Pastorius (obviously)

Stanley Clarke

Victor Wooten

John Patitucci

Geddy Lee

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Cliff Burton

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:48 PM
 

If we're going with 4-string!

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A couple I haven't seen yet

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:36 AM
 

Pete Townsend
Tom Scholz
Ronnie Wood
Alex Lifeson

But gotta have EVH and Jimmy Page in the top 5.

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Yes! Ritchie Blackmore too.

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:)

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Tommy Iommi deserves a mention***

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Iommi, Lifeson, Santana, Marino, Trower ... some of my

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:42 PM
 

absolute favorites and probably under rated and under appreciated to some extent, but I can't quite squeeze them into my top 5. Ahhhh, maybe I could on any given day - #5 could be up for grabs.

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+1 on Pete Townsend

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Not the best technician but incredible writer and performer.

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My last mention: Mick Box***

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Steve Howe, Robert Fripp, and Mike Rutherford***

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Warren and Derek are entering the discussion.

Page
Hendrix
Van Halen
SRV
Clapton

Of course, my personal favorite is Hauser.

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Hendrix #1 hands down, by a million miles nobody close.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:39 PM
 

2 - Jimmy Page
3 - Duane Allman
4 - Jeff Beck
5 - Clapton

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:50 PM
 

Great topic. Agree with all the posts. Also shout out to Joe Walsh, Dickie Betz, Duane Allman and believe it or not Glen Campbell was a phenom picker ...

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Great topic. Agree with all the posts. Also shout out to Joe Walsh, Dickie Betz, Duane Allman and believe it or not Glen Campbell was a phenom picker ...

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:51 PM
 

Eddie Van Halen

Prince

Roy Clark

Joe Walsh

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Sorry

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Eddie Van Halen

Prince

Roy Clark

Joe Walsh

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Eddie Van Halen

Prince

Roy Clark

Joe Walsh

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Eddie Van Halen

Prince

Roy Clark

Joe Walsh

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Eddie Van Halen

Prince

Roy Clark

Joe Walsh

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Eddie Van Halen

Prince

Roy Clark

Joe Walsh

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Eddie Van Halen

Prince

Roy Clark

Joe Walsh

Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Can't forget Joe Walsh...+1***

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Jeff Beck is my #1. Just go to youtube and search for this:

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"jeff beck live at ronnie scott's" for his performance in 2007, when he was 63 years old. It's just mind blowing. The thing about Beck is - he never stopped evolving, experimenting and pushing the envelope. His more famous Yardbird pals, Page & Clapton, hit a plateau. Page pretty much peaked in the 1970s, and Clapton just keeps laying down the same old blues licks. Nothing wrong with that, and Clapton is still very entertaining, but it's just the same old, same old. You never know what's coming next with Beck.

As Clapton once said in an interview - "Becky can play all my stuff, but I can't play any of his."

Shredding, tapping, lightning fast riffs, standard blues, etc... it's like Beck mastered all of that early on and just got bored with it. He can do all that stuff, sure, but he needed to do more...

Anyway, for me personally it's Beck, Santana, Duane, Gilmour & SRV.

edit: I've also developed a much stronger appreciation for guys like Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins. Distortion, pedals, sustain, feedback, whatever... all of those special effects cover up a lot of sloppy fretwork and mistakes. When you just plug a guitar into an amp and play it straight up, your technique has to be perfect, and every note precise and clean.

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Beck part of this little compilation of guitar greats.......

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0J_ffTcPv4

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You can't do a top anything . .

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and leave Glen Campbell out. Maybe most didn't realize it, but he was at the top. Other guitar players were amazed at him.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 5:10 PM
 

and then another would be Jeff Healey. Maybe not on everyone's list, but again, other guitar players were amazed by what he could do . . and bind as well.

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https://youtu.be/gwgOUzodS6E

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Robert Cray is another one that just popped into my head.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94-eQqxncW0

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If you like blues..

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 1:32 PM
 

There is a little known album called "Showdown". It's Robert Cray, Albert King, and Johnny Copeland. I understand it was recorded basically live in one take. Amazing stuff. The guitar and vocals are terrific. Check it out and thank me later

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 12:59 PM
 

These lists are too difficult to make but I'd add Skydog and Angus to it and maybe Roger Fisher.

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probably not allot would agree but I got.....

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in no order:

David Gilmour
Jonny Marr
Marc Knopfler
Pete Townsend
The Edge

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Glad Glenn Campbell was mentioned earlier

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Posted: Oct 8, 2020, 9:49 PM
 

Also, he’s not Top 5, but, Steve Lukather from Toto was another great one.

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Eddie Van Halen
Randy Rhodes
Steve via
Joe satriani
John petrucci

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Eddie Van Halen
Randy Rhodes
Steve via
Joe satriani
John petrucci



Surprised Satriani hasn’t been on more lists.

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 1:21 PM
 

Dickey Betts
Jimmy Paige
Jerry Reed
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Joe Walsh

then
Lita Ford
Vince Gill
Lzzy Hale
Eddie Van Halen
Jeff Beck
Brian May
Duane Allman
Steve Vai
Angus Young
Prince

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Let's toss in some blues legends (other than BB and Clapton)

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Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland. Also - Roy Buchanan was amazing. Everyone's lists are great, but thought I would expand a bit

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Water Becker is another one. Saw Steely Dan in Charlotte a

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few years back before he died. Good show!

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Thought he played mostly bass.***

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Here's a fun opinion from Rolling Stone. Top 100.

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https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/100-greatest-guitarists-153675/


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Re: Here's a fun opinion from Rolling Stone. Top 100.

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That list is a MASSIVE fail. So many great players not on the list, numerous marginal players made it. Trash.

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Nils Lofgren not bad, either

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nm

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Page, Clapton, Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn,Hendrix and an extra: Kenny Wayne Sheperd

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Good to see all the Roy Clark love

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 3:33 PM
 

and in that same category, Buck Owens and Flatt/Scruggs were pretty good.

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Jimmy Page
Vince Gill
Joe Walsh
Sonny Landreth
Bonnie Rait
2nd 5
Duane Alman
Toy Caldwell
Derek Trucks
Eric Clapton
Chet Atkins

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Bonnie Raitt….good pull.

Brain Jones on some of the early Stones albums was also very good. Not top 5, but good nonetheless.

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Mick Mars from Motley Crue is underrated.

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jonny greenwood (radiohead). mitch easter (let’s active).***

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How has no one besides me said George Harrison?
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is a friggin masterpiece. If you've never really listened to him play... try again.

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"But Paw, that one..."

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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 11:32 PM
 

makes me cry!"

As well, "Bell Bottm Blues"

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I loved George Harrison, but the lead on "My Guitar Gently

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Weeps" was played by Eric Clapton!

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it is upsetting to see lists and not include Prince

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Eddie was in a class on his own

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Vince Gill isn't a shabby guitarist either.

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No particular order...

Jimmy Page
Eddie Van Halen
Angus Young
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Slash

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Sorry, but Angus Young does not belong on these lists. His chords are what beginning guitarists learn.

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Love this thread!!!!

Mine are :

Jimi Hendrix
Frank Zappa
Jerry Garcia
Randy Rhoads
Alan Holdsworth

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Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Eddie Van Halen
Duane Allman

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Hard to go wrong with some of the Wilburys..............

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o4s1KVJaVA

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This vid just makes me smile ear to ear ...... great stuff &

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post.

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Clapton, D. Allman, Derek Trucks, Hendrix,

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Jeff Beck

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Prince
Santana
Clapton
Hendrix
Nugent

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WL


My list is based not necessarily on who is technically the

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greatest, but who I never get tired of listening to, in no particular order:

Duane Allman
Toy Caldwell
Doc Watson
Eric Clapton
Mark Knoffler
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Jimmy Page
Chet Adkins

And a nod to the new kid on the block...24 yr old Marcus King of Greenville. If you haven't listened to the Marcus King Band, you should. He can play country, blues, rock or jazz, and anything in between. His drummer is from Clemson!

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Tommy Emmanuel, Billy Strings, Stevie Ray Vaughn, plus

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Robert Johnson, and Richard Thompson

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So many to choose from. 1. Stevie Ray Vaughn 2. Eddie Van Halen 3. Jimi Hendrix 4. John Mayer 5. Brad Paisley

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I have a slightly different list.

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Terry Kath

Mark Knopfler

Clapton

Hendrix

Les Paul

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I didn't see Jerry Reed anywhere.

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Correct me if I'm wrong. He was a fantastic guitarist. He, along with some of those other Nashville session players, were incredible.

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John Williams
Andrew York
Jason Vieaux
Ana Vidovi?
Paul Galbraith

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There are so many great blues guitarists that are virtually

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Posted: Oct 8, 2020, 10:43 AM
 

unknown. Michael Burks was one... I've sent this video to several of my buddies and say - "This is the best blues guy that you've never heard of." And there's a ton of 'em...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QRw5j0RwXo


####, now that I think about it, I wore the grooves off this album back in the day - Johnny Winter And Live... the dual lead battles back and forth between Johnny and Rick Derringer are just nasty.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5gFk4tV5uA

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This won't be a popular choice here

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and I'm not saying he's on the same level as Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton, but John Mayer is an outstanding guitar player. If you get past the annoying personality and weirdness at times, and just watch him play, he's very good.

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His live stuff is 1,000 times better than his studio stuff***


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I gained a new respect for him when I saw him live.***

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Cobbox on Brad Brownell: “His only problem is he has to deal with turd fans questioning every move he makes.”


Oh, John Mayer is outstanding... there's no denying that.***

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Chuck Berry
Reggie Sanders

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!-2 could either be
Jimi Hendrix or David Gilmore
3,4 and 5
BB King, Clapton and Lita Ford

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So many GREAT ones from different eras

FANTASTIC MUSIC that we all have been blessed to hear

Tough to pick the top 5

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and still to this day, the only guitar solo that will bring

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a tear to my eye, is David Gilmour on Comfortably Numb. The Earl's Court show in 1994 captures it well, and it's the same show he brought to Death Valley that same year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi7cuAjArRs

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Try Iron Maiden's Wasted Years***

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In no order, some names I have not seen much here

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1 - David Gilmore - best melodic solos
2 - Steve Vai - flawless technique
3 - John Petrucci - if Gilmore and Vai had a baby

I could go many other names as far as innovators etc - Eddie,Jimi, Randy and so forth

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Luke Bryan. Florida-Georgia Line. Wheeler Walker Jr.

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Not in correct order

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I would like to add Adam Jones from Tool.

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Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joe Bonamassa, Prince!

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EVH
Brad Paisley
Synyster Gates
Dimebag Darrell
Slash

In no particular order, to be honest I could go in forever lol

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So tough to choose 5! Even tough to do 10. I'd like to mention 10 (Group A-1 and Group A-2, but there's not much difference if any, and I'm still leaving too many out).

Clapton - because he was the 1st to really go from OK/pretty good to virtuoso

E. Van Halen - completely innovative; revolutionary

Stevie Ray V - compelling; precision; became 'one' with the instrument

Joe Bonamassa - hard to believe one person can play so well

Duane Allman - 1st really clean slide player; his fills were also spot on

Group A-2:

Hendrix - supernatural; I only wish he'd been, at certain times, a cleaner player - but still....beyond
amazing

Prince - the guy was a genius in so many ways - as a guitarist he was often overlooked - except in concert

Mark Knopfler - rarely given credit for his incredible style and talent

Dickey Betts - virtuoso and top-drawer precision player

Mick Taylor - in his prime (during his short-lived time with the Stones) was one of the top guitarists in the world

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Tough to just name 5 top players since there are so many

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Posted: Oct 9, 2020, 7:31 AM
 

different styles of guitar playing. There are Rock guitarist, Classic guitarist, Finger Picking etc... and it is rather difficult to compare those styles. I enjoy all the styles and can appreciate each for their unique sound and talent required.

From a difficulty playing perspective, I give the nod to the finger pickers because they tend to play both harmony and melody at the same time. That takes a certain amount of rewiring your brain and fingers in order to do it properly. Additionally, the vast majority of finger picking guitar music is pure guitar - no distortion, no special pedal effects, and no stacks of amps to drive the sound.

My Top Finger Pickers:
1. Chet Atkins
2. Jerry Reed
3. Richard Smith
4. Mark Knopfler
5. Tommy Emmanuel


In tribute to my top 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni8KBhnebwE

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCGGG9piAGY

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locally, there was a man named Ray Berry. He was from the

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Dillon and played was the lead for the "Boogie Boys". They were awesome and he could flat play.

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gosh, i mean, just to take us out of the unspoken genre for this thread, how about

1) John Fahey
2) Bert jansch
3) Tommy Emmanuel
4) Roy Clark

Who else?

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Yngwie Malmsteen?


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dngwio0eJS0

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Jimi, EVH, Jeff Beck, Page, Gilmour***

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Steve Morse.... and forget about it.***

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So many good ones. Two enjoyable songs:





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I’m not so good at the ##### and posting videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWc4wMyL1oI

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So many good ones. Two enjoyable songs:





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since i havent seen mention


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ill add dime bag darrell to the mix

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