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Old 03-06-2006, 05:04 PM   #1
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Default 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time

These are always fun.

Criteria: - Guitarists are ranked for their impact, influence, creativity, versatility,
originality, technical skill and lasting popularity in the genre of Rock guitar.


So this isn't just all about who can shred riffs the fastest or whatever.

Remember, too, for you young dudes, that making fun of or disrespecting us older dudes ain't cool. Jimi Hendrix is not as talented a guitarist as Yngwie Malmsteem but Yngwie also didn't pioneer much, and his songwriting mix of classical and metal wasn't anything new. It all balances out. A great example of this is the guy right behind Yngwie, Phil Keagy. He's a Christian rocker now, but much of what Eddie VanHalen did in the late 70's early 80's was ripped straight off of this dude. Anyway, here's the list.

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/page...newguitar.html





1. Jimi Hendrix* - Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Eric Clapton - Yardbirds, Cream, Derek & The Dominos, Solo
3. Jimmy Page - Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Firm
4. Jeff Beck - Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Solo
5. Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen
6. Stevie Ray Vaughan* - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
7. Joe Satriani - Solo
8. Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmores Night
9. Steve Vai - David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Solo
10. David Gilmour - Pink Floyd, Solo
11. John Petrucci - Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment
12. Randy Rhoads* - Quiet Riot, Ozzy
13. Allan Holdsworth - Solo
14. Paul Gilbert - Mr. Big, Racer X, Solo
15. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force, Solo
16. Phil Keaggy - Glass Harp, Solo
17. Jason Becker - Cacophony, David Lee Roth Band, Solo
18. John Mclaughlin- Mahavishnu Orchestra
19. Duane Allman* - Allman Brothers Band, Derek & the Dominos
20. Chuck Berry - Solo
21. Eric Johnson - Solo
22. Steve Howe - Yes, Solo
23. Neal Schon - Santana, Journey, Solo
24. Brian May - Queen
25. Gary Moore - Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, Skid Row, Solo
26. Bo Diddley - Solo
27. Steve Morse - Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Solo
28. Carlos Santana - Santana
29. Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath
30. Buckethead - Guns N' Roses, Solo
31. Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits, Solo
32. Marty Friedman - Cacophony, Megadeth, Solo
33. Nuno Bettencourt - Extreme, Mourning Widows
34. Shawn Lane* - Willy, Solo
35. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
36. Uli Jon Roth - Scorpions
37. Terry Kath* - Chicago Transit Authority
38. Alex Lifeson - Rush
39. Frank Zappa* - Mothers of Invention, Solo
40. Rory Gallagher* - Solo
41. Dimebag Darrell* - Pantera
42. Peter Green - Fleetwood Mac, Solo
43. Robin Trower - Procal Harum, Solo
44. Slash - Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver
45. Mick Taylor - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones
46. Robert Fripp - King Crimson
47. Tom Morello - Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave
48. Michael Schenker - Scorpions, UFO, MSG, Contraband
49. Ry Cooder - Solo
50. Angus Young - AC/DC
51. Keith Richards - Rolling Stones, Solo
52. Michael Angelo Batio - Nitro, Solo
53. John Squire - Stone Roses
54. Pete Townshend - The Who
55. Steve Hackett - Genisis
56. Zakk Wylde - Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society
57. George Harrison* - Beatles, Traveling Wilberys, Solo
58. Alvin Lee - Ten Years After
59. Dave Davies - Kinks
60. Jerry Cantrell - Alice In Chains, Solo
61. Steve Stevens - Billy Idol
62. Johnny Winter - Solo
63. ****ie Betts - Allman Brothers Band, ****ey Betts & Great Southern
64. John Cipollina* - Quicksilver Messenger Service
65. Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
66. Steve Cropper - Booker T. & MG's/Stax sessions
67. Adrian Belew - King Crimson
68. Joe Bonamassa - Solo
69. Steve Lukather - Toto, Solo
70. Jerry Garcia* - Grateful Dead
71. Joe Perry - Aerosmith
72. Prince - Prince & The Revolution
73. Kim Mitchell - Max Webster, Solo
74. Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
75. Dave Murray - Iron Maiden
76. Neil Young - Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Solo
77. Billy Gibbons - ZZ Top
78. Tony MacAlpine - Solo
79. Mike McCready - Pearl Jam
80. Adam Jones - Tool
81. Gary Hoey - Solo
82. Leslie West - Mountain, Solo
83. Peter Frampton - Humble Pie, Frampton's Camel, Solo
84. **** Dale - Del-Tones
85. Vito Bratta - White Lion
86. Mickey "Guitar" Baker - 50's sessions/ Mickey & Sylvia
87. John Frusciante - Red Hot Chili Peppers
88. Ronnie Montrose - Montrose, Edgar Winter Group
89. Mick Ronson* - David Bowie, Solo
90. Roy Buchanan* - Solo
91. Warren Haynes - Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule
92. Vinnie Moore - Alice Cooper, Solo
93. Robbie Krieger - Doors, Solo
94. Chris DeGarmo - Queensryche
95. Jake E. Lee - Cutting Crew, Ozzy, Badlands, Solo
96. Glen Tipton - Judas Priest
97. Joe Walsh - James Gang, Eagles, Solo
98. K.K. Downing - Judas Priest
99. Eddie Hazel* - Funkadelic
100. Alex Skolnick - Testament
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Default Re: 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time

[QUOTE=Suitanim]These are always fun. [B]
COLOR=Black]So this isn't just all about who can shred riffs the fastest or whatever.

Remember, too, for you young dudes, that making fun of or disrespecting us older dudes ain't cool. Jimi Hendrix is not as talented a guitarist as Yngwie Malmsteem but Yngwie also didn't pioneer much, and his songwriting mix of classical and metal wasn't anything new. It all balances out. A great example of this is the guy right behind Yngwie, Phil Keagy. He's a Christian rocker now, but much of what Eddie VanHalen did in the late 70's early 80's was ripped straight off of this dude. Anyway, here's the list.

http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/page...newguitar.html

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Hmmmmmmmm, wonder which one I think is the best!
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Personally, I would put Clapton at number one.
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this list is automatically flawed by not having les paul ANYWHERE.

although not as influential or well known, i would put joe satriani #1. i think surfing with the alien is a masterpiece.

very suprised slayers guitarist (kerry king?) isnt in there (very good and influential) and there about 10 other thrash/speed metal who could play any type of music if they so desired. and could play the pants off atleast 10 in the list.

funny to see deep purple guitarist ahead of kirk hamett. i saw k. hamett do a 30 minute solo when they toured by themselves in 92 and it was absolutely amazing. smoke on the water is pretty much the easiest and 1st rock song people play when learning the guitar.

i like the placement of steve vai in the top 10.

NO LES PAUL!!!!!!??????? thats like producers of las vegas light shows saying edison wasnt great or influencial.
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I've studied this list and have some problems with it myself. First, Angus Young-50! Come on, for the entire decade of the 70's he was as big as anyone! Also D*ck Dale at 84, see I think the age thing came into play here. D*ck Dale could play as good as anyone on this list, hands down!

Hammett at 35, come on people. This guy can riff with anyone. He is the best! Well, maybe I'm biased!
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Default Re: 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time

Remember:

Criteria: - Guitarists are ranked for their impact, influence, creativity, versatility,
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So this isn't just all about who can shred riffs the fastest or whatever.
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Criteria: - Guitarists are ranked for their impact, influence, creativity, versatility,
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So this isn't just all about who can shred riffs the fastest or whatever.


OK!

I still think that D*ck Dale and Angus Young need to be higer on the list! You don't agree?
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NO LES PAUL?????????????? i bet every guitarist listed would agree that les paul belongs on that list atleast at 99

unfreaking believable
kirk hamett still should be much higher as he fits all the criteria.

i can see why some great thrash metal musicians arent in there cause they dont chose to play rock music and their music rarely gets heard by the mainstream. the fact that metallica made it to the mainstream speaks volumes.
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**** Dale was pretty influencial, and you can still hear guys like Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) cribbing his stuff. Les Paul was more of an inventor, but he should probably be here...good call Tony.

Angus Young? Well, he plays the blues. The band is popular, but he's not much of an innovator. Kirk Hammett? He was HEAVILY influenced by NWOBHM bands like Iron Maiden, so in that sense I'd say a guy like Dave Murray was just as influential since he was there first.

Kerry King? C'mon, man...
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Kerry King? C'mon, man...
that was before i noticed it was limited to just rock. litp can get me on my reading comprehension skillz on that one. i kinda wondered why atleast 1 country guitarist didnt make the list (not that i think they should)

les paul made rock and roll possible. he practically helped invent it. i remembered watching something on cnn or something when he died here recently. he was still jamming at a very old age (and jamming good). many of those listed were talking about how important he was to the whole genre. very true. everybody listed probably owns a les paul guitar.
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