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May 3, 2007 3:01 pm

Okay guys, so now we have our own off-topic, non-industry thread in which to talk about the greatest of all musical instruments: the electric guitar.  To pick up (there's a pun) where be left off on the other thread, let's see if we agree on the greats (in no particular order).


Eric Clapton


Jimi Hendrix


Stevie Ray Vaughan <?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Eddie Van Halen


Jimmy Page


Joe Satriani


Steve Vai


Yngwie Malmsteen


Mark Knopfler


Angus Young


Keith Richards


The Edge


B.B King


Buddy Guy


Robert Cray


And just as a toss-in, my favorite electric lead guitar song riffs:


1. Opening to Layla


2. Opening to All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix

May 3, 2007 3:11 pm

Santana

Pete Townshend

May 3, 2007 3:11 pm

Speaking for the "stoner" bass players, I'll nominate Geddy Lee of Rush.  Some of his stuff was damned near impossible to duplicate when I was serious about playing.  These days, my mid-70's vintage Fender Precision doesn't get much action, though I still think it's a classic guitar, albeit perhaps not on the same level as the McCartney bass.  I put a Badass bridge on it, but kept the original hardware just in case.  Someday I'll probably be glad I did.


While we're at it, I'll nominate Alex Lifeson also from Rush for guitar...those Rush boys were tremendous musicians...the opening to Spirit of Radio is fantastic and sounds very tough to master...the bass line was much easier, but still interesting.


ahhhhh...the memories...

May 3, 2007 3:15 pm

I can't find the file anymore but I used to have a mp3 that I downloaded from Pete Townshends website that had a John Entwistle bass solo from the last tour before he died, 2002 I think.  Damn It was amazing, with I could find it.

May 3, 2007 3:26 pm

Let's add Phil Lesh to the list.

May 3, 2007 3:45 pm

Max Calavera (Sepultura)


Justin Broadrick (Godflesh / Jesu)


Alex Newport (Fudge Tunnel / Nailbomb / Theory of Ruin)


Page Hamilton (Helmet)


Angus Young (AC/DC)


Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)


Keith Shields (My Bloody Valentine)


Brad Laner (Medicine)


May 3, 2007 4:02 pm
rrbdlawyer:

Mike:


We already got the great Angus Young on the list. Iommi was a good catch.


What about Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction?



Dave Navarro is a great guitarist, but the cross dressing vampire schtick he has bums me out.

May 3, 2007 4:39 pm

I totally agree with Bill's list, but would like to add Nile Rodgers, possibly

one of the best scratch guitarists and has played with the majority of the hall

of famers on the list, and of course Sting.

May 3, 2007 5:12 pm

Gitar!


Frank Zappa! (if you don't know Zappa slings an amazing axe I suggest you go listen)


Did you say?


Jeff Beck


Ernie Isley


Mike Bloomfield


Joe Perry


Trey Anastasio


Gary Hoey


I know I'll draw fire, but I'm just as much in love with Clapton as others are. I've been listening to him since the Yardbirds and there's no doubt he's great, but I like others better and I think he has a certain celebrity wind to his back.


Favorite Bassist


The Ox


Bootsy Collins


All this having been said, picking bests is a really old idea that never works.


Joe Satriani and Yngway and Al di Meola... They play the hell outta the gi'tar but they don't seem to have direction.

May 3, 2007 5:18 pm

Tom Scholz (Boston)


Mick Abrahams (Tull)


Well, in fact, each member deserves "Bestage" in Jethro Tull (Too bad they were mercilessly overplayed on radio Gaa Gaa).

May 3, 2007 5:26 pm

Oh and one more thing...


Nobody is more of a Who Fan than I... But... Townshend is nowhere near a "Great Guitarist" in my ear's mind.


He has more of the most famous lick of absolutely anybody, and he was inventive as a son of a gun, and he influenced tons of guitarists, but most of what made the Who, WHO was covering up for the fact the Pete wasn't a virtuoso lead guitarist.


As I say, I don't hold this against the guy (although I will admit that I'm a little cheesed off at the guy for his current attitude towards Daltrey) and they are my #1 band, and his solo work too!


Wait!


We left off Johnny Winter too!


How about you make this a top 200?

May 3, 2007 5:53 pm

Butterfield is still on every music device I own! I don't live a month without some Chicago blues making me more deaf!


I love to listen to the long version of Who's That Lady? by the Isleys.


We white boy rockers were missing some mean guitarring on the mo' side of town!


No list can be started BTW without Chuck Berry!


As to the Allmans  Dickie Betts. Duane Allman's performance on Layla is enough to make me want to puke each time I hear it. He is just completely lost, I can't believe they let that cut get out!


Got big Allman and Dickie Betts fans in this office. One of my guys spent three nights at the peakin at Beacon this year.  

May 3, 2007 6:41 pm
Whomitmayconcer:

Oh and one more thing...


Nobody is more of a Who Fan than I... But... Townshend is nowhere near a "Great Guitarist" in my ear's mind.



I do agree with you if you just listen to The Who records, but when I last saw them live in 2004 Pete tore it up!!

May 3, 2007 7:02 pm

Didja ever hear an album called "Super Session"?



Mike Bloomfield, Al Cooper and Stephen Stills. "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It

Takes A Train To Cry".



Yowza!

May 3, 2007 7:15 pm

Let me know when the category veers towards jazz influenced players.

I'll start with Pat Metheny.

May 3, 2007 7:44 pm
Whomitmayconcer:

Gitar!


Frank Zappa! (if you don't know Zappa slings an amazing axe I suggest you go listen)

I couldn't agree more!

Joe Satriani and Yngway and Al di Meola... They play the hell outta the gi'tar but they don't seem to have direction.

Also true!



Has anyone nominated:

Robert Fripp

or the true all time best....  Stevie Ray Vaughn

May 3, 2007 10:23 pm
May 3, 2007 10:35 pm

Jerry Garcia

May 4, 2007 12:01 am

what about george harrison, don felder, joe walsh. i am a big beatles and eagles fan

May 4, 2007 1:34 am

little bit country little bit rock-n-roll


led zeplin


http://www.misterguitar.com/  chet atkins


johnny cash    roy clark