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CrossOfStAndrew
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 10:08:17 PM

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My personal list (of course, purely subjective)....

10. Eddie Van Halen
9. Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
8. Jeff Beck (Yardbirds)
7. tie: The Edge (U2) and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
6. Mick Ronson (David Bowie on "Ziggy Stardust", Mott The Hoople, etc)
5. Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)
4. tie: Eric Clapton (Cream, Yardbirds, etc) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
3. Jimi Hendrix
2. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, etc....)
1. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

OK, what's your list?!

This is just for fun: not to be heatedly debated.
sprite
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 10:10:15 PM

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CrossOfStAndrew wrote:
My personal list (of course, purely subjective)....

10. Eddie Van Halen
9. Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
8. Jeff Beck (Yardbirds)
7. tie: The Edge (U2) and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
6. Mick Ronson (David Bowie on "Ziggy Stardust", Mott The Hoople, etc)
5. Brian Jones (Rolling Stones)
4. tie: Eric Clapton (Cream, Yardbirds, etc) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
3. Jimi Hendrix
2. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow, etc....)
1. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

OK, what's your list?!

This is just for fun: not to be heatedly debated.


ties are cheating - you have 12 listed. i say we toss you off of lush! who's with me? *gathers pitchfork bearing mob*
CrossOfStAndrew
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 10:30:12 PM

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It's not cheating if everyone gets to name a tie....
budwilliams
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 11:20:21 PM

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sprite wrote:
ties are cheating - you have 12 listed. i say we toss you off of lush! who's with me? *gathers pitchfork bearing mob*


And even then, he didn't mention Randy Rhodes .....
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sprite
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 11:54:21 PM

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Jack White
Johnny Ramone
Trent Reznor
Matt Bellamy
Randy Rhodes (that's for Bud!)
Tom Morello
those are mine: my wife wants me to add...
the Edge
Stone Gossard
Kim Thayil
that's 9... umm...
did i mention i listen to a lot of hip hop and techo? :D
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CrossOfStAndrew
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:33:28 AM

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Yes, in all fairness, I did forget about Randy (RIP).
CrossOfStAndrew
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:34:42 AM

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Oh fuck: I forgot Brian May of Queen, too. Shit.
robbiedee1
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:10:38 AM

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Jimmy Page
Mark Knopfler
Hendrix
Clapton
Slash
Van Halen
Prince
Richard Thompson
Keith Richards
SRV
RumpleForeskin
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:12:20 AM

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Being a certifiable old fart, let me go back into, The Rock of Ages' for a few yet to be mentioned.

Submitted for your consideration:
Pete Townsend
George Harrison
Leon Russell
Stevie Ray Vaughn

And one group:
The Ventures, a group every guitar picker back in the 60's seemed to want to emulate.

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Morgan
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:02:26 AM

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A subject close to my heart...

In no particular order:

James Hetfield
Jeff Waters
Steve Vai
Hendrix
Trent Reznor (more of a keyboard player really, but anyway...)
EVH
Tom Morello
Keef Richards
Jimmy Page
Richie Blackmore
Morgan
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:03:50 AM

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Shit, forgot Rhodes, forgot Iommi.

Guest
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 7:50:22 AM

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Ten great ones:

Hendrix
SRV
Buckethead (yes if you get past the gimmick he can outplay just about anybody)
Jimmy Page
David Gilmour
Tony Iommi
Randy Rhoads
Robin Trower
Jeff Beck
Buddy Guy

Yeah I know I missed this guy or that guy but best guitarist is a really subjective thing.
deftones25
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:24:30 AM

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In no order, my favourites are

Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
John Lennon
George Harrison
Paul McCartney
Tony Iommi
Noel Gallagher
Eric Clapton
Kirk Hammett
Goran Bregovic
John Squire

I cheated and added one extra btw
Nikki703
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:41:24 AM

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I no particular order here are some of my favorites. Ask me tomorrow and Im sure there would be some changes. Saying they are the best ever is just too hard.

Jimmy Page
Ritchie Blackmore
Randy Rhoads ( correct way to spell his name, lol)
David Gilmour
Steve Vai
Robin Trower
Jeff Beck
Jimi Hendrix
Michael Schenker
Duane Allman
Tony Iommi
Nikki703
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:47:56 AM

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sprite wrote:


Johnny Ramone


HAHA! No one loves the Ramones more than I do but seriously? 3 Chord Johnny?


Morgan wrote:


James Hetfield



WOW!! Love James but to put him in a list with the rest of these guys.................................
cornishguy1
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:00:06 AM

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1. Ritchie Blackmore
2. Rory Gallagher
3. Michael Schenker
4. Paul Kossoff
5. Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
6. Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
7. Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
8. Snowy White (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd)
9. Dave Gilmour
10. Joe Bonamassa
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:10:51 AM

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Hm. Not sure I can manage 10, but here's what I got:

Steve Howe (Yes, Asia)
Dave Gilmour
Mark Knopfler
Eric Clapton
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
George Harrison
Pete Townsend
Jimmy Page
Jeff Beck

Hey, I made it. I'll also give an honourable mention to Harry Manx. He's blues-folk-world music rather than rock so I didn't include him, but he is fantastic.


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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:17:27 AM

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sprite
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:29:32 AM

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Nikki703 wrote:


HAHA! No one loves the Ramones more than I do but seriously? 3 Chord Johnny?


he could do more with 3 chords than most people can do with 4! :)
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:36:01 AM

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sprite wrote:


he could do more with 3 chords than most people can do with 4! :)


That's the thing with rock guitar (and blues guitar, one of the sources from which it evolved, for that matter). It's not all about complex melodies and chord progressions, but about making the most of something fairly simple.

There are examples of rock guitarists who are capable of more complex stuff (Steve Howe of Yes, for instance, blends jazz and classical musical ideas into his playing) but you can also be a great rock guitar player with a fairly simple, straightforward sound.


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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:40:23 AM

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cornishguy1 wrote:
1. Ritchie Blackmore
2. Rory Gallagher
3. Michael Schenker
4. Paul Kossoff
5. Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
6. Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
7. Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
8. Snowy White (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd)
9. Dave Gilmour
10. Joe Bonamassa


Yeh, Peter Green can solo pretty fucking good.
Tank134
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:42:19 AM

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In no paticular order

1. Joe Satriani
2. Eric Clapton
3. Steve Vai
4. Slash
5. Hendrix
6. Angus Young (AC/DC)
7. Keith Richards
8. Jimmy Page
9. Tom Morello
10. Johnny Ramone
Morgan
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:40:10 AM

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Nikki703 wrote:


WOW!! Love James but to put him in a list with the rest of these guys.................................


Nikki,

For real, Hetfield is one of the greatest right hands in metal (and rock). Sure he's not a pyrotechnic widdler like a lot of the folks cited here, but in terms of tight, clean downward picking, melodic creativity, speed, songwriting and understanding of assembling guitar parts in the studio environment, I must petition his inclusion.

Plus he does all that shit while singing!

And yeah, I forgot Paul Gilbert. If we're going to have a mention of Buckethead, we can't even talk about that until PG is on the roster!

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 1:38:20 PM

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James kicks ass !!!

His riffs are awesome and sometimes even better then some of the solo's we hear played by some random wannabee :D

My first 7 in random order

Vernon Reid, Dave Mustaine, Ritchie Sambora, Marty Friedman
SRV, Robert Fripp, Pat Metheny

My top 3 :-)

3) John Petrucci
2) Joe Satriani
1) Steve Vai

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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10:34:38 PM

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10. Angus Young
9. Eddie Van Halen
8. Billy Gibbons
7. Ritchie Blackmore
6. Keith Richards
5. Alex Lifeson
4. Duane Allman
3. Steve Vai
2. Jimmy Paige
1. Jimi Hendricks

The list is purely rock out with your cock out rock.

P.S. Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, I consider more than rock guitarists. SRV, Jeff Healey, Bonamassa and the usual Johnson/blues god...are exactly that. Blues men. No dis, just a different, beautiful world.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:11:56 PM

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Ya'all have some great picks but I'd like to add...

Tommy Emmanual
Justin Derrico
Mike Campbell
Prince

...to the discussion
WellMadeMale
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:47:10 PM

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Highwayman wrote:
10. Angus Young
9. Eddie Van Halen
8. Billy Gibbons
7. Ritchie Blackmore
6. Keith Richards
5. Alex Lifeson
4. Duane Allman
3. Steve Vai
2. Jimmy Paige
1. Jimi Hendricks

The list is purely rock out with your cock out rock.

P.S. Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, I consider more than rock guitarists. SRV, Jeff Healey, Bonamassa and the usual Johnson/blues god...are exactly that. Blues men. No dis, just a different, beautiful world.


Finally, a list I can get behind. I just have to swap Gibbons and Vai...and all is good in my world.

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 1:34:10 AM

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Yngwie Malmsteen (Steeler)
Randy Rhodes (Quiet Riot and Ozzie Osbourne)
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society)
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Dimebag Darrell (Pantera and Damageplan)
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Blackmore's Night, and Rainbow)
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Angus Young (AC/DC)
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