15 Best Guitarists

Heres the top 5 best guitarists ever in my opinion followed by ten more in no order
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Steve Vai
3. Joe Satriani
4. Steve Ray Vaughan
5. Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Frank Zappa
Jimmy Page
Randy Rhoads
Eric Johnson
John McLaughlin
Frank Marino
Eddie Van Halen
Ingwie Malmsteen
Adrian Belew

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Also of the Bluesbreakers spawning ground came such greats as Mick Taylor, later going on to join the Stones after the sacking and subsequent death of Brian Jones, Mick added a fantastic edge to the stones, many of their greatest records were recorded while he was the resident '2nd' guitarist, also did anyone mention Peter Green??? if not then i think we should all bow our heads in shame, Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, and later on his Splinter group, If anyone had a Blues touch on guitar it was Greeny.

Oh and was anyone jammy enough to get tickets for the Cream reunion??
ive seen them going for £500+ a pair on ebay. pity Eric doesnt use a wireless guitar setup, otherwise id have been down there with my ES335 and my cloning wireless system and wiped him out on the PA and played all his solo's for him!! just like i did with Angus.

Guaranteed to force me to post, Lee :wink: . I remember on UK TV a while back they did a long prog on John Mayall and he recently had a (was it 70th birthday?) gig and they were all there, playing.

TV again, but Channel 4 in the UK runs a weekly 'top ten' and they did "Guitar Gods" or "Heroes" or something. Carlos was in there, but they did go on about how barmy he is. Maybe all that "I meet aliens, me" talk puts people off. I'd put up with it if he wanted to come round my house for a yak and a jam. Richie Blackmore was also in the Ten, and I don't know about that. I've never rated him especially (of course, he can play. I'm not daft, I mean in the upper stratosphere of all time top 10).

Good call on Peter Green, BTW

Oy what about Garry Hoey, and Erno Vuorinen from nightwish, Timo Tolkki from Stratovarius, and John Petrucci from Dream theater... I mean have you ever heard the live solo of him playing flight of the bumble bea at like 300bpm??

300bpm?? wow, id love to have that on Vinyl LP, i'd take it round my old Nans house and give it a spin on her old 78, that should take that solo up to a more respectable 712bpm !! now thats rock'n'roll whooa.
You still cant beat Ywengie for a sheer alround fruitball speedking, if your man can play it at 300bpm the Swedish fruitbat could play it at 600bpm and backwards too while making love to a Marshall TSL100. Man is a pure genius in pure spandex and lycre, where would we be without him??

Thrasher, not meaning to knock anyone's op but...

"Flight of the Bumblebee" is bad enough on violin. An electric guitarist's "interpretation" of Ripya-Korsetsoff gives me the shivers. Reminds me of that 1970s "Symphony for piano, bass and drums in Emin sus7" stuff that Keith Emerson was fond of (preferably in pi-r-squared time signature).

Fair enough, I can't play it, so I've got a chip on my shoulder, but it's not my idea of music. I'm with Mark E Smith; "We fought a war to stop this."

I kind of switch off if the beat goes above 120bpm, i think thats my 'red line' my limit. If you want to listen to a real speed king get Ywengie on the ipod, ive never been into that kind of music, the album that made me pick up a guitar and want to learn is 'Never mind the bollocks' by The Sex Pistols, raw energy, Steve Jones guitar is outstanding, nothing fast, nothing flash but it was so powerful, i'd never heard anything like it, and when it was released you couldnt get a copy it was banned, i remember my Dad bringing home a copy he'd got in central London, those songs are just as relevent now as they was back in 76'/77' , now that was a year.

Keith Urban

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Like Les Paul said, its not how fast you play but playing the right note at the right time. Jimi is #1 without a doubt. To me it is his subtle use of melody that often goes over looked. There are windows in his music, spaces and rests that make the lead have some emotion. Subtle notes that make the song, its as if he isn't thinking about what he plays, he just listens to it happening. I rate John Fogarty up there as well, some of his recent releases of early CCR stuff is flat out amazing. Check out the leads on "I heard it throught the grapevine" or "I put a spell on you" on his CCR Revisited.

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