Best Guitarist Ever

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Pretty straight-forward question. Who do you think is the best guitarist of all time? Post a sample of their music if you would like.

Obviously, I would have to say Jimmy Hendrix (cant decide on just one song for him). He could do things with a guitar that others wouldnt think was possible (playing a lefty guitar righty, playing with his teeth, etc). But I feel like saying Hendrix is a cop out because it is so easy to say him.

Other than Hendrix I would have to go with Eric Clapton (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hwnb8AB2kc&feature=related").

Some others that I like (in no particulat order): Kirk Cobain, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JToo3iwTOso&feature=related" is a great song).

What do you guys think?
 
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Erik Mongrain. Have you ever seen anyone able to play a guitar like that?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbndgwfG22k
 
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I vote for Andre Segovia.

Chet Atkins related a story about how when he decided to go for a cruise he grew a beard and decided to wear sunglasses most of the time so no one would recognize him. One day on board the ship he was practicing guitar and a man walked up to him and said, "Say you're pretty good." Chet thanked him for the complement. Then the man added, "You're no Chet Atkins but you're pretty good."
 
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Probably the greatest guitarist of all time - Leo kotke. Unfortunately no good videos of him playing survive. This is a horrible quality video, but gives you an idea of his capabilities.


I like Hendrix, Zappa (not known for being a good guitarist, but an incredible mind), and the others listed so far, but they don't have true talent that rises above the rest.

Popular songs is one thing, exceptional talent is another.
 
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I have a passion for great guitar. Some of the Spanish guitar players are my favorite.
 
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Probably the greatest guitarist of all time - Leo kotke. Unfortunately no good videos of him playing survive. This is a horrible quality video, but gives you an idea of his capabilities.


I like Hendrix, Zappa (not known for being a good guitarist, but an incredible mind), and the others listed so far, but they don't have true talent that rises above the rest.

Popular songs is one thing, exceptional talent is another.

I went to a Leo Kottke concert once. Partway through, while tuning his guitar, he mentioned that once he went to an Andre Segovia concert and noticed that Andre Segovia didn't tune his guitar during the whole concert. "Some people just don't care."
 
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I have absolutely no technical knowledge of music or guitar in particular so consider my vote unqualified but Joe Satriani is one of my favourites and I understand that he is considered to be pretty damn good.

Here is one of my favourite pieces...
 
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I like Hendrix...but they don't have true talent that rises above the rest.

Popular songs is one thing, exceptional talent is another.

WOW! Did you just say that Hendrix doesnt have exceptional talent?!?!?!
Sorry but Im gonna have to strongly disagree with that. I listened to Kottke and it was great. But c'mon! Sure, you can say that Kottke is better than Hendrix (it's your opinion after all). But to suggest that Hendrix isnt even in the same leauge as Kottke I find rediculous!
 
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I went to a Leo Kottke concert once. Partway through, while tuning his guitar, he mentioned that once he went to an Andre Segovia concert and noticed that Andre Segovia didn't tune his guitar during the whole concert. "Some people just don't care."
He's incredible.

In the olden days of yore, when I lived in Houston, Tx, I dated the guy that did the sound at a music place called Liberty Hall that hosted unknowns like Bruce Springsteen, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, etc... It was during the intermission of a B B King show, that my boyfriend left me in control of songs for intermission. I played Leo Kotke's Vaseline Machine Gun and got a standing ovation. :tongue2:
 
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WOW! Did you just say that Hendrix doesnt have exceptional talent?!?!?!
Sorry but Im gonna have to strongly disagree with that. I listened to Kottke and it was great. But c'mon! Sure, you can say that Kottke is better than Hendrix (it's your opinion after all). But to suggest that Hendrix isnt even in the same leauge as Kottke I find rediculous!
I saw Jimi Hendrix play live at the Houston Colloseum. No, Hendrix was not that talented on the guitar. Good, but not exceptional.

I love Hendrix, but he's honestly not technically that great a guitar player. Are we talking favorite songs or technical ability here?

Ronni le tekro is good, I agree max.

While Satrianni's music is great to listen to, techically, as a guitarist, he doesn't stand out as exceptionally gifted.

A lot of the great songs/bands I love aren't technically great. That also means that a lot of the technically great don't have good music.
 
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Always liked Buckethead
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Et6BSDMNLY

Michael Romeo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG2804ggsI0

John Petrucci
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVmq2C5kLoM

Alexi Laiho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuHXAOrwkI

Jesper_Strömblad - steel guitar solo is awesome at 2:10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrdGYVir6DU
 
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Erik Mongrain. Have you ever seen anyone able to play a guitar like that?

I have! :biggrin: stanley jordan plays two electrics simultaneously. i think he calls it his touch technique:

danny gatton might be my favourite guitarist though:
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I think a good example is a song I love by Mason Wiliams. Classical Gas. A beautiful acoustic guitar piece.



That was destroyed by being popularized on tv.

This is what happens when good music goes bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgUql7E7S-k&feature=related

Mason is not an exceptionally gifted guitarist, but that is an incredibly beautiful song.
 
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I think a good example is a song I love by Mason Wiliams. Classical Gas. A beautiful accoustice guitar piece.
Love Classical Gas. Gives me goosebumps.


Hate me for it, but I like the 'concert' version. This is the first time I've ever heard the unplugged version.
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUqn1EEWaRw
Brian Haner. The best IMO.
 
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Love Classical Gas. Gives me goosebumps.

Hate me for it, but I like the 'concert' version. This is the first time I've ever heard the unplugged version.
Wow, I can't believe you've never heard the original version, but I guess many haven't.

Either version is beautiful, but I prefer the acoustic.
 
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yee-haw!

more danny gatton. it really picks up at the end

...& one of the masters
 
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I love Hendrix, but he's honestly not technically that great a guitar player. Are we talking favorite songs or technical ability here?

Are we basing guitar the best guitarist on pure technical skill? If we are, I am going to have to say Jason Becker or Yngwie Malmsteen but I don't think that pure technical skill should be the end to which we define a good guitarist. A guitarist should use his or her technical skill to convey the emotions within their music. Using technical skill to convey emotion as an end, I would have to say that Jimi Hendrix fits this best.
 
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I saw Jimi Hendrix play live at the Houston Colloseum. No, Hendrix was not that talented on the guitar. Good, but not exceptional.

I love Hendrix, but he's honestly not technically that great a guitar player. Are we talking favorite songs or technical ability here?

Ronni le tekro is good, I agree max.

While Satrianni's music is great to listen to, techically, as a guitarist, he doesn't stand out as exceptionally gifted.

A lot of the great songs/bands I love aren't technically great. That also means that a lot of the technically great don't have good music.

There is perhaps a point where virtuosity abandons art to become merely an exercise in technical perfection. And vice versa, that artistry may lose technique in pursuit of pure aesthetics. Perhaps the greatest artist and the greatest technician can not be the same.

I like your choices. Mongrain in particular.
 
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I think a good example is a song I love by Mason Wiliams. Classical Gas. A beautiful accoustice guitar piece.


That was destroyed by being popularized on tv.

Whats wrong with bringing beautiful music to the masses?
 
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From metal these two know how to write riffs.

Tommy Vetterli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTlBua7mfao

Trey Azagthoth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7YLblswAI0
 
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That was destroyed by being popularized on tv.

This is what happens when good music goes bad.
Look what they've done to my oatmeal.
 
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Whats wrong with bringing beautiful music to the masses?

Did you listen to the differences? I think Evo's point was that they sort of did a Hooked on Classics butchering of it.

Personally, I like it, but I recognize Evo's preference for a purist's version.
 

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