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Best Rock Guitarist Ever?

It’s like deciding between sports cars. Each one has its own special niche. Ferrari? Camaro? Corvette? Porsche? You can sit here all day and debate but I’m just going to throw a couple names out so they make the list…

Mark Morton

Willie Adler

[quote]Cimmerian wrote:

[quote]FrozenNinja wrote:
Yngwie Malmsteen.
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Do you actually listen to Malmsteen’s music? Do you think he’s a good songwriter?[/quote]
I own every single Yngwie CD (and there are a lot), his signature Strat and have seen him live many times.
It’s not for the his songwriting…
Gilmore and Frank Marino get my vote.

[quote]PimpBot5000 wrote:

[quote]legendaryblaze wrote:
If you hate DT (probably due to the singer?), check out Liquid Tension Experiment. all instrumental.[/quote]

Nah what gets me about Dream Theatre is that they’re essentially a Rush rip-off that could never get it right. Technical for the sake of being technical, with no cohesion whatsoever between members - it’s like a band of soloists. Insanely good drummer, bassist, and guitarist…but the combined together it just doesn’t work IMO.

Now a band that was “heavily inspired” by Rush that DID get it right was Porcupine Tree

Excellent choice, except I would say they morphed into prog after starting out sounding more like Pink Floyd. One of my current favorites, I saw them last spring. And I agree about DT, amazing musicians but they just don’t grab me.

My all time favorite is probably Jeff Beck, I’ve seen him four times, which is an accomplishment considering he used to only tour every five years or so.

There is no greatest ever - little kids think in absolutes like that, it’s an utterly ridiculous premise - so many great rock players it’s impossible to pick one and proclaim “Best Ever!!” - unless you’re 4 years old.

Can’t say who the greatest is. Can say my favorite though.

Randy Rhoads.

[quote]sam_sneed wrote:
Can’t say who the greatest is. Can say my favorite though.

Randy Rhoads.


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To me, if I can’t remember a solo after hearing it a few times, then I don’t care about it. Technical wizardry doesn’t go very far with me. I appreciate the skill, but the music just doesn’t resonate.

In terms of rhythm guitar, I don’t think you can do any better than Hendrix.

For lead, I’ll go with SRV, David Gilmour, and Neal Schon.

[quote]SkyNett wrote:

[quote]sam_sneed wrote:
Can’t say who the greatest is. Can say my favorite though.

Randy Rhoads.


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Didn’t know about that thread. Thanks for the link.

For “Rock” guitar,

Rock guitarists have to bring swagger that’s translatable through the speakers and can back it up live.

Guitarists like SRV and Clapton, as awesome as they are, aren’t really “Rock” to me.

Same goes for guys like Dicky Betts, Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, and Joe Bonammassa. I love these guys, they’re awesome, Dereks’ solo on Midnight in Harlem during the Blues Festival in Chicago in 2010 nearly makes me cry, still.

The guys from bands like Dream Theater and Dragon force as well as the solo guys like Vai are technically remarkable, but I rarely feel the “rock” with those bands/songs.

To me, rock is crunch, reverb, and sustain. Taking a blues riff and infusing some evil into it.

My favorite rock guitarists are:

Dimebag
John 5 (who gets rarely any love, is it because he’s a telecaster guy?)
EVH
Lenny Kravitz
Jimmy Page

But there’s one guitarist that has been praised and hated on in this thread that really is Rock to me.

He’s the dude who can get a crowd of 40,000 to scream his name after playing 7 notes.

Just Listen

^Doesnt their drummer look like Tim Tebow on the drums??? haha

Tosin Abasi from Animals as Leaders

They have done numerous greatest guitarast of all time things. I used to hear about them on the rock stations all the time. Though sometimes the top 10 would change somewhat from contest to contest(these contests were voted on, some by other musicians, some by fans.

The one thing that has never ever ever changed was the #1 guitarast of all time. That will always be Jimi Hendrix. sorry guys, there is no debate here. NONE. Eddie van halen was a good guitarast, but he was nothing compared to Jimi. Not even close. Eric Clapton used to go watch Jimi played. Even Eric knew who the man was. Why this is even a thread is beyond me.

[quote]roguevampire wrote:
Eric Clapton used to go watch Jimi played. Even Eric knew who the man was. Why this is even a thread is beyond me.[/quote]

Something tells me Hendrix went to a Cream concert at least once. The admiration wasn’t one-sided:

Prince’s rock sensibilities should at least earn him an honorable mention, even though he is up against more specialized artists.

Dude’s got chops.

^^^
He turned up! At least it’s beyond him…
RV that is.

[quote]strangemeadow wrote:
^^^
He turned up! At least it’s beyond him…
RV that is.[/quote]

we could also do greatest rock voices of all time. Just my personal opinion as far as uniqueness goes, Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, Axl Rose. They all have a very unique sound.

My favorite mailbox color is green.

[quote]SteelyD wrote:
My favorite mailbox color is green.[/quote]

Like a turtle.