Wednesday Question: Greatest Slow Guitar Solo Ever

It's a bit iffy to define what a "slow" solo is, but let's do this anyway!

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Slow Guitar Solo Ever

For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to think of all the amazing slow guitar solos and answer this little thing right here:

What's the greatest slow guitar solo of all time?

While it's a bit iffy to define a "slow" guitar solo with rock-solid definition, we figured to go ahead with this one anyway and see what you folks got.


  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one song/solo create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given track to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same tune, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Comfortably Numb
    ... Echoes, Time, Another Brick in the Wall, Shine On, On an Island, Marooned, Castellorizon ... Man, you could do a Top 10 with Gilmour solos exclusively. In the future, we should always make two lists: Greatest x by non-Pink Floyd. Greatest x by Pink Floyd.
    Gilmour performing Comfortably Numb on top of the Wall,2011.
    Why is this getting downvoted lol This is a piece of music history, esp after the falling out in the 70's and subsequent reunion at Live Aid 2005
    This one should have won the "Greatest Guitar Solo Ever" bracket that UG ran awhile back. Instead, it got robbed in favor of "Blackbird" by Alter Bridge....a great solo, but not superior to this.
    I still think comfortably numb is too effects driven. Sounds great, classic solo, I just think Gilmore touched his solos up too much in the studio. Id take the Time solo over Comfortably Numb
    A quote from Guitar World: "Gilmour’s classic guitar solo was cut using a combination of the guitarist’s Hiwatt amps and Yamaha rotating speaker cabinets, Ezrin recalls. But with Gilmour, he adds, equipment is secondary to touch; “You can give him a ukulele and he’ll make it sound like a Stradivarius.”
    Kind of have a hunch Pink Floyd will have a lot of top 10 nominations...
    Not only the best slow solo but also the best overall solo of all time. Great choice.
    Watermelon in Easter Hay - Frank Zappa Brings a tear to your eye. Especially if you ever See Dweezil play it live.
    November Rain -- GnR
    Waaay better than any Pink Floyd slow solo tbh, David Gilmour hasn't got shit on Slash when it comes to emotion in that song.
    figured I would get shit on by all the Pink Floyd fanboys on this website, honestly what the point of doing these if the top 2 or 3 are all Pink Floyd solo's? They should have a separate one for non-Pink Floyd Solos
    Guthrie Govan on Steven Wilson's - Drive Home
    One of the best solos ever imo. The emotion and playfulness put in there are just mindblowing, also, one take solo, which makes it even more stellar.
    While this is one of my all time favorite solos, I feel like only the first half is really "slow". The second half has some crazy runs. Of course I'm only saying this to justify it not being near the top of the polls
    Pantera - Floods
    Such an underrated solo from such a legendary guitarist. Dime's paying may have been known for ridiculous speed, but his ability to play with soul really shines through on Floods.
    He really wasn't known for speed, Pantera was never that kind of metal band. More well known for the groove than anything.
    Starts around 30 Short, slow and I love it
    Ole' Nessie
    Thanks for sharing! Honestly never heard this track before now. Amazed at the guitar work
    One of my all time favorite songs. I used to just get in my car, put this one on, and just drive. Love it, thank you for nominating this one!!!
    James' solo in master of puppets! Starts at 4:10
    While it's a really soulful solo and one of my all time favs, I wouldn't consider it slow...
    It doesn't have a fast feel to it, which makes me classify it as a slow solo. Technically it's pretty fast yeah, but so is comfortably which is currently leading the poll. It's much slower in BPM, but there's plenty of speed in it if you listen note by note.
    Nirvana - Sappy I know Kurt never was a guitar master (in the usual sense), but for me he had a real soul in his playing, especially in his solos. And I choose "Sappy", because its solo is just full of emotions (especially considering the whole song's mood and lyrics) - and it's a shame that "Sappy" never was released until Kurt's death... Solo starts at 1:40...
    Sappy was originally released as a hidden track on the No Alternative soundtrack while Kurt was alive. He wanted it hidden so people wouldn't just buy it for a Nirvana song.
    Genesis - Firth of Fifth. I dare you to find a more haunting melody.
    This needs more votes. Steve Hackett has such an incredible feel to his playing and he tends to be forgotten. Seen him play live twice and my jaw hit the floor both times.
    Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham - Gypsy (solo starts at 3:55) Whenever I hear it, I wish the song would never stop.
    The Hunter by Mastodon. Its the song about Brent Hinds's brother being killed during a hunting trip and his solo on the track just encapsulates grief to me. Its an elegy. Most of the other guitar solos in this list aren't actually that slow. They're just classic, old solos....
    Smashing Pumpkins - Drown. Specifically the outro solo on the album version.
    The solo after "Is it something someone said?" is great too. But for Smashing Pumpkins I have to go with Soma. It's simply one of the most emotional guitar solos ever, those bends are purely haunting.
    If we're going Pumpkins, the outro solo on "Hummer" is my pick - Everything about it is memorable, melodic, and just utterly, utterly gorgeous.