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#1
The Strat, obviously has been the most popular guitar in the past half a century.
But, really, who do you think used it the most skillfully?

In my opinion, it was Stevie Ray Vaughan, greatest Blues guitarist in my opinion.
Clapton was good, but lets admit it his solos are... mediocre.

In the side of Heavy Metal, I'd have to say Eddie Van Halen over Malmsteen.
you can just feel his need and enthusiasm in the instrument and he does it right, even if he had some dark times and made stupid mistakes.

Your thoughts.
Discuss.
#2
SRV. EC after Stevie Ray, then EVH, then Jimi IMO. Add Zoso after Jimi if the few tracks he used one on count.
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SRV. EC after Stevie ray, then EVH, then Jimi IMO.


whoops, forgot bout hendrix, he was amazing as well obviously
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I thought Clapton did that?
#8
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Its pretty much no contest. Yngwie Malmsteen all the way!


I do prefer Eric Johnson, more feel better sound and more variation.
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#9
Hendrix. By far. To this day, no one can squeeze as much sheer feeling out of a Strat or any other guitar as he did. And dude made it look effortless, plenty of panache, and had the songwriting chops to back it up.

There are probably lots of dudes who openly displayed more technical skill, but honestly, it just seems like a lot of them are missing the point and sacrificing the reasons the average person listens to music in favor of technicality, and really, what's it matter if you're alienating everyone who wants something human with their music? Playing music is so, so, so much more than a quick set of fingers and a good grasp on music theory.

That's just my feeling on the whole thing.
#10
Quote by FretboardToAsh
I do prefer Eric Johnson, more feel better sound and more variation.


Eric Johnson is underrated, really bad, he can sing ok but his guitar play is amazing in Cliffs of dover and Desert Rose.
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Eric Johnson is underrated, really bad, he can sing ok but his guitar play is amazing in Cliffs of dover and Desert Rose.


he's got several other things, fingerstyle(tribute to jerry reed and more), blues stuff(12 to 12 vibe, enzo shuffle). And the way he pulls it off, I've only once hear him play a wrong note. Except for that one his playing and technique is perfect and it sounds so damn nice.
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#13
Didn't EVH play a Musicman or something? Don't recall him playing a strat?

I would say that, in terms of nice clean tones and innovativeness, John Mayer's up there with the strat wielders.
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Didn't EVH play a Musicman or something? Don't recall him playing a strat?

I would say that, in terms of nice clean tones and innovativeness, John Mayer's up there with the strat wielders.


eventually yes, but he's know best for his frankenstrat I think.
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Quote by Mase947
Its pretty much no contest. Yngwie Malmsteen all the way!



What Ynwie Malmsteen does to those poor stratocasters made me NOT want to play one. So many notes, so little music.


But I think it's pretty obvious that Hendrix was the ultimate strat user.
#16
Hendrix is definitely my favorite strat user. **** Malmsteen, give him a Ibanez or something ffs.
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What Ynwie Malmsteen does to those poor stratocasters made me NOT want to play one. So many notes, so little music.


But I think it's pretty obvious that Hendrix was the ultimate strat user.


well that's not true, malmsteen had a lot of music, it was just really REALLY fast.

But I liked what he did to the strats, their his guitar, he can carve out the frets if he desires.
#21
Quote by willieturnip
Hendrix!

****ing hell does this even need discussing?!


sort of, he was great, but some people listen to too much metal that they start believing that fast wrists are better
#22
Personally, I think Eric Johnson is far and away the most masterful player to ever use a Strat. He's an incredible musician (listen to more than Cliffs, he's an incredible all rounder), and in many ways his technique puts even Malmsteen's to shame.

However, when I hear Eric's tone, I think "Eric." I don't think "Strat." When it comes to masterful players with a more traditional Strat tone, I think Carl Verheyen is phenominal, but I'm also a fan of David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler.
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Personally, I think Eric Johnson is far and away the most masterful player to ever use a Strat. He's an incredible musician (listen to more than Cliffs, he's an incredible all rounder), and in many ways his technique puts even Malmsteen's to shame.

However, when I hear Eric's tone, I think "Eric." I don't think "Strat." When it comes to masterful players with a more traditional Strat tone, I think Carl Verheyen is phenominal, but I'm also a fan of David Gilmour and Mark Knopfler.

i guess he represents the 80's-90's tone than any guitarist
#25
My favourite musician who uses a strat is Rory Gallagher, however he isn't "the true stratocaster master" or any of that bollocks, I don't even know that "the true stratocaster master" means It's not like playing a strat is a different way of life to any other guitarists, pluse all of these guitarists use guitars other than strats too.
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My favourite musician who uses a strat is Rory Gallagher, however he isn't "the true stratocaster master" or any of that bollocks, I don't even know that "the true stratocaster master" means It's not like playing a strat is a different way of life to any other guitarists, pluse all of these guitarists use guitars other than strats too.


...Who?

Oh the guy from Oasis, never mind...
#29
Quote by FretboardToAsh
he's got several other things, fingerstyle(tribute to jerry reed and more), blues stuff(12 to 12 vibe, enzo shuffle). And the way he pulls it off, I've only once hear him play a wrong note. Except for that one his playing and technique is perfect and it sounds so damn nice.


He didn't play that wrong note it was just chromaticism

Eric gets my vote too, although malmsteen would be right up there (most skillfull on a strat, not my fav)
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XD I love that, siggin' it


Yeah but I hate Oasis so it means nothing to me
#31
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Yeah but I hate Oasis so it means nothing to me

Who said anything about Oasis?
#32
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Hendrix!

****ing hell does this even need discussing?!



yes, it does

because personally I think Hendrix is the 3rd most overrated guitar player of all time


2nd being Eddie Van Halen
and 1st being Michael Angello


but thats another rant for another thread.


Hendrix was great and did unbelievable things with a guitar
the problem is...I simply dont like his style.
I'll give it to him that he was creative, and a very damn good player

but it just doesnt catch with me too well.

I'll listen to him, I own a few album... but anything Hendrix played Stevie could have played better :P


So if you ask me the true Stratocaster Caster has to be Eric Johnson.
not that I'm an Eric Johnson fanboy either though, considering I actually own more albums by Hendrix than Johnson

but when I think of someone who pulls out everything a Strat has to offer he's the name that comes to mind.

just listen to Manhattan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL8aeeSTthQ

much much better than Cliffs of Dover, if you ask me.
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#34
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Who said anything about Oasis?


I thought the Gallaghars were Oasis?
No?
Ok then...
#35
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I thought the Gallaghars were Oasis?
No?
Ok then...

Wow, you're really slow .
#36
People who don't play guitar associate Hendrix and Stevie with their iconic Stratocasters. Nobody besides us would know what Eric Johnson played or who he is for that matter. Clapton's best tone came from a Gibson.
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People who don't play guitar associate Hendrix and Stevie with their iconic Stratocasters. Nobody besides us would know what Eric Johnson played or who he is for that matter. Clapton's best tone came from a Gibson.


I actually wished Clapton stuck with the SG.
#39
when it comes to skill, knowledge, and theory..... definitely Yngwie Malmsteen. He's a dick and also puts little emotion into the playing, but you have to admit he's a master of that thing.
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#40
I actually don't care for Clapton playing anything other than the SG or 335. Please don't flame.
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