Ok so me and my friend had a little argument the other day because he said that Buckethead was stupidly skilled and amazing on guitar and best ever! and I said no I prefer Kirk Hammet to him. He said no Buckethead is definitely more skilled, so I said I'd still rather be Kirk cos he's been more influential but still skilled.

Which brings me to this thread...

Which would you rather be... highly skilled like a Buckethead...

Or an influential like say.. Noel Gallagher or Kirk (not so skilled but still truly brilliant to give us that influence that makes us want to pick up the great instrument that is the guitar)

Influential Definately.

There will be haters no matter who you are. But to actually have people say that ou directly made them learn to play...that would be great.
Why not both? Joe Satriani is one of the main reasons I picked up guitar. He is extremely skilled.
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I'd be a Kirk, Hendrix, Clapton, or Rhoades over some technical bullcrapper anyday.
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P.S. Kirk inspired me to play as well, nice!
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I'd say influential. Some of the best songs ever written aren't technical masterpieces.

And I guess Kirk is a great example of influence because he made me want to play too.
I'd be Santiago Dobles, and make the world explode.

I actually have no idea which I want to be with that answer...
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Honestly? Both. Kirk has a distinct lack of technical skill or much of a feel, but someone like, say, Slash has the whole rock feel thing down real well, as does EVH.
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