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#1
So who is it?
When I say best, I mean best playing, and most influential.

My vote is definatley robert johnson.
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Eric clapton for shure.


yeah but clapton (arguably) wouldnt be here if it werent for buddy guy
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Eric clapton for shure.


+1
Eric Clapton for shure.
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#6
Too many, B.B. King, Clapton, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards just to name a few.
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#8
Im going to have to go all boring, but there is no best

But one thing is for sure, its definitely not Clapton.
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#9
Eric Clapton, because he's very talented and innovative.
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#12
SRV, Clapton, Albert King, and if you want to go delta...gotta go with the delta king...robert johnson...sure no solos...but blues is about letting out what your feeling inside, and telling a story with the guitar...and he did it perfectly
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#13
SRV, Hendrix, and Clapton. All these guys are so innovative and inspiring. They really do show what the blues is all about.
#14
Is it possible to say who the best is, considering the difference in styles within the blues? Perhaps break it down in country, southern, rock, brit revival...

Johnson, Patton, Bo Carter, Missp John Hurt, Elmo, SRV, Eric, Peter Green, Hendrix John Lee H, and that's just the historical figures.
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Is it possible to say who the best is, considering the difference in styles within the blues?


I guess you're right, but you could also ask "Is it possible for their to be a best blues guitarist?" seeing as you're expressing yourself through the music, and not really attemping to write it like a normal is, instead your writing it to get the feelings down and out in the open.
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Eric Clapton, because he's very talented and innovative.


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#17
I don't know who Robert J was influenced by (was it Charley Patton and a couple other guys around that time? I forget their names but it's been discussed here), but he should definitely be the MOST influential blues player ever. With the exception of Charley Patton (I forgot what this forum decided on as far as spelling goes, so if someone could correct me if I'm wrong that would be awesome), Robert J influenced every single person that's been on this thread (and all of the artists said it themselves). Even though I think, Clapton has the best groove, and SRV has the best technical ability, Robert Johnson is probably the best blues guitarist in terms of influence.
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#18
its funny how everyone says clapton and no bb king
bb king was an influence on any guitar player after 1960.
#19
i dont know many...but imo john mayer is suprisingly good...not the best but still pretty good
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i dont know many...but imo john mayer is suprisingly good...not the best but still pretty good


ur right on both accounts. his style still needs to mature but he has not just potential, but kind of an inevitable future ahead of him. im callin it right now that he goes down as one of the best-known musicians of our time
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#21
To me, Eric Clapton is the best, but Robert Cray is a close second
#22
There's absolutely no question in my mind that Son House is the King of the Blues.
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Yngwie Malmsteen.
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Muddy Waters
Robert Johnson
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ur right on both accounts. his style still needs to mature but he has not just potential, but kind of an inevitable future ahead of him. im callin it right now that he goes down as one of the best-known musicians of our time



I totally agree. I think he will be looked at as one of the greatest guitarists of our time. But as for the best, Im not sure, but SRV is probably my favorite.
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Obviously the best blues guitarist ever is Duane Allman.



yea probably Allman or Clapton
thats why Derek and the Dominos was cool
two greats in a band!!!
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Yngwie Malmsteen.


"This is how you play the blues you guitar n00bs".
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ur right on both accounts. his style still needs to mature but he has not just potential, but kind of an inevitable future ahead of him. im callin it right now that he goes down as one of the best-known musicians of our time


definately, hes actually one of my favorite guitarists right now.


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haha, hes terrible at blues.....
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haha, hes terrible at blues.....




But he can play fast...
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#37
John Mayer is one of my favorite musicians I love how his style can be so diverse and so pure...all the time. His live shows are phenomenal and he is a class musician. As for BEST GUITARIST...no such thing, only favorites. my favorites though are Mayer, SRV, BB, and Clapton
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#38
Robert Johnson...anyone who disagrees is kidding themself. Everyone whose ever picked up a guitar and played a I-IV-V progression with a turnaround has been influenced by Robert Johnson. He is basically the king. Sure...he didnt have the fiery licks of SRV, stinging vibrato of BB, or psychedelic blues licks of Jimi but damn he had something. If were talking best blues guitarist souly on how influential, it goes to him. He has influenced every blues player directly and indirectly.
#39
Iunno probably B.B. or Albert King, or Buddy Guy. Like everyone said, Clapton and SRV and such were great bluesmen, but w/o the older blues guitarists to influence them, they wouldn't be quite the same.
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But he can play fast...



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