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#1
THE LIST WAS NOT MADE BY ME!
It was a feature in Guitarist magazine which I thought may interest you guys.

http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/the-50-greatest-guitar-tones-of-all-time-136709

#50 Charlie Christian - Flying Home
Original Guitar Hero (1939)

#49 Noel Gallagher - Slide Away
Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)

#48 Chuck Berry - Maybellene
Greatest Hits (1955)

#47 Ry Cooder - Sister Morphine
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971)

#46 Link Wray - Rumble
The Original Rumble (1958)

#45 Dick Dale - Misirlou
Surfers’ Choice (1962)

#44 Larry Carlton - It Was Only Yesterday
Larry Carlton (1978)

#43 James Williamson - Search And Destroy
The Stooges (1973)

#42 James Hetfield - Orion
Master Of Puppets (1986)

#41 Chet Atkins - Mr Sandman
(1955, TV show)

#40 Dave Davies - You Really Got Me
Kinks (1964)

#39 Brad Paisley - Me Neither
Who Needs Pictures (2001)

#38 Carlos Santana - Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
Abraxas (1970)

#37 Randy Rhoads - Suicide Solution
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz (1980)

#36 Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn
(1960)

#35 Tom Morello - Killing In The Name
Rage Against The Machine (1993)

#34 Eric Johnson - Cliffs Of Dover
Ah Via Musicom (1990)

#33 Gary Moore - Still In Love With You
Thin Lizzy - Nightlife (1974)

#32 Wes Montgomery - D-Natural Blues
The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (1960)

#31 Rory Gallagher - Walk On Hot Coals
Irish Tour (1974)

#30 Joe Satriani - Ice 9
Surfing With The Alien (1987)

#29 Steve Vai - Touching Tongues
Sex & Religion (1993)

#28 Matt Bellamy - Plug In Baby
Muse - Origin Of Symmetry (2001)

#27 Robben Ford - Talk To Your Daughter
Talk To Your Daughter (1988)

#26 Pete Townshend - Pinball Wizard
The Who - Tommy (1969)

#25 Johnny Marr - How Soon Is Now?
The Smiths - Meat Is Murder (1984)

#24 Keith Richards - (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones - Out Of Our Heads (1965)

#23 Kurt Cobain - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)

#22 Tony Iommi - Iron Man
Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)

#21 The Edge - Bad
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

#20 Mark Knopfler - Money For Nothing
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms (1985)

#19 Jeff Beck - Where Were You
Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop (1989)

#18 Paul Kossoff - My Brother Jake
Free - Highway (1970)

#17 BB King - When Love Comes To Town
U2 - Rattle And Hum (1988)

#16 Scotty Moore - Hound Dog
Elvis Presley - Greatest Jukebox Hits (1956)

#15 Jimmy Page - Whole Lotta Love
Led Zeppelin II (1969)

#14 Peter Green - Stop Messin’ Around
Fleetwood Mac - Mr Wonderful (1968)

#13 George Harrison - Something
The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

#12 Ritchie Blackmore - Long Live Rock ’N’ Roll
Rainbow - Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll (1978)

#11 Billy Gibbons - Gimme All Your Lovin’
ZZ Top - Eliminator (1983)

#10 Eric Clapton - I Feel Free
Fresh Cream (1966)

#9 Jack White - Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells (2001)

#8 Angus Young - Highway To Hell
AC/DC - Highway To Hell (1979)

#7 Hank Marvin - Wonderful Land
The Shadows Are Go (1962)

#6 Slash - Welcome To The Jungle
Guns N’ Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)

#5 Stevie Ray Vaughan
Couldn’t Stand The Weather, Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984)

#4 Brian May - Play The Game
Queen - The Game (1980)

#3 Eddie Van Halen - Sinner’s Swing
Van Halen - Fair Warning (1981)

#2 Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Electric Ladyland (1968)


#1 David Gilmour - Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)

Honourable mention given to:
Albert Collins
Joe Perry
Alex Lifeson
Allan Holdsworth
Bill Frisell
Billy Corgan
Brian Setzer
Cliff Gallup
Dimebag
Frank Zappa
Freddie King
George Lynch
Graham Coxon
J Mascis
James Burton
Joe Strummer
John Frusciante
John Scofield
John Squier
Jon Spencer
Jonny Greenwood
Josh Homme
Kim Thayill
Les Paul
Michael Schenker
Mick Mars
Mick Ronson
Neil Young
Nick McCabe
Nile Rodgers
Richie Sambora
Robert Cray
Roger McGuinn
Roy Buchanan
Scott Gorham
Steve Jones
Steve Lukather
Steve Turner
Thurston Moore
Zakk Wylde


Thoughts??
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#3
Eric Johnson would probably **** a brick if he knew he was #34.

Plus, I can't stand EVH's tone on Fair Warning, I much prefer 1984 and Van Halen I. Anyway, I somehow knew Gilmour would be #1. I honestly have no idea why everyone thinks his tone and playing are so spectacular.

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#4
i think billy corgans tone beats jack white's anyday... and the order in which they are placed are questionable... but they actually have a variety of artist and tones so i'd say its a decent list
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#5
Another list. Another argument.
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#6
Nice, I think Gary Moore deserves to be further down the list though (closer to 1), and John Frusciante needs a mention in the top 50. You also seem to be missing a man I like to call Mr. Hendrix. Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult) has nice tone too.
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#7
I was worried that they forgot David while scrolling down the list. Happy to see him at #1

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You also seem to be missing a man I like to call Mr. Hendrix.

Jimi is #2
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#8
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#9
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Nice, I think Gary Moore deserves to be further down the list though (closer to 1), and John Frusciante needs a mention in the top 50. You also seem to be missing a man I like to call Mr. Hendrix. Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult) has nice tone too.


Hendrix is #2.
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#11
Fair enough for #1, but still....

Eric Johnson #34??!! And satch only #30... has noone heard 'ten words' or well...anything, by him...

Frusciante ought to be up there as well

oh well, it doesnt matter really but thats my take on it...
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#12
blatant pink floyd favoritism :P

jimi would mess up left and damn right but his tone was worlds ahead of gilmour.

and jimi's just who i'd have put as #10.
#14
Don't like the list too much.

Still think that Jack White doesn't have good tone, and Jimmy Page was also in Guitar Worlds top ten worst tones, just to prove that tone is objective.
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#15
Cmon eric johnson would be first! He even can tell the difference between chrome and brass plugs!! You cant compare a shredder who by design sacrifices tone to a jazzer but my favs are..


1 Eric Johnson Cliffs of Dover
2 Steve Vai Eat em and SMile album
3 Mike Amott Carcass Heartwork
4John Petrucci Change of Seasons
5 Pat Metheny The Way Up
6 Ry Cooder Buena Vista or anything
7 Paco De Lucia-anything
#16
^ I was really suprised he wasn't nearer the top but more so that Froosh didn't get on at all
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#17
Quote by rhcp_freak
You also seem to be missing a man I like to call Mr. Hendrix.


1) He's on there
2) I didn't make the list, I just posted it because I thought it would encourage some interesting debate

EDIT: Sorry for double post
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#18
Dang would have been nice to see Jerry Cantrell on there. His tone on songs like Man In The Box and Would? was streets ahead of Teen Spirit.
#21
I knew David Gilmour would be #1. Im glad he is. But Eric Johnson and satriani have some of the best tones. What about Iron maiden in Alexander the Great, I think thats the best tone in a metal song.
#23
^ I think Jack White's playing is okay and his use of FX is sometimes quite creative but i never understood the whole big deal surrounding him
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#25
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^ I think Jack White's playing is okay and his use of FX is sometimes quite creative but i never understood the whole big deal surrounding him

+1.

He's nice and all, but why does he bother making such stupid noises? All of his weird stuff sounds the same.
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#26
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Kurt Cobain beat Eric Johnson lol


Or technically Butch Vig beats Eric Johnson, also explaining mr Corgans honourable mention
#28
I luff malmsteens tone, Smooth mellow, warm
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#29
James Hetfield Orion --- His tone was much better on the black album, load, reload, and garage

Carlos Santana's tone is much better than a #34 spot...

Randy Rhodes tone was awful...shouldn't be anywhere near the list

Kurt Cobain...absolutely awful tone, sounds like a distorting 6'' computer speaker being pushed by an MG100

Tommi Iommi's tone wasn't really great, probably sounded amazing in person though

Angus Young's tone is ultra thin, treble on 10

Eddie's tone is pretty good, definatly not in the top 20 list though

The honorable mention list is just as bad
Dimebag
Zakk Wylde
Billy Corgan

It seems as though it's another "best guitarist" list compiled by a bunch of noobs who think classic rock was the greatest music to exist.

NO PETRUCCI, Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake (nickelback has some great guitar tones), Adam Jones, Shawn Lane
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#30
^billy corgan had an amazing tone... i mean the song "soma" is just a tonegasm for the most part... rocket comes to mind... mayonaise...they just have so many amazing songs with varied tones... i can see your point with dimebag and zakk wylde

and i think muse's best tone is on invincible not plug in baby
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#31
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no frusciante? rubbish



I didnt even notice that... Now thats rubbish. He has imo the holy grail of tone (for me anyway)

Stupid people at guitar magazine. Prolly go on whats popular anyway.
#32
EJ's tone is a lot better than 34. And AC/DC??? I mean their tone is okay but its kind of generic to be in the top 50.
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#34
I don't get why Smells like teen spirit is on there, Frusciante should be up there, along with more thin lizzy stuff, and sunshine of your love instead of I feel free
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#35
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^billy corgan had an amazing tone... i mean the song "soma" is just a tonegasm for the most part... rocket comes to mind... mayonaise...they just have so many amazing songs with varied tones... i can see your point with dimebag and zakk wylde

and i think muse's best tone is on invincible not plug in baby


It just doesn't do it for me. Sounds like another normal marshall tone, nothing really stands out to me, man. It's just IMO, a bit plain.
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#37
As usual, Guitarist manages to list only the most popular guitarists in roughly the same order as every other list they've ever composed.
Someones knowledge of guitar companies spelling determines what amps you can own. Really smart people can own things like Framus because they sound like they might be spelled with a "y" but they aren't.
#38
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people need to stop making lists, becuase they always suck


QF motherf*cking T. It seems like these lists are made by someone who is trying to please everybody (which is impossible in music), with a dash of their own preferences in there.

I hate stupidity.
#39
NO PETRUCCI, Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake (nickelback has some great guitar tones), Adam Jones, Shawn Lane


Good God, yes. Get you back from Powers of Ten Live had the most spectacular tone I've ever heard.
Someones knowledge of guitar companies spelling determines what amps you can own. Really smart people can own things like Framus because they sound like they might be spelled with a "y" but they aren't.
#40
Stryper had some of the best tones ever
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