#1
Hello All,

As the final project for my contemporary literature class, we are assigned to write a "magazine article" of sorts, expressing an opinion. I have chosen the topic of who is "The Greatest Guitarist" of all time. To do this, I am explaining how each person will have a different answer for every genre of music, and would appreciate if you would take part in a survey.

I ask that you rank who, you believe is the greatest guitar player in each of these genres (if you don't listen to one, you can skip it), and perhaps a sentence explaining why you think that way.

Genres:
Rock n Roll (early)
Rock (mid 1960's-onward)
Blues
Hard Rock/Metal
Progressive
Classical
Jazz

As part of my writing, I will also critique the most recent and well known ranking of guitarists, the Rolling Stone ranking. I ask you to give me your honest opinion on the ranking, and mention a few points that you either agree/disagree with.

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5937559/the_100_greatest_guitarists_of_all_time

Thanks for taking part, and I hope you all enjoy this survey.
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#2
Too many of my favorite guitarist's don't fit those genres.
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Early Rock - Chuck Berry
Rock - Jimmy Page
Blues - Joe Bonamassa
Hard Rock - Nuno Bettencourt
Progressive - Tom Schultz
Classical - Yngwie Malmsteen (he pretty much is a classical guitarist)
Jazz - Wes Montgomery

other genres:
Hair Band: Eddie Van Halen
Thrash: Kirk Hammet
Grunge: Kim Thayil
Instrumental: Gary Hoey
Jam Band: Warren Haynes

EDIT: oh and when I first read that rolling stone article I thought it was complete bull**** upon reading it again the families of everyone who made that list deserves to be killed
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#4
the answer to every question, and many others, including most math and science questions is John Petrucci
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Rock n Roll (early): Buddy Holly
Rock (mid 1960's-onward): Thurston Moore
Blues: SRV
Hard Rock/Metal: Jason Becker
Progressive: Alex Lifeson
Classical: Buckethead, yes he plays classical.
Jazz:
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#6
Rock n Roll (early) - Chuck Berry
Rock (mid 1960's-onward) - Hendrix
Blues - Eric Clapton
Hard Rock/Metal - Paul Gilbert (if he counts)

I don't really listen to any of the other genres listed though

EDIT: That Rolling Stone list kinda sucks in my opinion, I mean Kurt Cobain is pretty high up but he's not very good at guitar.
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the answer to every question, and many others, including most math and science questions is John Petrucci


i was waiting for that
he speaks truth. John Petrucci pwns all other guitarists.

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#8
early Rock n Roll - the dude that did Johnny B. Goode
Rock - Tony Iommi
Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Hard Rock/Metal - dude from Necrophagist/ dude from Nile (Karl somthin')
Progressive - ???
Classical - Steve Vai
Jazz - ???
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early Rock n Roll - Ted Neugent? Gorge Thorogood? (dates unknown)
Rock - Tiny Iommi
Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Hard Rock/Metal - dude from Necrophagist/ dude from Nile (Karl somthin')
Progressive - ???
Classical - Steve Vai
Jazz - ???


The Nuge and george thorogood aint early rock and you couldnt think of a Progressive or jazz guitarist.
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The Nuge and george thorogood aint early rock and you couldnt think of a Progressive or jazz guitarist.

i ll try to think of some, ok at leas i gave my input to help the guy, god no need to be an ass
#11
Early Rock (Do you mean Rockabilly?): Brian Setzer
Rock: Jimmy Page, probably. I don't know, I may edit this later...
Blues: Eric Clapton or B.B. King. Or Both. SRV kills both though.
Hard Rock/Metal: John Petrucci or Dave Mustaine
Progressive: Alex Lifeson
Classical: Yngwie Malmsteen, probably.
Jazz: Wes Montgomery


Generally, I'd recommend that you don't listen to what Rolling Stone says about guitarists. They don't know jack **** about guitars. I'm pretty sure anybody you ask on UG would give you a face palm if you brought them up in a serious guitar-related discussion.Or rape you (metaphorically, unless you're actually into that...).

And glad to help.


EDIT:

Quote by girlscoutcookie
early Rock n Roll - Ted Neugent? Gorge Thorogood? (dates unknown)
Rock - Tiny Iommi
Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Hard Rock/Metal - dude from Necrophagist/ dude from Nile (Karl somthin')
Progressive - ???
Classical - Steve Vai
Jazz - ???



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Genres:
Rock n Roll (early)- Chuck Berry
Rock (mid 1960's-onward)- Mike Sullivan
Blues- Pass. I haven't listened to any blues in well over a year, and can't make a valid opinion.
Hard Rock/Metal- Justin Broadrick
Progressive- Mikael Åkerfeldt
Classical- John Williams
Jazz- Again, same as blues.
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Genres:
Rock n Roll (early) - Chuck Berry, Scotty Moore, Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy

Rock (mid 1960's-onward) - Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Mike Bloomfield, Robbie Robertson

Blues - T-Bone Walker, Albert King, B.B King, Albert Collins, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson

Hard Rock/Metal - ________

Progressive - John McLaughlin

Classical - Segovia (?)

Jazz - Eddie Lang, Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, Lonnie Johnson
#14
What The F/uck Is This Johnny Ramone At Fu/cking 16 Kurt Cobain At 12 And Jack White At 17 But We Have Angus At 93 Randy Rhoads At 85 And Derek Trucks At 81 This Is A ****/ing Disgrace

EDIT: Holy S/hit Joe Satriani isnt even on here along with gary hoey, paul gilbert steve vai charlie parker, kenny burell, wes montgomery, joe pass, or even Pat Metheney
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Rock n Roll (early)-Probably Jimi Hendrix
Rock (mid 1960's-onward)-Brian May
Blues-n/a
Hard Rock/Metal-Dimebag
Progressive-Can you call Tom Morello progressive? Not sure.
Classical-Steve Vai
Jazz-Eric Johnson?
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What The F/uck Is This Johnny Ramone At Fu/cking 16 Kurt Cobain At 12 And Jack White At 17 But We Have Angus At 93 Randy Rhoads At 85 And Derek Trucks At 81 This Is A ****/ing Disgrace



what's with all the slashes and that list was made in 2003


and as that other guy said don't listen to rolling stone(they had jimmy buffet and hilary duff in that same issue )
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what's with all the slashes and that list was made in 2003


and as that other guy said don't listen to rolling stone(they had jimmy buffet and hilary duff in that same issue )

they were so the swears wouldnt get starred out
#18
Early Rock: I won't answer, lack of knowledge
Rock: Ritchie Blackmore
Blues: B.B. King
Hard Rock/Metal: Michael Angelo Batio
Progressive: Progressive what? John Petrucci if progressive metal counts, Steve Howe otherwise
Classical: Jason Becker
Jazz: Shawn Lane
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Genres:
Rock n Roll (early) dick dale
Rock (mid 1960's-onward) slash
Blues SRV
Hard Rock/Metal- Tony Iommi
Progressive- dont listen to it
Classical- rodrigo d' gabriella or something to that effect (that means correct me i am retarded)
Jazz- wouldn't know any.

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Rock n Roll (early)- Chuck Berry

No further explanation needed.

Rock (mid 1960's-onward)- Kevin Shields

His pioneering use of the tremolo arm, and the distinct sounds he created, will never be replicated again in the way he did it. He formed a genre around his own guitar playing, and reinvigorated the instrument of the guitar all together.


Blues- Leadbelly

So much compassion and variety in the blues he played, and he successfully combined the genre of folk into his songs as well.


Hard Rock/Metal- Tony Iommi

He pioneered the entire genre of metal, and created a sound that no one had ever heard before.

Progressive- David Gilmour

His slow bends and focus on emotion in his guitar playing helped create the atmosphere of some of the greatest music of the 70's.

Jazz- Les Paul

The man had a guitar named after him for a reason....
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Quote by gilbs73
what's with all the slashes and that list was made in 2003


and as that other guy said don't listen to rolling stone(they had jimmy buffet and hilary duff in that same issue )



Yeah, as I said before (other guy=me ), Rolling Stone is a travesty. It's for people who listen to music because it's on the Top 40, or on MTV (Which is rare, considering they only play music for an hour or two a day... ). They only list this **** of for issues to be sold, not because it's accurate. They give these polls to some God damn retarded, lobotomized inbred baboon of an intern who writes what people in some middle school campus of scene and emo kids who's music has no reason to exist, and expect everyone to agree with them because they're Rolling Stone. Honestly, if you need an example, their idea of the greatest song ever written is "Like a Rolling Stone."


****ing think about it.

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Yeah, as I said before (other guy=me ), Rolling Stone is a travesty. It's for people who listen to music because it's on the Top 40, or on MTV (Which is rare, considering they only play music for an hour or two a day... ). They only list this **** of for issues to be sold, not because it's accurate. They give these polls to some God damn retarded, lobotomized inbred baboon of an intern who writes what people in some middle school campus of scene and emo kids who's music has no reason to exist, and expect everyone to agree with them because they're Rolling Stone. Honestly, if you need an example, their idea of the greatest song ever written is "Like a Rolling Stone."


****ing think about it.

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The list is actually not that bad until the top 10. Just because you haven't heard of half the men on the list doesn't mean it sucks....
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Rock (mid 1960's-onward) Clapton- He's just a Rock God.
Blues - B.B. King. I have to say that, I'm from Memphis
Hard Rock/Metal - I wouldn't call this hard rock, but more of a punk artist, Relient K's Matt Hoopes. He's got tons of potential.
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#25
Genres:
Rock n Roll (early)-Chuck Berry
Rock (mid 1960's-onward)- James Page
Blues- Stevie Ray Vagun
Hard Rock/Metal- Slash-izle
Progressive - John Perturcci
Classical - Andy John
Jazz - Diango Rjhniheart
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The list is actually not that bad until the top 10. Just because you haven't heard of half the men on the list doesn't mean it sucks....



Who says I haven't heard of these people? If they think that ****ing Kurt Cobain would even RANK in this, the magazine has to be edited by gophers in a bomb shelter a thousand leagues under the sea...
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Kurt Cobain wrote amazing songs, that's why he's in the top 100. He is responsible for alternative breaking into the mainstream. This is not about virtuosity.
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The answer is Muhammad Suicmez of Necrophagist.
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Rock (mid 1960's-onward)

Jimi Hendrix - He took the electric guitar and modified the techniques of the great blues players of the 30s, 40s, and 50s and utilized them in rock guitar. If not for him, electric guitar may have never broke away from being a rhythm instrument and metamorphosed into the vibrant and colorful instrument it is today in rock music. All in all, Hendrix revolutionized the use of the guitar in modern music.

EDIT:

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Les Paul: I shouldn't have to explain, but I will.

Les Paul is arguably the most influential man in the field of the electric guitar, ever. Not for his music, but for his brilliant invention. Paul invented the electric guitar we know today and, through gibson, designed one of the most popular guitars in the world, the Les Paul (rival only to the Stratocaster and the SG).
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Jazz- Les Paul

The man had a guitar named after him for a reason....


Because he designed it!


Rock n Roll (early)-Chuck Berry
Rock (mid 1960's-onward)- Duane Allman
Blues- Muddy Waters
Hard Rock/Metal- Paul Gilbert
Progressive - Mikael Akerfeldt
Classical - John Williams
Jazz - Wes Montgomery
#31
Rock n Roll (early): Chuck Berry (Johnny B Goode speaks for itself)
Rock (mid 1960's-onward): Jimi Hendrix (pushed the instrument to new limits)
Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan (Most innovative, and passionate blues guitarist I've heard)
Hard Rock/Metal: Tony Iommi (HE SINGLE-HANDEDLY CREATED THE ****ING GENRE)
Progressive: Robert Fripp (Can be amazingly technical and at the same time artsy. Also pushes the guitar to new limits, and comes up with the most original ideas.)
Classical: John Williams
Jazz: Les Paul (had a ****in guitar named after him)
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Who says I haven't heard of these people? If they think that ****ing Kurt Cobain would even RANK in this, the magazine has to be edited by gophers in a bomb shelter a thousand leagues under the sea...

If this is a double post,then sorry but stop bashing Kurt Cobain
He's not all about a couple of power chords
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#35
All you need to know is that John Petrucci kills people with his guitar skills, and that the tone knob on his guitar controls the temperature of the sun.

Speaking of which, I've e-mailed him asking him to turn it up a notch or two, because yesterday it
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#36
I think that the Rolling Stones list is bullsh**. There gonna throw all these no bodys on there and not even put slash on there. And then stick angus and randy at the end and pete townshend in the middle. Pfft. But to help you out:

Genres:
Rock n Roll (early) : Chuck Berry
Rock (mid 1960's-onward) : Jimmy Page
Blues : Robert Johnson
Hard Rock/Metal: Daron Malakian
#39
Rock (early) - Chuck Berry
Rock - Jimmy Page
Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughn... maybe B.B. King
Hard Rock/Metal - Slash
Progressive - David Gilmour
Classical - Randy Rhoads (sorry, no help there...)
Jazz - not to big on jazz either

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