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#1
I'd be extremely surprised if there weren't 400 other threads just like this one, but my search on UG proved unfruitful. So I tried google but all these lists were put together/voted on by non-guitarists. I wanted a real list put together by people who know music and a list not based purely on what you see. So that the guitarists get rated based on technique, song writing ability etc.

Could anybody point me in the right direction? Or will we have to start one?

EDIT: I guess we're starting one then
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#2
First ask yourself whos solo's sound the same.
Then ask your self, whos solo's are original and different in every song.

Now you can seperate the best from the rest.
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#4
John Scofield
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
John Frusciante
Frank Zappa


look em up if you don't know them.


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#5
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John Scofield
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
John Frusciante
Frank Zappa


look em up if you don't know them.


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Well! You insult me. (LOL)

So I guess this means we're making one then?

Before you start throwing names at me, let decide on a criteria.
Technique - (How good they are as a player)
Song-writing Capabilities - (How good they are creatively)
Influence/Innovation - (How they changed the music world)

Anymore?
#6
Quote by Aurigo
First ask yourself whos solo's sound the same.
Then ask your self, whos solo's are original and different in every song.

Now you can seperate the best from the rest.


You're going to say that solos are the measure of a good guitarist and a bad guitarist. You're ****ing stupid.

John McLaughlin
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John Scofield
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#7
Clapton, Zappa, Buckethead, & Harrison.

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#10
Jimmy Page <--- #1
EVH
Tom Morello
Dave Gilmor
Brian May
Randy Rhoads
Allen Collins
Satch
Lennon anyone?
Toni Iommi
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#11
Bumblefoot, Eddie Van Halen, Slash. DON'T FLAME ME! I say Slash because he is so far the only guitarist who can make such meaningful solos (to me at least) that they make the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
#12
there should be reasons behind the person who made the list

techniques, emotion, works, contribution to guitardom, etc. etc

but Paul Gilbert should be around top 3 for me...he's Paul Gilbert
#14
Oh, we want to use their skill relative to their time period right? Ex, EVH was god back in the day but compared to now, when everyone can use pinch harmonics and tapping like no tomorrow, it doesn't seem that impressive.
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#15
Buckethead.

Great technique, produces many albums in a year, all consistently awesome, amazingly creative, and just a fun guy. His concerts are so fun.
#16
there is no best. its all from perspective
and in my perspective...
for those who have and havent been added

john petrucci
john scofield
stanley jordan
paul waggoner
joe satch
steve vai
john mayer
Paul gilbert
michael romeo
edd van halen
hendrix
bb king
wes montomery
eric johnson
srv
al dimeola

theres tons more
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Oh, we want to use their skill relative to their time period right? Ex, EVH was god back in the day but compared to now, when everyone can use pinch harmonics and tapping like no tomorrow, it doesn't seem that impressive.


Its because him and the others started that trend and were the first to do it. I mean sure anyone can play it, but they cant say they started it
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#19
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Well! You insult me. (LOL)

So I guess this means we're making one then?

Before you start throwing names at me, let decide on a criteria.
Technique - (How good they are as a player)
Song-writing Capabilities - (How good they are creatively)
Influence/Innovation - (How they changed the music world)

Anymore?


sorrrrry but you cant really judge any of those using one set view.
technique maybe
but def not the others.
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#20
Herrmann Li is amazing, and Sam Totman is pretty good too, but they're modern, so they're not really a breakthrough or anything...
#21
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Herrmann Li is amazing, and Sam Totman is pretty good too, but they're modern, so they're not really a breakthrough or anything...

I hope you're trolling.
#22
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You're going to say that solos are the measure of a good guitarist and a bad guitarist. You're ****ing stupid.


Am i saying that?
Nuh-uh
Im just saying that if the any riff, solo or sound, is the same in any song by that guitar'ist then they arent good.

Then the rest of the guitaring world, you may place into the list.
Your just jumping to a conclusion, like every other person does in the world.

I personally hate the big bands with solos. Cause they only write the songs for the solos. Especially when they practically go on for the whole song.
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#24
Clapton
Henxrix
Herman Li
John Scofield
Frank Gambale
John Petrucci
Buckethead
Joe Satriani
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Steve Vai
Greg Howe
Jason Becker
Marty Friedman
Paul Gilbert
Stanley Jordan
Andy Mckee
Justin King
Narciso Yepes
Andres Segovia
Paco de Lucia
George Lynch
Frank Zappa
Tony McAlpine
Guthrie Govan
Ron Thal
Shawn Lane
Eric Johnson
Joe Pass
Tom Morello
hue
#25
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Clapton
Henxrix
Herman Li
John Scofield
Frank Gambale
John Petrucci
Buckethead
Joe Satriani
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Steve Vai
Greg Howe
Jason Becker
Marty Friedman
Paul Gilbert
Stanley Jordan
Andy Mckee
Justin King
Narciso Yepes
Andres Segovia
Paco de Lucia
George Lynch
Frank Zappa
Tony McAlpine
Guthrie Govan
Ron Thal
Shawn Lane
Eric Johnson
Joe Pass
Tom Morello


YES.

No Jack White?
And no Kaki King?
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#26
Buckethead
Marty Friedman
Paul Gilbert
Kirk Hammett (He used to be good, at least)
Carlos Santana
John Frusciante
David Gilmour
Joe Satriani
Steve Vai
Guthrie Govan
Angus Young
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#27
Slash, Matt Bellamy, John5, Keith Richards...
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YES.

No Jack White?
And no Kaki King?



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2 - Don't know who Kaki King is.
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#29
i think the greatest guitarisits should be the ones who have totally changed music with how they played..... sooooooo:

pete townshend
stanley jordan
eddie van halen
jimmy page
frank zappa
tom morello
jack white
steve stevens
john frusciante
carlos santana


technique like satch and vai doesnt impress me because they all the sound the smae to me and arent that creative
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#30
One guitarist I feel doesn't receive enough recognition is John Squire of The Stone Roses and The Seahorses. He's pretty damn underrated.


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#31
Robert Quine
Tom Verlaine/Richard Lloyd
Steve Howe
Syd Barrett
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#34
these lists are pointless, infuriating, and insulting to the artists.
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#35
Trey Anastasio, Jerry Garcia, Larry Lalonde, Zappa(s) Omar Rodriquez-Lopez.
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#36
Ace Frehley

Technique - average, if not above average. but he's pretty fun to watch, and he's really creative.

Song-writing Capabilities - He's pretty good, good w/ lyrics and guitar/ he plays bass and drums too.

Influence/Innovation - He influenced many gutiarists including John 5, Dimebag darrel and many others
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Ace Frehley

Technique - average, if not above average. but he's pretty fun to watch, and he's really creative.

Song-writing Capabilities - He's pretty good, good w/ lyrics and guitar/ he plays bass and drums too.

Influence/Innovation - He influenced many gutiarists including John 5, Dimebag darrel and many others


you could say the same thing for Kurt Cobain too.
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#38
Jimmy Page

Jimi Hendrix

David ****ing Gilmour!!!!!

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#39
1)Jimmy Page
2)Jimi Hendrix
3)Eric Clapton
4)Eddie Van Halen
5)Carlos Santana
6)Angus Young
7)Slash
8)Jeff Beck
9)Stevie Ray Vaughan
10)Tony Iommi
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#40
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technique like satch and vai doesnt impress me because they all the sound the smae to me and arent that creative


I can understand Vai, but Satriani? Dude, Satriani never plays the same style in any of his songs. Do you see him as a mindless shredder?

Take a listen to songs like Midnight, Tears In The Rain, and Flying in a Blue Dream.
They all sound like completely different genres of music, so how can you say Satch is all the same?

As for creativity, damn. Do you know the amount of modal creativity that goes into his work.. it borders genius..
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