Best Guitarist of All Time

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Who's got your vote?

calstars (calstars), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Edward Van Halen !

calstars (calstars), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

haha yes what is ILE's take on this question.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Andrés Segovia and/or Mark Knopfler

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.angelfire.com/wy/bby2k/rock.jpg

nickalicious (nickalicious), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

D'oh!
http://www.angelfire.com/wy/bby2k/rock.jpg

nickalicious (nickalicious), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

FUCK YEAH

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This guy should be prime-minister

Pete S, Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He is Prime Minister of your BRANE

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 16 November 2003 23:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Or maybe my MIYNDE

Pete S, Monday, 17 November 2003 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ninjas are the best ever with their wailing guitar solos and all!!!wurd

michael harper (fudge), Monday, 17 November 2003 01:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www1.gitarrebass.de/magazine/0211/yngwie.jpg

Aaron W (Aaron W), Monday, 17 November 2003 02:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think this question will be sorted out once and for all in this very thread.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Monday, 17 November 2003 02:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

j0hn surely you mean

http://ccl.northwestern.edu/tisue/jandek-scans/covers/thumb-0751.jpg

the surface noise (electricsound), Monday, 17 November 2003 02:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh my God Lynskey I think you have just solved one of the great mysteries of the universe

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Monday, 17 November 2003 02:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.megomuseum.com/tv/hapboys.jpeg

weatheringdaleson (weatheringdaleson), Monday, 17 November 2003 02:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But seriously... it's this guy:

http://www.vegas.eclipse.co.uk/images/aussie%20dave%20-%20guitarist%20vocalist.jpg

Aaron W (Aaron W), Monday, 17 November 2003 02:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh my God Lynskey I think you have just solved one of the great mysteries of the universe

Dammit, time to rewrite the novel.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 November 2003 02:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://nf.wh3rd.net/files/zappa.jpg

and anyone who says otherwise can get fucked.

Andrew (enneff), Monday, 17 November 2003 03:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

even frank himself said he wasnt the best guitar player. he sure had his own style though.

Pablo Cruise (chaki), Monday, 17 November 2003 03:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He was just modest.

Andrew (enneff), Monday, 17 November 2003 03:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000I9K6.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Maybe. Maybe not.

Trayce (trayce), Monday, 17 November 2003 04:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Are Snakefinger's albums still in print? I've always been curious but never actually bought one.

J0hn Darn1elle (J0hn Darn1elle), Monday, 17 November 2003 04:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I dont know to be honest. I've not heard much of his stuff, but always found it compellingly bizarre in the same way Zappa and the Residents were (to me anyway).

Trayce (trayce), Monday, 17 November 2003 04:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

if not guitarist, EASILY best belt buckle

nate detritus (natedetritus), Monday, 17 November 2003 06:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.funbelts.com/images/RRGlitter.jpg

Dave M. (rotten03), Monday, 17 November 2003 08:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

When Steve Vai played for Frank Zappa Frank referred to him as his "stunt guitarist", he would jump in and do the thinks Frank couldn't/wouldn't do.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Frank Zappa is the single most untalented man in the world" - Lou Reed.

One of my first ever posts to ILM, before coming here, was to cite Elmore Leonard as my favourite guitarist. My old pal Andrew L responded to say that he was very fond of Elmore James's crime novels. I was very embarrassed, and still don't understand how I wrote such a thing.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~mllim/music/kevinbilinda.jpg

Citizen Kate (kate), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.guitarscanada.com/legends/tom.gif

Chris B. Sure (Chris V), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I hope those are not all three the same person!

Citizen Kate (kate), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ha, top down = gary ramon from sundial, steve howe from yes, and steven wilson from no-man/procupine tree/i.e.m.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If you put the third one first, it would look like some kind of bizarre aging process!

(Where do boys with hair like that exist IRL?)

Citizen Kate (kate), Monday, 17 November 2003 13:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Even the title of this thread makes me cringe.

Markelby (Mark C), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

that's because your tone sucks, and you can't "shred", mark.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But the best at WHAT, tho?

Jay Dee Sah Mon (Kingfish), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hi, I'm the best guitarist of all time.

NA (Nick A.), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

and im the amazing B sure.

Chris B. Sure (Chris V), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

We should use our developing skills in genetics to create a master race of super-guitarists! We can cross Manute Bol's gigantic-hands gene with the genes of a spider thus giving him/her/it eight hands! It would be like Vishnu Van Halen!!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Whatever dudes, I don't need you. I'm already better than all of you put together.

NA (Nick A.), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But you only have two hands!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Is NA about to unleash the fookeen fyoory?

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

http://people.wm.edu/~rrbarr/id02.JPG
Look at me rockin out.

NA (Nick A.), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

You can't touch this.

NA (Nick A.), Monday, 17 November 2003 14:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

lol i didn't, just sayin dogg

call all destroyer, Saturday, 10 April 2010 00:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

like i stan hard for a lot of r.e.m. but buck's guitar rep is entirely based on like one thing he did in the early 80s

call all destroyer, Saturday, 10 April 2010 00:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

muse guy and radiohead guy are insane britisher picks

call all destroyer, Saturday, 10 April 2010 00:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Larry Coryell, based on his first few solo albums and some of what preceded them. Weird that he doesn't appear earlier in this thread...

dlp9001, Saturday, 10 April 2010 01:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Radiohead guy is really good, come on. If we're talking technique, the actual best guitarists are probably noodling behind the counters in guitar stores, or playing lutes in orchestras tbh. The best I ever saw was a young guy playing flamenco in a bar in Jerez, I'll cast for him.

Also Oranthi Panagaris, if you want female virtuosity.

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 10 April 2010 06:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

No love here for Michael Timmins?

anagram, Saturday, 10 April 2010 07:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeaBNAXfHfQ

Turangalila, Saturday, 10 April 2010 07:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

i dig that clip. also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoq6_2xnQeY&feature=player_embedded

Daniel, Esq., Saturday, 10 April 2010 09:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

These lists are so frustrating because as noted earlier, they're basically just lists of people's favorite guitarists.

So I'll do the same. If I had to make a short list it would look something like:

John McGeoch (Johnny Marr would rally for him before himself)
Peter Koppes/Marty Willson-Piper (OK I'm biased here)
Ed Kuepper (those who only know him from The Saints really need to listen to Laughing Clowns/solo albums)
Nick McCabe

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 10 April 2010 09:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

Forgot Michaels Karoli and Rother! Also, Derek Bailey, Joe Morris, Robbie Basho, Steffan Bash Jungans, Sandy Bull, John Renbourne, Ike Turner, Curtis Mayfield...

Count Palmiro Vicarion (Stew), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 13:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ooh, Ben Chasny.

anagram, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 13:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

If I was going to pick best female guitarist, I would say Charo.

Bear Ana Gasteyer (HI DERE), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 13:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

This should be so simple. Just count raving fanboys and tote up the winner.

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nakhchivan, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 13:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

the only three people I can listen to play an extended guitar solo are Prince, Eddie Hazel and Frank Zappa, fwiw

i'm so j0rd with the u.S.a (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 13:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

There is a lack of Uli Roth on this thread. A sad, sad lack.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

wow, horror director, actor and master guitarist; is there anything he can't do?

HI DERE, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 14:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Har, Har. Ulrich Jon Roth - that better? The link between Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 17:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

and in the Britpop category, rampaging at the fore are Martin Carr and Graham Coxon

pretty girl, filking a clown (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 17:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

The whole thread premise is kind of dumb. It was a C-Man thread, that should have tipped everyone. Best in a certain style? Proficient in the most styles? It's too broad; confuses "favorite" with "best," which is a crock no matter what xhuxk says.

That said, Whiney's post did prompt me to go listen to "Holiday in Berlin (Full Blown)" this morning. Fantastic solo.

millions now zinging will never lol (WmC), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 17:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Got a soft spot for Manuel Gottsching and Gabor Szabo.

Moka, Friday, 16 April 2010 04:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Whom, by the way, haven't been mentioned at all on this thread. Shame on you ilx.

Moka, Friday, 16 April 2010 05:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

I would have mentioned both had I ever heard of either.

Bill Magill, Friday, 16 April 2010 20:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Gabor Szabo's pretty amazing, sorta Django Rinehart v 2.0

I won't vote for you unless you acknowledge my magic pony (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 16 April 2010 20:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Thanks for saving ILX from eternal shame, SMC.

Bill Magill, Friday, 16 April 2010 20:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

the answer to this is is, btw, Jonny Greenwood, and idgaf

Turangalila, Friday, 16 April 2010 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

-is

Turangalila, Friday, 16 April 2010 20:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

will anyone high-five me for randy holden?

government meme (samosa gibreel), Friday, 16 April 2010 20:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

I like that one Blue Cheer record he's on

I won't vote for you unless you acknowledge my magic pony (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 16 April 2010 20:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

i used to be all "i like song structures, nuffa that guitar wank" and then i heard population ii.

government meme (samosa gibreel), Friday, 16 April 2010 20:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anyone with a bit of oversight care to tell me if Rory Gallagher is ranked up there at all? We make a big fuss of him over here, but then it's really him, The Edge or Tim Wheeler so there's not much option.

just darraghmac tbh (darraghmac), Saturday, 17 April 2010 02:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think he used to be

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 17 April 2010 02:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Edge?

iago g., Saturday, 17 April 2010 02:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

that welsh guy in U2

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 17 April 2010 02:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Johnny Marr

Carlos Alomar
Andy Gill
Jimi Hendrix
Tom Verlaine
Lonnie Johnson

Now, Saturday, 17 April 2010 04:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Dave Gregory from XTC is the secret agent man

solid yet bouncy (herb albert), Saturday, 17 April 2010 04:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Charo otm

Randy Rhoads
Robert Fripp
Robert Johnson

though it's really

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBi6hBrpgqQ

solid yet bouncy (herb albert), Saturday, 17 April 2010 04:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hendrix is the best sloppiest guitar player, beats any other classic rock guitarist for style alone. He played with such soul and feeling that every wrong note he played sounded right. Kinda wish more black people cared enough to get involved in rock music, seems that right after laying the roots of rock they just lost interest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCQBbgb_Lvo

Moka, Saturday, 17 April 2010 06:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also:

Bill Frisell
Daniel Lanois
Ry Cooder

Moka, Saturday, 17 April 2010 06:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

Davie Allan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgXHchnQtt8

solid yet bouncy (herb albert), Sunday, 18 April 2010 02:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hendrix had a direct connection to the Muse

solid yet bouncy (herb albert), Sunday, 18 April 2010 02:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't think anyone's mentioned the amazing slate of early blues guitarists, e.g., blind willie johnson; blind blake; scrapper blackwell; miss. john hurt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxovd6tS8mk

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 18 April 2010 02:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

Grant Green Classic Or Dud?

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 15:43 (one week ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E1qCAPJJPE

my favorite noisy guitar album is "Axis: Bold as Love"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

electric guitar it's obviously Hendrix, no one comes close

acoustic guitar... I submit Elliott Smith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBKAADRzqsc

flappy bird, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:35 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't know if I'd say Steve Vai in a walk, but I think you could at least say he's...VAI-ING FOR THE TOP SPOT!

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

lol psych I hate that guy

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:40 (one week ago) Permalink

As far as guy who astonishes me most while still being enjoyable to listen to, it might be either Django Reinhardt or this guy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqdsiXSfEyQ

like I cannot fathom ever being able to play what he plays no matter how much I practiced

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:43 (one week ago) Permalink

As far as pure musicality and touch, I'd say Jim Hall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZF74lQ0kMs

As far as people who expanded the sonic vocabulary of guitar while also just being awesome players, Hendrix is still it for me.

My favorite fingerpicker in terms of sound, style and technique is Rev Gary Davis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fpPgo4Deo4

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 18:47 (one week ago) Permalink


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