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    NEW YORK - Jimi Hendrix, the guitar player known for wild solos on songs like Purple Haze and Hey Joe, has been voted the best "guitar face" in music history.

    A "guitar face" is the expression that guitarists get when they are trying to nail a high note or power chord.
    Jimi Hendrix in 1970, the year of his death. (AP photo)

    The online poll was conducted by the on-demand television service Mag Rack. Hendrix received 24 per cent of the 3,000 votes.

    Blues legend B.B. King came in second with 18 per cent, and AC/DC's Angus Young followed in third with 16 per cent.

    In concert, Hendrix's face would alternate between a scrunched-up look of pain to a thoughtful one that suggested he was receiving profound telepathic messages only he could hear.

    The guitarist for the band Gods and Monsters, Gary Lucas, said he cast his vote for Hendrix because the musician "channelled all the soulful ecstasy of the universe through his hands, and this was naturally mirrored in his face."

    After setting the musical world on fire with his innovative playing, Hendrix died in 1970 of drug-related causes.

    The poll accompanied a contest to find the best amateur guitar face. The winner was Les Campbell, a sound and recording engineer from Nicholasville, Ky., who beat more than 600 other contestants.

    The judges said Campbell's photo from his days as a heavy metal player in the 1980s combined the sneer of Elvis Presley with suggestions of Metallica's James Hetfield and Fu Manchu.

    "Guitar face is a spur of the moment thing, something you have no awareness or control over," Campbell said.

    "Guitar playing is ... all about energy, transferring your spirit to a hungry crowd through six strings and a wall of amps. You can't help sharing what you feel with a look, whether it's serious or maybe a little silly."

    Campbell's prize is a trip to New York and a Les Paul Black Beauty electric guitar and case. CBC - arts section
    So if Jimi gets first prize, certainly Edward should have placed 2nd. Agreed?

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    agree.eddie had some kickass guitar faces.you could tell he was really into playing.
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    Yea Jimi and Eddie are easily the top 2.

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    WOW!! I know Les Campbell. I never knew he gave "good face".

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    EVH has a cooler guitar face than most -- he grins. Most people look like they're in pain, but when EVH is doing something cool, he grins. I usually do that, too. You want the audience to know you're having fun playing because that helps them have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casemeister
    EVH has a cooler guitar face than most -- he grins. Most people look like they're in pain, but when EVH is doing something cool, he grins. I usually do that, too. You want the audience to know you're having fun playing because that helps them have fun.
    Excellent point.

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    vai and satch have a few good faces too. If you watch G3, you can see vai just goin crazy with the face
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Boxer 9901
    vai and satch have a few good faces too. If you watch G3, you can see vai just goin crazy with the face
    On G3, Vai has probably the wierdest guitar face I've ever seen when he play his solo with the triple necked guitar. Where the hell is Eddie on the list?? I'm really suprised that Billy Gibbons from ZZTop didn't make it. He has some of the best faces...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHPoundcake
    I'm really suprised that Billy Gibbons from ZZTop didn't make it. He has some of the best faces...
    How would anyone know?
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    They should've put Yngwie on their.He always looks he dropped something.
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    is it just me or does it sometimes look like ed is having an orgasm whle playing?

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    I think that most guitar players get an orgasm face whenever they hit a high note or a pinch harmonic that never dies and then turns it into a squealing horse or pig. I even find myself doing the face from time to time because its the only way I let the note ring out through my whole being.
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    I think Bloom County once referred to this guitar-face phenomenon as "grimacing musically".

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