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  • Jimi Hendrix

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  • Ritchie Blackmore

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  • Jimmy Page

    5 10.20%
  • Eddie Van Halen

    35 71.43%
  • Ygnwie Malmsteen

    0 0%
  • Steve Vai

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  • Joe Satriani

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    Default Who Should Be Considered The Best Rock Guitarist In History ?

    Ok, here's what I think...

    Jimi Hendrix if often considered #1 of all-time, but personally, I think that he should be considered the best of his time, which is the "Phychedelic" years (late '60s). He's never technically as good as the ones since 1978 (which is the reference mark of the 1st Van Halen album)..., but he was extremely creative during his time and should be considered highly on that list because of that.

    Ritchie Blackmore is a great guitarist (mostly his playing in the '70s) and he has influenced many player, so I think that, at least, he should be on the choices list.

    Jimmy Page is perhaps the best as far as composing different styles of Rock songs, but he's the worst of the list technically. ' Great Blues and Folk guitarist.

    Eddie Van Halen is #1 overall in Rock history. During his first years as commercial guitarist (from 1978), he as completely changed the way people played Rock guitar and, of course NO, not only for his tapping technique (I hate those two last words), but for everything he did, ultra fast and clean picking riffs (the first shredder), unusual, innovative guitar riffs, the way he used artificial, pinch and tapped harmonics, the way he used the tremolo bar, his composing skills, to me he was better than Page as far as Rock composing goes (Page was better overall because of his Blues and Folk Rock composing). The way he was moving on stage was unusual and unique (the running, the knees sliding, the jumping, facial expressions, etc..., his overall body language)..., and of course his tapping, I hate that word, I call that "hammered and pull-offs notes with both hands". "Eddie... Eddie... Eddie..."..., #1.

    Yngwie Malmsteen could be considered #1 because for his virtuosity, ultra-fast and clean picking was/his is main asset..., he was the first the use this way of playing as is "main" playing, as opposed to Eddie Van Halen who was including shredded riffs into his overall playing, ' major difference..., but, for some, with Yngwie, it's kinda "too much of it". I personally see this as a unique way to play the guitar. He's also the first to used sweeping arpeggios technique as a natural side of his playing and he was the first one to give the impression of being better and faster than Eddie Van Halen, so he's a real virtuoso with great live body language.

    Steve Vai to me was/is kind of a unusual and unique extension of Eddie Van Halen with great musical knowledge and diversity. He's a guitar magician. He could be considered #1 also.

    I've put Joe Satriani there 'cause a lot of people think big of him. I personally think that he's a great Rock guitar player (very good chops) and a great melody maker, but should never be considered as #1 in any way. A nice mention for his Blues Rock playing.

    Not included in the choices, but a guitarist that I think is a virtuoso, is Vinnie Moore. He can be as good as Malmsteen on the Classical side of his playing and has good as Van Halen and Satriani for his Blues Rock playing, I love his playing. Angus Young? Great Blues Rock guitarist with unique live body language.

    Some others that are not included on the choices are Randy Rhoads and Eric Clapton..., but neither of them could have chances to be #1. Clapton had Hendrix all over him during his time and Rhoads had Van Halen all over him during his time.

    So, to me, and although he's playing like shit since the 2000s, Eddie Van Halen should be considered as the best Rock guitarist in history.


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    *Note I posted the same topic on my site, but I've included a poll with it. On here, I've completely forgot to check if I could include a poll to the topic, sorry..., and that's also the reason why you read me talking about list and choices.

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    Me.
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    Should be the most influential. EVH and Jimi H. There is no "best." Of course it is a matter of opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scs5150 View Post
    it is a matter of opinion.
    ..., and that's exactly what I want to read on this topic.

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    i vote scotty moore.
    they hate if your the same , and they hate you if your different- evh

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    I must vote for Edward van Halen for obvious reasons. Close second is Jimmy Page followed by Jimi Hendrix, followed by Eric Clapton. Satriani is up there as well.
    RIP - Classic Van Halen

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    I've got to give Edward 1st. followed by Clapton, Brian May, Via, Hendrix, then Page

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    Eddie and Page are virtually tied based on how many clones (and much inferior at that) each guitarist inspired in their respective eras.

    Jimi Hendrix was so head and shoulders above everyone else at his time. I think he should have been mentioned as in that Men In Black movie as former resident alien.

    I hope that's clear as mud

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    I'd have to throw Jeff Beck in there, someplace. The guy has always seemed to go where his heart led him, and that didn't always include the pop charts. The same at times puzzling, dogged determination not to be pigeon-holed has more than likely made his music (as well as his playing) all the more idiosyncratic and distinctive, yet at the same time may have rendered him as a fellow guitarists don't immediately think of in terms of influence or Best-Of lists.

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    The Mount Rushmore of Rock Guitarists:

    Van Halen
    Page
    Clapton
    Hendrix
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    how about roy clark ,chet atkins
    they hate if your the same , and they hate you if your different- evh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raldo View Post
    The Mount Rushmore of Rock Guitarists:

    Van Halen
    Page
    Clapton
    Hendrix
    Nice. ^
    RIP - Classic Van Halen

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    I really do feel Ed is the best. All aspects. Pure virtuoso, feel, speed, songwriting, look, stage presence. Nobody compares to him in my opinion.
    ...AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, GOD CREATED VAN HALEN

    VAN HALEN IS A LIFESTYLE

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    I would put Eddie #1 and then Jimi #1a.

    These two players are really the only two who really changed the way people perceived and approached the instrument, whether it was to copy them endlessly or to go out of their way to play competely different. The only other player before them to change the way electric guitar was played would be Chuck Berry, so I would put him in at #2 (or #3, whatever).

    There really are no other players who drastically changed the way the instrument was played other than these guys, and if that is the criteria we use, then I really wouldn't put Page on the list at all. I think he was great for the way rock music was recorded, you have a good argument there with that criteria, but for the way the instrument was played there is absolutely nothing revolutionary about Page's playing at all, or Clapton's for that matter.

    So in chronological order I go:

    Chuck Berry - 1950's
    Jimi Henrix-1960's-1970's
    Eddie Van Halen-1978-1995

    There has been no one since. Lots and lots of truly great players out there, past and present, but revolutionaries there are only 3.

    In order of who is "better" I go:

    Eddie Van Halen
    Jimi Hendrix
    Chuck Berry

    But keep in mind I'm using some very specific criteria for my list of 3.

 

 

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