Who is the best guitarist?

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  1. t.keeley profile image78
    t.keeleyposted 15 years ago

    It's too subjective. There's also a multitude of criteria to consider. I can pretty much guarantee any pop musicians would not be on my list, however. I have yet to hear a phenomenal musician in either the pop or alt. country genre.

  2. Craig P. Gill profile image60
    Craig P. Gillposted 15 years ago

    Hands down.... Tuck Andress! Check out his Europa cover on YouTube and a very cool version of Michael Jackson's ( I know, I know) Man in the mirror!

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      CRANTELListheNAMEposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      My school went to see Tuck & Patti for a jazz competition a few months ago.  When he performs Somewhere Over The Rainbow you can't help but go numb everywhere and turn into jelly-that's how it is for me anyways.

  3. Edwin Clark profile image63
    Edwin Clarkposted 15 years ago

    I like Eric Johnson. I've been listening to Cliff's of Dover since I was a teen.  When it came out on Guitar Hero 3 I bought it just for that. Still would like to play it on a real guitar though big_smile

  4. Jeromeo profile image61
    Jeromeoposted 15 years ago


    1. What's News profile image65
      What's Newsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Prince Whaaaaaa? Thats a joke right? Page, Vaughn, or Van Halen

      1. TheRealTruth profile image60
        TheRealTruthposted 15 years agoin reply to this

        I can't say much as my vote would be for Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. (let er rip) But don't discredit Prince. The dude is freakin amazing!

  5. Junkster profile image61
    Junksterposted 15 years ago

    I'm sorry but Stevie Ray Vaughan beats all previously mentioned hands down.  The sounds he could make with a guitar were amazing, it's just a shame he was taken before his time.

  6. JKSophie profile image68
    JKSophieposted 15 years ago

    Eric Clapton, for me. smile

  7. pjdscott profile image69
    pjdscottposted 15 years ago

    It is a very subjective question but....

    I can't believe we have had six postings and nobody has mentioned Jimi Hendrix.

    What's the world coming to...?!!

    1. B.T. Evilpants profile image60
      B.T. Evilpantsposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      In my humble opinion, Jimi was incredible, but Stevie Ray played many of Jimi's songs, better than Jimi.

  8. tristaprez profile image60
    tristaprezposted 15 years ago

    Wow, this IS a hard question...I don't think I can pick one.

    Jeff Beck
    George Benson
    Jimmy Page

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    Adam Bposted 15 years ago

    As far as a put technical aspect I would have to say Michael Angelo Batio is the best guitarist.  That guy shreds better than anyone and makes some crazy sounds. 

    I however like to think a guitarist is more than just his speend and technique.  I like a guitarist who solos with feeling...puts a little bit of soul in his solos and licks.

    Angus Young has created amazing riffs and some outstanding solos, Dimebag has always been a "riff master" and then youb have guys like Vai, Satriani and Van Halen who were groundbreakers in thier own right. 

    I have to say however that after seeing live footage of Hendrix at numerous concerts...he was the best.  Hendrix conveyed his heart, soul and passion through his guitar better than anyone else...in my opinon.

  10. MadKow27 profile image59
    MadKow27posted 15 years ago

    Jimmy Page

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      sahsimalapuramposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      haiii   how r u dear friend ?????

  11. rockinjoe profile image90
    rockinjoeposted 15 years ago

    I'm going with Brian May of Queen. Originality alone. I think Jimmy Page is overrated and Hendrix (though a master) was probably best guitarist of his day. I was never a Prince fan until I saw him on TV in an extended guitar solo. The man is amazing. Eddie Van Halen shouldn't be overlooked either.

  12. TravelMonkey profile image60
    TravelMonkeyposted 15 years ago

    My dad, plain and simple.

    Eric Clapton

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    Poppa Bluesposted 15 years ago

    Eric Clapton gets my nod, but as you say it's pretty subjective and there are many great guitarists, but Eric is fast and clean, and can bend a sting 5 frets!!! Not many can do all that!

  14. JollieOllie profile image60
    JollieOllieposted 15 years ago

    I was watching a game show in australia and on it they had a list of the best guitarests.
    Try Googling it.

  15. Earl S. Wynn profile image79
    Earl S. Wynnposted 15 years ago

    In my opinion, Zack Wilde is the best, or the closest I've heard. He rocks (literally!)

  16. FunFacter profile image53
    FunFacterposted 15 years ago

    Eric Clapton is the best for me..

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    rinasings2uposted 15 years ago

    eric clapton

  18. kimback08 profile image61
    kimback08posted 15 years ago

    i know that a vast majority of you are going to say vaughn or page, but i am going to cast my vote for jake cinninger from umphrey's mcgee.

  19. mystarfinds profile image58
    mystarfindsposted 15 years ago

    Stephen Bishop

  20. Julie-Ann Amos profile image64
    Julie-Ann Amosposted 15 years ago

    Do keep the names coming and thanks for raising the question!  This is a very useful thread for me, as I have a best guitarists capstone hub series in production!  It's really useful to see people's suggestions, and while I've already done most of the ones mentioned (but not necessarily published as yet) I might even add some of them to the list.

  21. Junkster profile image61
    Junksterposted 15 years ago

    I have been asked by a (non-hubbing) friend to put forward Mark Tremonti.

    Formerly of Creed but now lead guitarist for Alter Bridge.

    Here's a fun fact: Former Creed frontman/jesus-freak/drunken fool, Scott Staap disallowed Tremonti to play guitar solos apparently because the guitar solo is work of the devil.

    Just shows how crackers he really is as some of Tremonti's solos with Alter Bridge are awesome!

    1. Julie-Ann Amos profile image64
      Julie-Ann Amosposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      I'll take a look at Tremonti thanks - nice idea...

  22. Teresa McGurk profile image60
    Teresa McGurkposted 15 years ago

    Clapton, Vaughn, Carlos Santana, and Mark Knopfler.

    1. Julie-Ann Amos profile image64
      Julie-Ann Amosposted 15 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Teresa I have hubs on 2 of these and the other 2 are partially finished!

  23. Marble Venus profile image61
    Marble Venusposted 15 years ago

    I have to say Mick Mars, Joe Perry, or (I know he's been mentioned) Brian May. None of them get the attention or credit they deserve.

  24. Junkster profile image61
    Junksterposted 15 years ago

    For anyone doubting Prince just watch his performance at the Superbowl half time show two or three years ago.  Performing Purple Rain in the rain with an impressive fireworks show in the background was amazing, plus he did a cover of Best of You by Foo Fighters, as well as a Tina turner cover as well. 

    I haven't seen as good a performance at the Superbowl in ages, with Prince you get an immense sense of showmanship too.  That's vital for a good guitarist in my book

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    bradlyjhillposted 14 years ago

    Im michael jackson Fan

  26. Dame Scribe profile image57
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    I think it would be Yngwie Malmsteen and Michael Angelo Batio ...sighs...smile

  27. parkerk393 profile image69
    parkerk393posted 14 years ago

    STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN!!! And am I the first one to say BRAD PAISLEY!?

  28. Dame Scribe profile image57
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    Stevie Ray Vaughan was awesome wasnt he? also that cute Van Halen guy, wink lol

  29. jdh351 profile image60
    jdh351posted 14 years ago

    David Gilmour of Pink Floyd

    1. parkerk393 profile image69
      parkerk393posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yes! David Gilmour is awesome!

  30. earnestshub profile image81
    earnestshubposted 14 years ago

    Leo Kotke is the best guitarist in my view.

  31. Shalini Kagal profile image54
    Shalini Kagalposted 14 years ago
  32. Eric Graudins profile image61
    Eric Graudinsposted 14 years ago

    Earnest - yep - Leo Kottke would be in the top 5 for sure. (He doesn't sing because he reckons his voice sounds like a goose's fart on a foggy morning)

    But I'll bet you've never heard of this guy, who IMHO is right up there with the best of the acoustic players.
    Andy McKee

    (over 20 million views on You tube for this song)
    Prepare to be blown away !

    Eric G.

    1. earnestshub profile image81
      earnestshubposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Eric, you are so right! Andy McKee? Never heard of him till now. He is as you said, right up there.I love the way he plays the neck. Thanks for the heads up! I loved it!
      By the way Leo Kotke does sing on "Chewing Pine" and he is right about his own voice, it is very ordinary!

  33. Tom Cornett profile image81
    Tom Cornettposted 14 years ago

    Phil keagy according to eric Clapton. smile

  34. Eric Graudins profile image61
    Eric Graudinsposted 14 years ago

    Also Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlDdzNuJto4
    where Andy McKee plays a harp guitar.
    (Pretty amazing instument. you can't buy these at your local music shop cool )

  35. Colebabie profile image60
    Colebabieposted 14 years ago

    b.b. king, john mayer, vaughn, darrell raines (check him out!), (Les Paul maybe?), pete townshend

  36. Silver Freak profile image61
    Silver Freakposted 14 years ago

    B.B. King, Eric Clapton

  37. Junkster profile image61
    Junksterposted 14 years ago

    I have another: Kirk Hammett of Metallica, best rock/metal band ever

  38. AEvans profile image73
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    Although my older sister listened to him and I was a little person , I believe I have to say "Jimi Hendrix" of course he was wayyyyy before my time but historical nonetheless. smile

  39. laringo profile image59
    laringoposted 14 years ago

    Hands down, Jimi Hendrix..He was a legend in is own time..There are many other great guitarist too but he is my pick.

  40. bill komissaroff profile image85
    bill komissaroffposted 14 years ago

    Jimi Hendrix was simply amazing.  He gets overlooked because he was also very "showy", but he had amazing hands and did some incredible things.

    Also very underrated is Pete Townshend, but his chord work broke new ground and he basically invented the "rhythm lead".


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