/ There can be only one Lead guitarist rock legend

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The Lemming - on 27 Jan 2013
But who can it be and why?

Personally Hendrix is not in with any kind of a shout, nod or wink.

At this moment David Gilmore is blasting out on my speakers and making a good argument for top spot.
Blue Straggler - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Jim Reid, just for this legendary 1992 interview snippet

""We were making records for a year before we realised what a guitar tuner was for. We've just never concerned ourselves with all that stuff. I started playing guitar in 1985 and to this day I still don't know what the chords are all called, and I only know about five of them. But I don't care about all that - I can do things with a guitar Eric Clapton probably hasn't even had a f---ing nightmare about. Who cares? "
Nath93 - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: John Squire ?
Blue Straggler - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
John.RH - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Tony Bourge!
tim000 - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: jimmy page
The Pylon King on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Prince
wilkie14c - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Tony Iommi
Those dark heavy riffs are quite something for a bloke with wooden fingers
Tom Last - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Tom Morello
Andypandyroo - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Southern Man:

+1 Tom Morello
Nicholas Livesey on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Carlos Santana :)
mark stones - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Hank Marvin. gets my vote.
Bulls Crack - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Steve Howe
sbc_10 - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Second the sister....

and put in Wilko Johnson
Pinged - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

tony blair.

LakesWinter on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Chris Poland
gd303uk - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Duane Allman, Mick Taylor or Gilmore ?
JimboWizbo - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: John Petrucci
cander - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Andrew Ridgely
John W - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

No doubt not a popular choice, but for me, Mark Knopfler must be in with a shout - if you don't agree, try and play some of even his easier stuff.
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to LakesWinter:
> (In reply to The Lemming) Chris Poland


We have a guitar connoisseur in the house. I salute you sir.
The Lemming - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to John W:

You seriously think Mark Knopfler is in with a shout?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1HT7IxkbbQ











You may be right. :-)
saintlade - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: You're all obviously idiots, J Mascis without doubt.
colina - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to saint.

too too many to mention ..jimmy paige gets my vote followed closely by carlos Santana whos got that unique sound...never rated hank marvin personally although I always wanted that red fender of his.
also acoustic lovers check out monte Montgomery.a rare talent imo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FnZ6ZIj4vo
Minneconjou Sioux - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

For me it has to be Jimmy Page but perhaps that's just nostalgia.

This guy really mesmerised me when I saw them in November:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Klinghoffer

Hardonicus - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Surely Noel Gallagher for his solo on Live Forever...
kevin stephens - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Dick Dale
Chris Spedding
Jeff Beck
Eric Clapton
And I'll give you David Gilmore
incog - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Wot - no mention of Keith Richard? Listen to 'Some Girls' album. And Gallagher? You can't be serious?
Hardonicus - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to incog: Seriously though, it has to be Jimmy.
crustypunkuk - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Noone going to mention Steve Vai? Odd dude, but awesome guitarist.
Alternatively, the absolute master of the the guitar- Paco de Lucia. Surely Flamenco style is the mastery of the guitar?
Hardonicus - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Hardonicus: or maybe Randy Rhodes.
stroppygob - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to John.RH:
> (In reply to The Lemming) Tony Bourge!

Another Budgie fan!



Randy Rhodes.
MJ - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Brian May.
Adept at playing a whole host of styles, a massive collection of his own material at his beck and call, seems to know virtually every person in the 'Rock Music' world (want so and so on drums - no problem, I'll give them a call). He also seems a nice guy and after the gig, you could talk about astromony, badgers and the mysterious way his hair suddenly went grey...
Hardonicus - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to MJ: Yes yes but Queen were a bit shit.
MJ - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Hardonicus:

Yes yes but Queen were a bit shit

Were they, why?
Templeton Adams on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to MJ:
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> Yes yes but Queen were a bit shit
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> Were they, why?

Nevermind that!
"Hendrix is not in with any kind of a shout, nod or wink."......Why?


rockstoned on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: ONE guitar rock legend? It's impossible to name one!

Here's my list (in order of legendary-ness):

Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Eric Clapton
Ritchie Blackmore
David Gilmour
Tony Iommi
Randy Rhoads
Yngwie Malmsteen
Al di Meola
Eddie Van Halen
Joe Walsh
Mark Knopfler
Brian May
Joe Satriani
Slash
Tom Morello
James Hetfield
John Petrucci
Guthrie Govan
Minneconjou Sioux - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to rockstoned:

Wot, no Angus Young?
rockstoned on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Minneconjou Sioux: I think I left a few more out. Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe, Kim Thayil, and Steve Vai to name a few.

Didn't include Malcolm Young, Steve Perry or Keith Richards because I don't rate their playing that much for their era. More attitude & rawness than originality & musicmanship in my opinion.
UrbanSteve - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Hardonicus:

Surly you meant Rory Gallager and not that Mancunion idiot?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33Jaodra7AY

Very old but I love the fact he's playing with the crowd on the same level as him.
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cb294 - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Johnny Winter

Nigel Tufnel

CB
Tom V - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to smithers25:

+1 for Rory
Dom Whillans on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
There's many obvious, boring and turgid choices here... though i agree that J Mascis and Mick Taylor would be in with a shout. Wilko (bless his heart) is the world's best rhythm guitarist but not lead guitarist. My vote would be for John McGeoch, his legacy is immense and largely unsung...
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: For lead guitar, then for me it is the guys who owned the stage, and the rest of the band were just there to support them and their axe weilding wank fest.

So guys like Eddie Van Halen.

ozzy osbourne has always valued his guitarists, Randy Rhoads, mentioned a few times already. Jake E lee was great IMO, also Zakk Wylde. All proper LEAD guitarists, showmen that half the audience turned up just to see them.

I personally find the Joe Satriani's and Steve Vai's of this world a bit soulless, possibly because they can't actually write a decent tune around their flashy solos.

Angus Young and Jimmy Page are good shouts above. In fact, lot's of good shouts. Matthius Jabs, Walter Becker, Slash,

but my two favourites would probably be John Sykes and Eddie Van Halen

Al Evans on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Game of Conkers: Surprised that Pete Green hasn't even had a mention.
The Lemming - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Hardonicus:
> (In reply to MJ) Yes yes but Queen were a bit shit.

Take that back.


I'm not listening, la la la la la la la

The Lemming - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Is it me, or is this a Male Only profession?
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten...

But most of the lads tried as hard as they could to look like girls
MJ - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Is it me, or is this a Male Only profession?

No, it's just that women aren't particularly good at it.
PeterM - on 28 Jan 2013

Johnny Ramone
graeme jackson - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
WOT! No mention of Jerry Garcia? Philistines, the lot of you.
ti_pin_man - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Theres a lot of great names above and some I'd agree with, but this isnt lord of the rings, there isnt just one ring to rule them all.

Throwing my hat into the ring, I'd add:

Tommy Bolin
Stevie Ray Vaughan

+1 for eddie van halen, ritchie blackmore, randy rhoads
-1 for jimmy page (over rated)

muttley_109 on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

No mention of Dimebag Darrell???
Clarence - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

German widdlemeisters Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Kai Hansen would be in my top ten along with Paul Quinn from Barnsley's finest.
John.RH - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming: I said Tony Bourge, but Id have to say Gary Moore too.
plyometrics - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Vernon Reid.
gribble - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Obviously John Otway. Obviously.
Doug on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to gribble:
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> Obviously John Otway. Obviously.

Now if you'd said Wild Willy Barrett....
pasbury on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Not primarily known as 'Lead Guitarist Rock legends' but nevrtheless they are: Neil Young & Frank Zappa.

Pete Townshend was a riffmeister.

Agree on Page for the overall Rock God medal.

And on Hendrix for the bestest of the best rock guitarist medal.
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to John.RH: Good call Gary Moore

His solo on his cover of the Yardbirds Shape Of Things is awesome. Many a tennis racket moment listening to that ;-)
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rockstoned on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to pasbury:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> Not primarily known as 'Lead Guitarist Rock legends' but nevrtheless they are: Neil Young & Frank Zappa.
You're right about not being known as rock guitar legends! Zappa's random widdling was totally in contrast with his virtuosic composition skills.

> Pete Townshend was a riffmeister.
Meh. There's so many better!
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to MJ:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> Is it me, or is this a Male Only profession?
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> No, it's just that women aren't particularly good at it.


Have a listen to Bonnie Raitt.

John.RH - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Game of Conkers: That Solo is bloody Epic! Have you listened to Empty Rooms the live version? That'l be another tennis racket moment right there :)
The Lemming - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

When I was younger I used to enjoy listening to an axe-man going 'on one' with his riffs. However today I find them just an annoying collection of random note strung together for no purpose.

A for Hendrix, he was excellent there is no doubt but he wasn't alive for long which means that his tracks get played over and over and more and more people reflect with rose tinted glasses giving mythological status beyond what he achieved.
subalpine - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to stroppygob:
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> Another Budgie fan!

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> Randy Rhodes.

bump for Budgie and Randy Rhoads fans:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcoweoZ6jpM
where's Marc C?

cb294 - on 28 Jan 2013
No mentions for Billy Gibbons? Better than Rory IMO,

CB
Tom V - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to cb294:

Slash would disagree with you ;)
cb294 - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Tom V: I like Rory Gallagher a lot, just prefer the old ZZ Top stuff.

CB
goose299 - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Gotta be Slash for me! Utter legend
Kipper - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Isn't Kirk Hammett supposed to be mentioned in these discussions? And have we forgotten Ingwe?
LakesWinter on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
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> We have a guitar connoisseur in the house. I salute you sir.

Why thank you
LakesWinter on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to Kipper:
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> Isn't Kirk Hammett supposed to be mentioned in these discussions? And have we forgotten Ingwe?

No to Kirk as he is not especially original - it's James' riffs and the rhythm section that made Metallica great, most of the solos are a bit boring, though there are some exceptions.

If we are talking non rock/metal then Pierre Bensusan is an amazing accoustic player; probably the best gig I've seen
ceri's - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to LakesWinter: Synster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold) has my vote.
Dirk Didler - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
> But who can it be and why?
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> Personally Hendrix is not in with any kind of a shout, nod or wink.
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> At this moment David Gilmore is blasting out on my speakers and making a good argument for top spot.

You should be called "The Lemmon" for that statement
Bjartur i Sumarhus on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to LakesWinter: Agree with this. Metallica is all about the riffs and Hetfields menace. Kirk was taught by Satriani I believe and I think this shows.

As for Yngwie Malmsteen, very accomplished classical shredder, but most of the songs were so awful.

And all those Mike Varney guys (Paul Gilbert / Jason Becker / MArty Friedman) were all a bit sterile IMO. No doubt technically gifted,

But give me John Sykes solo any day of the week

Oh, and this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYMupc564zE
MGrock - on 01 Feb 2013
Slash, only choice.
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to LakesWinter:
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> No to Kirk as he is not especially original - it's James' riffs and the rhythm section that made Metallica great, most of the solos are a bit boring, though there are some exceptions.
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> If we are talking non rock/metal then Pierre Bensusan is an amazing accoustic player; probably the best gig I've seen


If you like Bensusan you'll love Michael Hedges. Unfortunately he is no longer with us. I had one of those moments in the mid 90s when i first heard him play and realised i'd picked up on someone very special only to then find out he'd died. The Happy Couple by Hedges is probably one of the most beautiful guitar pieces ever written. In fact, playing that piece got me into music college many years ago.
mrchewy - on 01 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Blackmore.
Alan M - on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

What a thread I have too many guitar heroes to list I simply couldn't pick one.

Hendrix is the obvious all rounder but my mind keeps reverting to Steppin Out at the Back Bay Theatre and for all Hendrix's cool guitar work he never quite equalled Clapton's fingers on fretboard man with a guitar ability. Hendrix was a freak of nature, the best showman but not the best guitarist.

Peter Green was a better blues purist/guitarist than Clapton. But..Green was not a rocker and a bit shit as a band leader/front man. Jimmy Page the sloppiest lead guitarist to ever play live but on his day phenomenal. Jeff Beck unique but his solos go nowhere. Pete Townsend great riffs but not a great lead guitarist. Dave Gillmore tonnes of feeling but predictable in solo creation bend the high notes and not much else. BB king can't play rhythm. Buddy Guy possibly rivals Hendrix as the all rounder.

If I don't stop I'm going to end up with a list of about 100 guitarists or more.
ena sharples - on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Robert Fripp. This discussion is now closed.
Jonny2vests - on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Two I don't think that have been mentioned...

Isaac Guillory:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxujon9IMGA

Davy Graham

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnJ_SGX4u0w
Doug on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to jonny2vests: but not really 'rock'
Jonny2vests - on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to Doug:
> (In reply to jonny2vests) but not really 'rock'

Erm, yeah, you've got me there.
mac fae stirling - on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to Tom V: and another vote for Rory Gallagher!
DancingOnRock - on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: I don't see how you can rule out Hendrix. He has influenced so many since.

I'll add a vote for Eddie Van Halen. When Micheal Jackson selects you to play on the best selling album of all time you must have something going for you.
DancingOnRock - on 02 Feb 2013
In reply to DancingOnRock: But Gilmore has a style unlike any other and is also up there with the album sales. The Wall and Dark Side - say no more.
Bulls Crack - on 03 Feb 2013
In reply to DancingOnRock:
> (In reply to The Lemming) I don't see how you can rule out Hendrix. He has influenced so many since.
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> I'll add a vote for Eddie Van Halen. When Micheal Jackson selects you to play on the best selling album of all time you must have something going for you.

You look like a young boy?
subalpine - on 03 Feb 2013
Euge - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Chris Poland... great great shout... best partner for Dave Mustaine ever!!!

I love
Richie Blackmore
Gary Moore
Angus Young
Ace Frehley


But... My fav at this moment...

A certain... Matt Bellamy

Thank You
MonkeyPuzzle - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Billy Corgan is way underrated as a guitarist, but J Mascis or Prince are vying for top spot. J Mascis probably edges it because I prefer his music.
Hugh J - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to Euge:

> Ace Frehley

LMFAO, you must be joking, you'll be adding Clapton to the list next!

So difficult because it depends on my mood. The OP made a good shout for Gilmour, Rhodes also a good shout, Matt Bellamy and Mr VH, the list is a long one! Agree that Billy Corgan is also very underrated. And I really like Marty Freidman, who is definitely not "sterile" as someone suggested.

But I keep coming back to the same guy (don't recall seeing his name here - could be wrong):

Steve Vai

Hugh J - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to cander:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> Andrew Ridgely

Oh yes, of course!

Just realised we've all been wasting our time!
Pursued by a bear - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to ena sharples:
> (In reply to The Lemming) Robert Fripp. This discussion is now closed.

Good shout. I was surprised I had to read so much of the thread before seeing him mentioned.

But I suspect the discussion is far from closed. Not a legend in the rock fashion, but I've always rated Andy Latimer's playing too.

T.
handjammer - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to rockstoned: That, sir, is a great and comprehensive list. I would like to add, if I may:

Jake E Lee
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Jason Becker - my all time fave
Richie Kotzen
Paul Gilbert
Marty Friedman - but ONLY in Megadeth
Jeff Healey

Overall, Brian May is the main man for me, an all- round genius both musically and academically and a nice guy too. Steve Vai says much the same, he admits that he was heavily influenced by May and thought his harmonic layering of sounds incredible.
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to Hugh J:
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> LMFAO, you must be joking, you'll be adding Clapton to the list next!
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> So difficult because it depends on my mood. The OP made a good shout for Gilmour, Rhodes also a good shout, Matt Bellamy and Mr VH, the list is a long one! Agree that Billy Corgan is also very underrated. And I really like Marty Freidman, who is definitely not "sterile" as someone suggested.
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> But I keep coming back to the same guy (don't recall seeing his name here - could be wrong):
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> Steve Vai


Lol. Ace Frehley is Marty Friedman's favourite guitar player!

The Lemming - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Until this discussion I had never heard of the name Robert Fripp.

Now would somebody please provide an example of this man's worthiness to be classed as a Rock Legend as I can not find anything on youtube worthy of this praise?
Pursued by a bear - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Try looking for king crimson too. On a phone at the mo, will have a look for links when next at the pc.

Like all great guitarists, his playing is distinctive and immediately recognisable. Whether it is to your taste is a different question...

T.
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

He's more of a fusion/prog rock guitarist. I went to one of his seminars in the 90s and he is a very intense personality. Very inspired by eastern philosophy particularly discipline wise. I think he's married to Toyah Wilcox. Technique-wise he shits on most of the guitarists mentioned in this thread.
Tom V - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Sorry can't do links.

You tube. 21st century Schizoid man. Listen to the drumming too.
Hugh J - on 08 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
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> Lol. Ace Frehley is Marty Friedman's favourite guitar player!

And your point is? ......... Beethoven learnt from Haydn!
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Hugh J - on 09 Feb 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> Technique-wise he shits on most of the guitarists mentioned in this thread.

Being a great doesn't necessarily mean being technical. Malmsteen is technical but woeful when it comes to the feel of the music, there are plenty of other riddlers that fall into that category. Angus Young, Chuck Berry, even dare I say Hendrix, could all be considered guitar greats without being particularly technical. I think you've missed the OP's point - Fripp (like Ace Frehley for different reasons) is never gonna make your hair stand on end with a breathtaking solo.
gregs71 - on 09 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
> But who can it be and why?
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> Personally Hendrix is not in with any kind of a shout, nod or wink.
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> At this moment David Gilmore is blasting out on my speakers and making a good argument for top spot.

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam...underated! Adam Jones of Tool is a fav....Stevie Ray Vaughan for blues... was better than Clapton?! As mentionioned earlier Hetfield is a heavy riff monster but not lead...
ena sharples - on 09 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:Guest solo lead on (amongst other things) Bowie's scary monsters (it's no game, Fashion etc.)
Pursued by a bear - on 10 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

> Now would somebody please provide an example of this man's worthiness to be classed as a Rock Legend as I can not find anything on youtube worthy of this praise?

Here's your man doing his guitar hero stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOz-AP-n8Pg

Three of a perfect pair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GK--pZdlgw

There are many collaborations that could be highlighted, but have a listen to Peter Gabriel doing Here comes the Flood on Fripp's album Exposure. Some small, but perfectly formed, guitar additions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWU-0KiJBHA

Top chap, Robert Fripp. And I haven't mentioned Frippertronics, which is worth a bit of searching for too.

T.





sbc_10 - on 10 Feb 2013
In reply to Pursued by a bear:

Got to agree with you on Fripp.

Here's what you can do with a guitar and a few extra dimensions of reality.
19 minutes of elemental beauty.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZIl9DKmcrQ
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 11 Feb 2013
In reply to Hugh J:
> (In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy)
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> Being a great doesn't necessarily mean being technical. Malmsteen is technical but woeful when it comes to the feel of the music, there are plenty of other riddlers that fall into that category. Angus Young, Chuck Berry, even dare I say Hendrix, could all be considered guitar greats without being particularly technical. I think you've missed the OP's point - Fripp (like Ace Frehley for different reasons) is never gonna make your hair stand on end with a breathtaking solo.



I totally understand the OP's point thanks. I've been playing and teaching guitar for nearly 30 years and have a masters degree in music. Have had this futile discussion with my fellow musicians for as many years. For your information Hendrix was a very technical guitar player as well as innovator. Also it's completely a matter of opinion whether Robert Fripp's guitar solos make the hair stand up on the back of your neck - some of his do for me thanks.
molly2202 - on 11 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Not so much Rock axe men, but for technical brilliance, and doing it live very well....

Roy Harper & his sone, Nick Harper....seen them both hundereds of times, and each time, no matter hopw twisted they are, they are superbly technical, talented chaps!

GridNorth - on 11 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: David Gilmore for me. His extended solo at the end of The Pulse version of "Comfortably Numb" is one of my favourite pieces of music... ever. The guitar manages to convey so much anguish, possibly more than the words.
pamph - on 11 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: I'm going to be crucified here but how about Lesley West (Mountain) or Peter Frampton doing his extended version of 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps? I'll get my coat.....
handjammer - on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the greatest guitarist / frontman to walk the face of this earth - Lil Wayne.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ6V_9CnrMI

Watch and learn...
jayferg76 on 12 Feb 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Jeff Healy has to be up there with the best, the man was a God.
I had the privilege to see him live once, totally blew me away. Amazing
soloist, but his rhythm playing was what really set him apart for me.
A very big loss to music when he died.
Marc C - on 24 Feb 2013
estivoautumnal - on 24 Feb 2013
In reply to Minneconjou Sioux:

If we are sticking to the thread title, Legend rock guitarist. Angus is no 1. No competition.

Hendix is probably the most over rated.


estivoautumnal - on 24 Feb 2013
In reply to estivoautumnal:

However, if we are looking for the best guitarist.

Roy Buchanan.

No if's, no but's.

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