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metal_man1019
09-19-2007, 06:22 AM
heres my say: Im not looking for the best players but your favourite players

Tony Iommi
Jimmy Page
Randy Rhoads
Dimebag Darrell
Eric Clapton
James Hetfield/Kirk Hammett
Zakk Wylde
Adrian Smith/David Murray and Janick Gers
John Petrucci
Angus Young

Maiden33
09-19-2007, 06:43 AM
I'll specify bands since I'm sure many people won't know who some of these guys are otherwise:

1.Adrian Smith
2.Criss Oliva (RIP) (Savatage)
3."Lord" Tim Grose (Dungeon)
the other 7 are in no paricular order:
4.Magnuss Karlsson (Allen/Lande, more)
5.Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, more)
6.Nils Norberg (Nocturnal Rites)
7.Gus G (Firewind)
8.Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
9.Mark Reale (Riot)
10.Chris Caffery (Savatage, TSO)

zgodt
09-19-2007, 08:28 AM
1. J. Robbins (Channels/Burning Airlines/Jawbox)
2. Ani Difranco
3. Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney)
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Bob Mould (Husker Du)
6. Marc Ribot (Tom Waits)
7. Stevie Ray Vaughn
8. Smith/Murray (Iron Maiden)
9. Nanna/Broach (Braid)
10. MacKaye/Picciotto (Fugazi)

DethMaiden
09-19-2007, 10:59 AM
In no particular order:

David Gilmour
Steve Hackett
Robert Fripp
Tony Iommi
Adrian Smith
Jerry Cantrell
Alex Lifeson
Tim Sult
Mikael Åkerfeldt
Chris DeGarmo

JRA
09-19-2007, 11:08 AM
Carrie Brownstein
The guy from limp Bizkit
Joe Strummer
Billie Joe Armstrong
Munky
Steve Clark
CC Deville
Micheal Akerfeldt
Jack Johnson
Daniel Pooter

zgodt
09-19-2007, 12:00 PM
Carrie Brownstein
The guy from limp Bizkit
Joe Strummer
Billie Joe Armstrong
Munky
Steve Clark
CC Deville
Micheal Akerfeldt
Jack Johnson
Daniel Pooter

Are you trying to make some kind of point?

Spiral_Slave
09-19-2007, 12:34 PM
( In no particular order )

01. Adrian Smith ( Iron Maiden )
02. Jani Liimatainen ( Ex-Sonata Arctica, Altaria, Dream Asylum )
03. Alexi Laiho ( Children Of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut )
04. Gus G ( Firewind )
05. Thomas Youngblood ( Kamelot )
06. Rock 'N Rolf Kasperak ( Running Wild )
07. Syu ( Galneryus )
08. Nils Nordberg ( Nocturnal Rites )
09. Roy Z ( Bruce Dickinson )
10. Michael Romeo ( Symphony X )

SomewhereInTime72
09-19-2007, 12:47 PM
No order, i guess

Adrian Smith
Robert Fripp
Glenn Tipton
Marty Friedman
Adrian Belew
Andy Laroque
Michael Wilton
Daniel Gildenlow
Dave Mustaine
David Gilmour

JRA
09-19-2007, 01:00 PM
Are you trying to make some kind of point?

Why yes I am! :D
All of these guitarists drink ass from a straw.

Elvenking
09-19-2007, 01:02 PM
Timo Tolki (Stratovarius)
Abbath (Immortal)
Tipton/Downing (Priest)
Johan Söderberg/Olavi Mikkonen (Amon Amarth)
Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer)
Matt Treasure (Beholder)
Yngwie (Fat Drunk Slob
Micheal Romeo (Sym. X)
Kirk Hammett (Craptallica)

Fe Maiden
09-19-2007, 01:26 PM
In No Particular Order:

Adrian Smith
Dave Murray
Neal Schon
Alex Lifeson
Michael Schenker
Carlos Santana
Michael Romeo
David Gilmour
Jimmy Page
Joe Satriani
Edward Van Halen
Matthias Jabs

oops that's more than 10:D

TheWhisper88
09-19-2007, 01:26 PM
Michael Wilton
Adrian Smith
Dave Mustaine
Randy Rhoads
Glenn Tipton/KK Downing
Tony Iommi
Jimi Hendrix
Roy Z
Steve Morse
Alexi Laiho

ADD
09-19-2007, 02:01 PM
Dave, Adrian, and Jan :party:
Chuck Schuldiner
Matt Pike
Robert Fripp
Paco de Lucia
Tony Iommi
Jerry Cantrell
Uli Jon Roth
Alex Lifeson
Carlos Santana
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
David Gilmour
Eddie Van Halen
George Thorogood
Brant Bjork
Ben Chasny
John Frusciante
Adam Jones
Gary Holt
Abbath

Sorry I stopped after I realized that was way too many :lol:

ADD
09-19-2007, 02:07 PM
I hate doing lists that are limited to a certain number cuz I still feel like there are so many I should list still.

Fe Maiden
09-19-2007, 02:11 PM
I hate doing lists that are limited to a certain number cuz I still feel like there are so many I should list still.I agree!

JRA
09-19-2007, 02:16 PM
What exactly are we looking for when we compile out list of guitar players? People who can play leads, riffs, songwriters, versatility?

powerslave_85
09-19-2007, 02:23 PM
I'm not putting them in order, because that'd be too hard. Plus, there's so many different styles that I think it's unfair to compare them to each other.

Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Carrie Brownstein/Corin Tucker
Brent Hinds/Bill Kelliher
Adrian Smith/Dave Murray
Chuck Schuldiner
Tom Morello
Joe Strummer
Bruce Springsteen
Mikael Åkerfeldt

ADD
09-19-2007, 02:25 PM
Brent Hinds/Bill Kelliher
Chuck Schuldiner
Tom Morello
Mikael Åkerfeldt

See I definitely should've put these too.

Div
09-19-2007, 02:44 PM
Well atleast noone mentioned Herman Li :hecho:

SomewhereInTime72
09-19-2007, 03:26 PM
Sam totman.

metal_man1019
09-19-2007, 03:52 PM
What exactly are we looking for when we compile out list of guitar players? People who can play leads, riffs, songwriters, versatility?

Im just asking for your 10 favourite guitarsits not necesarily the best.

ravenheart
09-19-2007, 04:08 PM
Zakk Wylde, Jeff Loomis, Steve Smyth, Dave Linsk, Jeff Waters, Gary Jennings, John Petrucci, Arjen Lucassen, Michael Amott, Tony Iommi, Steve Morse, Darrell Roberts, Rich Ward, Eric Petersen, Roy Z, Karl Groom, Lars Johansson, Travis Meeks.

Honourable mention:
JB, Jack Frost, Chris Caffery, Michael Wilton, Magnus Karlsson, Gus G, Mikael Akerfeldt.

ravenheart
09-19-2007, 04:11 PM
Tony Iommi
Jimmy Page
Dimebag Darrel
Adrian Smith
Randy Rhoads
Kerry King
Dave Murray
Zakk Wylde
Kirk Hammet
Dave Mustaine

Did you take that out of the latest guitar magazine opinion poll? You forgot Jimi Hendrix and EVH ;)

You also forgot that James Hetfield is twice the guitarist Kirk "Get off the fucking Wah pedal" Hammett is ;)

Also, need I remind everyone that as great as Maiden are, Janick Gers is a terrible, sloppy guitarist?

Maiden33
09-19-2007, 04:38 PM
( In no particular order )

01. Adrian Smith ( Iron Maiden )
04. Gus G ( Firewind )
08. Nils Nordberg ( Nocturnal Rites )
09. Roy Z ( Bruce Dickinson )
10. Michael Romeo ( Symphony X )

Somehow I figured that our lists would include a number of common names.

zgodt
09-19-2007, 04:43 PM
Also, need I remind everyone that as great as Maiden are, Janick Gers is a terrible, sloppy guitarist?

Sloppy, sure. That doesn't necessarily make him terrible. It depends on what you value, how you prioritize. I enjoy his reckless energy.

metal_man1019
09-19-2007, 04:49 PM
Did you take that out of the latest guitar magazine opinion poll? You forgot Jimi Hendrix and EVH ;)

You also forgot that James Hetfield is twice the guitarist Kirk "Get off the fucking Wah pedal" Hammett is ;)

Also, need I remind everyone that as great as Maiden are, Janick Gers is a terrible, sloppy guitarist?

Yah as much as i like Kirk,i must admit he does use the pedal a bit too often, and yes i realise that my list is generic but it just happens that these guys are my favourite players

zgodt
09-19-2007, 04:56 PM
What exactly are we looking for when we compile out list of guitar players? People who can play leads, riffs, songwriters, versatility?
I suppose each person will rank guitarists according to what he values in a guitarist.

As for me, my list is built around players that strike me as approaching the guitar in unorthodox and highly inventive ways, players who have made me re-think how a guitar can and should be played.

It's interesting that you (and surely many others) divide leads from riffs from songwriting. I think a lot of rock/metal guitarists think in terms of those divisions and that's exactly what makes so much of their playing uninteresting to me. I like players who fill the song with interesting guitar lines, rather than those who crunch away at riffs on the lowest three strings and then spend a minute in the middle of the song wailing away at a solo on the highest three strings....

powerslave_85
09-19-2007, 05:13 PM
It's interesting that you (and surely many others) divide leads from riffs from songwriting. I think a lot of rock/metal guitarists think in terms of those divisions and that's exactly what makes so much of their playing uninteresting to me. I like players who fill the song with interesting guitar lines, rather than those who crunch away at riffs on the lowest three strings and then spend a minute in the middle of the song wailing away at a solo on the highest three strings....Well said :metal: Though there are definitely a few on my list who I would consider pretty "traditional."

JRA
09-19-2007, 05:28 PM
It's interesting that you (and surely many others) divide leads from riffs from songwriting. I think a lot of rock/metal guitarists think in terms of those divisions and that's exactly what makes so much of their playing uninteresting to me. I like players who fill the song with interesting guitar lines, rather than those who crunch away at riffs on the lowest three strings and then spend a minute in the middle of the song wailing away at a solo on the highest three strings....

I don't know if I divide riffs from songwriting (at least in metal), but Eddie Trunk said that leads should essentially be "songs within the song."

zgodt
09-19-2007, 05:37 PM
I don't know if I divide riffs from songwriting (at least in metal), but Eddie Trunk said that leads should essentially be "songs within the song."

Forgive my ignorance, but who is Eddie Trunk?

Generally speaking, I think the whole idea of guitar solos is pretty played out. Yes, you still get good ones now and then, but every song doesn't need a 45 second break in the middle for a "song within the song." Most metal songs seem to have solos in them only because... most other metal songs have solos in them. It's just part of the schtick.

That's one of the things I love about Mastodon's Leviathan album. Through the first 8 songs they play a total of 2 guitar solos that last about 20 seconds combined, and it's not until the end of "Hearts Alive" that you get an actual, extended guitar solo, which at that point is totally warranted by the song, and kicks tremendous ass. If only all metal guitarists exhibited as much taste and restraint.

JRA
09-19-2007, 05:40 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but who is Eddie Trunk?

Generally speaking, I think the whole idea of guitar solos is pretty played out. Yes, you still get good ones now and then, but every song doesn't need a 45 second break in the middle for a "song within the song." Most metal songs seem to have solos in them only because... most other metal songs have solos in them. It's just part of the schtick.

That's one of the things I love about Mastodon's Leviathan album. Through the first 8 songs they play a total of 2 guitar solos that last about 20 seconds combined, and it's not until the end of "Hearts Alive" that you get an actual, extended guitar solo, which at that point is totally warranted by the song, and kicks tremendous ass. If only all metal guitarists exhibited as much taste and restraint.


He's a New York radio DJ who was also on Vh1 Classic for a little bit, my quote was actually him describing the solos of Ace Frehley.

The one thing that annoys me about the Hearts Alive solo as that whenever I listen to it the solo seems deeply buried in the mix. If you aren't paying attention it will slip by without noticing.

DethMaiden
09-19-2007, 06:21 PM
I would like to add Johnny Cash. While some of his "riffs", if you will, run into each other from song to song, and he didn't actually solo ever, I dig his style big time and consider him hugely influential on myself.

Div
09-19-2007, 07:04 PM
Every time I listen to Johnny Cash I just get sad, he is one depressing motherfucker.

JRA
09-19-2007, 07:30 PM
Every time I listen to Johnny Cash I just get sad, he is one depressing motherfucker.

You aren't listening to the right songs.:D

Spiral_Slave
09-19-2007, 07:34 PM
Some of my other favorite guitarists:

Wille Wallenius and Tommi Sartanen ( Twilightning )
Roope Latvala ( Stone, Waltari, Children Of Bodom, Sinergy )
Michael and Chris Ammott ( Arch Enemy, Carcass )
Stefan Leibing and Henny Wolter ( Primal Fear )
Kristian Niemann ( Therion )

All really great musicians.

JRA
09-19-2007, 07:36 PM
Roope Latvala gets an honorable mention from me as well.

Bodom?

Spiral_Slave
09-19-2007, 07:40 PM
Bodom?

I edited the post haha, but yeah. His work with Stone and Sinergy is the best though IMO. In Bodom he is almost strictly a rhythm player. But holy shit listen to that lead in Passage To The Fourth World by Sinergy. :drool:

SomewhereInTime72
09-19-2007, 07:54 PM
I edited the post haha, but yeah. His work with Stone and Sinergy is the best though IMO. In Bodom he is almost strictly a rhythm player. But holy shit listen to that lead in Passage To The Fourth World by Sinergy. :drool:

Wasn't sinergy supposed to have a new album? I'm so fucking sick of bodom shit. :hmm:

ADD
09-19-2007, 08:44 PM
It's interesting that you (and surely many others) divide leads from riffs from songwriting. I think a lot of rock/metal guitarists think in terms of those divisions and that's exactly what makes so much of their playing uninteresting to me. I like players who fill the song with interesting guitar lines, rather than those who crunch away at riffs on the lowest three strings and then spend a minute in the middle of the song wailing away at a solo on the highest three strings....

Yup I totally agree. The soloing thing annoys me too, even more so when you have to deal with it in a band :hecho:

Div
09-19-2007, 09:03 PM
guitar solos rule.

ravenheart
09-20-2007, 12:53 AM
guitar solos rule.

Amen, brother.

ravenheart
09-20-2007, 12:58 AM
Sloppy, sure. That doesn't necessarily make him terrible. It depends on what you value, how you prioritize. I enjoy his reckless energy.

Fair point. To be honest, sloppy means you suck in my book. I don't think his playing has any feeling, skill, or quality.

They only kept him because they didn't want to be mean and throw him out just because H was coming back.

Maiden33
09-20-2007, 05:44 AM
I would like to add Johnny Cash. While some of his "riffs", if you will, run into each other from song to song, and he didn't actually solo ever, I dig his style big time and consider him hugely influential on myself.

Cash has absolutely no place in a guitarist discussion thread. If this had been "Your Top Ten Songwriters" you would have a very valid point. It's not because he's not metal, but because theres nothing interesting or unique about his actual playing, it's just the writing.

SomewhereInTime72
09-20-2007, 06:41 AM
Cash has absolutely no place in a guitarist discussion thread. If this had been "Your Top Ten Songwriters" you would have a very valid point. It's not because he's not metal, but because theres nothing interesting or unique about his actual playing, it's just the writing.

Well, how much does songwriting come into play into your favorite guitarists? Can't he be in here for the songs he wrote for guitar? I think its a bit more flexible than that...

Though I'm on your side and wouldn't put him in this thread ever. :eyes:

ravenheart
09-20-2007, 06:49 AM
because theres nothing interesting or unique about his actual playing

And there is about Kirk Hammett's? ;)

Maiden33
09-20-2007, 06:59 AM
And there is about Kirk Hammett's? ;)

Haha good point. Yeah, my friend claims when he saw Metallica, during a lot of the solos, up on the big screen they had a camera on Hammet and a camera on his foot on the wah pedal.

Maiden33
09-20-2007, 07:00 AM
Andy Laroque

This is a bit off topic but his work producing Evergrey's first 4 albums is fucking incredible.

metal_man1019
09-20-2007, 08:05 AM
Every time I listen to Johnny Cash I just get sad, he is one depressing motherfucker.

I completely agree

ravenheart
09-20-2007, 12:56 PM
Haha good point. Yeah, my friend claims when he saw Metallica, during a lot of the solos, up on the big screen they had a camera on Hammet and a camera on his foot on the wah pedal.

Only one of those is necessary ;)

JRA
12-09-2010, 05:24 PM
I never actually made a serious list in this thread.

let's see:

Randy Rhoads
Glenn Tipton
Alex Lifeson
Eddie Van Halen
Jimmy Page
Jimi Hendrix
Trey Azagthoth
Chuck Schuldiner
Quorthon
Tony Iommi

Indestructible
12-09-2010, 05:56 PM
1. Jeff Loomis (Nevermore)

2. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

3. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

4. Alex Lifeson (Rush)

5. Adrian Smith/Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)

6. Kirk Hammet (Metallica)

7. James Hetfield (Metallica)

8. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)

9. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

10. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Maiden33
12-09-2010, 06:03 PM
Why not, couldn't hurt. Can't keep it to 10 though.

-Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
-Criss Oliva (Savatage)
-"Lord" Tim Grose (Dungeon, LORD)
-John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
-Gus G (Firewind)
-Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford)
-Magnus Karlsson (Allen/Lande, Last Tribe, Starbreaker)
-John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy)
-Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio)
-Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan's Mind, Jorn)
-Neal Schon (Journey)
-Gary Moore (Solo, Thin Lizzy)
-Nils Norberg (Nocturnal Rites)
-Vinnie Moore (Solo, UFO)
-Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)
-Tom S. Englund (Evergrey)
-Mark Reale (Riot)
-Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
-Ty Tabor (King's X)
-Jim Matheos (Fates Warning)

...yes, I play guitar. :lol:

DethMaiden
12-09-2010, 06:06 PM
My list has probably changed some since the one I posted over three years ago if I thought about it, but the top hasn't changed. David Gilmour, no question.

Dextrimental
12-09-2010, 06:21 PM
Why not, couldn't hurt. Can't keep it to 10 though.

-Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
-Criss Oliva (Savatage)
-"Lord" Tim Grose (Dungeon, LORD)
-John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
-Gus G (Firewind)
-Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford)
-Magnus Karlsson (Allen/Lande, Last Tribe, Starbreaker)
-John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy)
-Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio)
-Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan's Mind, Jorn)
-Neal Schon (Journey)
-Gary Moore (Solo, Thin Lizzy)
-Nils Norberg (Nocturnal Rites)
-Vinnie Moore (Solo, UFO)
-Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)
-Tom S. Englund (Evergrey)
-Mark Reale (Riot)
-Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
-Ty Tabor (King's X)
-Jim Matheos (Fates Warning)

...yes, I play guitar. :lol:

Haha, I actually respect most of these players since I play guitar, but I don't listen to their music.

That being said, I don't think I can construct this list. My no.1 is Dimebag, without a doubt, but the rest is constantly changing. Think Joe Pass would be an easy second though vome to think of it.

ravenheart
12-10-2010, 01:32 AM
I never actually narrowed my list to ten :lol:

But looking back at it, I think I still agree with 95% of it.

El Gordo
12-10-2010, 03:25 AM
Tony Iommi (Sabbath)
James Hetfield (Metallica)
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Josh Homme (Kyuss, QOTSA)
Dave Linsk (Overkill)
Lee Altus (Heathen, Exodus)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Randy Rhoads - RIP (Ozzy)
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
Pepper Keenan (COC, Down)

ravenheart
12-10-2010, 03:33 AM
Lee Altus (Heathen)

Uh, and Exodus ;)

El Gordo
12-10-2010, 03:43 AM
Uh, and Exodus ;)

Lol whoops. Fixed.:D