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metal_man1019
09-19-2007, 07:22 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, 07:43 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, 09:28 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, 11:59 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, 12:08 PM
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, 01:00 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, 01:34 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, 01:47 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, 02:00 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, 02:02 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, 02:26 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, 02:26 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, 03:01 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, 03:07 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, 03:11 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, 03:16 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, 03:23 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, 03:25 PM
Brent Hinds/Bill Kelliher
Chuck Schuldiner
Tom Morello
Mikael Åkerfeldt

See I definitely should've put these too.

Div
09-19-2007, 03:44 PM
Well atleast noone mentioned Herman Li :hecho:

SomewhereInTime72
09-19-2007, 04:26 PM
Sam totman.

metal_man1019
09-19-2007, 04:52 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, 05:08 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, 05:11 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, 05:38 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, 05:43 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, 05:49 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, 05:56 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, 06:13 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, 06:28 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, 06:37 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, 06:40 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, 07:21 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, 08:04 PM
Every time I listen to Johnny Cash I just get sad, he is one depressing motherfucker.

JRA
09-19-2007, 08:30 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, 08:34 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, 08:36 PM
Roope Latvala gets an honorable mention from me as well.

Bodom?

Spiral_Slave
09-19-2007, 08:40 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, 08:54 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, 09:44 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, 10:03 PM
guitar solos rule.

ravenheart
09-20-2007, 01:53 AM
guitar solos rule.

Amen, brother.

ravenheart
09-20-2007, 01:58 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, 06:44 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, 07:41 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, 07:49 AM
because theres nothing interesting or unique about his actual playing

And there is about Kirk Hammett's? ;)

Maiden33
09-20-2007, 07:59 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, 08:00 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, 09:05 AM
Every time I listen to Johnny Cash I just get sad, he is one depressing motherfucker.

I completely agree

ravenheart
09-20-2007, 01:56 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, 06:24 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, 06:56 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, 07:03 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, 07:06 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, 07:21 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, 02:32 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, 04:25 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, 04:33 AM
Lee Altus (Heathen)

Uh, and Exodus ;)

El Gordo
12-10-2010, 04:43 AM
Uh, and Exodus ;)

Lol whoops. Fixed.:D

HeavyMetalBuffalo
07-13-2014, 09:46 PM
1. Tony Iommi(Black Sabbath)
2. Alex Lifeson(Rush)
3. Jeff Loomis(Nevermore, Jeff Loomis, Conquering Dystopia)
4. Jon Schaffer(Iced Earth)
5. Adrian Smith/Dave Murray(Iron Maiden)
6. David Gilmour(Pink Floyd)
7. Willie Adler/Mark Morton(Lamb of God)
8. John Petrucci(Dream Theater)
9. J Mascis(Dinosaur Jr.)
10. Bill Kelliher/Brent Hinds(Mastodon)

Onioner
07-13-2014, 10:46 PM
I'm gonna stick with metal because I think an overall list limited to only ten would be boring and full of mostly predictable names.

In no particular order, and based on creativity, songwriting ability, sheer riffery and memorability. Guitar tag-teams are counted as one.

Glenn Tipton/K.K. Downing - Judas Priest
Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath
Gary Holt/Lee Altus - Exodus
John Cobbett - Ludicra/Hammers of Misfortune/VHOL
Brent Hinds - Mastodon
Bill Steer - Carcass/Firebird/Napalm Death
Mille Petrozza/Sami Yli-Sirnio - Kreator
Adrian Smith/Dave Murray - Iron Maiden
Mike Scalzi - Slough Feg
Wolf Hoffmann - Accept

PVH5150
07-14-2014, 05:02 AM
Edward Van Halen
John Sykes
Jake E. Lee
Tom Scholz
Vito Bratta
Nuno Bettencourt
Mick Mars
Reb Beach
Doug Aldrich
Tony Iommi
Paul Gilbert

HandOfDoom
07-14-2014, 11:32 AM
Oh man I made this thread on my old account :bliss: Anyway its been 7 years so I might as well do a new list. There are my favorite not who I consider to be the "best".

Tony Iommi
Jimmy Page
Josh Homme
Matt Pike
Adrian Smith
Mikael Akerfeldt
Randy Rhoads
Angus Young
Adam Jones
Kirk Windstein

Nausea
07-14-2014, 12:44 PM
In no particular order, and not a conclusive list...

Darrell Abbott
Jimmy Page
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix

These guys stand out mostly because of their unique sound. Not saying everything they've done is perfect, or even technically the most complicated; but they all have songs where their guitar just hits that perfect note and I think "Fuck yeah... that... That guitar right there... That's it. chills".

MPF
07-14-2014, 01:04 PM
In no particular order:

Devin Townsend
John Petrucci
Paul Gilbert
Guthrie Govan
Mikael Akerfeldt
Ty Tabor
Mattias "IA" Eklundh
Alex Skolnick
Steven Wilson
Robert Fripp

AnthG
07-14-2014, 02:21 PM
Fuck

Rob Arnold
Dave Davidson
Mark Morton
Jim Root
Kirk Hammett
Stephen Carpenter
Jerry Cantrell
Joe Duplantier
Michael Keene
Mikael Akerfeldt

TheWildAndTheYoung
07-14-2014, 07:45 PM
without too much thought, here's a ruff list (out of order except the first two):

Eddie Van Halen
Nuno Bettencourt
Vito Bratta
Steve Vai
Eric Johnson
John Norum
Joe Satriani
Reb Beach
Randy Rhoads
Paul Gilbert

With as much time as I spend trying to get inspired by guitar players, this list will pretty much be different every day. Mick Mars, Adrian Smith, John Sykes, Jake E. Lee, Tom Scholz, Criss Oliva, and Richie Sambora are just a few of the many that could take a spot on this list.

ravenheart
07-15-2014, 02:10 AM
Darrell Abbott
Jimmy Page
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix

<Insert mainstream magazine here> agrees with you, and thinks you should add Kurt Cobain and Prince ;)

Hendrix would make my list though.

ravenheart
07-15-2014, 02:23 AM
So this was my list in 2007:

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.

That honourable mentions list is pretty funny to me now. Clearly I was in a "favourite guitarists" rather than "best guitarists" place seven years ago.

I think my list would now look more like this:

Randy Rhoads
Jimi Hendrix
Steve Morse
Nuno Bettencourt
Paul Gilbert
Criss Oliva
Tony Iommi

After that I struggle. There are a shit-ton of guitarists whose playing I love, but they're probably not the best around (mostly doom players), and a bunch of guys who are shit hot at what they do, but they can only do that one thing.

It's probably three from Marty Friedman, Travis Meeks, Richie Kotzen, Alex Skolnick, John Lowery, and Jeff Loomis to complete the top ten.

HeavyMetalBuffalo
07-15-2014, 03:02 AM
There are my favorite not who I consider to be the "best".




Clearly I was in a "favourite guitarists" rather than "best guitarists" place seven years ago.


What's the difference between your favorite guitarist and the best guitarist? If a musician is your favorite, then doesn't that mean you think they are the best at what they do?

ravenheart
07-15-2014, 03:46 AM
What's the difference between your favorite guitarist and the best guitarist? If a musician is your favorite, then doesn't that mean you think they are the best at what they do?

Only if you criteria for "favourite" is "the best", which is a pretty weak set of criteria.

For instance, Eddie Van Halen is massively talented, but I'm not a fan. Whereas I am a big fan of Slash, who is by no means one of the top guitarists around, but creates great music.

Not all great music is the most technically accomplished.

MetalIsArt
07-15-2014, 03:49 AM
Hetfield/Hammett
Brian May
Dimebag Darrell
Young/Young
Slash/Stradlin
Joe Bonamassa
Tony Iommi
Perry/Whitford
Jimmy Page
Mark Knopfler

ravenheart
07-15-2014, 03:50 AM
Joe Bonamassa

If I were charging those prices I could become a top 10 guitarist too ;)

MetalIsArt
07-15-2014, 03:52 AM
If I were charging those prices I could become a top 10 guitarist too ;)

You'll never own as many cool guitars as him ;)

ravenheart
07-15-2014, 04:09 AM
You'll never own as many cool guitars as him ;)

Again, if I charged what he does, I soon would! ;)

MetalIsArt
07-15-2014, 04:23 AM
Again, if I charged what he does, I soon would! ;)

Don't tell Glenn tho ;)

ravenheart
07-15-2014, 04:30 AM
Don't tell Glenn tho ;)

He's only interested in young boys now... ;)

PVH5150
07-15-2014, 04:34 AM
You'll never own as many cool guitars as him ;)

Rick Nielsen: "Bitch, please."

MetalIsArt
07-15-2014, 04:39 AM
He's only interested in young boys now... ;)

:D

Nausea
07-15-2014, 02:14 PM
<Insert mainstream magazine here> agrees with you, and thinks you should add Kurt Cobain and Prince ;)

Hendrix would make my list though.

Sometimes it's not a mystery why mainstream mags have lists similar to mine... they are good.

Kurt Cobain was a shitty guitarist, and I don't know many who would disagree with that. He had a very nice sound to his voice, and that was the main reason to their popularity.

never really got into Prince, but wouldnt put him on my list.

ravenheart
07-15-2014, 02:34 PM
Sometimes it's not a mystery why mainstream mags have lists similar to mine... they are good.

Kurt Cobain was a shitty guitarist, and I don't know many who would disagree with that. He had a very nice sound to his voice, and that was the main reason to their popularity.

never really got into Prince, but wouldnt put him on my list.

Agreed on Cobain, but he still makes pretty much ever major guitarist list. Every time. Prince too. The others obvious choices... meh, most of them were alright, but really not that special. Clapton is ludicrously overrated. Hendrix is the only true innovator on that list.

PVH5150
07-15-2014, 03:03 PM
The tandem choices (Hetfield/Hammett, Smith/Murray, Tipton/Downing, etc.) shouldn't count as one.

Those are just three off the top of my head, but still, each of these people are uniquely identifiable.

Examples.

Smith has a rawer tone, as opposed to Murray, who has a smoother tone.
Downing has a trebly tone, as opposed to Tipton, who has a bassier tone.
Hetfield is great, as opposed to Hammett, who is terrible.

MetalIsArt
07-16-2014, 12:48 AM
The tandem choices (Hetfield/Hammett, Smith/Murray, Tipton/Downing, etc.) shouldn't count as one.

Those are just three off the top of my head, but still, each of these people are uniquely identifiable.

Examples.

Smith has a rawer tone, as opposed to Murray, who has a smoother tone.
Downing has a trebly tone, as opposed to Tipton, who has a bassier tone.
Hetfield is great, as opposed to Hammett, who is terrible.

I didn't know that this was a "you only can put one guitarist in your list thread".

Hammett is not terrible, apparently Frehley is horrible live & Van Halen still drinks. I know he sometimes fucks up, but everything that Metallica does needs to be repeated and moaned about for an eternity, while completely ignoring other artist's choices, voices, and so called skills.

@ Ravenheart, as a solo artist, Clapton is extremely overrated. But hey, I feel the same about Jeff Beck, so you can now kill me. ;-)

El Gordo
07-16-2014, 02:49 AM
I didn't know that this was a "you only can put one guitarist in your list thread".


Well, the thread title is "top ten guitarists" and you listed thirteen, so that's just like, not following instructions. :cool:

MetalIsArt
07-16-2014, 02:51 AM
Well, the thread title is "top ten guitarists" and you listed thirteen, so that's just like, not following instructions. :cool:

I'm the worst person in the world :boohoo:

:D

PVH5150
07-16-2014, 03:55 AM
& Van Halen still drinks.

Ed's been sober since April 2008.

MetalIsArt
07-16-2014, 04:03 AM
Ed's been sober since April 2008.

Sure...

ravenheart
07-16-2014, 06:34 AM
@ Ravenheart, as a solo artist, Clapton is extremely overrated. But hey, I feel the same about Jeff Beck, so you can now kill me. ;-)

He's pretty overrated in Cream as well.

And yes, Beck is massively overrated.

TheWildAndTheYoung
07-16-2014, 06:57 AM
I definitely agree that both Beck and Clapton are super overrated, and they might even be the most overrated guitar players. I have so many friends and family though that think Clapton is the best guitar player in the world......

PVH5150
07-16-2014, 07:14 AM
Sure...

You be the judge.

March 2006: http://images.usatoday.com/Wires2Web/20070309/3480320938_PEOPLE_VAN_HALENx.jpg

May 2008: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/Eddie_Van_Halen_onstage_in_2008.jpg

Last week: http://www.vhnd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Howie_Eddie.jpg

ravenheart
07-16-2014, 07:39 AM
Because it's not possible to be drunk with neat hair... :eyes:

MetalIsArt
07-16-2014, 07:57 AM
Weren't they supposed to release a dvd?

Weren't they supposed to do a certain tour that got cancelled?

All reports I heard/read mentioned that he still drinks, or at least relapsed.

MetalIsArt
07-16-2014, 08:23 AM
I definitely agree that both Beck and Clapton are super overrated, and they might even be the most overrated guitar players. I have so many friends and family though that think Clapton is the best guitar player in the world......

I hear that sometimes as well.

Of course, these lists are subjective, but still. I hate Layla (the original version) with a passion, and the only time I find that Clapton is really, really good was with Cream and the beautiful song that is While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

George was a great slide guitarist btw.

PVH5150
07-16-2014, 08:26 AM
Weren't they supposed to release a dvd?

Weren't they supposed to do a certain tour that got cancelled?

All reports I heard/read mentioned that the still drinks.

No. The shows were all filmed in HD for a possible future DVD, but there were never any official plans for one.

The summer leg of the 2012 tour got scrapped because Ed contracted diverticulitis. Same reason the Japanese dates got pushed back to last year. Now, why they didn't make up the tour & only do two festival dates in the US last year, I don't know. If he is drinking, he's certainly hiding it well seeing as he's not rail thin anymore & is playing at his best since the Balance tour.

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mastodon421
07-16-2014, 09:32 AM
In no particular order:
Eddie Van Halen
Dimebag Darrell
David Davidson
Paul Waggoner
Jimi Hendrix
Kirk Hammett
Tosin Abasi
Brent Hinds
Marty Friedman
Trey Azagthoth

MetalIsArt
07-16-2014, 10:41 AM
In no particular order:
Eddie Van Halen
Dimebag Darrell
David Davidson
Paul Waggoner
Jimi Hendrix
Kirk Hammett
Tosin Abasi
Brent Hinds
Marty Friedman
Trey Azagtoth

He sure is the best guitarist in extreme metal imo.

BRAman22
07-16-2014, 11:20 AM
In rough order:

Marty Friedman
Dimebag Darrell
Dave Murray/Adrian Smith
Chuck Schuldiner
Michael Keene
Randy Rhoads
David Davidson
Brent Hinds/Bill Kelliher
Ben Weinman
Jeff Loomis

Nausea
07-16-2014, 12:59 PM
Agreed on Cobain, but he still makes pretty much ever major guitarist list. Every time. Prince too. The others obvious choices... meh, most of them were alright, but really not that special. Clapton is ludicrously overrated. Hendrix is the only true innovator on that list.

I can appreciate you hating on Clapton for being ludicrously overrated, because I also find myself hating people because of how much hype they get. Like I hate Tom Hanks because he is an average actor that gets a tremendous amount of hype. Anyways back to Clapton....

If I wanted to defend my claims of Clapton being one of the greats, I'd throw out albums like Cream - Wheels of fire... Specifically crossroads. Or I might even say "how about The Beatles - While my Guitar Gently Weeps"... But if I was being truly honest why I threw him on my list I would say it's 100% due to Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of hitchhiking. See - Im terribly biased when it come to anything Roger Waters touched. Floyd lead by Roger Waters is probably my all time favorite band. And there are many times when I think Pro's and Con's of Hitchhiking is the best album ever written of any genre. It's an album I wouldnt recommend to anyone because it's slow, and isnt radio friendly, and on the surface might seem a little odd. But the genius to that album is just unparalleled. The concept is simply one of the best ever done, I am continually finding new things I love about the album because the album has so many layers... And one of the things I've grown to love about it is Clapton's axe. It's not just there providing a beat or background music, but is an intricate part of the story. It's a big part of what makes that album so great. Like "Sexual revolution"... Claptons Guitars on that were so sweet. And not from a technical 'no one can do that' but from a complementary soulness of it. Gilmour couldnt have done what Clapton did for this album. So bravo Clapton, Bra-fucking-vo

Again I really want to stress... If you are like 20, seriously don't listen to this album. You wont get it. You haven't lived enough life to truly appreciate what Roger Waters did with this album. If you are in your mid-life though... been married, have kids, and are a guy... Then perhaps this album will speak to you as it has to me. It's just fantastic.

marker
07-16-2014, 03:12 PM
Ed's been sober since April 2008.

I think he has been sober. I don't know where people read crap about him relapsing. He played awesome the last 2 times I saw him so I really doubt he's getting loaded.

MetalIsArt
07-17-2014, 12:33 AM
I can appreciate you hating on Clapton for being ludicrously overrated, because I also find myself hating people because of how much hype they get. Like I hate Tom Hanks because he is an average actor that gets a tremendous amount of hype. Anyways back to Clapton....

If I wanted to defend my claims of Clapton being one of the greats, I'd throw out albums like Cream - Wheels of fire... Specifically crossroads. Or I might even say "how about The Beatles - While my Guitar Gently Weeps"... But if I was being truly honest why I threw him on my list I would say it's 100% due to Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of hitchhiking. See - Im terribly biased when it come to anything Roger Waters touched. Floyd lead by Roger Waters is probably my all time favorite band. And there are many times when I think Pro's and Con's of Hitchhiking is the best album ever written of any genre. It's an album I wouldnt recommend to anyone because it's slow, and isnt radio friendly, and on the surface might seem a little odd. But the genius to that album is just unparalleled. The concept is simply one of the best ever done, I am continually finding new things I love about the album because the album has so many layers... And one of the things I've grown to love about it is Clapton's axe. It's not just there providing a beat or background music, but is an intricate part of the story. It's a big part of what makes that album so great. Like "Sexual revolution"... Claptons Guitars on that were so sweet. And not from a technical 'no one can do that' but from a complementary soulness of it. Gilmour couldnt have done what Clapton did for this album. So bravo Clapton, Bra-fucking-vo

Again I really want to stress... If you are like 20, seriously don't listen to this album. You wont get it. You haven't lived enough life to truly appreciate what Roger Waters did with this album. If you are in your mid-life though... been married, have kids, and are a guy... Then perhaps this album will speak to you as it has to me. It's just fantastic.

You still don't understand it, do you?

MetalIsArt
07-17-2014, 01:15 AM
I think he has been sober. I don't know where people read crap about him relapsing. He played awesome the last 2 times I saw him so I really doubt he's getting loaded.

Well, if he is, I apologize.

Nausea
07-17-2014, 07:24 AM
You still don't understand it, do you?

Are you referring to Pro's and Con's of Hitchhiking? If so - yes, I understand it. It really resonates with me. The loneliness and despair the main character feels, and the journey he takes to find his place in life is captivating. I can relate to many of the feelings he expressed in his journey.

treghet
07-17-2014, 07:29 AM
Trey Azagtoth

I was not expecting this from you. You missed a letter in "Azagthoth" though. ;)

mastodon421
07-17-2014, 07:41 AM
I was not expecting this from you. You missed a letter in "Azagthoth" though. ;)

I've loved Morbid Angel for a long time man, Altars of Madness is in my top 10 favorite records of all-time.

MetalIsArt
07-17-2014, 07:46 AM
Are you referring to Pro's and Con's of Hitchhiking? If so - yes, I understand it. It really resonates with me. The loneliness and despair the main character feels, and the journey he takes to find his place in life is captivating. I can relate to many of the feelings he expressed in his journey.

No, I woz referring to your attitude :D

Nevahmind :allan:

Nausea
07-17-2014, 08:05 AM
No, I woz referring to your attitude :D

Nevahmind :allan:

My attitude? lets not nevermind... what's wrong with my attitude? The post you were responding too was just general music discussion, with no real personal cuts at anyone. so what's wrong with it?

ravenheart
07-17-2014, 08:07 AM
One great album does not a great guitarist make.

I don't hate Clapton - I love his blues albums (even though for a guy revered as a blues guitarist, he's actually recorded fuck all blues music), the Derek & The Dominoes stuff, and Cream - his playing is just average, at best.

ravenheart
07-17-2014, 08:09 AM
No, I woz referring to your attitude :D

Nevahmind :allan:

Now, now Belgium. Don't start a war. You're meant to be neutral these days! ;)

Nausea
07-17-2014, 08:41 AM
One great album does not a great guitarist make.

I don't hate Clapton - I love his blues albums (even though for a guy revered as a blues guitarist, he's actually recorded fuck all blues music), the Derek & The Dominoes stuff, and Cream - his playing is just average, at best.

Are you conceding that Pro's and Con's is a great album? :party: It's really not very popular.

Yeah, I agree one good album doesn't make a great guitarist. As I said in one of my last post, there were several albums and songs that gets Clapton on my own personal greatest guitarist list. Pro's and Con's was just the icing on that Clapton cake. Also note - I'm not trying to argue that he should be on anyone else's personal greatest list. personally I don't care if he is or isnt on others list. All these last couple emails have been is a little extra information about why he made my personal list. That's all. :angel:

ravenheart
07-17-2014, 10:38 AM
Are you conceding that Pro's and Con's is a great album? :party: It's really not very popular.

Nope, not really interested in hearing that one :tongue:

Nausea
07-17-2014, 11:23 AM
Nope, not really interested in hearing that one :tongue:

I find it strange that it is one of my all time favorites, yet I will rarely ever recommend it to anyone. I have other albums too that I simply love, but would just never recommend to anyone because I don't like explaining why the album is great. The Final Cut is another one of those albums...

MetalIsArt
07-17-2014, 12:57 PM
Now, now Belgium. Don't start a war. You're meant to be neutral these days! ;)

:tongue:

MetalIsArt
07-18-2014, 05:40 AM
Come to think of it, I forgot Perry/Whiford in that list. I just LOVE their trade-offs in Heart's Done Time.

Kim Thayil is right behind it though.