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Old Dec-29-2005, 1:17 PM
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this topic depends on if you mean of all time based on total amount of quality output over the last 40 years then people who died years ago like Hendrix or who havent done rock for a few years like Blackmore wouldnt be in it. there are other people like Gary Moore who have gone off in another direction and other who are great players but not songwriters eg Steve Morse. Iommi is a fantastic riff writer but ive not been blown away by his solos. Van Halens first 2 albums were incredible but meant he couldnt top them. others have had massive success in big bands but are nothing exceptional in my opinion.

Based on a combination of whose work i love and respect the most, who i have the most cds by, and who ive seen live in the flesh or on dvd, i would go for the following but really i need a list of at least 20 - there would be an altogether different list if it was the most influential guitarists:

Gallagher - Rory not Noel!
Angus Young
Charlton - Manny not Chip! (Nazareth)
JJ Marsh

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Old Dec-29-2005, 2:32 PM
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It is very exciting!! Let me think...

OK! Not in order.

Ritchie Blackmore
Steve Howe
Yngwie J Malmsteen
Jeff Beck
Pat Travers
Michael Schenker
Jan Akkerman
Lee Ritenour
Kyoji (Vowwow)
Char (Char Boggert Appice)

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Old Mar-01-2006, 4:30 PM
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my top 5!

steve vai

jake e lee

greg howe

john sykes

richie kotzen
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Old Feb-10-2007, 7:47 AM
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1.Ritchie Blackmore!!
Tommy Bolin
Jimmy Paje
Eric Clapton
Jimi Hendrix
Tony Iommi
Eddie VanHalen
....and maybe other too
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Old Feb-14-2007, 12:25 PM
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Icon27 Hmm!

Well,I would say
Jimmy page
Tommy Bolin
John Sykes
Tony Iommi
Martin Barre
Paul Kossoff
Donal Buck Dharma Roeser
Brian May
Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Thank you all
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Old Feb-14-2007, 4:03 PM
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Since guitar playing is not a competition and is so subjective, this question could have so many variables, like who had the most original and long lasting recognizable riffs, who influenced the most youngsters, etc. You got to have Hendrix, Blackmore and Page, then Van Halen, and as much as I don't care for it, I think the guitarists whoever they are for Metallica influenced a ton of kids, you can hear it now on the radio....yuck. For me personally it was Mel, Terry Kath, Santana and Robin Trower in that order in my real formative years, but I'm old. LOL.

As far as BEST rock guitar players? I would say Eric Johnson and Steve Morse by leaps and bounds. Mclaughlin and Allan Holdsworth. Steve Vai. They're all about even in the Best category, cause they can not only play anything by anyone else I've seen listed, but also go so far ahead of them that it's not a fair contest. Just my opinion of course. I would personally say Eric Johnson's name 10 times, and then everyone else afterwards.

edit: I'd also like to give props to JJ. I think he is one hell of a rock guitarist. I haven't heard Jeff Kolman yet, but I hear he's really good, too.
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Old Feb-14-2007, 4:23 PM
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Hey Roger,
You really aren't THAT old now are you ?? Love the fact that you include Mel since he was truly an influence on many who came after him. Let us not ever forget that guy named Fripp who changed the way the instrument was played as much as anyone.
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Old Feb-14-2007, 7:06 PM
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Roger...good to see you mention Terry Kath. He's on my short list of all time guitarists. Live on stage, Terry was a monster. Terry's Chicago bandmate Walt Parazaider, tells a story of when Chicago were opening for Hendrix, Jimi came up to Walt and said..."Hey man, you're guitar player is better than me."

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Old Feb-17-2007, 3:20 AM
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In my opinion , Ritchie is certainly the best guitarist of all times
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My Top 10 guitarists
1. Mel Galley
2. John Norum
3. Ritchie Blackmore
4. Micky Moody
5. Bernie Marsden
6. Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic
7. John Frusciante
8. John Sykes
9. J.J. Marsh
10. Paul Kossoff

and many more

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1. Ritchie Blackmore
2. John Norum
3. JJ Marsh
4. David Gilmour
5. Tommy Bolin
6. Tony Iommi
7. Bernie Marsden / Micky Moody (together)
8. Mark Knopfler
9. Rory Gallagher
10. Yngwie Malmsteen
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Old Sep-21-2008, 2:24 PM
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I've never sat down and thought about listing guitarists--my list would probably be similar to many others if I did.

One exception would probably be Phil Keaggy. If you're not familiar with him, do a you tube search. I've seen him live many times--just him and his gutar. He is incredible to watch. And he's a really nice guy!
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Old Oct-07-2008, 11:47 AM
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My ten favorites are :

Jeff Beck
Tommy Bolin
Eric Clapton
David Gilmour
Tony Iommi
Bernie Marsden
Jimmy Page
Prince (is it rock ? I don't mind)
Carlos Santana
Frank Zappa

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Originally Posted by Grace View Post
Now don't laugh.......even more.
Anybody ever hear of Joe Stump?
Honest; that's the guy's name.

I bought a CD because the album cover said that he was
the world's greatest guitar shredder. I don't know if a
gazillion notes a minute qualifies, but this guy is it.
But you have to look at the list of song titles to recognize
something as familiar as "Happy Birthday" because........

........as the Emperor of Austria, Joseph II, said to Mozart,
(in the movie "Amedeus") after listening to a new opera,
"There are just too many notes."

Does that make somebody a great guitarist?
Don't ask me. But he probably....IS....the fastest.

Hi Grace, I saw Joe Stump half a year ago in a small club here in Den Haag, The Netherlands. A marvellous hard rock guitar player and fast indeed. I bought his cd on the spot. He's a huge Backmore fan bytheway. He even played a few Rainbow/Purple tunes. I love to see him making an album with a famous singer....

My top 5 guitar players....

1. Tony Iommi
2. Blackmore
3. Vinnie Vincent
3. Yngwie
4. Page
5. Ace Frehley
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