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View Poll Results: Who do you think is the Greatest Rock Guitarist ever?

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  • Jimi Hendrix

    13 27.08%
  • Eric Clapton

    3 6.25%
  • Jimmy Paige

    1 2.08%
  • Jeff Beck

    1 2.08%
  • Steve Vai

    0 0%
  • Joe Satriani

    1 2.08%
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan

    2 4.17%
  • Yngwie Malmsteen

    1 2.08%
  • Brian May

    3 6.25%
  • Carlos Santana

    1 2.08%
  • Other (Please Specify)

    22 45.83%
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    Greatest Rock Guitarists

    Now this list is not exhaustive but its MY list so there!!!! There is an "Other" option so if I've missed anyone, I do apologise.

    So here goes: Who is your favourite Rock Guitarist of all time? And Why?
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    I went with Mr. Jimi Hendrix. The first time i ever heard his music I was about 6. It blew my mind! I've been listening to him ever since.
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    John Sykes still is the most impressive I have ever seen live.


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    I like Eddie Van Halen
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    Stevie Ray Vaughan. His renditions of Voodoo Chile & Little Wing are incredible.

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    Even though his stuff has been copied and probably out dated.. Eddie Van Halen does things that boggles the mind... but all the rest are Great too... how do you pick from such greatness.
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    Hendrix, hands down...end of story. What he did at the time he did it has never been duplicated. Eddie Van Halen did some awesome things, but he pretty much just took things others had done before and twisted them into his own style. Jimi was the innovator, the creator, and the most influential guitarist that ever strapped on a Stratocaster. Often imitated, never equalled. The proof is that when you ask ALL of the others that have been mentioned in this poll, THEY will tell you the same thing.

    Jasper, I had the pleasure of opening for Sykes twice last year, and while he's an incredible guitaist, he's doing nothing that is pushing the boundaries of guitar playing. That is why I can't say he's the best ever. Same with Malmsteen, while he's AMAZING, he's not doing anything that hasn't been done before....he's only doing it faster.

    The list is also very limited to rock guitarists. There are MANY fusion, jazz and blues guitarists who SMOKE alot of the players on this list.

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    I went with Hendrix...he was the master without a doubt
    but I think Stevie Ray Vaughan comes in a close second...I became a fan of his when my highschool boyfriend (a guitarist), who idolized Stevie Ray Vaughan introduced me to his music. I was blown away.

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    I voted other. I don't know if he is considered a "Rock guitarist" per se, but without him, none, and I mean NONE of these other artists could have done what they did. I am talking about Les Paul!

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    I voted other. I don't know if he is considered a "Rock guitarist" per se, but without him, none, and I mean NONE of these other artists could have done what they did. I am talking about Les Paul!
    That's only if they played a Gibson. Fender users owe no allegeance to poor ol' Les.

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    Being left handed, I would have to vote for Jimi Hendrix.
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    Hendrix - not even close..........

    But one of my fav's is Tommy Emmanuel
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    I too went with Hendrix because of his totally original way of playing and the fact that he totally redefined how guitarists play and virtually invented rock guitar. Clapton, Beck and Paige were still playing (albeit masterfully) blues music but after Hendrix arrived they changed their style of play.

    When Hendrix arrived in England in 1965 he played the Crawdaddy and the Marquee club as an "introduction" to the hip and fashionable of swinging London. the crowd was composed of contemporaries such as John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Paige, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. Most of them left the arena in awe of what Hendrix had done. Beck reputedly left in tears, such was Hendrix's playing.

    Hendrix himself considered Clapton "The Best Guitarist in the world", and indeed he was the cause of the BBC 6 o'clock news being televised late for the first time in its history. Hendrix was appearing on "The Lulu Show" and this was the week that Cream had split up. Halfway through the song "Voodoo Chile" Hendrix suddenly stopped and said "Lets stop playing this crap". To the astonishment of studio execs and delight of audiences he cut suddenly into "White Room"!!! The video of this is still available and you can see the BBC staff running around like headless chickens whilst Hendrix storms through the Cream number!!! It's priceless. But I digress. Hendrix's music still sounds very fresh and relevant and the very fact that he defined the whole "Rock Guitarist" thing means that he is probably the most influential of this list.

    But my favourite would be Clapton's guitar playing with Cream. For me there is no better!!
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    I voted other.

    Hendrix was the all time great, no doubt.

    But for my money, Randy Rhoads gets the nod. His fusion of classical guitar technique with heavy metal was groundbreaking. I think if he had lived longer, he would've eclipsed all of the guitar greats.
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    I went with Jimi Hendrix on this one. My second place vote goes to Eddie Van Halen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolanbuc
    I voted other.

    Hendrix was the all time great, no doubt.

    But for my money, Randy Rhoads gets the nod. His fusion of classical guitar technique with heavy metal was groundbreaking. I think if he had lived longer, he would've eclipsed all of the guitar greats.
    Randy definitely would have gone on to awesome heights had he lived. Good call Nolan!

    Yngwie pretty much picked up the gauntlet after Randy's death. Ask Yngwie who his main influence is and he'll tell you it was classical violinist Paganini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pagan
    Randy definitely would have gone on to awesome heights had he lived. Good call Nolan!

    Yngwie pretty much picked up the gauntlet after Randy's death. Ask Yngwie who his main influence is and he'll tell you it was classical violinist Paganini.
    Like Randy I think Jimi hadnt reached his peak at the time of his death. Of all the High Profile Deaths of rock stars in the late 60's early 70's only Jimi had yet to peak. Jim and Janis had already gone into decline
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pagan
    That's only if they played a Gibson. Fender users owe no allegeance to poor ol' Les.
    I respectfully disagree, every electric guitar company have used Les Paul's innovations to better their guitars

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    I know how important and great Jimmi Hendrix is, he just isnt my favorite.

    My favorites are a tie between Eddie VanHalen and Angus Young. Eddie because he's Eddie frikkin VanHalen, and Angus because of his mad headbangin skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdaffy1227
    I respectfully disagree, every electric guitar company have used Les Paul's innovations to better their guitars
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