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Rolling Stone rating of top Guitarists
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15 January 2012
Rockin' in two by two
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meanmistermustard said:

 (tho on a personal note i detest Jet). 

Well I was thinking about popping back in here but in THAT case…a-hard-days-night-paul-4 I guess I'll just leave?

Even though I don't agree with a lot of the list (I too think George was maybe too high and John…what?) I don't think the editors of Rolling Stone just picked these guitarists to make a fuss or a statement. They list all their judges, who are probably quite different from the list of judges in the last "best guitarists" pick. So they had to have some system where they couldn't just choose the list. And the makings of the best guitarists are complex, with songwriting skills, technical skills, creativity and stage presence, so this isn't some difinitive scientific experiment. I enoyed reading what they all had to say about the guitarists, though, and the standout tracks were interesting to listen to.


Also, Mark Knopfler should've been ranked higher IMO. brilliant man.

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15 January 2012
The Beatles bassist
Abbey Road
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My favorite solo guitarists (no particular order):

- Jimi Hendrix

- Slash

- John Fogerty

- George Harrison a-hard-days-night-george-8

- Kirk Hammett

- Eric Clapton

- Jimmy Page

- Brian May

- Keith Richards

"Real music is made by real people playing real instruments using own creativity and skills."
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Rat Salad
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The Indra
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These competitions assume a small field of candidates. Every post has listed well-known bands. The "Best" this and "Best" that come from well-known bands or, sometimes, those bands fashionable with those who command the media and determine our thinking (i.e., "Rolling Stone").

I've heard better "guitarists" playing Muzak in the elevator than I've heard playing in rock music if pure technical skill and careful style matter. Many "greats" come out of session playing and would still be there (ARE still there) except for certain breaks they had that launched them into notoriety -- no better or worse than our heroes, just not noticed by the media. Duane Allman and Jimmy Page come to mind. How many of them are still out there making great licks with great skill but unknown by name and therefore can't be rated in these stupid polls?

The question is always, "Who's the best X-player among bands we all know."  And "best" always means, "Who do we like best" based on appearance, style, history, associated songs, skill (as if we can assess it), quotes, political affiliation, historical merit, etc. Who knows what the criteria are?

My next-door neighbor is probably the best bass player in the world, but nobody's heard of him. In fact, he doesn't play bass and actually doesn't exist. So I vote for Count Basie because I heard he was a good bassist. No. I like art-rock, so it must be Squires. No, I really like R&B, but arena-style, so it's whatever monkey the Stones are using these days in their Vegas shows.

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