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Who was the beatles best guitarist?
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21 August 2012
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I actually think there's room for discussion.

Not that I disagree with George being the best (I have never given this question much thought), but Paul is close enough to warrant a discussion.

How do you define best? Fastest? Most inventive? etc...

George was probably faster and had better technique

But Paul wasn't the bassist as a result of not being able to play guitar. He was the bassist because no one else wanted to play bass.

Paul was a more versatile guitarist than George.

If you count Paul's guitar riffs vs George's, Paul wins ("Blackbird" anyone?), especially if you continue on to their solo years.

Didn't Paul play the lead on "Taxman"? 

John was no slouch either ("Day Tripper" "Across The Universe" "Revolution").

There's a mentality that goes along with being a lead guitarist, and George certainly had it - much more so than Paul or George.

So, yes, George probably wins - but there's certainly stuff to discuss.

(Sorry Ringo, I think you're out of the running altogether).

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21 August 2012
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Why the hell is this up for debate? If Paul was a better guitarist, why didn't he become a guitarist after they broke up? It's obviously George, cause he was THE LEAD GUITARIST

Well, Paul didn't "become" a guitarist after the breakup because he already was one! As well as a bassist, etc. And "lead guitarist" isn't necessarily the best. Plus there's the matter of the "Taxman" solo, the flashiest bit of playing on a Beatles record, which George enlisted Paul to play. (And yeah, I know I just contradicted myself...)

Actually I'd say it probably was George who was better all around, even though he didn't realize his full potential until after the breakup, when he developed his slide technique. But I think it certainly IS up for debate!

(I see that ITSWD has already made many of the same points as me, and even arrived at the same conclusion!)

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I'm on the side of Paul being the better player.  He was a real multi-instrumentalist and seemed to have a more natural "feeling" for music.

And if you factor his guitar work in the very first years ('70-'73) of his solo career (which had a lot of material which originated with the Beatles), that wins it for me.

Sadly, I other than some work on 'All Things Must Pass', there isn't a whole lot of George's solo output that stands out, guitar-wise.  You'd at least expect some slight growth in skill behind with the fretboard, but I just don't hear it.

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Von Bontee said

mr. Sun king coming together said

Why the hell is this up for debate? If Paul was a better guitarist, why didn't he become a guitarist after they broke up? It's obviously George, cause he was THE LEAD GUITARIST

Well, Paul didn't "become" a guitarist after the breakup because he already was one!

I meant (and will willingly admit to making unclear) that why didn't Paul take the role of lead guitarist in his post Beatles endeavors.
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Taxman solo, it is one great solo. Even if you take Taxman, Good Morning, and any other songs he took lead on, I'll see them with Something, Michelle, Revolution, Back In The USSR, Let It Be, Here Comes The Sun, Not Guilty (Anthology 3), and others.

With what I have above, how can you say it was Paul? I'm not saying Paul wasn't a good guitarist, but George is better. I'd love someone to explain the argument for Paul, maybe I'll be convinced.

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Oh, we're allowed talking solo? Okay, how about All Things Must Pass? Or Wah Wah? Or Ball of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)? Or Your Love is Forever? Or Behind That Locked Door? his work on How Do You Sleep?? Or maybe you prefer his work on Gimme Some Truth?
Oh, and what about And I Love Her? Or Run For Your Life?

Edit: What? Back In The USSR is Paul? Oh. Well, I guess I just hurt my point. Also, I just want to say I'm not dissing Paul. He did some great solos and lead work generally (I was hoping nobody would mention Maybe I'm Amazed, Brilliant work). I just don't see Paul's less extensive work with a guitar worthy of calling him better then George.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

21 August 2012
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I tgink mr. Sun King mainly meant that paul was not the (main) lead guitarist of wings. Also I think denny laine played some lead guitar on Band On The Run

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How proficient was George at playing fingerpicked acoustic stuff similar to "Yesterday" or "Her Majesty"? I can't think of too many acoustic George examples offhand.

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Von Bontee said
How proficient was George at playing fingerpicked acoustic stuff similar to "
Yesterday" or "Her Majesty"? I can't think of too many acoustic George examples offhand.

Best example I can think of would be Anthology 3 version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps

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How the hell does two songs reduce a point about QUANTITY (you don't seem to be getting that) to dust? It doesn't. I get you may prefer Paul's playing, but stop making shit up. Paul played nowhere close to as much as George. There are 217 Beatles songs (Canonical songs - no Anthology's or Live At The BBC). I can come up with 15 songs where George didn't play guitar (either there was no guitar, or Paul played it). Even if we double it to 30, how does 187 (# of songs George plays on) compare to 26 (best case scenario for Paul - as there is no George or Paul guitar playing in 4 songs). If I have the time later, I'll actually count it. But for now, how does that compare?

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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