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Who was the beatles best guitarist?
21 August 2012
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Who was the beatles best guitar player?

  • George Harrison(69% : 9 votes)
  • John Lennon(0% : 0 votes)
  • Paul McCartney(23% : 3 votes)
  • Ringo Starr(8% : 1 vote)
Total Voters: 13
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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

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21 August 2012
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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

I was going to say the same but err... well, the point has been made.

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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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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! 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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21 August 2012
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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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21 August 2012
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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.
As for the 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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21 August 2012
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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.

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21 August 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together said

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.

He did. He plays all the lead guitar on Band on the Run, and McCartney/McCartney II, and probably a good deal of it on numerous other albums.

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21 August 2012
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But Paul was more versatile and natural.

Okay, so he was more natural - that doesn't equal better. Nor does being more versatile. All being more versatile means is you can play 3 styles instead of two (not actually the case - I'm not being exact). How can you compare Paul's minimal (in quantity) playing with George's masses? So George doesn't have many absolutely fantastic performances. He was consistent. Something Paul never had to be. That has to count for something.

Anyways, I'm made my case. If I've failed to convince you, well, I gave it all I've got.

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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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21 August 2012
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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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21 August 2012
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It is really hard to "prove" as they all played multi instruments. George was probably best but Paul was very good guitar player, as well John. Even though Beatles were best songwriters of our time, they were not best guitar players, I doubt George can really be compared to Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix.

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22 August 2012
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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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22 August 2012
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Referring back to the original question of "Who was The Beatles' best guitarist?":

Umm--George...! ahdn_george_06

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22 August 2012
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How can you call Paul's guitar output in the Beatles "minimal"?

He said "minimal in QUANTITY", which is inarguable.

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22 August 2012
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George was okay on bass but definitely not better than paul. The same thing can be said about paul on guitar, but I think paul was better on guitar than george on bass (although some of george's bass lines are awesome, so are some of paul's guitar lines. Still I think paul was better on bass and george better on guitar) Anyway who voted for ringo as the best guitarist and why?

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22 August 2012
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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?

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22 August 2012
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36, 3 co leads with George, so 33. Add the five songs with no guitar from either, it becomes 36 for Paul, 182 for George. In comparison, that's pretty minimal.

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22 August 2012
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Who is the best guitarist in The Beatles has always been up for discussion. It usually comes down to either George or Paul. George was the lead guitarist of the group and was asked to join in 1958 due to his great guitar playing and McCartney has said in interviews that they needed a great guitarist and that is why they selected Harrison.

McCartney has done some great lead guitar work in some of the songs but as an all around guitarist, I feel George was superior. He could play many styles of music including his trademark slide work and was very innovative with a lot of work done in the Beatles songs including backwards loops and not being a flashy player but always playing to the song adding just the right part to compliment those songs he was a part of.

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