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Post by Henrik on Mon Oct 15 2012, 21:44

So, they had readers vote and ended up with a top 100 list.

The winner is Eddie Van Halen. Now, I like Eddie, and I think he has been very influential over the years and at the end of the day I suppose I can accept that he gets the vote. I would probably placed a number of other guitarists in the first place though... But second place to Brian May? I don't think so! And putting May ahead of Lifeson?

Checking out the whole list, there are some strange results like Santana in 42? Anyway, here's the list:

1. Eddie Van Halen
2. Brian May
3. Alex Lifeson
4. Jimi Hendrix
5. Joe Satriani
6. Jimmy Page
7. Tony Iommi
8. Steve Ray Vaughan
9. Dimebag Darrell Abbott
10. Steve Vai
11. Randy Rhoads
12. Dave Mustaine
13. David Gilmour
14. Les Paul
15. Duane Allman
16. Robert Johnson
17. John Petrucci
18. Zakk Wylde
19. James Hetfield
20. Ritchie Blackmore
21. Angus Young
22. Slash
23. Paul Gilbert
24. Buddy Guy
25. George Harrison
26. Vernon Rein
27. Frank Zappa
28. Eric Clapton
29. Billy Gibbons
30. Chet Atkins
31. Dickey Betts
32. Django Reinhardt
33. Mark Morton
34. Mark Tremonti
35. Warren Haynes
36. Kirk Hammett
37. Jerry Cantrell
38. Buckethead
39. Jeff Beck
40. Keith Richards
41. Michael Schenker
42. Carlos Santana
43. Yngwie Malmsteen
44. Chuck Berry
45. John Frusciante
46. Jason Becker
47. Eric Johnson
48. Joe Bonamassa
49. Alexi Laiho
50. Dave Murray
51. Allan Holdsworth
52. Joe Walsh
53. Rick Nielsen
54. Jerry Garcia
55. B.B. King
56. Lindsey Buckingham
57. Tom Morello
58. Steve Lukather
59. Son House
60. John Lee Hooker
61. Steve Howe
62. Chuck Schuldiner
63. John McLaughlin
64. Albert Lee
65. Pete Townshend
66. Alex Skolnick
67. Johnny Winter
68. George Lynch
69. Kerry King
70. Michael Angelo Batio
71. Jeff Loomis
72. Steve Morse
73. Rory Gallagher
74. Ted Nugent
75. Joe Perry
76. Al Di Meola
77. Andy Summers
78. Chris Broderick
79. Gary Moore
80. K.K. Downing
81. Nuno Bettencourt
82. Robert Fripp
83. Glenn Tipton
84. Malcolm Young
85. Jeff Hanneman
86. Peter Frampton
87. Synyster Gates
88. Neil Young
89. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
90. Robin Trower
91. T-Bone Walker
92. Ace Frehley
93. Gary Rossington
94. Albert King
95. Jack White
96. Mark Knopfler
97. Tosin Abasi
98. Derek Trucks
99. John 5
100. Wes Montgomery

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Post by eso on Tue Oct 16 2012, 02:48

Seriously, that what you get with a reader's poll. There's some really wrong people on that list.

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Post by Gelert on Tue Oct 16 2012, 12:05

At least Steve Howe and Pete Townshend scraped in.
Where TF is Steve Hackett...?
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Post by Henrik on Tue Oct 16 2012, 13:38

And speaking about Steve, did you see he is coming out with a new album "Genesis Revisited 2". Probably worth picking up when it comes out next week...

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Post by Gelert on Tue Oct 16 2012, 16:35

Yup Henrik - can't wait for it...
...read an interview where Steve was saying that he's finally realised a lot of the Genesis tracks as he wanted them to be recorded/mixed.
Apparently, some of his guitar overdubs were genuinely forgotten about when they were mixing at silly o'clock in the morning.
It should be well interesting...

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Post by Henrik on Tue Oct 16 2012, 19:17

I will always remember a Steve Hackett concert I saw for the album Defector. The only concert I went to completely straight, and came out feeling totally stoned although I had not taken anything. His music can really mess you up!

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Post by Gelert on Tue Oct 16 2012, 20:09

Bugger...that's me f*cked then... geek
I find his music fairly accessible...!

Agreed, Defector was a bit "out there" at the time...and that was part of the beauty of it. Although, as I remember, we had it in the Cassette Player on a "Timer Plug" to act as an Alarm Clock... affraid

But Defector is pretty-much de rigeur prog these days, for the good or the bad of it. It's certainly closer to King Crimson than Selling England for example.
{sigh} I'm getting old - and for me these days Saga's latest (LOL!), or Asia, or Jadis is infinitely more "within my geriatric envelope" than Coheed & Cambria.
Still listening to The Stranglers though...gawd bless 'em.

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Post by Henrik on Tue Oct 16 2012, 22:26

Just working on a usb drive for the new car, and the mix on there does become pretty eclectic. For sure there are the old classics you just can't do without like "Don't be late" or "Wind him up". There's this amazing live version of "Firth of Fifth" I totally love, and a good selection of Rush like"The Trees", "La Villa..." and obviously stuff from Moving Pictures (can't drive a car without "Red Barchetta"!!). There are some old Police songs, and The Clash as well as Queen (Don't Stop Me Now). For some more modern prog/jazz rock there is always Simon Phillips (Indian Summer is amazing). Some more modern rock such as Daughtry, Linkin Park and Breaking Benjamin works well too. Oh, and I have to have Flash & the Pan on there. Back to some slightly older things from Toto with Home of the Brave, Hold the Line and Child's Anthem.

For modern music, I have developed a weird liking for Dubstep like things mixed by Skrillex. Played full blast on the amazing stereo in the car I actually really like it, with the big change in music you get.

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Re: Guitar World Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Post by TopContender on Wed Oct 17 2012, 00:45

Slash and Clapton seem very low. Dimebag is the only the list because he died a year or so ago.
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Post by PLAYLIFE on Wed Nov 21 2012, 13:13

I'm not a guitar person nor do I have much knowledge, but I thought that for their day and age, Bo Diddley and Duane Eddy did some great things that no one had ever heard. Also Bernard Edwards (bassist).

But maybe this comment just shows how little I know lol
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Re: Guitar World Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Post by Henrik on Thu Nov 22 2012, 02:51

I suppose trying to place a bassist in the list would be wrong.

The list is the result of a bunch of fans voting for their own favorite. Doesn't really mean anything.

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Post by Gelert on Thu Nov 22 2012, 20:03

Henrik wrote:I suppose trying to place a bassist in the list would be wrong.
John Jowitt.

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