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Old 11-29-2010, 06:06 AM   #41 (permalink)
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What's obviously missing from this thread is an explanation of the criteria behind the list. I'm sure it all makes sense from whatever point of view from the people who wrote it, but we generally don't know what that is.

The top besides Jimi looks pretty silly to me at first glance, but that's probably because my knee-jerk reaction is to believe that this is or should be a ranking by skill. A moment's thought tells me it obviously isn't.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:52 AM   #42 (permalink)
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I think Rolling Stones lists accomplishment and influence rather than plain skill. I don't know which is better since you can be technically skilled but lack the songwriting skills, be skilled songwriter eventhough you're not so skilled technically, you can be both or then you can suck in every possible way and somehow still make the list.
These lists are fun but rather pointles because everyone is biased.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:55 PM   #43 (permalink)
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The top 6 are solid, then I would put in Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher, Mike Bloomfield & Richard Thompson to round out the top ten.
Thank you for putting Rory Gallagher, he was a great guitarists who experimented with variations of blues (he's also AMAZING at acoustic blues).
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:37 PM   #44 (permalink)
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What's obviously missing from this thread is an explanation of the criteria behind the list.
My thoughts exactly.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:02 PM   #45 (permalink)
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The thing we're missing here because time has since elapsed is that, when this was released, The White Stripes had only released up to Elephant. I remember people losing their minds that Jack White was #17 and being that I was a massive fan, they usually bitched at me.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:17 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Shouldn't be 11? Why not?
Because there's so many guitarists that are better, I would even say that james is better than him. He's honestly not that good. He's alright but not
11th greatest guitarist of all time. Come on man even in just metal there's at least 20 other guitarists that would be ahead of him namely, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Marty Friedman, John Petrucci, and Dimebag Darrell.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:10 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Because there's so many guitarists that are better, I would even say that james is better than him. He's honestly not that good. He's alright but not
11th greatest guitarist of all time. Come on man even in just metal there's at least 20 other guitarists that would be ahead of him namely, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Marty Friedman, John Petrucci, and Dimebag Darrell.
Yeah well i think from the position of Metal he wouldn't be 11th, but they're talking about "of all time" and he's actually more than that good.

He was the first inductee into the Guitar World Hall of Fame. Reader poll, readers votes, any guitarist living or dead and Kirk won. That isn't my opinion, or the ****heads at RS saying that, its the players and readers of a magazine devoted to playing guitar.

I understand you would prefer it if more math-metal guys made it in, but thats not what the list was.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:26 PM   #48 (permalink)
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As I've mentioned a number of times, I don't really listen to Metallica anymore. I would still put Kirk pretty high up there on my own personal list, though. That guy had some of the most imaginative lead work ever (to me, anyway). At his best, my hands instinctively start air guitaring. At his worst, James didn't want him to show off anymore so he just didn't play at all. Plus he seems like a really nice guy.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:07 PM   #49 (permalink)
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yeah, I don't play them constantly anymore. I hear them now on my running mix only, but what Kirk has done it amazing.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:26 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Let's sort of settle this and see if this list is valid or not. Of course, it's not perfect but let us at least debate over if the top twenty is correct or not (100 of them seems like it would take a while). Here's the list:

1Jimi Hendrix
2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band
3 B.B. King
4 Eric Clapton
5 Robert Johnson
6 Chuck Berry
7 Stevie Ray Vaughan
8 Ry Cooder
9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
11Kirk Hammett of Metallica
12 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
13 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead
14 Jeff Beck
15 Carlos Santana
16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
17 Jack White of the White Stripes
18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 Richard Thompson
20 James Burton
21 George Harrison
22 Mike Bloomfield
23 Warren Haynes
24 The Edge of U2
25 Freddy King
26 Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave
27 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
28 Stephen Stills
29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges
30 Buddy Guy
31 **** Dale
32 John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service
33 & 34 Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
35 John Fahey
36 Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's
37 Bo Diddley
38 Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
39 Brian May of Queen
40 John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival
41 Clarence White of the Byrds
42 Robert Fripp of King Crimson
43 Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic
44 Scotty Moore
45 Frank Zappa
46 Les Paul
47 T-Bone Walker
48 Joe Perry of Aerosmith
49 John McLaughlin
50 Pete Townshend
51 Paul Kossoff of Free
52 Lou Reed
53 Mickey Baker
54 Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane
55 Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple
56 Tom Verlaine of Television
57 Roy Buchanan
58 ****ey Betts
59 & 60 Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead
61 Ike Turner
62 Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band
63 Danny Gatton
64 Mick Ronson
65 Hubert Sumlin
66 Vernon Reid of Living Colour
67 Link Wray
68 Jerry Miller of Moby Grape
69 Steve Howe of Yes
70 Eddie Van Halen
71 Lightnin' Hopkins
72 Joni Mitchell
73 Trey Anastasio of Phish
74 Johnny Winter
75 Adam Jones of Tool
76 Ali Farka Toure
77 Henry Vestine of Canned Heat
78 Robbie Robertson of the Band
79 Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps (1997)
80 Robert Quine of the Voidoids
81 Derek Trucks
82 David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
83 Neil Young
84 Eddie Cochran
85 Randy Rhoads
86 Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
87 Joan Jett
88 Dave Davies of the Kinks
89 D. Boon of the Minutemen
90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper
91 Robby Krieger of the Doors
92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5
94 Bert Jansch
95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine
96 Angus Young of AC/DC
97 Robert Randolph
98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer
99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag
100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

Let's get it at!
I think its hard to rank guitarists in this fashion and still depict the talent they possess(ed). i think that john fruciante, and jack white should be pushed down, as they are relatively new. i mean cmon...
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