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Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists -- prepare to laugh

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by theogt, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    SRV and Jimi both play lead and rhythm at the same time, it boggles the mind.

    Mick Mars of Motley Crue made the list but he is usually pretty under rated. Kirk Hammett is God.
  2. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Not sure I understand that. You mean they do a riff then play some rhythm or do both at the very same time?
  3. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    At the same time, only not at the very same time.




    watch from round' 2 - 3.5 min. section
  4. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I only looked at the top twenty. Seemed pretty reasonable to me.
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  5. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    okay at the very same time
  6. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Yeah, SRV is 12. Any list of best GUITARISTS should have him in the top 3 at least.

    The problem with the list is it was voted on largely by great artists, not great guitarists.
  7. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    Genius. Riffs with a rock and roll progression. Wish I could play. I gave up and sold most of my stuff.
  8. Signals

    Signals Suspicious looking stranger

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    I have my own list, I don't need Rolling Stones, list.
  9. da_whiz_kid

    da_whiz_kid Active Member

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    Jimi is in the right spot. My only thing is Prince should be much higher. I think he is underrated even though he is considered great.
  10. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Joe Satriani is better than at least 40 of those guys
    IMO of course
  11. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    I was just happy to see Lindsey Buckingham on it, even at #100. I think he's underrated, myself.
  12. CowboyGil

    CowboyGil Well-Known Member

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    Where's CC DeVille on the list?
  13. CowboyGil

    CowboyGil Well-Known Member

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    I love the Beatles and some of George's solo stuff, but no way does he belong ahead of SRV,Santana or Randy Rhoads. It should be most influential, not greatest.
  14. AmarilloCowboyFan

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    I agree but Stach, Yngwie, and Steve Vai not even being on the list is crazy.

    SRV should be in the top 3-4 IMO.
  15. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Buckethead would rip most to shreds
  16. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    So I'm going through the list, from bottom to top, reading about all the guitarists. The list most definitely is a combination of talent, impact, inventiveness, influence, etc. Very interesting going through it.

    I'm writing down everyone from 100 up to the top, but it's taking me a while...here is first half (100-51)


    100. Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac)
    99. Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
    98. Alex Lifeson (Rush)
    97. Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols)
    96. Bruce Springsteen
    95. Roger McGuinn (the Byrds)
    94. Peter Buck (R.E.M.)
    93. Paul Simon
    92. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
    91. Dave Davies (Kinks)



    90. Tom Verlaine (Television)
    89. Bonnie Raitt
    88. Carl Perkins
    87. James Hetfield (Metallica)
    86. J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.)
    85. Andy Summers (the Police)
    84. Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
    83. Eddie Hazel (apparently just for Maggot Brain :) )
    82. Nels Cline (Wilco)
    81. Lou Reed (Velvet Underground)



    80. Buddy Holly
    79. Mike Campbell (Tom Petty's lead guitarist)
    78. John Fahey
    77. Willie Nelson
    76. Robby Krieger (the Doors)
    75. Joni Mitchell
    74. Dick Dale
    73. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
    72. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    71. Robert Johnson



    70. Jack White
    69. Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention)
    68. John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra, & with Miles Davis)
    67. T-Bone Walker
    66. Leslie West (Vagrants, & Mountain)
    65. Slash (Guns n' Roses)
    64. Duane Eddy
    63. Johnny Winter (also recorded with Jimi Hendrix & Muddy Waters)
    62. Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
    61. Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)



    60. Ron Asheton (the Stooges)
    59. Robbie Robertson (the Band)
    58. Peter Green (Bluesbreakers - replaced Clapton - & early Fleetwood Mac)
    57. Rory Gallagher
    56. Albert Collins (strong influence on Hendrix)
    55. John Lennon (the Beatles)
    54. Joe Walsh (the Eagles)
    53. Otis Rush
    52. Clarence White (Kentucky Colonels band & the Byrds)
    51. Johnny Marr (the Smiths)
  17. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Thats because DMB is garbage lol

    I know that no list like this is going to include anything recent, but when it comes to skillset and creativity, Syn Gates, from Avenged Sevenfold, should be on the list. Call them tools or whatever, but the guy can rip.
  18. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Here's the rest of the list. Wow do I so not agree with a lot of the entire list...


    50. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
    49. Muddy Waters
    48. Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
    47. Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield band & Crosby, Still, Nash, & Young)
    46. Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
    45. Link Wray
    44. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
    43. Hubert Sumlin (w/ Howlin' Wolf & Muddy Waters)
    42. Mike Bloomfield (w/ Bob Dylan & the Paul Betterfield Blues Band)
    41. Mick Ronson ( w/ Bowie, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, Morrissey, Ian Hunter)



    40. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
    39. Steve Cropper (the Mar-Keys; Booker T. and the MGs; Blues Brothers Band, w/ dozens more)
    38. The Edge (U2)
    37. Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones)
    36. Randy Rhoads (w/ Ozzy Osbourne)
    35. John Lee Hooker
    34. Curtis Mayfield (Impressions)
    33. Prince (yes, the Purple One)
    32. Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top; the Moving Sidewalks)
    31. Ry Cooder (Taj Mahal; Captain Beefheart, w/ Stones, Newman, Clapton, etc.)



    30. Elmore James
    29. Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley's lead guitarist)
    28. Johnny Ramone (the Ramones)
    27. Bo Diddley
    26. Brian May (Queen)
    25. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
    24. Angus Young (AC/DC)
    23. Buddy Guy
    22. Frank Zappa
    21. Chet Atkins



    20. Carlos Santana
    19. James Burton (w/ many)
    18. Les Paul
    17. Neil Young
    16. Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers; Tedeschi Trucks Band)
    15. Freddy King
    14. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
    13. Albert King
    12. Stevie Ray Vaughan
    11. George Harrison (Beatles)


    10. Pete Townshend
    9. Duane Allman
    8. Eddie Van Halen
    7. Chuck Berry
    6. B. B. King
    5. Jeff Beck
    4. Keith Richards
    3. Jimmy Page
    2. Eric Clapton
    1. Jimi Hendrix
  19. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    This is because they suck. DMB that is
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  20. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    I like seeing some reference to some of the great punk guitarists -- Verlaine, Moore, and Asheton in particular. Cline is amazing as well. And Johnny Marr, hell yes.
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