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(Spin Magazine)   Spin magazine's top 100 guitarists of all time. Skrillex is #100, Jam Master Jay is #10, and no Hendrix, Page, or Van Halen in sight. Oooh, edgy   (spin.com) divider line 313
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2012-05-04 01:16:32 PM

bluesbox: List gets a little WIN for putting John Fahey at #3. Otherwise: a bunker full of weapons-grade FAIL.


It was nice to see Adrian Belew get some love
 
2012-05-04 01:17:39 PM
Nice to see Fripp, Belew, and Zappa listed.

Definitely and interesting list.

Other relatively unknown, excellent guitarists missing- Steven Wilson (listen to the guitar solos at the end of Dark Matter and Prodigal), Trey Gunn, Pyotr Grudzinski, Phil Keaggy, Phil Wandscher, Andy Gill, Tommy Bolin, Frank Marino, Dick Wagner. The list goes on and on...
 
2012-05-04 01:18:58 PM
This list needs more Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me).

Boot Dagger Boogie (New Window)
 
2012-05-04 01:29:37 PM
BREAKING NEWS:

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 48, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.


/figured this was a good a place as any
 
2012-05-04 01:29:51 PM
I don't have any real beef with these "greatest guitarists" lists. First, it's obvious that everyone is really talking about rock guitar, which as an art form is only about fifty years old. That's why you never see true masters of the guitar like Andres Segovia, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, or Charlie Christian on these things. Or country innovators like Maybelle Carter, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, or Vince Gill. Basically, these lists are a run-down of hot guitarists in the pop/rock universe at any given point in time.

Obviously Jimi Hendrix is going to top any "best of" list in the rock-n-roll era. Jimi Page, SRV, and other legends are also obvious top-ten players. Honest lists would be boring because they are obvious...which is why these stupid music rags keep making "eccentric" choices to angry up our blood.

The simple fact is that it's much more common to see virtuoso guitar players these days than in past years. More young people have come up with access to musical instruments and good teachers than ever before, and this has led to an amazing explosion in technical skill among young musicians -- to the point that some like Auerbach of The Black Keys deliberately dirties his sound just to stand out from the crowd.

Brian Setzer is an example of a stellar guitarist who somehow never seems to rate highly on these lists, maybe because his technical proficiency is in an idiom (rockabilly/surf) that is now out of popular favor. Jim Heath (Rev. Horton Heat) likewise. Or Vince Gill, in the country idiom; or George Benson, in the Jazz idiom.
 
2012-05-04 01:33:12 PM

PYROY: [www.bradpriddy.com image 339x327]
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You win an internet for giving Roy Clark props. One of the best and most underrated country guitar geniuses ever. And he didn't just play guitar -- if it had strings on it, he could play it.
 
2012-05-04 01:35:30 PM
Joe Genaro and Mojo Nixon because this is an alternative list.
 
2012-05-04 01:35:57 PM
Gunny Highway

BREAKING NEWS:

Adam Yauch, one-third of the pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 48, Rolling Stone has learned. Yauch, also known as MCA, had been in treatment for cancer since 2009. The rapper was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland.


OH SH*T!
 
2012-05-04 01:43:04 PM

HighZoolander:

You must be joking. I, for one, didn't feel like clicking through ten damn pages to read a list, and found Pandora's Litterbox post very useful.

Also, WTF is a skrillex?

/I feel old
//and possibly humor impaired


No totally serious. I think we are all old enough to decide if we want to read a link or not. I do not need my hand held if its a slideshow. Just irritates me when people do that. Much like the person who use to post free republic quotes. If I want to read something I will and if not same deal. But I do not need someone to make that choice for me.
 
2012-05-04 01:44:04 PM
for some newer blood in the Blues, I love Michael Burks. The man is so clean and captures the essence of electric blues. You want to make a list of "guitarists no one has heard of that are good" why exclude the Blues? Admittedly I am a big blues fan and took up the blues guitar in my 40s...
 
2012-05-04 01:45:40 PM
the lord god


No totally serious. I think we are all old enough to decide if we want to read a link or not. I do not need my hand held if its a slideshow. Just irritates me when people do that. Much like the person who use to post free republic quotes. If I want to read something I will and if not same deal. But I do not need someone to make that choice for me.

serious business.


/liked the list posted..clicking through that site sucked.
 
2012-05-04 01:45:54 PM

vegasman2000: You want to make a list of "guitarists no one has heard of that are good" why exclude the Blues?


Because far too many wankers have followed the misguided belief that 12 bars + endless noodling = the blues.
 
2012-05-04 01:47:50 PM

Gunny Highway: Joe Genaro and Mojo Nixon because this is an alternative list.


They don't work here!
 
2012-05-04 01:49:43 PM

vegasman2000: for some newer blood in the Blues, I love Michael Burks. The man is so clean and captures the essence of electric blues. You want to make a list of "guitarists no one has heard of that are good" why exclude the Blues? Admittedly I am a big blues fan and took up the blues guitar in my 40s...


I cannot fathom why Joe Bonamassa isn't even more popular than he is. Way better than the overrated John Mayer IMO. He appeals mostly to blues fans and guitar nerds, I guess -- he's never had the "crossover" sound that appeals to the 14-year-old tweeners like Mayer does. (Though Mayer can certainly play the low-down blues if he chooses to. It's just that he doesn't choose to very often.)
 
2012-05-04 01:50:40 PM
I got as far as:

Continue on next page →
 
2012-05-04 01:50:42 PM

the lord god: HighZoolander:

You must be joking. I, for one, didn't feel like clicking through ten damn pages to read a list, and found Pandora's Litterbox post very useful.

Also, WTF is a skrillex?

/I feel old
//and possibly humor impaired

No totally serious. I think we are all old enough to decide if we want to read a link or not. I do not need my hand held if its a slideshow. Just irritates me when people do that. Much like the person who use to post free republic quotes. If I want to read something I will and if not same deal. But I do not need someone to make that choice for me.


There were a few Farkers ahead of me in the thread stating that they were having trouble accessing/reading the list. I primarily posted the list for them (and secondarily for those like HighZoolander who historically simply just don't want to give the source the clicks but still want the information.) If you can't stand my posts there are means provided to you to ensure you never see my posts again. You should seriously look into utilizing them.
 
2012-05-04 01:55:50 PM

bluesbox: I don't have any real beef with these "greatest guitarists" lists. First, it's obvious that everyone is really talking about rock guitar, which as an art form is only about fifty years old. That's why you never see true masters of the guitar like Andres Segovia, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, or Charlie Christian on these things. Or country innovators like Maybelle Carter, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, or Vince Gill. Basically, these lists are a run-down of hot guitarists in the pop/rock universe at any given point in time.

Obviously Jimi Hendrix is going to top any "best of" list in the rock-n-roll era. Jimi Page, SRV, and other legends are also obvious top-ten players. Honest lists would be boring because they are obvious...which is why these stupid music rags keep making "eccentric" choices to angry up our blood.

The simple fact is that it's much more common to see virtuoso guitar players these days than in past years. More young people have come up with access to musical instruments and good teachers than ever before, and this has led to an amazing explosion in technical skill among young musicians -- to the point that some like Auerbach of The Black Keys deliberately dirties his sound just to stand out from the crowd.

Brian Setzer is an example of a stellar guitarist who somehow never seems to rate highly on these lists, maybe because his technical proficiency is in an idiom (rockabilly/surf) that is now out of popular favor. Jim Heath (Rev. Horton Heat) likewise. Or Vince Gill, in the country idiom; or George Benson, in the Jazz idiom.


Your posts on music are always spot on.

and , to me, the best isn't necessarily the most technical. A person can learn every blues lick, chord progression and turn around ever and still not make music as amazing as this...Link
 
2012-05-04 01:58:44 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Mr_Fabulous: Gulper Eel: Steve Cropper.
Steve Howe.
Steve Hackett.
Steve Miller.
Steve Vai.

Steven Wilson
Steve Morse
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Steve Gaines

/need one more for top 10

Steve Albini!!!

There, that's 10.


OK, how the fark did I forget about Steve Hunter?!?!!
Delete Steve Gaines from my list to make room for him... There, that's the official Top 10 Guitarists Named Steve list. Over and out.
 
2012-05-04 02:00:49 PM

trollbot9001: busy chillin': holy sh*t check this out:
Buckethead - Veil of Tinfoil


/two albums already this year...damn.

Only two people giving props to Buckethead so far... He may not be very popular, but he is still amazing IMO.

/goes to his tour every few years
//That 1 Guy and the Magic Pipe was the weirdest/coolest thing I've ever seen in concert.


After seeing T1G once, its kind of enough. I can never see buckethead enough times... It is so frustrating that he doesn't get the respect that he deserves. He is without question one of the planets greatest guitar players in the history of ever... and thats not even hyperbole...

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-04 02:01:36 PM
Don't make me hate SPIN, especially if they're keeping their collective tongue up Skrillex' tush.
 
2012-05-04 02:08:05 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: trollbot9001: busy chillin': holy sh*t check this out:
Buckethead - Veil of Tinfoil


/two albums already this year...damn.

Only two people giving props to Buckethead so far... He may not be very popular, but he is still amazing IMO.

/goes to his tour every few years
//That 1 Guy and the Magic Pipe was the weirdest/coolest thing I've ever seen in concert.

After seeing T1G once, its kind of enough. I can never see buckethead enough times... It is so frustrating that he doesn't get the respect that he deserves. He is without question one of the planets greatest guitar players in the history of ever... and thats not even hyperbole...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 500x359]


Don't really like his solo stuff but Praxis was phenomenal and Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains might just be the best "supergroup" ever assembled.
 
2012-05-04 02:09:19 PM
the best isn't necessarily the most technical

I'd argue that this is actually a truism. You can be too technical as a player, but the music -- especially in the rock and blues idioms -- loses punch. Technical proficiency is good, don't get me wrong, especially if you're going to be a studio guy or a sideman: the whole point of those jobs is to do a musical job, but at the same time to fade into the wallpaper.

It's dreadfully easy to fall into the "pentatonic coma" when you're a lead player in the rock/blues idiom. Casual listeners might miss the cliches and lazy playing so evident in a lot of rock music, but it grows tiring after awhile even if you don't notice it consciously. When you've heard the same Am riff for the millionth time, it just becomes white noise -- your brain chews on it, finds nothing of sustenance, and spits it back out. It's musical Styrofoam. It sounds okay, and you have to know how to do it if you want to get good...but you have to change it up if you want to put your personal stamp on it.
 
2012-05-04 02:10:25 PM

Jayded1: Did anyone including the Suby bother to even read the article. They tell you why the bigs like Hendrix are not on the list. Its not meant to be that kind of list.


The list is tilted "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" not, 100 Greatest Indie/Punk/Whatever Guitarists of all time
 
2012-05-04 02:10:49 PM

Pandora's Litterbox:
There were a few Farkers ahead of me in the thread stating that they were having trouble accessing/reading the list. I primarily posted the list for them (and secondarily for those like HighZoolander who historically simply just don't want to give the source the clicks but still want the information.) If you can't stand my posts there are means provided to you to ensure you never see my posts again. You should seriously look into utilizing them.


Jesus Cristo get over yourself. Whinny,spoiled children some of you are.
 
2012-05-04 02:17:39 PM
Awful, awful, pants-shiattingly awful list. But it's cool to see Ben Weiman get some credit. Add Jes Stenieger (Coalesce) and Dave Knudson (Botch/Minus The Bear) to that list, and it's...well, still terrible. But slightly less so.
 
2012-05-04 02:21:03 PM

the lord god:

Jesus Cristo get over yourself. Whinny,spoiled children some of you are.


Thanks for revealing yourself as what you are. I'll know better than to take you the least bit seriously next time.
 
2012-05-04 02:31:11 PM
Jon D. Hudson (Faith No More), Adam Jones (Tool), and John Flansburgh (TMBG)

/maybe not Flansburgh but why not?
 
2012-05-04 02:36:15 PM

busy chillin': Van Halen - Tattoo

The music seems pretty solid but the lyrics leave much to be desired. I tried to listen more songs but lost interest after a couple songs.


I am decidedly non-plussed. Thanks though... :)
 
2012-05-04 02:37:11 PM

Dr J Zoidberg: Jayded1: Did anyone including the Suby bother to even read the article. They tell you why the bigs like Hendrix are not on the list. Its not meant to be that kind of list.

The list is tilted "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" not, 100 Greatest Indie/Punk/Whatever Guitarists of all time




I would say you're arguing semantics. Could it have been titled better? Sure, but it does lay out its parameters in the first paragraph and mostly sticks with it for the remainder of the list.
 
2012-05-04 02:37:21 PM
Ugly Baby Judges You

Dave Knudson (Botch/Minus The Bear) to that list,



I was happy to see that also, but OMNI is so painfully cheesy (to me) I can barely listen to them anymore. I don't even listen to Menos el Oso much anymore...but that is a solid record IMO.
 
2012-05-04 02:41:55 PM
Looking past Skrillex and Jam Master Jay, which tanks this list because they're not guitarists, there are some great names on here that go back to the 60s up until today. With that said, many of them aren't considered guitar heroes because they explicitly rejected the entire image of it. Kim Thayil is one that pops into my head, Josh Homme and Steve Albini are others. Sonic Youth detested the very idea of rock stardom, and so did Kurt Cobain, mainly because he got the notion from Sonic Youth. So in effect Spin trying to suck these guys' dicks and say they're the greatest guitar players ever is the exact opposite of what they had set out to become.
 
2012-05-04 02:43:23 PM
Troy Van Leeuwen (APC, QotSA)
Josh Homme (QotSA, Eagles of Death Metal, Kyuss, Them Crooked Vultures)
Bob Stinson and Paul Westerberg (The Replacements)
 
2012-05-04 02:43:40 PM

busy chillin': Ugly Baby Judges You

Dave Knudson (Botch/Minus The Bear) to that list,



I was happy to see that also, but OMNI is so painfully cheesy (to me) I can barely listen to them anymore. I don't even listen to Menos el Oso much anymore...but that is a solid record IMO.


OMNI was about as disappointing compared to the rest of their catalog as this list was. I'd be more inclined to push for his inclusion on a 'best guitar players' list due to some of the sounds he was making when Botch was still around anyway.
 
2012-05-04 02:51:09 PM

Ugly Baby Judges You



Botch


I have never checked them out. I will, but I got the B-Boys going for the rest of the day.
 
2012-05-04 02:52:12 PM
Your lists is dildos.

quizilla.teennick.com
 
2012-05-04 02:58:21 PM
Did anyone mention how farking awesome Buckethead is yet... he really should take up the top 25 positions on this list... there are very few people on the list that can come close to what buckethead does, and there is nothing on the list, stylistically speaking, that is beyond the ability of buckethead...
 
2012-05-04 02:59:53 PM

FeedTheCollapse: Dr J Zoidberg: Jayded1: Did anyone including the Suby bother to even read the article. They tell you why the bigs like Hendrix are not on the list. Its not meant to be that kind of list.

The list is tilted "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" not, 100 Greatest Indie/Punk/Whatever Guitarists of all time



I would say you're arguing semantics. Could it have been titled better? Sure, but it does lay out its parameters in the first paragraph and mostly sticks with it for the remainder of the list.


www.media.myigrad.com
 
2012-05-04 03:06:35 PM
Also has anyone said anything about Shawn Lane?
 
2012-05-04 03:06:48 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: Did anyone mention how farking awesome Buckethead is yet... he really should take up the top 25 positions on this list... there are very few people on the list that can come close to what buckethead does, and there is nothing on the list, stylistically speaking, that is beyond the ability of buckethead...


He should be top 5 on this list.
 
2012-05-04 03:17:14 PM
bluesbox:
I cannot fathom why Joe Bonamassa isn't even more popular than he is. Way better than the overrated John Mayer IMO. He appeals mostly to blues fans and guitar nerds, I guess -- he's never had the "crossover" sound that appeals to the 14-year-old tweeners like Mayer does. (Though Mayer can certainly play the low-down blues if he chooses to. It's just that he doesn't choose to very often.)


Bonamassa is a great guitarist, but he's -never- going to be "popular" (in the mainstream sense) unless he does something to make it happen and even then, he'll probably have his 15 minutes of mainstream success and fade back into relative obscurity. Mayer, as a blues guitarists, had mainstream success first.

And I'm sure you'd agree that talent has nothing to do with it. The average person won't be able to tell the difference between Mayer and Bonamassa, much less be able to tell who the better player is.
 
2012-05-04 03:27:55 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Mr_Fabulous: Mr_Fabulous: Gulper Eel: Steve Cropper.
Steve Howe.
Steve Hackett.
Steve Miller.
Steve Vai.

Steven Wilson
Steve Morse
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Steve Gaines

/need one more for top 10

Steve Albini!!!

There, that's 10.

OK, how the fark did I forget about Steve Hunter?!?!!
Delete Steve Gaines from my list to make room for him... There, that's the official Top 10 Guitarists Named Steve list. Over and out.


Watch Gaines play slide guitar on T for Texas, and then rethink that statement, sir. If a Steve must be deleted from that list, I'd rather it be Steve Miller.
 
2012-05-04 03:34:45 PM
Bonamassa is a great guitarist, but he's -never- going to be "popular" (in the mainstream sense) unless he does something to make it happen and even then, he'll probably have his 15 minutes of mainstream success and fade back into relative obscurity.

Bonamassa makes jokes about his lack of radio hits in his shows, so I'm sure it doesn't bother him (or if it does, he soothes the burn with humor). It's not like he's a complete unknown -- he played the Royal Albert Hall, and that's not exactly a gig you get if you're just some schmuck with a guitar. He has a career and a fan base most bands would kill to have.

I guess it's just interesting to me that two relative peers with comparable talent -- Mayer and Bonamassa -- should have such different career trajectories. Part of it is simply packaging: Mayer gets the female audience because he's "sensitive" and good-looking, and Bonamassa until recently was just a chunky white dude who dressed in whatever he found at the foot of the bed that morning. Part of it is that Mayer sings a lot of tweener-oriented chick-pop and hence gets a lot of radio play; Bonamassa does low-down dirty blues and 1970's arena-rock, and hence gets no radio play. Mayer cultivates a public "persona" (clubbing, dating actresses, being an all-purpose douchebag); Bonamassa just plays music and lives his life out of the spotlight otherwise.

It's just how their choices play out, I guess. I'm a Bonamassa partisan because of his music, but I've grown to like the guy because of how humble he is and the kind of life he leads.
 
2012-05-04 03:38:34 PM

bluesbox: the best isn't necessarily the most technical


"I'd argue that this is actually a truism. You can be too technical as a player, but the music -- especially in the rock and blues idioms -- loses punch. Technical proficiency is good, don't get me wrong, especially if you're going to be a studio guy or a sideman: the whole point of those jobs is to do a musical job, but at the same time to fade into the wallpaper."

I would say that technical proficiency doesnt matter that much in the blues if at all. Once you get into professionals they are all techncially proficient, but it is the soul and the intangibles that make a great blues guitarist. hell, Hendrix's Born Under A Bad Sign is "sloppy" as a technical matter, as are many of BB King's solos.
 
2012-05-04 03:45:15 PM
hell, Hendrix's Born Under A Bad Sign is "sloppy" as a technical matter, as are many of BB King's solos

It's not hard to play like Hendrix or B. B. (my nick is taken from B.B.'s "box" at the 8th fret of a guitar). Their technique isn't particularly virtuosic. Their genius is more in the phrasing and delivery -- and vocals; never underestimate the power of vocals in a blues performance. Too many blues guitarists tend to forget that.

You can play the notes they played; you can try to bend and vibrato a note like they did; you can try to duplicate their timing and phrasing. But in the end you're only going to sound like someone imitating someone else. Even Stevie Ray didn't sound like Hendrix on "Little Wing" or "Voodoo Chile": Stevie did it his way, not Jimi's way. That's why Jimi's "Voodoo Chile" and SRV's "Voodoo Chile" are masterpieces of the blues art: two masterful variations on the same theme. They are not two copies of the same thing.
 
2012-05-04 04:00:28 PM
www.edroman.com

I just bought this guitar, so I'm getting a kick out of the number one choice. And Nels Cline. Nels is a freaking beast.
 
2012-05-04 05:01:46 PM

bob_ross: Massive fail without Buckethead
[s14.postimage.org image 640x426]

Top 5 easy.


Wait the didnt even include farking BUCKETHEAD!?!!?!??!?!?! FAILFAILFAILFAILFALLAFELFAIL.
 
2012-05-04 06:18:07 PM

Shakes999: bob_ross: Massive fail without Buckethead
[s14.postimage.org image 640x426]

Top 5 easy.

Wait the didnt even include farking BUCKETHEAD!?!!?!??!?!?! FAILFAILFAILFAILFALLAFELFAIL.


i agree... there is so much fail, megaultrafarkingfail
 
2012-05-04 07:18:34 PM
So this appears to be some new definition of the word "top" that I have been previously unaware.
 
2012-05-04 07:20:29 PM
Kurt Cobain is the 4th best guitarist of all time? In my teens I bought a guitar and fiddled around with it for a few months. Never took any lessons, never got anywhere near the point where I could tell people "I can play the guitar". I could still play Nirvana songs. They're ridiculously simple. Anybody could play Smells Like Teen Spirit after maybe an hour of practice. Worst list I've ever seen, though it could have redeemed itself solely by putting Buckethead at the top.
 
2012-05-04 07:25:37 PM
i88.photobucket.com
 
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