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I think everyone will agree that the guitar is an essential rock music instrument. The history of rock and the guitar - its sound, technique, musical harmonic and rhythmic complexity etc. are so closely interconnected that I think it's difficult to think about the one without the other.

 

Name up to 5 (ok, max. 10 if it's not enough) guitar players who in your opinion are the most historically important figures of all time. Let's take into account the rock/blues/jazz-rock world 'cause 'pure-mainstream' jazz or classical guitar playing are IMO another story.

 

I will be tempted (if this thread is succesful enough) to count the votes (1st place - 10 points, 2nd - 9, etc) in a couple of weeks or months time to announce officially who's the most important guitarist of all time according to CA community. And what players' names follow The King.

 

 

This is what's it all about :)

 

 

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My candidates:

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Robert Johnson

3. Jimmy Page

4. Stevie Ray Vaughan

5. Steve Vai

 

A honorable mention - Lightnin' Hopkins - IMO the most underrated bluesman of all time and a fantastic classic blues guitar player.

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1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Eric Clapton

3. Stevie Ray Vaughan

4. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

5. Eddie Van Halen - Typical, but he did take it to another level (He's still constantly copied)

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Robert Johnson

Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy Page

David Gilmour

The Edge

 

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1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Jimi Hendrix

3. Jimi Hendrix

I like the idea but I'm afraid this won't count as 27 points for Hendrix.. Just 10.

 

@Ralf11 Sorry, no classical guitarists. Look up!

 

@cbee Ok, but in such case everybody gets let's say 5 points.

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I don't think I can rank them but I enjoy Clapton, SRV, Hendrix, and lots of the real shredders like Randy Rhoades & Dimebag.

 

There are also some guitarists who have a style that I just enjoy whether or not they rank as the greatest. I would put Buddy Holly, Tom Morello, Cat Stevens and Jim Croce in this category.

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My top 10, alphabetically:

Duane Allman

Chet Atkins

Jeff Beck

Peter Green

George Harrison

Jimi Hendrix

BB King

Mark Knopfler

Les Paul

Carlos Santana

 

Honorable mention to my favorite singer-songwriter, Bruce Cockburn, who is also an amazing guitarist.

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Hendrix didn't just play the guitar, he composed on the guitar.

 

Hendrix didn't just compose on the guitar, he redefined the guitar.

 

all the above are xlnt, but who else can meet the 2 criteria just above?

 

Of the above, Robert Johnson.

 

Folks should also have a look at the late, great Michael Hedges.

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Honorable mention to my favorite singer-songwriter, Bruce Cockburn, who is also an amazing guitarist.

 

He is, isn't he?

One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

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I'll toss in a couple of others I haven't seen above (sorry if I missed them):

 

John McLaughlin

 

Keith Richards

 

Pete Townshend (turn the intro to Pinball Wizard way, way up and tell me he's not)

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Robert Johnson isn't really a rock guitarist, as per the rules, tho they weren't in the title so maybe they aren't enforceable rules...

 

I wasn't the first to mention him. You said "All of the above are excellent, but who else can meet the 2 criteria...?" I was just answering your question. :)

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By the way - don't know if it's still there, but when I went to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame they had an exhibit of clothing worn in live performance, and they had one of Hendrix's outfits. The guy had a waist like Audrey Hepburn. I wonder if he ever ate.

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