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Old 7th Aug 2002, 07:06
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Hendrix is 'voted top guitarist'

Hendrix is 'voted top guitarist'


Psychedelic guitarist Jimi Hendrix has been voted the instrument's greatest player in a poll conducted by Total Guitar magazine.

Hendrix, who died in 1970 at the age of 27, beat Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to the top spot in the poll of the magazine's readers.

Hendrix made his name in the late 1960s, with classics like Purple Haze, Hey Joe and Voodoo Chile.

Blues veteran Eric Clapton came in third, followed by Slash from Guns N' Roses and Brian May of Queen.

Younger talents also made the top 100, including Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead at 35 and Noel Gallagher from Oasis at 50.

Johnny Ramone of The Ramones - who built a long career on rudimentary three-chord rock - was 88th.

"What's nice about it is that it's not some music critic's opinion of the best guitarists - these guys might not be 'cool' by any music critic's viewpoint, but they genuinely are the fastest, loudest, most exciting players in rock and roll," said the magazine's editor, Scott Rowley.

No woman made the top 100. Only one - Tracy Chapman - was among 440 guitarists nominated by the magazine.

"Personally I don't know if it's a bad thing," said Rowley. "Women just aren't as geeky or competitive about it as guys. Instead of showing off, they're trying to write a good song. Which is probably smarter."

The Top 20:

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Jimmy Page
3. Eric Clapton
4. Slash
5. Brian May
6. Joe Satriani (soloist)
7. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
8. Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
9. Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
10. Steve Vai (soloist)
11. Carlos Santana (Santana)
12. James Hetfield (Metallica)
13. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
14. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
15. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
16. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne)
17. Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy, others)
18. Jeff Beck (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group)
19. Stevie Ray Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)
20. Angus Young.

Not so shure I would have Page before Clapton, but they would definately be 2 and 3. I also reckon that Santana and Beck should be a bit further up the list.

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Old 7th Aug 2002, 08:25
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sure jimi is first
i woulda put eric in second

and wheres lyndsay buckingham
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Wot?! No Hugh Cornwell? He he he........
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No John Williams, no Julian Bream, no Django Reinhart, no BB King...

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I take it this is a top rock guitarists poll seeing as there're no jazz or classical players included.

If jazz and classical players were included then Wes Montgomery should've been way up there along with many others such as John Williams.

Oh, and Kurt Cobain ahead of Stevie Ray???? Having a laugh surely!!

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Dissapointed not to see Andy Summers in there & yeah, where is Lyndsey Buckingham?

As an exponent of the fretting art myself, I'd also go for Django Reinhardt, Steve Cropper, John Squire, Johnny Marr & Mark Knopfler. As for Noel Gallagher, well he can hardly play & what he does is totally derivative. Challenge me! Name the Oasis tune & I'll tell you where our Noel ripped the melody from. Don't mess with the Punter!!
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Tommy Emanuel Not there ??????

Would have rated Mark Knopfler allot higher and would have included Tracy Chapman and Melisa Etherage.
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Ooooohhhhhh Gary Moore and Santana!!

Reckon both should be further up the list
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But nobody mentioned Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine,
who has been described as the "Hendrix of the 90s" due to his innovative style and use of effects (which Hendrix first explored).
Angus Young should be way up on the list and so should Kirk Hammett
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Looks more like a poll of greatest rock-n-roll record sales... Where's Phil Keaggy, Michael Hedges, Jaco Pastorius (ok he was a Bass player...) Alan Holdsworth...

Great music and great hairstyles most often fail to go together, IMHO...
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I suppose It's all relevant to one's taste, but Noel Redding Hendrix's base also wielded a mean axe. Peter Green who was Fleetwood Mac's original lead wasn't a slouch either
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Peter Green, Lyndsey Buckingham, Andy Summers and BB King are all in the top 100 (mag's at home so I can't tell you where)

The readership is v. much blues and rock, so the poll is as you would expect. Good mag, actually.
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What about the late, great Randy Rhoads?

And I really wouldn't place Kirk Hammett above James Hetfield - there really is no comparison - Kirk knows a few flash tricks and licks but James is the definite innovator and skilled tunesmith in Metallica.

Also no mention (at all) of Dave Murray, Adrian Smith or Jannick Gers who have given the rock world so many great riffs and solos. (OK I admit to being a Maiden fan!)

A Mr Tony Iommi is conspicuous by his absence too...
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No mention of Yngwie Malmsteem???
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Mark Knopfler at 15 and Slash at 4! Now that just makes me angry .
Did they listen to Knopfler play before they posted this?

For the record i think page is better than hendrix. (not by much though)

Dave Gilmour should be top 5 at least.
So should Van Halen!

Seeing Beck, Vaughn and Knopfler miss out on top 10 is questionable at best.

All this with Hetfield, Cobain and Morello in the top 20 .

I'm not sure why they bother posting these but i do understand why they don't justify them. Because they can't!
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And wheres The Edge? If it wasn't for his unique sound U2 would never have got a start, never mind become the worlds biggest stadium rock act.
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Jimi H in #1? Bah humbug (that's spelled with a "B" and an "S").
Eric in #3? Somebody is crazy. Look at Eric's range of song styles compared to Jimi, no comparison! Eric goes from blues to rock to ballads. Hendrix had a one-track mind, period.

OK - so where is Robby Robertson (The Band) and Ry Cooder and Chet Atkins? These are real fret players. Where, even, is Les Paul?

And yes, Steve Cropper should be much higher up. Look at any "celebrity" band get-together of the last decade and who's back there as the lead rhythm guitarist? Why it is Cropper, that's who. People in the know always include Steve in the band.

Punk Rock and Grunge voters - bah! Most of the voters weren't even born when really great guitar players were in their prime.

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Obviously the Gallagher entry is a misprint - they meant RORY Gallagher....
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Hendrix had a short career though - Clapton's been around much longer & had the opportunity to try new styles & ideas, who knows what Jimi would've done had he lived...

To be honest, I always think these polls are flawed, as it's indicitive of what we're being told by the press, in this case we've been told for years that Jimi Hendrix was the best guitarist ever. Sure, he's influential (just listen to Kirk Hammet or Maiden's Dave Murray for evidence!) & i love his material & style, but for me he's not my favourite...

Tony Iommi, Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page...they'd be the ones I'd listen to the most...I can't believe Rory Gallagher's not in the top 10, I'd have had SRV higher up too, and what about Randy Rhoads? And I'd like to have seen Scott Gorham & Brian Robertson in there as well.
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