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POLL- The WEAKEST LINK: Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 10 Guitarist- ROUND 1

MedozKMedozK TennesseePosts: 8,145
edited April 7 in Other Music
Since we definitely didn't agree with Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 10 albums or songs of all time, I figured for fun we could move to one last questionable Rolling Stone List. This time we will look at their list of the GREATEST GUITARIST OF ALL-TIME.

Alright, so here we will play the game to determine the BEST song in the Rolling Stone Top 10.

You are going to pick the song that you think is the "Weakest Link" after 2 days I remove the two (2) songs with the most votes. We will then move on to Round 2.
 
Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 10 Guitarist of ALL-TIME
1) Jimi Hendrix
2) Eric Clapton
3) Jimmy Page
4) Keith Richards
5) Jeff Beck
6) B.B. King
7) Chuck Berry
8) Eddie Van Halen
9) Duane Allman
10) Pete Townshend
Post edited by MedozK on

POLL- The WEAKEST LINK: Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 10 Guitarist- ROUND 1 25 votes

Jimi Hendrix
0%
Eric Clapton
12%
PoncierdankindAbe Froman 3 votes
Jimmy Page
0%
Keith Richards
20%
cutzerebusGlowGirleeriepadavergambs 5 votes
Jeff Beck
4%
Hobbes 1 vote
B.B. King
0%
Chuck Berry
20%
mickeyrattbergsed243421SmallestOceanshihobibo 5 votes
Eddie Van Halen
0%
Duane Allman
20%
DukeSpiritpledgeagrievanceRP112579Paptempo_n_groove 5 votes
Pete Townshend
24%
Ledbetterman10josevolutionBLACK35brianluxF Me In The Brainmrussel1 6 votes
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Comments

  • MedozKMedozK TennesseePosts: 8,145
    I throw my 2 cents in on this one. This list is beyond messed up. There are great guitarist not on the list at all, and some on here for who knows the reason.
  • tbergstbergs Posts: 7,761
    Chuck Berry
    MedozK said:
    I throw my 2 cents in on this one. This list is beyond messed up. There are great guitarist not on the list at all, and some on here for who knows the reason.
    You mean Keith Richards :whistle:
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 26,278
    Duane Allman
    Duane Allman can play but man, I don’t know...

    Some that should be on here for their innovations are Robert Johnson, G3 Vai, Satriani and Eric Johnson and where the hell is Stevie Ray?
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 26,278
    Duane Allman
    3 others I forgot... Freddie and Albert King and James Burton..

  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 13,550
    Keith Richards
    Only Dankind could vote for Clapton in the first round lol
    What a pud move 🤣🤣🤣
    Monkey Driven, Call this Living?
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 13,550
    Keith Richards
    Eddie, Page, and Clapton stand above the rest here, for me.  I've never actually been a big EVH fan, just not my personal cup of tea, but his techniques and range were undeniably impressive.  Clapton should always be in this conversation for his relentlessly flawless stage execution...that has lasted for coming on 60 years now. 
    Page was always known as a studio guitarist more than live, but he was still top-notch on stage, and of everyone on this list, he absolutely produced the widest variety of tones, licks, and riffs from a guitar.
    Monkey Driven, Call this Living?
  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 24,642
    Pete Townshend
    Townshend 
    jesus greets me looks just like me ....
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 23,460
    Pete Townshend
    It was a toss up between Pete and Eric.

    Clapton is a fucking jackass of high order.
    He's next.
    The love he receives is the love that is saved
  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 17,374
    edited April 6
    Eric Clapton
    It was a toss up between Pete and Eric.

    Clapton is a fucking jackass of high order.
    He's next.
    So boring. And a white nationalist denier of science to boot. 

    In my opinion, Mark Knopfler is much more skilled than EC if I want couch music. A more true virtuoso. As far as I know, he’s also not a white nationalist science denier. 

    I usually fast forward through his EC's guest spot of The Last Waltz, but when I watch it, Robbie slays Clapton, especially when he has to step in and play his solo because of a strap issue. 
    Post edited by dankind on
    I SAW PEARL JAM
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 23,460
    Pete Townshend
    Don't forget he wrote Layla about another man's wife.  :lol:  

    Suuuuper nice guy.
    The love he receives is the love that is saved
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 23,460
    Pete Townshend
    Also, I love some Dire Straits.
    SO many great guitarists.  Feel like they really missed out with some of the newer guys.
    The love he receives is the love that is saved
  • HobbesHobbes Pacific NorthwestPosts: 4,789
    Jeff Beck
    Also, I love some Dire Straits.
    SO many great guitarists.  Feel like they really missed out with some of the newer guys.
    Jack White first came to mind.
  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 17,374
    Eric Clapton
    tbergs said:
    MedozK said:
    I throw my 2 cents in on this one. This list is beyond messed up. There are great guitarist not on the list at all, and some on here for who knows the reason.
    You mean Keith Richards :whistle:
    rgambs said:
    Only Dankind could vote for Clapton in the first round lol
    What a pud move 🤣🤣🤣
    The average person, at the very least, knows 10 Keith riffs by heart. That's massive! You can probably hear them in your head right now while reading this. And, surprise, they might make you shake your tushy a little bit.

    Now try Clapton. Other than his stuff with Cream (which had stellar rhythm section!) and the intro to "Layla," I cannot do this. His riffs are tired, his fills and solos pretty much chromatic when that's the time to step out of the box.
    I SAW PEARL JAM
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 23,460
    Pete Townshend
    Hobbes said:
    Also, I love some Dire Straits.
    SO many great guitarists.  Feel like they really missed out with some of the newer guys.
    Jack White first came to mind.

    Yeah, he is something else.  Certainly think of him.
    I think of Pat Matheny or John Frusciane or Satch, or Morello.....Some of the Satch disciples like Hammet and LaLonde.
    This could be a list of hundreds depending on a person's musical tastes.
    The love he receives is the love that is saved
  • tbergstbergs Posts: 7,761
    Chuck Berry
    Clapton secured himself as a grade A asshole recently, but his early work in the 60's and 70's still stands out even if he sucks as a person. 
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 23,460
    Pete Townshend
    tbergs said:
    Clapton secured himself as a grade A asshole recently, but his early work in the 60's and 70's still stands out even if he sucks as a person. 

    He was an asshole then as well.  :lol:   Many examples -- but I know this is not a Good Person List, it is a greatest guitarist list so totally get what you are saying.
    The love he receives is the love that is saved
  • tbergstbergs Posts: 7,761
    Chuck Berry
    tbergs said:
    Clapton secured himself as a grade A asshole recently, but his early work in the 60's and 70's still stands out even if he sucks as a person. 

    He was an asshole then as well.  :lol:   Many examples -- but I know this is not a Good Person List, it is a greatest guitarist list so totally get what you are saying.
    No doubt. Lots of talented assholes in the world.
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 26,278
    Duane Allman
    Morello and White I considered.  Morello more so for what sounds, innovation he made and White is in my mind just a good guitarist.

    Buckethead I consider to be the best technical guitarist I've ever heard and thought about him being up there as well.

    Keith Richards stole from every blues musician he heard so I would hardly count him as one of the best...

    I thought of Frusciante too but he is just a really good guitarist and put him in the likes of Tedeski, , Trucks, Warren Haynes and any other great jamming artist.
  • tbergstbergs Posts: 7,761
    Chuck Berry
    Morello and White I considered.  Morello more so for what sounds, innovation he made and White is in my mind just a good guitarist.

    Buckethead I consider to be the best technical guitarist I've ever heard and thought about him being up there as well.

    Keith Richards stole from every blues musician he heard so I would hardly count him as one of the best...

    I thought of Frusciante too but he is just a really good guitarist and put him in the likes of Tedeski, , Trucks, Warren Haynes and any other great jamming artist.
    I think that's the conundrum. Do you go with innovative and influential or just a badass guitar player who kicked ass. Morrello was so unique in the sounds he could create, but I'd have a hard time putting him in the top ten. Same way I feel about Fru. 
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 26,278
    Duane Allman
    tbergs said:
    Morello and White I considered.  Morello more so for what sounds, innovation he made and White is in my mind just a good guitarist.

    Buckethead I consider to be the best technical guitarist I've ever heard and thought about him being up there as well.

    Keith Richards stole from every blues musician he heard so I would hardly count him as one of the best...

    I thought of Frusciante too but he is just a really good guitarist and put him in the likes of Tedeski, , Trucks, Warren Haynes and any other great jamming artist.
    I think that's the conundrum. Do you go with innovative and influential or just a badass guitar player who kicked ass. Morrello was so unique in the sounds he could create, but I'd have a hard time putting him in the top ten. Same way I feel about Fru. 
    I'd put Morello in over Allman and Richards any day.  Fru?  No.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,809
    Pete Townshend
    I had to vote off Pete and that's kind of a bummer because he is quite the showman.  But, of course, that doesn't equate to greatest guitar player.
    My list of major omissions for the R.S. list (which I would make as 15 or 20 long):
    Robert Johnson
    Django Reinhardt
    Larry Coryell
    John McLaughlin
    Richard Thompson
    Robert Fripp
    Leo Kottke
    John Fahey

    And I have to at least honorably mention Peter Green, Neil Young, Mike Bloomfield, and Jason Victor.

    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,809
    Pete Townshend
    And have to add, what makes this list bogus is the exclusive inclusion only of rock guitarists.  No jazz or blues guitarist?  Andrés Segovia, anyone?
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • tbergstbergs Posts: 7,761
    edited April 6
    Chuck Berry
    brianlux said:
    And have to add, what makes this list bogus is the exclusive inclusion only of rock guitarists.  No jazz or blues guitarist?  Andrés Segovia, anyone?
    I'll be honest Brian, I don't know half the names you mentioned. Who should I start with?
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 26,278
    Duane Allman
    brianlux said:
    And have to add, what makes this list bogus is the exclusive inclusion only of rock guitarists.  No jazz or blues guitarist?  Andrés Segovia, anyone?
    I would add Charro too.  That girl can play!
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,809
    Pete Townshend
    tbergs said:
    brianlux said:
    And have to add, what makes this list bogus is the exclusive inclusion only of rock guitarists.  No jazz or blues guitarist?  Andrés Segovia, anyone?
    I'll be honest Brian, I don't know half the names you mentioned. Who should I start with?

    That's as hard to answer as naming the greatest guitarist, lol!  But here's a brief rundown of what makes these players great:
    Robert Johnson you probably know as the founder of modern blues as we know it . A great place to start with blues guitar appreciation
    Django Reinhardt is regarded as the first to use guitar in jazz as a lead instrument.
    Larry Coryell was the godfather of jazz rock fusion.  His first two albums, Lady Coryell and Coryell are great!
    John McLaughlin is still playing and has covered a lot of territory from fusion (solo and with Miles Davis) to exotic acoustic.
    Richard Thompson is a phenomenal guitarist.  Shoot Out the Lights with former wife Linda is a great place to start.
    Robert Fripp is a master.  Check out his stuff with King Crimson, David Bowie, and Brian Eno.
    Leo Kottke is an amazing folk and blues guitarist who manages to sound like two or three guitarist while playing solo.  6 and 12 Sting Guitar is a great album to start with.
    John Fahey was a marvelous self-taught guitarist blending blue and folk and other roots styles. The Yellow Princess is my favorite of LPs of his I have but I'm told The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death is even better (a pricey, fairly hard to find LP last I checked).
    Andrés Segovia is generally consider the greatest classical guitarist of all times.  Julian Bream is right up there too.

    I hope you get a chance to check out some of these players, T.

    And maybe our fine thread host will do a "greatest female guitarist" shootout some time.  There are some phenomenal lady guitarists out there as well!

    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • SmallestOceansSmallestOceans Posts: 13,539
    Chuck Berry
    Chuck Berry rated higher than EVH


    Trey Anastasio and Jerry G should probably be on the list over Berry and Townshend at this point. Terry Kath is my #1, Jimi thought he was a better player.
    https://www.classicrockhistory.com/why-jimmy-hendrix-called-chicagos-terry-kath-the-best-guitarist-in-the-universe/

    Here’s Duane and Clapton jamming for 2 hours...
    https://youtu.be/pOcgqg_IzG0
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  • cutzcutz Posts: 10,057
    Keith Richards
    I like Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones, but he's , at best, the 3rd best guitarist  the Stones have/had.

     Ronnie Wood and especially Mick Taylor are/were better. 

    Great Riffs, but not a great guitar player.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,809
    Pete Townshend
    Chuck Berry rated higher than EVH


    Trey Anastasio and Jerry G should probably be on the list over Berry and Townshend at this point. Terry Kath is my #1, Jimi thought he was a better player.
    https://www.classicrockhistory.com/why-jimmy-hendrix-called-chicagos-terry-kath-the-best-guitarist-in-the-universe/

    Here’s Duane and Clapton jamming for 2 hours...
    https://youtu.be/pOcgqg_IzG0

    I would have loved to seen Terry Kath in some configuration other than Chicago.  But you're right, he was a fine guitarist.
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 33,809
    Pete Townshend
    A couple more honorable mentions:
    J Mascis.  Maybe not the greatest, but J touches on greatness and find the zone in "The Lung" starting at 33:38 (poor recording, phenomenal performance):

    Harvey Mandel.  Runner up behind Mick Taylor to become a Stone.  Fantastic guitar player!




    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • tbergstbergs Posts: 7,761
    Chuck Berry
    brianlux said:
    tbergs said:
    brianlux said:
    And have to add, what makes this list bogus is the exclusive inclusion only of rock guitarists.  No jazz or blues guitarist?  Andrés Segovia, anyone?
    I'll be honest Brian, I don't know half the names you mentioned. Who should I start with?

    That's as hard to answer as naming the greatest guitarist, lol!  But here's a brief rundown of what makes these players great:
    Robert Johnson you probably know as the founder of modern blues as we know it . A great place to start with blues guitar appreciation
    Django Reinhardt is regarded as the first to use guitar in jazz as a lead instrument.
    Larry Coryell was the godfather of jazz rock fusion.  His first two albums, Lady Coryell and Coryell are great!
    John McLaughlin is still playing and has covered a lot of territory from fusion (solo and with Miles Davis) to exotic acoustic.
    Richard Thompson is a phenomenal guitarist.  Shoot Out the Lights with former wife Linda is a great place to start.
    Robert Fripp is a master.  Check out his stuff with King Crimson, David Bowie, and Brian Eno.
    Leo Kottke is an amazing folk and blues guitarist who manages to sound like two or three guitarist while playing solo.  6 and 12 Sting Guitar is a great album to start with.
    John Fahey was a marvelous self-taught guitarist blending blue and folk and other roots styles. The Yellow Princess is my favorite of LPs of his I have but I'm told The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death is even better (a pricey, fairly hard to find LP last I checked).
    Andrés Segovia is generally consider the greatest classical guitarist of all times.  Julian Bream is right up there too.

    I hope you get a chance to check out some of these players, T.

    And maybe our fine thread host will do a "greatest female guitarist" shootout some time.  There are some phenomenal lady guitarists out there as well!

    Thanks, Brian! I will definitely give them a listen. I know some of them and I'm sure heard others without realizing it.
    It's a hopeless situation...
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