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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: cptsnapper
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 03:26 PM

What about John James?


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: MikkinNotts
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 11:26 AM

Tunesmith
"I not sure Richard Thompson should be near the top of the acoustic list."

I most certainly am !!

" I've always been disappointed with his tone."

Wot!! Have you seen him play live!!

" It's probably because he plays electric guitar so much. To be a really great acoustic player, a guitarist would really need to totally devote themselves to being "un-pluged"! "

Now your just being silly !!

Thanks "Dartford" for pointing the uninitiated in the right direction

Mikk (Beating a very hasty Retreat!!)


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Stringsinger
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 11:15 AM

Burl Ives...he could do more with less.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Dartford Warbler
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 10:34 AM

Or this!

1952 Vincent Black Lightning


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Dartford Warbler
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 10:26 AM

Dear GUEST,Tunesmith (13 Mar 07 - 07:03 AM)

If this isn't acoustic, then I'm the Hokey Pokey man! :

Beeswing


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Eric
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 09:47 AM

BEN HARPER .....is the man on top


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 07:03 AM

I not sure Richard Thompson should be near the top of the acoustic list. I've always been disappointed with his tone. It's probably because he plays electric guitar so much. To be a really great acoustic player, a guitarist would really need to totally devote themselves to being "un-pluged"!


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: MikkinNotts
Date: 13 Mar 07 - 05:29 AM

There are some good player in the Top 100 Acoustic List BUTÖ..
Richard Tompson of course has to be very near the top of this list as well.

And the exclusion of these mighty fine players is a travesty of justice.

The late great Issaac Guillory

The sadly missed Eric Roche

Roy's there but Nick knocks socks off his Dad

Little known but world class player and luthier Steve Hicks


I suppose that is the very nature of compiling lists. Somebody is always going to be excluded.

Mikk


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Dartford Warbler
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 05:12 PM

  1. Richard Thompson
  2. Tommy Emmanuel
  3. Steve Tilston
  4. Chris Newman
  5. Clive Carroll
  6. Dave Ellis


That is my current top 6. But RT will always be there in first place!


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Wayne
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 04:49 PM

1. Stephen Stills
2. Gary Richrath
3. Davy Graham
4. Julie Ellison
5. Dan Fogelberg

That's my fave five, for what it's worth. What they have in common is the ability to play convincingly in a number of styles. Richie Blackmore would have been in there if he hadn't influenced all those fret-wank shredders.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,preben
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 04:22 PM

vey good list, but i think Kirk Hammet of Metallica shoul be number 2! you got to hear him over and over again and studdie him a bit more.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,in the mind
Date: 06 Mar 07 - 02:49 PM

This forum is intended for the use of articulate people able to construct proper sentences, expressing valid points of view. It's not for irrational adolescent outbursts. You need three things 1. counselling 2.dictionary 3.spellcheck.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,in the flesh
Date: 06 Mar 07 - 04:44 AM

my fucking god, fuck you, you poser geek, your list affends me, where is david gilmour, why is there no talk on him, fuck all these randoms, 1. hendrix/page 2.clapton 3.gilmour 4.tommy emanuel


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Lucius
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 08:00 PM

Considering that most of the “guitarists” that Rolling Stone included are of the genre that requires amplifiers endowed with large wattage, they should at least be intellectually honest. Either lose Bert Jansch and Joni Mitchell and add Martin Barre, or some other rocker like Ian Hunter, or as someone else said, explain the criteria. Personally, I’m waiting for next month’s feature “What is the most popular stripe on the american flag?”.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Dartford Warbler
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 07:55 PM

Good to see Tommy Emmanuel there, but where the hell is Richard Thompson this time?


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Lord Soken
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 07:47 PM

No-one ever saw this bloke as a popular performer - including me - but his books encouraged many a spotty teenager to pickup a guitar and go on to great things. Let's give Bert Weeden a bit of credit.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Alex Unrein
Date: 25 Feb 07 - 07:32 PM

horrible list, cobain at 12 and eddie van halen at 70, all cobain did was play chords and slow acoustic, eddie put together maybe the best solo of alltime-ERUPTION, if you told cobain to play eruption it would take months maybe for him to even come close to it, now if you told eddie to play any nirvana song he would just listen to it and have it down


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: jojofolkagogo
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 01:12 PM

Oh, No dont tell me there are at LEAST one hundred of them !!!

Jo-Jo


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 11:15 AM

What about dave mustaine from megadeth he is way better than kirk from metallica i dont see him on the list and randy rhoads 85 tony iommi 86 eddie van hallen 70 there behind all these no names and chuck berry wasnt even that good same with kurt kurban
jimmy page should be first or 2nd


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Don Firth
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 10:06 PM

Andy McKee (link just above) does some pretty interesting stuff on the guitar and he obviously does what he does with a great deal of facility. But when I see something like that, I'm reminded of a classic guitarist who was playing at a restaurant where my wife and I ate a couple of years ago. He played pretty well, but I noticed that I had never heard any of the pieces he was playing before. And after he played four or five pieces, they all started sounding the same.

When he took a break, I got to talking with him. He'd taken about six months worth of lessons from a teacher in town that I knew (good teacher) and from that point on, he was self-taught. Everything he played, he'd written himself, he said with a touch of pride.

I pressed the questions a bit. Could he play, say, "Recuerdos de la Alhambra," Tarrega's "Tremolo Study?" No. Could he play "Romance de Amor," a lovely, but fairly simple piece by Anonymous, that almost everyone, classic guitarist or not, takes a shot at? No. Could he play, say, Tarrega's "Lagrima" (a piece my teacher had me playing about two months after I started)? No. How about a Fernando Sor study or two? Uh. . . .   No.

In fact, all he could play were pieces he had worked out himself. They consisted primarily of moving the three bar chords he knew reasonably well up and down the neck while he played arpeggio patterns with his right hand. Not, I would say, on anyone's very long list of "top guitarists."

So when I see someone playing stuff he fairly obviously worked out himself, I tend to wonder if he can play anything written by someone else.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 09:28 PM

I can't see Kurt Cobain on any such list over guys like Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent's axe man) or John Goodsall of Brand X. And a few others have wondered why there's no mention of Django or Carlos Montoya. Indeed.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,mike
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 09:30 AM

I was just about to post the last comment. Moving on indeed!


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: dj bass
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 08:46 AM

Have a look at Andy Mckee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddn4MGaS3N4

The guitar has moved on a lot.

dj


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Billy Nord
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 07:46 AM

The WORST list I ever saw........

Where are :

Allan Holdsworth
Al Di Meola
Steve Vai
Yngwie Malmsteen
Paul Gilbert
Frank Gambale
Pat Metheny
John Petrucci

Are people getting payed to make the list ???
Earn your money next time !!!
Geee.......


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: frogprince
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 09:52 PM

I've been fortunate enough to hear Carlos Montoya, Doc Watson, and Pat Donahue live. My only regret was that Doc wasn't playing solo, so I couldn't pick out just how much of the gorgeous stuff was him personally. I would put Pat Donahue way, way up the list of those in the business today; absolutely stunning in a small concert setting. But I've heard so many lesser-known people with beautiful individual styles, god only knows who the best thousand guitar players are!


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: LukeKellylives (Chris)
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 09:30 PM

I, personally, think Paul Brady, my brother's friend from The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza (wish I knew his name; amazing player), and Adam from Murder by Death (folk rock/strange as hell band).


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Greg B
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 09:05 PM

Don't forget that Leo Kottke credits Pete Seeger playing
'Living in the Country' for inspiring him to take up the
12-string.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: fumblefingers
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 08:43 PM

I don't like any guitar picker who:

1. destroys his instrument on stage.
2. Relies on a wave stick, fuzz box, wah-wah, etc.
3. Sets fires on stage.
4. Can't keep his dope dosage straight.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,r.i.p dimebag Darrell
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 08:21 PM

why isn't dime bag darrell?I think he should be #30


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Chip
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 08:02 PM

If Hendrix is #1 I am the Duke of Earl. For the a list to be meaningful it would have to be divided by genre, you can't compare a flat picker to a rocker.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,mick metalhead
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 07:50 PM

i agree! Angus Young is the alltime greatest! No question!his solo in "Razor's Edge" is freakin sweet. He's the only one i know of who can roll around on stage and not mess u. 4 those of you who don't agree, DEAL WITH IT!!!


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,mrguitar
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 07:43 PM

Angus Young rocks! he's the greatest!


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Brakn
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 03:51 AM

Top 100 Guitarists of All Time - LOL


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Tim theTwangler
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 01:39 AM

Buffy Saint Marie,Bonny Raitt,Dick Appleton.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: DriveForever
Date: 31 Jan 07 - 12:41 AM

Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter (Steely Dan) definitely deserves to be in the top 5.

Eric Johnson also, one of the best fusion guitarists ever.

It was good that Ms. Mitchell was not overlooked; though not a 'lead'
guitarist in the traditional sense, she contributed greatly with
her system of open tunings.

XJapan's Hide !


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 05:21 PM

Mick Pearce does it for me (and he is getting better all the time!)

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 05:00 PM

Brent Mason is the most fabulous guitarist in the world. He is Hendrix,Django,Benson and Albert Lee rolled into one.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Scoville
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 04:19 PM

That's what I was thinking, M.Ted. Sort of an exercise in futility, really.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: M.Ted
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 04:17 PM

Easier, by far, to make a list of a hundred "top" guitarists than to lay out the criteria for what constitutes a "top" guitarist.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Blindlemonsteve
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 04:02 PM

How about the late great "Carl Perkins", or even "Brian Setzer", and how on earth could eddie Cochran have been no 84, every Electric guitar in England had a wound "G" string until he showed us the way, he was a god, and possibly one of the greatest losses in the world of music in the last 50 years.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 11:38 AM


Jeronimo Maya
Vicente Amigo
Paco de Lucia
Sabicas
Diego del Gastor
Nino Ricardo
Paco del Gastor
Moraito
Tomatito
Gerardo Nunez


Resistance is futile....


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Rusty Dobro
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 09:31 AM

Roy Harper - Diz Disley - Ike Isaacs - Blind Blake - Ivor Biggun.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: John Hardly
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 09:07 AM

stumbled upon this top 100 acoustic players...

1. Michael Hedges
2. Leo Kottke
3. Chet Atkins
4. Phil Keaggy
5. John Fahey
6. Adrian Legg
7. Merle Travis
8. John Renbourn
9. Bert Jansch
10. Tommy Emmanuel
11. Norman Blake
12. Doc Watson
13. Preston Reed
14. Nick Webb
15. Tony Rice
16. Jorma Kaukonen
17. Laurence Juber
18. Martin Carthy
19. William Ackerman
20. Sandy Bull
21. John Martyn
22. Don Ross
23. Billy McLaughlin
24. Doyle Dykes
25. Steve Tibbetts
26. David Bromberg
27. Peter Lang
28. Kelly Joe Phelps
29. Alex deGrassi
30. Davy Graham
31. Martin Simpson
32. Monte Montgomery
33. Muriel Anderson
34. G.E. Stinson
35. Pierre Bensusan
36. Bill Mize
37. Al Petteway
38. Peter Finger
39. Craig Chaquico
40. Greg Carmichael
41. Tim Reynolds
42. Pat Kirtley
43. Peter Huttlinger
44. Benjamin Woolman
45. Stephen Bennett
46. Richard Smith
47. Roy Harper
48. Edward Gerhard
49. Peter Rowan
50. Sam Pacetti
51. Kaki King
52. Stefan Grossman
53. El McMeen
54. Miles Gilderdale
55. Eric Tingstad
56. Sean Harkness
57. Doug Smith
58. Peter Ostroushko
59. Tommy Jones
60. D.R. Auten
61. Dirk Freymuth
62. Dan Schwartz
63. Peter Roller
64. Paul Geremia
65. Douglas Niedt
66. William Coulter
67. Tim Farrell
68. Arlen Roth
69. Joni Mitchell
70. Chris Smither
71. Andrew York
72. Jerry Reed
73. Gayla Drake Paul
74. Artie Traum
75. Richard Johnson
76. Thom Bresch
77. David Wilcox
78. Kenny Sultan
79. Steve Baughman
80. Buster B. Jones
81. Robbie Basho
82. Peppino D'Agostino
83. Pat Donohue
84. Mike Dowling
85. Tony McManus
86. Dave Mallany
87. Tim Sparks
88. David Grier
89. Orville Johnson
90. Brooks Williams
91. George Villiers
92. Rick Ruskin
93. Greg Neaga
94. Dorian Michael
95. Charles David Alexander
96. Tom Long
97. Richard Gilewitz
98. Jim Earp
99. Tracy Moore
100. Michael Dunn

and this top 100 pre-war acoustic guitarists...

1. Kokomo Arnold
2. Pink Anderson
3. Ed Andrews
4. Son Becky
5. Ed Bell
6. Black Ace
7. Scrapper Blackwell
8. Kid Bailey
9. Willie Baker
10. Blind Blake
11. Billy Bird
13. Ishman Bracey
14. Big Bill Broonzy
15. William Brown
16. Willie Brown
17. Bo Carter
18. Joe Callicott
19. Rev Edward Clayborn
20. Kid Cole
21. Bob Coleman
22. Walter Coleman
23. Sam Collins
24. Blind Teddy Darby
25. Rev. Gary Davis
26. Little Buddy Doyle
27. Honeyboy Edwards
28. Frank Edwards
29. Sleepy John Estes
30. Blind Boy Fuller
31. Blind Roosevelt Graves
32. Richard "Hacksaw" Harney
33. Blind Willie Harris
34. Willie Harris
35. Buddy Boy Hawkins
36. Johnnie Head
37. Barbecue Bob Hicks
38. King Solomon Hill
39. Lightnin' Hopkins
40. Son House
41. Peg Leg Howell
42. Mississippi John Hurt
43. Bo Weevil Jackson
44. Skip James
45. Blind Lemon Jefferson
46. Blind Willie Johnson
47. Lonnie Johnson
48. Robert Johnson
49. Tommy Johnson
50. Coley Jones
51. Little Hat Jones
52. Charley Jordan
53. Rube Lacy
54. Furry Lewis
55. Mance Lipscomb
56. Robert Jr. Lockwood
57. Carl Martin
58. Tommy McClennan
59. Charlie McCoy
60. Kansas Joe McCoy
61. Mississippi Fred McDowell
62. Blind Willie McTell
63. Memphis Minnie
64. William Moore
65. Buddy Moss
66. Sonny Boy Nelson
67. Isaiah Nettles
68. Hambone Willie Newbern
69. Robert Nighthawk
70. Blind Benny Paris
71. Charley Patton
72. Robert Petway
73. Eugene Powell
74. Willie Reed
75. Blind Joe Reynolds
76. Walter Rhodes
77. Mooch Richardson
78. Sonny Scott
79. Johnny Shines
80. Jaydee Short
81. J.T. "Funny Paper" Smith
82. Frank Stokes
83. Blind Joe Taggert
84. Tampa Red (Hudson Whittaker)
85. Johnnie Temple
86. Elvie Thomas
87. Henry Thomas
88. Ramblin' Thomas
89. Henry Townsend
90. Walter Vincson
91. Otto Virgial
92. Uncle Bud Walker
93. Willie Walker
94. Rev. I. B. Ware
95. Curley Weaver
96. Sylvester Weaver
97. Casey Bill Weldon
98. Peetie Wheatstraw
99. Bukka White
100. Robert Wilkins


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Nick
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 08:59 AM

>>I have always felt that Jimi was highly over rated, a lot of great playing but lacking in any inate subtlety or understatement. He is a great rock player but not a great guitarist.

I don't think he was overrated in his own time but I think listening to a lot of his material now it sounds limited, dated and often too rooted round pentatonic blues scales with some over the top pyrotechnics thrown in.

However... and it's a big one

Some of his playing is beautifully understated,lyrical, melodic and subtle.

Wind Cries Mary - Little Wing - rhythm playing on Angel - 1983 on Electric Ladyland - unaccompanied piece at the end of Woodstock - are a few that immediately come to mind. And as a straight blues player (when he does it) he stands up there with the best.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 08:38 AM

I have always felt that Jimi was highly over rated, a lot of great playing but lacking in any inate subtlety or understatement. He is a great rock player but not a great guitarist.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Alec
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 06:55 AM

Or Somebody nobody has ever heard of... (Well it could happen)


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Nick
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 06:50 AM

What about Steve Vai - stunning guitarist (who I think eclipses his teacher Joe Satriani)

Or Jan Akkerman...

Or Eric Johnson...


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 29 Jan 07 - 05:49 PM

So we're all agreed .....complete load of crap. some journalist talking bollocks for this weeks paycheck.

too much of that stuff going on.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 07 - 01:16 PM

With all due respect, how can any list that puts George Harrison above Mark Knopfler be taken seriously. As for Hendrix as the all time best, I would disagree and put Eric Clapton, Ellen MacIllwaine and Stevie Ray ahead of him. Just my opinion tho.


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Subject: RE: Top 100 Guitarists of All Time
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 07 - 01:13 PM

Where is Bruce Cockburn, Martin Simpson, Paco delucia, Ellen MacIllwaine, Yangwe Malmsteen. My Top man would be Lenny Breau.


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