100 greatest guitarest list....

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    ok folkes what can we pick apart about this list?.....someone to high?....to low?.....not on it?.....should not be on it?............

    Criteria: - Guitarists are ranked for their impact, influence,
    creativity, versatility, originality, technical skill and lasting popularity.....*means deceased


    1. Jimi Hendrix* - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    2. Eric Clapton - Yardbirds, Cream, Derek & The Dominos, Solo
    3. Jimmy Page - Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Firm
    4. Jeff Beck - Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group, Solo
    5. Eddie Van Halen - Van Halen
    6. Stevie Ray Vaughan* - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
    7. Joe Satriani - Solo
    8. Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmores Night
    9. Steve Vai - David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Solo
    10. David Gilmour - Pink Floyd, Solo
    11. John Petrucci - Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment
    12. Randy Rhoads* - Quiet Riot, Ozzy
    13. Allan Holdsworth - Solo
    14. Paul Gilbert - Mr. Big, Racer X, Solo
    15. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force, Solo
    16. Phil Keaggy - Glass Harp, Solo
    17. Jason Becker - Cacophony, David Lee Roth Band, Solo
    18. John Mclaughlin- Mahavishnu Orchestra
    19. Duane Allman* - Allman Brothers Band, Derek & the Dominos
    20. Chuck Berry - Solo
    21. Eric Johnson - Solo
    22. Steve Howe - Yes, Solo
    23. Neal Schon - Santana, Journey, Solo
    24. Brian May - Queen
    25. Gary Moore - Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, Skid Row, Solo
    26. Bo Diddley* - Solo
    27. Steve Morse - Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Solo
    28. Carlos Santana - Santana
    29. Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath
    30. Buckethead - Solo, Praxis, Thanatopsis, The Deli Creeps, Cornbugs, GNR,
    31. Mark Knopfler - Dire Straits, Solo
    32. Marty Friedman - Cacophony, Megadeth, Solo
    33. Nuno Bettencourt - Extreme, Mourning Widows
    34. Shawn Lane* - Black Oak Arkansas, Willy, Solo
    35. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
    36. Uli Jon Roth - Scorpions, Solo
    37. Terry Kath* - Chicago Transit Authority
    38. Alex Lifeson - Rush
    39. Frank Zappa* - Mothers of Invention, Solo
    40. Rory Gallagher* - Solo
    41. Dimebag Darrell* - Pantera
    42. Peter Green - Fleetwood Mac, Solo
    43. Robin Trower - Procal Harum, Solo
    44. Slash - Guns N' Roses, Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver
    45. Mick Taylor - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones
    46. Robert Fripp - King Crimson
    47. Tom Morello - Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave
    48. Michael Schenker - Scorpions, UFO, MSG, Contraband
    49. Ry Cooder - Solo
    50. Angus Young - AC/DC
    51. Keith Richards - Rolling Stones, Solo
    52. Michael Angelo Batio - Nitro, Solo
    53. John Squire - Stone Roses
    54. Pete Townshend - The Who
    55. Steve Hackett - Genisis
    56. Zakk Wylde - Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society
    57. George Harrison* - Beatles, Traveling Wilberys, Solo
    58. Alvin Lee - Ten Years After
    59. Dave Davies - Kinks
    60. Jerry Cantrell - Alice In Chains, Solo
    61. Steve Stevens - Billy Idol
    62. Johnny Winter - Solo
    63. Dickie Betts - Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern
    64. John Cipollina* - Quicksilver Messenger Service
    65. Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
    66. Steve Cropper - Booker T. & MG's/Stax sessions
    67. Adrian Belew - King Crimson
    68. Joe Bonamassa - Solo
    69. Steve Lukather - Toto, Solo
    70. Jerry Garcia* - Grateful Dead
    71. Joe Perry - Aerosmith
    72. Prince - Prince & The Revolution
    73. Kim Mitchell - Max Webster, Solo
    74. Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
    75. Dave Murray - Iron Maiden
    76. Neil Young - Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Solo
    77. Billy Gibbons - ZZ Top
    78. Tony MacAlpine - Solo
    79. Mike McCready - Pearl Jam
    80. Adam Jones - Tool
    81. Gary Hoey - Solo
    82. Leslie West - Mountain, Solo
    83. Peter Frampton - Humble Pie, Frampton's Camel, Solo
    84. Dick Dale - Del-Tones
    85. Vito Bratta - White Lion
    86. Mickey "Guitar" Baker - 50's sessions/ Mickey & Sylvia
    87. John Frusciante - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    88. Ronnie Montrose - Montrose, Edgar Winter Group
    89. Mick Ronson* - David Bowie, Solo
    90. Roy Buchanan* - Solo
    91. Warren Haynes - Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule
    92. Vinnie Moore - Alice Cooper, Solo
    93. Robbie Krieger - Doors, Solo
    94. Chris DeGarmo - Queensryche
    95. Jake E. Lee - Cutting Crew, Ozzy, Badlands, Solo
    96. Glen Tipton - Judas Priest
    97. Joe Walsh - James Gang, Eagles, Solo
    98. K.K. Downing - Judas Priest
    99. Eddie Hazel* - Funkadelic
    100. Alex Skolnick-Testament
     
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    The top 5 is about right although I'd rather listen to Clapton than Hendrix any day of the week. But Townsend at 54??? Knopfler below Buckethead???

    That's just silly.
     
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    Hendrix is waaaaayy over rated. He is famous for being dead. If he had lived, he wouldn't be on any list like this. Stevie Ray isn't over rated but the same principle applies. He garnered more fame in death than life.

    The greatest guitar player alive is Doc Watson. Period.
     
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    who?
     
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    yeah, all the list you will find ignore people like Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Doc. No one on that list could take a guitarist duel with any of the afore mentioned. Clapton is a good acoustic guy but he can't keep up with the likes of these guys.

    I love rock n roll but it is not the realm of the greatest guitarist.
     
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    I really enjoy listening to and watching Warren Haynes.
     
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    I agree to a point. EC does play a fine Martin. I would also add Neil Young as a good acoustic guy.
     
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    I don't think Randy Rhodes should be down as far as 12, and I think him and Yngwie should be about neck in neck...
     
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    I suppose it's accurate if you include: impact, influence, creativity, versatility, originality, technical skill and lasting popularity.

    I tend to rate guitarists based on creativity, versatility, originality and technical skill. Based on that, my list would be much different. My list would have other greats such as Chris Impellitteri, Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins. (I can't believe they were left off the list.)
     
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    How about "just really don't suck"? Good enough qualifier for me. Besides, how can you throw longevity in there for someone like RR? He died when he was so young...
     

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