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Instrumental Rock Poll - Who Is The Greatest? Read Before Voting.
Who is the greatest?
Best Player
Steve Vai [ 15 ] ** [27.78%]
Joe Satriani [ 11 ] ** [20.37%]
Paul Gilbert [ 13 ] ** [24.07%]
Buckethead [ 4 ] ** [7.41%]
Andy Timmons [ 7 ] ** [12.96%]
Eric Johnson [ 2 ] ** [3.70%]
Michael Angelo Batio [ 2 ] ** [3.70%]
Who has the best tone?
Steve Vai [ 10 ] ** [18.52%]
Joe Satriani [ 8 ] ** [14.81%]
Paul Gilbert [ 3 ] ** [5.56%]
Buckethead [ 1 ] ** [1.85%]
Andy Timmons [ 13 ] ** [24.07%]
Eric Johnson [ 18 ] ** [33.33%]
Michael Angelo Batio [ 1 ] ** [1.85%]
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JVM
Aug 2 2008, 03:13 AM
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It is high time we cleared this up guys. When I say "rock instrumentalist", that conjures up a wide variety of players who could be included. But I'm going to impose a lot of criteria on who makes it into this poll. Basically, I mean "shredders", if thats what you want to call them. Satch and his ilk. So here are the criteria:

1) Must be known primarily for their instrumental rock guitar work. So, on one hand no Kirk Hammets, and on the other no Greg Howe.

2) Must have at least two albums released. Sorry, Guthrie.

3) Must be alive, relatively famous and somewhat recent, active in the last 10 years.

So these are the criteria. No Jeff Beck and guys like him. Don't get me wrong, I love Beck, and he fits most of the criteria but he just doesn't play the same kind of thing as the guys I'm thinking of. I will include Buckethead because I think he mostly fits within the same type of music, and I know is very popular. Let me know if I missed anyone.

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Aug 2 2008, 03:50 AM
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Hmmm.... Gonna have to think a bit on this one befor voting. Might want to include Malmsteen, Batio, Cooley and please include Chris Impellitteri, if we are talking about shredder's. smile.gif

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Aug 2 2008, 04:01 AM
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How the heck was John 5 not on the list?!

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Aug 2 2008, 04:14 AM
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None of those guys are the "Greatest". What I mean is... it's Virtually Impossible to pick who is the Greatest. It's all subjective and gonna come down to People picking there favorites

As far as my favorites go, Gotta go with EJ. And PG a close second.

BTW JVM, you've got to hear the song "Pavilion" from the Venus Isles record (If you haven't already) probably my new Favorite Eric Johnson song ohmy.gif

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Aug 2 2008, 04:18 AM
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Between the choices you gave for me, respectly...Vai and Johnson

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Aug 2 2008, 05:07 AM
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I voted for Paul Gilbert ad him again on tone, but I don't really know about tone.

Paul is gangsta...

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QUOTE (skennington @ Aug 1 2008, 10:50 PM) *
Hmmm.... Gonna have to think a bit on this one befor voting. Might want to include Malmsteen, Batio, Cooley and please include Chris Impellitteri, if we are talking about shredder's. smile.gif


I would argue that none of those guys except perhaps Batio fit the criteria, though I should have probably added Batio. Apologies. The rest though, not in the same vein as the other guys IMO.

As for John 5, I would say he is primarily known for being Marilyn Manson's guitarist, not primarily known as an instrumentalist.

There's tons and tons of people I could have added to the list, and even some of my favorites are missing (Thomas Blug for example) but you have to draw the line somewhere or you'll end up with a massive list. I would say these guys are the most well known in their genres, though I do agree Batio should have been on the list... I'll add him.

For the record, my votes went to Gilbert and Timmons, respectively. I love all the guys on the poll and more, but Gilbert always managed to get me. Some of the other guys can be too technical, a little cheesy sometimes maybe, etc but Gilbert always comes through for me. I think it's his attitude. He's hilarious and a really nice guy too. I mean listen to "Terrible Man", I can't get through the song without laughing, yet the whole record melts my face too!\

Also, I mean... come on!. Freaking incredible.

As for tone, I decided a while back that it was Timmons, no question, hands down.

QUOTE (Slammer @ Aug 1 2008, 11:14 PM) *
None of those guys are the "Greatest". What I mean is... it's Virtually Impossible to pick who is the Greatest. It's all subjective and gonna come down to People picking there favorites

As far as my favorites go, Gotta go with EJ. And PG a close second.

BTW JVM, you've got to hear the song "Pavilion" from the Venus Isles record (If you haven't already) probably my new Favorite Eric Johnson song ohmy.gif


As you said, it's impossible to pick who is the greatest. I suppose you could say I'm not really interested in that, I just want everyone's opinion on these guys. I think these guys represent the (deservedly) most famous in their genres respectively. It's not meant to include everyone nor is it meant to be the be all end all of guitarist polls either.

It's just that these guys are the most common ones brought up among rock instrumentalist discussions. They're the fan favorites, kind of a battle of the champions.

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This topic is really tough and subjective. All those guitarists on the list are "the greatest"! Perhaps there is no The greatest. Michael Angelo Batio is well known for his melting speed. Vai is well known for his tremolo playing. Eric Johnson is really good in unique blues phrasing..Really Tough.

By the way, Why Marty Friedman is missing on the list? He has released instrumental albums if I'm not mistaken since 1988. The lastest 1 was released in 2006. wink.gif blink.gif

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This topic is really tough and subjective. All those guitarists on the list are "the greatest"! Perhaps there is no The greatest. Michael Angelo Batio is well known for his melting speed. Vai is well known for his tremolo playing. Eric Johnson is really good in unique blues phrasing..Really Tough.

By the way, Why Marty Friedman is missing on the list? He has released 5 instrumental albums if I'm not mistaken since 1988. The lastest 1 was released in 2006. wink.gif blink.gif

Regards.

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Aug 2 2008, 07:31 AM
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QUOTE (SensE @ Aug 2 2008, 02:23 AM) *
This topic is really tough and subjective. All those guitarists on the list are "the greatest"! Perhaps there is no The greatest. Michael Angelo Batio is well known for his melting speed. Vai is well known for his tremolo playing. Eric Johnson is really good in unique blues phrasing..Really Tough.

By the way, Why Marty Friedman is missing on the list? He has released instrumental albums if I'm not mistaken since 1988. The lastest 1 was released in 2006. wink.gif blink.gif

Regards.

This topic is really tough and subjective. All those guitarists on the list are "the greatest"! Perhaps there is no The greatest. Michael Angelo Batio is well known for his melting speed. Vai is well known for his tremolo playing. Eric Johnson is really good in unique blues phrasing..Really Tough.

By the way, Why Marty Friedman is missing on the list? He has released 5 instrumental albums if I'm not mistaken since 1988. The lastest 1 was released in 2006. wink.gif blink.gif

Regards.


Friedman is one of my favorites. I didn't include him for two reasons. One, he is more well known for his playing with megadeth, which is really more metal than rock. Two, if I included him, I'd have to start allowing a bunch of other players like Jason Becker, Yngwie, etc. But feel free to make a greatest metal guitarist if you wish.

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Satriani and Johnson.

Satriani as "greatest" cause he has had
so many tunes that are almost best seller hits,kind a chart stuff.
Specially with Surfing With The Alien album. biggrin.gif

And Johnson for tone,,,the man HAS a tone. wink.gif

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Buckethead, but VERY close to Paul Gilbert (wish i had 2 votes), i just thnk bucketheads pinky is too fast. And i just wanna say i think satch is the best to listen to but i think bucket and paul are the best shredders. smile.gif And Eric Johnson for tone, but i was close to voting for satch.

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Well you know me... I will follow Satch anywhere so he is the greatest in my opinion.

But tone wise, Andy Timmons gets a vote from me smile.gif

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Why isnt Muris on there his albums better then most of the listed Artists which i have listened to there so called best albums and they arent a patch on it(Genuine opinion not butt kissing)

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Satriani for me smile.gif

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Dude, can´t you just add all of the above as an option? tongue.gif

There is no way I could decide between all those guys. rolleyes.gif

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my Vote went to Satriani

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I went for Vai on both, Although Eric Johnson and Batio are a close second.

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My vote went to EJ, both smile.gif

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