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post Nov 27 2007, 10:45 PM
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This thread is related to the GMC 100 greatest guitarists of all time thread

Ok, so we have a dilema. It seems that there are folks here that dont believe Mr. Jimi Hendrix deserves the top spot on our list. He's been at the top of so many of these lists already that its hard to imagine not giving this spot to him (some folks even think he should be excluded from the list entirely). So I wanna hear what all of you think about this.

Should Jimi Hendrix be given the #1 spot because he deserves it, or should we give it to someone more deserving. I'd like to hear your reasoning.


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post Nov 27 2007, 10:50 PM
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It all depends on your taste, thats why these lists don't work. Some people like a guitarist for their technical ability. I go by the music they create, Hendrix made amazing and out of this world stuff. The guitar was just a part of him, he was like an alien when he played Voodoo Child at Woodstock, such an amazing performance. In my opinion no one has come close to him and probably never will. But that is just my opinion and it is going to be different to the next 10 people to read this. Again, that is why these 'Big Lists' do not work and I will not post my list.

So yes Hendrix at the top wink.gif

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post Nov 27 2007, 10:52 PM
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I dont think he should be nr. 1, but he certainly need to be in the top 100.


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post Nov 27 2007, 10:53 PM
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QUOTE (Hemlok @ Nov 27 2007, 01:50 PM) *
It all depends on your taste, thats why these lists don't work. Some people like a guitarist for their technical ability. I go by the music they create, Hendrix made amazing and out of this world stuff. The guitar was just a part of him, he was like an alien when he played Voodoo Child at Woodstock, such an amazing performance. In my opinion no one has come close to him and probably never will. But that is just my opinion and it is going to be different to the next 10 people to read this. Again, that is why these 'Big Lists' do not work and I will not post my list.

So yes Hendrix at the top wink.gif



well of course big lists dont work, and they dont represent (entirely) how things really are. But they come close, and hey they are fun to read.


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post Nov 27 2007, 10:56 PM
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QUOTE (Spiderusalem @ Nov 27 2007, 10:53 PM) *
well of course big lists dont work, and they dont represent (entirely) how things really are. But they come close, and hey they are fun to read.

They are fun to make/read, but they make absolutely no sense at all. There are no "best" guitarists.


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post Nov 27 2007, 11:00 PM
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No, Hendrix doesn't deserve number one. But he still should be on the list.
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post Nov 27 2007, 11:01 PM
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I don't care much for lists and ranking though I could from time to time generalize and say something like - Eddie is #1 - but that would rahter mean I put Eddie in a great bubble containing numerous guitarists. A bubble rather than a list. ... huh.gif I mean why 100, my bubble can contain any number of great guitarists. Hendrix is definniteley inside that bubble.


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post Nov 27 2007, 11:01 PM
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I dont think he is the greatest guitarist ever in the world tongue.gif ,but if you had to select someone for what they have passed on from there carrer i guess it would be fair to put him in the top spot.Reason is he just made his own thing back then before anybody else had played or heard stuff like that,so i would be cool seeing him at #1. no matter who it is someone will disagree anyway so i say let him have it tongue.gif


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post Nov 27 2007, 11:04 PM
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IMO, there should only be lists of the most popular or the most influential guitarists (Hendrix should be on top of that one for sure). I think best guitarists list are mostly just stupid.


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post Nov 27 2007, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE (botoxfox @ Nov 27 2007, 11:04 PM) *
IMO, there should only be lists of the most popular or the most influential guitarists (Hendrix should be on top of that one for sure). I think best guitarists list are mostly just stupid.

That makes sense yeah. Robert Johnson should be nr. 2 after Hendrix then, imo.


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post Nov 27 2007, 11:07 PM
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QUOTE (botoxfox @ Nov 27 2007, 02:04 PM) *
IMO, there should only be lists of the most popular or the most influential guitarists (Hendrix should be on top of that one for sure). I think best guitarists list are mostly just stupid.

true, best is a loose term

thats why I'm using "greatest" which is not much better but has more rigid guidelines than "best"


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Ahhh a great debate item!

The 60's had many great guitarist, but they were even wowed by Hendrix. He created a sound and style no one had ever seen or heard before. He took blues, jazz, and rock put it in a melting pot and created music history. The technology back then was not what it is today but yet he still manage to produce a sound and style that most guitarist/groups still copy today. Overdriven amps and feedback were not very popular back then but Jimi made them a main stay in rock music. With the exception of maybe Frank Zappa no one used a wah wah the way Hendrix did to the point, that once again, his use made the wah a staple of rock music. His improvisation made him unique and original, and he showed just what an electric guitar could really do. The fact that he died at such a young age just makes me wonder what else he could have done for rock and music in general.

Now Hendrix is not my favourite guitarist but he is way up there on my list. However if you take into consideration his contrabutions to rock music, his effect on rock history, and the era of which he play...I can't see why you wouldn't put him as number one.

This is just my rant....thanks for letting me ramble smile.gif

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post Nov 28 2007, 12:20 AM
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Hendrix was one of the best guitarists out there... in his time! Now, don't get me wrong, I still think that he's an amazing guitarist, but there are many others out there that should be above him on a list of the greatest guitarists of all time. His music pushed boundaries and created ideas that have influenced just about all modern music and guitarists out there. So he should defynatly ( I'm running low on mispellings! ohmy.gif laugh.gif ) be high on the list, but not #1 for sure.

Note: I also don't just mean modern guitarists that are more talented. What about classical guitarists, who have been around for hundreds of years? Many of these people were much more talented than him, but his ideas were new and very creative.

Note #2: biggrin.gif It also depends on what exactly the list is of; the most influential, and most skilled, the best musician, it goes on and on! I'm guessing that the intention of this list is the best all-around, which means you have to take everything into account. And, once again, while Hendrix was very influential, I do not think by a long shot that he was the most skilled or had the best music.

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QUOTE (botoxfox @ Nov 27 2007, 11:04 PM) *
IMO, there should only be lists of the most popular or the most influential guitarists (Hendrix should be on top of that one for sure). I think best guitarists list are mostly just stupid.



I agree to this , how can you judge who is a better guitarist? ..Hendrix was one of the most influential guitarist of all time and inspired many guitarist today that have surpass him in skill and what not ..

Some people would claim blind that yngwie malmsteen is the best guitarist in the world , Just because they love speed speed speed , to them he is the best .. Where as in my opinion Paul gilbert is the best tongue.gif ..

But for the next 100 guys , all would believe otherwise , So most influential guitarist would be a better list then THE BEST GUITARIST .. because if you put your so called best guitarist in a different context like jazz and blues they might not be the best already , so how do you judge? putting yngwie in Jazz he will clearly be the bottom of the list , putting eddie van halen in Jazz / African style music and let him have a go at that , he would clearly be at the bottom as well ..

But personally Jimi hendrix would be number 1 though i don't like his stuff but he was the most influential guitarist of all time rolleyes.gif


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Personally I like Micke's bubble idea best - you don;t have to rank them in order then ,,,


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Nov 27 2007, 03:31 PM) *
Personally I like Micke's bubble idea best - you don;t have to rank them in order then ,,,


what if instead of giving them outright numbers, we gave them ranks, like the top 10 in no particular order, then the next 20 in no particular order? like a gold category, silver category, ect....


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post Nov 28 2007, 01:08 AM
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This argument reminded me of the top 50 heaviest bands of all time topic that I was in a long while ago in a forum. Led Zeppelin was number 1 btw. My opinion wouldn't change for both. Zeppelin wasn't heavy at all, it was just a publicity stunt to put the popular one on top. Surely there are probably millions of bands out there heavier than Zeppelin but Revolver magazine put them number 1.

This also goes to my opinion based on Hendrix being number one. Hes, good but not the best. If were picking people based on changing rock history why not put Elvis Costello up there. He's the king of rock.


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QUOTE (VinceG @ Nov 28 2007, 01:08 AM) *
This argument reminded me of the top 50 heaviest bands of all time topic that I was in a long while ago in a forum. Led Zeppelin was number 1 btw. My opinion wouldn't change for both. Zeppelin wasn't heavy at all, it was just a publicity stunt to put the popular one on top. Surely there are probably millions of bands out there heavier than Zeppelin but Revolver magazine put them number 1.

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Oh and, Chuck Berry definitely needs a spot close to number one. Wasnt he like, the start of rock'n'roll?


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post Nov 28 2007, 01:58 AM
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Personally, i really loathe these lists.

Secondly, i dont think he should be number 1 (my oppinion) , and lastly, i think people say he should be number 1 because its so typical to put him there.
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Nov 27 2007, 06:31 PM) *
Personally I like Micke's bubble idea best - you don;t have to rank them in order then ,,,


Yeah I agree, that is a good idea.
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