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From: EF Hutton
29-May-18
Jimi Hendrix

Jimmy Page

From: sleepyhunter
29-May-18
Hendrix

From: spike78
29-May-18
Hendrix followed by David Gilmour and Prince.

29-May-18
Don’t discount Carlos Santana.

From: nowheels
29-May-18
Hard to choose between those two, but I personally like Zeppelin (Page) a little more.

.......but just think of what Jimi would have turned out had he lived longer!

From: MT in MO
29-May-18
I'd have to go with Hendrix, but Page is pretty close...I use Hendrix's Purple Haze as my ring tone...I always know when it is my phone ringing...8^)

From: JTV
29-May-18

From: JTV
29-May-18
Never was a big Hendrix fan, no matter what his legend was... I'll take Page over him...... Ive never been a huge fan of the 'Stones nor Jim Morrison either ... I would put Jeff Beck up there in the top 5 ..

29-May-18
Hendrix...to think otherwise is just manic depression.

From: bb
29-May-18
I agree with nowheels, it's a tough call but I'm more partial to Page. I heard it said once that Jimi Hendricks was asked who the best guitarist was and he said Duane Allman. Don't know if he actually said that but You could make a good case for that.

From: Pig Doc
29-May-18
Hendrix.

Clapton is my favorite.

From: spike78
29-May-18
No doubting best guitar solo of all time is David Gilmour comfortably numb.

From: Shuteye
29-May-18

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They were good but today I will take Kenny Vaughan and Marty Stewart. Two of the best guitar players on earth.

From: Stephengiles
29-May-18
Jimmy page for technical ability. Jims Hendrix for expression.

From: 7mm08
29-May-18
Joe Bonamassa... period.

From: petedrummond
29-May-18
Hendrix the innovator and the first to create new sounds.

From: Woods Walker
29-May-18
X2 on Marty Stewart.

From: EF Hutton
29-May-18
Stephengiles got it right.

Technical goes to page

Unique, expression = Hendrix

Its about making the guitar talk.

From: sleepyhunter
29-May-18
Need to work in Billy Gibbons.

From: petedrummond
29-May-18
Hendrix was left handed but his dad thought that was the mark of the devil and made him play right handed and he became ambidextrous. He picked on the neck of the guitar with his right hand. He would drop his left picking hand and pick on the neck with only his right hand. There is black and white video of him playing hey joe picking with his teeth. Google it.

From: elkmtngear
29-May-18
Hendrix actually took a right handed Strat, flipped it over, and restrung it so he could play left handed. Changed the sound and dynamics of the Strat...and changed History a bit.

That being said, I agree with Stephengiles...Technical to Page, Expression to Hendrix

From: Rocky
29-May-18
..of those two Jimmy Page easily....no contest There were/are so many great guitarist it is hard to compare when true TALENT is in the spotlight. Acoustics...hands down from the musicians own mouth and I do believe them was Duane Allman. Clean electric /call and response/ phrasing....Mark Knoplfler/Jeff Beck/ Alvin Lee and for clean outright dueling speed Hughie "the Flame" Thomassen was unmatched.

I am going to crack some eggs here but....take out the short lived "acid rock" and Hendrix would not crack the top 100 IMO for pure musical string manipulation....but then again except for the talented Don Henley I could not stand the Eagles either and we know how insanely popular they were. When my father started humming their tunes I knew they were not for me. ;-)

The Rock

From: Glunt@work
29-May-18
So many greats. Technically "best" is probably a session guitarist we have all heard play but don't know the name.

Acoustic, my favorite was Michael Hedges. Died young but wrote and played amazing and was great at making a single guitar sound like several people.

Page is great but not as clean a player as many. Hendrix was innovative and was gone before we got to see what his talent might have evolved in to.

From: sundowner
29-May-18
Roy Clark is my favorite. And Chet Atkins.

From: Solo
29-May-18
On that line, Glen Campbell was awesome at lead guitar and would be a close comparison to any of the top rockers out there when he was in his prime.

From: bb
30-May-18
Can't forget Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughn

From: DL
30-May-18
I wonder if Hendrix hadn’t died at 28 what his skills would have become?

From: Jim Moore
30-May-18
Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) put out an album together. Pretty impressive. That said, Joe Satriani is pretty handy.

From: Owl
30-May-18
Not even close. Both were groundbreaking and influential but Page was at least coherent. I can see where Hendrix expanded the limits of the instrument, sure. But he's difficult to listen to on many of his cuts.

I still believe if Steve Gaines had lived another decade or two, he'd be the starting point for many GOAT lists. But that did not happen and he's not. I agree with bb, Duane gets serious consideration if for no other reason than Clapton deferred to him.

SRV is so good, he broke away from the other celestial bodies and created his own gravity. Page, BB King, Hendrix, Allman, Van Halen - they all did that. But Roy Clarke is probably the greatest living guitar player.;)

From: EF Hutton
30-May-18
I do not think Roy Clark is in the catagory ; not even close to what this thread is about. Its about making a guitar talk- freaky.

From: EF Hutton
30-May-18

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Page obviously. How can you beat this -

From: spike78
30-May-18
One great guitarist who is highly underrated would be Alex Lifeson of Rush. Phenomenal guitarist nobody hardly knows about.

From: Nomad @ work
30-May-18
Robert Johnson........Influenced them all!

From: JL
30-May-18
I think there are a lot of guitarists who can make a guitar speak....if that is the context. Uncle Ted is real good at that. Check out his Youtube of Hibernation. He has also been performing much longer than most guitarists dead or alive.

I think Brian Setzer can make a guitar sound good. Eddie Van Halen is another one. Prince was real good too. Who was a big influence....Chuck Berry without a doubt.

From: K Cummings
30-May-18

I like a kid that can play rhythm and lead at the same time.

:)

KPC

From: Scar Finga
30-May-18
Can't leave out Satriani, extremely technical. SRV was awesome. IMHO, Gilmore is the best. Page and Hendrix had different styles, hard to compare them, but I guess Page.

John Williams is one of best acoustical guitar players in the world, extremely clean. But he is classically trained. Steve Stevens is also great ... Too many to list!

From: Owl
30-May-18
If the standard is "freaky," then my listening tastes do not qualify me to answer.

From: MT in MO
30-May-18
The OP was only comparing Hendrix to Page. Not Hendrix and/or Page to every guitar player in history. You guys are worse than trying to herd cats...8^)

From: spike78
30-May-18
That is an unfair comparison as Hendrix did not live long enough to know his full potential.

From: Bowbender
30-May-18
“The OP was only comparing Hendrix to Page. Not Hendrix and/or Page to every guitar player in history. You guys are worse than trying to herd cats...8^)”

So you’re saying the thread got off track. On the CF?

From: spike78
30-May-18
No different then broadhead threads lol

From: Rhody
30-May-18
When the Dixie Dregs came upon the scene, for pure raw talent Steve Morse as a guitar player. He's what? currently touring with Deep Purple.... recently did a Dregs reunion tour... dang missed that one.

From: South Farm
30-May-18
Some of you just can't stick to the rules, can you?? He didn't say name your favorite guitar player or most of you would have unabashedly responded Roy Clark! lol

There was ONLY two options, and the correct answer is Hendrix..

From: sundowner
30-May-18
"I do not think Roy Clark is in the catagory ; not even close to what this thread is about. Its about making a guitar talk- freaky."

Obviously you have not seen, nor heard Roy Clark play the guitar.

From: sundowner
30-May-18
Ok....by the "rules" then.....lol.....Of those two, Hendrix was the better guitarist.

And neither of them comes close to Roy Clark's talent. Nor Chet Atkin's. And that's a fact.

Hendrix was the better of the two you mentioned........But if you're running for 10th place, what does it matter?

---sundowner

From: EF Hutton
30-May-18

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Check out #1

From: sundowner
30-May-18
So what qualifies David Fricke to decide who is the best guitarist?

From: bigeasygator
30-May-18
This isn't even up for debate. Hendrix. And it's not even close.

From: Bowbender
30-May-18
When Alex Lifeson or Gary Richtath don’t make the Top 100 but Joan Jett does, it’s a bullshit list.

From: bowbender77
30-May-18
Hendrix then...Bonamassa now.

From: bill v
30-May-18
Page. For me

And now , I’m with a few other guys here, Bonamassa Just simply incredible!

Bill v

From: sundowner
30-May-18
Agreed Bowbender. Lifeson was better than either Hendrix or Page.

None better than Clark.

From: EF Hutton
30-May-18

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From: Mint
30-May-18
Hendrix but there are so many great.s Always enjoyed listening to Ritchie Blackmore, Tommy Bolin and Gary Moore.

From: JL
30-May-18
A point of soapbox order that has broad application.

If the choice was only 2 guitarists....this would be a one-n-done and very short thread that would likely die on the vine once the usual posters say their piece. Without some latitude for thread drift....and this happens frequently, many threads would loose their interest after a few posts and become boring. Off the soapbox.....

From: longbowbud
30-May-18
Roy Clark was a genius, he could play any thing he wanted, watch his malaguena rendition.

From: elkmtngear
30-May-18
As far as here and now, I'm with some of the others...Joe Bonamassa blows my mind.

I'm a musician...but not fit to shine his shoes!

From: spike78
30-May-18
That Rolling Stones list is crap. But one thing is for sure guitarist number 1000 sure has way more money then I will ever have lol.

From: Owl
30-May-18
Guitar playing is phrasing and Hendrix couldn't hang with Page, imo, along that criteria. Iconic? Yes, he's great. Page is better. Song crafting has to count, too...

Bonamassa is AMAZING. Derek Trucks, as well but do yourselves a favor and see Marcus King live at least once. He's the only guy out there who can stand on the shoulders of Duane, Dickey and Toy.

From: 7mm08
30-May-18

From: 7mm08
30-May-18
Bonamassa's "Blues Deluxe" is about as close to perfection as one can get in guitar playing. AMAZING. Check his performance(s) out at Royal Albert Hall. Then check him out performing "Mountain Time" at the same venue, less "bluesey" but phenominal.

From: Mpdh
30-May-18
The answers will lean toward who plays your favorite music. A lot of great names have been mentioned and I’ve listened to most of their music. I guess Led Zep is my favorite so there’s my answer.

From: Owl
31-May-18
Well, yes. If you ain't reaching folks, you won't be heard. Song crafting matters. There's a reason Yngwie Malmsteen did not roll off anyone's fingertips, yet. lol

From: bigeasygator
31-May-18
If we're expanding the list in putting Page in context, I think he's about right where he is - somewhere in the back half of the Top 10. I personally wouldn't put him in front of Hendrix, Clapton, King, Allman, or Johnson.

From: Tonybear61
31-May-18
Whaaa no Ted Nugent fans out there??

Which of these picks drunk himself into oblivion and died, overdosed and which ones are still alive and drug free??

Roy Clark could kick butt on just about anyone, anywhere-long before synthisizers and computer driven tech became the norm.

From: petedrummond
31-May-18
Ted doesn't need drugs. He was born crazy. If he was drunk or high you couldn't tell anyway.

From: JL
31-May-18
That is why I mentioned Uncle Ted earlier.....he is real good. I believe he comes from the 1960's mold of guitarists who began early. Roy Clark is a good one. For the pickin' style.....Jerry Reed was very good.

From: bb
31-May-18
Robbie Robertson is another good one.

From: EF Hutton
31-May-18
The Top Two :

Hendrix & Page

31-May-18
Probably Hendrix, but then there’s Glen Campbell, he could teach them all a thing or two,

From: Rocky
01-Jun-18
In truth the greatest axe player ever is the musician and the genre that you personally favor. Many of the simplest intro's, the mark of excellence for Rock and Blues came from the most capable hands. One for me that comes to mind is Can't you Hear me Knocking by the Stones Keith Richards and Mick Taylor. Smoke on the Water is another as is ZZ Tops killer intro "Tush" and Jethro Tulls fabled "Aqualung". These sounds move me because I am a Rock head.

In the end its personal.

The Rock

From: BowSniper
01-Jun-18
I'd vote Hendrix (with an honorable mention to Stevie Ray Vaughan)

From: J. h2os
01-Jun-18
oh hell, i'll throw lil Jimmy dicknins in the hat. lol

From: 1boonr
01-Jun-18
Terry kath

From: PECO
02-Jun-18
Gary Hoey

From: Rocky
03-Jun-18

Rocky's Link
Little nugget of gold I found........check out Roy Buchanan's Hey Joe, who could make Hendrix blush. The man who groomed Danny Gratton who groomed...guess who?..for you Joe Bonamassa fans.

The Rock

From: slade
03-Jun-18
The greatest unknown guitarist....

From: Bownarrow
03-Jun-18
Both great guitarists. But neither IMO on the level of Chet Aikin, Knoffpler, Vai, Santriani, Malmsteen, VanHalen, Lynch, Guthrie Govan, Eric Johnson, Roy Clark, Banjo Ben, Brad Gillis and many others. There are a thousand players youve never heard of that would fall into that group. Ted Nugent? There's 10 players in every mid size town in America who are as good or better.

From: Sharpstick
04-Jun-18
Mark knopfler and Warren Haynes.

From: Owl
04-Jun-18
Funny, Sharpstick, before I opened this thread again, I was thinking of Warren Haynes and what a disservice it is that we have not mentioned him. The guy is the definition of prolific talent. His cover of "Cortez The Killer" with Dave Mathews is one of my all time favorite jams.

From: Rocky
04-Jun-18
Anyone who can make a simple two coil pickup Fender Telecaster sound like that is beyond great in a 100 seat venue. No triples or humbuckers. Anybody who bought a Telecaster should bring them back immediately. The only guitarists I ever heard or saw who could "harp" the strings into a true melody not just noise. I am simply in awe of this guy and I have seen some of the great ones and great performances. He was voted best guitarists by his PEERS in 1971 in a MAG I had seen online. In 1987 when Mick Taylor left the Stones it was reported MJ offered him the spot and he turned them down. A year later Roy Buchanan was dead. I wish I had known of him and his music long before. Tragic.

From: BOX CALL
05-Jun-18
Mearle Travis and Chet Atkins.and the guy that played hotel California.

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