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A list that’s bound to be disagreed with, and I do. Although I love Hendrix, Clapton, etc. I’m still most impressed with Mississippi Fred McDowell. Bass line, rhythm, lead slide, and singing simultaneously and effortlessly. Several video performance on DVD are available, in case you listen to just an audio recording and wondered “who are the other guitarists playing, they’re really good together?” nope, just Fred.
It’s all well and good picking the pioneers of Solo guitar but no way are they at the standard of the guitarists out these days. I do think though that Hendrix definitely should be there. The man’s got the best flow I’ve ever heard. David Gilmour is a must. He knows how to make a solo sound good. Clapton isn’t even there? You put Jack White there and Clapton isn’t there? Who the hell compiled this thing????
When buying your first guitar, it’s sensible to stop and think about what you are buying it for. Is it just something to learn on? Will you be upgrading in a year or two when you start thinking about forming a band, gigging, and recording? If so, you may be better off trying one of these affordable electric guitars, which all offer a solid platform on which to learn.
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Play a G chord. Like the C and the F, the G chord is one of the Big Three in the C major scale. There are many ways to play it, and we’ll show you two. The first way is easy: it’s the exact same fingering as the extended F chord, only moved up two frets:
Having humbucker pickups (sometimes just a neck pickup) and usually strung heavlly, jazzboxes are noted for their warm, rich tone. A variation with single-coil pickups, and sometimes with a Bigsby tremolo, has long been popular in country and rockabilly; it has a distinctly more twangy, biting tone than the classic jazzbox. The term archtop refers to a method of construction subtly different from the typical acoustic (or “folk” or “western” or “steel-string” guitar): the top is formed from a moderately thick (1 inch or 2–3 cm) piece of wood, which is then carved into a thin (0.1 in, or 2–3 mm) domed shape, whereas conventional acoustic guitars have a thin, flat top.
An excerpt: “Like Coca-Cola, Levi’s, or Harley Davidson, Gibson has transcended mere brand-name status to become a presence in life. It seems like Gibson has just always been there; and for all practical musical purposes, that’s true.”
Fingerboards vary as much as necks. The fingerboard surface usually has a cross-sectional radius that is optimized to accommodate finger movement for different playing techniques. Fingerboard radius typically ranges from nearly flat (a very large radius) to radically arched (a small radius). The vintage Fender Telecaster, for example, has a typical small radius of approximately 7.25 inches. Some manufacturers have experimented with fret profile and material, fret layout, number of frets, and modifications of the fingerboard surface for various reasons. Some innovations were intended to improve playability by ergonomic means, such as Warmoth Guitars’ compound radius fingerboard. Scalloped fingerboards added enhanced microtonality during fast legato runs. Fanned frets intend to provide each string with an optimal playing tension and enhanced musicality. Some guitars have no frets—and others, like the Gittler guitar, have no neck in the traditional sense.
When in doubt, reach for the Dummies guide. These standardized, annotated guides have taught countless people to do countless things that were once over their respective heads. Like the Hal Leonard complete guide above, this massive, 648 page door stop includes six different sub-books, including three basics volumes and three genre-specific guides. It’s the everything-to-everyone approach. It might be overwhelming, but at least you’ll have everything you need in one place.
What about Trey Anatasio? I cannot stand the hippie commune nonsense that follows Phish but that guy is amazing. That man can play anything; literally anything. He has been playing stuff like Peaches En Regalia to perfection live for literally decades. Go out to Grooveshark and find this song and list to it. He is playing sax and xylophone solos to perfection on the guitar. And that is just one example. There are literally hundreds of examples that you can find if you willing to look. Listen to the solo on Chalk Dust Torture off of A Live One. There is no better example of building tension in a solo then that right there.
Solid body guitars offer a fantastic platform for builders, allowing them to craft the wood into literally any shape. Naturally you’ll probably want to opt for a guitar with a single-cutaway Les Paul or Telecaster style shape, or a double-cutaway shape like a Stratocaster, Yamaha Pacifica, or Ibanez’s RG. However, the more extroverted beginner can check out some cool styles that always catch the attention, such as V or Z shaped guitars, or anything from Dean Guitars – especially if you want an eye-catching paint job!
Sorry, but the flaw is in believing the best guitarists are all rock ‘n rollers… SPARE ME! These two run rings around most on that list and are absolutely magical behind a guitar… in Roy’s case… No one plays a classical guitar better than he does…IMO, that is 🙂
I see a couple of ommissions in these lists, one is Randy Rhodes and the other is so glaring that I can only assume that the list had no imput from anyone over 25 years of age. Has anyone ever heard of a man named Andres Segovia, the original guitar master!
what about Ernest Isley – he is easily in the top 3 of all times – no one can match this guy’s riffs in songs like summer breeze – who’s that lady – who loves better – hope you feel better – voyage to atlantis, and liquid love just to name a few of many powerful guitar riffs – you guys are missing a treat is you haven’t heard Erney Isley get down
The most common route for absolute beginners will likely be a good, old fashioned guitar instruction book. We’ve all seen at least one of these kicking around. They tend to have a guitar and some interesting 80s-inspired graphics emblazoned on the front. The typical format is either an encyclopedia of scales and chords (indeed, some on this list follow that formula), or a series of songs broken down into digestible theory tidbits often accompanied by an ancient information vessel known as a Compact Disc.
Dean make some epic rock-fueled electric guitars in all kinds of price range, but their popular Vendetta XM is a real beauty in the beginner’s market. Playability on beginner models is key, and the XM impresses with its sturdy, fast-playing bolt-on maple neck, that’s fitted with a rosewood fretboard and 24 very accessible frets. There’s a sleek double-cutaway body, which is finished in a range of natural color choices, made from solid paulownia – a popular mahogany substitute that keeps the costs down. Don’t forget the cool Dean headstock! The XM is voiced with two Dean humbuckers, delivering a clear and acceptably beefy rock tone when played with some distortion. There’s more on the Dean Vendetta XM in the full review.
This list was clearly written by someone who doesn’t have a clue what “great” means. Tom Morello? John Frusciante? John Mayer? If this were titled “over-rated guitar players who should stop playing and get back to washing my car”, then they’d fit.

alright i think we all need to stop hating on john mayer. I don’t think that he really would even call himself one of the best guitarists of all time, he’s obviously not far enough into his career to be criticized about this stuff. But i love him, and he eventually will make it on this list. Oh, and for all you who say he sucks and whatever, if he is so bad then why has he played with so many of the people who actually should deserve to be on this list?
Boost/volume pedal: A boost or “clean boost” pedal amplifies the volume of an instrument by increasing the amplitude of its audio signal. These units are generally used for “boosting” volume during solos and preventing signal loss in long “effects chains”. A guitarist switching from rhythm guitar to lead guitar for a guitar solo may use a boost to increase the volume of his or her solo.[62]
Though it gained immense popularity during the rock ‘n’ roll days of the 1950s and 1960s, the electric guitar was invented in 1931. The need for the amplified guitar became apparent during the Big Band Era as orchestras increased in size, particularly when guitars had to compete with large brass sections. The first electric guitars used in jazz were hollow archtop acoustic guitar bodies with electromagnetic transducers. By 1932, an electrically amplified guitar was commercially available. Early electric guitar manufacturers include Rickenbacker in 1932, Dobro in 1933, National, Epiphone and Gibson in 1935 and many others by 1936.
The most technical electric guitarist…ever. Steve Vai may not be as flash as the likes of John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert, but when he does go flat-out, he’s untouchable. Vai has mastered every technique imaginable, but still has soul. ‘Passion and Warfare’ and ‘The Ultra Zone’ are must haves. – Floods
The third-bridge guitar is an electric prepared guitar with an additional, third bridge. This can be a normal guitar with, for instance, a screwdriver placed under the strings, or it can be a custom-made instrument. Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth plays with a third bridge.
James Patrick “Jimmy” Page, OBE is an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and, by the mid-1960s, he had …more
Okay first of all yes, John Mayer deserves to be on this list. I would’ve probably put him even higher. I understand if you don’t agree but go listen to his Where The Light is album and get back to me on that. I think Eric Clapton should’ve made the list though. And, although I’m not a big fan of metal I can say as a guitarist anybody can go up and down scales and embelish notes and sound like a metal genius. The artists above put real soul into their music. I think you have an amazing list though. Many people probably would’ve have thought of some of the people on here… but what about Derek Trucks?
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