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#164792 - 04/11/07 05:56 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crowd [Re: vassillios]
SkiTaos Offline
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Registered: 06/01/06
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-Don Ross
-Phil Keaggy
-Keith Urban
-Ottmar Leibert
-Hecter Pimentel

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#164793 - 04/11/07 06:05 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crowd [Re: Worfzara]
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Registered: 12/25/02
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Loc: Ashburn, VA
-Steve Lukather gotta be in at least the top 25.
-I remember the guitarist from Saga used to be really good, dunno his name.
-Mark Knopfler

Bass:
Nathan East
Jaco Pastorious
Tony Levin
... from the top of my head.
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#164794 - 04/11/07 06:52 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crow [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 6247
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
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Interesting and challenging topic.

As others have observed, the hard part is narrowing it down to five. Anybody can make great speakers for $20,000, right? So all you "five more" guys are a bunch of cheaters.

The spirit of the original question included not only "top" but also "ability", "fun" and - most importantly - "favorite". So, we're not really looking for "most influential" here.

It's freaky how we're all stuck in roughly the same period.

Speakergrrl?

Eric Clapton
Wes Montgomery
Django Reinhardt
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Carlos Santana

Great listings, everyone. Your comments certainly motivated me to revisit some tunes I haven't heard in a while.



Tom's usual perspicacious post!

The thread title asks for our "top" 5 guitarists without specifying what criteria to use when defining "top." Are we to decide by how influential the guitarist has been, his technical proficiency (skill), his taste (what specific notes are played at a specific moment), or some other measure?

There are guitarists (or pianists, or clarinetists, trumpet players, etc.) who, while not really being technically proficient, have been major influences on the music world. There are those who are technical masters, and have the skill to play things others simply can't play.

And then there are those who have been neither major influences nor technical experts, but who, for whatever reason, touch us, thrill us, make our hearts sing, or whatever euphemism you chose for "their taste satisfies me." This, of course, is entirely subjective, and is probably, and reasonably, the most used criteria when someone names the "top" or "best" anything.

So here, in no particular order, are 5 guitarists who have "floated my boat," lifted my soul, and, more than once, made me say "WOW!"

Chet Atkins
Eric Clapton
Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Loggins & Messina)
Django Reinhardt
Segovia

There are certainly many more, but those are the ones that popped into my head




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#164795 - 04/11/07 07:31 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crow [Re: Ajax]
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I dont know abot TOP but some of my favorites.
In no paticular order.
1.Johnny Winter
2.SRV
3.Chet Atkins
4.Lightin Hopkins
5.Robert Johnson
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#164796 - 04/11/07 07:57 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crow [Re: bray]
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Yeah, I want to see all of these people play Guitar Hero.
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#164797 - 04/11/07 09:50 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crowd [Re: RickF]
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Registered: 10/03/05
Posts: 852
Loc: Toronto
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Can't forget the bass players! Top 5 bass players:

1. John Entwistle

2. Jack Bruce

3. John Paul Jones

4. Geddy Lee

5. David Piltch




Les Claypool doesn't make the bass players list?




Good one. Of the current crop that guy is a standout with a unique almost flamenco way of strumming the bass strings. He'd have to be considered in a top ten list of bass players.
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#164798 - 04/11/07 10:43 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crowd [Re: jakeman]
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Registered: 05/09/03
Posts: 973
Loc: Brandon, Manitoba
I would offer up Joey Santiago of the Pixies...without them, grunge and Nirvana definitely take a different path.
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#164799 - 04/11/07 10:50 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crow [Re: jakeman]
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
Victor Wooten is an amazing bassist. Seeing him live leaves you in awe.
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#164800 - 04/11/07 11:27 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crow [Re: pmbuko]
dllewel Offline
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Registered: 06/20/05
Posts: 1189
Loc: Utah, USA
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Victor Wooten is an amazing bassist. Seeing him live leaves you in awe.



Good call Peter. That solo on Live Art is one of my favorites to hear on the Axioms. Each member in that group is outstanding.

Shall we move on to the top 5 banjo players of all time?
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#164801 - 04/11/07 11:56 PM Re: Top 5 guitarists - according to the Axiom crow [Re: dllewel]
zhimbo Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 138
Loc: Hanover, New Hampshire
Still some amazing guitarists left unmentioned: Howzabout Leo Kottke? Or Robert Fripp? Adrian Belew?

On bass: agreed, you haven't truly lived until you hear Wooten's bass solo on Live Art. Damn!


Edited by zhimbo (04/11/07 11:57 PM)

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