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    Re: Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro View Post
    Regardless, guitar solo's are a bit anachronistic so it stands to reason that a list of "the greatest" is going to feature music older music.
    Interesting you say that. Driving my daughter to school and talking about rock, we had this conversation.

    We trade off playing songs on the car stereo while driving and I played "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and we talked about Clapton and Hendix and other rock "gods". She said most guitar solos are macho sexist b.s. and her generation is past all that. I said "hmmmmm, you may have a point" while feeling a little stupid and a lot old.

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    I'm a avid Pearl Jam, so I as disappointed to not see Mike McCready anywhere on the list. He is an amazing guitarist, especially when performing live. I once saw him solo during the end of Yello Ledbetter, turn it into the Star Spangled Banner a la Hendrix, then back to the end of Ledbetter, all while the guitar was behind his back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    Interesting you say that. Driving my daughter to school and talking about rock, we had this conversation.

    We trade off playing songs on the car stereo while driving and I played "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and we talked about Clapton and Hendix and other rock "gods". She said most guitar solos are macho sexist b.s. and her generation is past all that. I said "hmmmmm, you may have a point" while feeling a little stupid and a lot old.
    Yeah, her generation is into Ke$ha. Very sophisticated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric_the_Red View Post
    I'm a avid Pearl Jam, so I as disappointed to not see Mike McCready anywhere on the list. He is an amazing guitarist, especially when performing live. I once saw him solo during the end of Yello Ledbetter, turn it into the Star Spangled Banner a la Hendrix, then back to the end of Ledbetter, all while the guitar was behind his back.
    The studio version of Ledbetter includes one of my all-time favorite solos. Slow, melodic, and very moving.
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    Re: Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time

    There are three names I would include in a list of great guitarists, but since this is a list of solos, and a list that seems to exclude anything not rock or metal, my guys probably wouldn't make the list.

    1. Phil Keaggy

    2. B. B. King

    3. Chet Atkins
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    Yeah, her generation is into Ke$ha. Very sophisticated.
    And your generation had... Vanilla Ice?
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    And your generation had... Vanilla Ice?
    It's totally different.
    What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?

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    Re: Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by *BaseClogger* View Post
    And your generation had... Vanilla Ice?
    Ice, Hammer, White Lion, Poison, Yngwie Malmsteen, and more. We never claimed to be "past all that."
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    Re: Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyder View Post
    How many groups actually have talent any more? Most of them dont even play their own music.
    Great guitar solos from after my birth in which the guitarists actually play their guitars:

    YouTube - Queens Of The Stone Age - A Song For The Dead

    Josh Homme plays with John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl now. Probably could/should have picked a Kyuss clip but I'm more familiar with QotSA.

    YouTube - 2. Paranoid Android

    I don't even particularly like Radiohead but they deserve a mention.

    YouTube - Rage Against The Machine: Know Your Enemy

    Tom Morello gets unheard-of sounds out of his guitar.

    YouTube - The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream - Geek U.S.A.

    Billy Corgan plays all of the other instruments during the recording too.

    YouTube - The White Stripes Ball and Biscuit

    And Jack White gets flashy for once...
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    Re: Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time

    By my quick count, over half of these solos were likely played on Gibson guitars. So... I mean it's hardly definitive.

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    I just assumed "Spanish Fly" by Eddie Van Halen would be among the Top-50. Then I see Eddie getting #'s 2, 14, and 50, but no mention of "Spanish Fly".

    How is that possible?

    (I've known one other person who could also do it well, and that person spent a summer on the Coast working (drinking more than working) with Eric Clapton.) It's an extremely difficult piece.

    YouTube - Eddie Van Halen-Spanish Fly(Live in Fresno 1979)

    Who hasn't tried to play it?
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    Re: Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    No BB King? Robert Johnson? Django Reinhardt?

    Okay, not rock and roll. Fair enough.

    But no Robbie Robertson? He might be the best rock guitarist of all time.

    Vai and Satriani also could rightfully complain.
    I think that puts the "list" into perspective.

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    Guitar discussions are pretty frustrating. Even if you are talking to another person who plays guitar or just really enjoys guitar music, each person's respective ideas on what "good" guitar is likely varies a lot. If you've ever looked at those guitar magazines out there, they basically cater to metal fans and fans of the 80's "virtuosos" (Malmsteen, Satriani, etc.). Now while these guys are certainly talented, I do find their playing distasteful and I find listening to their music fatiguing. Plus they create the unfortunate inference that the only "true musicians" who "can actually play their instruments" are guitarists that specialize in shred techniques.

    My argument against: before rock and roll, most great classical composers loathed virtuosos. Why? Because they were notorious for trying to add more flair to pieces and adding technical flourishes not originally in the piece. So, in fact, the showy, attention-seeking soloist is nothing new at all!

    But even I'm torn. I would consider Coltrane a virtuoso in terms of technical ability, and yet one of the most tasteful, inventive, and interesting musicians I've ever heard. Django as well. In rock, Hendrix, although likely not a virtuoso in terms of pure technical ability, was among the first to make "virtuosic" rock guitar music popular, and he's my favorite rock guitarist.

    But I think the point is that there are a lot of different ways to make compelling rock music. People who think rock music either must or must not contain flashy guitar to be "good" are listening to it the wrong way.

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    Re: Gibson's Top 50 Guitar Solos of All Time

    Cheesy hair band guitar solos are the worst-just annoying to me. Probably my fav on the list is Cortez the Killer. There needs to be more Metallica on there.


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