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Best Overall Guitarist - per non-guitarists?

Gms

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About Joe Bonamassa, my wife called me over one day to show me this guitarist she was watching on tv, because she really liked him. About a year later I was visiting my father, and he told about this guitarist he’d really liked that he’d seen on tv as well.

It was Joe both times. I hadn’t been much of a fan, but I gave him a lot more credit after that. The ability to appeal to non guitarists in pretty respectable on its own.
 

twotone

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Before I took up the guitar I thought Chet Atkins was the best. I still think his playing is pretty good.
 

JosephZdyrski

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Non-guitarists opinions on this mean absolutely nothing imo lol.

But either way it’s a loaded question that doesn’t have a single answer.
 

stephenT

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Might seem like an odd choice, but I've heard Bill Frisell play all those genre's, he'd be my answer.
 

Yer Blues

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lol. nice. The "e" makes a difference! see, for example HEROINE vs. HEROIN
When I was a kid and would listen to Appetite for Destruction the first verse of the song "My Michelle" lyrics were....

Your daddy works in porno
Now that mommy's not around
She used to love her heroin
But now she's underground


I thought the girl Michelle's mom use to be her heroine that she loved. :idea
 

dez

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That's easy. Steve Vai and I agree. It's Brian May.
Love me some Brian May, but Steve Vai is quoted in the Danny Gatton biography 'Unfinished Business' as stating "I feel okay in saying that Danny Gatton comes closer than anyone else to being the best guitar player that ever lived.'
 

Davepitt11

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I was on a work Webex call today with several other guys, and one guy, who knows that I play, asked me who I thought was the "best overall guitarist." I started to think about guys who are great at rock, and jazz, and blues, and country, and then started saying "I don't think there is one..." when the other guys started chiming in. Here's who they said:

BB King
EVH
Clapton
Joe Bonamassa (and someone seconded that one)
Roy Clarke

I was kind of shocked at those responses (other than Roy Clarke, maybe), but I guess I shouldn't have been, right?
I had someone tell me Billie Joe Armstrong was the #1 best.

It's all opinion, I guess.
 

Gms

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Before I took up the guitar I thought Chet Atkins was the best. I still think his playing is pretty good.
You may have been right about that, if it were actually possible to decide those kind of things. He’d be right up there.
 

MartinPiana

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Define "best." There are studio guys who can read and play exceptionally well in any style from classical to rock to jazz to country to bluegrass and beyond. Most of the people mentioned above don't have that versatility, which seems to be what the OP said he was going for.

If you mean, most creative or most musical or most expressive or most technically adept, those all seem like different categories.

And at the end of the day, music is not a footrace (although even in a footrace, you can have different winners on different days).
 

Steadfastly

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Love me some Brian May, but Steve Vai is quoted in the Danny Gatton biography 'Unfinished Business' as stating "I feel okay in saying that Danny Gatton comes closer than anyone else to being the best guitar player that ever lived.'
The reason I said that I agree with Steve Vai, is he is quoted as saying that Brian May is the most musical player. Best is subjective IMHO but it is hard to argue that Brian is hard to beat when it comes to musicality. I certainly won't argue with Mr. Vai.
 




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