Greatest Guitar solo of all time? I say it's not Page, May..etc

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    right guy, wrong solo.

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    BREAKING NEWS: Jimi Hendrix played guitar really well!
     
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    I may be stretching a bit, because the solo was played on a lap steel GUITAR, but David Lindly's solo on "Running on Empty" just kills me every time. Not the greatest solo of all time, I guess, but definitely my fav.

    Oh yeah, it was played live. So good.
     
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    Dave Navarro's solo on Three Days (Jane's Addiction) really transported me as a teen and still does today. It's really something!
     
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    I always really liked this solo which starts at 3:12

     
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    I'm not even a Pink Floyd fan but come on .

     
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    best I ever heard was Richie Blackmore Deep Purple doing Child in Time live.
    He was using the strat and Marshall then. it was just when Machine Head was released,
    so cool I had tears running down in face such a great solo and sound unbelievable.
     
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    Hendrix, Red House, on the Smash Hits album.
     
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    Greatest rock solo?
    Greatest jazz solo?
    Greatest folk solo?
    Greatest bluegrass solo?
    Greatest country solo?
    Greatest classical solo?
    Greatest finger-style solo?
    The answer to all of the above is that it doesn't exist. It's purely subjective. And personally while I love Hendrix I think his Woodstock version of the Star Spangled Banner sucks.
     
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    As if there could possibly be just "one"...
     
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    i think it's pretty hard to say "best" or "greatest"...there are so many....but in regards to Hendrix' "Star Spangled Banner"....we sort of forget the times that were going on....i know i read this in one of the Hendrix bios i read back in the 80s....Hendrix had been playing the SSB before Woodstock, and one of the first times he did, the audience rioted, because they were protesting along w/ him about the Vietnam War....it really was a political statement that he was making about the times in the late 60s....i think that is sort of lost on most people today....that music could be that political and cause a riot! it's sad that protesting today doesn't really have the power it did back in the 60s.
     
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    In the past couple of years, this is the piece of guitar playing that left me utterly stunned on first hearing. When I picked myself off the floor, I was scrambling to find - who is this Wilco, where can I get their stuff?!?! The solo in the live version on youtube progresses through different musical sections that could each fill at least 3 spots on my personal list of the greatest 100 solos.



    As an aside, this is also a great lesson in how to have three electric guitars on stage. I wouldn't recommend three guitars, but if you're gonna do it, listen and play with restraint like these guys.
     
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    How about Steve Howe's in Turn of the Century? You really need to listen to the whole song to get the context.

    But if you're impatient, FF to 5:00 - seriously though, listen to the whole thing and the lyrics to understand why the solo is so devastating.

     
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    IMO the solo in Stairway is it for a Rock guitar solo.
    I bet every guitar player from that era would agree. It's perfect in every single way.
    Of coarse, the shred movement in the 80's had many thinking Page was sloppy and remedial.
    Ask any of the top shedmisters of yester years now.....
    It's one of the most iconic Rock solos of all time.
     
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    Impossible Germany! That's why it is so hard to choose. 99.9% of the GUITAR players on this forum haven't ever heard that song and solo, and it is fantastic! Nels Cline, one of the best!
     
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    Two favorites that keep coming back to me are Elliot Randall's intro/solo in Reelin' In The Years
    and Dickey Betts Ramblin' Man- I know it's basically a pop country tune, but that solo is a seamless melody that I just love, tasty!
     
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    Several great ones mentioned. I will throw these two into the mix.

    Rick Vito's incredible slide, not one but TWO solos on Like a Rock.



    Scotty Hill's solo on I Remember You



    Not the best song but, Vito Bratta's solo is jaw dropping.

     
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