"How does it feel...? I don't know, ask ______."

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  1. toocommercial

    toocommercial Member

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    This saying, with regard to "the best guitarist in the world," has become like an urban myth. So many names have been associated with it. This is one of the ones I've heard:

    Someone asked Eddie Van Halen what it was like to be the world's best guitarist, and he said " I don't know, ask Bruce Cockburn."

    Which ones have you heard?
     
  2. clicktone

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    ...I don't know, ask Phil Keaggy
     
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    Hendrix, being asked, and answering "Rory Gallagher". That's the one that I heard.
     
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    ^ I've heard the same but with Billy Gibbons instead of Gallagher



    If someone asked me, I'd say "hell I dunno -- go ask Jim Hall!"
     
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    Kevbo599 Silver Supporting Member

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    Terry Kath?
     
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    I predict this thread will be revived as a ghost thread in 2016.
     
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    I just told him it felt pretty kick-ass. ;)
     
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    Yes I heard the Hendrix/Gallagher one as well.
     
  9. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    "I dunno, ask Øystein Sunde", and variations of it. The person asked varies from Eric Clapton to Mark Knopfler, or even Joe Satriani.

    Sunde, a veteran Norwegian guitarist, singer and comedian, debunked the myth after it had been retold for many, many years. An example of how these stories or variations of them get spread around can be found in the video description of this YouTube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYJyQ94m2-g

    "The reason why Øystein is Eric's favorite is actually that in one of Eric's concerts in Norway, he said that he would give money to the one that could prove that they were better than him on guitar. Øystein came up and kicked his ass :D"
     
  10. iamdavea

    iamdavea Silver Supporting Member

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    Someone asked that of Santana, who, apparently, was tripping pretty heavily, and he replied, "I don't know; go ask Devadip."
     
  11. Pietro

    Pietro 2-Voice Guitar Junkie and All-Around Awesome Guy

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    Never heard that one...

    but consider that I own all but maybe one or two of Bruce's albums, and none of Eddie's... you know where I stand...

    And I'll bet 90% of TGPers haven't heard of Bruce anyway...
     
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    Johnny Carson asked Chet Atkins that question and his reply was Tommy Crook.
    Tommy is a local Tulsa player who is an absolutely amazing player. There are some youtube videos if anyone would like to check him out.
     
  13. Kappy

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    Today I heard it attributed to Eric Clapton, who purportedly said "I don't know. Ask Prince." My ******** detector immediately fired off, and while searching for a credible citation, I found this thread.
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    wow that was quick, wasn't it? (your BS detector was obviously in fine working order with a fresh battery)

    i'd only ever heard of the hendrix/gibbons one, and now i know to automatically not believe any of them.
     
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    I'm always perplexed that people believe bizarre, unrealistic scenarios like that.

    So, Clapton just stopped in the middle of a show to challenge the audience to a guitar duel? To "prove" (however that would work) that he was the best? Right.
     
  16. Killed_by_Death

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    Why not?, Ralph Macchio did it for Steve Vai.
     
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  17. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    Yeah, but I kinda think these kinds of stories are so unrealistic that even the people telling them don't really believe they're true. Norwegians in general have this somewhat bloated sense of self-importance when it comes to their local heroes, and are quick to tell you these kinds of stories. Now, this may have worked back before Google was a thing, and you didn't have the means of fact-checking something, the way you do now.

    I just checked the comments in the video I linked to, and sure enough, it's STILL ongoing. One month ago, some guy said it was documented that Clapton, as well as one guy who'd been voted "Best Guitarist in the World", said that Sunde was indeed the best they'd ever heard.
     
  18. mannish

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    Go ask Joe Vonamassa
     
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    Someone asked Jimi Hendrix what it was like to be the world's best guitarist, and he said " I don't know. Ask John Mayer. He'll be born in seven years."
    -That's the actual quote.
     
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    Just yesterday, my father-in-law told me this same one. Ironically, a friend had just told me the Hendrix/Keaggy version a few weeks ago.
     

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