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The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

Posted on: June 13, 2008 6:26 am
Edited on: June 16, 2008 10:20 am

-I'll begin Round 2 by picking up where I left off with Round 1-  THANK YOU!!  You guys did a great job!!!  You've made this a pleasure for all involved-  myself most certainly included!

-The results of Round 1?  Well, many were rather lop-sided, especially in the higher seedings, but some were quite close, including one that was separated by only one vote and actually prompted me to go back and do a re-count!!  OK, folks, without any further ado, here are the results of Round 1.  The winners are in bold typeface, and the losers are crossed out (seedings in parenthesis, votes received in square brackets).  Were there any "upsets"?  I'll let you guys be the judge...

Eric Clapton(1)[48]  vs. Kirk Hammett(32)[3]  -Ol' "Slowhand" is still a legend, if not a "god'...   Kinda ironic that he should face one of his mentors & "buddies" in Round 2...

Jimi Hendrix(2)[47] vs. Ry Cooder(31)[4]  -In only a few years, what a splash Hendrix made-  incredible...  Again, little doubt that Jimi was an idol of his next match in Round 2...

Stevie Ray Vaughan(3)[41] vs. Chet Atkins(30)[10]  -SRV lives on for many-  RIP to both...   A modern blues legend faces perhaps the all-time great blues legend...  Interesting indeed...

Carlos Santana(4)[45] vs. Rick Emmett(29)[6]  -"Viva Carlos"-  the people have spoken...   Latin-rock fusion star versus an original Rock & Roll icon...

Edward Van Halen(5)50] vs. Nancy Wilson(28)[1]  -A pretty unfortunate matchup for poor Nancy, but this guy's gonna be tough to beat for anyone, IMO..   His next matchup is indeed interesting, considering the overlap of genres here...

Jimmy Page(6)[46] vs. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott(27)[5]  -Page still garners a great deal of respect, it appears, but not for plenty good reason...   If you're looking for a contrast of styles and personas for the next round?  Look no further... 

David Gilmour(7)[39] vs. Alvin Lee(26)[12]  -A matchup of speed vs. lyricism, it seems, but popularity & profile trumps both...  

Duane Allman(8)[45] vs. Derek Trucks(25)[6]  -This was tough-  a case of "master" vs. "disciple"...  Sorry, folks, it was how the chips fell... 

BB King(9)[41] vs. Roy Buchannan(24)[10]  -Roy (RIP) is a pretty obscure figure for most, I expect.  Do yourselves a favor and check him out- you won't be disappointed...   Seems they don't call BB "King of the Blues" for nuthin'...  Very interesting contrast of styles for the next round.

Jeff Beck(10)[36] vs. Dicky Betts(23)[16]  -Tough to beat a guy as accomplished and versatile (not to mention as legendary) as Beck, but again, he faces another icon in Round 2...  Will it again be a question of public profile?  Or influence?

Joe Satriani(11)[19] vs. Pete Townsend(22)[32]  -Lotta love and respect for ol' Pete out there- as much a Rock & Roll icon as anyone out there...  But he faces an uphill battle in Round 2, IMO...

Randy Rhoads(12)[31] vs. Alex Lifeson(21)[20]  -Alex made a late charge, but Randy also made quite the splash in his short time here in a genre where trying to steal the show is what it's all about...  Will he have met his match in Round 2?  Stay tuned, folks!

Mark Knopfler(13)[17] vs. Chuck Berry(20)[34]  -Chuck's a legend, and tough for anyone to go up against the guy many perceive as the father of rock guitar...  But his next match may well be up to it...

Steve Vai(14)[23] vs. Robert Johnson(19)[28]  -This was rather surprising, I must say!!  But speaking of "fathers" and "legends"?  They don't come much bigger than RJ...   Will it carry him into Round 3?  He faces a pretty tough challenger...

Johnny Winter(15)[25] vs. Slash(18)[26]  -This was razor close, and forced me to do a recount.  Could be considered something of a "phyyric victory" considering who the victor must face in Round 2, though-  not an enviable task for anyone...


Yngwie Malmstein(16)[17] vs. Buddy Guy(17)[34]  -Soul wins out over lightning speed...  But hey, while he doesn't shred like Yngwie, Buddy's no slouch, either...   But Buddy does face a buddy of his in Round 2 with a much higher public profile...

So here are the matchups for Round 2, foilks!  They are interesting (and tough) indeed!  Original seedings, again, are in parenthesis...

Eric Clapton(1) vs. Buddy Guy(17)

Jimi Hendrix(2) vs. Slash(18)

Stevie Ray Vaughan(3) vs. Robert Johnson(19)

Carlos Santana(4) vs. Chuck Berry(20) 

Edward Van Halen(5) vs. Randy Rhoads(12) 

Jimmy Page(6) vs. Pete Townsend(22) 

David Gilmour(7) vs. Jeff Beck(10)

Duane Allman(8) vs. BB King(9)

-I'll take this opportunity to again remind folks that this is open to all who are interested-  not having voted in the preceding rounds does NOT exclude you from the succeeding rounds.  I'll also take this opportunity as well to to thank everyone on the "What Are You Listening To?" thread- best group of folks you're likely to meet. 

-So!!  Will there be any upsets or shockers in Round 2?  You guys be the judges...

-Thanks again to everyone who has been an active participant to this point, and a big welcome to those who haven't!!  Have fun!! 

-Voting for Round 2 will officially conclude midnight Thursday, June 19, EDT.




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Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2009 8:40 pm

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

Has anyone mentioned Steve Vai at all? His solo work is just plain crazy. I tried learning some of his stuff and just can't get some stuff?

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2008 2:15 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

 The more we whittle this down, the more "enthusiasm" and personal taste come into play.  When we get down to 8, it's pretty much be a question of who tickles your trigger the most.

-Very well said, Howie!  I've just done the tally for Round 2, and the results are in.  The matchups for Round 3 are indeed going to be difficult, much more so, in fact, than those in Round 2 for many.  But we all have favorites-  with no disrespect at all for the others...

-On that note, I officially bring Round 2 to a close...  A very big thanks again to everyone who's participated and made this thing so much fun for everyone involved!!

-Onto Round 3 we go!!

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2008 1:18 pm

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

Hey thanks DF! In my enthusiasm for Duane Allman, I may have given the impression I don't care for BB's music.

I think at this point there is probably enormous respect for all 16 players left.  I may have given Gilmour a bunch of props, but that's no disrespect for Jeff Beck.  The more we whittle this down, the more "enthusiasm" and personal taste come into play.  When we get down to 8, it's pretty much be a question of who tickles your trigger the most.


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2008 6:20 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

 want to thank you for the time and effort you put in for us. I neglected to do so earlier. Again - the "enthusiasm for Duane Allman"

Excellent job DF

-Thanks very much, Sky!  Come to think of it, I think that I do recall your having played Live At The Regal.  Also, no disprespect for Duane, either-  a heckuva player taken from us far, far too early, RIP...

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2008 4:52 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

-Sky, that was a wonderful soliloquy on Duane, I must say...  And by extension, also a wonderful requiem for those who never fulfilled their potential.While we're on the topic of this bracket, I heartily recommend BB King's Live At The Regal.  Capturing BB in his prime both vocally and instrumentally, it show cases so well just what a performer and entertainer he was-  he had the audience in the palm of his hand, and it's one of the best live albums I have ever heard, bar none. 

Hey thanks DF! In my enthusiasm for Duane Allman, I may have given the impression I don't care for BB's music. Lemme correct that. Its My Own Fault.   Really. I had BB King in my initial list of 10. With Freddy, I even managed to get 2 of the 3 Kings in. Sorry Albert. I'm all about the blues so hell yeah! Live At The Regal is one of my favorite live albums. I musta posted Live At The Regal on WAYLT.  I even ponied up for the MFSL version, which I highly recommend. Mobile Fidelity really outdid themselves for Live At The Regal . Outstanding production values.

I want to thank you for the time and effort you put in for us. I neglected to do so earlier. Again - the "enthusiasm for Duane Allman"

Excellent job DF

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2008 1:38 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

-Tyhanks for dropping by, JD & D C!  I will mention that The results for Round 2, and the pairings for Round 3 will be posted Friday morning.  Things are shaping up to be very interesting...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2008 1:35 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

That is a great tip DF.  It would not have helped this time as I was typing my assessment of the last matchup when my message disappeared after hitting the space bar.  I never even got to the point of saving or previewing, let alone submitting.  Grrrrrr!

-That does, bite, Nitro...   I have had the same thing happen as I was typing looooong emails.  I was left speachlessly pi**ed off...


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2008 1:32 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

By the way, is just me or does it not seem utterly bizarre that all these people are chiming in on random blogs that have absolutely nothing to do with CBS Sports?   

-Kinda funny about that hey AK, Howie, Gt?  But hey, we might have all been drawn to this sight by sports, but that certainly doesn't mean that we all don't have other interests that we like to share with the other folks here, right?

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2008 1:28 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

Thanks for replying, Da Fan... to almost everyone for that matter!  You run a tight ship... we appreciate!

-Thanks very much, AK!  As I've said all along, this thing has been a labor of love for me, and it's been a blast hearing all the different opinions, and yeah, responding to what I can.  Yeah, I'm sure that many have taken the same route of discovery that we have.  I was a pretty big hard rock/heavy metal fan in my early-mid teens, and when I began to get curious about its roots, I was of course led to Led Zepplin, Cream, Hendrix, Yardbirds, etc., and through them into the blues itself.  The 80's were indeed a pretty barren period in most respects, hey?  Lol...  I would very strongly reccomend Blow By Blow and Wired-  I've been playing 'em for years now and never tire of the stuff...

-Thanks too for the reviews-  I expect Beck is a somewhat obscure figure for some, and that's a great intro


Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2008 2:58 pm

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 2

Awesome thread, man.  Sorry I missed round 1.  Here are my picks:

Buddy Guy

Jimi Hendrix

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Carlos Santana

Randy Rhoads (TOUGH!)

Jimmy Page

David Gilmour

BB King

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