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The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

Posted on: June 20, 2008 3:06 am
Edited on: June 23, 2008 12:27 pm
 

-A with the beginning of Round 2, I am going to begin Round 3 by extending a big "THANK YOU!!" to everyone who's participated to this point!!  You guys have all been great, and many insightful opinions have been expressed and responded to.  If this has been one of the hottest blogs on the boards lately, you guys have yourselves to thank-  you've all made this a very interesting read for guitar fans out there, most of all myself, and have made it also a very inviting forum for discussion.  I would also like to welcome warmly any who haven't participated in previous rounds-  this vote is open to all, so please feel free to place your votes and comments even if you have not done so previously!

-Now, things tightened up considerably in Round 2 compared with Round 1 overall, and while some were runaways, others were pretty close and were only decided in the concluding days of the vote.  So here, folks, are the results.  As with the last round, the winners are in bold typeface, and the losers are crossed out (seedings in parenthesis, votes received in square brackets).   Any "upsets"?  Not according to the seedings, as all the higher seeded players won their respective matchups, but again, I'll let you guys decide...

Eric Clapton(1)[45] vs. Buddy Guy(17)[8]  -Eric has popular music credentials like few others, and the profile to match.  A lotta love expressed for Buddy out there, but not enough to carry him through to Round 3...  Eric himself faces perhaps his biggest challenge in Round 3...

Jimi Hendrix(2)[52] vs. Slash(18)[1]  -Slash squeaked by Johnny Winter in Round 1, but ran square into a brick wall called Jimi Hendrix in Round 2...

Stevie Ray Vaughan(3)[44] vs. Robert Johnson(19)[9]  -Robert Johnson's rather surprising run comes to an end having faced a latter day blues guitar legend...

Carlos Santana(4)[32] vs. Chuck Berry(20)[21]  -A great deal of respect out there for ol' Chuck over the course of this, but there is also a great deal for Santana, himself having become something of an elder statesman...

Edward Van Halen(5)[41] vs. Randy Rhoads(12)[12]  -As I have previously said, Randy made quite a splash over the short time that he was in the spotlight.  Who knows what might have been had he been around longer?

Jimmy Page(6)[39] vs. Pete Townsend(22)[14]  -Gotta love Pete, as big a rock & roll icon as they come.  But being primarily a rhythm player probably cost him this one against someone who was one of the first to take virtuoso lead playing to mainstream pop...

David Gilmour(7)[30] vs. Jeff Beck(10)[23]  -Jeff's incredibly ecclectic career and reletively low public profile probably put him at a disadvantage here against someone that for many has come to actually define classic rock lead playing...

Duane Allman(8)[30] vs. BB King(9)[23]  -BB is the reigning "king" of the blues (perhaps!), but Duane Allman continues to have a very devoted following, in spite of the tragic brevity of his career...

And so there were eight!   Interestingly, seen like this, there haven't been any upsets at all-  all the pairings for this round could have been set from the original vote-  but now here's where the real fun begins...

Eric Clapton(1) vs. Duane Allman(8)

Jimi Hendrix(2) vs. David Gilmour(7)

Stevie Ray Vaughan(3) vs. Jimmy Page(6)

Carlos Santana(4) vs. Edward Van Halen(5)

-Thanks again, folks, for making this thing such a blast for everyone!  Let's see if the seedings hold up here...

-Voting for Round 3 of "The "Greatest" Guitarist In History?"  will conclude midnight EDT, Thursday, June 26th.

 

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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 2:26 am
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

Eric Clapton(1)--I'm listening to the Allman Brothers right now but I can't place Duane above Eric.

Jimi Hendrix(2)--Same problem, I'd rather listen to Pink Floyd but I can't argue with Jimi,

Stevie Ray Vaughan(3)--Jimmy Page was part of an unbelievable sound.  SRV is an unbelievable sound

Edward Van Halen(5)--Similarily both play great solos and great underneath riffs.  I guess I just like Eddie better, personal preference.


Thanks for the votes and comments, Mando-  hope to see you in the semis!




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:58 am
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

Left out guitarists.....Al Di Meola, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Yngwie Malmsteen to name a few....

 


-Thanks for your votes, TeamCorbitt!

-With respect to the "left out" guitarists, I'll just mention that this is Round 3 of the vote-  the Preliminary Round, Round 1, and Round 2 are already in the books (as is Round 3 now).  I will give you a recap of the results concerning those you mention-  Al DiMeola (incidentally a personal favoriite of mine) received only 3 votes in the prelims-  two or three shy of what would have qualified him for Round 1.  Mark Knopfler lost to Chuck Berry in Round 1, Jeff Beck (another personal fave) lost to David Gilmour in Round 2, and Yngwie Malmstein lost to Buddy Guy in Round 1.   Please feel free to go back and check the results from earlier rounds-  it makes for a very interesting read as many insightful thoughts and opinions were also expressed.

-Hope to see you in the semis!




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:47 am
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

Hey, DF !!! Sorry for the late reply... okay, since I have to decide: Duane Allman. Just listened to Whipping Post from Live At the Fillmore East, and wow... just, wow. Quoting Coltrane, lyrical, rockin'...

 

I go with Duane.

 

And, besides, we need a Southern player in the final mix. I mean, the South did make British Rock, after all.


-Duly noted and corrected, Anika! 

-I think it was Duane who once commented on what he perceived as the redundancy of the term "Southern Rock", his point being that since rock was in fact born in the south, why is the term "southern" even needed?

 

 






Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:43 am
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

-Thanks for your votes and comments, bizona, and you make some great points about fingerboard tapping technique!  Add Lenny Breau to those who also incorporated it into their playing from time to time-  Eddie was arguably the most visable, but certainly wasn't the only, or the first, as you very well point out...

 

 




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:39 am
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

Da Fan, Thx for the fine work


-Thank you, gt, for your votes and coments-  I'm sure Sky appreciates the props as well




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:36 am
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

Getting down to it. Here are my picks. Thanks DaFan.


-Thanks for your votes DeepBlue, and thank you too, Cubufffan-  we are indeed approching the end here!




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2008 12:08 am
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

-Voting for Round 3 of "The "Greatest Guitarist In History?"  is now officially concluded, folks! 

-I will be responding  to these last few comments and preparing the results for the semis momentarily!!




Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 4:34 pm
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

Eric Clapton(1)--I'm listening to the Allman Brothers right now but I can't place Duane above Eric.

Jimi Hendrix(2)--Same problem, I'd rather listen to Pink Floyd but I can't argue with Jimi,

Stevie Ray Vaughan(3)--Jimmy Page was part of an unbelievable sound.  SRV is an unbelievable sound

Edward Van Halen(5)--Similarily both play great solos and great underneath riffs.  I guess I just like Eddie better, personal preference.




Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 2:50 pm
 

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? Round 3

SRV over Jimmy Page

VH over Santana

Clapton over Allman (though that was an excellent matchup)

Hendrix over Gilmour. 

 

Left out guitarists.....Al Di Meola, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Yngwie Malmsteen to name a few....



Anika
Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2008 2:27 pm
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