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The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

Posted on: June 27, 2008 3:07 am
Edited on: July 4, 2008 9:55 am

-As in previous rounds, I will kick off The Semis with a big "THANK YOU!!"  to all who have participated previously through both your votes and great comments-  kudos to everyone who've helped make this so much fun for everyone involved!  I will also mention again as well that this vote is open to all who are interested and extend a warm welcome to those who haven't already been involved.  I will also reccomend to those who are interested but haven't participated to peruse the earlier rounds if you have any questions as to how the present guitarists have been decided upon or why some of your favorites haven't been mentioned-  thanks!

-The results from Round 3?  Well, two of the races were not really close at all, and were all but decided fairly early on.  The other two were much closer, with one of them being only decided over the past few days, and the other being really up in the air until the final hours.  The latter was so close, in fact, that I was prompted to conduct a re-count, after which the original vote stood...

-So here they are, ladies and gentlemen, the results of Round 3 of "The "Greatest" Guitarist In History?"-  as with previous rounds, seedings are in parenthesis, and votes received are in square brackets:

Eric Clapton(1)[40] vs. Duane Allman(8)[17]  -There are bound to be some disappointed Duane fans out there (I know a few personally!), but the reletive brevity of his career may just well have been the deciding factor.   Ol' Slowhand's cruised along so far, but he faces a very interesting battle coming up here in the next round...

Jimi Hendrix(2)[47] vs. David Gilmour(7)[10]  -David Gilmour knocked off a pretty tough challenger in Round 2, but was himself humbled vote-wise in Round 3 by someone who's star wouldn't appeared to have dimmed much at all- in spite of his all-too short time here.  Brief career or not, Jimi's cruised along more easily than even EC to this point-   he's going to be very tough to beat for anyone, it would certainly appear...

Stevie Ray Vaughan(3)[27] vs. Jimmy Page(6)[30]  -This was a very close race-  a back and forth battle that was only just decided on the last day of voting.  SRV was brilliant, but it would appear that Page's overall influence and musical versatility put him over the top in this contest.  But dang, he faces an uphill battle next round, I think-  an unenviable task for anyone, SRV included...

Carlos Santana(4)[33] vs. Edward Van Halen(5)[24]  -This one seems to have panned out almost as a question of soul vs. technique for many voters, &  these are the results.  I doubt that the question of "soul" hangs over his next challenger, though-  ought to be very interesting, as I'd said...

And so there were four!  Here, folks, are the pairings for The Semis:

Eric Clapton(1) vs. Jimmy Page(6)

Jimi Hendrix(2) vs. Carlos Santana(4)

-No, things do not get any easier here...

-Voting for the Semis will conclude midnight, Sunday July 6th, EDT.

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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:33 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

Voting for the Semi-final for "The "Greatest" Guitarist In History?"  has now concluded-  A BIG thanks to everyone who's participated so far!!


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:29 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

DAFAN, along with Yank, you deserve the title of best run blog on CBS. Your forum, guidelines and comments are always thoughtful and full of insights. Great job, my man.

-Thanks very much for the votes and props, Fan66-  as much as you say you appreciate my insight, I certainly also appreciate yours!  You are quite right about the subjectve nature that we are getting into here at this stage, but this is also the most revealing (and arguably) interesting stage as people reveal more about their personal tastes and what makes them "tick", so to speak.

-Nice comments as I said, and I agree about Clapton.  He also had an uncanny knack for playing exactly what was "right" at a given moment, and that is something, folks, which can't be taught...


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:22 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

-Thanks for your votes daddydeuce and Chili-  hope to see you both back for the final!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:21 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

Jimmy Page

Carlos Santana



-Great to see you, Lennon, and thanks for your votes-  hope all is well with you & look forward to seeing you in the final!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:19 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

Great Job DaFan. Not real happy about Eddie VanHalen getting beat.. but, it is what it is ..

-It was a pretty tight one, Sparty, to be sure..  As I'd said, there are also some disapointed fans of other players out there, as well-  quite a few, I expect...  See ya next time!


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:15 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

At Woodstock he played it with his legendary white on cream Stratocaster.  At Isle of Wight he used a Gibson Flying Vee model (which I have always thought has a screechy tone).  Either way, it was a dead-ahead blues song at its best.

-Hey Nitro!  Well there you go, hey?  One of the reasons that I liked the version of "Red House" that he did at the Isle of Wight was precisely because of the Flying V that he was playing, lol...  In any event, whatever one's opinion of the tone, he layed down some awfully incredble stuff-  you got the impression listening to him that he's tapped into a bottomless well of musical ideas and that he could have played forever without repeating a phrase-  amazing, really...

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2008 8:38 pm

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

DAFAN, along with Yank, you deserve the title of best run blog on CBS. Your forum, guidelines and comments are always thoughtful and full of insights. Great job, my man.

Eric Clapton(1) vs. Jimmy Page(6     A lot of people are going to say the Jimmy is more versatile, creative, and experimental, and they are correct. Technically, these two could trade lick for lick and never miss a beat. Speed is a draw. Each has shown the ability to write their own material and also to interpret works by previous masters and make them their own. There is no loser here, only a preference from my point of view. Both are equally adept on an acoustic as on an electric. I have learned many songs of both artists and they are CHALLENGING, to say the least. Jimmy is probably one of the best ever at using alternate tunings, while Clapton sticks almost entirely to standard tunings. I have to go with the "GOOSE BUMP EFFECT" HERE. I love Jimmy, but he gets too excessive in his desire for creativity at times. Eric always seems to find that one tone in almost every song that just makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Doesn't matter which version of LAYLA or AFTER MIDNIGHT I listen to, I am always moved, but for completely different reasons. His recent collaberation with Stevie Winwood, DIRTY CITY, is all you need to hear to know that ERIC IS STILL GOD  on the guitar.

Jimi Hendrix(2) vs. Carlos Santana(4)    Carlos may have the best feel of any guitarist ever. He doesn't sing, but the band is always his. His presence on any recording, live or studio is unmistakable. He brought latin rhythyms to rock and roll and is a true musical pioneer and a virtuoso musician. Unfortunately, this is THE JIMI we are talking about. The EXPERIENCE live in a three piece band sounds like there are three guitars playing. Somehow, he plays lead and rhythym and sings all at the same time. I think he discovered the successful use of feedback without a sound processor, just a tube amp, a Stratocaster and a lot of watts. Imagine what he would be doing today with digital recording were he still alive. Though I have tried, I cannot play a single Hendrix song at any degree of recognition. I can play ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER right along with Dylan, who wrote the song, but I am lost when I try to accompany Jimi. "HEY JOE'" from any live recording of his is just amazing, as is "LIKE A ROLLING STONE."  I still can't get past the scene in the ROCDOCS on the Who where Pete Townsend invites Clapton to go with him and see Hendrix live for the first time and responding "We're gonna have to find a new line of work." Jimi was the guy the Pete refused to follow onstage at MONTEREY,  and Jimi still closed the show down after the Who blew up[ the whole stage in what was probably their most inspired performance ever. What do you add to that?

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2008 6:49 pm

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

Eric Clapton - Jimmy Page

Jimi Hendrix - Carlos Santana

Great Blog.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2008 1:30 pm

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Semis

Jimmy Page- the best guitarist of all time, no doubt, zeppelin kicks ass

Jimi Hedrix- who i think is actually somewhere down around 6th but hes better than santana and van halens gone

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2008 10:43 am
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