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The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Posted on: August 3, 2008 10:53 am

-First of all, I wish to give a hearty THANK YOU!!! to everyone who has participated in this blog!!  You guys have been really great!  I'd kinda thought that I knew a thing or two about guitarists, but let me tell you, you guys have schooled me, especially in the preliminary round, which I reccomend that any guitar fan check out-  a wealth of info there- I know that I'll certainly be doing so!

-Eric Clapton gained the most votes in the prelimary round, with Jimi a close second, so I was rather surprised to see Jimmy Page (who had half the initial votes that EC had) wind up in the final round-  I'd expected it to be Eric vs. Jimi to the end, but there you go-  ya just never know...

-The result of the "Greatest Guitsrist In History?"  Well, here you have it...  Again, seedings are in parenthesis, and votes recieved are in square brackets-

Jimi Hendrix(2)[35] vs. Jimmy Page(6)[20]   -Like I'd said, I more or less expected Hendrix to be here.  He had the rare combo of technique, innovation, creativity, showmanship, natural talent, influence, and popular appeal that was going to be a tough match for anyone-  even though they might actually have been a better player  Jimi, tho, was a huge influence upon rock guitar, and there really is simply no understating it- you quite honestly could, in some ways, almost divide rock guitar into pre & post Jimi Hendrix, and there are very few others who come close to fitting that category in rock music guitar- with the possible exception of  a few other folks like Clapton, Page, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, and Pete Townsend who actually influnced him...

-Miles Davis, the great jazz trumpeter, and arguably one of the greatest jazz innovators of all time, loved Hendrix-  in fact, Hendrix could be said to be indirectly responsible for the jazz-fusion movement, as it inspired Davis to embrace electric instuments and incorporate rock elements into his music...  Pretty big stuff...

-So...  He was here a pretty dang short time, Jimi was, but are there any larger footprints in rock guitar?  It seems that his shoes were a tad too big for Jimmy Page, or any one else, for that matter,  to fill...

-Again, everyone, thank you all so much for making this thing such a pleasure to me to moderate & read-  in spite of all the work, y'all have made it very worth while, and I thank you for that!

-I'll close by first again apologizing for my uncharacteristically late responses recently, but I've just started two new jobs, and things around here have been kinda crazy lately...



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Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:06 am

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

DAFAN, domo sumimasen for me missing this one.  I love Jimi Hendrix and I am glad that he WON.

He was a REAL GENIUS!   Sorry i've been gone for a couple weeks. 

You are DaMan fa!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:01 am

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Couldn't have stated it any better, DF.  Great, GREAT thread covering several months.  I so much enjoyed reading everyone's comments and criteria for best guitarist, whether I agreed or disagreed.  As much of a joke as I thought the Rolling Stone Top 100 guitarists list was, I couldn't argue with the one they got right -- Jimi on top.  Pete Townshend once told Eric Clapton, "We're on top now, but there's this guy in America who's gonna blow us away."

Best of luck on the new jobs, DF.  I very much look forward to your next effort, if and when things slow down for you.

-Thanks very much, Howie!  Perhaps I might cobble a little something together in the fall when things do settle down a tad  I personally always take things like the Rolling Stone poll with a grain of salt- I know what I like, and after all, it does untimitely boil down to opinion, lol...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 8:56 am

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

DF - Hi again after a long time!  Just stopped by to check the results, which weren't a surprise given how the posting was going.  I really want to thank you (in ZZ Top fashion - lol) for all your efforts and making time in a busy schedule for handling all this.  This series was a great experience, reading folks' entries and the depth of feelings - kind of hate to see it end.  Thanks for the great ride!

-Good to see ya, X, and thanks kindly for the kudos!  Yeah, I can't say that I was surprised either-  Jimi basically steamrolled everyone that he faced, and almost dubled up Jimmy Page in the end as well.  It certainly looked o me like he'd be the man to beat pretty early on...

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: August 7, 2008 8:50 am

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Excellent blog DAfan! I was happy to see that Jimi won but Page put up a good fight! Hendrix is the indisputable Guitar God!

Thanks for the entertainment while i wait for football to begin. ps.I Noticed that the football gods have blessed my rebuilding Chiefs by playing your Patriots week 1!!! IS THERE ANY JUSTICE? -Later - Tomahawk


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2008 6:54 pm

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Great job DaFan!  Although I'm disappointed Page didn't win, it was to be expected, as Jimi is a GREAT guitarist...Good luck with whatever comes next!


Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2008 6:29 pm

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Hello Da Fan I would just like to thank you as well for all the time and effort it took for this, it was truly my pleasure to be a part of such a Interesting and informative subject I sure learned a lot from everyones comments. Look forward to your future works as i'm sure they will be as interesting as this was. My very best to you and the Missus.

Peace MF.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 5:36 pm

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Da Fanthanks for the effort. Keeping up with the votes must have been some work. You started some good conversations between me and my buddies. It isn't surprising that Hendrix won. But what I love is hearing everybody's favorites and why they liked them. But it is interesting that when it came down to voting, favorites went out the window and people (rightly I think) choose Hendrix.

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 7:09 am

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Konichiwa! How are you DF? What a fun blog this was!  I voted for Jimi Hendrix all the way due to my love and study of guitar and Jimi's unique style. Look forward to your next great blog! Peace to you FAN!!!

-I'm all good, Bluesman, thank for askin', & I hope that the same can be said for you!  You know, Jimi's not my favorite (tho having said that, he's definitely one of 'em), and I can't say he's the best ever, either, but he certainly deserves a place near the top, no matter how you cut the cake-  he was a one of a kind....

-My next?  Well, as i've said, it won't be for a bit yet, but I do have a topic in mind...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 6:11 am

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Kudos as well, Da Fan!  I was wondering what happen with this blog, but now I know and I do understand the time constraints - new jobs and all...

-Been a pretty crazy few weeks, AK, July was a blur, really...  Sorry for my neglegence there!  Very glad that you enjoyed it all, though...   I'll most certainly miss reading the posts of guys like yourself...

-My next project?  Won't be for a little while, but I hope it's as interesting as this one-  cheers!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 5:06 am

The "Greatest Guitarist In History?" The"Winner"?

Thanks DF for all the hard work and the excellent job  you did. If anyone knows the time and effort required I should.

It is great to see you again, and good luck with the new jobs. All my best to the missus.

-Very much appreciated, Yank, & it's great to see you, too-  and I've also passed along your greeting.  Like the missus herself said, "I have some nice friends".  Gotta agree...  

-Indeed, I certainly know that you're very well aware of the effort required to pull something like this off, but what the hey, it can also be a heckuva lot of fun, hey?

-Like I mentioned, I have something up my sleeve for another blog of this type, but I'm going to wait until I have more time to devote to it, and also until the current "boom" for this sort of thing has waned a tad...   Having said that, this one represented a definite love of mine, and something that I was able to add some of my modest knowledge to.  It'll be a tough act for me to follow...

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