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

Posted on: August 3, 2008 10:53 am
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-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...

-THANKS AGAIN, EVERYONE!!!

-DFiJ

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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 4:57 am
 

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

Great work DF.  It was enjoyable reading every one's commentary.  It's too bad this has to end here. 


-Thanks very much Jonny.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's comments, as well-  enough that I am going to make a point of printing a fair deal of it off  I am kinda sad in a way myself-  it's been quite a ride, and I've enjoyed it all the way...  Thanks again...




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 4:53 am
 

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

Wonderful summation to a great blog Da Fan. Your analysis of Pre and Post Hendrix guitar playing is right on.


-Thanks very much Fan66, much appreciated.  There were other guys who influenced other genres in big ways (Django Reinhardt comes to mind, for example) but when it comes to electric rock/pop guitar, Jimi indeed continues to cast a very long shadow...

 




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2008 4:50 am
 

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

-Thanks gothelongway, and thank you, too, for your continued interest in the proceedings and comments along the way. 

-BTW, a thanks has to go out to the missus, too, who didn't complain when I had my head stuck in the computer keeping up with this over the past couple of months...  She's indeed a very good woman...

 




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2008 2:00 am
 

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

Great job DF.  Congrats Jimi, he deserved it.  I said that Jimi deserved to win, and I used the word influence a lot for my picks, and I think that you are right in pointing out the influence Jimi had over guitarists, as well as aknowledging those who influenced him. 

You're probably tired of hearing it at this point, but superb blog DF. 



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 2:13 pm
 

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

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

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.

 



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Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 11:52 am
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Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 11:46 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!!!



Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 10:27 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...

I'm not much of a blogger, matter of fact I never really had participated prior to this blog but you must have struck a chord (pun intended), and I truly enjoyed reading and learning from all those that particpated. 

I look forward to future blogs... It's FF time!

Peace to all!

PS - Check out my bands my space if you all get a chance...

  

 




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 8:35 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.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 3:24 pm
 

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

Great work DF.  It was enjoyable reading every one's commentary.  It's too bad this has to end here. 


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