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The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

Posted on: July 7, 2008 2:54 am
Edited on: July 7, 2008 10:08 am

-Well folks, here we are nearing the end of a road that began back on May 21st.  I said then that "I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into" with this, and while it certainly has been work- especially since I have tried my best to be attentive to those who've posted- it has also been a great pleasure to have talked with you all and discussed a topic that is so close to me.  So, I will begin once again by giving a big THANK YOU!! to all who have participated to this point, and by also extending a warm WELCOME!! to those that haven't-  as with all previous rounds, the final is also open to all and any who are interested...

-Votership was down somewhat (42 in total) in the semi final after having slightly increased over each preceding round (57 in Round 3), but we are entering vacation time for many, so that's to be expected.  The results of the semi final were very interesting in one of the races, a back and forth battle which proved to be the tightest yet, and wound up in a tie.  I recounted the votes three times to ensure its accuracy, but it stood up.  Given this result, and the fact that I did not wish to alienate any participants with a personal vote, I elected to toss a coin (a 500 Yen piece, which is slightly larger than a quarter) to determine the result.

-Here, then, are the results of the semi-final.  As with previous rounds, seedings are in parenthesis, and votes received are in square brackets:

Eric Clapton(1)[21] vs. Jimmy Page(6)[21]*  -Tough end of the road for ol' Slowhand...  I was tempted to ask the missus her opinion for the tie-breaker, but I know her preference (Clapton), which I also share (only slightly, as I also love Page's work as well), so in effect it would be like a personal vote, and, as I mentioned, I wanted to keep this vote as impartial as possible.  There really are no "losers" here, however, as both are such greats, and the vote was sooooo dang close....  In any event, the results of the vote are hardly likely sway people's personal tastes in either direction  Page does face one heckuva challenger in the final, though, and one that EC would find no less of a challenge had he been in this position...

*Winner by virtue of tie-breaking coin toss

Jimi Hendrix(2)[35] vs. Carlos Santana(4)[7]  -Mucho aficion for Santana expressed here, and that was reflected in the fact that this one appeared to pose a difficult choice for many voters.  Yet in spite of it, Jimi continues to roll...   Has he finally met his match in the final?  Stay tuned!

So the entrants into the final are:

Jimi Hendrix(2) vs. Jimmy Page(6) 

-I look forward to seeing all of your takes on this very interesting final matchup!





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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 9:02 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

-This post bring to a close the voting on "The Greatest Guitarist In History"...

-My hearty apologies for my neglegence recently-  While I have thoroughly enjoyed this, my work (another 4-letter word) related duties have certainly been in the way....  

-The results will be posted shortly 

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 8:56 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

Back from vacation... And I see I missed a lot!  Jimi vs. Jimmy?! 

First of all EVH getting beat by Santana, DAMN!  Very surprising to me!  I must say that EVH wrongly gets placed in the techy catergory - Woman & Children First, Fair Warning... He has some sweet sounding bluesy solos, but I guess compared to Santana - okay.  Anyway, that's over so I'll leave it be.

Clapton & Pagey in a dead heat!!  I probably would have voted Pagey only on the fact that I enjoy Zep's songs better then Clapton, but I will say that I am forever scared from that Atlantic Records debacle back in the mid-80's when Pagey could barely move his fingers.  Man, I never want to see that performance again!

Okay, Hendrix or Page?  Wow, two of top favorites (along with a million other people)!  We are talking Greatest Guitarist here, so HENDRIX it is!  If it were greatest song writer/guitarist I would pick Pagey, but for my money Hendrix had more soul, was more electrifying and just did things on the guitar that very few people can do even to this day!

Good job, Da Fan! 

-Thanks very much, AK, and welcome back-  like I said, I've been very busy lately, and my apologies for my late response!

-The dead geat between Clapton and page surprised me-  the fact that Hendrix made it to the final honestly didn't...  


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 8:48 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

Well Put Fan! That's where I have been trying to go, there is a story about him altering the amps and he was concerned about what Les Paul was going to say.

Ive just finished Clapton's autobiography and he states how hard the Strat was to play with the raised bridge and how he couldn't see how Jimmy was doing it. He goes on to tell of the 6 strats he bought for 100 dollars apiece of which he gave away 3 and took the other three apart to make 1 which is the infamous "Blackie" which Fender Most recently took possession of, disassembled then remanufactured duplicates. I believe Blackie fetched just over 1 million dollars at one of Slowhand's recent Guitar Auctions for Crossroads.


-Thanks Lnwlf!

-Very sorry to be so long in responding, but things have been kinda crazy around here lately...

-Anyway, here's an interestng story about "Blackie" that you may or may not know...   Howlin' Wolf was touring England in the 70's, and Eric invited his great guitarist, Hubert Sumlin (if anyone is unfamiliar with Hubert's playing, I highly reccomend you check out his stuff with Wolf) to his place.  Eric had a ton of guitars, and in a great gesture of respect, told Hubert he could have any one guitar that he wanted.  He looked around, and then said he wanted the black Strat with the white pick guard (Blackie).  Of course, Eric had to turn him down- kinda ironic that out of all of them, he picked "Blackie", lol...

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 10:01 pm

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

tomahawk, I believe Randy Rhoads and Stevie Ray made it all the way to the Sweet 16.


Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2008 6:54 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

Page and Hendrix are both great guitarist but...... nobody can duplicate the sounds of Jimi Hendrix.he is the original rock n'roll guitar god and should always be remembered as such.Im not sure if any guitarist will ever come close to matching Hendrix's style,versatilaty or stage presence.If your not a fan of Jimi's music,listen again! Why do all the great one's die young?And Da Fan was Randy Rhoads in this list?

R.I.P. JIMI,Randy Rhoads,Stevie Ray Vaughn,and Dime we miss you all!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2008 9:12 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

Zerk (AKA  xerxes10) -- Thanks for your kind comment on my post about our host--Da Fan From Japan! 

You have clearly stated what I, in my comment, tried to add to this blog.  After re-reading mine, it seemed as if an even more stumbling and fumbling James Stewart character c c coulda, m mighta, m may b be...ah darn it.  You know what I mean.  This entire blog has been enlighting and enjoyable.  I almost feel like I should have to pay for a ticket or something!  Ha hee.  Best Wishes to All.


You sell yourself short, Abez-  I very much appreciated yer "rambling"...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2008 7:34 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

 induction into the R&R Hall of Fame doesn't mean a hell of a lot to me.  They inducted friggin' MADONNA this year, while true rock-n-roll artists like Randy Bachman and Deep Purple can't get a whiff of a vote.

-You'll get no argument from my corner of the universe, Howie, lol....

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2008 7:05 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

I`m very interested in this too late my favorite player is already out but Could you post somekind of bracket style thing that would show who got eliminated and where.


-Sorry to be so late in my response, Taylor-  I just started two new jobs, and have had my hands a tad full for the past couple of weeks or so...  Anyway, if yer still interested, here is the link to the blog's home page.  From there you can check out the preliminary vote, plus who made what rounds, as well as the voting that determined it.  As well, of course, there are some very interesting comments-  all adds up to a pretty good read for a guitar fan, IMO-     Just a note-  the seedings are "Wimbeldon-style", first seed faces last, and so on....


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 10:52 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

Well put, abez2.  DF is just one of the very best posters here, and has done a wonderful job with this blog.  In every post I've ever read of his, he's congenial, polite, light-hearted - and handles more serious discussions too - always a gentleman.  You have certainly made my experience here much more worthwhile.  So thanks again for the blog, and your style.

-Thanks very much, X!  Dang...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 10:44 am

The "Greatest" Guitarist In History? The Final

 I wanted to let y'all know how I felt and you may agree that it is people such as DFJ who make these boards very worthwhile.

Anyway, thanks for the wonderful blog!

-Such kind words, Abez.  Not sure how deserving I am of them, but I certainly appreciate it if I have made you expereience here an enjoyable one!

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