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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: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2008 10:41 pm

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

I hate to be a spoil sport , but Hendrix is the most over rated of all time. He never had any good hits, which should mean something?During Hendrix's time and some time after the consenses was that Chet Atkins was the most talented. Hendrix became a cult figure so there you go!!  I was 21 in 1968 ,. In his lifetime, Hendrix had very little success. Now he is God with a Guitar. For an old guy like me, it's just good for a laugh!!

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2008 1:30 pm

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

Great work DF. I have never thought about a "pre and post hendrix" era. i think you are right on the money though. I honestly thought page was going to win it and was a little upset with hendrx's victory.however, after hearing some explanations i find that there are so many things about hendrix that i didnt even know and i now understand why hendrix deserved it. you had a great blog and i really enjoyed participating. i have learned alot from this and have furthered my knowledge of guitar by leaps and bounds. i love rock music and its such a pleasure to find a blog that has teaching values as well as an interesting topic. thank you again and hopefully well see more blogs like this one from you.


Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2008 4:59 am

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

DFiJ -- You are the cat's meow!  Cjheez, did anybody ever really seriously say that?  I hope not!

 DFiJ --  You're not busy enough.  Start cranking out copies of everything.  Do a little editing.  Collate.  Take to a printer for a few rough drafts and then, set all aside for a coupla winters or so. 

 Then, when you've "mellowed-out" and are working one or less jobs, break out a copy.  Obtain and save pieces of historical facts.  Do the same with opinions and tales.  Add this to your personal "in coconut" knowledge.  Combine, sift and meld with other "out of coconut" electronic data.  Bingo, Best Seller! 

 Retire to comfortable lodgings and surroundings with your beautiful wife.  Life = Piece o' Cake!

 Click on the, "I Accept" or "No Way!"  button below.


LOL   I can absorb pleasure at anytime by reading these blogs.  I can inhale peace here, too.  Need I tell you more?  Thanks a gazillion!  Also thanks to just about everyone who posted here.  My faith for the future of this sometimes gasping and tired ol' Earth gets a nice, positive and restorative boost as I visit this place.  I wish the best to you, DFiJ.  I wish the best to everyone.  Toodles, abez2




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2008 2:22 pm

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

King Jimi!  The outcome is no surprise to me.  No doubt like many others, Hendrix was the first name that came to mind when I was making up my top-10 list for the prelims.

Not much I can add that has not already been covered by several of the other great posters here.  Thanks go out to all of those who made so many great, insightful comments, and especially to our host.  This was by far the most enjoyable blog I've run across, in no small part due to a fantastic job by DaFan.


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:37 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!

-Iyee, Yoko!  Arigato gozaimashte!

-I've been crazy busy myself (though I'm settling into the routine now) over the past few weeks, and so unfortunately hadn't been able to keep up with this as I had in the past...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:33 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

-Thanks very much Tomahwk!  & Yeah, Page did put up a very respectable showing.  As I'd said, Hendrix completely cruised through everyone else...

-Good luck to your Chiefs, BTW...  After they play the Pats, that is...

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:28 am

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!


-Thanks alot, MM!  Page made it interesting early,  but the Hendrix fans kept a comin'...'

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:24 am

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.

-Thanks very much, Farley, and your kind wishes for the missus are also passed along.  As I've said, this thing has most definitely raised my awareness as well!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:22 am

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.

-Thanks very much, cubufffan!  The voting was some work in the beginning, especially with the prelim, when I had some 160-odd different guitarists to sort through, but I kept up with it daily, and didn't 5 folks until I'd counted their votes, which helped me keep track.  Obviously, it grew easier as the competition thinned out over successive rounds.  The most "work", in fact, was trying to reply to most of the people who voted, but really, it was like an ongoing conversation about guitarists and music with some great folks, and so honestly wasn't exactly "work" at all, lol... 

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2008 9:07 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. 

-Thanks very much, Syd-  very kind of you...

-Yeah, Jimi of course had in own influences, but he was also a great innovator who in his own way captured the "zeitgeist" of the '60's as well as the Beatles of Bob Dylan did in theirs, IMO...

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