Howard's Top 10 Guitarists

Discussion in 'Howard Stern' started by AJ_II, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. AJ_II

    AJ_II Well-Known Member

    Sorry guys, I'm just now finishing up last week's shows and just came across this conversation.

    I completely agree with Howard on Jimi Hendrix being the greatest ever. I've never heard anyone come close to that guy, and he was such an innovator with the electric guitar. What do you think? Agree or disagree with Howard's list? Who is your top 10 or top 5? Going along with Howard's rules (no obscure artists), here's my top 5:

    1. Jimi Hendrix
    2. Eddie Van Halen
    3. Jimmy Page
    4. David Gilmour
    5. Adam Jones
  2. IronJabroni

    IronJabroni Well-Known Member

    can't say who's best but these are my favorites off the top of my head:
    tony iommi (#1 for me)
    dave murray/adrian smith
    dave mustaine/marty friedman
    ritchie blackmore
    dimebag darrell
    randy rhoads
  3. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    My top 3 is the same as yours. Gilmour is great as well. I'm not too familiar with the work of Adam Jones. Duane Allman was amazing. Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy... so many greats.
  4. Ifandorbut

    Ifandorbut Well-Known Member

    In no particular order:
    Frank Zappa
    Richard Thompson
    Peter Green
    Dave Gregory
    Graham Coxon
    George Harrison

    I don't give two shits if they don't fit into Howard's expanding definition of what this list is supposed to exclude or include, these are the best guitarists as I see fit.
  5. blyons200

    blyons200 These pretzels are making me thirsty.

    Dave Mustaine
    Randy Rhoads
    Angus Young
    Eddie Van Halen
    Yngwie Malmsteen
    David Gilmore
    Joe Satriani
    Zack Wylde

    in no particular order
  6. ProperModulation

    ProperModulation Green Type of Tube

    #1 guitarist = Dimebag - END OF STORY

    He did amazing things with his old beat up Dean. He's the only dude who could cause you to physically hurt yourself trying to emulate what he does. And he wrote some of the meanest and greatest riffs of all time. May the shithead who killed him rot in hell.

    My favorite guitarist of all time = James Hetfield. Awesome pounding and aggressive rhythm guitar, and has written some of the greatest metal riffs of all time. And nobody touches him on stage. Plus he sucks when trying to solo which makes me feel better about my own lameness when trying to lay down a solo :). Although James is my favorite, I do realize that he wasn't necessarily as unique and innovative as Dimebag.

    As for all that 1970's shit that Howard and Artie are stuck on, I could take it or leave it.
  7. goreds2

    goreds2 Well-Known Member

    No one has mentioned Eric Clapton?

    Best Country Western guitarist : Roy Clark

    Another innovator with the electric guitar was Johnny Cash (My opinion)
  8. gilpdawg

    gilpdawg Active Member

    Since you guys said no obscure artists, I'll go with these guys as my top few as well. I really like John Petrucci and Criss Oliva (RIP) a lot too, but they may be too obscure for this discussion. Iommi is the riff-master.
  9. mercury

    mercury New Member

    Brian may from queen has to be in the top 10....
  10. PACanesFan

    PACanesFan Member

    Great topic! Even though I don't listen to Stern so much anymore, I had to jump into this thread.

    I'll leave out numbering them, as anyone could argue who is better then another on this list easily. I'll leave out bassists as well, as that is another list entirely.

    Jimmy Hendrix
    Eddie Van Halen
    Jeff Beck
    Brian May
    Frank Zappa
    Les Paul (whom I'm shocked to see people leave out all the time)
    David Gilmour
    Dimebag Darrell
    Jimmy Page
    Eric Clapton

    Some that are close to the list as well
    Jack White
    Brian Setzer
    Tony Iommi
    Alex Lifeson
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2008
  11. Bark

    Bark Hey Now!

    Why am I the only person putting Angus Young in the Top 5? :(
  12. wpicha

    wpicha Member

    Here are 5 of mine:
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Joe Walsh
    Brian Setzer
    Robbie Robertson
    Neil Young
  13. Finally! Someone mentioned Stevie Ray Vaughn!

    Here is my list in no particular order.

    1. Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott
    2. Stevie Ray Vaughn
    3. Jimmy Hendrix
    4. Eric Clapton
    5. Robert Johnson
    6. Robby Krieger
    7. Duane Allman
    8. Forrest Richard "Dickey" Betts
    9. Jimmy Page
    10. BB King
  14. AJ_II

    AJ_II Well-Known Member

    Guitarist for Tool. Not great in a classical, technical way such as someone like Clapton. He's not gonna wow you with a 3 minute solo, though I'm sure he could. But I think he's one of the more creative guitar players in the last 20 years or so (I'm sure all the Ketamine and DMT he takes might assist in his creativity...just a little) .
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2008
  15. AJ_II

    AJ_II Well-Known Member

    Can't argue with that, he'd be in my top 15.

    There are too many to name. I know these guys are no where near the top, but I'll throw out 2 more guys just because I love their music...Jerry Cantrell and Mike Einziger.

    Also, I think Allen Collins and Gary Rossington should at least get a mention for their work on "Free Bird" alone.

    EDIT: one more not mentioned yet...Kirk Hammett
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2008
  16. GoodDog

    GoodDog Well-Known Member

    Good list!. I'll add
    Robin Trower
    Tom Morello

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