Eddie Van Halen #2 guitarist of all time

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    Eddie Van Halen #2 guitarist of all time


    Van Halen News Desk | Eddie Van Halen #2 guitarist of all time, as voted by rock guitarists


    330 GUITARISTS PICK THEIR TOP 50 FAVORITE GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME

    Roadie Crew magazine (official site - Roadie Crew) organized a poll in which 330 guitarists were asked about their favorite guitarists of all time. Among the participants in the poll, there were current-and-former musicians of such bands as Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Machine Head, Nightwish, Genesis, Megadeth, Scorpions, Testament, Blue Cheer, Arch Enemy, King Diamond, Yes, Sepultura, Dio, Twisted Sister, Living Colour, Exodus, Toto, Helloween, Triumph, Behemoth, Gamma Ray, Nazareth, Manowar, Uriah Heep, Nile, Focus, Opeth, Angra, Marillion, Anthrax, Faith No More, King’s X, Mercyful Fate, Ten Years After, Carcass, Dr. Sin, Savatage, Blue Öyster Cult, At The Gates, Paradise Lost, Dark Tranquillity, Ayreon, Cacophony, Sebastian Bach, Halford, Fates Warning, Soulfly, Girlschool, Kreator, Ministry, Symphony X, Children Of Bodom, Heart, Celtic Frost, Stratovarius, Sir Lord Baltimore, Kamelot, Mick Jagger, Down.

    The results of the poll, published in issue #112 of Roadie Crew, were as follows:

    1. Jimi Hendrix
    2. Eddie Van Halen
    3. Yngwie J. Malmsteen
    4. Randy Rhoads
    5. Ritchie Blackmore
    6. Jimmy Page
    7. Tony Iommi
    8. Steve Vai
    9. Jeff Beck
    10. Michael Schenker
    11. David Gilmour
    12. Dimebag Darrell
    13. Allan Holdsworth
    14. Uli Jon Roth
    15. Angus Young
    16. James Hetfield
    17. Brian May
    18. Marty Friedman
    19. Joe Satriani
    20. Jason Becker
    21. Gary Moore
    22. Paul Gilbert
    23. Eric Clapton
    24. Al Di Meola
    25. Zakk Wylde
    26. John McLaughlin
    27. John Petrucci
    28. Adrian Smith
    29. Steve Morse
    30. Stevie Ray Vaughan
    31. Slash
    32. Kirk Hammett
    33. Robert Fripp
    34. Alex Lifeson
    35. Chuck Schuldiner
    36. Ace Frehley
    37. George Lynch
    38. Dave Murray
    39. Glenn Tipton
    40. Neal Schon
    41. Eric Johnson
    42. Trey Azagthoth
    43. K.K. Downing
    44. Andy LaRocque
    45. Malcolm Young
    46. Django Reinhardt
    47. Jeff Loomis
    48. Steve Lukather
    49. John Sykes
    50. Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour.
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  2. Zakk Wylde #25? Sheesh.

  3. I can't say I agree with the order per say, but Eddie is def up there. Hammett, Ace Frehley, Rhodes, Stevie Ray, Hetfield, Zakk Wylde are faves of mine.
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  4. Anyone wonder why Frank Zappa isnt on that list?

  5. Pantera were good but NO WAy in hell does dimebag deserve 12th.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Knowbull View Post
    Anyone wonder why Frank Zappa isnt on that list?
    I love zappa!! Disco boy ftw.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  7. I dont see Jerry Garcia on there either. How credible can that list be? Sounds more like a popularity contest than an objective skills based list. JMO

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Knowbull View Post
    Anyone wonder why Frank Zappa isnt on that list?
    That is very wrong. Also, why the hell is Malmsteen voted higher than Ritchie Blackmore?

  9. Where the hell is Peter Green?

  10. Quote Originally Posted by slow-mun View Post
    That is very wrong. Also, why the hell is Malmsteen voted higher than Ritchie Blackmore?
    Why is Page 6th? No slam at Eddie but he should be behind Hendrix.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  11. I hate to admit it, but this list seems like it was comprised of mostly second rate shredders and leaves out those whose music actually progressed the art of guitar in modern rock.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    Why is Page 6th? No slam at Eddie but he should be behind Hendrix.
    Lol, I know and Clapton isn't even in the top ten(or twenty)? WTF?

  13. Not to mention John Mclaughlins placement. Ive seen these types of lists before, there similar to movie critics opinions.

  14. Hammett is 32, but Hetfield is 16...WTF!!?!??!?
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  15. Pete Townsend? Mark Knopfler?

    I imagine everyone could come up with a list. They're fun though...
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    Eddie will always be #1 in jackasses tho
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  17. eric claptons pretty low on there....
    ok, noone laugh but unfortunately i must give credit where its due and an amazing guitarist right now is........ john mayer... ok, im not gay but its true

  18. Quote Originally Posted by motive View Post
    eric claptons pretty low on there....
    ok, noone laugh but unfortunately i must give credit where its due and an amazing guitarist right now is........ john mayer... ok, im not gay but its true
    Technically he is proficient, but his music in not innovative, nor does it sound very good IMHO.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by slow-mun View Post
    Technically he is proficient, but his music in not innovative, nor does it sound very good IMHO.
    his albums suck but see him live and you will change your mind

  20. Eddie is certainly great but compared to many other names on the list, he never really progressed/evolved or contributed beyond his limited niche.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by bioman View Post
    Eddie is certainly great but compared to many other names on the list, he never really progressed/evolved or contributed beyond his limited niche.
    No ****. I'd expect to see Clapton higher, and what the hell is Stevie Ray Vaughan doing at 30? I can understand not number one, but I'd expect him to be in the top ten or twenty at the very least. And as much as I love David Gilmour and Pink Floyd, putting him 11th seems odd to say the least. Top twenty perhaps, but I'd push him down a few notches at least.
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    I in no way endorse the poll or its results. Ed is a has been. His playing has declined considerably. He has produced nothing in far too many years. He was something in his prime but sadly those days are behind me and him both.
    We live in a time where our planet suffers from two epidemics simultaneously - starvation and obesity.

    Look at all these little kids taking care of the music biz, don't their business take good care of me.

    I have the fire, I have the force, I have the power to make my evil take it's course.

  23. No Steve Howe?

  24. All i can say at that list is .......WOW.

    Dimebag darrel is 12th, and SRV is 30th......ummm no freakin' way!

    I agree that page should be #2 right behind hendrix imo.

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  25. Agreed, Page should b #2. Tom Schulz not even on the list?? That is wack.

  26. Eric Clapton, Al Demeola, and Stevie Ray Vaughn to me are the biggest WTF's on this list. And where is Carlos Santana.


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  27. Just based on pure talent alone, SRV should be in the top 3 imo. The guy was absolutely amazing in delivering blues/texas blues as it was meant to be played.

    Just listening to SRV's "Lenny" alone demonstrates his great attention to detail and dynamics.

    Angus Young at #15? I love AC DC to no end, but you've got to be kidding me......

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  28. This was a poll of "favorite" guitarists of guitarists. I don't think they were necessarily saying "best". I am a guitarist and would put Joe Satriani at the top of my list because he is indeed my "favorite" but by no means the best.
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  29. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    Pantera were good but NO WAy in hell does dimebag deserve 12th.
    No he doesn't, he deserves a much better rank! and Paul Gilbert should be in the top 3 also!!

  30. Quote Originally Posted by bpmartyr View Post
    This was a poll of "favorite" guitarists of guitarists. I don't think they were necessarily saying "best". I am a guitarist and would put Joe Satriani at the top of my list because he is indeed my "favorite" but by no means the best.
    And you are 100% right there.
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  31. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    And you are 100% right there.
    LOL!

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  32. I think that's the first list I've seen that actually had rhythm
    guitarists in it. Who's ever had a favorite rhythm guitarist?

  33. odd as* list. Top four are pretty close. Though I would have switched RR and EVH. Where is Dave Mustaine?
    James Hetfield above Hammet and Clapton AND Al Di Meola!!?? WTF

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