[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Full disclosure, the site is mine. Obviously...

I don't care about your personal data, I won't share it with anyone. The site uses a cookie to add functionality - though I'll be damned if I can figure out how to make it optional. IP addresses are stored as hashes, I have no idea who you are and don't actually get to see your IP address. I will not share, sell, or give your data to anyone - unless that dirty rotten law man makes me.

So, once again, do behave yourself there. I have a hosting company that I'm beholden too and they have standards we really, really don't meet. So, comments are moderated, but feel free to make them.

Once again, if you have any guitarists you'd like to see featured, do let me know in a comment. If you make the comment here, I'll try to remember it was here. If you make it there, I'll be able to retrieve it and won't forget it. Let's just say I smoke too much pot.

Anyhow, enjoy the continued list of guitarists better than Hendrix.

[–] AndrewBlazeIt 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

IMO he wouldn't be nearly as celebrated if he hadn't died so young.

People didn't have time to get bored with what he was selling. He didn't ever have to move past the initial gimmick (sounds no one had heard from a guitar before) that made him famous.

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 


I'm not entirely sure I can agree with your statement. Nothing Hendrix did was truly new. What he did was what many good guitarists (and the greats) did. He took things from others and added them to his own mix. Feedback? Done before. Distortion? Done before. Reverb? Done before. Blues over chord progressions? Done before.

He was a good guitarist - he really was. He was an excellent performer and a great artist. He just wasn't the greatest guitarist - and shouldn't even be in the top 100 guitarists, never mind in the first position. He was influential. He was creative. He innovated by putting other pieces together. He just wasn't that great.

He couldn't even play the same damned thing twice in a row. He was seldom in key for live performances. His studio work was often touched up - heavily. I'm told it took many, many takes and a lot of work.

He was good - and I don't want to take that from him. I differ when we call him great - when compared with guitarists that I feel are truly great.

Who would you add to the list?

[–] Hall_of_Cost 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

He practically lived in the studio, not because he loved it but because that's how many takes it took! Lol!

Just speculation

[–] AndrewBlazeIt 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Steve Vai and Robert Plant?

[–] Hall_of_Cost 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Hendrix would've moved on to funk I think. Take a listen to Crosstown Traffic. As one of his later songs it gives us a view what he was heading towards. Crosstown Traffic is really funky.

Not that I can't dig funk. It's not my first choice in music, but i dont actively seek out funk.

I think he was a good guitar player, but too fucked up all the time. He's not better than Duane Allman, who is always much lower on these bullshit "Top 100" lists.

[–] Nadesh 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Saved :)

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'm going to do them once per week, until I run out of guitarists to add to the list. At least that's my goal. If it's not rewarding them I may stop doing them. I need to find it enjoyable to do, else I'm not going to do it. It's a hobby, not a job.

I don't know if you saw the first one, it was Les Paul.

I suck at being retired - but it means I have time to dedicate and I think that someone needs to at least try to compile a list such as this. Maybe when it's done, I'll turn it into a book that people can download. I don't know, I haven't decided and I'm not entirely sure that it'll be worth the effort. Hopefully, it catches on and people provide feedback and commentary.

[–] Nadesh 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well I need to connect more with that site, just been a bit busy but I think it’s great that you are doing it.

You are very busy indeed and you seem to do more then most. A touch of a workaholic creative genius I presume... :)

[–] klobos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Who voted him number 1, a bunch of HS kids? Hendrix would make the top 500 but nowhere near the top 100.

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

He's been voted number one in all sorts of polls. He was #1 in RS' Guitarist of the Century and Best Guitarist of All Time, Guitar Magazine put him at #1 Rock Guitarist. The list goes on.

He's the most overrated guitarist I know of.

He was a good guitarist - he just wasn't a great guitarist. So, I'm fixing that. I'm making a list of guitarists who are better than Hendrix. So far, I've done Les Paul and Chet Atkins. I'll keep adding one a week, maybe more, as I go along. Next might be Glen Campbell, Slash, or Eric Clapton - I haven't decided. I have a bunch already written up so that I don't feel publication deadline stress. (It took like a month to get them done. Each one gets about another hour dedicated to it before I publish it on the site.)

I'd say leave a comment here, for others to consider, but I'll lose it. So, if you want to add a potential to the list, you should leave it on that site. Don't worry - I don't harvest emails. I don't give a shit where you're from so I don't collect your IP address - it gets hashed and crammed into a DB to keep track of the number of visits. That's it. Some plugins may track, but I think I've made it pretty minimal for the functionality I want.

[–] klobos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Will do later if you want the support for your site. Just curious, is Trey on your top list? Claypool?

[–] Psylent 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Funny how many of the guitarists that are considered great DO say hendrix was the greatest... but I guess some random running a website knows better than some of the best guitarists in the industry....

It's one thing to play something someone else wrote, it's another to write your own, I can play a lot of malmsteem, vai, and other great guitarists songs.. but I'm not better than them.. or even close to being as good..

It wasn't only based on his technical playing ability, it was a complete package of song writing, arrangement, innovation and the fact he has inspired guitarists for generations to pick up and play. Most times he was on stage he had more drugs in his system than you've probably ever seen... add to that the constant whammy abuse and divebombing and it's no wonder his guitar was out of tune in parts - often he would just bend it into tune while playing.. not an easy feat.

When you have a bunch of songs recognised the world over and generations of musicians emulating you maybe then you can talk about it with some authority, but until then...

edit: some of the things other guitarists (who have actual music careers) say about him.

Steve Vai: - 'I very rarely agree with the term best guitar player, but if I had to say there was one, I would pick Jimi Hendrix'

Satriani: - 'when I heard that Jimi Hendrix died, it was a defining moment for me. Something told me that I had to try to pay tribute to him somehow, and the only way to do that was by becoming a guitar player, a great guitar player, and for some reason, I knew I could do it.'

Jeff Beck: "For me, the first shockwave was Jimi Hendrix. That was the major thing that shook everybody up over here. Even though we'd all established ourselves as fairly safe in the guitar field, he came along and reset all of the rules in one evening."

Prince: "I learned from Jimi Hendrix. They all wanted him to do the tricks, and at the end of his career he just wanted to play...I can see how those pressures can really play with your head. It's all about, 'What is utopia to you?' If you lend your consciousness to someone else, you're a robot."

John Mayer: "When I listen to Hendrix, I just hear a man, and that's when it's most beautiful — when you remember that another human being was capable of what he achieved. Who I am as a guitarist is defined by my failure to become Jimi Hendrix. However far you stop on your climb to be like him, that's who you are."

The list goes on and on.....

then... there is you: "He couldn’t stay in key, couldn’t play the same thing twice, knew maybe a dozen basic progressions and scales, and was remarkably sloppy.

I won’t deny that he was influential. I can even say that he’s influenced me. I can also say, with some absolute certainty, that I can play everything Hendrix played and I can play it better than he did. It’s not hard. If you want something difficult, try Leyenda (Asturias)."

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Y'all haven't even read the links, have you?

[–] Psylent 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I read the links - and quoted you in my reply - the links you provide during the article contain more of your opinion...

It's one thing to say you don't think he was 'the best' but it's another entirely to claim to be 'better' ...