Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Final Four — "Eruption" (Eddie Van Halen) Vs. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (Jimi Hendrix)

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estrellagalvan

Comfortably numb is overrated, IMO. Because I do remember to get goosebumps while listening to the other three ones! But definitely Eruption is the BEST ONE!

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Nicki Larsson

Its Totally absurd, You know why 'stairway to Heaven' has been always No.1, Its because the solo that Jimmy Page did in, is simply outstanding, something that you'll ever expect hearing from a guitar. Now some guys are fighting for the EVH 'Eruption' song. I tried to listen this music times and times but I can't and still can't to find any beauty in it, nothing outstanding. Just Shredding to and speed that you can't understand anything. There's nothing classical at all, you want to hear real speed and classical phrases, then go and listen to YNGWIE MALMSTEEN or if speed only, listen MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO and then come back and tell me that ERUPTION is really outstanding. I forget which artist was saying that this chart was pure bul**** but really that is .. there's still a lot of Guitarist which has been underrated in this book like GARY MOORE, with some outstanding solos like 'EMPTY ROOMS or STILL GOT THE BLUES', Steve VAI - ' FOR THE LOVE OF GOD OR WHISPERING A PRAYER, JOE SATIRANI- ' SURFING WITH THE ALIENS OR IF I COULD FLY, MALMSTEEN-' BLUE OR BLITZKRIEG OR RISING FORCE. The most sadly side of this chart, was to rate JIMMY HENDRIX 4th..lol this guy is considered as the king of Guitar by many respectful guitarist, ok Stairway to heaven has a beautiful solo, but nothing compares to a Little wing- Red House Or a Voodoo child. Just think about it and then you'll realise.. thanks

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Nicki Larsson

Ahh last but not least , I don't know if I miss something but Where is the solo of Slash of November rain??!! o.O ...lol crazy

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GEENGADE

Soloing with effects on September 18, 1970 Hendrix died. Van Halen's “Runnin' With ... Circa 1978. Technology really didn't change it was still up player to make it better. My vote goes to Eddie Van Halen. Eruptions was just the frosting on the cake.

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AussieDan

Sorry but i think evh is just wanky. Solos have got to get you involved. Jimi kills this match up.

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thebreeze12

Eruption got everyone totally involved by making people scratch their heads and say.....what did I just hear?? I can sit here and say, sorry but I think Jimi is sloppy and out of tune, but I give credit when it's due. Jimi was an innovator and inspired and continues to inspire countless guitar players to this day. Like I said in an earlier post, sometime in 1978 a mere 1:44 seconds changed the entire landscape of how the guitar was viewed. The man responsible for that time frame was EVH. He deserves every bit of recognition he has ever received. To say he is just wanky is absurd.

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Hendrix1970

He isn't out of tune here bud

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devinhull5150

Music is more than the studio recordings. Live is more important than how the record sounds.

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Hendrix1970

Apparently not to this crowd of people eh, kind of sad really eh.

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oneunder

Jimi Hendrix was not Eddie Van Halen's father, and has nothing to do with the talent Eddie was born with. Their styles are completely different, too. Both solos are great, but Eruption had a more significant impact on the guitar world, then and now.

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Nicki Larsson

What you are saying is absurd buddy!!! All modern guitarist said and in all books is written that the one who revolutionized and change the world of guitar is JIMMY HENDRIX!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALSO KNOWN AS THE KING.. EDV has never been influential..lol because there's a lot better than him!! You don't trust me buddy just go on Google and tap '' Which guitarist has totally change the world of guitar'' and then you will see a men with an Afro and a red headband like Rambo and which is always dress like a disco man...lolzz

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thebreeze12

Okay, Hendrix was prior, did things that made everyone else in that generation re-think the guitar. Does playing in tune ever come into the equation?? There is no denying that Hendrix was out of tune and that does create some issue's. Dont get wrong Hendrix was an innovator and creator and sparked a new generation of players. But you have to remember that during the late 60's up until the mid-70's a lot of guitar based music was basically a parody of itself, nothing new and exciting. Welcome 1978 and a little piece of music about 1:44 seconds hit the speakers of household's and jaws dropped. What was that were in the thoughts of every rock guitar player that heard it!! You cannot dispute that, it's a song but it's a solo and it's influence is timeless, Dimebag would always say anytime I hear Eruption it makes me stop everything I'm doing and just listen. PERIOD!!!

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Hendrix1970

Anything other than disco which came out of that era sounded good brah! lol

billkropp

Without Jimi Hendrix there never would have been an Ed Van Halen. Shame people do not understand that.

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devinhull5150

I'm pretty sure that even if Jimi never made it big, EVH would have still had the same path and made the same music.

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doubletrouble5150

This isn't about who came first its about who did it better

nursetom61

I keep hearing how EVH was sooooo influential and how he changed guitar playing forever. But before EVH there was Hendrix. Jimi did more for the Guitar Community than anybody before him or after. Without Jimi I am sure there would be a lot less guitar players today. Jimi did things with a six string that NOBODY has been able to replicate. His experimentation with guitars, effects,amps and recording techniques changed how guitars were played forever. I do like Van Halen as a whole(preferably with DLR singing) but to say EVH is influential or innovative, I just don't get. The first time I heard Eruption I thought this is really something else but, it didn't make me want to pick up an axe and play. The first time I heard James Marshal Hendrix I was blown away and thought how can I possibly play like that? The song was the Star Spangled Banner. As a descendent of Frances Scott Key, I can honestly say it is my favorite rendition and did my ancestor's poem justice. The first time I heard Voodoo Chile was about 40 years ago and I have heard it more than a few times since. The solo is about the most perfect solo ever written. Unlike Eruption which really has NO solo. The song itself is one LONG solo. So does an entire song constitute a solo, I think not. I really do like EVH but he has songs and solos that are much better, i.e. Unchained. Bottom line in my opinion Eruption should in no way be beating Voodoo. It shouldn't really be in this poll. Ok cue the haters and NOW!!!!

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LoQ

You are certainly entitled to your opinion of EVH, but how can you possibly deny his mass influence??

Guitar playing in both rock and pop music completely shifted to a whole new level because of EVH. Post EVH... fretboard tapping, harmonic and open string dive bombs, insanely fast alternate picking of single notes, volume swells, tapped octave harmonics, etc, became required techniques of the modern player circa 1980s (and beyond). Also due to EVH that whole DIY guitar movement of the early 80s kicked into high gear. Suddenly you had a ton of players piecing together hybrid guitars from scavenged parts because that’s what Eddie did! Because of that whole DIY guitar trend that EVH kick-started, manufactures began selling pickups and other various guitars parts to the public. Also because Eddie setup his guitars with only one pickup and one knob, strat shaped guitars with only one pickup and one knob were suddenly being made in mass by major guitar makers and were huge sellers. I won’t even get into the whole hot-rodded amp thing that started because of EVH, the popularity of the Floyd Rose trem because of EVH, Kramer guitars, or the huge rush on specific guitar effects from players trying to achieve EVH’s “brown sound”.

The influence EVH had, not only in guitar playing, but in guitar manufacturing, guitar parts, etc was MASSIVE. So if you want to say Jimi was a better player than EVH that’s fine, but to say EVH wasn’t “influential or innovative” is simply incorrect.

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devinhull5150

Couldn't have said it better. At least Eruption won. Now let's see if it can beat Stairway because IMO Numb isn't that great.

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Joe Barnes

Great comment. The Beatles got everybody to start playing guitar. Hendrix showed people HOW to play guitar with soul and taste and incredible creative energy.

Eruption is the perfect name, you keep waiting for the gooey stuff to erupt from the end of his guitar cause that's all he's doing.

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thebreeze12

The 2 biggest influences/innovator's of the last 50 years. Jimi was full of soul and taste, everything you want to see in a guitar player. Eddie possessed that same passion and desire to create something new and exciting. IMO Eddie's impact changed the entire landscape of how the guitar was viewed and accepted. He opened the door's for a new generation of players and the whole boom in the 80's and early 90's is all due to those player's hearing a tune called ERUPTION. My vote goes to Mr. Van Halen.

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doubletrouble5150

I agree completely Eddie gets my vote

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