Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 2 — "Comfortably Numb" (David Gilmour) Vs. "For the Love of God" (Steve Vai)

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Triad999

Wow ...what an amazing and wholly adult outpouring of ideas!
It seems that a great number of you have either forgotten or never knew what being a musician is really about. First of all don't be lured in by these absurd comparisons that GW puts up here, they come up with crap like this to be commercially viable in a culture that thrives on reality TV and watching contentious and demeaning behavior of our neighbors. Look, being a musician is not and will never be a competition. Those of you that believe it so are completely missing the point!

Both of these solos are amazing pieces in their own right, although in comparison they are apples and oranges. Apples and oranges in the context of style, not superiority over one or the other. This is like arguing who the greatest guitarist is, ...there is no correct or incorrect answer. When I was young and a beginning player, I wanted to be a rock star, then as I got older and became a better player I just wanted to be a musician and as every year has passed I become more a student of the instrument and I love the aspect that there is no end to the learning! The music and the instrument we have chosen is best served when it extends and reflects some aspect of our soul, with so many different genre's and so many different style's ...and so many different souls how can anyone say one is best?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a musician is to demean or belittle another musicians work. You may not understand it, you may not like it, it may not "speak to you" but I guarantee, it does all that and more to someone, somewhere.

So SAMIENDLER, your obvious distain for David Gilmour's beautiful rendering on this song as reflected by your comment is altogether unneeded, you could have just said that its not your style.
And the two HENDRIX guys, ...I'm not even sure what your exchange had to do with the subject at hand. I think JJRAMOS had it right, its like choosing which of your legs to keep, luckily ...we don't have to. We have both Gilmour's, intensity and amazing melodic architecture, and Vai's mastery of speed, music theory and showmanship to enrich our lives and our playing when ever we wish to hear them.

Don't fall into the BS that the mags put out. Just use them for what they're best at, gear reviews and interviews of masters of our chosen art.

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SamiEndler

Where in my comments did I offend David Gilmours guitar playing?
Like you said, it is not my style. Never said something different (and I always use the phrase "in my opinion" btw).

But this is a fact: Most of the voters are biased. They see this poll, read "comfortably numb" (or put any famous solo in here) and vote without even listening to the other tune because they only know that it is one of the most famous guitar solos of all time and it has to be "better" than everything else.

I always keep time listening to both solos (no need for this here since I knew both already).

That is why I can´t take GW serious anymore, or at least most of their readers. Actually I think there are more facebook fanboys voting than gw readers.

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SamiEndler

Well...For the love of god loosing with not even half of the votes comfortably numb gets? I can´t take guitarworld serious anymore, sorry. I have to quit my account right now!

One last thing:
I think FTLOG is only second to another of Vai´s beautiful ballads:
Windows To The Soul...listen to it on youtube, it´s incredible!

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dfanelli

Let me see if I'm understanding this correctly: You can't take GW seriously anymore because of the way readers are voting in a poll?

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SamiEndler

Exactly.

But GW obviously won´t let me quit my account, at least not in the "edit your account" section??? Can´t find any option...

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GEENGADE

Soloing on the dark side or solo for the light side both these solos are best but the keyboards and guitar special effect are the difference here. It's only the guitarist to come true with its own strength by using it own array of sound it can produce, instead of having in all these dark intros without any keyboards duets to go by only to fill a small parts does nothing big for the solo. Solo guitarists that have keyboard duets are Yngwie, Petrucci and Vai. This is where it is at if you can get your keyboardist to keep up with you or you keep up with your keyboardist.

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timelander

This is the most absurd poll I've known in my life... I like Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, and of course Comfortably Numb... But, For the love of God is a entire solo about whole song and a magnificent in all sense master piece by itself over CN. This mag is the most lazy of all guitar publications (GW doesn't like to work) half of every issue is the re-issue of the old issues that always bring the common places: RR, Hendrix and Van Halen, unknowing the rest of wonderful great guitar players eg: Jan Ackerman, Andy Latimer, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, Mark Knoppler, Larry Corryell, Roy Buchanan, etc. And in the meantime GW anesthetize us with this ridiculous readers's poll... For the love of God!!!

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Hendrix1970

Amen. Probably the best comment i've ever seen on this site. first of all they need to quit beating the same blues horse that's been SRV,Buddy guy and a whole lot of other guys they class as blues, FFS do a piece on The Legend that was Earl Hooker or something

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cm51cat

I'm done voting on this ridiculous poll!
Here we go again putting an instrumental against a lead line in a song.
I try never to rain on someones parade but whoever is coming up with these comparisons is a total a$$.
It's also an insult to these great and pioneering musicians saying their work is not as good as someone else!

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mooseboy

Not even going to try to vote on this one, because no matter who wins, I'd feel guilty ;)

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TeleJohn

I voted for Vai. This is becoming utterly predictable and annoying. Several of the best guitarists ever have been voted out already--I think too many are voting for their favorite player or their favorite song, and not really listening to the actual solos..
Just give it to Hendrix or Page and be done with it.

jefffos

I agree with you completely. It'll more than likely be Page or Van Halen, a lot like the Best Guitarist poll that became a complete JOKE! I will say, however, that the solos from Comfortably Numb are some of the best ever played and fit the song perfectly. Which is why it'll more than likely get beat by some slop by Van Halen...

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LoQ

Gilmour gets my vote on this one. If For the Love of God came out ten years earlier I might have voted differently, but I've spent too much of my youth listening to and admiring Gilmour's guitar work in Comfortably Numb, so there is just too much sentimental attachment to it for me to vote differently.

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ctgblue1

While I really like the solo on Comfortably Numb, For the Love of God is one of those songs that I completley wore out the Passion and Warfare cassette listening to. Just like Ah Via Musicom with Cliffs of Dover.

I still, after 20 years, find myself closing my eyes and feeling every dig of expression in some of those runs.

While it may not win this challenge, it's the one on my itunes.

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jkret

Vai is a master at his craft and though the numb solo is very soulful in its own rite, for the love of god has soul, speed and flash. Sorry David but Steve wins

GatorStudio

I love Vai. But, Gilmour says more in one note that most guitarists can pour into an entire song. This was a no-brainer for me.

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jjaramos

I think this is the toughest one for me so far, to choose between one of these two masterpieces is like deciding which one of my legs to keep.

After much soul searching, I think I will give my vote to Vai.

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Hendrix197O

Oh dear, another tuff one!

The expression of artistry from these two wonderfully amazing creatures are as different as different can be, and yet both of these stunning specimens are as equally talented. Both are able to tap into their very souls to paint absolutely beautiful images using their guitars as paint brushes, and our ears.. the canvas. One can tell that both of these lovely men are indeed kindred spirits, but kindred spirits who express emotions very differently through their stringed instruments.

Like two stunning half naked warriors entering the Colosseum with swords in hand and sweat glistening off their remarkably hard, toned, and tanned bodies.. only ONE will leave alive to fight another day, while the other will exist no more in this contest. So it must be said that this is a decision that I don't take lightly at all, and after some very serious consideration my vote has been cast for.. Steve Vai!

However it needs to be stated that both these divine men are worthy of our votes and admiration and there truly is no wrong answer for this contest. So have fun gentlemen and cast your votes.

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Mozart Wannabe

Hendrix1970, I have to say, I commend you on a well-written observation - and it is quite refreshing to see after your not-so-refreshing outlook on one Brian May, as you may recall...

I look forward to more of this callibre of commentary from you...

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Hendrix1970

Actually i think i but hurt a fellah' on here so he decided to clone my account with a O instead of zero on the end lol. He's obviously a dirty homosexual, sad sad world.

jefffos

I did not clone your account, you dumbass. I have better things to do than argue with you. If I have something to say, I'll say it using my account, I don't have to steal yours. It's not out of the realm of possibility that more than one person hates you. As for calling everyone a homosexual, it seems like you're awfully concerned with who is and who isn't. Maybe you're a little closet case yourself. Maybe, just maybe, you're so concerned with it because you're fighting tendencies within yourself. I mean, you do say "butthurt" a lot. Are you subconsciously letting your fantasies out of the bag?? Sounds like it...

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Hendrix1970

Fair enough, i didn't actually outright accuse you, but usually when people get their internet feelings in a knot and call you 'racist' for no apparent reason, then they are REALLY cyber-mad!

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Hendrix197O

Yes, yes, you “butt hurt a fellah”, but we agreed that we were NOT going to talk about our sex life on here anymore Craig! You DO remember our discussion last night about “boundaries”, don’t you??? Look fun is fun but if you keep bringing this up I promise… you WILL be sleeping on the couch tonight! Seriously don’t make me be the bad guy here, ok?

Now come on babe, let’s stick with what we agreed on last night and talk guitars.

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Hendrix1970

"talk guitar solos".. come on dude, i'm not 12 years old. you little poof.

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Hendrix197O

Well I would most certainly hope that you're not 12 years old. Otherwise that would make what we did last night VERY illegal! ;-)

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Darth Compton

For The Love Of God is excellent, and I'd like to have seen it advance further, but unfortunately I find Comfortably Numb most excellent. The real hurdle is passing Bohemian Rhapsody, which will have another downpour from rabid Queen fans from other fansites (just like the Greatest Guitarist poll from last summer).

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Hendrix197O

The point you bring up regarding the eventual standoff against Brian May’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ solo is indeed a valid one. While one cannot deny that Facebook plays a major factor in the vote counts, there is also another factor to consider.. talent! Not only is Brian filled with it but so is the song’s composer Freddie Mercury. Freddie’s undeniable talent coupled with his endearing over the top personality is a major factor to what made the band so beloved worldwide (and unfortunately he left us way too soon, R.I.P. Freddie). But I digress, this contest is about the solos and not about the band and hopefully outside sources won’t have as much influence in the voting this time around. :-)

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SamiEndler

Do you know there´s a clone of yours on guitarworld who calls himself "Hendrix1970"? Just sayin´, take care of him, he´s a troll..

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Hendrix1970

I'm his troll? haha thanks for that, i'll take it, freddy mercury died of aids you retard!!

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Hendrix197O

Well now Craig, he does have a point... technically you are MY troll. If you remember it was ME who originally signed up on here as Hendrix1970, and it was YOU who managed to get that password out of me from one of those tickle torture sessions of yours, AND if you didn't go and change the password on me I would have never had to create this account. So yes, technically that does make you MY troll babe.

So how about we take a break from your performance art for a bit and maybe discuss some guitar solos.

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Hendrix197O

Believe it or not he’s not so bad. He’s my partner and we've been living together for 2 years (this coming September). I know he’s going to kill me for saying this but he is actually a very sweet and thoughtful guy. He’s a super brilliant artist and what he posts on here is part of his performance art. It’s a persona that he made up a few years back when we first started dating. If you knew him in the real world you would be quite surprised as to how different, caring, sensitive, and open minded he actually is. Chances are you would fall in love with him.. just like I did. :-)

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Hendrix1970

what a faggot...

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Hendrix197O

Now Craig, that's not nice. What's got you in such a grumpy mood mister? Looks like someone needs a back rub.

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VicG2412

Dude, u are hilarious...! Can't stop laughing...!!! The only reason I choose to view this stupid poll is to see u guys banter... Hahahahahahah...

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SamiEndler

Even Gilmour fanboys would vote for Vai, but they can´t (since they´re fanboys) ;)

I already mentioned in the greatest guitarist poll that I don´t think there´s anything special about the comfortably numb solo. It´s a good solo, nothing more nothing less (in my opinion).
Maybe there´s someone here who agrees?

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