Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 2 — "Eruption" (Eddie Van Halen) Vs. "Stranglehold" (Ted Nugent)

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JOLLYSTOMPERUSA

Who said Eddie Van Halen was a Leftie?! He's far from Left. He's freakin' far Right if anything. I heard him on a talk show with that Leftie English guy host who is sickeningly anti-gun when it comes to upstanding citizens / Americans wanting to exercise their 2nd Amendment Right. They were discussing a guest appearance he made to do a few licks on an album with L.L. Cool Jay, who by the way is a real gentleman. It was like when he did one on Michael Jackson's album. He said, and I quote, ' I was really surprised to be invited on this album since they are Left to center '. He was speaking of L.L. Cool Jay and whomever else was responsible for this album. Quite frankly I was quite shocked about his frankness regarding the comment he made to the jackass he was being interviewed by. After this interview I happened to be speaking to a friend who was a roadie for Van Halen and he said this is very true about Eddie. He is the type of guy who says it like it is. He's not your typical whack job Leftie that you'll commonly meet up with from California. First the guy has so much freakin' money and unlike the movie actors/actresses who play that game most Rock (emphasized) musicians don't. Also, before I forget, he has a few Special Forces buddies he regularly hangs with. I don't if they're S.E.A.L.S., Rangers or Delta Force. This is all here say admittedly but from a reliable source who is a roadie for about 22 years with them.

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loral

How is Brian May staying in this poll????

As much as I *love* Joe Walsh, I recognize his playing on the Guitar Legends, Seville 1991 concert was not his greatest because of his drinking problem.

But Brian May was the "host" of this, and watching his face as he continuously hits wrong notes is just the reason to hit "fast forward" watching this concert, making him *maybe* the #2 worst player that night, but possibly the worst.

How "Brighton Rock" can beat "Crazy Train" just shows how IT trolls can manipulate the voting process by logging in from numerous IP addresses to beat the system......

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LoQ

It's actually much easier than that to get around the block for Polldaddy polls and vote as many times as you want. The work-around has been published and is very easy to find and people use it all the time. I'm not going to give a step by step on here as to how to do it, but I'll just say that polldaddy's blocking system is not based on a user's IP address.

I know that the Queen facebook users are also aware of how polldaddy works and aware of the VERY simple work around. So as long as Guitar World uses polldaddy for their polls (or another outside polling service that doesn't require you to log in to vote), the results for these contests will always be in question.

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GEENGADE

Solos playing just before the song Battle ax hum maybe or the intro to victim of changes. Doing chops on songs are good but just don't stop right when you’re ready to go on to it and then do a grand final. Keep your pants on bro if that the case there was a whole part of that change that is missing where you put that grand final. Wow really?

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voodoochile2

********Anyone but Brian May*********

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timelander

I enjoy (just like almost all of us) Van Halen, and eruption; Edward's stunt masterpiece that I listened around probably between 5 to 10 times in my life, very astonishing!... But, I cannot count how many times I played on my stereo and on my guitar too that powerful (non difficult for sure) Stranglehold riffing Tune.

Into this free' speech environment we all share together, I have no problem to eat meat, to hear political trash (doesn't everybody do it all the time) and to celebrate the difference (including whose don't tolerate it)... At the end this is just music, lovely music that kick our souls sometimes higher than our minds can handle, but at the end it's just music.

I have no doubt EVH's gonna win this poll (what a news) He has more than enough arguments than our misunderstood motor city madman (less talk, play more). But today I got to go against the current and vote for the "Nuge" one more underrated guitar monster and one of the few honest artist in music industry!!!

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voodoochile2

Due to 'outside' sources, I would say Brian May is gonna win this poll ...

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Hendrix1970

How queer would that be, "Brian may, the best solo ever" ... er, yeah right!

jefffos

I refrained from voting for a few reasons... 1.) We all know that if "Stairway" doesn't win, it'll be "Eruption" because apparently only Jimmy Page or Eddie Van Halen can win one of these competitions and therefore it doesn't need my vote because... 2.) I would NEVER vote for Nugent! Even before he was a mouthy, racist, homophobic, ignorant, white trash nutjob, I never understood why people still talked about him. He had one, maybe two decent songs, he was big for one or two years in the seventies (the disco era) and I never thought he was a guitar great at all. I don't think he's even a guitar mediocre to be honest. So have fun folks, I'll see you tomorrow...

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Hendrix1970

Only leftist scum would call him those politically correct lefty names.

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daveotr

Only a total right-wing loon would object ;-)

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Hendrix1970

All i'm saying is, it's very politically correct,that is all. Quite frankly i'm sick of P.C bullshit of the 21st century.

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oneunder

The guitar world would be incomplete without either one of these masterpieces.

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LoQ

This one is a no-brainer. Eruption!

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gdsmithtx

Being able to separate the art from the artist, I simply love "Stranglehold" (I disagree strongly with basically everything Ted says); it's always been one of my favorite songs.

But the impact of "Eruption" on the hard rock/metal music of the day -- for better or worse -- just can't be overstated. It flat out blew people away; no one had heard anything like it on the radio before. It inspired hundreds of thousands of kids to pick up guitars for the first time, and that's a great thing.

I vote Eddie.

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CobraGTXNoS

I love Ted Nugent and Stranglehold with the amazing solo, but if it were not for my Dad showing Edward, I would not be the man I am today. I would not be listening to all the classics but instead a new "You Know Who". That is why I have to vote for Eruption. His live versions of Eruption are just amazing. Eddie got me into guitar and I owe him my vote. Eddie got me hooked just like a bunch of kids back then. Also he keeps on getting better and better every show.

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Hendrix1970

ok so i listened to eruption, it did nothing for me.. absolutely nothing

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kris101

Eddie of course.
But the next round should be interesting. Little Wing is my favorite hendrix song and solo (short with a punch).

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ctgblue1

While Eruption wowed me, Terrible Ted and Stranglehold, on the Double Live Gonzo album, is THE REASON I play guitar today.

My nieghbor and I must have air guitar'd, well with tennis rackets, to Double Live Gonzo and Free For All an entire summer. Then his older brother took his albums back...

That fall I bought my first guitar, at age 13. Unforunately I've had G.A.S. ever since.... But that's a good thing, better than other addictions for sure...

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Steve Haynie

Ouch! The spontaneous Ted Nugent masterpiece versus the practiced Van Halen iconic solo.

I had to go with Stranglehold's solo because the entire song makes you feel a certain way, and the song and the solo are all part of that experience.

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jamminfool

"Eruption" is Eddie Van's masterpiece, his tour de force, his signature lick...without doubt, the finest and most ferocious Eddie ever played and/or recorded. For that, he has my never ending respect. However, in an age where every kid that had an electric guitar, an MXR Distortion+ and Phase 90 pedal was trying to ape Eddie's sound and technique, I was moved by something a little different, something more organic, raw, and just straight up HEAVY and mean sounding...Terrible Ted's killer, inspired playing on "Stranglehold" (and the rest of the album it's contained on) made me quiver a little in my jeans, gave me a young buck chubby and the urge to kill 'em and grill 'em! I picked up my guitar at 10 years old because of an unknown passion that was inside me, apparently from birth...I became the maniac I am today largely because of Uncle Ted's creative juices flowing all over the leadwork on "Stranglehold", even to my innate love of all things Gibson run through Fender amplification! This song showed me just what it was I wanted to sound like, play like and feel like onstage and off. The insane licks, the spacy yet completely natural feeling fading feedback harmonies, the tension and breathing within its dynamics, the raw, sexually charged emotion of it all..."Stranglehold" is still one of my favorite licks/songs to play to this day!

So, for the reason of being one of my biggest inspirations on my almost 40 year musical journey, My vote goes to The Reverend Theodotious Atrocious and his personal magnum opus, "Stranglehold". May the best lick win!

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brett74

I just realized that 'Mr. Scary' was never on any of these brackets. What the hell? Gotta give George at least one slot if you grant one to Pearl Jam.

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jamminfool

No doubt, George is more than worthy of making it to the top teir with his amazing fretwork and blinding speed and articulation...his playing is world class, his understanding of his instrument is almost unparalelled. However, the voting was and is for the Greatest Guitar Solo of All Time, not the Greatest Guitarist. With that in mind, which of Dokken's, Lynch Mob's or George's other works would you (and the legion of devotees that love George so) nominate to stand with the greatest solos in the history of rock and roll? Btw, I agree...if Pearl Jam is alloted a slot in this poll, a band whose whole musical philosophy was against the supposed "mindless solos for solos sake" approach of the metal generation, then George's skillset is worthy as well! I would just like to see which song (and the subsequent solo) you think could stand up in the annals of history...the ball's in your court!

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brett74

'Mr. Scary' as in the name of the instrumental/solo. Perhaps we shouldn't consider entirely instrumental, but 'Satch Boogie' I think was on this list, so it would fit in.

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Darth Compton

Mr. Scary was one of my personal top 20's (along with other no shows, Sails Of Charon, Rock Bottom, and Twilight Zone). If we were allowed to submit our own list of favorites for GW to compile a new list, you bet your ass I'd have it on there :D

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Hendrix197O

Terrible Ted against the almighty Van Halen.. a worthy tug-of-war this is not. Albeit, The Nuge, talented as he is (and very easy on the eyes back in his day), doesn't really stand a fighting chance against King Edward’s masterpiece. The real calamity is that the Stranglehold solo is indeed a splendid one, and most certainly worthy of honour and pride, however Eruption being the benchmark solo that it is (as well as one of the most celebrated guitar solos in history), will probably end up as the victor for this entire contest (barring the interference from a particular band's impassioned and overly-enthusiastic Facebook community). With this in all likelihood being the case, then all solos in Eruption's path must fall.. and so goes Stranglehold.

So my vote has obviously been cast for the fetchingly cute and absolutely luscious Edward Van Halen.

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