Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 2 — "Stairway to Heaven" (Jimmy Page) Vs. "Machine Gun" (Jimi Hendrix)

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Blackm0resuks

An FYI to Page fans - There is a web-troll that goes by Ritchie Blackm0re (fan club dude, not the real guy) who develops websites (currently, more than 20) to discredit Led Zeppelin/Jimmy Page. If you log on to challenge him he blocks you. A rather immature way of making a point.

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GEENGADE

Soloing and doing guitar tricks this is what makes us want to invest in playing guitar. If someone is just doing a soloing we rarely say it is noticeable nowadays and just saying their doing a solo or their doing their thing that cool also but no one wants to go out a buy a guitar. Today guitars do all the old stuff naturally there’s no hidden feature to have in your to have to do list before playing its all active some even used nothing but midi.

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voodoochile2

*********ANYONE BUT BRIAN MAY***********

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Andromeda

"He's probably one of the top identifiable guitar players, even more so than Beck, Page, and Clapton. They're all so identifiable, but Brian May has such a tone in his head and in his fingers. It speaks volumes. His contribution to orchestrated guitars is unprecedented. There was nothing like it before him. To me, it was like when Edward Van Halen came along and reshaped the sound of electric guitar. That's what I heard in Brian May's playing. It's something that's inherent in the brain of the guitar player". (Steve Vai, Guitar World Magazine, 2010).

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jceremic

As a few others have stated, when you single out a solo, Stairway to Heaven stands out above Machine Gun which is really just a long jam. If you love guitar, but you are sick of hearing Stairway for the ten thousandth time, you will still perk up and listen to the notes of that solo at the end. Jimmy's genius was (is?) being able to structure and piece together very interesting & memorable guitar riffs. Jimi's genius was to be able to pick up the guitar and let the creativeness flow out of his fingers. These two choices are prime examples of both at their best.

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Hendrix1970

You people are crazy..Stairway over machine gun, i don't think so.

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onanboy

I am a Jimmy Page fanboy but Machine Gun is transcendent.

Plus, what would I do next round when it will be Heartbreaker (sloppy but ferocious) vs. Stairway (memorable and classic).

Machine Gun by 4.5

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jamminfool

I absolutely must concur with hendrix197o's comment...while Jimi was an absolute master (nay, he was a true bagwan, sensai and guru) of the erotic six string trip, taking the impressionable minds of a generation (and many after) to heights thought unattainable beforehand, Jimmy left us with the more memorable performance on "Stairway"...one that most players can *sing* note for note, and has inspired thousands to (try to) find a 1959 Les Paul, a Marshall Plexi stack or five, and become rock stars themselves (myself included)! So, with that in mind, my vote goes to Jimmy Page's seductive, searing, and truly inspirational lead work, the crowing moment of his magnum opus!

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SamiEndler

My vote goes to Stairway To Heaven here. I find the Hendrix solo not to be very memoraible, though he "shreds" very well here.

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voodoochile2

Once again
Anyone but Brian May

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SamiEndler

Why all this Brian May bashing?
Of course, Queen fans are hardcore and will vote him the greatest drummer of all time if necessary. But it´s not his fault that his solos made their way through round 2 in this poll.
He is still a great player.

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voodoochile2

I like BMay a lot, but it has become a queen vs any other guitar master. I'm sorry, but he isn't in league with the best guitarists IMHO , not when we are talkin Jimi, Jimmy, Jeff, Eddie, Eric, or even David and Randy .... I just don't see/hear it.

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Andromeda

Steve Vai have recognized May's tone as the most original, even than Jimi, Jimmy and Jeff's. Research his statement. Besides, there's no paralell to Brighton Rock's multiple atmospheres while Crazy Train is just a sublime copy of Ed's Eruption.

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SamiEndler

It´s always difficult to argue who is the better guitarist.
And actually in terms of technique, I think he is equal to Hendrix, Page, Beck, Clapton and Gilmour. Maybe not to Van Halen or Rhoads.

"I don't believe in 'greatest'. I believe in favorites" (Steve Vai)

But you´re right about the Queen fans destroying this poll´s authenticity.

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Hendrix197O

Absolutely! Brian is a fantastic player AND songwriter! That coupled with the amazing genius and simply breathtaking talent of Freddie Mercury (god rest his soul), well it is no surprise there are so many overly enthusiastic Queen fans out there. Sadly their obsession does get in the way of keeping this contest a fair one, but I certainly won't fault Brian for that.

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Hendrix1970

Why you always sucking Freddie mercury's aids infested penis for bro? Queen will only ever be a group that's played on queer as fuck radio stations that call themselves 'rock' radio. End of.

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Hendrix197O

Honey, I've already told you that you have nothing to worry about. I'm simply an admirer of the man's talent.. and that is all. It's certainly nothing to get jealous about. What you and I have is special, and nothing (including Freddie) will ever get in the way of that.. ok? So get your cute ass back under these covers and come back to bed.

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Hendrix197O

An affair of honour between Jimmy and Jimi.. two arresting and exalted legends of the guitar that sit high upon their rightful thrones.

Jimi: sexy and seductive.. the erotic finger dance that he performs upon the strings places him in a class by himself.

Jimmy: adorable and brilliant.. a true student of the guitar, he has analyzed and studied this instrument, learning of new inventive ways of making it sing.

Two very different players who approach guitar in two very different ways.. and today the decision has been placed upon us as to who advances to the next round. Normally the arousing, sensuous, and titillating Jimi Hendrix is the man for me, and if this poll was based upon best all around catalogue (and sexiness), without hesitation my desire burns for Jimi. Nonetheless this being a contest about the solo, then I must place myself into a different mindset. With this being the case my decision goes to the ever so darling, dreamy, and luscious Jimmy Page.

Again mates, no wrong answer in today's duel. So have fun casting those votes!

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