Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 2 — "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (Jimi Hendrix) Vs. "Sultans of Swing" (Mark Knopfler)

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yaniv bonnin

it was totally unfair to put voodoo child against sultans of swing in this early stage of the vote.that should have been the final !!!

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GEENGADE

Soloing with a wah wah had to been a very experimental as all of that music that was done at that times instance. Today the wah wah is the lazy guitarist tool. The wah wah always reminds me of the moment in this solo. Putting together your solo in the song or just playing to make up for the lack vocals in songs you can see how struggling it is when you get to the chorus, 'Cus i am Voodoo Chile or "sultans of swing" they both don't really deserve good lyric writing but the soloing in the beginning is never done at all anymore or soling through the whole song is the creative essence song writing which is strongly done still.

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Hendrix1970

Where are you GEENGADE?? I want to hear a coke fueled mixed up rant about both of these contestants lol!

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stroonz58

Who picks these match-ups? First off, Jimi is immortal & will beat anyone even now that he's gone! I've also noticed the genres are totally different on a lot of these match-ups. If you're going to do this right (and again) the soloists should be matched by style. You have 4 tiers, split them up. One can be Classic Rock gods, one, metal, etc. It's not fair to pit a Jazz/Rock/Blues virtuoso like Jimmy Page against a Zack Wylde or Dimebag. I think people will vote more on the guitarist they think is better overall then the actual solo.
To be really fair, you should have a studio musician play two solos note for note, & then based on that, pick the better solo.
Just my thoughts.

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krshnakrunch

Blame the voters - they "picked" the matchups. The original list of 100 was based on votes by Guitar World readers. The most entries you can have in a fair head-to- head bracket system is 64 (next number would be 128, which exceeds the original list of 100), so the top 64 were used. To give the previous winners the fairest weighting, #1 goes against #64, #2 against #63, and so on up to # 32 against #33. The next levels pit winners against winners in a predetermined brackets with similar weighting, generally giving advantage to previous winners, but not always.

Choosing "similar" players would involve intervention from the editors, and even with that mismatches would be inevitable at one point or another. And do you really want the editors shaping and possibly influencing the outcome? The bracket method is fairest to previous winners and those who voted for them.

Beides, categorizing players by style is for people who can't recognize talent regardless of style or are too biased towards one style over another.

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jkret

Jimi all the way!! Mark is great but Jimi is a Guitar God

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LoQ

This one is a “no-brainer” for me. As impressive as Mark’s solo is in Sultans of Swing it just doesn't get my adrenaline pumping. However Jimi’s solo in Voodoo Child does the exact opposite and just kicks my freaking ass! So Jimi gets my vote.

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mooseboy

Again, placing aside matters of pulchritude, these are both amazing artists, and both solos represent them in the very best light.

Jimi's solo, in light of his previous oeuvre, is more evolutionary than revolutionary. But Lord, what an evolution! This song, and "Tales of Brave Ulysses" from EC left an indelible stamp on the ubiquitous wah.

Mark's solo was pretty much the first thing that anybody had heard from him, and it was groundbreaking. Many of my friends ditched their picks, Pauls and Marshalls for fingers, Strats and Twins after they heard this piece.

But in the end, my truest mentor is, and always will be, Jimi.

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Sudin

it's the tough one to vote, Hendrix is god! but what a beautiful guitar knopfler. So it's sultan of swing for me.

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Hendrix197O

Uh oh, time to look out mates because now we are moving on to the tuff part of this contest. Both are beautiful artists and beautiful people who weave such amazing works of art from the colourful palate of their souls. Both of their catalogues contain a tapestry of amazing works of joy. So yes indeed this is a tuff one. Under normal circumstances a vote to the sensual, sexy, and erotic playing of Jimi Hendrix would be automatic (as my name would give away), but in this case I believe I will have to vote for Mark Knopfler. Both deserve to win, but Mark's Sultans solo is a gorgeous masterpiece that weaves a cascade of emotions and ecstasy.

Good luck to both of them because you can't go wrong with either of these beautiful individuals.

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Hendrix1970

go tap your cheap guitar or something.. these are real musicians here buddy. I really hope it isn't jeffos behind that clone username, you must have got soo butthurt lol!!

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Hendrix197O

Come on now, our mates on this board don’t know you like I know you so we should probably leave my ‘butthurt’ out of this (after all, what you and I did last night as a loving couple in private, should remain... private). ;-)

Anyways, I'm sure no one here wants to deal with the drama between two old queens like us so let’s get back to talking about guitars and guitar solos (and we'll leave the fighting and the "making up" for later tonight... in private)!

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Hendrix1970

Well atleast it's easy to distinguish between myself and this retard.. He talks about tapping and homosexual acts, where as i keep it real doh'! lolll

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Hendrix197O

Yes, yes, you keep it real. You're a real man... now quit being such a cranky pants and come back to bed already.

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VicG2412

Hahahahahaha.... U guys are hilarious.... This is more entertaining than the poll...

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oneunder

You are such a geek!

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