Poll: Which Guitarist Do You Most Wish Were Still Alive and Creating Music?

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teaser75

Where is Koss?

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CannonsAhoy

The reason why I voted for Frank Zappa and not Hendrix was because Zappa had a bigger body of work most of which is great, so if he hadn't died he would still be making equally great music today. But we couldn't be so sure about Hendrix. The music he did was awesome, but his catalog is somewhat limited. If he hadn't died, how do we know if his creativity wouldn't just have declined with him resorting to make some shitty ass pop music like almost everyone did after the first half of the 70s. Of course maybe he could have made awesome music. But Zappa is a more foolproof choice.

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UberBill

re. the Poll: You might as well rename your publication Rock Guitar World, based on the available "artists" from which to choose.

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atomic.playboy

Not that I would ask to see so much overkill on any other guitarist, but maybe this could be a hint that the overemphasis and deification of Jimi Hendrix can end? I mean he was a great late '60's guitarist and composer, but enough already.

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slayerswine

Here are some names not mentioned...

Les Paul (94) died in '09

Paul Kossoff of FREE (25)

James Honeyman-Scott of The Pretenders (25)

Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd (28)

Clarence White of The Byrds (29)

razorrex

Jimi Hendrix and Dimebag. Although I wish all of them were still alive and making music.

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frezfram

I'd like to have seen Buddy Holly on the list. Other greats that should never have died, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Les Paul, Eddie Cochran, this list goes on and on.

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daveotr

All of the above!

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el_argentino

Where's Joe Strummer?!

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el_argentino

Where's Joe Strummer?!

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ozzyrr

Randy Rhoads the other guys are great but look at what he did in only 2 albums with Ozzy and he was a huge influence on a lot of guitarist after him and how many other of the greats have teacher on their resume and he was only getting better he got the neoclassical movement in metal started and would have made it greater if he was still here

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Tarkess

I know Jason Becker isn't dead, but him not having ALS would still be amazing.

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redarrow18

I know he isnt a guitar player, but Cliff Burton should be on here!

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jfxrox

Why isn't Eddie Van Halen on this list?? XD He might as well be dead for the amount of music he has put out lately.. I Voted Zappa...

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guitardon

I didn't need to look at the list, but my vote is for Dimebag Darrell. He is one of my favorite players, and I'm thankful I had the chance to seem him live on stage several times with Pantera.

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crusheverything

Criss Oliva should be on the list. He would definitely get my vote!!! As it is, I voted for Randy. Both of these incredible musicians died so senselessly and tragically - and so young.

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WhiteWolf2112

As much as I love Randy, I would vote for Criss Oliva. Sad to see him omitted yet again...

gwlucas

I'm probably going to vote Randy also, but hands down Criss Oliva is my first choice. Guitar World remains clueless about Oliva's talent.

razorrex

They ran an article on him a few years ago. I didn't know he was so involved in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra but Guitar World didn't forget.

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ChrisDude89

I agree, if Criss Oliva was listed, I'd vote for him.

spinethief

Shouldn't Robert Johnson be on this list?

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