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If there is a better guitar player going today......

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Of the shredding variety, Nuno Bettencourt and Yngwie have to get a mention somewhere, though Nuno will have to get a nod for pure musicianship at some level.

Kravitz and Hendrix have to be recognized somewhere on the spectrum.

Michael Angelo Batio would have to get a nod on technical proficiency

Claypool is a must for anyone in the know with respect to his sheer talent even if he is inaccessible for many. Other musicians hard to peg are Steve Howe, David Gilmore, Adam Jones, and (though not a guitarist, a virtuoso in his own right) Ravi Shankar.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd continues to impress in blues circles.

For pure musicianship, Hans Zimmer is actually a little known commodity with respect to his chops.

If you want just a random peek at some of the prodigies on the way, here is a taste of what is on the way

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Anyone heard of Steve Vai?

I was actually neighbors with Steve Vai for a while. I would hang with his son 'Fire' a lot and jam guitars. Really cool guy.

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Excluding the obvious big names like Beck, Clapton, Gilmour, Vai, Knopfler, Petrucci, etc....

I've always thought Steve Howe was overlooked. Alex Lifeson is another great one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvEMPyZFRj0

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well the all time best to me is jimi hendrix...he was from the future.......

now in the present time i dont really have favs but i do like some guys check this dude out.

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Love me some Joe Bonamassa. Never heard of him until last year and ever since then, I've really dug his style. Hope to see him in April if I get all my ducks in a row. Easily one of my favorite guitarists.

There are a number of other guitarists out there that I enjoy like Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, Vinnie Moore, Steve Morse, Satriani, etc and while they all have their own style, they can all revert back to the blues for their initial inspirations and abstract subtitles in their music. It's the "feel" and emotion behind the fingers and the pick that adds substance to their music and it's something I just can't really hear in a lot of metal/shred which seems to go for the shock and awe factor.

To each his own of course. There's definitely no doubt that many metal guitarists and even youtube shredders can wield an ax.

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well the all time best to me is jimi hendrix...he was from the future.......

now in the present time i dont really have favs but i do like some guys check this dude out.

That's a bass rookie lol.

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One thing to clear up since I've seen him mentioned a couple of times. Les Claypool is NOT that great of a bass player. I'll never criticize his music because 1. I like some of it and 2. he has the balls to got out there and make it as a musician. But he is so over-hyped by his fans and even non-fans it drives me crazy. His aggressive, rhythmic style makes him sound like a great bass player to people who don't know what great bass players sound like. You can't even compare him to top players like Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke because those guys are so much better and on such a different level that there's no basis for comparison.

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claypool's fun, that's why he's great

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Miley Cyrus is fun too.

edit: I'm not saying he isn't good, or even great, it's when you go into the realm of 'greatest' is when I have a problem.

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oh u wanna go all bass on me now?

checkmate!

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lol yeah bass is still a guitar lol

like i said i dont really have that many fav guitarist now let me seeeee im surprised i have not seen anyone sayanything about eddie...i think this one of the top 100 riffs for rock of all time....

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well the all time best to me is jimi hendrix...he was from the future.......

now in the present time i dont really have favs but i do like some guys check this dude out.

That is Victor Wooten, bass player for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Saw them in Memphis almost 15 years ago. He did a bass solo where he would play one riff, record it and then play it back on a loop and keep adding new riffs on top. Was awesome. And if we are getting into other stringed instruments Bela Fleck is one of the world's best banjo players. Guy is unreal.

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