I am speaking strictly as a spectator here, as personally, I do not play guitar. I do however, respect and appreciate what this musical instrument brings to the table as far as setting the tone, mood, and emotion to the song at play. And behind this piece of wood with strings, is a true artist bringing it to life. Jimmy Hendricks burned his. Pete Townshend smashed his to smithereens. But what a punctuated statement to an already unbelievable performance delivered by these masters. An extension of his or her true self as they pour their heart & soul into it. Bravo. Not to diminsh what every instrument adds to the crafting of the song but lets concentrate on the guitarist. I have attended many concerts & after I leave, sure enough as I reflect back on the nights performance, the guitar solos seem to really stick out in my mind as without fail the guitarist has really captivated & moved me to the core of my being as I beared witness to their musical stylings.
I remember Mike McCready of Pearl Jam laying down a solo in "Black" that literally gave me goose bumps. This man was in the pocket and took the stadium in to a whole new stratosphere. It was very palpable amongst the crowd. He literally had connected to the entire stadium in unison. What a moment to say the least. This is what the best are capable of doing.
I know we at B&B are fortunate to be blessed with members who are talented guitarists in their own right, so it will be interesting to hear from these artist's perspective, even the living room Guitar Hero efficinodos will fall under this category , but I think it will also be interesting to hear from all our members being that music touches us all universally on so many levels, so on to the question at hand ...
Who in your opinion is the greatest guitarist in your eyes to have ever graced the stage?
Tiny Tim wont count so I will get him out of the way now
Ok go ...