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Best guitarist of all time?
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[Return_of_Darth_Painkiller_0870] Friday, January 23, 2009 7:30:00 AM 
Wait, you guys mean to say that Triumph is more than 3 weak-ass songs???
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by guitardude from Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:36:31 PM)
[guitardude] Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:36:31 PM 

L 666
You are correct on all counts. Rik Emmett is an amazing player. But he flies below radar these days,  I know he has his new signature guitar from Dean, that resembles his old V from Triumph`s heyday.
He, like Glenn and KK , is one of the under appreciated players in the world. But hey! Here`s to a mighty comeback should Rik so desire one.

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[Luvers666] Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:52:26 AM 

I think it is sad that only a totalof six mentions of Rik Emmett was done on all 27 pages of this topic. I began listening to Triumph and Judas Priest the same year, 1978, and they both are tied on several things.

But in terms of ability and influence, rather directly or indirectly, no Metal guitarist is better than Mr. Rik Emmett. All kinds of guitar players you all mentioned have claimed to be influenced by the man, for instance:

Steve Vai - Started playing eclectic guitar because of Rik Emmett
Joe Satriani - Started playing guitar period because of Rik Emmett
Eddie Van Halen - Admitted taking the ideas that are featured on Eruption and Mean Street after watching Rik Emmett(Triumph) play a gig in Canada in 1975, when Van Halen was still called Mammoth
Glenn Tipton - Wrote the Hell Bent For Leather and Call For The Priest solo after listening to Rock And Roll Machine
Dave Murray - Decided to take the punk sounding guitars used by Rik Emmett on Triumph's first two albums, one being Rock And Roll Machine
Randy Rhoads - Found a love for Classical because of Rik Emmett, his two favorite classical pieces are: El Duende Agonizante and Fantasy Serenade.

In 1972 Rik Emmett was in a band called Act III, which was the first time an audience ever got to hear the song Blinding Light Show, which features both shredding on a 12 string classical and 12-string electric, without a break. And the following year Tony Iommi and Black Sabbath recorded Spiral Architect which throughout the song features the same exact rhythm section.

Triumph was the first metal band to ever feature Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass, Waltz, Spanish Flamenco techniques or complete songs. Not to mention their ability to pend songs that were commercial yet heavy, makes them either the inventors or the biggest influence on starting the Glam Metal scene, which rather you like it or not, was a good and lucrative sub genre of Heavy Metal. They were also the first to write a Speed Metal song(Street Fighter Man) while the first to ever write a staple of Metal, light verse to Heavy Metal chorus(Bringing Love To You) and the first ever Punk Metal song(Rock And Roll Machine) which was also the first song to ever have a true Shredding guitar solo.

Triumph also goes down in history as the first ever true Metal band of any kind to release a complete uninteruppted concept album, that was not only loosely based, that album was Thunder Seven, which I highly reccomend to all of you. Plus Rik Emmett was the main songwriter behind all their ideas.

And since what also makes Rik Emmett so amazing is that he has done these genres:

Heavy Metal
Punk Metal
Speed Metal
Thrash Metal
Jazz(Acid, Smooth, 12-bar, arch-top type, swing, acoustic, bar room)
Every form of classical
every form of blues

there is nothing the man is unable to do

[ron h] Sunday, January 11, 2009 7:37:24 AM 
This is a really tough question!!

single-Richie Blackmore

[K2M] Thursday, January 08, 2009 12:51:44 PM 
Yes, And the Music could not stop getting better.   HMMMM.
[guitardude] Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:16:17 PM 
Randy was  a fire and brimstone player as well, I know that at one time EVH, Lynch and Rhoads were the 3 predominant players in LA. I would have loved to be there to see that scene.

Knucklebonz is releasing a second Randy Rhoads figure soon, this he is playing his polka dot V.
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[K2M] Tuesday, January 06, 2009 4:33:35 PM 
Yes, George.    RaNdy Played with Fire
[guitardude] Sunday, January 04, 2009 1:03:24 PM 
You are absolutely correct Tim!!!! Great vid!
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[metalmaz] Sunday, January 04, 2009 10:49:10 AM 
Jiimy Psge and Michael Schenker
[TIMBONI] Saturday, December 27, 2008 10:19:53 PM 
Nobody plays with the volcanic ferocity of this man. The one and only . . .
[ladiesman] Saturday, December 27, 2008 3:24:06 PM 
[Dime/UNDER BLOOD RED SKIES!!!!] Tuesday, September 16, 2008 10:21:27 PM 
the name says it all


[dream theater] Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:17:02 PM 
John Petrucci
[K2M] Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:23:52 PM 
Yes Michael.
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[jimmyjames] Monday, September 15, 2008 6:57:57 PM 
Jimmy Page, Dave Gilmour, Richie Blackmore are all top guitarists.
[sergiodefenders] Monday, September 15, 2008 6:46:10 PM 
Whow, There are a lot big guitarrist, but I would like to class in music style they do. for instance, my fav guitarrist in Heavy Metal is Glenn Tipton, in Hard Rock is Slash and Classic rock is Brian May.
[Phantom A6] Thursday, July 24, 2008 12:10:36 PM 

Rhandy Rhoads (but it's me - living only in my dreams)

[codynstuff] Thursday, July 10, 2008 9:57:10 PM 

Probably some guy sitting in his garage somewhere jamming. Because really there can't be a best guitarist because there are to many unknowns that could be better. But as for my favorite guitarists, well I just like the ones from my favorite bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metalium (no i don't mean metallica), and Queensryche. So while they may not be the best in the world, if i listen to them all the time than there the best to me.

[Screamin' Demon] Sunday, July 06, 2008 5:11:41 AM 
And Buckethead is a master of guitar. If only Axl Rose didn't fuck around with release of his not-Gn'R album "Chinese Democracy" we would have seen Axl Rose and Buckethead onstage together with a great album under their belt.
[.] Tuesday, July 01, 2008 2:06:33 AM 
I have trouble deciding which guitarist I like best because some days I like one above the others and then it changes the next time I hear him/her play. I have been listening to a killer classical guitarist who isn't a classical guitarist at all. He died 4 years ago but his playing and composing is out of this world, I am really happy he recorded a minimal amount of his creations: Carlos Paredes. 
I can't stand flamenco spanish stuff, and this genius doesn't play it. Thank the gods. The technique used to play this type of guitar is very different from your regular classical. I don't know much about guitars but the soulful wail of Carlos Paredes playing makes me shed a tear everytime. Goths could learn something from him. 
Any review you find about Carlos Paredes will be five stars.

As far as metal guitarists, I'm pretty much spoiled rotten with JP and find hard to listen to others, unless they are the usual suspects. There are some guitarists that are the top best players in their style and their generation. The best guitarists are also those who like to play for others to enjoy.
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