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Was there ever any doubt?

I cannot believe they are addressing this again!

Sure, there are some mountain villages in Eastern Mongolia who haven’t had the need to debate (too strong a term in this case) the argument (again, too strong, there is no argument)…and then we will have some Green Party card-bearing virgins who devoted a life to following manufactured boy bands of the 90s who wouldn’t know which has unfortunately infected a later generation through the likes of American Idol spinoffs with the collective talent as a swimming pool full of thalidomides…

But Rolling Stone, shame, shame, shame on you! In a futile attempt to change history (which wasn’t, I might add) or the need to earn a quick buck off the ultimate muso’s conversation piece, it seems blatantly stupid to vote and publish something as obvious as this…

…and what is that? No, not “The Meaning of Life”, not “Does my Arse Look Big in This?”. It is none other than who is the greatest guitarist…ever.

To quote from the link I read;

Jimi Hendrix has seen off competition from a string of Brits  to top a new Greatest Guitarists poll.

The rock legend landed at number one on the Rolling Stone  list ahead of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck, who make  up the top five.

Excuse my forthright response to this, but no shit Sherlock!

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You call that shredding? No, this is Warp Factor 9!

Tiago Della Vega

In reading the Guinness Book of Records 2011 I am flummoxed by the amount of bullshit records there are out there, it seems you can do anything now and be a record holder…there were no fewer than a dozen different records alone for running a marathon dressed as something or other; a bottle, a nurse, a Superhero…for fuck’s sake, what happened to what ‘normal’ people do?

Another was how many tennis balls could be held in one hand (23 I think from memory) but I didn’t see one for ping-pong balls, bowling balls, cricket balls, or even rugby balls. How sets these parameters? I for example am the World Record holder for the number of my own hairy balls in one hand; 2. Although it is a record shared by my wife, various other girlfriends and a female doctor who gave me my leaving examination from the Navy. Either way, no one has yet to hold three of my balls in the palm of their hand, so why am I not in the book?

I digress, sorry, way off track…

But I saw this particular record as a footnote on a page and being a guitarist myself made a note to look it up. I personally have never played “Flight of the Bumblebee” on guitar, or any other instrument, and have no real intention to do so. But this fella had a crack, and as the clip shows did so pretty well at first crack, which not noted seems to be somewhere in the region of 180bpm. Read more…

100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time…


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I remember when this list came out, I was working at VFNZ and immediately got into an argument with a guy who I worked with and it centered around that I couldn’t understand why Mike Bloomfield was rated above Ritchie Blackmore…his argument? Bloomfield inspired DJs just like him all round the world…WTF?

Anyway, I thought I would sho some highlights (and lowlights) from the Rolling Stone list and cross-reference it with Guitar World’s greatest guitar solos…makes for interesting reading (if you like guitars and random lists)…

  • #96 Angus Young
  • #87 Joan Jett
  • #86 Tony Iommi
  • #85 Randy Rhoads (RIP) – #28 “Mr. Crowley”, #9 “Crazy Train”
  • #82 David Gilmour – #21 “Time” #4 “Comfortably Numb”
  • #72 Joni Mitchell
  • #71 Lightnin Hopkins (RIP)
  • #70 Eddie Van Halen – #46 “Hot For The Teacher”, #2 “Eruption”
  • #55 Ritchie Blackmore – #15 “Highway Star”
  • #51 Paul Kossoff (RIP)
  • #50 Pete Townshend
  • #30 Buddy Guy
  • #27 Mark Knopfler – #22 “Sultans of Swing”
  • #15 Carlos Santana – #49 “Europa”,
  • #13 Jerry Garcia
  • #12 Kurt Cobain (RIP) – #26 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  • #11 Kurt Hammett – #24″Fade to Black”7 “One”
  • #10 Keith Richards (RIP? So hard to tell) – #48 “Sympathy For The Devil”
  • #9 Jimmy Page – #38 “Whole Lotta Love”, #16 “Heartbreaker”, #1 “Stairway to Heaven”
  • #8 Ry Cooder
  • #7 Stevie Ray Vaughan (RIP) – #27 “Pride and Joy”, #13 “Texas Flood”
  • #6 Chuck Berry – #12 “Johnny B. Goode”
  • #5 Robert Johnson (RIP)
  • #4 Eric Clapton – #43 “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, #14 “Layla”, #10 “Crossroads”
  • #3 B.B King – #33 “The Thrill Is Gone”
  • #2 Duane Allman (RIP) – #14 “Layla”
  • #1 Jimi (RIP) – #32 “Machine Gun”, #18 “Little Wing”, #11 “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” #5 “All Along The Watchtower”

Notable omissions – Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ted Nugent, Martin Barre, KK Downing, Joe Walsh, Lita Ford, Peter Frampton,  and Slash…hmmm, I would love to know the basis for the reasoning, but in saying that, isn’t it great to have topics to debate?

Of those above, the following have had a signature model guitar made in their honour;

Fender –

  • Hendrix – left-handed white Strat, also four replicas of the one used at Woodstock (only one in private ownership), plus a VoodooCaster
  • Ritchie Blackmore – middle pickup omitted
  • Eric Clapton – in a range of colours
  • David Gilmour – two versions of his “Black Strat”
  • Buddy Guy – includes colour scheme of black and white polka dots
  • Mark Knopfler – with five-way switching
  • Eddie Van Halen – Frankenstrat
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – replica of “Number One”

Gibson –

  • Pete Townshend – including #1 Wine Red
  • Jimmy Page – 3 models, two based on #2 and one on #1
  • Eric Clapton – the Beano Burst which was stolen and is considered one of the most sought after icons

Comic History Lesson – The Easy Guitar Book Sketch…


I’m sure its not the first time
Lemmy’s been in court!

Now me being a person who loves both music and comedy, this here is the ideal fusion of both that brings together some of the biggest names in the guitar world; Moore, Knopfler, Gilmour join bassists Lemmy and King!

As an aside, Rowland Rivron, the comic genius behind this, used to play drums for Transvision Vamp (boy does that take you back!) and for Jools Holland.

So here it is ladies and gentlemen, The Easy Guitar Book Sketch

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