Best Guitarists Ever
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Ace Frehley was the reason KISS made it. He turned ordinary songs into rock anthems with his scorching lead solos and gave KISS some musical talent credibility when other members of the band were still learning how to play. There has been numerous famous guitarists who have credited KISS and Ace Frehley as an influence and the reason why they started playing guitar. It was the live version of "Rock and Roll all Nite" that caught on first (with Ace's lead solo), and then there are classic rock songs like "Strutter","Calling Dr. Love","Shock Me", and "Making Love". Further, Ace Frehley also had a successful solo career, scoring on such hits as,"New York Groove","Rock Soldiers", and "Trouble Walking". Ace Frehley certainly had a very successfull career and deserves to be remembered among the top guitarists in rock and roll history.
Ace should be a whole lot higher on the list. If this were exclusively a hard rock guitarist list, I would say he should be in the top 5. He makes the guitar sound incredibly good and puts so much soul into it, and he is about the most influential hard rock guitarist there has ever been. Every time I talk about what a phenomenon Ace Frehley is, somebody wants to start arguing about who all would beat him in a guitar duel. It's beside the point! It's like saying Jackson Pollock isn't one of the great painters because others would paint better portraits. Ace creates extremely beautiful art with his guitar, and that is what it's really about. The zillions he influenced agree.
In most top 10, 100, 200 I am yet to see Ace Frehley's name, and yes on this site here He is, WOW!. I think that Ace should get more credit for His Guitar work from the Music World whoever it may be. Ace followed Jimmy Hendrix's footsteps in playing and learning Guitar. Some of Ace's solo's are mind blowing when You must look at it that more than a couple of stings are being used. Most solo guitarist only use a string or two as the Amp does most of the output that rings out long great tones. Ace uses this same style however He adds so much more with a lot more stings. Come On I hope You know what I mean, if not then watch the Space Man play and then You will get my drift. Give the Man credit where as credit is due
Rock critics would never admit it, but Ace's influence casts a huge shadow over many one this very list. He was THE reason millions picked up the guitar in the 70's--including many who would later emerge as today's acknowledged guitar gods. When he was "on, " he was one of the greatest, a true innovator. Witness his tapping during "She" on a ~1975 "Midnight Special" performance, and hear it on 1977's "Shock Me" on "Alive II"--before Eddie Van Halen! Gotta give this guy his due. But when he was "off, " it was a sad story. Imagine what he could've accomplished if drugs hadn't clouded his brain and creative drive. A true "if only... " story. It's amazing he is still "Alive! "
Can't believe a legend is at 74? Should be in top 10 at least, Can't understand why guitarist like kurt, kirk, the (so called) edge are place higher, I only accept dave mustaine, brain may, steve vai, santana, slash in the above mentioned list, who I think should be placed higher then ace but no other one!
Ace Frehley inspired so many people to pick up guitars and get in bands, to dream about being a true "rock star". If you were alive in the 70's, KISS was at the forefront of hard Rock n Roll and ACE has a huge part in creating that sound. He had power and style, while also memorizing millions of fans with his own unique way of playing and performing. There is no other guitar player that sounds like Frehley! When you hear his riffs you know it's Ace. There is never any confusion. He is very skilled, creative and most importantly original! Ace is a legend!
I don't think there is a more original lead guitarist than "space" Ace Frehley! He shreds nearly every single guitarist rated above on this list. Too many of "legends" list Ace as their influences. Funny thing is Ace once ruled the world with KISS in the 70's, but is still totally cool and humble today. There are no riffs or licks like Ace's! One of a kind, and still ripping through space! The true rock and roll star! Ace Frehley.
Ace is often underrated due to theatrics, however, Ace is very fluent and fast in his playing. He has influenced many guitarist including Eddie Van Halen & Dime Bag Darrel. Ace was the first guitarist that I ever heard do any form of tapping, that was back in "75". As a music instructor, I must say that Ace is one of the true great axemen of our time.
I cannot believe Ace is at 57... Sad... He has influenced almost everyone today... Have you not watched or listened to Ace perform in concert? He is in his own little world... He plays with his heart and soul, he made playing guitar "cool". He made everyone want to play... I was a little girl and I painted my face, grabbed my acoustic guitar because my mom wouldn't get me an electric one, pretend I was good and jam... He deserves top 5.
He was a great guitarist in a mediocre band! He deserves to be much higher because he was extremely talented, and you know when he is about to blare out a solo or something crazy! He has a special sound that deserves to at least be in top 50! He did things with the guitar that people still try to mimic.
Ace Frehley is the coolest guitarist that ever walked the earth! This man influenced so many guitar players, it would take a 100000 years to list them all... Should be in top 10, easily. I mean, man used tapping as early as 1975. How cool is that! Long live The Spaceman!
Ace is the man who influenced a huge number of the people above him to first pick up the instrument. He's the most spirited player of his generation, pouring power, energy and charisma into every not of his playing. He may not be the best technically, but he's got far more soul than any guitar wizard on this list.
ACE Should be in the top 10 for sheer originality and influence. If this pole was taken in the 1970's he would be in the top 3 for sure. No one else sounds like Ace Frehley and that fact makes him stand way higher than this ridiculous pole.
Ace Frehley was possibly the earliest person to tap on guitar ever. People underrate him because KISS use theatrics and the idiots at Rolling Stone never looked at him. He is the man. He influenced countless players. definitely the best player
Ace filled the gap between Page and Eddie. You couldn't be alive in the mid-70's without knowing who he was, rock fan or not, and that's a big deal in itself. Plus you throw in the amazing solos from Shock Me and the picking from Got to Choose and Firehouse--nobody has sounded like that since. Pure 70's joy.
These list are a joke whoever "buckethead" is how can that person be ahead of clapton? And nancy wilson ahead of of ace? I've never seen a "list" of any kind I agree with I don't think ace is the greatest ever but he's my favorite and his sound is the greatest
Ace has more talent in his little finger then 3/4 of the people ahead of him on this list. In my opinion he should definitely be in the top ten! He is real.. Not some 3 chord hack like some of the others and I am sure his music influenced many of todays artists.
Ace Frehley is the man. He inspired so many other guitarist. He built an experience in your mind then knocked it down with his amazing solos. Ace Frehley should be on the top ten.
Should be in the top 30. Influenced lots of people. Solid player in his prime. For sure made the Kiss sound. That's why they got a clone, that could play his licks note for note.
Ever watch and listen to him play? It's a sweet, curvy, unparalleled sound! He didn't stand stiff and clench his teeth while he was playing, he was in into it!
Ace frehley deserves to be in the top ten easily, and is defiantly better than some of the top tens in this list. You wouldn't have Slash without Ace. Ace is the most influential guitarists every. He defined Rock'n'Roll. Ace's solo were sound blistering and original. He needs to be higher on the list
There are many guitarists who were inspired by the sound of Ace Frehley and among these there are Slash, Dimebag Darrell, Chuck Schuldiner, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, John Norum, Dave Sabo, Alex Skolnick, Scott Ian, Mick Mars, Jake E. Lee, Paul Gilbert and many others.
Ace should be on the top 5 or at least top 10.
Ace Frehley is without a doubt one of the most influential guitarists ever. That is an automatic spot in the top 10. With out him you wouldn't have Dimebag, Slash, Snake Sabo and half the others that rose in the 80's.
Laughable that Ace is this far down on the list. He is top 10 in my book. Influence. Check. Awesomeness. Check. Great solos. Great sound.
Ace frehley is AWESOME! If you don't agree than you haven't heard him play. He shouldn't be past fifty. I love him and KISS. I like ace's singing too.
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