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Jimmy Page was far better than Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix is overrated because he was the first to exemplify the electric guitar, that said, it doesn't mean he's the best. Jimmy Page was a much more versatile and had a much wider spectrum of styles and was a better technical player as well as being a much more intricate player and writer. He could intertwine a beautiful melody and go right into a brutal riff for example the song "Babe I'm Going To Leave You". All respect for Jimi Hendrix but he never came close to what Jimmy Page did. Hendrix never played the brutal riff or the beautiful melody Page did. Page constantly evolved Hendrix did not. Page was not influenced by Hendrix because they were both playing at the same time worlds apart and Page was the top session guitarist at the time. Also note, Hendrix auditioned in Nashville because Nashville wanted him to play tracks for country musicians but he didn't make it because he could not play blue grass guitar or classical picking. Page was a master at playing blue grass and classical picking. Page could play anything. Hendrix was limited. Hendrix sucked live in concert, he played nothing but noise. Jimmy Page live in concert was unprecedented.
This is a difficult distinction to make, but Jimmy Page gets the nod not solely because of his virtuosity, but also because of his songwriting. Everybody on this list can play the hell out the instrument, but it's the originality and musical intuition that separates the greatest from the greats. Jimmy has a somewhat limited catalog to display his superiority, but he succeeds. He begins his professional career as a studio musician, and moves on to a blues group (The Yardbirds). This creates a sort of education for Jimmy that introduces him to many styles and techniques. Once he forms Led Zeppelin (by assembling legendary talent) he has an impressive repertoire and implements everything he has from folk-based ballads like "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (not an original, but his arpeggio-driven rhythm certainly is) to epic rock paradigms like "Stairway to Heaven" Jimmy exhibits adeptness in all areas that the greatest guitarist of all time would have to.
Jimmy is, as far as rock and roll goes, one of the most hard working guitarists ever. Long before Led Zeppelin and before the Yardbirds Jimmy was a first call studio musician music laying riff after riff over big music bands in England and turned down the Yardbirds invites to play guitar for them. He was considered the best in England long before us yanks ever heard his name. He is tasteful and can find a riff for most any emotion. He is very versatile and can play the bluegrass, blues, soft rock and pretty much set the standard (some might even say invented) hard rock. He can play repetitive rhythm and create on the fly. He is innovative playing with instruments that few people have even heard of and works with the recording studio to take creativity from the engineers and producers and put it as he says "in an iron vise. " He helped pioneer the fuzz and was one of the first to put on record overdriven tube amps. To sum it all up Jimmy Page did more to change the music industry than any one man with the single exception of Elvis. He would have been great with or without Led Zeppelin, but with Jonesy, Bonzo and Robert he was downright awesome!
Page has the whole package: great solos, great riffs, was excellent with both electric and acoustic. Then you add that there are (I think) fewer than five Zeppelin songs that he didn't have a hand in writing, plus he produced all of their albums--I guess that has nothing to do with his guitar playing, but is impressive nonetheless.
It should also be noted how well he reproduced songs which had multiple guitar tracks on the studio versions by himself in concerts. Prime examples are "Ten Years Gone" and "Achilles Last Stand," both of which I might add, were added to the set-list during his "heroin period," if you will.
Just my two cents; this is obviously very subjective when you get near the top of the list and we're choosing between players of fairly comparable ability.
Hendrix's playing was incredibly visceral and innovative and has probably changed the sound of the electric guitar more than anyone before or since. Clapton's playing was classy, smooth, tasteful, and very soulful. Van Halen was a master of technique, spitting out long, quick, complicated strands of notes perfectly. But no one has combined all of these traits better than Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page- the greatest guitarist of all time. He wasn't as flashy as Van Halen or even as skilled as Hendrix or Clapton, but he gave the song exactly what it needed- and he did it with soul and style. Furthermore, unlike some of the others on this list, Page was as accomplished as a rhythm guitarist as he was a lead. He is incredibly versatile, talented, and very, very cool, and deserves to be named the greatest guitarist of all time.
What can I say about the other guitarists at the top of the list for a fact I will point out that if you ask 100 people who the guitarist for avenge sevenfold is they will just shrug fact people pick Hendrix because he is the a legend which means when old timers talk about rock they talk about him! So younger Gen like me pick up that he was amazing and half of the people who "love" him don't know him but I can bet if you ask 100 people who Led Zeppelin's lead guitar is the majority will say Jimmy Page.
Slash is amazing hence why Gun's and Roses no longer existed when he left them.
Jimmy Page is the single greatest guitar player of all time. Sure Hendrix is amazing, but he had no where near the extremely wide range of musical style and talent that Page possesses. Page can effortlessly switch from folk to heavy metal without missing a note of an extremely fast sequence. If you don't believe me, just listen to White Summer/Black Mountainside, Heartbreaker, Communication Breakdown, Travelling Riverside Blues, and about one thousand others. No comparison. Page is best.
Jimmy Page is number 1.
I'm surprised Jimi Hendrix was voted number 2, as he is always ( wrongly, I may add) voted the number one spot by moronic followers of the overrated show off. Or people who know nothing about how a guitar should be played.
Slash number 1? He should not even be in the top ten, he sucks!
Jimmy page picked out riffs from thin air and was technically better than the other two, easily!
Prince at 10? A joke? It must be.
Jeff Beck, Tony Iommi, Richi Blackmore, David gilmore and Eric Clapton all so low?
Something smells fishy here
To say that Jimmy Page was an innovator is just mundane, He took the blues riffs and chords he grew up listening to and totally re-defined rock music. Way before there was switch boxes and multi-effects he coaxed otherworldly sound from the guitar and did things no one had done to date! Matching his guitar sound pitch for pitch with Plants vocals was an innovation in itself. No one before or since is as naturally musical except perhaps Beck or Gilmore! Yes, Page is the Best, anyone with an ear who has heard him knows it.
Jimmy Page had a way with the guitar that I couldn't understand. I would go to my grandfather's house and listen to the original Led Zeppelin records from the 60's, but I was in dismay. Not only from the hauntingly beautiful voice of Robert Plant, but Page always blew me away with the way he played, and with such passion too. I named my first guitar Jimmy when I was nine, (partially for Hendrix, partially for Page). I was just so grateful to be different and like the classics, for that is very rare in this generation.
What the hell? Synyster gates? Really? I guess the intro solo to afterlife is so much better than the stairway solo too? Putting jimmy page at 4 is disrespectful all alone, but putting a guitarist who wasn't even born when stairway was written ahead of jimmy page is just pure ignorance! Slash is great, but there is no way he should be ranked at 1! I would put page at one, but I have no problem with Hendrix being ahead of him...
Even synyster gates would be pissed off if he saw he was ranked ahead of jimmy page.
Yes slash did create some good riffs and solos but Jimmy page, he created masterpiece after masterpiece and creating solos which any guitarist couldn't resist to learn, his riff are awesome and just stairway to heaven on its own beats everything slash or jimi Hendrix has made in their life time, in the song remains the same he mmakes them we suttle changes which just "makes me wonder" ;) how does he do this on the spot and make it sound so brilliant, like he rephrases the intro in the verses and and its pure genius! Jimmy page is one of the best things musically to walk this earth and is unbelievable under-estimated as a guitarist!
Page is not as good technically as many of the other guitarists on this list, although he is still technically very good. However, Page is simply the best of all time at truly putting his feelings into his playing. He occasionally makes mistakes, and sometimes can be a bit sloppy, but his amazing feeling and versatility, combined with his jaw-dropping live, improvised solos, (Song Remains the Same video? Unbelievable. ) make him the best of all time overall.
Page can take you to places that you wouldn't dream existed. Not only is he brilliant at conjuring up a place and vibe but he successfully manages to take you there on a magical journey that can only be described as Zeppelin. A great guitarist but more importantly a musician able to merge spirit and sound and give listeners a glimpse into a magical realm of our existence.
I will say this as a huge fan of both. As a guitarist myself, It's easy for me to see that Hendrix had a different connection with his axe then Page. Page was a technical master with a wide range of musical talent from open tunings on acoustic, bows, slide, etc. Hendrix tore up a Fender better than anyone on the planet including Page. I think acoustically Page has proven he is right there with Hendrix. But Hendrix has not proven he is with Page on such a varied spectrum of guitar technique and musicianship.
Jimmy Page invented licks that never existed. His ability to tune his guitar so it would produce chords unlike anything ever heard was so innovative. Yeah, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, okay, even Slash produced some excellent guitar tunes. But Jimmy was way beyond the typical stuff we were all into, even if at first it sounded weird. He is just a genius. Check out Jimmy Page 1957 on YouTube if you haven't already.
THE WIZARD HIMSELF! Page is a dark magician on stage, playing with such an amazing tone and feel, his hands going with what his altered mind felt like that night, and so, so many times, it was absolute magic. Purple rays shooting from his fingertips. Kashmir live, Stairway live, Dazed!, etc... come on man... Hendrix, although good, is definitely overrated. Maybe because he died young. But I feel he is too basic and when he played live, he was nowhere near Page.
My MOTHER loves page, so he's gotta be good. There is no contest, Page reaches out to so many DIFFERENT people, not just one group of people. If Page and Zeppelin did a tour NOW it would never be forgotten. It would BLOW the roof off of the NOW music industry. It would sell out EVERY where. The youth of today needs to hear what it's all about, to taste TALENT BETWEEN THERE EARS for ONCE in they're lives.
There are quite a few guys that made less errors while playing, quite a few guys that were faster but the 1 thing Jimmy Page had that puts him even ahead of Hendrix was the ability to write guitar into songs. Players are a dime a dozen but composition is where the true musical genius comes from. Album after album it was always unique, tasty and brilliantly played.
Definitely the greatest guitarist ever, should be number 1, greatest solos like of stairway to heaven, whole lotta love, heartbreaker, since I've been loving you, black dog and other awesome riff's like whole lotta love etc, guitar work on dazed and confused, and I could go on and on and on, there's no limit, how can other above him in the list play all that excepting Hendrix, he started the music which started heavy metal, the best music, for sure he should be no. 1
One of the greatest guitarists ever in one of the greatest bands ever. for me it is a tie for him and Jimi Hendrix for the best ever. Definitely the best riff creator ever and had amazing solos and he could play a two neck guitar which is awesome. very diverse he could play all styles of music. he had amazing solos like the one in stairway to heaven, whole lotta love, heartbreaker and many more. easily ahead of pretty boy prince.
Jimmy Page should definitely go on top. He's not only the best guitarist of all time, but he was the lead guitarist of the best rock and roll band of all time! Jimmy played the guitar so skillfully. Led Zeppelin has so many fantastic hits, and it's because of the lead guitar. Jimmy makes the music. He can play so many different guitars! And his solos are mad nasty! Jimmy Hendrix was an amazing guitarist, but he didn't have the song writting skill like Page. And if you compare careers, Page's hits with Led Zeppelin overwhelmes Hendrix's few hits from his own band. Jimmy Page is nuber one by far, and no one will ever come close to his standards.
His incredibly hooking and sexy riffs (Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, LLMaid, Kashmir, Immigrant Song, Nobody's Fault But Mine, etc), his epic solos (Stairway, Dazed and Confused, Whole Lotta Love, Achilles Last Stand, Since I've Been Loving You, etc) and most importantly... HIS IMPROVISATIONS! Most modern guitarists can't improvise 4 notes live, Jimmy played entires songs. Turning Dazed and Confused from 6 minutes into 45, making the Stairway solo somehow even more epic with his emotion and skill driving him. Hendrix is a beast, but Page has to take the cake.
Jimmy Page is an absolute musical genius and one of a select few truly iconic figures of the rock age. Brilliant unique guitarist, riff writer, arranger, studio wizard, record producer, and guiding force behind rock's greatest band, Led Zeppelin, Page will be one of those rare artists who's stature will grow through the ages, thanks to the timeless music he helped create as a member of the mighty Led Zeppelin.
A genius no doubt second to none. His guitar skills are spread all over the fret board on any string instrument, be it acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, sitar, double necks, triple necks etc. Jimmy Page has produced more than a handful of unique and great rock songs. His music is admired everywhere, people from all walks of life, people of all ages from 10 to 100. Long live Jimmy Page, long live his music.
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