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    What's the greatest guitar solo ever?

    OK, there are lots of solos that are great for lots of reasons but I'm picking: Theme for an Imaginary Western by Leslie West (broadcast on a TV show called 'Night of The Guitars' if I remember rightly). It has that stomach-tightening tension thing about it. Love it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVG7eQ1TcNo

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    Anything by David Gilmour. Emotion and great tone
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    Quote Originally Posted by carpincowboy View Post
    Anything by David Gilmour. Emotion and great tone
    Ask me the same question on any other given day and I'd agree with you. Think DG could be my favourite guitar player.

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    aint saying the greatest but blues guy Iron Man, Michael Burke does it for me. RIP Iron Man...
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    I have yet to hear anyone top this:


    I have a soft spot for this one, particularly for how well it works in the alternating 3/4 and 4/4 time signature:
    Last edited by Sage; 06-25-2013 at 05:12 PM.

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    Easy! Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young...
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    Which is 'THE Greatest' is impossible to answer. But on most days, the one that tops all others to me is David Grissom in a song he did when he was with Joe Ely called "Highways and Heartaches". Amazing in every way in my book. I was already a fan of his when I first heard it, but it just reaffirmed it. It's got power, taste, soul, and THAT TONE! Whenever someone asks me about 'that Texas sound', I point them to that song (among others).

    A very close second to me is Jimmy Page in "Stairway to Heaven". As far as tone, choice of notes and open spaces, the way it builds to the climax, and - most importantly IMO - how well it fits into and serves the song, that one is almost in a class by itself to me. Everything about it is just 'right'. I should add that I'm not a huge Page fan; I just think he nailed it in that one.

    A close third is Leslie West in "Mississippi Queen" for many of the same reasons as I mentioned above for David and Jimmy.

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    Live version of Gary Moore doing Still Got The Blues.........yeah......
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    It's a personal choice but for me it's Hotel California. The very reason I picked up a guitar in the first place.

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    I can't tell you which is the "greatest solo ever", but I do know Mark Knopfler played it.

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    Still like this one by Nuno (at 3:10 mark):

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    Quote Originally Posted by prsrocker1988 View Post
    It's a personal choice but for me it's Hotel California. The very reason I picked up a guitar in the first place.
    Isn't that really a duet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    I can't tell you which is the "greatest solo ever", but I do know Mark Knopfler played it.
    Then it may very have been the live version of "Sultans Of Swing". Or possibly "Brothers In Arms".

    For my money, it's hard to beat Zappa's "Watermelon In Easter Hay", Randy Rhoads on "Goodbye To Romance" or "Revelation (Mother Earth)", or Gary Moore on "Parisienne Walkways".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    I can't tell you which is the "greatest solo ever", but I do know Mark Knopfler played it.

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    I always come back to the keyboard and guitar solos in James LaBrie's 'Slightly Out of Reach". I read that Marco Sfogli also wrote the keyboard solo.

    Solos start as 3:21.


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    So many to pick from- if I had to pick one I would go with Larry Carlton on "Kid Charlemagne"

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    My pick would be Randy Rhoads guitar solo on the Tribute album...that solo changed my life, classical riffs on steroids...love it!
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    my favorite--HOTEL California !!!!!!
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    There are so many great guitar pieces. How about Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Little Wing"? I could listen to that for hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Catron View Post
    There are so many great guitar pieces. How about Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Little Wing"? I could listen to that for hours.
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