Not at all a surprising list. I was expecting Ben Weiman a little bit but not really counting on it. Pretty much every time I'm listening to Dillinger with people, there has to always be someone that says Ben Weiman is a dick. We don't mean like, O and btw, that Ben Weiman isn't a very nice guy. It's more like fuck his existence because it makes ours look like shit.
tha regularz hear 'shred' and they be hatin'... lol *facepalm*
Well, here's how I define a guitarist. Practice=get better get good enough=solos moar practice=moar speed+skill at soloing speed=lotsa practice lotsa practice=lotsa skill
Now, I will have to make a distinction between the more creative guitarists and the ones that just cram as many pentatonic/harmonic runs (I'm no genius with technical terms) as they can into 45 secs and those that CONSTRUCT their solos. I respect both, and both serve certain moods, as both are fun to play if you have the tabs. I cant touch what either extreme does, so you cant fault me for thinking that simple.
Let's not forget the inimitable Guy Man-Dude - who's contribution to contemporary music cannot be overstated. "Shredd'n It Down" and "Clusterphuck" are towering monuments of resplendent genius and will be cherished by future generations yet to come.
Also, why the fuck are Django, McLaughlin and Uli Jon Roth bedfellows with The Great Kat and Michael Angelo Batio? Whoever was assigned as the editor of this list needs to clean the years of accumulated wax out of his or her ears, post haste.
I'm not a huge fan of "shred woooo" guitarists. I'm more of a um...melodic person. Like, I don't care how fast you can play, if it sounds good and I like your technique, I like you. Can't say I've heard of/enjoy many of the guitarists on this list.
django? yeah...for good reason...all that skill in spite of having gimped up fingers. my fingers are 100% and i can barely play power chords. geezer from black sabbath has a messed up finger or two as well...maybe there's something to the whole crippled hand approach.