Who's the greatest guitarist in history?
Is it pic related?
Why do norms think every album/mixtape is on iTunes?
where have I seen that face before?
Even though music is subjective, and therefore such thing as "greatest" can't really exist, this guy is fucking amazing imo.
Probably this badass motherfucker
pic related and it's not up for debate. listen to this man's body of work and you will also agree. there has never been a better a guitarist.
Lou Reed is a great rhythm guitar player. He has his own unique style, with very unusual patterns and upstrokes:
The ways in which he is able to get so much out of two or three chords is amazing, especially its emotional impact.
Regarding his lead guitar, it's also very unique, unlike anything else. Weird pauses, exploiting very few notes. You immediately recognise when he's playing:
Sister Ray is just one example of what Lou Reed is able to with the guitar. Incredibly skilled, agressive, powerful, revolutionary.
What's crucial is that Lou Reed has mastered delivery - how he combines voice (and words) with music (among which the guitar) is absolutely unprecedented.
I'll admit that at first sight it seems that he lacks guitar skills - which is definitely true if you judge him by technique, how fast he is able to play, actually if you judge him based on every dominant standard -, but he is able to greatly contribute to songs in other ways. Same goes for his singing.
It's silly to just post a few songs that are supposed to 'capture' his guitar skills, because it will never work, but I tried my best. I guess it's necessary to know his body of work inside out, and his music certainly invites you to do that, to create a very strong bond with the listener - it's rewarding. That being said, almost every album has terrible songs on it, and some albums are complete trash.
>250+ albums under his belt
>the best live shows
>I used to think /mu/ knew what it was talking about
Have you been gone for years or something?
>timestamp DEC 22 2007
b-but pimp c died on december 9th
Not the Greatest, maybe the Best in Recent Memory
Not the best one ever but probably the best one active.
>for a span of about 5 years, wrote more great songs than just about anyone on the planet
>plays piano as well
>is both a fantastic rhythm and lead player
some of my other favorites posted so far
not the greatest, but Ian Williams is certainly quite underrated
Top 5 no order
-Jimi Hendrix (master of doing everything that makes an electric guitar unique)
-Robert Fripp (Frippertronics)
-Tony Iommi (Took riff concept to a level that created metal)
-Andres Segovia (Took what a guitar does in classical music to the next level)
-Django Reinhardt (Very interesting approach to Jazz guitar that was so influential that non-Jazz guitar players took note, too)
Any average gypsy guitarist is on level with some of the best contemporary guitarists you see today. Literally, i saw one gypy, who is nobody and had technique better than satch, gilbert or any other "guitar god". The fact that they do this on acoutic makes it even more impresive.