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Best Guitar Solo Ever?

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posted on Mar, 21 2007 @ 04:04 PM
Hey guys, as you know, if you've read my previous thread, I started playing guitar. And now that I play, I've been looking up guitar solos, some are CRAZY like Joe Satriani solos or Steve Vai (All of G/ for that matter) Slash, Van Halen, Clapton, Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, the list goes on for miles.
Anyways, I was wondering what your favorite guitar solo was and why? I really like Guns'N'Roses - November Rain solos, they have so much feeling in them. I also like Hotel California (Live) Comfortably Numb and Stairway to Heaven.
So, now I want you guys to tell me what your favorite guitar solos are, it can be any solo, a solo from a song or a live one.


posted on Mar, 21 2007 @ 05:28 PM
I dont know if I can identify the single best solo of all time, however there is one that comes to mind.

It is from the movie Crossroads with Ralph "Karate Kid" Macchio. In the end of the movie he battles the devil "Satch" for his soul.

The dueling in this scene is simply awesome.

Take a peek and see what you think. There's a bit of footage before the battle starts, but its well worth the view.

posted on Mar, 21 2007 @ 06:39 PM

Originally posted by Don Wahn

WOW! How come I have never heard of this before today?!?!? That was really awesome! I'll have to buy that movie! That was crazy! That last solo the kid did to beat Steve Vai, Oh My God that was some fast licks and slides!


posted on Mar, 22 2007 @ 04:31 PM
"My Old School" - Steely Dan (Skunk Baxter)

"Intro, Sweet Jane" - Lou Reed - Rock and Roll Animal (Steven Hunter)

Those are two of my favorite leads.

posted on Mar, 22 2007 @ 05:07 PM
Mark Knopfler - Sultans of Swing - Because it's so clean and crisp and perfect.

posted on Mar, 23 2007 @ 04:02 PM
Ooh, I totally agree with the above solos.

"Kick the Chair" - Megadeth.
"Bat Country" - Avenged Sevenfold.
"Mechanic God Creation" - Arch Enemy.

Pretty much all Children of Bodom songs. DragonForce as well.

posted on Mar, 24 2007 @ 01:31 PM
I think guitar world voted Eddie Van's Eruption the #2 solo of all time and Jimmy pages solo in stairway to heaven #1 but Ed's is far, far and again I say far more complicated. I vote for Ed's eruption. Maybe they meant in terms of popularity or something. Sometimes the most popular is not necessarily the greatest or most skill taxing. Another thing too, I may never have heard the greatest solo of all time as I tend to only hear what is made popular by local radio.

[edit on 24-3-2007 by Voyager1]

posted on Mar, 24 2007 @ 01:50 PM
Does anyone know the name of the song in the Ralph Machio piece?

It sounds like a classical Spanish (Flamenco?) tune.

posted on Mar, 24 2007 @ 02:30 PM
Eddie's Eruption solo!! Oh My God, how could I have forgotten that! I saw it on youtube about 2 weeks ago too! Anyways thanks for bringing it up again. I vote for that one too, it's simply crazy.


posted on Mar, 24 2007 @ 02:42 PM
Being as how guitar playing is not a competition; there can be no "best"
after all what are the criteria? Speed, shred, technique, etc? It's a personal thing, right?

I have said it before and I'll say it again; I would rather hear a kid on a piece of junk guitar that only knows three chords if he is true to the music and has the guts to play "his/her" sound instead of copying exercises and calling it music.

Anyway, check out this dead, three fingered, gypsy guitarist : Django Reinhart. This style is an acquired taste but set the stage for almost all speed based guitar playing. Remember our Roots!

[edit on 24-3-2007 by whaaa]

posted on Mar, 24 2007 @ 04:48 PM
My favs (no- particular order/claim of "best"):

Eruption - Eddie Van Halen

Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughn

Hollow (Pantera) - Dimebag Darrell

Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - Allen Collins tradin' licks with Gary Rossington

No More Tears (Ozzy) - Zakk Wylde. Lots of fun to play

Alive (Pearl Jam) - Mike McCready

Now (Days of the New) - Travis Meeks tradin' licks with Todd Whitener

I tried to pick stuff that - inspired my playing - no one had listed yet. Except Eruption which - by law, I believe - must be on any 'solos best of' list [special thanks to cousin Mike for teaching me it, on my first guitar [a cheap strat knock-off] all those years ago.]

Oh yeah, Crossroads was a GREAT movie. (that's Vai playing the Karate Kid's more tricky stuff, although he [Ralphie boy] does do alot of his own guitar work in the film, iirc)

(edit)I can't believe I forgot this one

How Will I Laugh Tommorrow (Suicidal Tendencies) - Rocky George


[edit on 24-3-2007 by Rren]

posted on Mar, 26 2007 @ 08:11 AM
I also like some Bon Jovi solos. They're pretty awesome. Next 100 Years, One Wild Night, Living On A Prayer, Wanted Dead Or Alive (Intro Kicks Ass!) ect.


posted on Mar, 26 2007 @ 08:16 AM
Got to be

Gary Moore - Parisien Walkways from the Blues Alive Album.

Great guitar solo in that one.

posted on Mar, 26 2007 @ 10:41 AM
No way I'm qualified to select a "best" and it would be impossible to even name a single all-time favorite. But this one's sure on my list, and it ought to be on everyone's somewhere.

Alvin Lee and 10 Years After at Woodstock

You're welcome.

posted on Mar, 26 2007 @ 11:18 AM
For sure, and Hendrix's remake of Star Spangled Banner!

Also I really like Slash's solo in Don't Cry. It's only 28 seconds but it's really good.

posted on Mar, 27 2007 @ 09:56 PM
Tornado of Souls- Megadeth
Marty Friedman=God

posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 10:49 AM
I'll pick 3.They're not "the best",but they sound the best to me.

crap sound on the last one,no options that's the only 1 up there

posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 11:46 AM
I'd have to agree with you Jimmy.

The solo in Hotel California is one of those where you just never want it to end.

Slash's solo in Sweet Child O Mine (Guns and Roses) is another good one.

For one that's a little obscure. Jeff Healey did a remake of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. His solo in that gave me goosbumps the first time I heard it.

posted on Apr, 7 2007 @ 12:59 AM
Now this is my kind of thread.
As far as best ever thats tuff but I have a top five.

Chuck Berry-Johnny B Good
David Gilmour - Anything off DarkSide of the Moon
Gary Moore - Shapes of Things
Eddie Van Halen - Eruption
SRV - Couldnt Stand the Weather

posted on Apr, 10 2007 @ 09:42 PM
The best thats hard i cant rly name a best but i can name a few great solos

1.FREE BIRD! (Isnt it annoying how evry time you go to a concert their always has to be someone there yelling that out)

2.Sweet child o' Mine - one of the bestest

3.Star Spangled Banner - Hendrix at woodstock (still brings joy to my heart)

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