Friday Fun: The Best Guitar Slinger … Ever?

It’s the topic that causes arguments whenever it’s raised. Who is the best guitarist of all time?

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Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ry Cooder, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page are just a few of the “usual suspects” who have been praised as the best that ever was.

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Van Halen at the Continental Airlines Arena, E.Rutherford, N.J.

But what do you think? Got a favorite axman? Axwoman?

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Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montreal, Canada

Or, if you prefer, name two guitarists – the greatest of all time, and the greatest living guitarist today. Is that easy enough? Or did we just make it tougher?

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Robert Plant and Jimmy Page make them sweat and make them groove at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Either way, just drop your answer in the comment thread below. And be prepared to defend your choice.