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  • srv vs jimi - cast your vote and discuss

    http://www.guitarworld.com/poll-greatest-guitarist-all-time-round-5-jimi-hendrix-vs-stevie-ray-vaughan

    I begrudgingly voted for srv.

    I suspect srv, without thought, would have voted for Hendrix.

    I went with srv because he changed my guitar playing direction and his playing influences me still today. This is probably due to my age - although I loved Hendrix when I was a teenager, I was almost 5 when he passed.
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    Jimi because as much as people try to convince me that he isn't, I still think that at some level, SRV is a bit of a second rate Jimi.
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    • #3
      Jimi because as much as people try to convince me that he isn't, I still think that at some level, SRV is a bit of a second rate Jimi.


      Somebody write it down, HIC and I just agreed on something

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      • #4
        In the summer of 1968 I purchased the Are You Experienced LP. I was teenager and had never heard anything that stunning electric guitar-wise before or since. I was fortunate to have seen SRV play live in concert and he was real, real good. But Jimi is still the big dog on the block.

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        • #5
          Apples and oranges IMO. Well red apples and green apples at least. My personal vote goes to Stevie. But Jimi changed guitar forever.
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          • #6
            i won't vote.. but i'll say this

            srv was definitely influenced by jimi in a huge way, but he was influenced by a lot of people... anyone that sees him as just a jimi clone is mistaken, and has obviously missed out on hearing a lot of his music

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            • #7
              I have to go with Hendrix. He revolutionized the instrument when he came along. SRV was a great player, but his impact was much smaller, IMHO.

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              • #8
                love them both! Jimi was definately one of my earliest influences to even pick up a guitar and certainly SRV was an influence and an oasis of good music in a desert of bad '80's popular music...
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                • #9
                  I almost didn't vote as well, it seems sort of ridiculous actually.

                  SRV was not a second rate Jimi, or a second rate anything for that matter. Mind you, I'm not emotionally tied to the idea, but it's simply not the case. If someone doesn't see that, that's fine, their loss.

                  SRV was the real deal. I saw him live, he changed things for a generation (or a few generations) of guitar players. Jimi changed things for many generations of guitar players for sure, and his influence was probably greater then SRV's - but for me personally, SRV is/was more influential.

                  And as I mentioned in the OP; SRV would have probably voted for Jimi. Actually I don't think there is any question about it.
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                  • #10
                    Jimi because as much as people try to convince me that he isn't, I still think that at some level, SRV is a bit of a second rate Jimi.


                    I agree with this. Jimi did stuff that was original and innovative. SRV, as much as I like some of his stuff, was basically rehashing stuff that others (Jimi, Clapton, Albert King, etc.) had already done; he was a good player, and he popularized some things, which does deserve some credit, but he wasn't very original. I don't see it as much of a comparison.
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                    • #11
                      I like them both.
                      Besides being a guitar player,
                      I'm a big fan of the guitar.
                      I love that damn instrument.
                      -Steve Vai

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                      • #12
                        Jimi. No question.
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                        • #13
                          I didn't vote yet, but I would say Jimi because I really like his guitar playing and his vocals. Also, Axis Bold as Love ranks highly for me as far as albums go. SRV has no albums like that for me.
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                          • #14
                            There is not one SRV song that I would purposely go out of my way to listen to, and, in fact, I would change the channel on any station I am listening to if he comes on.

                            There is no Hendrix song that I would purposely go out of my way to listen to, but there are at least some Hendrix songs I wouldn't change the station on.

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                            • #15
                              People that call SRV a second rate Jimi haven't done very much listening. If anything he was a clone of Albert King.

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