Guitar World have come up with a new poll to entertain their visitors. During the past month, they have hand-picked 124 guitarists and allowed the visitors to list four more names who would then be a part of their world-cup-like The Greatest Guitarist of All Time poll. Throughout May, most of the head-to-head "battles" have been voted on already and, as it was obvious to expect so, they placed John in one of the last clashes before the second round kicks in.
If you would like to vote in the poll and get John to the next round, that sadly means eliminating his long-term friend, collaborator and music soulmate, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Proceed to the voting page to vote for John, against him or just give them your own piece of mind on this particular battle. And remember to be nice.
Here is the criteria for picking one's favourite:
• Influence: Who inspired more kids to beg their parents for a guitar for Christmas? Who inspired a wave of copycats?
• Chops/Versatility: Is the guitarist in question a one-trick pony or a master of many styles?
• Body of Work: Who had the more consistent career? Who has played on more classic albums?
• Creativity: Who pioneered new techniques? Who sounds the most radically different from what came before them?
You can also check out the bracket, which is regularly updated according to GW staff and see who will go against whom in the next rounds.
Oh, those music magazines and their constant need to rank everyone and everything!