I have to take a minute to thank all you folks who sprang to my support in the Ultimate Guitar poll for ‘Best Guitarist’, and in the end propelled me to win the whole thing. Before we go any further I’m gonna have to say I don’t for a moment think I’m ‘best’ … a better player than all those wonderful players, many of whom are the reason I’m a guitarist at all ? … Jim Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton ? … well, I don’t think so. I’m just happy to have been considered on the same page as these heroes of mine.
But the fact that so many people voted me to the top in this very enjoyable bit of fun means a lot to me. To me there is no way to categorise or rank rock guitarists … the greatest thing is that they’re all different and impossible to compare. But this is the first time I’ve been honoured by so many people as a significant player, so I’m very grateful.
I have one request. If there is a trophy being awarded for this, I’d like to share it with Dimebag Darrell, who isn’t around to enjoy the fact that so many folks are still devoted to him and his great playing. It was a special honour being paired with Dimebag in the final.
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