Clapton, Hendrix, Spinal Tap: which is the best ever guitar solo?

Clapton, Hendrix, Spinal Tap: which is the best ever guitar solo?

The Guardian

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Overblown musical pomposity to some, the guitar solo is seen as a benchmark of brilliance to many. But which is best?

In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle it

“My solos are my trademark,” announced Nigel Tufnel in 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap. Cue footage of the topless musician performing some signature fret-fondling while curling his lip in satisfaction, then swapping his plectrum for a violin. Before long, the real-life rock stars satirised by Spinal Tap were handed a second blow – when the irreverent grunge scene of the 1990s arrived, ripping up the guitar histrionics rule book, and instead favouring scuzzier playing. Yet, while not as revered as it once was, the guitar solo remains the benchmark of musical brilliance for many.

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