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Worst Guitar Solos
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Posted 1/19/07
I've been posed this question by a fellow guitar player, and he has certain criteria that he pits guitar solos up to. I myself don't necessarily have some unnamed criteria... I just go on whether the solo fits the song. Anyhow....

What do you think is a bad guitar solo? Feel free to list a specific solo (be specific, in terms of time in a song) or a certain prevalent soloing technique (such as whammy dives, running the pentatonic, etc).

I think that the "worst" solo I've heard in recent memory is (and this is tough for me to say) the solo at 3:08 on DGM's "Living on the Edge".

The scaling at the beginning is great, and the sweep picking is epic... but right after that, the lead player just goes into rampant whammy and wa-wa abuse akin to some exceedingly lame 80's glam solo. I often wish I could re-write it, because the solo just doesn't fit the song.
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26 / F / pepsi vending mac...
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ha! the 80's...musicly retarted era for the most part i feel. sorry if that was mean. in all honesty i feel that local bands tend to have the worst guitar solos. some teen that was told they were good while they hurt the eardrums of those around them. -ok thats harsh too but you dont find a very good high school band with a decent guitare solo in any of their songs.
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luckly(sp?) i don't listen to bad music.
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I'd like to think that I don't, but sometimes, a good writer can make a bad choice. DGM isn't bad music. Just that one solo could have been done a lot better.

And, yes... most younger guitar players are horrible. They're sloppy, they need practice, and they have a tin ear when it comes to good guitar tone.

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I think the solo of Smells Like Teen Spirit is awful.
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The worst guitar solos were done by me.
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Posted 1/19/07

mauz15 wrote:

I think the solo of Smells Like Teen Spirit is awful.


ZEEOMG, U SUCK 4 BDAMOUthING NRIVNA
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Posted 1/20/07

WrathS wrote:

I've been posed this question by a fellow guitar player, and he has certain criteria that he pits guitar solos up to. I myself don't necessarily have some unnamed criteria... I just go on whether the solo fits the song. Anyhow....

What do you think is a bad guitar solo? Feel free to list a specific solo (be specific, in terms of time in a song) or a certain prevalent soloing technique (such as whammy dives, running the pentatonic, etc).

I think that the "worst" solo I've heard in recent memory is (and this is tough for me to say) the solo at 3:08 on DGM's "Living on the Edge".

The scaling at the beginning is great, and the sweep picking is epic... but right after that, the lead player just goes into rampant whammy and wa-wa abuse akin to some exceedingly lame 80's glam solo. I often wish I could re-write it, because the solo just doesn't fit the song.


Well gee, thanks for completely badmouthing the CD I loaned you. I still think that solo is cool.
Posted 1/20/07
The solo at the begining of Torch of War by Vader is terrible
I can't stand the solos by Metallica because Kirk Hammett can't bend in tune! Though otherwise they're a good band.
And most recent Metal bands can't play their instruments anyway, so I'd put thier solos among the worst.
The Sex Pistols ruined guitar playing!
U2 can't play thier intruments well either, though fortunately they don't attempt solos.
I agree with mauz15 about Nirvana, they shouldn't have ever attempted to play solos.

Having just insulted loads of guitarists I'd like to say I still like the music they produce, though usually skip the guitar solos so as to avoid going mad!
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Posted 6/15/07
any nivania crap is worst and some punk band solos
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Posted 6/16/07
ummmm i can't decide. there are some that don't sound good but contains so much skill into it so it csn't possibly be crap. theres the n00bish guitar solos that are so memorable.

hey is there any BEST guitar solo thread around?? if there isn't then someone should make one, or i will.
if there is a best guitar solo thread around can someone send me a link to it, so it would save the trouble for the mods from locking it.
Posted 6/16/07

WrathS wrote:


mauz15 wrote:

I think the solo of Smells Like Teen Spirit is awful.


ZEEOMG, U SUCK 4 BDAMOUthING NRIVNA


...seriously were you even typing a language right there? 0___0

Anyway I've heard some horrible guitar solos from wannabe guitar players on Disney channel...
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Posted 6/16/07
Iron Maiden - Fear is the Key
Grateful Dead - Shakedown Street
Buzzcocks - Noise Annoys
Rage Against the Machine - Know Your Enemy
Def Leppard - Rocket
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Love Rock N' Roll
Styx - Mr. Roboto
The Cure - Pictures of You
The Strokes - Last Nite
Pantera - Ride My Rocket
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26 / M / Wear you want to be
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"Iron Maiden - Fear is the Key"

As much as I love iron maiden I have to agree with you.
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Posted 6/17/07

mushroomjay wrote:

Theres a plentiful of bad solos, most of them existing on Metallica albums, plenty of eighties albums, and early-late nineties albums.

As well as Jimi Hendrix.



thats it cus no one replied im gonna make a best guitar solo thread.


....and jimi hendrix?? i agree that i'm not a fan of hendrix but from the songs / solo i heard he make good guitar solos

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