Tokyo Weekender's Top Five Japanese Guitarists of All Time
#1
So, I found a short article to share. Seemed like a conversation starter, so I'd like to know what the community here thinks. It was shared via social media by one of the bands whose guitarist made it onto the list, of course.

Seemed OK, but perhaps it would've been better to focus on one genre at a time. I don't think it's fair to compare metal guitarists to jazz/fusion or J-pop guitarists.
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#2
All great players in their own right, but I kind of think it's weird that Tak Matsumoto isn't on there. I'm not a big fan of his playing or his music, but B'z is easily the best selling band in Japan, which means he is also the Japanese guitarist that's been heard the most. Or at least I guess popularity is a factor here, because hide really isn't that exceptional a guitarist. I think Pata outplays him by quite a margin.

I agree with you that either focusing the list to one genre or including more names would have made more sense.
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#3
Seemed more like a popularity contest to me than anything else, but I guess these types of lists are always like that.
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#4
All the more reason to be astounded by the absence of Tak Matsumoto Wink
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#5
The writer must be a B'z hater. Tongue
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#6
Generally there's two reasons to have this kind of chart:

#1 - clickbait: "you'll never BELIEVE who we've voted the Top Guitarist of All Time" etc
#2 - filling space on your site/publication when you haven't got a better idea for a feature. 'hey! I know! how about another "Best....of All Time" chart'.
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#7
Not outrageously bad, but surely for that style of list you've got to squeeze Tak Matsumoto and probably Tomoyasu Hotei in there. Expand the list a couple spots or something. Tongue They're both national icons of the instrument as much as anyone else there.
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#8
This reminds me, I have a ton of B'z VHS tapes I should probably watch at some point.
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(07-08-2019, 01:24 PM)TadakatsuH0nda Wrote: probably Tomoyasu Hotei

Oh certainly. He is a better player and is far more influential than Tak Matsumoto for sure Smile Hell, I think every visual kei guitarist in the mid to late eighties was trying to imitate him.
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