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Which guitarist do you think is more talented?

Jari Mäenpää44
Angus Young27

Total votes: 71


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Posted by Clint W. on 02.03.2008 at 17:50
I've been thinking about making this pole for a while ever since I came across a few interesting posts on the Wintersun comment board for their self titled debut album. Now, after some friendly debating, I decided to make this poll, to see what Metalstorm feels about these two talented guitarists, and how they compare to each other.

First we have Jari Mäenpää, hailing from Helsinki, Finland. He is the main songwriter, lead guitarist, and vocalist for Wintersun. To date, Wintersun has released one full length album, and while he was with Ensiferum, he contributed to two albums.

His opponent for this match is Angus Young from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the lead guitarist, back-up vocalist, and songwriter for the legendary hard rock band AC/DC. He has played on numerous albums throughout the years, no fewer than three or four I'm sure we all know.

Now, basically, this is a battle of skill. Some might say that you can't compare then, but I think you most definitely can. They're both two very competent guitarists, albeit different playing styles, but no two guitarists have the same.

Things to look for in their songwriting and person would be technical ability, how memorable their riffs are, how emotional you feel their solos are, how much you think they influence others with their skill, and anything else you think you'd like to throw in there.

Personally, while both guys are great, I just don't think Wintersun if everything that people make them out to be. Unfortunately for them, fanboys often make me dislike this band more than I should, but it's usually the all too often parallels I find in their music to say, Children of Bodom and Norther. Jari Mäenpää is very talented, as can be noted, but not very original in my opinion, and I just don't feel you could say he has explored all of his skills so far on the little material he has been a part of, to my knowledge.

Angus Young, while being part of a band that I'm not a huge fan of, still deserves respect out the ass from not only the rock and metal communities, but from the music communities as a whole. He's been at it for 30+ years, and still seems like he's going strong. Age certainly doesn't stop him, as I remember when I say their 'Live at Donnington' DVD, I was amazed how this guy was kicking it for hours on end. The best part about him, besides his stage presence, is his memorable songwriting skills, not to mention that damn blues influence! Yes, he's had a lot more years to write those, but you'll notice most of the most memorable AC/DC music was written during the first years.

My decision is for Angus Young. He knows how to write music that people will remember for years to come. His material over the years has proven his place among music's elite rockers, and he obviously has a lot more staying power. Jari Mäenpää is very talented indeed, but I suppose just not my cup of tea.

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nobody

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  12.08.2008 at 15:40
Written by Elio on 12.08.2008 at 15:27

I vote angus too...for the same reasons that lucas and k7 support...jari is technically a god, but angus and his guitar are just one thing...and then again angus in live shows kicks ass!

Angus when he grows, he had guitar, and maybe some blues viny what he hear, but Jari haear plant of players who he can coppy

This lyrics say all about roots

''In the beginning
Back in nineteen fifty five
Man didn't know 'bout a rock 'n' roll show
'N all that jive
The white man had the schmaltz
The black man had the blues
No one knew what they was gonna do
But Tschaikovsky had the news, he said

Let there be sound, and there was sound
Let there be light, and there was light
Let there be drums, there was drums
Let there be guitar, there was guitar, ah
Let there be rock

And it came to pass
That rock 'n' roll was born
All across the land every rockin' band
Was blowin' up a storm
And the guitar man got famous
The business man got rich
And in every bar there was a superstar
With a seven year itch
There was fifteen million fingers
Learnin' how to play
And you could hear the fingers pickin'
And this is what they had to say

Let there be light, sound, drums, 'n guitar, ah
Let there be rock

One night in a club called the Shakin' Hand
There was a 42 decibel rockin' band
And the music was good
And the music was loud
And the singer turned and he said to the crowd

Let there be rock ''

and Jari is one of tyhose fingers who learnd to play
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  12.08.2008 at 22:56
How the hell do you compare boring jari to angus young
Dangerboner
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  12.08.2008 at 23:31
Written by Guest on 12.08.2008 at 22:56

How the hell do you compare boring jari to angus young


Who cares? It's who you think is better - it doesn't matter if they don't play in the same sub sub subgenre.

I didn't vote because I hate both bands.
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nobody

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  12.08.2008 at 23:44
Written by Guest on 12.08.2008 at 22:56

How the hell do you compare boring jari to angus young


That somebody shood ask in firt post in this poll
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  13.08.2008 at 01:32
Written by Dangerboner on 12.08.2008 at 23:31

Written by Guest on 12.08.2008 at 22:56

How the hell do you compare boring jari to angus young


Who cares? It's who you think is better - it doesn't matter if they don't play in the same sub sub subgenre.

I didn't vote because I hate both bands.


I didnt vote also

Seems quite random to compare two guitarist who dont have really anything in common but playing a guitar.
BloodTears
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  14.08.2008 at 19:21
Well I love Angus! I love AC/DC.

That's all I have to say here sorry lol
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Marcus
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Age: 22
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  18.08.2008 at 05:01
I voted Jari, Wintersun, although overrated, still has much better guitar work. AC/DC Is just IMO boring and their music lacks technicality. Angus wins the influential part though.
LeChron James
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  11.10.2008 at 23:18
this really surprised me. i figured the votes for Jari would be out of control in his favor but i was pleasantly greeted with angus young winning. i voted for Jari because he writes killer music and to my knowledge wrote most of, if not all of, the Wintersun cd himself. i like angus more though, the school boy outfit is outta control and AC/DC has a timeless element to them that Winterun doesnt have.
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  12.10.2008 at 07:38
Written by Dangerboner on 12.08.2008 at 23:31

Written by Guest on 12.08.2008 at 22:56

How the hell do you compare boring jari to angus young


Who cares? It's who you think is better - it doesn't matter if they don't play in the same sub sub subgenre.

I didn't vote because I hate both bands.


it doesn't matter if you don't like the bands its about the skill of the quitarists involved. i voted for angus because i liked his quitar work for AC/DC not because i like the band itself
Demon Warrior
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  16.10.2008 at 03:51
Voted for Angus, cause he is just so freakin' awesome!!:banger:
ArcesseEum

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  09.11.2008 at 19:48
Angus young is pentatonic wank, that automatically makes him lesser to someone who plays in melodic modes in terms of sheer skill.
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BuzzPhil

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  28.04.2009 at 01:50
Written by Marcus on 18.08.2008 at 05:01

I voted Jari, Wintersun, although overrated, still has much better guitar work. AC/DC Is just IMO boring and their music lacks technicality. Angus wins the influential part though.


I agree completely... You say all the things that I wanna say... So I voted for Jari too!
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Zuzuz0r

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  28.04.2009 at 01:58
Both are awesome guitarists, but Angus plays almost the same in most songs, and Jari is way more versatile, so, my vote goes for Jari, hes also one of my fave guitarists.
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GULCH OF ROT

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  28.04.2009 at 02:37
I like ac/dc better
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Chaos Reaper

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  07.05.2009 at 22:51
I voted for Jari!!!! lml
chematss

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From: Turkey

  21.05.2009 at 19:32
I had to vote for Jari since he is my favorite guitarist.
Dentura
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  04.12.2012 at 07:58
This must be a trick question, I don't see how they could be compared since they have just about nothing to do with one another. But I vote Jari Mäenpää anyway. His talent on the fretboard can never be denied, his songcraft is otherworldly, and his live shows with Wintersun are spellbinding, just saw them last week in Hollywood.
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  04.12.2012 at 14:43
Angus simply due to my hate for Wintersun.
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BoxCar Willy
John Doe

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  04.12.2012 at 14:59
Angus, If Jari was playing in the seventies he'd be ripping off Angus. He's more influential, and you know it's him playing when you hear it.
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  04.12.2012 at 20:35
Ha ha what, this is even a question? AC/DC are a bunch of bland hacks that reuse the same fucking boring riff pattern for every damn song they have. Fuck 'em and fuck Angus Young.
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Guib

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  05.12.2012 at 00:57
Ok so this is obviously a troll thread nice one.
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  05.12.2012 at 00:59
Written by Void Eater on 04.12.2012 at 20:35

a bunch of bland hacks that reuse the same fucking boring riff pattern for every damn song they have.

You could say the same for Wintersun.
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  05.12.2012 at 02:07
Written by BoxCar Willy on 05.12.2012 at 00:59

Written by Void Eater on 04.12.2012 at 20:35

a bunch of bland hacks that reuse the same fucking boring riff pattern for every damn song they have.

You could say the same for Wintersun.

Except that Wintersun isn't boring . And lets please not have somebody quote me and say "WELL THATS JUST YOUR OPINION!!!!!!" and then wind up having a page of debating about differences of opinions, objectivity vs subjectivity, and the same crap that always happens on this site.
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