The Six Best Effect-Enhanced Guitar Solos

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3. Jimi Hendrix - "Voodoo Child" (entire song) Hendrix's legacy might have more to do with the way his guitar sounded than the actual notes he played. Whatever aspect of his tone he explored - volume, fuzz, feedback - he owned it completely. On "Voodoo Child," he owned the wah-wah pedal. To this day, there are essentially two camps for this oft-abused effect: "Voodoo Child," in which the hands-free design allows for the sweeping filters of the pedal to act as a third limb of expression; and "Theme From Shaft," in which the pizza guy comes over at the exact moment you exit the shower. Of the two, Hendrix's music has been responsible for more actual intercourse.

2. Talking Heads - "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)" (2:40) Without picking the brains of those involved in Talking Heads' masterwork Remain In Light album, here's how I imagine the opening track went down: Adrian Belew prepped for his guest solo and started plugging in his effects. Brian Eno, sitting behind the mixing board, felt some competition by Belew's sounds and started plugging in HIS effects. This, in turn, inspired Belew to modify his tone even further, which led Eno to try to top him, and this pattern continued until the guitar sounded like a malfunctioning room-sized computer (this was 1980, mind you). As many times as I hear "Born Under Punches," I still only know the solo is made by a guitar because the liner notes tell me so, and my internal reaction is still "Does not compute. Does not compute..."

1. Smashing Pumpkins - "Cherub Rock" (2:55) There are elements of every other solo on this list in "Cherub Rock." There's the caution-to-the-wind experimentation of "Bat Macumba," the rock-god embracing of "Paranoid Android" and "Voodoo Child," and the head-scratching howdtheydothat of "Born Under Punches" and "Square King." Billy Corgan took these principles, added a bit of My Bloody Valentine and Sabbath, and created the best effect-enhanced guitar solo of all time. In the years since, Corgan has become such a parody of his former self that it can be difficult to remember the time when he was even relevant. But "Cherub Rock" is one of only a handful of Smashing Pumpkins cuts that has transcended Corgan's persona. The kids today likely know the song as a level in Guitar Hero, but let us never forget that its unprecedented solo was made by an actual guitar hero.

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