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Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Jimi Hendrix?

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The answer is so obvious... Hendrix! Who knows what he may have accomplished had he lived just to even fifty years old? RIP

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It is amazing to watch him play a right handed guitar left handed. Just blows my mind.
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I know. He's one of the first musicians that I really appreciated as a kid. Regret never seeing him live.Thank goodness for video footage, eh?
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Christine thank you for your knowledge on this subject
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i love jimi hendrix. but im a guitar player and he is very sloppy to say he's the best i don't agree but he is very good.
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Well, I can't speak as a guitarist, only as a fan. As a fan I would call his playing "freestyle". But that's just me.
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Hmmmm Van Halen, no Satriani, no Malmsteen, no Vai..no Eric Johnson, No Van Halen .,.. ok hard question! But here is something to enjoy :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnqpOFcBiMM

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<3 this answer!
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Kind of betting you are all for Eddie huh evfan2267? :D Love him!
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Angus young!!!! :)

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hahahaha i agree
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There has not been one yet. Like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is music in the ear of the listener.

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Well said
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Herman Li - Dragonforce =P (watch the video "Through the fire and flames!" i couldnt keep up with this dude!!!!)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jgrCKhxE1s

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that stuff is sped up
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not dude. i watched it live. that's HIM moving that fast, nothing is sped up here
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You have to do the rubber band workout. I do it and I'm wicked fast (not to brag). You tie some rubber bands around your fingers and play your songs. And, like a normal workout, progressively tie more rubber bands on as you get stronger. He does it too and he can play with like 8 rubber bands tied around his fingers.
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wow. thats insane!!!!
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You forgot Jeff Beck. I don't think I could pick one out of all the choices you have give. I listen to all of them, but it would be according to the mood I'm in at that moment.

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True, didn't forget, Beck is definitely in the top 10!
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Saw allman bros out on Pensacola beach at a bar called oasis before they got big. They were the allman joys.
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Saw them several times before Duane was lost. Fond memories of sitting somewhere around 2nd base at yankee stadium listening to the Grateful Dead & the Allman bros
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I'm definitely with you on Jeff Beck. It's impossible to pick just one. He and Duane Allman are way up on the list. It must have been pretty cool to see the Allman Joys!
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Prince

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dimebag darrel to bad he died :(

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Yeah, he was ranked 92nd out of 100 in a vote for best guitarist...
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Greatest rock guitarist? Only Jimi Hendrix.....tho there are a lot of other great guitarist all the ones listed above and below.. No other guitarist is a greater rock guitarist than Jimi...btw nobody mentioned SRV..

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Stevie Ray Vaughn was great and so was Jimi Hendrix but I think it's impossible to pick just one.
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Can't pick just one. Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Billy Gibbons, lets not forget Les Paul and I really wish more people knew about Kim Simmonds and Leslie West.

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I saw Mountain a few times in the 70's Leslie West is awesome.
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There are some great ones that never got the notoriety they deserve.
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Ted nugent (theodore anthony)

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I liked him with the Amboy Dukes. Now I like listening to what he has to say. He sure isn't afraid of making someone mad, in fact he enjoys it! I really do like him for that reason.
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Billy Gibbons,Jimi Hendrix,Eric Clapton,and rob zombie!!!

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and vallen forgot!
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*van halen :P lol mixed to words together
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team hendrix

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Eric Clapton

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Depends on my mood but David Gilmore from Pink Floyd sure can make his guitar sing.

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YAY I love you!!! :D
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led zeppelin,scar,,jack black

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Jimi

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David Gilmour

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THANK YOU! What's the matter with these other people?!
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slash of course

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It's really a toss up or personal opinion but I go with Hendrix, Vaughn, Satriani, Vai, or my guy Page. Best guitar performers however Young and Townshend.

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Johnny Winter

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Hendrix!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiR36mDzqVI

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jimi hindrix was thee best guitarrest ever. untill he had a drug over dose:(
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It's a shame. Can you imagine the songs that he would have done, and we could be listening to. At least we have the songs from him that we have.
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Santana

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David Alexander from B.O.A !!

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Tom Morello

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tom morello is pretty good but he would be better if he wouldnt make that noise w/ his guitar
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np
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tom morello is pretty good. hes on guitar hero 3
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jimmy page for sure. no ones better than jimmy page. no one. if you say david alexander or tom morello with is squeeling. than your a retard. tom morello just makes weird sounds with his guitar.

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Thanks For Your Judgement (:
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wao wao wao! that stuff is just annoying
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slash is ok
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if it was a bad comment sorry hes good tom morello good hes cool
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OK, yes, that does get annoying two songs in, but you have to give him a little credit for finding out how to manipulate a guitar to make those effects. In the same sense you must also not like Eddie Van Halen because they have similar effects and techniques.
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hes not too bad
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your right.
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i have a van halen guitar
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Jimmy Or Jimi....

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This is good! Your answer is probably as close as one can get.
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The ONLY Answer: Mr. Randy Rhoads

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Randy Rhoads!!!! : )

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hell yeah
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the rock legend Jimi Hendrix is the greatest rock guitarist.

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Jimi Hendrix Gypsy Sun and Rainbows live at WoodStock.

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They're All Ok But I Think The Absolute Best Is Everyone From the band "Motionless In White"

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Listen to their songs, you have to admit that they're the best guitarists ever.
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Jimmy Page

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Seger

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Alvin Lee?
Lee played in the band called Ten Years After...he was the band leader, vocalist and lead guitarist..

Ten Years After often played the old Boston Tea Party .

Anyway...Lee was the quickest there was...and he rocked the house every time he was there! ....BTW...at that time, a little known troop called the Jay Giles Blues Band was the "house band" there almost every night...! It cost peanuts to get in.. and there were never more than a couple of hundred people in the place!.

I saw all the greats from that era play there back in the late sixties...Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck...the Allman Brothers featuring both Duane Allman and Dickie Betts....Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page....The great Johnny Winter....Cream featuring Eric Clapton....the Gratefull Dead' - Jerry Garcia....Ohh so many!....it's just not fair to pick one...

I caught Jimi Hendrix at the theatre in the round that they called The Carousel in Framingham MA...He was unbelievable too! ....And lets not forget Barry Melton, the lead guitarist for the band Country Joe And The Fish!... He used dart all over the stage and he surely had the longest guitar cord in the business!

Those were the days!

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Yes those were the days! I saw many of the same acts,there were great bands in town every week, sadly I never had the pleasure to see Hendrix.
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Our group paid an security guard to let us into that sold out show.... People were sitting in the isles everywhere...The guy must have made a small fortune in cash that night?

Hendricks was terrific!...and he played forever1..He was so into it and in love with his audience....When I see these concerts now with tens of thousands of people in attendance... I always think back to simpler times....And how lucky I was to be a young hip back then...And all I saw and everthing I experienced...Newport Jazz....Woodstosck....The Fillmore West....

The Tea Party was the best! The stage of the church was an alter and over the alter,was a marble ach with the words: "Praise Ye The Lord!" ingraved...

Somehow, in the midst of the aroma of fthe resh homw grown, it all fit!

I can still see a young Keith Emerson of the band "Nice" tilting his old organ on its hind quarters and leaping over it and then using his sythesizer...while belt out his rythematic classic "America" for all in attendance...it was more than just the music... it was the performers too...and you were right near them in the audience....

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I was aware of Woodstock but a little too young only 15 at the time no one would take me along bummer. We did the same thing with a guard at a place called the Farm show arena in Harrisburg Pa. But when I think about it the tickets only cost about 5 or 6 bucks back then all were general admission. Later on I found a place called The Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia Md. what a great venue. Saw many great shows there.
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BTW.. sorry about the missspellings...Thought I'd have a shot at the spellcheck?

guess not?

Anyway...of all the modern day guitarists / bands that I've watched and listened to recently on Direct TV...I think I like Slash featuring the vocalist Myles Kennedy the best....

They would compare with some of the best of that early era....It's more than just being able to play... its the show that these performers put on IMO...

If I was twenty something again and rich enough to afford a ticket, and could actually stand for a couple of hours... I'd go see Slash's band in person!
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Eric Clapton

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Lindsey Buckingham, Thurston Moore, Alex Lifeson, Steve Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Roger McGuinn, Peter Buck, Paul Simon, Dimebag Darrell, Dave Davies, Tom Verlain, Bonnie Raitt, Carl Perkins, James Hetfield, J Mascis, Andy Summers, Joe Perry, Eddie Hazel, Nels Cline, Lou Reed, Buddy Holly, Mike Campbell, John Fahey, Willie Nelson, Robby Krieger, Johnny Mitchel, Dick Dale, Kurt Cobain, John Frusciante, Robert Johnson, Jack White, Richard Thompson, John McLaughlin, T-Bone Walker, Leslie West, Slash, Duanne Eddie, Johnny WInter, Robert Fripp,Ted Nugent, Dickey Betts, John Asheton, Robbie Robertson, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Albert Collins, John Lennon, Joe Walsh, Otis Rush, Clarence White, Johnny Marr, Ritchie Blackmore, Muddy Waters, Johnny Greenwood, and...

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Steven Stills, Jerry Garcia, Link Wray, Mark Knopfler, Hubert Sumlin, Mark Bloomfield, Mick Rohnson, Tom Morello, Steve Cropper, The Edge, Mick Taylor, Randy Rhodes, John Lee Hooker, Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Billy Gibson, Ry Cooder, Elmore James, Scotty Moore, Johhny Ramone, Bo Diddley, Brian May, Tony Iommi, Angus Young, Buddy Guy, Frank Zappa, Chet Atkins, Carlos Santana, James Burton, Les Paul, Neil Young, Derek Trucks, Freddy King, David Gilmour, Albert King, Herman Li, Eric Johnson, Freddie Mercury, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Duane Allman, Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen, Chuck Berry, B.B. Kind, Tommy Emmanuel, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendricks.
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You forgot Waddy Wachtel. lol
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Those are the Greatest Guitarists I can name.
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Great list... but in my personal opinion Gilmour should have been at the very top =P
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oh I started from least to greatest. not to say those aren't all great players, but they are the lowest in that list.
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Peter Frampton, Slash, Jimi

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Jimmy Hendricks

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Flee from Red Hot Chili Pepers

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jimi or jimmy...

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Interesting answers, but who is the best acoustic rock guitarist?

For that matter, shouldn't a skilled guitarist be adept at any style?

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Best Acoustic is a whole other category. Listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipweRXwPFiQ Roy Clark.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhiKgeJV3k0 Opps, here he is on an acoustic.
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Tommy Emanuel, Sungha Jung
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Jimi Hendrix :)

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Jimi said Phil Keaggy

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Steve Vai OFC xD their are many other greats, but Stevie just takes the cake.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IrWyZ0KZuk&feature=plcp

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Alex Lifeson (RUSH)

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Jimmy Page. His blues solos transcend music.

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Santana -- No Doubt!----Ted Nugent not far behind

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even though short lived, Hendrix of course

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Not one person mentions Roy Buchanan!!!!!!
GOD help us all !!!!

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jimi hendrix

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bespoke suit.......http://www.henryherbert.com/

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"Greatest" means different things to different people. To me, versatility--not being just one style--means a lot. So, to me, Clapton is the answer. Uniqueness? It's got to be Jeff Beck. The "Wow!" factor? It's got to be Stevie Ray.

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Craig Goldy

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The best- all-time great witness of Craig Goldy with Jeff Fenholt is the TBN Showing of song called; Mountains of The Holy!
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Jimi Hendrix in my opinion but it depends on each others taste in music. There is no definitive answer to an opinion type question.

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Influentially speaking Jimi Hendrix. Technically, speaking Shawn Lane (RIP) or Jason Becker who's virtuosity is unmatched despite their lack of fame in comparison to many of the guitarists you've already mentioned.

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eric clapton

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That can't be answered really because "all time" isn't defined until the world as we know it ends. That being said, the current modern day is Justin Derrico and if you don't know who he is, sorry for your luck. Just kidding-he is P!NK's touring guitarist.

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Probably Jimi Hendrix. I'm not into his type of music, as a classically trained musician --- but from what I've read, he was the best. JIM

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Carlos Santana

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slash

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Robert Fripp, from King Crimson. Listen and be amazed.

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Don't listen to these crazy people! I have proof! It's David Gilmour, of the band Pink Floyd. Look up Comfortably Numb guitar solo live pulse. If you enjoy the guitar any at all, you need to hear this. It's a requirement to true humanity =P And before any of you ask, no I'm not a stoner, and I really don't listen to that much Pink Floyd. Only the guitar solos. ;)

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Hendrix and Stevie Ray are tied in my all timer's book. Amongst the living, Eric Clapton for sure.

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Dimebag!!!!!!

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Stevie Ray Vaughn

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