I got into a debate with some friends the other day and we really struggled with who is or was the greatest rock guitartist? Some said Jimi Hendrix, others said Duane Allman. Jimmy Page, Santana, Eddie Van Halen...who is the best of all time? This needs to be resolved. Thanks for your input.
Better to ask... who do great guitarists worship? Guys like Frampton, Satriani, Stevie, Clapton... who is THEIR hero?
I'm quite certain that if you polled the best of the best, the overwhelming majority would put Mr. Buddy Guy at or near the top.
If you ever get the chance to see Buddy Guy play --and he only places one weekend a year at his Buddy Guy's Legends here in Chicago(end of Janurary) -- you'll see many guitar greats paying homage in the audience and hanging on every last note.
Was -- Jimi and SRV... the SRV version of Jimi's "Little Wing" has got to be one of the best guitar recordings of all time.
Nowadays its hard to say. I am surprised no one mentioned Joe Satriani. I have also recently heard of these guys named DragonForce. Now I do not like there overall sound, but man those guitarists are insanely fast and technical.