Wow - I think liquid comes close in his categories - well thought out, too. I am a product of the late 60's and early 70's and have played since then as well. I still hold EC in the #1 spot. He's versatile, from his strats, to acoustic, 12-string, slide, and EVERY genre available. I have even seen him play EASTERN (Indian) music with the Mahavishnu orchestra! He does blues ( of course) rock, country ( lay down sally..) finger acoustic on the Martins, and slide on both. Few guitar players can do ALL of that well, and he does. If you were to put ALL categories, (classical, flamenco, rock, ) the list would go on forever. My other personal favorites are Dickey Betts, Billy Gibbons, SRV, Danny Gatton and Joe Perry. I was never really into the metal-heads. When you play behind that processed of a signal (effects) , you can 'hide' behind a lot of mistakes cover a lot of shortcomings on talent. I've seen Dickey Betts' rig, and he has ONE cord ( not even cordless) going to a Marshall Plexi. NO effects. When you play live, TRUE talent comes from the hands and the heart. I will give some credit to the players mentioned, but I have been harder to impress over the years, since 'synthetic' sounds have developed, especially in the studios.