Die thread die!!!
I know that not every guitarist is going to suit every person everywhere.
Just the fact that Mr. Vai is as good as he is, is going to make some fan of
some smash metal band say he's (Mr. Vai) lousy. Some Metallica fan right now is saying that Metallicas guitarist is the best the world has ever seen and that makes all others stupid lousy guitarist. A fan based deal. No argueing! I remember a long time ago I was talking to a buddy about Jeff Beck. He was going on and on about how great Mr. Beck is. But I was, and still am, a Page fan to the bone. I wouldn't even listen to anyone who dare compare any other guitarist to my god, Mr. Page. (I was young, OK???) Since then I have learned to be open minded. I have the ability to look at any given guitarist contribution and look for the good in it.
I know the Mr. Page was a sloppy player live and all but he, like others mentioned on this thread, did things no others even thought of doing. And still haven't. Mr. Richards? Again, sloppy. But look what he's done. He, once again like many others mentioned here, has kept the masses intertained for many moons. You don't do that by being "The worst guitarist".
I love you guys!!!
So don't beat me up to bad..