Guthrie's most ideal guitarist was Steve?? cant imagine that somehow..
When it came to technical guitar playing, yes he was! Here's a few quotes from interviews he's had....When did you first become aware of the super technical new generation of 80’s rock guitarists?
Well, that all happened very suddenly over one summer. This will sound very strange to players of my generation, but I actually heard Steve Vai before I heard Eddie Van Halen! What really did it for me was Dave Lee Roth’s ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’ album, and I probably first took notice because I was aware of Steve Vai through his work with Frank Zappa.Who would you say are your pivotal influences?
In technique terms I could go on for days about players we both know, but the one who really made a difference and had a massive impact on me was Steve Vai – he wasn’t just displaying outrageous rock technique but utilising it whilst also really playing for the song. To hear him play on ‘Eat ‘Em and Smile’. with a different approach for every song yet always sounding unmistakeably like the same guy, that was hugely inspiring. The fact that there was a sense of humour there, and that he didn’t sound like he was trying to impress you, he was entertaining you – that seemed like evidence of a broader imagination than everyone else around was exhibiting at that time. I loved it!
I'm just curious if Steve has any kind words on Guthrie?