Who is your overall favorite guitarist?

At 44 years of age, I personally feel fortunate to have lived in an era along with some of the finest guitarists who have ever lived. I have always had an overwhelming love of music. As I look back to my earlier years of music appreciation (I took formal piano training for 17 years) I remember how my instructor would suggest exposing myself to the many different styles and disciplines of music.

These were such valuable words of wisdom. Considering the fact that this suggestion, more or less, forced me to be more open to musicians other than those that played in strictly rock and roll bands.

Wow, was I surprised to find that I could be as entertained by Chet Atkins and Les Paul as I could be by Ritchie Blackmore or Carlos Santana. Just think about some of the finest from our time. Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Robin Trower, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson, Steve Howe, Al DiMeola, the list could seem almost endless. All such incredible musicians.

Although it's very hard to pick one person or style in particular, let's remember the key words, "overall favorite".
I would probably have to say that my overall favorite would have to be Steve Morse (from Dixie Dregs fame).

Who is your favorite?
Having to pick one is as cruel and unusual as it gets. Our friend Buscis 2 oghtta' be flogged and dunked. No offense, but some of you guys are living on velveeta and wonderbread sandwiches. I'm with you Inna, kind of thought McLaughlin would pop up sooner. Here a few guys not yet listed, who have sustained the addiction and are making it impossible to pick just one:
Sylvain Luc
Sonny Sharrock
Greg Howe
Fred Frith
Ax Genrich
Peter Wolbrandt
Terje Rypdal
Jukka Tolonen
Egberto Gismonti
Andreas Willers
David Fiuczynski
Shawn Lane
Larry Coryell
Steve Topping
Michael Karoli
John Goodsall
Marc Ribot
Marc Ducret
Nels Cline
Christy Doran
John Abercrombie
Kido Natsuki
David Torn
Raoul Bjorkenheim
Steve Tibbetts
Brian Godding
Roman Bunka
Uwe Kropinski
David Tronzo
John Etheridge
After all that, still no one has mentioned Gabby Pahinui? For the younger set, try his son Cyril, or Keola Beamer.
Hey, Duanegoosen,
Question #1: Do you see the word "overall"?
Question #2: Who is the 2nd guitarist I mention?
Question #3: What the hell do you have against Velveeta?
And about the flogging, I've discussed it with my wife and she's going to take care of it.
Ahhh, Sayas you do bring back memories. When we first moved to Calgary there were these 2 guys busking in the parks - Oscar & Manuel. Then they started playing clubs and kept getting better. Oscar went solo and he's still amazing.

To add my votes to the continuing list, I've got to go with the trend and not go with one. Currently in the heaviest rotation are:
- Al Di Meola
- Leo Kottke
- Paco De Lucia
- John McLaughlin
- Jerry Garcia
- Pepe Romero
- Django Reinhardt
- Mimi Fox

I'm listening to Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete right now while I eat a Velveeta sandwich on my favorite bread. OF COURSE IT'S WONDER! DO THEY MAKE ANY OTHER KIND?