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?
Dekay: So many good guitarists; this is why I went the dead guitarist-live guitarist route as you have now down. What a wild combination! George Gobel and Bob Dylan! When I read those I immediately conjured up an image of a duet music video, kind of like that Natalie Cole/Nat King Cole thing with "Unforgettable". Now we'll just have to get Bob to go for it and pick out an appropriate tune. ROFLMAO!
Duanegoosen, trouble with you again Huh? I agree. You are well deserving of a flogging. And just so you know, my wife already saw this posting today. That's when she took out her "Miracle Whip"
I have a list of guitarist that have lots in common and I want someone's PO on which one is the best from that list. Certainly the above mentioned by me Akkerman is better but still I want to hear from other people...

Here is the list:

Larry Corryel, Mike Stern, John Scofield, John Mclaughlin