I LOVE questions like this, because they're so loaded and so open-ended. I have several faves for different reasons. Acoustic, I like Steve Howe. He tears it up! I think Steve Morse is technically one of the best players to have ever lived, and I have seen him live, both with the Dixie Dregs and with his own band and he can play anything well. Hell, he was asked to be the guitarist in Deep Purple and Kansas! He can even play acoustic masterpieces. Eric Johnson has an incredible talent, and when I saw him, it made me want to put away the instrument. Of course, he doesn't really do it for me and I don't listen to his stuff, but I still respect him. Same goes for Holdsworth, DiMeola, Vai and the rest of the shredders. I can appreciate it, but it doesn't MOVE me. Those who do MOVE me are: Santana, Clapton, Alvin Lee, Dickie Betts and Warren Haynes. Derek will be one of the best slide players, but right now I much prefer Roy Rogers and Robert Randolph. Just my opinion!
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