I'm having an internal dilemma.
You all (should) know about my Guitarists Better Than Hendrix and understand the metrics that I'm using for this title and acclaim.
I have included some guitarists not really known for a bitchin' solo. But, the rest of the what they do is pretty much entirely just a big bitchin' solo. Paco and Holy Balls fall into that category, for example. Les Paul might fall into the category (but he did do some bitchin' solos) and even Ol' Django wasn't really known for what we'd call a traditional solo.
But - all those folks really forwarded the art and helped bring guitar to the center.
My next choice really is just a fantastic guitarists, but you'd never know about it because he's too busy singing over it and you hardly ever get to hear how awesome his guitar playing is. He somehow manages to be both awesome and not even the slightest bit inspiring.
I'm also heavily biased about his guitar playing. (I'd disclose that. I'm very pro-biased.)
So, my question is - and I really don't know - if they are a fantastic guitarist and nobody would even notice, are they really a valid choice for inclusion on my list? What do you think?
As you know, I don't disclose who the next artist is. So, I'm not gonna reveal it - unless I decide he's not to go on the list. By every metric, he belongs there - but he was pretty much the most bland guitarist on the planet. He's done nothing less than spectacular work, but he won't shut the fuck up long enough to let you listen to it.