GEORGE BARNES--A killer guitar player whose playing had a lot of personality. He played on thousands of recording sessions in a wide range of styles. If you can find it, pick up a copy of Dean Hightower's "Twangy With A Beat"--it's a great rock 'n' roll record George made under the guise of Dean Hightower.
Here he is in a swingin' setting:
LES PAUL--A tinkerer, inventor, and marvelous guitarist. Most kids today think the Les Paul is a guitar and have no idea about the man and how great he was.
Here he is demonstrating his recording technique:
BB KING--The blues boy from Memphis, Tennessee. He's one of the most influential blues guitarists of all-time.
Here he is swingin' hard on this one:
CHET ATKINS--Long before he became a "certified guitar player", Chet was knockin' 'em dead with his melodic prowess.
Witness him layin' it down on "Mister Sandman":
BUDDY GUY--Another player who played with wild abandon, this guy can get to your soul with his ice pick tone!
Here he is--murdering his guitar in this clip:
And there you have it--15 guitar players who do not suck. This is by no means a complete list. These are the guitarists that come to mind when I think "who do I wish I could play like?".