As mentioned above, these cover solos are basically pointless endeavors in the big picture these days. They’re basically the guitar version of defeating the big boss in a video game. So you can play Tornado of Souls note for note. Great. So can a million other guitarists. Maybe they’re not all...
I picked Ted Nugent as a “not popular” guitarist more for the fact that he is literally not popular to a lot of people for his political views and persona. Just a little twist on the concept. He’s always been a badass guitarist IMO.
what exactly did Prince do that pushed musical boundaries? He had his own style, but everything was based on something previous. His guitar playing and antics were heavily influenced by Hendrix, if you really think about it. Even his use of the color purple.
I‘ve owned the pink HSS, the blue HH, the gold SSS and the natural ash Tele body Style 2. I still have the HH and Tele. They seem to vary out of the box. The gold and Tele were pretty good, but the pink and blue needed work. I found most of the issue was at the saddles.
I had two fantastic 2016 535s, traded them away last year in one of my usual G.A.S. induced fits of boredom. I actually traded a couple of Gibsons in to get them, including a ‘74 ES-355 and dot neck ES-335 reissue. The Heritages were just nicer instruments in almost every way.