Well, we're not taking you seriously. That's gotta count for something. Edward is many things, all at once. A serious musician in a less-than-serious band. A socially awkward guy whose evening job involves tens of thousands of eyeballs watching his every move. A borrower and modifier who happened to also make a bunch of stuff up from scratch and change course of rock guitar. By most accounts Ed is the second most influential rock guitar player of all time. If that's being a hack, I'd take a life of hackery. Not everyone has to agree on his level of influence -and I agree it has limits both over time and across genres. But your constant, repetitive selective nit-picking of the components of his style is just odd. What are you hoping to achieve? We've read the same stuff you have, heard the boots. Are we all going to finally understand just how miniscule Ed's contribution to the guitar really was, despite all evidence to the contrary? To be fair, it is more difficult for me to believe Edward is a hack than most. That has to do with seeing him play the piano for his own enjoyment in a hotel bar in '98. If people think he's good on guitar, they should hear what he does in his spare time. I wish I had a smartphone back then. Of course, there'd be some especially consistent soul on a piano forum picking it apart with justs, onlys and slightlys, to the tune of 30 plus near-identical posts over a six month period... BTW: punctuation will make your posts appear a little less 'special'.