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You are asking my POV on tasteful guitarists?
I assumed the Conventional Wisdom answer, which I am totally comfortable with, is Gilmour. Jeff Beck is my guy, but he is a vocalist who plays guitar and enjoys taking risks that one could argue are more in your face vs. tasteful. Gilmour always stays tasty.
Of the Bygone Greats, any list that didn’t start with Charlie Christian would have to be questioned. The whole reason he is Charlie Christian and one of the Top Three Most Influential Guitarists of the Modern Era - along with T-Bone Walker and Mother Maybelle Carter - is because of his taste and how he took a horn soloist approach to becoming the first Lead Guitarist.
If I am going to offer a personal choice, the one that comes to mind today is Peter Green on The Super-Natural. Hearing him will notes to sustain, and ever-so-gently work his vibrato to coax feedback as the note played on? That is Taste, to me.
Jeff is awesome! Very good bottleneck slide player. Here's a nice one with an allstar lineup.Pevar is a good call - he is also a real nice person. If you enjoy his playing, you would probably enjoy Steuart Smith as well . You are probably already familiar with him, but if not, he performed with Rosanne Cash and Shawn Colvin and others and he is just so very tasteful. Live he is amazing to watch -so effortless.