I don't see this happening as a poll - at least not yet. It will likely end up just being a list that folks post to. But I was looking at that "How can anyone NOT like Al DiMeola?" thread. It got me thinking: who is a player that *most* folks would acknowledge, even if they aren't big fans themselves, that this player is a "guitarist's guitarist." Nothing to do with songwriting or commercial success - this is about playing and who we guitarists look to. Of players still alive, I guess I would suggest Jeff Beck. When threads get started about him, I don't feel like I see nearly as many attempts to threadsh!t and point out something wrong. Even TGP's official thread-starter topic, Eddie Van Halen, gets more folks griping about something or another than it feels like Beck does. What do you think? In terms of younger guitarists, I would suggest Julian Lage. Guthrie Govan comes to mind, too, but Lage is so diverse and excels so far in so many genres.