This is a fun discussion, please, for the sake of music, don't turn this into a THIS GUY IS BETTER THAN THIS GUY thread. My favorite guitar player? Duane Allman Reason? Ever since Duane picked up a guitar during his adolescence, it has been said he ate, breathed, and slept guitar. Literally, slept. Band members stated in his biography "Skydog" that Duane often fell asleep with his guitar around his neck, woke up in the morning, hit the head, made some coffee, and chatted with other people, all while strumming his six string. This was a man completely dedicated and in love with his line of work, and he would have never wanted it any differently. The other lead guitar player of the band, Dickey Betts, was once asked by Rolling Stone "what is the most REAL part of being up on stage?" To which Dickey replied "this one time, when Duane took off on his solo for Blue Sky, I thought to myself, no one should be that good." By the time Duane died, in my opinion might I say, Duane and Dickey completely fed off eachother's energy. They were both on the same wavelength, exchanging solos and just creating masterpieces. Tragically, Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, as well as bassist Berry Oakley almost a year later near the same intersection. Imagine what the guitar world could of been like today if Duane was still alive. He accomplished so much by the age of 24. I've personally listened to every one of the Allman Brothers' songs, live and studio, and have come to the conclusion that 'Blue Sky' is my favorite song -- of all time. There are only a 3 live recordings of Duane playing his famous lick from Blue Sky, but this recording (The Allman Brothers Band Live @ S.U.N.Y at STONYBROOK College in NYstate) is by far the best recording of the song live. Case and point: Blue Sky (Duanes Solo only, the full song can also be found on youtube, duane takes the first solo): [ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSDf2Usd8[/ame] Statesboro Blues Live at the Filmore East (another amazing performance by Duane): [ame]www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGDdK5L2S[/ame] And yes, I typed all of that. Music is a really big part of my life, and writing all of that was nothing short of a pleasure and privilege. tl;dr Discuss your favorite guitar players and why, but don't argue who is the best, because there IS NO BEST!