I was listening to my local classic rock station this morning. (Which is playing the same stuff that they played 40 years ago when I was in high school.) The host was talking about Jimi Hendrix, saying how he's the most influential guitarist ever. Furthermore, he continued, there have been no major innovations in guitar playing since he died almost 50 years ago. I have more problems with the second statement than the first. I think the obvious guitarist who had a major impact since Hendrix died is EVH. Not only did he introduce tapping (maybe ripping it off from Jimmie Webster and others) but he opened the door to the idea of the guitarist as a virtuoso, in the same sense as a classical violinist like Paganini. Many guitarists have made good livings mining EVH style playing, not just the shredders in the 80s, but many since. What do you think?