Of course it should.Every guitarist has their own unique style of playing.That doesn't mean they are not good or they are worse than others.They just play different.Some like Jimi Hendrix,some like Santana,some like Randy Rhoads...Now,Hendrix is always going to be an amazing guitarist,and i admire his style,but he shares first class with many others.
Maybe Vai was confusing Hendrix with Elmore James? Electric guitarists were quite popular before Hendrix arrived on the scene (B.B. King, Chuck Berry) and that wasn't going to be reversed without Hendrix. Yes, he influenced many young guitarists....but they would have found a different role model & would still be playing predominantly electric guitars.
Indeed I'm a huge Jimmy fan,,, and so I'd be willing to go, as far as to say, he is the best left handed guitarist ever,,,, However,,, as for w/o that designation,,, well there just way too many 'axe workers' to annoint any 1 as d 'best'. For sheer speed w/ excellent accuracy,, that would be Alvin Lee;,,,, for best 'phrasing',,, Larry Coryell, BB King,,, Carlos,,, and 3-5 others easily qualify. Then you gots Frank,,, Zappa,,, no doubt he's 1 of my top 10 ,, I ever worked with.<br />
Head deep,,, USA south,,, and ya gots to run into Dwuane Allman,,, Steve Miller,,,and again at least 2 or 3 others. <br />
Cross the pond,,, forgetaboutit,,,, Steve Winwood,,, Clapton,,, Townsend,, Richards,,, Mcquinn,,, <br />
anyway,,, debate who be #1,, near endless :)
My favourite is Jimmy Page, but I still think Hendrix is the best. He was a ground breaker. Yes guitar has become very technical now, but it was the early pla<x>yers that lead to this style. There are so many guitarists that have added to the overall "bag of tricks," Eddies tapping, Phil Collen and his dives, the so many unique improv styles from Page and Young. I think Hendrix is the best, but I don't like to compare guitarists, most are amazing, and unique in their own ways!
It should still be up for debate....I'd put a few people ahead of Hendrix, as I think that longevity with consistency counts. It isn't just who had the most raw talent, but what they did with that talent over a period of time.<br />
A ba<x>seball parallel....Darryl Strawberry got to 200 home runs & 200 stolen ba<x>ses faster than anyone else in ba<x>seball history, but he won't even get into the Hall of Fame because he didn't remain consistently good over a long time....yet others with less raw talent have & will get into the Hall.<br />
Hendrix had incredible raw talent....but not the sustained career of a Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, etc. (or some who have been good even longer, like B.B. King, Chuck Berry or Buddy Guy). I think that Hendrix deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I'd rate some others ahead of him as far as the title of "best guitarist".
blasphemy. angus young or santana
I was just messin' with ya...and I'm highly surprised you even know who he is!
He ain't bad! (Pickin' and a grinnin'!)
Roy Clark could play anything well very well. It got to the point on Hee Haw where they almost seemed like they were trying to stump him.
I thought he was talented...is he still living?