I know this has been done before, but looking back I've noticed a few opinions on people like Hendrix have changed quite dramatically, including my own. John Frusciante, to me he's the evolved product of Hendrix and Gilmour. His solo stuff confused, pretencious nonsense, littered with sounds I just can't get over. Live he's second to none. I love his simple melodic/funk/rock approaches. Eric Clapton, probably my biggest influence. I'll even hunt down the licks in his wedding singer days. Everything before '94 I own and continually play/masterbate over. Buddy Guy, horribly overlooked in the grand sceme of things. His slow blues are amazing to me. BB King can daze you with a single note, but Guy can suffocate you with 4 more. Plus I actually like his voice. Jimi Hendrix, used to hate him. Now the more I listen to him, the more I fall in love. From his overdriven rock to his racey blues, I just can't get enough. Jose Gonzalez, my acoustic mention. 'Veneer' hugely influnced how I went about finger picking. Van Halen, the band only has one great album imo. As a guitarist he's glorious. Jimmy Page, took me a while to get into Zepp but he seems to make something so repetitive, so simple sound so dynamic. Plus, whilst in Claptons case I hate it, I like Pages transparant influence by Robert Johnson. BB King, I don't rate him as highly as most. I actually think he's best work is with other guitarists like Hendrix, Gary Moore and Mayall's lot. Robert Johnson, I'm not huge on the simple 12 bar delta type stuff, but I love that whine he has both in his playing and voice. Steve Cropper, got into him through Otis Redding. I think he has that 'one note wonder' alot of people credit King with. With King I find it a bit boring TBH, mainly because I can't stand his voice and shitty back track he'll often use. With Cropper his ringing works so well with who ever is singing. Simple and effective and he doesn't need much more than his own guitar.