Eric Clapton- The thing about Eric is that he could always play these riffs as fill in. They come at just the right time, not always brillant in the sense that every riff was a masterpiece of its own. He is economical and this adds to the timing feel. As was once said of him in a report, "He could stand there all night playing these riffs and they just sounded right." Jeff Beck Gary Moore- A more recent player. His soulful tune, Still Got The Blues just calls to something inside me. Jimi Hendrix- Jimi made something with what every other musician at the time tried desperately to avoid. Feedback. He uses this to marvelous effect in Star Spangled Banner. Dire Straits- For the life of me, I can not think at present of the lead guitarist for the band. Sultans Of Swing and Switch Blade Knife were unique at the time the first album came out. It earned the group the title of Best New Talent with good reason. Truely, it is very difficult to compare different styles. Even the listener has his opinion of what is right or what is talent. A few times Chet Akins has been mentioned. Chet is a country and western picker. Chet won a lot of awards in his time, including have the best timing for notes. All of these players and many others deserve mention. The styles have a lot to do with how effective each is and not many can cross styles and be truely effective in another's domain.