Greatest rock guitarist? Only Jimi Hendrix.....tho there are a lot of other great guitarist all the ones listed above and below.. No other guitarist is a greater rock guitarist than Jimi...btw nobody mentioned SRV..
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Alvin Lee? Lee played in the band called Ten Years After...he was the band leader, vocalist and lead guitarist..
Ten Years After often played the old Boston Tea Party .
Anyway...Lee was the quickest there was...and he rocked the house every time he was there! ....BTW...at that time, a little known troop called the Jay Giles Blues Band was the "house band" there almost every night...! It cost peanuts to get in.. and there were never more than a couple of hundred people in the place!.
I saw all the greats from that era play there back in the late sixties...Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck...the Allman Brothers featuring both Duane Allman and Dickie Betts....Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page....The great Johnny Winter....Cream featuring Eric Clapton....the Gratefull Dead' - Jerry Garcia....Ohh so many!....it's just not fair to pick one...
I caught Jimi Hendrix at the theatre in the round that they called The Carousel in Framingham MA...He was unbelievable too! ....And lets not forget Barry Melton, the lead guitarist for the band Country Joe And The Fish!... He used dart all over the stage and he surely had the longest guitar cord in the business!
Lindsey Buckingham, Thurston Moore, Alex Lifeson, Steve Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Roger McGuinn, Peter Buck, Paul Simon, Dimebag Darrell, Dave Davies, Tom Verlain, Bonnie Raitt, Carl Perkins, James Hetfield, J Mascis, Andy Summers, Joe Perry, Eddie Hazel, Nels Cline, Lou Reed, Buddy Holly, Mike Campbell, John Fahey, Willie Nelson, Robby Krieger, Johnny Mitchel, Dick Dale, Kurt Cobain, John Frusciante, Robert Johnson, Jack White, Richard Thompson, John McLaughlin, T-Bone Walker, Leslie West, Slash, Duanne Eddie, Johnny WInter, Robert Fripp,Ted Nugent, Dickey Betts, John Asheton, Robbie Robertson, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Albert Collins, John Lennon, Joe Walsh, Otis Rush, Clarence White, Johnny Marr, Ritchie Blackmore, Muddy Waters, Johnny Greenwood, and...
"Greatest" means different things to different people. To me, versatility--not being just one style--means a lot. So, to me, Clapton is the answer. Uniqueness? It's got to be Jeff Beck. The "Wow!" factor? It's got to be Stevie Ray.
Influentially speaking Jimi Hendrix. Technically, speaking Shawn Lane (RIP) or Jason Becker who's virtuosity is unmatched despite their lack of fame in comparison to many of the guitarists you've already mentioned.
That can't be answered really because "all time" isn't defined until the world as we know it ends. That being said, the current modern day is Justin Derrico and if you don't know who he is, sorry for your luck. Just kidding-he is P!NK's touring guitarist.
Don't listen to these crazy people! I have proof! It's David Gilmour, of the band Pink Floyd. Look up Comfortably Numb guitar solo live pulse. If you enjoy the guitar any at all, you need to hear this. It's a requirement to true humanity =P And before any of you ask, no I'm not a stoner, and I really don't listen to that much Pink Floyd. Only the guitar solos. ;)