Why do people feel the need to rank guitarist? I admit I look at the various top guitarist list and have been turned on to several guitarist I was previously unfamiliar with, but why do they have to be put into a specific numeric order? Why not just a list of great guitarist in no particular order. Hendrix may be number one in the minds of rock guitarist of a particular age, but to a classical player he may not even make the top twenty. Eddie Van Halen tops some list, but would a jazz guitarist ever think to put him above the likes of Wes Montgomery? There really is no answer to who is the best guitarist in my opinion, they come in too many flavors. Even when guitarist are broken down into specific genres I still think it is pointless to try and rank them. I feel that when we put numeric ranks on musicians, as well as any other type of artist, we are somehow trying to judge a person’s soul. Who are we to do that?