I got to meet him when my old band opened for Jerry Lee Lewis and the nice guy label definitely applies . He even showed me a prototype Tele that Fender was working on for himI was watching a Shreveport news broadcast earlier today. Mr Burton is not doing well; he's recovering from a hip surgery as RodeoTex mentioned, on top of the kidney issues and if I remember correctly the reporter stated his condition is serious.
Prayers ongoing...he's a legend with an almost unfathomable body of guitar work. Also reputed to be a pretty nice guy.
My biggest guitar hero as well, though I've never had the pleasure of meeting him.He's having surgery in Nashville on Monday...my biggest guitar hero (and one of the absolute nicest guys I've ever hung with), so I'll be sayin' a few extra prayers this week!!!