There are so many great players out there. We're all standing on the shoulders of giants, for sure. If I could, I'd cop from all of them. Brad Paisley's feral twang-slurs. Wes's smoove groove. Dickie's modern-Bach blues phrasing. Allan's poignant legato dementia. Elliot's perfectly compact eight bar takes. Derek's worldly, lionhearted slide voice. So, with a gun to the head, no way out of it, deal-with-my-childish-question-or-ya-get-it-see?, whose musical DNA would you cop if you could only pick one (mainly electric) guitar player's musical essence? I can tell you it's a tough one for me. I could add a bunch to that list--been wicked into Mike Seal lately--whew. That gets me close. But I have to say, at least today, it's Jimmy Herring. Why? This is not to say I would necessarily have his exact sound/tone (not sure I've ever understood the distinction--and don't bother explaining), or even that I'd take quite the same compositional or genre tracks. But "gene" features? his phrasing says something almost all of the time, even over extended time his phrasing combines superior technique and some shred-ness with real beauty and soul he is at once challengingly complex and eminently listenable. Such is not always the case with some of the greats. . . . He can play in any genre, own it, master it, communicate it, and do whatever he wants within each. I am confident he himself would wince at that, but that's how I hear it. Timing! Distinctive. And yet. . . Musical character acting . . .while still sounding like himself! Always love that cello/violin thing Assimilation of genre and harmonic content from all my fave genres I like that he seems like a really good dude. Is he the greatest? The best? I have no idea. And I doubt there's a there, there. That's not the question. You?