Who is the absolute best guitar player you've ever seen play live?

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    Tough one... ..maybe Brian Setzer and honorable mention to Warren Haynes?
     
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    The best guitarist I ever heard play live was an anonymous musician passing through town who joined in at the local pub for acoustic jam night. He was playing a borrowed acoustic guitar and he was all over the fretboard and employed percussive effects reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel. As soon as he started playing almost everyone in the bar started talking to the person beside them (electrified atmosphere) which reminded me why I have no desire to become a professional musician (audiences can be insensitive). I later learned from this musician that he never had a recording released and that he had been playing for about 40 years. After it was all over he disappeared into the night; just another one of hundreds of unsung heros of the guitar.
     
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    ...The "best..."?, Roy Buchanan in 1965 playing the Willie Mitchell classic 20/75...I saw grown people stand up and scream, true story.
     
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    Probably either Buddy Guy, Steve Howe, or Ritchie Blackmore.
     
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    JM is one of the best guitarists I ever walked out on!
    Along with Paco DeLucia, and Al DiMeola.
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    Uh, were you sitting down during the performance?
     
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    I've read back through this stuff, I'm going to see Tommy Emmanuel in July, and he could move up a notch, but I've decided since I first posted on this thread that Glenn Campbell is the best I ever saw live. I've seen a lot of pickers in my time, but when I first saw Glenn on stage, he hadn't yet become the star he would be, he was still playing for a living and for the love of it. He was so much better than anyone I'd ever seen before there was just no comparison. This was in the mid 60s. He kind of got bored with the music after a while, you could tell that if you'd seen him play when he still had the zeal. He went on to bigger and better things monetarily, but at that particular point in time it was hard to tell where Glenn left off, and the guitar began, they existed as a single entity.
     
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