Well put deepsludge! And there are also so many different musical genres to choose from. It would be futile to try to pick one guitarist and label him THE PLAYER. For example, if you’re into classical music, I don’t think J would be a natural #1(could be wrong though.)
I remember MOJO Magazine made a ranking of guitarists -top 100 or something, in 97 i belive. J came in at #27th if my memory serves me right. Some classical guitar player came first, don’t remember his name though.