No mention of Neal Schon on this list?
Come on people. When this guy was 16 he had offers to play with Clapton and Santana, and is regarded as one of the greatest by his contemporaries. People may dismiss his work with Journey as the band was often criticized as being too conventional (though many forget that their first three albums were very guitar indulgent) But his solo efforts--most of them entirely instrumental--reveal an artist who is second to none at expressing passion through their playing. You really hear, and feel the love, and even the pauses between notes are practically notes in themselves. No other player I have ever heard has a style so melodic, that so closely mimics the human voice. And while he has never tried to impress people with flash and burn speed, anyone with any knowledge of his work will tell you that he can easily match ANY player in that regard.
I would have to say though, that his best work is on Beyond the Thunder, and Electric World. Judging from what I've seen on this thread however, most of those posting would probably be more into Pirahna Blues, or Journey's first three albums.