The Jeff beck thread has provoked this. I'll leave a set blank for copy/ paste. I AM forgetting people, so I'll update it as I go. This is basically for shits and giggles and to see where everyone stands. I set it up for yes/no, but MG being MG elaborated hyperbolic responses are always welcome.
Old school :
Paul Gilbert: die in a fire pretentious cock
Andy Timmons: fuck yes
Eric Johnson: yep
Clapton: Zzz... Zzz pentatonic run Zzz...
Abasi: was skeptical, but yes
Aaron Marshall: yep
Angel Vivaldi: <3
Guthrie Govan: absofuckinglutely
Marco Sfogli: see above
Old school :
Again, many missing, just an off the top of my head thing.
Fuck Paul Gilbert.
Forgot MacAlpine, Moore, Becker, all of whom get thumbs up in my book.
I don't think Wylde is what I'd call a 'virtuoso' considering I've never heard him doing anything besides pentatonic "shredding," but I also haven't checked out Book of Shadows so maybe it's all hidden on there. Same could be said for Slash and EVH. They can certainly play lead stuff and I enjoy their work, but when I think virtuoso, I think of someone trying to make it as their own name and not as part of a band. (edit: I realize Eddie played for a band with his last name, but you know what I mean )
That being said, the only ones on there I don't care for are Abasi and Clapton, and I haven't heard enough of Gamble and Lynch to have an opinion. No clue who Aaron Marshall is so I'd be neutral there.