A good friend of mine was Jimmys guitar tech for about a year. I got a chance to meet him, noodle on a couple of his guitars, and sit in on a sound check at the Omni by chance. He was a hero of mine, but oddly enough ruined my concert going experience as a kid, I found out that all of the walls of speakers were fake. He was playing large venues from a Vox AC30
My opinion as far as “best guitarist” is a question. Best at what? Yes, Jimmy Page is an accomplished musician, and is by far the “best” at playing Jimmy Page and Zeppelin music, Just as Eddie Van Halen is the “best” at playing his music. For me, it’s the creativity of an Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore, and Mr. Van Halen that is my personal faves. Souped up hot rod melodic and LOUD!
Not a single mention of Eddie Van Halen who happens to be 64 today. He's always been one of my favorites. If I had to only listen to one person play guitar who's living it would probably be Steve Morse