I really have too many amazing guitarists I consider "my hero's". Joe Satriani, Angus Young, Keith Richards, George Harrison, Randy Rhoads.. but I guess the one that started it all for me was Kirk Hammett. My Uncle is a huge Metallica fan and growing up I had a lot of exposure to Metallica and furthermore, Hammett. Alot of people mock him and his skills(a good % of those being bitter Mustaine fans), and that's fine, to each his own. But the man is an excellent musician and a very skilled guitarist.