Here's a quote from a recent Jeff Beck interview
(The full article can be read at his website)
"You don’t ever hear stories about amazing guitar players any more, because most records don’t have them. Coldplay, they were doing three-note, catchy hooks – fantastic, but it’s not Cream number two or Jimi Hendrix number two. I think we probably have to say goodbye to that."
Is he right? Do you know of any counterexamples?
From the top of my head only the guy from the White Stripes, Jack White, comes to mind. But more because of his participation in the movie "it might get loud" than his music.
And then there is the other guy which seems to be a persona non grata around here (see the thread about guitarist you don't dig) http://truefire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5658)
There must be more?!