I'm probably going to get shot down in flames for this, but I've never listened to EVH, Zappa or Page (knowingly there's probably been some pop hit on the radio that I've heard that I don't actually know of). and it's only really talking to older guitarists that you hear mention of them. It's only in the last year I've even gotten into a bit of shred with Gilbert and Malmsteen. If you ask me about solo guitar heroes and influences, stuff that I've actually tried learning, I'd say Loomis, Merrow and Broderick. All that in mind though, when I say "Nobody plays guitar anymore". I'm thinking of everything - classical, blues, jazz, metal, 100-adjective-edm, whatever. It just seems like there isn't the desire to learn the instrument anymore and I don't know if that's a result of teaching styles not being up-to-date with modern music and people getting bored/frustrated or there's just not as much interest anymore.