Out of all the 60's guitarists, I think Jeff Beck came out of the fiery wreckage the best (if you compare him to the likes of Page, Clapton, et al). Jeff has a style that is decidedly of his own. I don't think it's just the fact that he chose to cast aside the pick, but that's the tip of the iceberg. His phrasing is out there, and it's the fact that he's always on the edge of becoming completely dissonant that makes it interesting to me. But he always manages to pull it back and make sense out of complete chaos.
I just wish he'd get a new haircut.
Jeff Beck - Brush with the Blues