I like to think that there are three types of guitarist in this world; this also applies to any other musical instrument however it's easier for me to convey myself in a way that is familiar.
The first type, the "Scholar" or "Disciplined" guitarist are the ones you see performing all these crazy licks and double tapping at insane speeds, they just naturally "get" the instrument. These type of musicians can sit down and learn a song in a good amount of time be it either by tab or ear. The problem I find with these musicians is that they don't seem to be very "creative" in a sense; sure they can play through a whole Metallica and Steve Vai album however I've found that they have a hard time creating music of their own. I'm not assuming either, I have sat down with other guitarist who want to jam and they seem to be very reluctant to try anything that doesn't have to do with set theory rules or outside of their musical genre. This isn't bad though, say if a leader of a band writes out a whole song that they want their guitarist to learn, these types of musicians are perfect for such a role. They can efficiently and quickly learn every little detail of the song with ease.
Now for the second type, I'd like to think of these as the more "creative" but "reckless" or as some would say "lazier" guitarists compared to their counterparts. When I think of this type of musician I like to relate them to people like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Dave Grohl, Buddy Guy, and Buddy Holly. These musicians always have the same recurring theme within their music. Sure, they can't shred a lick at 300+ bpm however they always have the same if not similar story; they started playing guitar to have something to do, as a source of comfort and relaxation. Kurt Cobain was an insanely sloppy guitarist compared to the great shredders of today yet his music was comparatively much more influential. Buddy Holly's music in his early youth is very simplistic compared to the complex technical styles of today. Yet again, he was very influential in his prime. However these guitarist did and do lack the discipline to create insanely complex musical feats.
The third type is more or less when the first two types are combined together in this form of musical perfection. Musicians like Buckethead, Beck (reasoning for adding Beck to this list is due to the fact he is an amazing composer of many types of music and is a multi-instrumentalist, I know I'll get shit for saying that but it's my opinion), Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani. The reason the list is so short is because these types of guitarists are the rarest to come across. They combine the creativity and discipline in such a way it that it creates a whole new sound that was previously unheard of. Buckethead and Paul Gilbert both have a whole different mindset when it comes to guitar due to the fact that they use very strange and new techniques that produce sounds that you can only hear them play in their music. Beck in my opinion is the modern-day Bach or Mozart. He composes interesting and ingenuity-filled pieces of art. However with beck he seemed to be the 2nd type of musician with his earliest albums but with his newest albums you can sense the careful thought put into every note.