Last night we had a sub guitarist in a "variety dance/wedding band" I play with. He's a seasoned pro with a big named act and needless to say his playing was exceptional, but his rhythm work was just head and shoulders above the the regular guitarist's offerings...not that they're shabby by any means. It's rare these days that I get to work with a guitarist that provides tasty harmonic textures while totally contributing to the groove in a positive way. Rhythm guitar playing used to be a specialty field, and I suppose it still is if you're lucky enough to be in a large enough band that can feature more than one guitarist in different roles. In my world this isn't the case. I wish more guitarists would effort to improve in their rhythm skills, I get to play with a lot of great guitarists but it seems like the majority of their energy in terms of tone and skill are focused on lead work as opposed to the supportive role. This is more appearant with the younger players I've noticed. I don't live in Nashville or Austin, but in my neck of the woods rhythm guitar seems may becoming a lost art. So often it feels like the drummer and I are alone on a island.