The title cut me short, my question is why is there no North American guitarists who can compare with European guitarists in this genre? The answer of tradition is moot, Diknu Schneeberger is German, Olli Soikkeli is Finnish, user @rimm
has consistently posted an amateur better than any US player I've seen, Fintan Gilligan from Ireland, Gonzalo is from Argentina, Stu Blagden from the UK. All of these are superb players and I haven't touched France yet. Paul Mehling is one of my favourites, but he is not in the above category.
I'm not making a statement, but posing the question, why can't North America produce the talent of other countries in this genre? (please don't say tradition, it's an invalid argument)