When you wade into debates pitting The Beatles against The Rolling Stones, the first order of business isn’t usually the guitar players. Though both Keith Richards and George Harrison rank among the best on their instrument, they worked perfectly within the confines of their respective bands.
In other words, you didn’t listen to The Beatles just to hear George play guitar, and the same went for Richards and the Stones. But it’s hard to imagine either band without these essential players on lead guitar.
Looking back on the work of George in The Beatles (and beyond), Richards spoke of how George’s style differed from that of guitar gods like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Richards loved George’s understated, exacting approach most of all.