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When many people think of classic rock and rock in general, they think of the catchy guitar rifts, lightning fast guitar solos, and amazing lead guitars. Because of this, rhythm guitar are given less emphasis and rarely get the spot light.
Rhythm guitarists are often placed in the background with the lead guitarists and vocalists in the forefront getting all the recognition. Because of this, some view being called a rhythm guitarist as, almost an insult. They think that being a rhythm guitarist just means you are not good enough to play lead guitar.
Is this true? Does being a rhythm guitarist mean that you are not good enough to play lead?