This has got to be one of the whiniest threads I've read in a long time. Holy crap. I can't help but throw my two cents in:
Slash is a guitar legend. Pure and simple. If you can't handle that fine.
He has the look. He has the licks. He has the record sales. Done. Slash wins.
In a time when men were dressing like woman and playing lightning fast, borderline atonal guitar solos on w@nk-tastic guitars, he manned up, strapped a mahogany log around his neck, and played more than a few classic rock riffs and licks that I personally find more soulful and rock worthy than anything EVH, Ratt, Poison, or any other of those stupid cross-dressing bands played. I understand that this is Jemsite, so a majority of people here like shred, but to argue about whether someone who wrote some of the most exciting music to come out of the garbage that was the late 80's/early 90's music scene should or should not be a legend is just silly. To say that he was just ripping some other players style off is beyond stupid, considering I don't think there's a person here that hasn't borrowed many of their playing styles from other players.
I really can't see the point in calling his style out as far as the top hat goes. Music is about the sound, but the music industry is about the look as well. Where would bands like KISS, Alice Cooper, and David Bowie be without their gimmicks?
If you don't personally like his playing or music, that's fine. But if you have to argue about whether of not he's a legend, then I think you've completely missed something. It's really obvious. Right place, right time, right style, right look. That's how legends are made.
That ends my little diatribe. Flame on!