Favorite bands :
I like tons of different music, from classical to metal, so i really cant list tons of bands, haha. Trivium, As I lay Dying, Protest The Hero, Alexstypes youtube videos LOL (prolly 2 of my fav youtube players), etc.
Favorite guitarists :
Prolly get grilled from some people for this, but Zakk wylde is in my top 3, but i dont really have a FAVORITE....i think all the "big name" guitarists are awesome, but i think some are just better at some things then others, so its all bias as far as favorites.
Just play as a hobby with a little jam here or there. Always workin on different genres, really not great at any one of em! Been playin a few years now.