Knopfler vs. Taylor
Just my 2 cents,
Knopflers solo on Brothers in Arm is one of my all time fav's his tone playing w/o a pick is beautiful and in some instances more melodic then Taylor's fat tone playing w/o a pick. Knopfler's technique playing w/o a pick is more defined then MT's just because he has been playing w/o a pick for a longer time. Yes Taylor does more double stops and more hammers and uses more sustain but I think Knopflers tone is beautiful and I never get turned off my his tone. Whereas there are times I wished Taylor used a pick over the last 18 years.
BTW on Sultans Knopfler put in some many different guitar parts that you could make an entire record like Page did on Stairway.
I just don't get it his playing his beautiful and he has great technique.