Brad Paisley is one of the best players out there in any genre. He can do it all and is highly highly respected in the guitar community. Eric Clapton doesn't have you play at his Cross Roads festival every year if you aren't a serious player. Fender built him his own line of signature series Telecasters. Wampler Effects built him his own line of signature series Overdrive Pedals called the Wampler Paisley Drive. Those things don't happen unless you are a very serious player.