I wanted to post a similar question but gave up as I didn't want to make blasphemous remarks
so I find the thread very interesting.
I have a few CDs with Segovia's recordings and there's another thing that the technology of those days and recording techniques (I mean 30s and 40s) didn't do Segovia's justice. That's the reason I'm spoilt by clear sound of todays recordings
Another thing is that although Segovia laid down the foundations, people who followed him didn't stop at that point but moved on. And in consequence, it is possible that many modern guitarists are at least as good as the Grat Master.
By the way, why did you say that other musicians like violin players or cello players look down on guitarist? I think that if there are some who do so, they must be the ones who are narrow-minded. Great Paganini appriciated the guitar ( I've read, not sure if it's true though, that all in all he composed more for the guitar), Chopin appreciated the guitar so why sholud some run-of the-mill musicians bash the guitar music?
And besides, Is it a sport competition or rivarly between army services?
You know what I mean "We are the best as we are the Marine Corps! No the fighter pilots are the elite! B.........t! Only tank drivers and the artillery!" And they get black eyes and blooded noses after a few beers.
That's music so we can enjoy the violin as well as the piano and the guitar, can't we?
Sorry for this side track