My 13 year old was awed by Kurt Cobain. It's kind of weird that Kurt Cobain would be looked at as any kind of guitar hero because he really wasn't. Great songwriter though...
You might just be getting the point.
Not all n00B guitarists want to be shredders. Some of them simply want to grab a guitar, get up there and tell the world what life looks and feels like to them in something approaching song form.
(Whilst enhancing their sex appeal, of course ...)