Here are 25 influential guitarists you should know something about— regardless of your preference in styles of music.
row 1 (L to R): Joe Pass, Eric Clapton, T-Bone Walker, Joe Maphis, Julian Bream
row 2: Brent Mason, Sharon Isbin, Pat Metheny, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn
row 3: Andres Segovia, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Chet Atkins
row 4: Robert Johnson, Merle Travis, Fernando Sor, Django Reinhardt, Chuck Berry
row 5: Jimmy Page, Muddy Waters, Doc Watson, Francisco Tárrega, John Scofield
It is essential that you know something about these innovators and listen intently and repeatedly to their music. Also, start forming a list of your favorite guitarists and try to learn from and about them.