Ever since people figured how to plug a guitar into a box that makes it louder, guitar playing has evolved to a state where some consider it has peaked. Here is a collection of some individuals that helped bring guitar playing to where it is today.
Brian May (Queen)
Brian May helped carve out a consistent sound for Queen. Freddie Mercury held most of the stage attention, but Brian’s playing always shined through. His use of complex yet catchy minors is still being applied today.
Pete Townshend (The Who)
Pete Townshend had a laid back style of playing that almost undermined his actual work with the guitar. He was an incredibly talented guitarist who had a great feel for constructing songs around tones.