1 Pat Metheny
Extraordinary achievements down through the decades whether on world tours with the Pat Metheny Group, his own innovations (for instance the pioneering use of guitar synthesizer and his own 'robot'  Orchestrion) or with such icons of free music as Ornette Coleman and Derek Bailey and in his interpretations of the music of John Zorn, the Missourian continues a story picked up by Charlie Christian and continued by Wes Montgomery in terms of innovation, new dialects and vocabulary, sheer virtuosity and joy in performance.

2 George Benson

3 John Scofield

4 John McLaughlin

5 Carlos Santana

6 Kenny Burrell

7 Bill Frisell

8 Terje Rypdal

9 Lionel Loueke

10 Eivind Aarset

11 Mary Halvorson

12 Russell Malone

13 Kurt Rosenwinkel

14 Julian Lage

15 Marc Ribot

16 Phil Robson

17 Mike Stern

18 Mike Walker

19 Wolfgang Muthspiel

20 Kevin Eubanks