Celebrating Derek Bailey (January 29, 1930 – December 25, 2005), an English avant-garde guitarist and leading figure in the free improvisation movement.
Celebrating Buddy Gene Emmons (January 27, 1937 – July 21, 2015), an American musician who is widely regarded as the world’s foremost pedal steel guitarist of his day. He made significant innovations to the steel guitar which have been adopted as standard in the modern-day instrument.
Celebrating Toshi Reagon (born January 27, 1964), an American musician of folk, blues, gospel, rock and funk styles.
Celebrating Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963), an American blues guitarist known as “King of the Slide Guitar” and was noted for his use of loud amplification and his stirring voice.
Celebrating Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) a Dutch-American guitarist of the American hard rock band Van Halen.
Celebrating Wesley Webb West (January 25, 1924 – November 15, 2003), better known as Speedy West, an American pedal steel guitarist and record producer.
Celebrating Jean Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 – May 16, 1953) stage name Django Reinhardt, a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century.
Celebrating Orianthi Penny Panagaris (born January 22, 1985), known mononymously as Orianthi, an Australian guitarist. She was named one of the 12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists by Elle magazine.
Celebrating Barbara Lynn (born Barbara Lynn Ozen, later Barbara Lynn Cumby, January 16, 1942), an American rhythm and blues electric guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Celebrating Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua; January 13, 1929 – May 23, 1994), an American jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. He is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century.