Robert Johnson, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters. I admittedly haven't heard much of them, but they were the pioneers, the trailblazers. Then Chuck Berry revved it up. And then Jimi Hendrix revolutionized it, inspiring a whole generation of what would come to be known as "shredders." Stanley Jordan took Eddie Van Halen's tapping and boosted it to a whole new level, showing us amazing new ways of tapping out whole songs like the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby." Tony MacAlpine is astonishing both on guitar and on the keyboard. All these guys, I look up to...but as far as heroes, I would have to say Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. Douglass took his freedom when society wouldn't give it to him, then became an advocate for everyone still in slavery. And Dr. King stood for peace and equality despite personal attacks, death threats and a stabbing.