I'd be real curious to know the guitar players who influenced you the most in your quest for sonic heaven. Personally, since I'm now 61 and part of the older crowd, a long time ago after seeing the movie Jimi plays Berkley it was Strats from there on out for me. Jimi's Strat just looked so cool and loved the color, and while I hate that vintage light banana color on anything else in life (uh except bananas), for some reason it's my favorite Strat color. I can certainly see that your age and tastes in music certainly would dictate your inspiration. I could see perhaps Chuck Berry, Albert King, BB King etc being on your radar if you're relic age, or Jimi, Jeff Beck Jimmy Page maybe if you're still cool and 50-60's and probably SRV, Tom Morello, maybe Yngvie perhaps if you're in the younger crowd. Tastes change and peoples influence from new artists could certainly make a difference too... I'm not talking musical styles but more the instrument you choose and the WAY you play it and try to get your sound out of the instrument. For me it would have to be Jimi, SRV and Robin Trower. I know that throwing RT in there might seem odd to some people over let's say David Gilmour who I respect greatly as tone master, but I say RT because I saw that guy in like 76 headline and when you see three guys fill up a coliseum with people and sound, there's not many people that can do that other than maybe ZZ Top. I remember these deep pastel colors on the show and Trower just had these super deep sounding chords and changes and I was pretty blown away by the fact that it was one guy on stage playing guitar and no stinking keyboard players! All three guys play Strats so uh..... hard not to be in love with those guitars. But that's just me!