Gibson has this list of 10 Pioneers Who Inspired Rock's Greatest Guitar Heroes. Cool list.
Scotty Moore, Chuck Berry, Lowman Pauling, Link Wray, James Burton, Dick Dale, Jimmy Nolan, Cliff Gallup, Hank Marvin, Carl Perkins.
In the full article you get a great sense for the huge influence these guys had: Hendrix, Clapton, Knopfler, Page, SRV, George, Keef … all listed as disciples and students.
Personally, I never got Dick Dale and Link Wray, but I wouldn’t dispute their impact. I would, however, swap out one of them for T-Bone Walker. The single most influential guitarist on the list is Chuck Berry and, as the article points out, Chuck owes a lot to T-Bone.
We’ve been dining off that meal for 60 years.