Two players I've been strongly influenced by, directly or indirectly, are Lynn Taitt & Ernest Ranglin. Already mentioned Alan Weekes, whose hair-raising live performances played no small part in turning me on to virtuosic reggae guitar playing. Discovered recently that there's a great cut featuring both of these reggae guitar killers:
At one point got recruited by a band to play like Lynn Taitt, which is how I first heard about him. Will probably always regret not putting more time into learning the style & transcribing at the time - so much depth & subtlety in his rhythm playing!
And Ernest Ranglin is truly one of the greats - not only in reggae but a phenomenal all-round guitarist who I suspect can play nearly any style. Certainly he's also one of my favourite jazz players, up there with Wes Montgomery & Charlie Christian. Impossible to get a sense of his diverse playing without posting tens of videos. Anyway I can't pick a single studio work as favourite, but here is one I really like:
Ok ok - one more but that's enough for now. Go explore his back-catalogue if it's your thing - there's a tonne of good stuff up on spotify now: