Jazz guitar has had more of an uphill battle than most other genres. With its need for more volume, less feedback, and stepping out of the chord accompaniment zone, jazz guitar has come a long way. It took a long time before the guitar played a decisive role in the evolution of jazz, but the musical style has since enjoyed a rich and eventful history. This was partly a result of the development of the arch-top guitar, which could compete with the volume of sound in a large ensemble. Following are some of the greats of the jazz guitar.