Neal Schon (b. February 27 1954 in Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and later lived in San Mateo, California), is an American guitarist best known for his work with Journey.
The son of a woodwinds player, Neal himself played the oboe for many years beginning in high school. Schon first picked up the guitar at the age of 10. He joined Santana as a teenager at the tender age of 15. Schon had been asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but decided instead to join the Santana band. On the seminal album Santana III, Neal provides an energetic and wah-laced counterpoint to Santana's melodic, but more restrained style. Schon and Santana trade solos throughout on tunes including "Everything's Coming Our Way", "Jungle Strut", "Toussaint L'Overture", and "Taboo". Many of these now-classic solos are incorrectly attributed to Carlos, including Schon's impressive lead on "Everybody's Everything". At that time, Schon played in Azteca, before moving on to form Journey, a group he continues to lead.