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The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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The best guitarists of all time, voted on and ranked by many music fans, with photos and other info. A Wisdom of Crowds comprehensive ranking of the greatest guitar players in history. All the top guitarists are on this list - monster guitar heroes from rock, metal, blues, and alternative music. Are you on Team Eddie or Team Jimi? Add your vote to this list of the top guitarists ever and help to pick the best guitar player ever.

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List Criteria: The greatest rock, metal, blues and alt rock guitarists to ever play live in a touring band

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 412
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1076
    Down 465
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    90
  4. 4
    Up 1015
    Down 343
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    86
  5. 5
    Up 885
    Down 468
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
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    Down 392
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    78
  7. 7
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    Down 330
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    78
  8. 8
    Up 827
    Down 345
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 653
    Down 297
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    77
  10. 10
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    Down 283
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    73
  11. 11
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    70
  12. 12
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    67
  13. 13
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    67
  14. 14
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    66
  15. 15
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    66
  16. 16
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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    65
  17. 17
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    Down 297
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    65
  18. 18
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    Down 325
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    65
  19. 19
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    65
  20. 20
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    62
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    62
  22. 22
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    Down 244
    61
  23. 23
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    Down 272
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  24. 24
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    Down 251
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks
    Steve Vai

    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    59
  26. 26
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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    58
  27. 27
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    56
  28. 28
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    Down 136
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    54
  29. 29
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    Down 206
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  30. 30
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    53
  31. 31
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    controversial
    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    52
  32. 32
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    Down 219
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    52
  33. 33
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  34. 34
    Up 254
    Down 208
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
  35. 35
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    Down 204
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 183
    Down 117
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    51
  37. 37
    Up 235
    Down 191
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    51
  38. 38
    Up 257
    Down 216
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    51
  39. 39
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    Down 270
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 184
    Down 163
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    50
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  41. 41
    Up 214
    Down 167
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    50
  42. 42
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    Down 195
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    50
  43. 43
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    Down 176
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    50
  44. 44
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    Down 168
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    50
  45. 45
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    Down 164
    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    49
  46. 46
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    Down 118
    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    49
  47. 47
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    48
  48. 48
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  49. 49
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    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk More
    47
  50. 50
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    Classical music More
    47
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