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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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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 410
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
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    Down 461
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    90
  4. 4
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    Down 342

    ranked low on reranks
    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    86
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eddie Van Halen

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
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    Down 388

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Carlos Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    79
  7. 7
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    Down 329

    often listed
    B.B. King

    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    78
  8. 8
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    ranked low on reranks
    David Gilmour

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    77
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Brian May

    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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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Duane Allman

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    67
  13. 13
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    often listed
    Pete Townshend

    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    67
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chuck Berry

    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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    often listed
    George Harrison

    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    65
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mark Knopfler

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    65
  18. 18
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    often listed
    Angus Young

    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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    61
  23. 23
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    often listed
    Frank Zappa

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  24. 24
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    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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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alex Lifeson

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    58
  27. 27
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    Down 202

    often listed
    Buddy Guy

    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    56
  28. 28
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chet Atkins

    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    54
  29. 29
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    Down 205

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Robert Johnson

    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  30. 30
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    ranked low on reranks
    Joe Walsh

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    53
  31. 31
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    Down 217
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    52
  32. 32
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    often listed &controversial
    Prince

    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    52
  33. 33
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    often listed
    Neil Young

    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  34. 34
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    Down 206
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    52
  35. 35
    Up 227
    Down 203

    often listed
    Steve Howe

    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    51
  36. 36
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    Down 190
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    51
  37. 37
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    Down 215

    ranked high on reranks
    Rory Gallagher

    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    51
  38. 38
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    Down 117

    ranked low on reranks
    Billy Gibbons

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    51
  39. 39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Kirk Hammett

    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    51
  40. 40
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    Down 161

    ranked high on reranks
    John Petrucci

    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    50
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  41. 41
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    ranked low on reranks
    Robin Trower

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    50
  42. 42
    Up 216
    Down 194

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Albert King

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    50
  43. 43
    Up 201
    Down 159

    ranked high on reranks
    Zakk Wylde

    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    50
  44. 44
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    Down 164

    ranked low on reranks
    Peter Frampton

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    50
  45. 45
    Up 174
    Down 114
    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
  46. 46
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Lee Hooker

    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    50
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    48
  48. 48
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jack White

    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    48
  49. 49
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    John Frusciante

    Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk More
    47
  50. 50
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    often listed
    Lindsey Buckingham

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    47
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