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The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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

The best guitarists of all time, voted on and ranked by many music fans, with photos and other info. With help from the wisdom of the crowd, you'll find a 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? How about both!

Add your vote to this list of the top guitarists ever and help to pick the best guitar player in the history of music. These roock, jazz, blues guitarists have all had long careers filled with success and failure. Some are still jamming out today, which other rock stars died too young, before their talents could be fully appreciated. Now is your chance to give the best guitar players in the world some recognition.

Who is the best guitarist of all time? Add your vote to make sure your voice is heart!

To vote on more music lists, check out these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 & most listed Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  2. 2
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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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  3. 3
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  4. 4
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  5. 5
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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  6. 6
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  8. 8
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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  10. 10
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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  11. 11
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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  12. 12
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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  13. 13
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  15. 15
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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  16. 16
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  18. 18
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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  19. 19
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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  20. 20
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  21. 21
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  22. 22
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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  23. 23
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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  25. 25
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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  26. 26
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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  27. 27
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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  29. 29
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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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  30. 30
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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  31. 31
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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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  33. 33
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    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  34. 34
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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  36. 36
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    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  38. 38
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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    often listed Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  40. 40
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  41. 41
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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  42. 42
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    Classical music

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  43. 43
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    added by PaulMateicka Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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  44. 44
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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  45. 45
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  46. 46
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    added by AntoineGrignard Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  47. 47
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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  48. 48
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    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  49. 49
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    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  50. 50
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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