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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. 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.

Who is the best guitarist of all time? 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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    the people's #1 & most listed Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    Classical music

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    added by AntoineGrignard Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by PaulMateicka Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues

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    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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