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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 575
      Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
      94
    3. 3
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      Down 610
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
      91
    4. 4
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      Down 456
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
      87
    5. 5
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      Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
      85
    6. 6
      Up 857
      Down 393
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
      79
    7. 7
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      Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
      79
    8. 8
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      Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
      78
    9. 9
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      Down 463
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      78
    10. 10
      Up 955
      Down 402
      Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
      75
    11. 11
      Up 661
      Down 314
      Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
      71
    12. 12
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      Down 368
      Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
      68
    13. 13
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      Down 391
      Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
      67
    14. 14
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      Down 374
      Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      67
    15. 15
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
      67
    16. 16
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      Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
      67
    17. 17
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      Down 430
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
      66
    18. 18
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      Down 363
      Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
      66
    19. 19
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      Down 407
      Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
      66
    20. 20
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      Down 335
      Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
      64
    21. 21
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      Keith Richards

      Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
      63
    22. 22
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      Down 340
      62
    23. 23
      Up 460
      Down 250
      Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
      61
    24. 24
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      Down 331
      Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
      60
    25. 25
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      Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
      60
    26. 26
      Up 434
      Down 328
      Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
      58
    27. 27
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      Down 284
      Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
      57
    28. 28
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      Folk music, Jazz, Country More
      56
    29. 29
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      Down 278
      Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
      56
    30. 30
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
      55
    31. 31
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      Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
      55
    32. 32
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      Down 269
      Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
      54
    33. 33
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      Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
      54
    34. 34
      Up 352
      Down 301
      Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
      53
    35. 35
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      Down 271
      Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
      53
    36. 36
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      Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
      53
    37. 37
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      Down 385
      Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
      52
    38. 38
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      Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
      52
    39. 39
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      Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
      51
    40. 40
      Up 290
      Down 231
      Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
      51
    41. 41
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      Down 254
      Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
      51
    42. 42
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      Down 249
      Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
      51
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    43. 43
      Up 339
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      Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
      50
    44. 44
      Up 287
      Down 232
      Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
      50
    45. 45
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      Down 198
      New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
      50
    46. 46
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      Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
      50
    47. 47
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      Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
      50
    48. 48
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      Classical music More
      50
    49. 49
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      New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
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    50. 50
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
      49
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