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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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 2690
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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, Experimental rock

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  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music

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  8. 8
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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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
    + 1071
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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  13. 13
    + 1439
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
    + 1088
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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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  17. 17
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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  18. 18
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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  19. 19
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  20. 20
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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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

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    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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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    - 415

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  33. 33
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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues

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    ranked low on reranks Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues

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    - 518

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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  36. 36
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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock

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    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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  38. 38
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    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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    often listed Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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  40. 40
    + 492
    - 444

    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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  41. 41
    + 617
    - 478

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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  42. 42
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    - 608

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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  43. 43
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    - 315

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

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  44. 44
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    - 447

    often listed & added by AntoineGrignard Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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  45. 45
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    - 453

    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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  46. 46
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    - 362

    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  47. 47
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    - 451

    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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  48. 48
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    Classical music

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  49. 49
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    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  50. 50
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    - 453

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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