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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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 2005
    Down 667

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Jimi Hendrix

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 1652
    Down 633
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
    Up 1494
    Down 671
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
    Up 1379
    Down 493
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
    Up 1201
    Down 675
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 950
    Down 485
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 925
    Down 438
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  8. 8
    Up 1101
    Down 494
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  9. 9
    Up 1010
    Down 552
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    78
  10. 10
    Up 1000
    Down 457
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    74
  11. 11
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    Down 409
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    70
  12. 12
    Up 898
    Down 466
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    69
  13. 13
    Up 703
    Down 390
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    69
  14. 14
    Up 628
    Down 399
    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  15. 15
    Up 701
    Down 434
    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    66
  16. 16
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    Down 500
    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    66
  17. 17
    Up 657
    Down 447
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    66
  18. 18
    Up 660
    Down 443
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  19. 19
    Up 664
    Down 390
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  20. 20
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    Down 521

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  21. 21
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    Down 366
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    63
  22. 22
    Up 639
    Down 370
    62
  23. 23
    Up 506
    Down 353
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  24. 24
    Up 504
    Down 282
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    60
  25. 25
    Up 541
    Down 391
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    60
  26. 26
    Up 454
    Down 355
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    57
  27. 27
    Up 452
    Down 304
    Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues More
    57
  28. 28
    Up 408
    Down 227
    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    56
  29. 29
    Up 434
    Down 271
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    56
  30. 30
    Up 551
    Down 469
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    55
  31. 31
    Up 394
    Down 259
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    54
  32. 32
    Up 400
    Down 291
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    54
  33. 33
    Up 349
    Down 290
    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    54
  34. 34
    Up 421
    Down 309
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    54
  35. 35
    Up 323
    Down 292
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    52
  36. 36
    Up 308
    Down 198
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  37. 37
    Up 405
    Down 418
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    52
  38. 38
    Up 356
    Down 287
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  39. 39
    Up 370
    Down 333
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    51
  40. 40
    Up 314
    Down 273
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    51
  41. 41
    Up 325
    Down 255
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  42. 42
    Up 314
    Down 253
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    51
  43. 43
    Up 278
    Down 270
    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  44. 44
    Up 353
    Down 393
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    49
  45. 45
    Up 211
    Down 142

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Winter

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues More
    49
    added by: PaulMateicka
  46. 46
    Up 272
    Down 271
    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    49
  47. 47
    Up 274
    Down 316

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Garcia

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    49
  48. 48
    Up 271
    Down 278
    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    49
    added by: AntoineGrignard
  49. 49
    Up 222
    Down 149

    ranked low on reranks
    Andrés Segovia

    Classical music More
    49
  50. 50
    Up 271
    Down 219
    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    49
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