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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
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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 583
    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
  3. 3
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    Down 618
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    91
  4. 4
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    Down 459
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    88
  5. 5
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    Down 617
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    86
  6. 6
    Up 867
    Down 395
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    79
  7. 7
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    Down 454
    Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music More
    79
  8. 8
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    Down 516
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    78
  9. 9
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    Down 467
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    78
  10. 10
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    Down 406
    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    75
  11. 11
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    Down 318
    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll More
    71
  12. 12
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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    68
  13. 13
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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll More
    68
  14. 14
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    68
  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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    66
  18. 18
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    66
  19. 19
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    66
  20. 20
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    64
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Keith Richards

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
  22. 22
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    62
  23. 23
    Up 465
    Down 254
    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    61
  24. 24
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    Down 365
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  25. 25
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    Down 336
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    61
  26. 26
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    Down 332
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    59
  27. 27
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    Down 287
    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 284
    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock More
    56
  30. 30
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    Down 239
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    55
  31. 31
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    Down 272
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    55
  32. 32
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    Rock music, Blues, Country blues More
    55
  33. 33
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    Down 442
    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave More
    54
  34. 34
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    Down 306
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    53
  35. 35
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    Down 275
    Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    53
  36. 36
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    Down 252
    Americana, Electric blues, Talking blues More
    53
  37. 37
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge More
    53
  38. 38
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    Down 257
    Soul blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues More
    52
  39. 39
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    Down 270
    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz More
    52
  40. 40
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    Down 184
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock More
    52
  41. 41
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues More
    51
  42. 42
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    51
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  43. 43
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    51
  44. 44
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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
    51
  45. 45
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    50
  46. 46
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    New Age, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    50
  47. 47
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    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    50
  48. 48
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    Down 131
    Classical music More
    50
  49. 49
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    50
  50. 50
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    50
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