The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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List Criteria: Vote up the best jazz guitarists in history

When jazz took the stage it forever changed the world of music. Jazz is infused into almost all genres of music, even subtly. Mastering any kind of guitar is hard enough, but mastering jazz guitar takes even more skill. Who are the greatest jazz guitarists of all time? 
 
The talented musicians on this list are known for being the all time greatest when it comes to jazz guitar. This includes musicians who are both living and dead. Many of these musicians also branched out into other genres of music, including rock and country.
 
This list features the all time greatest jazz guitarists, ranked by the community's votes, and includes Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, and Joe Pass. Vote up the best jazz guitarists in history below, or add someone you think is great if he or she isn't already on the list.
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    Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

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  2. 2
    + 264
    - 49

    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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  3. 3
    + 217
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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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  4. 4
    + 153
    - 44

    Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

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  5. 5
    + 144
    - 41

    Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

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  6. 6
    + 227
    - 83

    Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music

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  7. 7
    + 124
    - 32

    Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

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  8. 8
    + 121
    - 32

    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  9. 9
    + 225
    - 85

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  10. 10
    + 161
    - 61

    Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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  11. 11
    + 107
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    Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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  12. 12
    + 97
    - 35

    Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music

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  13. 13
    + 100
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    Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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  14. 14
    + 70
    - 25

    Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz

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  15. 15
    + 127
    - 65

    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  16. 16
    + 92
    - 42

    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  17. 17
    + 72
    - 29

    Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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  18. 18
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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  19. 19
    + 109
    - 58

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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  20. 20
    + 66
    - 28

    Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

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  21. 21
    + 85
    - 42

    Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz

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  22. 22
    + 43
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    Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

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  23. 23
    + 61
    - 28

    added by looksharp
    Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  24. 24
    + 33
    - 7

    added by looksharp

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  25. 25
    + 55
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    Cool jazz

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  26. 26
    + 46
    - 19

    added by slaft
    Flamenco, World music, Classical music

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  27. 27
    + 64
    - 33

    Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock

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  28. 28
    + 92
    - 56

    Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

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  29. 29
    + 71
    - 40

    added by slaft
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  30. 30
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    - 54

    added by DarrelSewell
    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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  31. 31
    + 48
    - 23

    added by tony-c-
    Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

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  32. 32
    + 46
    - 22

    Flamenco, Classical music, Jazz

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  33. 33
    + 47
    - 24

    Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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  34. 34
    + 33
    - 13

    added by looksharp
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  37. 37
    + 48
    - 32

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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  38. 38
    + 35
    - 21

    Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  39. 39
    + 36
    - 22

    added by looksharp
    Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

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  40. 40
    + 44
    - 30

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  41. 41
    + 30
    - 18

    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

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  42. 42
    + 31
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  43. 43
    + 23
    - 13

    added by slaft
    Pop music, Jazz

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  44. 44
    + 23
    - 14

    Cool jazz, Hard bop

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  45. 45
    + 28
    - 19

    added by looksharp
    Swing music, Jazz

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    + 17
    - 10

    added by slaft

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  47. 47
    + 25
    - 18
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  48. 48
    + 27
    - 20

    Avant-garde jazz, Free funk, Free jazz

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  49. 49
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    + 18
    - 12

    added by looksharp
    Jazz

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