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
    + 250
    - 46

    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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  3. 3
    + 204
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    Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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  4. 4
    + 135
    - 37

    Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

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  5. 5
    + 116
    - 28

    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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  6. 6
    + 142
    - 42

    Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

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  7. 7
    + 212
    - 77

    Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music

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  8. 8
    + 213
    - 78

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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  9. 9
    + 113
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    Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

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  10. 10
    + 152
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    Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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

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  12. 12
    + 88
    - 32

    Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music

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  13. 13
    + 119
    - 54

    Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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  14. 14
    + 90
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    Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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  15. 15
    + 85
    - 38

    Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  16. 16
    + 111
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

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  17. 17
    + 81
    - 37

    Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz

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  18. 18
    + 105
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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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  19. 19
    + 67
    - 28

    Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

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  20. 20
    + 61
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    Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz

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    + 58
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    Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    + 44
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    added by slaft
    Flamenco, World music, Classical music

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  23. 23
    + 60
    - 27

    Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

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  24. 24
    + 90
    - 52

    Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

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  25. 25
    + 37
    - 12

    added by BlairClark
    Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

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  26. 26
    + 66
    - 35

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

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    + 28
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    added by looksharp

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  28. 28
    + 42
    - 17

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

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  29. 29
    + 49
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    Cool jazz

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  30. 30
    + 59
    - 31

    Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock

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  31. 31
    + 83
    - 50

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

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    - 20

    Flamenco, Classical music, Jazz

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    + 30
    - 12

    added by looksharp
    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    - 14
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  35. 35
    + 41
    - 23

    Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop

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  37. 37
    + 42
    - 27

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  38. 38
    + 43
    - 29

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

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  39. 39
    + 33
    - 20

    added by looksharp
    Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

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  40. 40
    + 31
    - 20

    Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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  41. 41
    + 27
    - 17

    St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

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  42. 42
    + 27
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  43. 43
    + 26
    - 18

    Avant-garde jazz, Free funk, Free jazz

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  44. 44
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    - 12

    added by slaft
    Pop music, Jazz

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  45. 45
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    added by john-jacobsen
    Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion, Alternative rock

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  46. 46
    + 26
    - 19

    added by looksharp
    Swing music, Jazz

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  47. 47
    + 17
    - 11

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz

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    + 20
    - 14

    Cool jazz, Hard bop

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    + 23
    - 17
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    + 25
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    Cool jazz

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