bands/musicians The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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List Rules 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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Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Joe Pass Hard bop, Jazz Bebop

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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music Gypsy jazz

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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop Smooth jazz

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Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Barney Kessel Pop music, Cool jazz Rock music

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Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jim Hall Cool jazz, Post-bop Jazz

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George Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues Jazz

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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Grant Green Jazz-funk, Hard bop Jazz

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Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band Jazz

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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kenny Burrell Cool jazz, Bebop Blues

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Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Metheny Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz Pop music

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John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music World music

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Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Martino Hard bop, Jazz fusion Post-bop

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John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Scofield Nu jazz, Jazz-funk Acid jazz

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Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Herb Ellis Cool jazz, Swing music West Coast jazz

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Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Les Paul Pop music, Rock music Rock and roll

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Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Al Di Meola Chicano rock, Rock music Instrumental rock

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Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Tal Farlow Cool jazz, Jazz Bebop

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Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Coryell Jazz fusion, Post-bop Jazz

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Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Allan Holdsworth Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion Jazz

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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Chet Atkins Folk music, Jazz Country

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Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Carlton Pop music, Rock music Smooth jazz

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Freddie Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Stanley Jordan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Stanley Jordan Jazz fusion, Jazz

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Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz Latin jazz

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Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Paco de Lucía Flamenco, World music Classical music

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Johnny Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Johnny Smith Cool jazz

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Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Bill Frisell Soundtrack, Americana Experimental rock

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Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lee Ritenour Jazz-funk, Pop music Sophisti-pop

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John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Abercrombie Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz Hard bop

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock Heavy metal

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music Instrumental rock

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Lenny Breau is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lenny Breau Flamenco, Classical music Jazz

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock Pop music

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Bucky Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Bucky Pizzarelli Swing music, Big band Jazz

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Mike Stern is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Mike Stern Rock music, Jazz fusion Post-bop

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Eddie Lang is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Eddie Lang Jazz

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Kurt Rosenwinkel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Biréli Lagrène is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Biréli Lagrène Swing music, Gypsy jazz Jazz fusion

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George Van Eps is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Robben Ford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Robben Ford Rock music, Jazz fusion Jazz

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John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Pizzarelli Swing music, Jazz

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Sonny Sharrock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Gábor Szabó is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Gábor Szabó Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion Jazz

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Lonnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lonnie Johnson St. Louis blues, Jazz blues Piedmont blues

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Eric Gale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Eric Gale Pop music, Jazz

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Ralph Towner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Ralph Towner Ethno jazz, Third stream Folk music

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Martin Taylor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Julian Lage is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Chuck Loeb is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Jimmy Raney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jimmy Raney Cool jazz, Hard bop