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List Rules Vote up the all time best mandolin players in history

Who are the best musicians to have ever played the mandolin? The mandolin is originally a stringed instrument from Italy. It is closely related to the lute and comes in many variations, the most famous being the Neapolitan. The greatest mandolinists ever are from different eras and genres but are all greatly skilled on the mandolin.

The mandolin is used in Italian, classical, folk, bluegrass, and rock music. These best mandolin players of all time have the ability to create flawless music, whether it's a rehearsed piece or a freestyle composition.

The greatest mandolin players of all time are from all over the world and include such musicians as Chris Thile, Dave Apollon, David Grisman, and Andy Statman. To become one of the best mandolin players in history takes great commitment and a strong work ethic.

Vote up the best mandolin players of all time below or add the mandolinist you think is the greatest if he or she isn't already on the list.
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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Chris Thile Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bill Monroe Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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+ - 161 49
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Sam Bush Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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+ - 155 50
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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+ - 121 40
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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+ - 90 24
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ronnie McCoury Bluegrass

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Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jethro Burns Country

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Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Compton Country

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Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Adam Steffey Bluegrass, Old-time

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Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz

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+ - 113 65
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Marshall Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

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+ - 51 21
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Andy Statman Klezmer

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Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Hamilton de Holanda Choro, Samba, Jazz

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John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jacob Jolliff

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+ - 54 28
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Marty Stuart Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical

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Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Tiny Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Tiny Moore Western swing

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+ - 22 9
Matt Flinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Carlo Aonzo Classical

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Mario De Pietro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mario De Pietro Jazz, Classical

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Jeff Austin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jeff Austin Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Peter Ostroushko Americana, Folk music

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Yank Rachell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Yank Rachell Blues, Country blues

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Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Wayne Benson Bluegrass

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John Duffey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
John Duffey Bluegrass, Country

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Jimmy Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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+ - 12 11
Frank Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Bobby Osborne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Vince Gill Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

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Jimmy Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jimmy Martin Bluegrass

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Ira Louvin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ira Louvin Gospel music, Country

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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ry Cooder Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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Curly Seckler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Detlef Tewes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ritchie Blackmore Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Charles O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

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+ - 13 16
Alison Stephens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Alison Stephens Classical

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Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Avi Avital Chamber music, Classical music

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+ - 18 23
Simon Mayor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Simon Mayor Folk music, Classical music

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+ - 23 29
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rhonda Vincent Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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+ - 6 9
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Randy Jones Bluegrass

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+ - 32 41
Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical