The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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All genres included here, so keep an open mind from Segovia to Slayer

The best guitarists of all time, voted on and ranked by tens of thousands of music fans, with photos and other info. With help from the wisdom of this crowd, you'll find a comprehensive ranking of the greatest guitar players in history. All the top guitarists are on this list - legendary guitar heroes from rock, metal, blues, and alternative music. Are you on Team Eddie or Team Jimi? How about both!

Add your vote to this list of the top guitarists ever and help to pick the best guitar player in the history of music. These famous rock, jazz, country, modern, and blues guitarists have all had long careers filled with success and failure. Some are alive and still jamming today, while other guitar legends died too young. Either way, give the best guitar players in the world some recognition. Whether they played lead guitar or acoustic, the world's most skilled guitarists are all here, including current artists who might be considered the best right now. 

Who is the best guitarist of all time? Do your favorites crack the top 100, or the top 10? Maybe, the top 5? Add your vote to make sure your voice is heard. Unlike Rolling Stone, your votes can change the rankings! To vote on more music lists, try the alltime Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists.

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  • 1
    27,143 VOTES
    • Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal
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  • Jimmy Page
    Photo: redfoxinict / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    2
    24,770 VOTES
    • Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Jazz
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  • David Gilmour
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    3
    19,315 VOTES
    • Albums: On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face, Live in Gdańsk
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock
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  • 4
    20,128 VOTES
    • Albums: Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood, The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Jazz fusion
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