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The guitar is one of the most popular and diverse musical instruments in the world. It's permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of the guitar and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite classical guitarists. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.
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Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Julian Bream Classical music

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43 15
Adnan Ahmedic Classical Guitar... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
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29 7
David Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
David Russell Classical music

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27 8
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
John Williams Romance, Classical music, Jazz

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12 3
Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Pepe Romero Flamenco, Classical music

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15 6
Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Sharon Isbin Folk music, Classical music

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12 5
Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Manuel Barrueco Classical music

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10 4
楊雪霏 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Xuefei Yang Classical music

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12 7
Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Christopher Parkening Classical music

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8 3
Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Kazuhito Yamashita Classical music

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11 6
Liona Boyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Liona Boyd Classical music

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9 4
Lily Afshar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World

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7 2
Göran Söllscher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Göran Söllscher Classical music

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12 7
Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Eliot Fisk Classical music

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7 2
Jason Vieaux is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Jason Vieaux Classical music

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11 7
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Steve Hackett Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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8 4
Andrew York is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Andrew York Classical music; contemporary

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7 3
Bozidar Hadji-Vitkovic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Bozidar Hadji-Vitkovic Classical music

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5 1
Ángel Romero is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Ángel Romero Classical music

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7 4
Jim Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Jim Ferguson Classical music; rock; jazz; blues

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5 2
Paul Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Paul Galbraith Classical music

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4 1
Dušan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Dušan Bogdanović Classical music

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3 0
Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Alirio Díaz Classical music

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3 1
Magnus Andersson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Magnus Andersson Classical music

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2 0
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Newhere added Per-Olov Kindgren Classical music

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2 0
Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Zoran Dukic Classical music

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2 0
Laura Young is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Laura Young Classical music

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Newhere added Camilo Verga Classical music

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3 2
Carlos Barbosa-Lima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Carlos Barbosa-Lima Classical music

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2 2
Gilbert Biberian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Gilbert Biberian Classical music

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0 0
Liza Zoe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Liza Zoe Classical music

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0 0
Roberto Fabbri is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
Roberto Fabbri Classical music

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0 1
John Schneider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classical Guitarists in the World
John Schneider Classical music; contemporary