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The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World 

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Updated January 27, 2018 5k votes 806 voters 12.9k views 130 items

List Rules Vote up all of your favorite jazz guitarists and add any that you don't see on here.

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 jazz 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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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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George Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Kurt Rosenwinkel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Biréli Lagr&egrav... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Stanley Jordan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Bucky Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Emily Remler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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Frank Gambale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World
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John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World