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The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time  

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Classical music is just that. Classic. It has been around for centuries and gone through many different periods. Classical music set the state for all different kinds of modern music and remains popular in its own right to this day. The guitar is also an incredibly popular instrument and mastering it for classical music can be tricky. The musicians on this list have done it, but who are the greatest classical guitarists of all time? 

Becoming a classical guitarist is not an easy task to accomplish. Learning how to master the craft of playing the guitar is hard enough, but a classical guitarist has to take his or her skills to the next level. While the typical guitar uses steel based strings, a classical guitar uses nylon strings which allow the musician to have a softer sound.

This list features the all time greatest classical guitarists, ranked by the community's votes and including, Steve Hackett, Andrés Segovia, Jim Ferguson, and Julian Bream. Vote up the greatest classical guitarists in history below or add someone who is truly great but isn't already on the list.
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Andrés Segovia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
2
Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
3
Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
4
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Romance, Classical music, Jazz
5
Agustin Barrios Mangore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustin Barrios Mangore Classical music
6
David Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
7
Ana Vidović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
tijn added Ana Vidovic
8
Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music; contemporary
9
Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music
10
Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Flamenco, Classical music
11
Narciso Yepes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Film score
12
Fabio Lima is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Davi Ferreira added Fabio Lima
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Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Zoran Dukic Classical music; contemporary
14
Marcin Dylla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
JosephMallet added Marcin Dylla
15
Göran Söllscher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
16
Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
17
Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
18
Agustín Pío Barr... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustín Pío Barrios Classical music
19
Ida Presti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
20
Paul Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
21
Xeifei Yang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
DeborahFoglia added Xeifei Yang
22
Sergei Orekhov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
23
Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
24
Antonio Lauro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
25
Miguel Llobet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music