Guitarists 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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1
312 113
Andrés Segovia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
2
179 89
Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
3
168 94
Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
4
178 110
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Romance, Classical music, Jazz
5
67 47
Agustin Barrios Mangore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustin Barrios Mangore Classical music
6
74 56
Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music
7
78 62
David Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
8
79 66
Ana Vidović is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
tijn added Ana Vidovic
9
53 47
Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music; contemporary
10
67 69
Narciso Yepes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Film score
11
65 67
Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Flamenco, Classical music
12
36 41
Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Zoran Dukic Classical music; contemporary
13
14 14
Fabio Lima is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Davi Ferreira added Fabio Lima
14
26 31
Agustín Pío Barr... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustín Pío Barrios Classical music
15
26 31
Göran Söllscher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
16
31 38
Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
17
27 35
Ida Presti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
18
34 45
Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
19
44 59
Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
20
22 29
Sergei Orekhov is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
21
31 42
Ángel Romero is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
22
23 31
Antonio Lauro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
23
30 41
Ferdinando Carulli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
24
22 30
Carlos Barbosa-Lima is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music
25
18 25
Marcin Dylla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
JosephMallet added Marcin Dylla