Musicians 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

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126 45
Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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138 56
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Romance, Classical music, Jazz

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62 39
David Russell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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45 25
Agustin Barrios Mangore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustin Barrios Mangore Classical music

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74 51
Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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44 26
Ana Vidović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
tijn added Ana Vidovic

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55 37
Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Flamenco, Classical music

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40 24
Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music; contemporary

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28 18
Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Zoran Dukic Classical music; contemporary

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30 25
Ángel Romero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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24 20
Ida Presti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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28 26
Ferdinando Carulli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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45 46
Narciso Yepes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Film score

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19 17
Lily Afshar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time

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14 12
Sergei Orekhov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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5 3
Xeifei Yang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
DeborahFoglia added Xeifei Yang

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Agustín Pío Barr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustín Pío Barrios Classical music

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13 13
Abel Carlevaro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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25 27
Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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18 19
Göran Söllscher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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11 11
Paul Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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10 10
Marcin Dylla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
JosephMallet added Marcin Dylla

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29 33
Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music

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17 19
Alexandre Lagoya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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17 19
Antonio Lauro is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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16 18
José Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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15 17
Carlos Barbosa-Lima is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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9 10
Dušan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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14 16
Miguel Llobet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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19 22
Liona Boyd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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39 46
Adnan Adi Ahmedic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
chicabrasiliana added Adnan Adi Ahmedic Classical Guitar

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18 21
Celedonio Romero is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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2 2
Italo Meschi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
ricsarti added Italo Meschi Classical

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1 1
Andrea di Vitis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Rick Day added Andrea di Vitis

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10 12
Emilio Pujol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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10 12
María Luisa Anido is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
María Luisa Anido Classical music

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10 12
Francesco Corbetta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music; Baroque

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7 9
Robert de Visée is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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19 24
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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10 13
Regino Sainz de la Maza is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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1 2
Ana Popović is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
SergeiRomalov added Blues-rock, Serbian rock, Rhythm and blues

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1 2
Andrea di Vitis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Rick Day added Andrea di Vitis

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1 2
Badi Assad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
SergeiRomalov added Badi Assad

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14 18
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Jazz, Bossa nova

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4 6
Fabio Lima is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Davi Ferreira added Fabio Lima

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28 36
Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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3 5
Galina is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
SergeiRomalov added

Ukrainian born British guitar virtuoso

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2 4
Galina Vale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
SergeiRomalov added Flamenco & Classical -

Ukrainian born British Guitar Virtuoso.

Her individualistic performances combine a charismatic stage presence and dynamic powerful playing style with an unusually wide ranging and technically demanding repertoire.