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The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time 

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Updated December 18, 2019 4.7k votes 1k voters 257.4k views 59 items

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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
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Spain
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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Genre: Romance, Classical music, Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: England
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Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Ana Vidović is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
tijn added Ana Vidović
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Agustin Barrios Mangore ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustin Barrios Mangore
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David Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Genre: Folk music, Classical music; Nationality: United States of America
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Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Narciso Yepes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Zoran Dukic
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Agustín Pí... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustín Pío Barrios
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Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Göran Söllsche... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Fabio Lima is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Davi Ferreira added Fabio Lima
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Ida Presti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Miguel Llobet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Genre: Classical music; Nationality: Spain
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Marcin Dylla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
JosephMallet added Marcin Dylla
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Xeifei Yang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
DeborahFoglia added Xeifei Yang
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Paul Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Antonio Lauro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
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Ángel Romero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time