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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
Andrés Segovia Classical music

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92 29
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
John Williams Romance, Classical music, Jazz

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75 21
Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Julian Bream Classical music

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47 28
Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Christopher Parkening Classical music

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38 21
Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Pepe Romero Flamenco, Classical music

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24 11
Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Manuel Barrueco Classical music; contemporary

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15 4
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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31 20
David Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
David Russell Classical music

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21 11
Ángel Romero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Ángel Romero Classical music

10
29 20
Narciso Yepes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Narciso Yepes Film score

11
38 31
Adnan Adi Ahmedic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
chicabrasiliana added Adnan Adi Ahmedic Classical Guitar

12
25 20
Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Sharon Isbin Folk music, Classical music

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14 8
Ida Presti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Ida Presti Classical music

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20 15
Ferdinando Carulli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Ferdinando Carulli Classical music

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18 12
Agustin Barrios Mangore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustin Barrios Mangore Classical music

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17 13
Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Alirio Díaz Classical music

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11 9
Göran Söllscher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Göran Söllscher Classical music

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11 8
Agustín Pío Barr... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustín Pío Barrios Classical music

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19 17
Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Eliot Fisk Classical music

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16 14
Celedonio Romero is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Celedonio Romero Classical music

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13 12
Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Kazuhito Yamashita Classical music

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12 11
Alexandre Lagoya is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Alexandre Lagoya Classical music

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2 0
Fabio Lima is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Davi Ferreira added Fabio Lima

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10 9
Abel Carlevaro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Abel Carlevaro Classical music

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9 8
Lily Afshar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time

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8 7
Paul Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Paul Galbraith Classical music

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14 14
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Laurindo Almeida Jazz, Bossa nova

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13 13
Carlos Barbosa-Lima is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Carlos Barbosa-Lima Classical music

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14 13
Liona Boyd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Liona Boyd Classical music

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9 9
Emilio Pujol is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Emilio Pujol Classical music

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1 0
Jose Luis Gonzalis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Tom Radford added Jose Luis Gonzalis

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8 8
Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Zoran Dukic Classical music; contemporary

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16 17
Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Steve Hackett Classical music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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6 6
Robert de Visée is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Robert de Visée Classical music

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6 6
Dušan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Dušan Bogdanović Classical music

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13 14
José Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
José Ferrer Classical music

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11 12
Miguel Llobet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Miguel Llobet Classical music

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10 11
Antonio Lauro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Antonio Lauro Classical music

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9 10
Francesco Corbetta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Francesco Corbetta Classical music; Baroque

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9 10
Jim Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Jim Ferguson Classical music; rock; jazz; blues

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9 10
Regino Sainz de la Maza is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Regino Sainz de la Maza Classical music

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2 2
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8 9
María Luisa Anido is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
María Luisa Anido Classical music

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8 9
Carlo Pezzimenti is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Flashman added Carlo Pezzimenti

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6 7
José Tomás is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
José Tomás Classical music

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5 6
Magnus Andersson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Magnus Andersson Classical music

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5 7
Richard Charlton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Richard Charlton Classical music

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4 6
Sergei Orekhov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Sergei Orekhov Classical music

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4 8
Leif Christensen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Leif Christensen Classical music

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3 7
Roberto Fabbri is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Roberto Fabbri Classical music