Musicians The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best classical guitarists in history

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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132 47
Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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144 58
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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50 29
Agustin Barrios Mangore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustin Barrios Mangore Classical music

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David Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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76 54
Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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42 25
Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music; contemporary

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57 40
Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Flamenco, Classical music

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Ana Vidović is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
tijn added Ana Vidovic

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28 19
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 26
Ángel Romero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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25 21
Ida Presti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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29 27
Ferdinando Carulli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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48 49
Narciso Yepes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Film score

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28 28
Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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Lily Afshar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time

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12 10
Marcin Dylla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
JosephMallet added Marcin Dylla

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14 13
Sergei Orekhov is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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

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20 20
Agustín Pío Barr... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustín Pío Barrios Classical music

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Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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6 4
Xeifei Yang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
DeborahFoglia added Xeifei Yang

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31 34
Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music

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13 14
Abel Carlevaro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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18 20
Antonio Lauro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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11 12
Paul Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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17 20
Alexandre Lagoya is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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16 19
José Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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39 47
Adnan Adi Ahmedic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
chicabrasiliana added Adnan Adi Ahmedic Classical Guitar

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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19 23
Liona Boyd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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14 17
Miguel Llobet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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18 22
Celedonio Romero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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9 11
Dušan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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2 3
Badi Assad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
SergeiRomalov added Badi Assad

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2 3
Italo Meschi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
ricsarti added Italo Meschi Classical

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10 13
Emilio Pujol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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10 13
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 13
Francesco Corbetta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music; Baroque

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30 38
Eliot Fisk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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19 25
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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7 10
Robert de Visée is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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14 19
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Jazz, Bossa nova

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10 14
Regino Sainz de la Maza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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1 3
Andrea di Vitis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Rick Day added Andrea di Vitis

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1 3
Andrea di Vitis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Rick Day added Andrea di Vitis

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1 3
Ana Popović is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
SergeiRomalov added Blues-rock, Serbian rock, Rhythm and blues

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4 7
Fabio Lima is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Davi Ferreira added Fabio Lima

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8 13
Carlo Pezzimenti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Flashman added Carlo Pezzimenti

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1 4
Jose Luis Gonzalis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Tom Radford added Jose Luis Gonzalis