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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219 98
Andrés Segovia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

2
144 56
Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

3
154 63
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Romance, Classical music, Jazz

4
88 62
Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

5
54 33
Agustin Barrios Mangore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustin Barrios Mangore Classical music

6
67 48
David Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

7
61 43
Ana Vidović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
tijn added Ana Vidovic

8
47 30
Manuel Barrueco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music; contemporary

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60 44
Pepe Romero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Flamenco, Classical music

10
32 23
Zoran Dukic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Zoran Dukic Classical music; contemporary

11
56 55
Narciso Yepes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Film score

12
25 24
Ida Presti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

13
18 16
Sergei Orekhov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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30 30
Ferdinando Carulli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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30 30
Ángel Romero is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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20 20
Carlos Barbosa-Lima is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

17
14 13
Marcin Dylla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
JosephMallet added Marcin Dylla

18
31 33
Kazuhito Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

19
22 23
Göran Söllscher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

20
22 23
Agustín Pío Barr... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Agustín Pío Barrios Classical music

21
9 8
Xeifei Yang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
DeborahFoglia added Xeifei Yang

22
33 37
Sharon Isbin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music

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27 30
Alirio Díaz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music

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22 24
Lily Afshar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time

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20 23
Antonio Lauro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classical Guitarists of All Time
Classical music