Jazz The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time  

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When jazz took the stage it forever changed the world of music. Jazz is infused into almost all genres of music, even subtly. Mastering any kind of guitar is hard enough, but mastering jazz guitar takes even more skill. Who are the greatest jazz guitarists of all time? 
 
The talented musicians on this list are known for being the all time greatest when it comes to jazz guitar. This includes musicians who are both living and dead. Many of these musicians also branched out into other genres of music, including rock and country.
 
This list features the all time greatest jazz guitarists, ranked by the community's votes, and includes Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, and Joe Pass. Vote up the best jazz guitarists in history below, or add someone you think is great if he or she isn't already on the list.
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1
832 226
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
2
787 211
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz
3
511 157
Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music
4
918 340
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz
5
344 143
Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz
6
424 188
Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz
7
440 202
Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll
8
617 310
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
9
411 191
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz
10
361 162
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
11
308 156
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues
12
237 111
Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop
13
324 169
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music
14
482 273
Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music
15
159 62
Gábor Szabó is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz
16
207 100
Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz
17
244 126
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz
18
249 138
Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
19
186 95
Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz
20
149 71
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop
21
140 73
Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz
22
147 81
Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock
23
142 79
Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Flamenco, World music, Classical music
24
112 57
John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop
25
113 59
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
BlairClark added Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz