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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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Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop
2
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz
3
Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music
4
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz
5
Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz
6
Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz
7
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
8
Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll
9
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz
10
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
11
Ulf Wakenius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
freddie4484 added
12
Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop
13
Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
14
Gábor Szabó is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz
15
Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz
16
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues
17
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music
18
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop
19
Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz
20
Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
21
Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock
22
Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz
23
Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop
24
Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Flamenco, World music, Classical music
25
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