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
803 257
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

2
661 203
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

3
622 188
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

4
352 138
Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music

5
299 140
Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

6
482 253
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

7
221 97
Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz

8
312 154
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
291 142
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

10
262 124
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

11
288 141
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

12
461 251
Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music

13
307 156
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

14
218 102
Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

15
229 116
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

16
136 55
Gábor Szabó is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
188 93
Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

18
140 65
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

19
237 134
Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

20
168 91
Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz

21
138 75
Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock

22
107 52
John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop

23
136 74
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
131 71
Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

25
189 116
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Folk music, Jazz, Country