musicians 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
489 129
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Joe Pass Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

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2
576 192
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Wes Montgomery Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

3
452 149
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

4
274 86
Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Barney Kessel Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music

5
218 98
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kenny Burrell Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

6
219 100
Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jim Hall Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

7
163 68
Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Martino Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

8
188 84
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band, Jazz

9
355 187
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
George Benson Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

10
338 177
Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pat Metheny Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music

11
206 97
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Grant Green Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

12
223 109
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John McLaughlin Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

13
240 122
Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Les Paul Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

14
162 73
Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Herb Ellis Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz

15
162 73
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Scofield Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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16
135 64
Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Allan Holdsworth Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
105 45
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Tal Farlow Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

18
173 97
Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Al Di Meola Chicano rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

19
123 66
Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Carlton Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz

20
82 37
Lenny Breau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lenny Breau Flamenco, Classical music, Jazz

21
85 40
Johnny Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Johnny Smith Cool jazz

22
78 35
Gábor Szabó is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Gábor Szabó Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

23
95 48
Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Larry Coryell Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

24
145 88
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Chet Atkins Folk music, Jazz, Country

25
71 32
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
BlairClark added Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

26
89 46
Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Paco de Lucía Flamenco, World music, Classical music

27
57 23
Freddie Green is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Freddie Green

28
67 31
Biréli Lagrène is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Biréli Lagrène Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

29
94 52
Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Bill Frisell Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock

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30
72 36
John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
John Abercrombie Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop

31
85 47
Stanley Jordan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Stanley Jordan Jazz fusion, Jazz

32
76 42
Mike Stern is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Mike Stern Rock music, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

33
54 25
Bucky Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added Bucky Pizzarelli Swing music, Big band, Jazz

34
122 80
Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lee Ritenour Jazz-funk, Pop music, Sophisti-pop

35
52 24
Eddie Lang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Eddie Lang Jazz

36
39 14
Kurt Rosenwinkel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Frano Frano added Kurt Rosenwinkel Jazz

37
50 27
George Van Eps is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

38
47 25
John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
looksharp added John Pizzarelli Swing music, Jazz

39
81 57
Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
tony-c- added Frank Zappa Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal

40
40 21
Ted Greene is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Ted Greene Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz

41
42 23
Lonnie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Lonnie Johnson St. Louis blues, Jazz blues, Piedmont blues

42
26 9
Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
LaphaetonZ added Laurindo Almeida Jazz, Bossa nova

43
26 9
Emily Remler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Nicty added Emily Remler Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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44
96 72
Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

45
45 27
Martin Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

46
37 20
Eric Gale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
slaft added Eric Gale Pop music, Jazz

47
24 9
Julian Lage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Deimantas Jurevičius added Julian Lage Jazz

48
38 22
Jimmy Bruno is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

49
39 23
Howard Roberts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Howard Roberts Rock and roll, Jazz, Country

50
35 20
Jimmy Raney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jimmy Raney Cool jazz, Hard bop