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The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time 

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Updated December 2, 2019 27.2k votes 3.8k voters 214.3k views 132 items

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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
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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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George Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Ulf Wakenius is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Gábor Szabó... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time