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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
767 238
Wes Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Hard bop, Smooth jazz

2
600 177
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

3
631 194
Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz, Bebop

4
330 135
Barney Kessel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Cool jazz, Rock music

5
290 125
Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

6
465 237
George Benson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

7
449 231
Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz, Pop music

8
209 87
Herb Ellis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, West Coast jazz

9
276 132
Grant Green is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz

10
277 133
Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Bebop, Blues

11
247 115
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

12
296 147
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

13
292 149
Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

14
227 110
John Scofield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Nu jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

15
211 100
Pat Martino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Hard bop, Jazz fusion, Post-bop

16
133 52
Gábor Szabó is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz

17
137 62
Tal Farlow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Cool jazz, Jazz, Bebop

18
177 92
Allan Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

19
231 133
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
163 89
Larry Carlton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Smooth jazz

21
130 68
Larry Coryell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Jazz fusion, Post-bop, Jazz

22
133 72
Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Soundtrack, Americana, Experimental rock

23
188 115
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Folk music, Jazz, Country

24
106 53
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
BlairClark added Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

25
104 52
John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time
Avant-garde jazz, Cool jazz, Hard bop