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Who are the best musicians to have ever played the mandolin? The mandolin is originally a stringed instrument from Italy. It is closely related to the lute and comes in many variations, the most famous being the Neapolitan. The greatest mandolinists ever are from different eras and genres but are all greatly skilled on the mandolin.

The mandolin is used in Italian, classical, folk, bluegrass, and rock music. These best mandolin players of all time have the ability to create flawless music, whether it's a rehearsed piece or a freestyle composition.

The greatest mandolin players of all time are from all over the world and include such musicians as Chris Thile, Dave Apollon, David Grisman, and Andy Statman. To become one of the best mandolin players in history takes great commitment and a strong work ethic.

Vote up the best mandolin players of all time below or add the mandolinist you think is the greatest if he or she isn't already on the list.
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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Chris Thile Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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174 53
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Sam Bush Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

3
169 52
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bill Monroe Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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168 53
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

5
132 42
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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101 31
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Sierra Hull

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94 33
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ronnie McCoury Bluegrass

8
96 44
Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jethro Burns Country

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74 30
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Compton Country

10
76 32
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Adam Steffey Bluegrass, Old-time

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55 20
Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jacob Do Bandolim Choro

12
63 26
Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz

13
117 65
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Marshall Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

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47 17
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Hamilton de Holanda Choro, Samba, Jazz

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53 22
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Andy Statman Klezmer

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33 9
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
WesleyAutio added John Reischman

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57 29
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Marty Stuart Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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37 14
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
EthanSetiawan added Jacob Jolliff

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40 20
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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37 18
Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical

21
39 22
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass, Gospel music

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31 16
Tiny Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Tiny Moore Western swing

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22 9
Matt Flinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
LeannFalkenstine added Matt Flinner

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21 9
Mario De Pietro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mario De Pietro Jazz, Classical

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44 32
Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Carlo Aonzo Classical

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10 2
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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8 1
Jeff Austin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jeff Austin Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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26 20
Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Peter Ostroushko Americana, Folk music

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6 1
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Vince Gill Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

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21 17
Yank Rachell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Yank Rachell Blues, Country blues

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19 15
Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Wayne Benson Bluegrass

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5 1
John Duffey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added John Duffey Bluegrass, Country

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14 12
Frank Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
stewart831 added Frank Wakefield

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3 1
Jimmy Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jimmy Martin Bluegrass

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3 1
Bobby Osborne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Bobby Osborne

36
3 1
Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ritchie Blackmore Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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6 5
Jimmy Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
ToshioFukuda added Jimmy Gaudreau

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3 2
Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ry Cooder Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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1 0
Detlef Tewes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
PhilippStreb added Detlef Tewes

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1 0
Curly Seckler is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Curly Seckler

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1 0
Ray Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Christian Counterman added Ray Jackson

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3 3
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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2 2
Ira Louvin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ira Louvin Gospel music, Country

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2 2
Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Kahleb Bel added Avi Avital Chamber music, Classical music

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1 1
Charles O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
bri-gri added Charles O'Connor

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1 1
Ray Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Christian Counterman added Ray Jackson

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14 16
Alison Stephens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Alison Stephens Classical

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25 29
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rhonda Vincent Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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3 4
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

50
18 23
Simon Mayor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Simon Mayor Folk music, Classical music