The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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List Criteria: The greatest rock, metal, blues and alt rock guitarists to ever play live in a touring band

The best guitarists of all time, voted on and ranked by many music fans, with photos and other info. With help from the wisdom of the crowd, you'll find a comprehensive ranking of the greatest guitar players in history. All the top guitarists are on this list - monster guitar heroes from rock, metal, blues, and alternative music. Are you on Team Eddie or Team Jimi? How about both!

Add your vote to this list of the top guitarists ever and help to pick the best guitar player in the history of music. These roock, jazz, blues guitarists have all had long careers filled with success and failure. Some are still jamming out today, which other rock stars died too young, before their talents could be fully appreciated. Now is your chance to give the best guitar players in the world some recognition.

Who is the best guitarist of all time? Add your vote to make sure your voice is heart!

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    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.more

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    • Albums: First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection, Live at the Fillmore East, Live at Woodstock, + more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: MCA Records, Vee-Jay Records, Polydor Records, Reprise Records, Barclay Records, + more
    • Career Began: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
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    James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, OBE is an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Page began his career as a studio session musician in London and, by the mid-1960s, he had become ...more

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    • Albums: Coverdale/Page, Come With Me, Live at the Greek, Don’t Send Me No Flowers, Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks, + more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Rock and roll, Jazz, + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: Atlantic Records, Geffen Records, Mercury, Fontana Records, Swan Song Records
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    Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential ...more

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    • Albums: 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim, Journeyman, Tears in Heaven, + more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock, Soft rock, + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: RSO Records, ATCO Records, Deram Records, Polydor Records, Reprise Records, + more
    • Career Began: London, United Kingdom
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    Stephen Ray Vaughan, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of blues music, and one of the ...more

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    • Albums: Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood, The Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying, + more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Jazz fusion, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: Sony Music Entertainment, Epic Records, A&M Records, Legacy Recordings
    • Career Began: Dallas, Texas, United States of America
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    Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. He is considered to be one of the world's greatest guitarists, and one of the most influential rock guitarists ...more

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    • Genres (Music): Popular music, Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal, + more
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Indonesia, United States of America
    • Labels: Warner Bros. Records
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    David Jon Gilmour, CBE, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for his work as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It is estimated that by 2012 the group had sold over 250 million records worldwide, including 75 ...more

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    • Albums: On an Island, David Gilmour, Remember That Night, About Face, Live in Gdańsk, + more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Soft rock, Progressive rock, + more
    • Nationality: England
    • Labels: Sony Records, Harvest Records, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia, + more
    • Career Began: Cambridge, United Kingdom
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    B.B. King is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a ...more

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    • Albums: Let the Good Times Roll, Live at the Regal, Ladies and Gentleman... Mr. B.B. King, How Blue Can You Get?, Electric Blues, + more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Soul blues, Rock music, Memphis blues, Electric blues, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Labels: ABC Records, RPM Records, MCA Records, Bullet Records, Geffen Records, + more
    • Career Began: Itta Bena, Mississippi, United States of America
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    Carlos Santana audio is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms ...more

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    • Albums: Legacy Edition, Eat at Whitey's, The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, Legendary Latin Rock Tracks, Bring 'Em In, + more
    • Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock, + more
    • Nationality: United States of America, Mexico
    • Labels: Polydor Records, Arista Records, PolyGram, Columbia, RCA Records
    • Career Began: California, United States of America
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