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If you take a look on the greatest guitarists of all time you will find that they played a very crucial role in the success of a band or music artist.

There is no easy way to make a list of greatest guitarist let alone to rank them in a good to best fashion. Even the less enthusiastic music lovers will come up with nearly 200 or so guitarists that they think are best. It is so hard to leave one and pick another guitarist because music is such a wide entity that it encompasses a lot of genres and almost every genre has its own legendary guitarist. From rock guitarists to heavy metal guitarists to punk guitarists to soul and folk guitarists, you are never going to get enough of them.

When you are making a list of greatest guitarists ever born then you have to keep all genres in mind and not just focus on rock guitarists. Here is the list of 100 greatest guitarists chosen and ranked with the help of a online poll. It may happen that your favourite guitarists may not appear on this list or may be ranked lower. If it comes to that then please tell us about it in comments so that we may update this list of 100 best guitarists ever.

These are the top 100 guitarists of all time:

Greatest Guitarists All Time

100. Tom Verlaine (Television)
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99. Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
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98. Mickey Baker
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97. John McLaughlin
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96. Paul Kossoff (Free)
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95. Pete Townsend
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94. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
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93. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
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92. Leigh Stephens (Blue Cheer)
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91. Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
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90. Eddie Cochran
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89. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
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88. Bert Jansch
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87. Robert Randolph
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86. Greg Ginn (Black Flag)
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85. Wayne Kramer (MC5)
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84. Dave Davies (The Kinks)
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83. Joan Jett
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82. Angus Young (AC/DC)
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81. Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith
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80. Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper)
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79. Ali Farka Toure
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78. Clarence White (The Byrds)
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77. Robbie Robertson (The Band)
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76. Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
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75. Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane)
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74. Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic)
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73. Dickey Betts
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72. Scotty Moore
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71. Ike Turner
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70. Frank Zappa
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69. Link Wray
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68. Les Paul
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67. Lou Reed
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66. T-Bone Walker
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65. Lightnin’ Hopkins
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64. Bo Diddley
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63. Mick Ronson
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62. Hubert Sumlin
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61. Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
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60. Cliff Gallup (The Blue Caps)
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59. Brian May (Queen)
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58. Steve Howe (Yes)
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57. Johnny Winter
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56. John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
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55. Adam Jones (Tool)
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54. Buddy Guy
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53. Jerry Miller (Moby Grape)
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52. Dick Dale
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51. D. Boon (The Minutemen)
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50. John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
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49. Neil Young
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48. Lee Ranaldo
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47. Henry Vestine (Canned Hea)
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46. Robert Quine (The Voidoids)
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45. Trey Anastasio (Phish)
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44. Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
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43. John Fahey
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42. Derek Trucks
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41. Steve Cropper (Booker T. and the MG’s)
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40. Mike Bloomfield
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39. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave)
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38. Freddy King
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37. Joni Mitchell
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36. Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
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35. Stephen Stills
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34. Danny Gatton
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33. Ron Asheton (The Stooges)
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32. Vernon Reid (Living Colour)
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31. George Harrison
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30. Zoot Horn Rollo (Magic Band)
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29. Warren Haynes
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28. Richard Thompson
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27. The Edge (U2)
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26. Jack White (The White Stripes)
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25. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
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24. Jonny Greenwood Ed
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23. James Burton
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22. Randy Rhoads
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21. Roy Buchanan
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20. Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
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19. Ry Cooder
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18. Eddie Van Halen
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17. Johnny Ramone (The Ramones)
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16. Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)
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15. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
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14. Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
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13. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
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12. Ed O’Brien (Radiohead)
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11. Stevie Ray Vaughan
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10. Robert Johnson
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9. Jeff Beck
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8. Robby Krieger (The Doors)
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7. Chuck Berry
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6. Carlos Santana
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5. Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
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4. Eric Clapton
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3. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
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2. B.B. King
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1. Jimi Hendrix
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