Spanning almost every genre of music, the guitar is played and heard more often than most other instruments. It makes sense that naming the best players of all time is a tough and potentially controversial process.
Many of us have our favourites and good reasons for picking them - no doubt you do as well. So there’s no point pretending that this countdown will settle anything for good, but hopefully it makes a strong case.
Presenting: ten guitarists that mastered, innovated and immortalised their playing. Ten guitarists that transformed people’s understanding of what the guitar is capable of.
Many of these players were composers too, whose guitar sheet music can be found on the nkoda app. Take a look, do some listening, but remember that however good these players might seem, they were also total beginners once, who fumbled their way through their first few notes on the fretboard.
So if you’re a player, don’t be daunted by their brilliance - get inspired.