Toppa Top 10: The Best Reggae Guitarists

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October 24, 2012

Words by Jesse Serwer, Martei Korley and Sherman Escofferyโ€”

In contrast to some other genres, reggae guitarists don’t necessarily enjoy greater status or celebrity than their cohorts in the rhythm section. Everyone who owns a non-Bob Marley reggae LP knows Sly and Robbie; a considerably smaller portion of folks know Bob and the Riddim Twins‘ preferred six-string partner, Earl “Chinna” Smith (at right in the above pic, with fellow JA guitar great Ernest Ranglin). To help you put a name and face to some of your favorite reggae licks, we’ve compiled a guide to the style’s best and most influential guitarists.