Toppa Top 10: The Best Reggae Guitarists

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October 24, 2012

1. Ernest Ranglin

With accomplishments spanning mento, ska, reggae and jazz, Ernest Ranglin is, by most accounts, the most significant guitar player in Jamaica’s history. If you’re a student of reggae, you’re already well aware of his essential session work at Studio One. But did you know (as we only earned recently) that Ranglin fashioned his first guitar from a sardine can, and played on Bob Marley’s inaugural studio session, as well as the hit that really launched Jamaican music to di worl’, in Millie Small’s “My Boy Lollipop”?