Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitarists


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1Tommy Emmanuel

Easily the most innovative, creative and technically gifted acoustic guitarists that has ever lived. I highly recommend anyone that is not familiar to check out his pieces. Great arrangements and so much passion when playing. Truly amazing.

I've been playing guitar for nearly 50 years. I've heard all these other guys and without a doubt they are all great. But I've never heard any picker do what Tommy Emmanuel can do.

Just a tremendous guitarist who posseses skills a technique beyond comprehension. Also a great person. If you get a chance to see him live I can assure you wont forget it!

Easily one of the best guitarists to ever live! Tommy Emmanuel and/or Chet Atkins deserve #1

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2Phil Keaggy

The Greatest Acoustic Guitarist of All-time! No one can match his Excellence! - Nirmal1991USA

Nobody is even in Michael Hedges league. He reinvented the acoustic guitar.

I saw Phil a few years back in Joppa, MD. All I can say is, it was amazing. Just an incredible musician and performer.

The master of all genres of music. With over 50 albums under his belt (most original, few covers) and only 9 fingers, he is the king of the fret board. Not to mention a very humble man. No ego there. Would like to see Phil and Sungha Jung do a concert tour together, Would like to see Sungha Jung do some Phil covers.

3Michael Hedges

Had the pleasure of seeing him live 3 times. The most gifted, influential, inspiring artist I have ever seen. His music, passion, energy, and love for life will truly be missed.

Saw him right before he died in Maryland. Beyond amazing and unique

No opinion just he should be at the top

Just the best guitarist!

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4Paul Simon
5Richie Sambora
6Andrés Segovia
7John Martyn

The song Spencer the Rover is one of my favorits and his style of music is like Nick Drake

Rip a legend, inspired and wrote and sang solid air has never been bettered - rednile1

He floats in the air when he plays

An absolutely unique talent

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8George Lincoln D'Costa
9Paco de Lucia

No one is as good as Paco! This guy is a pioneer.

Amazing and so cool. When are you coming to Canada?

One of the greatest I have seen,
Don't forget about Al de Meola.

10Ed Sheeran

Invented the best sounding technique ever.

Are you kidding me? Best ever

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11Chet Atkins

Who else plays two songs at the same time?

He is the best, period!

12Mark Knopfler

Although more known as an electric guitar player, check out "Mark Knopfler showing his magic on acoustic guitar" on YouTube. Probably the most epic ragpicking I've seen.

13Sungha Jung

I think Sungha jung should be on top 10 cause his guitar sings the lyrics of every song he wants to cover... Listen to his videos so that you'll know what am talking about

Sungha is still so young that's why he should be in the top ten. He's gonna be better than all those guitarists when he grow up.

Ever listened to him! You should he's better than taylor swift.

I think also he should be I top ten!

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14Bert Jansch
15Robert Johnson

The most innovative guitarist of all time. Created a genre that was the foundation of following genres.

the king of the delta blues...

16Paul Buchannan

Sublime whimsical sad angry everyhing really - rednile1

17Clive Carroll

One of the most creative and original musicians out there. Awesome technique, beautiful music

Take a look, then decide for yourself.
Or to quote Tommy Emmanuel "one of the best guitarists on the planet"

18John Vesely

Come on John Vesely you should be able to outperform the others and you should be positioned on one, your wife
and kids would surely love to see it ok, you are beautiful guitar player, I support you

You did great John Vesely, you are the greatest musicians in the world and you are also an acoustic guitar player who was beautiful voice, so I'm sure if you'll be the first champion of the world

He is very good guitarist acoustic in america on the group band secondhand serenade, let's go, john vesely is my idol in Indonesia he is very excellent singer and guitarist

19John Mayer

Killer singer songwriter player! Check out shadow days (acoustic) or 3x5

His not just a good guitarist but a good singer... Rarely seen on this planet

20Alan Davison

Bewitching player tells a story never took the praise he warrented - rednile1

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List StatsUpdated 27 Nov 2015

400 votes
69 listings
6 years, 82 days old

Top Remixes

1. Phil Keaggy
2. Michael Hedges
3. Paul Simon
1. George Lincoln D'Costa
2. Phil Keaggy
3. Tommy Emmanuel



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