Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitarists


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The Top Ten

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


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.

2Tommy 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!
[Newest]He is simply the best!

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
Why is there no info on him

4Paul Simon

5Paco 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.

6Andrés Segovia

7Richie Sambora

8Chet Atkins
Who else plays two songs at the same time?

9Mark 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.

10John 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


He floats in the air when he plays
[Newest]An absolutely unique talent

The Contenders

11Sungha 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.
[Newest]I think also he should be I top ten!

12Bert Jansch

13Norman Blake

14Robert Johnson
The most innovative guitarist of all time. Created a genre that was the foundation of following genres.
the king of the delta blues...

15Bob Dylan

16Paul Buchannan
Sublime whimsical sad angry everyhing really


17Ed Sheeran
Are you kidding me? Best ever

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

19Clive 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"

20Alan Davison
Bewitching player tells a story never took the praise he warrented


21Earl Klugh
Who plays nylon string better


22John 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

23John Williams
Transends classical jazz pop


24Andy Mckee
Dreamcatcher album is underrated to say the least. Great album from a great artist.

25Julian Bream
Excuisite challenging and genre busting


26Doc Watson

27Robert Fripp
Forget the prog and rock (though brilliant) listen to the other side


28Johnny Cash

29Al Di Meola

30Eric Clapton
Ok I know he is known for his electric stuff but everyone knows his "Unplugged" album. Listen and watch. He is also one of the best acoustic guitarists of all time. Any guitar list without him is bogus. Come on folks at least top ten. There are Grammys for a reason!

31Martin Carthy
Pushes forwards whilst engaging past roots


32Aoi (The Gazette)

33Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is the best

34Nancy Wilson

35Oystein Sunde

36Kelly Joe Phelps
Belongs on the to ten

37Raphael Rabello
Rafael Baptista Rabello (October 31, 1962 â€" April 27, 1995), was a virtuoso Brazilian guitarist and composer. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was considered one of the best acoustic guitar players in the world and played with many famous artists, such as Tom Jobim, Ney Matogrosso, Paulo Moura and Paco de Lucia.

38Kyle Gass
Seriously? This man may play comedy music, but this guy is really a ledgend. His speed is just awesome. Listen to tribute and kickapoo and tell me the guitar isn't good

39John Butler
An amazing guitarist. If you don't believe check one of his videos. I recommend everyone to listen his song called Ocean
Awesome guitarist. Deserves to be in the top ten.
His original "OCEAN" never gets boring! I don't get tired of it. Incredible skills and diverse styles! John Butler can jam!

40Estas Tonne
He should be number 1 actually! Incredible guitarist!
He is a Russian guitarist that plays in stages for thousands of people, but also can create a crowd arround while playing in the streets.

41Christofer Drew


43John Renbourn

44Richard Thompson

45Ben Howard

46Jon Gomm
Give Passionflower, Ain't Nobody, and Message in A Bottle a try. Amazing guitarist that uses harmonics, slap techniques, making his own drumbeats and typing (putting both your hands on the fret and play notes simultaneously all of those WHILE SINGING. You have to give him a try. I swear you'll be blown away

47Justin King
Just listen to Phunkdified and Knock on Wood. You'll be satisfied at just how talented this guy is.

48Jim Greeninger

49Doyle Dykes
Seriously I had to add him? Easily top 5 with Tommy Emmanuel. Guess people just haven't heard or seen him. Do yourself a favor and do so!

50John Fahey
Most of these guys would not be playing if John hadn't had been there first

51Yamandu Costa
Genius of the acoustic 7-string guitar.

52Akihiro Tanaka

53Rynten Okazaki

54Django Reinhardt
Lets be honest he is number 1

55Kotaro Oshio

56Tony Rice
Tony is the greatest

57Neil young
Come just listen to Massey hall. He is amazing

58Nuno Bettencourt

59Phil Manzanera

60José Feliciano

61Richie Havens

62Dave Mason
He is the acoustic counterpoint to Hendrix's lead on to original recording of "All Along the Watchtower"; simply brilliant.
Mason has said in interviews that Hendrix was incredibly demanding of perfection during the recording sessions.


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