Top 10 Best Acoustic Guitaristsrednile1
The Top Ten
Many ways to judge a guitar player. Tommy shows that practice practice practice can combined with passion that only he knows creates exactly what you see, when you see him live. Time slows down, and you watch a man become totally committed to the art. There are no doubt better songwriters, but I have never seen anybody work as hard and be able to hit every note, create any possible sounds that can come from a acoustic guitar and succeed in making you feel what he is feeling at the same time
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.
Met Tommy in Victoria because at one of his concerts. He is a virtuoso with technique unlike any other. Live is the only way to fully appreciate his showmanship, energy, passion and musical magic. His live sound is simply unbelievable and intoxicating. The best part is his kind hearted beautiful soul that permeates his performance and presence. In my view the best player in the world and an even better person. Gotta love the man! He represents the very best in humanity
Makes me feel proud to be an Australian. But it's very hard to say who is the best in the world. Too many great guitarists to choose from.V 56 Comments
Jose is the most versatile guitarist ever! There is nothing he cannot play! He moves me like no other! He can make one guitar sound like an orchestra! Self taught, passionate and always entertaining. His voice also is wonderful..if you only knew Jose for Doors cover Light My Fire, then think again!
A guitar virtuoso has performed with the world best recognized symphony orchestras and with his own band. Even George Benson re-recorded his Affirmation.
He has performed with the best symphony orchestras worldwide and his own band. He is a genius in music. He still doing strong in Europe and Latin America Markets.
The best of all! Virtuoso and versatile.V 23 Comments
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 have had the joy of working as his sound engineer for a short tour many-many years ago. He is not only the most innovative and improvisational acoustic guitarist I have ever worked with (and I do have a few to my credit), He is also the nicest man you would ever want to meet. I had played guitar at the time for about 10 years. He asked me one time, "Do you play guitar? " After watching him play every night what could I say? "No, Phil, not at all! "
Phil now has 75 albums actually. My brother has every one. Two other fantastic guitarists are classical master Christopher Parkening and (of course) John Petrucci of Dream Theater. Vastly different but both world class musicians. Phil Keaggy, in my opinion, could keep up with...not better than, not even as good as...but could keep up with BOTH Parkening and Petrucci. That's how good and versatile he is.
Showed my son what he can do. A new fan.V 4 Comments
No one is as good as Paco! This guy is a pioneer.
The best acoustic guitar all time!
Amazing and so cool. When are you coming to Canada?
BEST EVER.V 5 Comments
Single handedly kept classical guitar alive and trained an entire generation. He won't win popularity contests since he didn't play pop, but he preserved the music, techniques, and passion behind classical guitar. You may not say he is the absolute best based on your preferences, but you can't place anyone above him. Buy the CDs of his lessons, and listen to them daily.
Not a pop music player so he will never get the most votes but just the best.
A W E S O M E technically and spiritually.. His performance of Bach's chaconne, or anything... For me, No. 1!
Ask every single name on this list [the live ones anyway], and they will tell you that Segovia is the GOAT.
His Unplugged album proves exactly why he is the most versatile guitarist to ever exist. From a Gibson to a Fender to Martin Acoustic Guitars playing Blues, Rock, Reggae and countless other genres on them, Clapton is a God at them all!
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!
Should be above talentless Ginger Ed Sheeran! - guyritchi
LAYLAV 10 Comments
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.
Absolutely one of my favorite guitarists, he explored a variety of techniques which have become common place. It's hard to hear how unique he was given the rapid spread of his techniques, and a number of people on this list use those techniques with extra pizzazz (! ). Few catch his emotional depth.
Musicality blended with musical and composition genius, Michael had it all and shared it with us.
I think he's great!V 7 Comments
Number one in everything having to do with music. Genius!
No words can describe his talents and technique. The complexities are mind blowing! When musicians hear Jung's rendition of their own songs they are even awe stuck at his style and approach. And the kid is young! Imagine the possibilities!
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
Please help bringing Sungha to the 1st spot guys. He completely deserves it. I mean, look how young he is and even Jason Mraz (one of the best guitarist and a great singer) said that he studied Sungha's style for a whole week and he couldn't exactly do what he does and then he said that its really not easy...
He's the bestV 13 Comments
Who else plays two songs at the same time?
His songs are as cool as his name
How is not atkins number 1?
The best ever!V 1 Comment
Another name with a legitimate claim to the GOAT title. A shame kids today have no idea who he was.
Lets be honest he is number 1
Founder of Gypsy Jazz. Through his influence, the guitar has become an integral part of pop music.
Many great guitarists are influenced and inspired by Django Reinhardt.
The fact that Taylor Swift is above Django Reinhardt completely blow's my mind! He is the greatest acoustic guitarist of all time. Reinhardt and Grapelli created a new genre of music when they played together.
Transends classical jazz pop - rednile1
Go to youtube for John Williams playing asturias and recuerdos de la alhambra - he was also in the group Sky. Sky had a hit with toccatta.
The most innovative guitarist of all time. Created a genre that was the foundation of following genres.
With out him blues wouldn't exist which means that rock would not exist which means metal and grudge and hair metal and rap all would not exist.
the king of the delta blues...
John Martyn was a criminally underrated artist, his guitar playing was effortless, innovative and so far ahead of its time. Eric Clapton once quoted that "John Martyn was so far ahead of everyone at the time it was almost inconceivable" His use of an echoplex on live sets needs to be heard to believe, it sounds like you're listening to two guitars at once, incredible.
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
Number One is his due!V 2 Comments
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.
WHAT IS TO SAY?
What.. Clapton, Page, Slash, Cantrell? Hell, even SRV recorded on an acoustic. PisS on this pop rap playing fool.
Are you kidding me? Best ever
Invented the best sounding technique ever.
Lol, pathetic to see contemporary artist like Ed Sheeran above Al Di Meola. Kids these days surely does not understand differences in music. I understand that determining the best is very vague, but seriously, thetoptens need to conduct some screening whether the recommended names deserves to be on the list or not
The absolute best
Best in the world
Not one person has taken the level of playing guitar as high as Al. He can read write and compose, play flamenco, jazz, improvisational world music etc. Who else would have written an entire album re-interpreting for guitar the bandoneon played Argentian Tango music of Astor Piazzola. Nobody, No guitar player could even dream of such a task, let alone do it.V 1 Comment
Oh this guy is here. Can't believe my eyes. There were many reasons why I chose to play guitar. And some of the songs that inspired me was "Poth Chola" Just listen the acoustic guitar intro of this song. Mind blowing. - zxm
Like John Martyn very under rated. Still love his cover of 'Heartbreak Hotel'.
His talents are mostly overshadowed by his genre of songs being romantic, bluesy, yet kid-like wonder. His early works were very rhythmic with a hybrid of finger picking/plucking style infused with strumming. Eric Clapton was even inspired by it! All very original and difficult yet fun to play if you can. His later works would suffer a bit from his original fans because he chose to chase the more soloist complexities that are mostly afforded to the "real electric guitarist", well, at least one would think. What we can all agree with is John is an amazingly talented guitarist regardless! For those who doubt his real depth I suggest you listen to John's own version of 'Wind Cries Mary' and be lost in his own world filled with wonder and ambrosia.
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
He should be 1st easily...
He should be number 1 actually! Incredible guitarist!
Best guitar player by a distant in my opinion.
He is amazing
He blows every other guitarist on this list aways...
It's not even close
Has all the technical skill you could want in playing acoustic guitar and is extremely creative with his music and song writing. One of the best.
Dreamcatcher album is underrated to say the least. Great album from a great artist.
Andy mckee and don ross are the best
Rylynn is is candy to the earsV 1 Comment
Sublime whimsical sad angry everyhing really - rednile1
#27 really! He is much better tan that
One of the most creative and original musicians out there. Awesome technique, beautiful music
Incredible talent. And super sweet man. A class act.
Take a look, then decide for yourself.
Or to quote Tommy Emmanuel "one of the best guitarists on the planet"
Genius of the acoustic 7-string guitar.V 1 Comment
"Ocean" is a masterpiece you can listen again and again. But best of all, when you watch him playing, you understand how physical it is and how much he has put himself into it. High in emotion.
I listened to Ocean and felt inspired... I learned to play Ocean and I WAS inspired. John Butler is the reason I've become a better player.
Improvisation and overall precision of playing is unbelievable, arguably the best open tuning guitarist out there.
Sincerely, there is nothing to say. Listen to album Sunrise Over The Sea and you will remain mouth open!V 6 Comments
Who plays nylon string better - rednile1
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
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
He was a great fingerstyle and flatpicking guitarist. He wasthe real thing when it came to good old mountain music but expanded into all genres, He is a class act!
Bewitching player tells a story never took the praise he warrented - rednile1
Bob Dylan's has always been a great acoustic guitarist. - zxm
Should be higher
He can extend and blend his soul to the guitar. Forget about all those flashy stuff other guitarists do. He is the god of classical guitar!
Excuisite challenging and genre busting - rednile1
Most of these guys would not be playing if John hadn't had been there first
Should be much, much higher on this list!
Tony Rice should never be out of any legitimate top 5 ever list. He may be the best acoustic player still alive.
Best guitar Player for ever.
Tony is the greatest
Tony...The man!V 1 Comment
Retarded that dave is not in top 10. lol look at his songs: Warehouse, Rhyme and Reason, The Stone and tell me he is not top 10. lol.
Dave is at least top 20
I meant to say copied, not cooied! You get the point I hope!
John Mayer cooied his whole persona! And Mayer is bwfore Dave! Embarassing to say the least list maker person! For shame.
Has his own style and sound
If you get a chance, check out his live performance of 'End of the affair' on the Jools Holland show. Absolutely breath and totally unique.
Uses alternate tunings, partial capos, delay pedal, belts into the soundhole of his guitar, bloke is a freak and the best acoustic guitarist on the planet, period.
Forget the prog and rock (though brilliant) listen to the other side - rednile1
A prolific songwriter, sure. There are songs I've heard him play 3 or 4 times live in concert and on 3 or 4 additional live albums. Each rendition is different, but each is immediately identifiable as Thompson on guitar, and each true to the song. Very few on this list can approach his mastery of the guitar and combine it with sensitivity to mood and personality.
RT at 67 is very wrong. He should have been in top 10. He is one of the founders of Modern Brit folk /folk rock. In addition he is a topnotch singer songwriter.His gruffy vocals are best suited for the acoustic ditties that he often sings.He is also an excellent electric guitar player with with flowing meldies. His work with Fairport, His ex Linda and solo work are of the highest order. His guitar work, abilities as singer songwriter are intact ( may have actually improved) since almost half a century. Listen his albums Stil(2015) or Acoustic (2016) to get a taste of this wonderful musician.
Eric Clapton ones sayd ''I am not the best guitarst in the world, there is one guy in Norway and his name is Øystein Sunde and he is without a doubt the best guitarst in the world''...
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
This man is on another level. Transcends everything we ever thought was possible on an acoustic guitar. Ed Sheeran at 6? If I was Mr Dawes I would be offended by that.
Listen to his first two albums. Another Monday or the song Buffalo. Kottke, Fahey. Jansch, Hedges, Dykes, Watson, Django, Emmanuel-Renborn. All great. And many more of course. Charlie Chistian, Larrry Corryell, Mclaughlin, Tony Rice. It's a golden age of guitar recordings. Past and present.
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
I'm a big fan of many of the above artists, but I have never seen a guitarist handle the instrument in the way that Jon Gomm does, in fact I would love to see all these virtuosi guitarists in the list above Gomm to play Passionflower. It's far from an impossible challenge, right?
Just amazing, the few at the top are legends but this guy is just hands down amazing
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