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100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists

Criteria: - This list is intended for those musicians whose primary instrument throughout their careers has been or is now the acoustic guitar. It is based upon their individual originality, innovation, technique & influence within this genre. It does NOT include the Pioneers of Blues, Jazz, Classical, or the Latin acoustic influenced genre's such as Flamenco, or those modern guitarists who have recorded or performed their music in an occaisonal "unplugged" setting.

Edited By: Rick Varner
Last Updated: 09-09-2011

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100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists
Michael Hedges Leo Kottke Chet Atkins Phil Keaggy John Fahey
  1. Michael Hedges
  2. Leo Kottke
  3. Chet Atkins
  4. Phil Keaggy
  5. John Fahey
  6. Adrian Legg
  7. Merle Travis
  8. John Renbourn
  9. Bert Jansch
10. Tommy Emmanuel
11. Norman Blake
12. Doc Watson
13. Preston Reed
14. Laurence Juber
15. Martin Simpson
16. Don Ross
17. Nick Webb
18. Pierre Bensusan
19. Jorma Kaukonen
20. Sandy Bull
21. John Martyn
22. William Ackerman
23. Billy McLaughlin
24. Doyle Dykes
25. Steve Tibbetts
26. David Bromberg
27. Peter Lang
28. Kelly Joe Phelps
29. Tony Rice
30. Davy Graham
31. Alex deGrassi
32. Monte Montgomery
33. Richard Leo Johnson
34. Gayla Drake Paul
35. Edward Gerhard
36. Bill Mize
37. Al Petteway
38. Peter Finger
39. Robbie Basho
40. El McMeen
41. Greg Carmichael
42. Pat Kirtley
43. Peter Huttlinger
44. Benjamin Woolman
45. Stephen Bennett
46. Richard Smith
47. Kaki King
48. Martin Carthy
49. Peter Rowan
50. Sam Pacetti
51. Buster B. Jones
52. Stefan Grossman
53. Tim Reynolds
54. Miles Gilderdale
55. Richard Gilewitz
56. Brooks Williams
57. Doug Smith
58. Peter Ostroushko
59. Andy McKee
60. D.R. Auten
61. Dirk Freymuth
62. Eric Tingstad
63. Peter Roller
64. Paul Geremia
65. Craig Chaquico
66. William Coulter
67. Tim Farrell
68. Arlen Roth
69. Dan Schwartz
70. Matthew Montfort
71. Andrew York
72. Roy Harper
73. Muriel Anderson
74. Artie Traum
75. Robin Bullock
76. Thom Bresch
77. David Wilcox
78. Tracy Moore
79. Steve Baughman
80. Tommy Jones
81. Joni Mitchell
82. Peppino D'Agostino
83. Pat Donohue
84. Mike Dowling
85. Tony McManus
86. Dave Mallany
87. Tim Sparks
88. David Grier
89. Orville Johnson
90. Sean Harkness
91. George Villiers
92. Rick Ruskin
93. Greg Neaga
94. Dorian Michael
95. Charles David Alexander
96. Tom Long
97. Jerry Reed
98. Jim Earp
99. Kenny Sultan
100. Michael Dunn
1. Duane Allman
    (Little Martha)
2. Bruce Cockburn
    (Islands In a Black Sky)
3. John Petrucci
4. Richie Blackmore
    (Possum's Last Dance)
5. Eddie Van Halen
6. David Gilmour
    (Wish You Were Here)
7. Joe Satriani
    (Tears In The Rain)
8. Buckethead
    (Big Sur Moon)
9. Eric Johnson
    (Song For George)
10. Steve Howe
    (Mood For a Day)
11. Randy Rhoads
12. Steve Vai
    (Burnin' Down The Mountain)
13. Eddie Van Halen
    (Spanish Fly)
14. Yngwie Malmsteen
15. Steve Morse
16. Stephen Stills
    (Treetop Flyer)
17. Steve Howe
    (The Clap)
18. Billy Gibbons
    (Asleep In The Desert)
19. John Petrucci
    (Hour Glass)
20. Eric Johnson
    (Desert Song)
21. Jimmy Page
    (Going To California)
22. Jeff Beck
    (Love Is Green)
23. Ronnie Montrose
    (No Beginning/No End)
24. Richie Blackmore
    (The Storm)
25. Slash
Some listening recommendations:
"Oracle" - Michael Hedges
"Beyond Nature" - Phil Keaggy
"The Legend of Blind Joe Death" - John Fahey
"Six & Twelve String Guitar" - Leo Kottke
"How Can I Keep From Singing" - Gayla Drake Paul
"Quah" - Jorma Kaukonen
"Manzanita" - Tony Rice
"Only" - Tommy Emmanuel
"Metal" - Preston Reed
"Stream" - Tim Reynolds
Go to the 'Specialty Guitarists' page for
- Classical - Flamenco - Avante Garde - R&B Guitarists -

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Disclaimer: There is nothing 'Official' about these lists. They are compiled by the 'editor' using the
stated criteria, and revised considering the competent suggestions of visitors to this website only.


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