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Acoustic guitarist list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good acoustic guitar bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top acoustic guitar players in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Acoustic guitar groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all acoustic guitar players on this list got started. These are truly the greatest acoustic guitar bands of all time, since the most famous acoustic guitarist ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best acoustic guitar music.

You can click on the acoustic guitar band names to see more information about that particular notable acoustic guitar group. If they're near the top of the best acoustic guitar artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top acoustic guitar bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the acoustic guitar band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of different artists like Julean and the Rai and Lenka Filipová. Have your voice heard by voting on the best artists on the list. The order is decided by votes. Make sure to vote for artists like Yoav or Trace Bundy if you like them.

All important, significant and iconic acoustic guitarists in music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new acoustic guitar bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of acoustic guitar players, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into acoustic guitar music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good acoustic guitar bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent acoustic guitar bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best acoustic guitarist of all time?" and "who is the greatest acoustic guitar players ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular acoustic guitar bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Tommy Emmanuel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Tommy Emmanuel Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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30 8
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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29 11
Oz Chiri is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Oz Chiri Acoustic guitar, Hard rock

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22 7
Bert Jansch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Bert Jansch Folk music, Folk rock

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24 9
Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Richard Thompson Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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21 7
Jan Akkerman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Jan Akkerman Rock music, Jazz fusion, Acoustic

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22 8
Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock

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18 7
John Renbourn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
John Renbourn Folk music, Folk rock

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15 5
Leo Kottke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Leo Kottke American Primitivism

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18 8
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Ian Anderson Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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12 3
Davy Graham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Davy Graham Folk music, World music, Jazz

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10 2
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Chet Atkins Folk music, Jazz, Country

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7 1
Michael Hedges is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Michael Hedges Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music, World music

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10 4
Gordon Giltrap is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Gordon Giltrap Folk music

The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

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12 6
Steve Howe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Steve Howe Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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8 3
José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added José Feliciano Latin pop, Bolero, Acoustic music

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8 3
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added John Williams Rock music, Classical music

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11 7
Wizz Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Wizz Jones Folk music

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10 6
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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6 3
Stefan Grossman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Stefan Grossman Folk music, Blues

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5 2
Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
1514113696180 added Robert Johnson Rock music, Blues, Country blues

The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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3 1
John Fahey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added John Fahey American Primitivism, Folk music, Avant-garde music

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3 1
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Tony Rice Americana, Folk music, Bluegrass

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3 2
Mason Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Mason Williams Folk music, Easy listening, Bluegrass

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2 1
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Newhere added Happy Traum Folk

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2 1
Adrian Legg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Adrian Legg Fingerstyle guitar, Acoustic music, Jazz

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3 3
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ann Lynn added Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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2 2
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ann Lynn added Elliott Smith Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

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2 2
Big Bill Broozny is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
horseplayer added Big Bill Broozny

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1 1
Liona Boyd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Chrystall Kurts added Liona Boyd Classical music

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5 6
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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5 6
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
ElijahKaganer added Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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4 5
Lenka Filipová is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Lenka Filipová Folk music, Acoustic guitar

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3 4
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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1 2
Steve Knightly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ruth Huddlestone added Steve Knightly

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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1 2
Bridget St John is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Bridget St John Folk rock

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0 1
Joe Robinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ozdv8 added Joe Robinson Virtuoso, fingerstyle, folk

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0 1
John Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jason Goucher added John Butler Alternative rock, Jam band, Bluegrass

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3 5
Ray Flacke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ray Flacke Rock music, Acoustic guitar, Country

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1 3
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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1 3
The Tree Community is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
The Tree Community

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0 2
Paradise Fears is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Paradise Fears

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0 2
Yoav is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Yoav Trip hop, Electronic music, Acoustic guitar

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0 3
Roderick L. Evans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Roderick L. Evans Expository preaching

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9 14
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music