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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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50 12
Tommy Emmanuel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

2
38 13
Oz Chiri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Acoustic guitar, Hard rock

3
35 12
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

4
26 9
Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

5
20 5
Leo Kottke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added American Primitivism

6
23 8
Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Folk music, Folk rock

7
22 8
Bert Jansch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Folk music, Folk rock

8
21 8
Jan Akkerman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Acoustic

9
16 4
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Folk music, Jazz, Country

10
19 10
Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

11
12 4
José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Latin pop, Bolero, Acoustic music

12
18 10
John Renbourn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Folk music, Folk rock

13
12 5
Davy Graham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Folk music, World music, Jazz

14
8 2
Michael Hedges is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music, World music

15
8 3
Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
1514113696180 added Rock music, Blues, Country blues

16
10 5
Gordon Giltrap is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Folk music

17
9 5
John Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Rock music, Classical music

18
6 2
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Americana, Folk music, Bluegrass

19
4 0
Silvio Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
342983046 added Silvio Rodríguez Nueva trova

20
10 7
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

21
12 10
Steve Howe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

22
6 4
Stefan Grossman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Folk music, Blues

23
11 10
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

24
11 11
Wizz Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Folk music

25
5 5
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

26
3 3
John Fahey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added American Primitivism, Folk music, Avant-garde music

27
3 3
Mason Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Folk music, Easy listening, Bluegrass

28
2 2
Big Bill Broozny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
horseplayer added Big Bill Broozny

29
2 2
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ann Lynn added Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

30
2 2
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Newhere added Folk

31
2 2
Adrian Legg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Fingerstyle guitar, Acoustic music, Jazz

32
1 1
John Butler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jason Goucher added Alternative rock, Jam band, Bluegrass

33
1 1
Liona Boyd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Chrystall Kurts added Classical music

34
4 5
Lenka Filipová is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Folk music, Acoustic guitar

35
3 4
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ann Lynn added Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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

37
1 2
Steve Knightly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ruth Huddlestone added Steve Knightly

38
0 1
Joe Robinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ozdv8 added Joe Robinson Virtuoso, fingerstyle, folk

39
5 7
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

40
3 5
Ray Flacke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ray Flacke Rock music, Acoustic guitar, Country

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

42
1 3
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

43
0 3
Paradise Fears is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Paradise Fears

44
0 3
Yoav is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Yoav Trip hop, Electronic music, Acoustic guitar

45
10 16
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

46
0 4
Roderick L. Evans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
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