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The Best Acoustic Guitarists  

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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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Oz Chiri is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Acoustic guitar, Hard rock
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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz
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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
riffcc added Rock music, Blues, Country blues
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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
ElijahKaganer added Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal
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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Folk music, Jazz, Country
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Tommy Emmanuel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
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Arpan Sen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Adriana Garcia added Arpan Sen Experimental. Percussive acoustic guitar player

Arpan Sen ( www.youtube.com/ArpanSen ) is one of the best percussive acoustic guitar players in India.  He uses unconventional time signatures to compose instrumental songs. He has invented a technique, which he calls the "elbow technique", which he applies on his track Affairs.  He has made his place by playing his own signature style.  He uses many established micro techniques and in process of composing, he himself has discovered his unique way of playing the instrument.

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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Rock music, Classical music
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Silvio Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
342983046 added Silvio Rodríguez Nueva trova
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Steve Howe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Pop music, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion
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Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Americana, Folk music, Bluegrass
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José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added José Feliciano Latin pop, Bolero, Acoustic music
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Jan Akkerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Acoustic
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Michael Hedges is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music, World music
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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Ann Lynn added Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music
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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk
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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz
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Adrian Legg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jdoggy added Fingerstyle guitar, Acoustic music, Jazz
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Leo Kottke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added American Primitivism
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
bri-gri added Folk music, Folk rock
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John Butler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Jason Goucher added Alternative rock, Jam band, Bluegrass
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Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock
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Sungha Jung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Guitarists
Paul Ugwuanyi added Sungha Jung Fingerstyle guitar