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The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists 

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Updated May 16, 2020 2.1k votes 720 voters 25.5k views 35 items

Fingerstyle guitar artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good fingerstyle guitarists includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top fingerstyle guitar bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Fingerstyle 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 fingerstyle guitarists on this list got started. These are truly the greatest fingerstyle guitarists of all time, since the most famous fingerstyle guitar artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best fingerstyle guitar music.

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

Examples include Jeff Linsky and Andy McKee. Your favorite artists on this list deserve to be at the top. This is what they're doing. Show some love to your favorites like Don Ross or Michael Hedges.

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

The list includes all new fingerstyle guitarists, 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 fingerstyle guitar players, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into fingerstyle 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 fingerstyle guitarists with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent fingerstyle guitar bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best fingerstyle guitar players of all time?" and "who is the greatest fingerstyle guitar musician 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 fingerstyle guitarists 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 Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Sungha Jung is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Andy McKee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Arpan Sen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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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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Don Ross is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Antoine Dufour is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Jon Gomm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Michael Hedges is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Igor Presnyakov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Preston Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Jake McGuire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Adrian Legg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Thomas Leeb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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John Butler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Masaaki Kishibe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Steve Howe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Tobias Rauscher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Alief Gustakhiyat (Alip ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Ewan Dobson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Joe Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Silvio Rodríguez ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Arthur Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Albert Gyorfi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Albert Gyorfi is a fingerstyle guitarist from Romania.
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Pat Kirtley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
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Eric Roche is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists