Bands/Musicians The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists  

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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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Arpan Sen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Adriana Garcia added Experimental Music, Percussive Fingerstyle 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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Tommy Emmanuel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
azzy added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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233 106
Sungha Jung is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar

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102 33
Andy McKee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, Instrumental

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70 24
Don Ross is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar

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56 20
Antoine Dufour is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, Folk music, Instrumental

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53 19
Igor Presnyakov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
fighterbunny added

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45 16
Preston Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, World music, Jazz

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57 25
Michael Hedges is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music, World music

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50 20
Jon Gomm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
azzy added

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32 10
Jake McGuire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Chord7 added

Fingerstyle Guitar

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28 12
Adrian Legg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, Acoustic music, Jazz

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32 16
Thomas Leeb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar

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20 9
John Butler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Jason Goucher added Alternative rock, Jam band, Bluegrass

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Silvio Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
342983046 added Nueva trova

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Masaaki Kishibe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, Instrumental

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19 17
Tobias Rauscher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
KsaveroEO added

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20 21
Ewan Dobson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, Acoustic music

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3 4
Steve Howe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
JulienCROS(VladimirskoPoutinof) added Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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10 12
Albert Gyorfi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
rubys added Fingerstyle guitar - Albert Gyorfi is a fingerstyle guitarist from Romania.

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Arthur Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Lewis Edwards added

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3 5
Alextre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Alextre added Outsider Music

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2 4
Joe Robinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Ozdv8 added Fingerstyle, Virtuoso

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Samuel McDonald added FIngerstyle, Folk, Acoustic

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2 4
Samuel Orson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Samuel McDonald added

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7 11
Eric Roche is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar

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10 15
Pat Kirtley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar

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9 14
Billy McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music

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6 11
Michael Gulezian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar

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10 16
William Ackerman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, New Age music, Chamber jazz

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7 13
Craig D'andrea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, Folk music, Instrumental

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7 13
Jack Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
American Primitivism, Fingerstyle guitar, Ragtime

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5 11
Jeff Linsky is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, Jazz

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6 13
Vicki Genfan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar

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4 12
Paul Adams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fingerstyle Guitarists
Fingerstyle guitar, New Age, World music