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Top Ten Acoustic Guitarists

Paco de Lucía​
Paco de Lucía​

De Lucía formed the Paco de Lucía Sextet in 1981 with his brothers, singer Pepe de Lucía and guitarist Ramón de Algeciras, and collaborated with jazz pianist Chick Corea on their 1990 album, Zyryab.

Chet Atkins​
Chet Atkins​

After the death of Fred Gretsch Jr., Chet partnered with Gibson for the remainder of his career with a signature line focused mostly on electro-acoustic nylon string guitars. In 2007, after Gretsch was acquired by Fender, Chet Atkins' estate allowed Gretsch to use his name again on all the old models.

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Andrés ​Segovia​
Andrés ​Segovia​

Concert guitar of Andrés Segovia's from 1937 until 1962. Gift of Emilita Segovia, Marquesa of Salobreña, 1986 (1986.353.1). Housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

John Williams​
John Williams​

John Williams was born on 24 April 1941 in Melbourne, Australia, to an English father, Len Williams, who later founded the London Guitar School, and Malaan (née Ah Ket), a daughter of Melbourne barrister William Ah Ket. In 1952, the family moved to England, where he attended Friern Barnet Grammar School, London.

Eliot Fisk​
Eliot Fisk​

Eliot Fisk is an American classical guitarist.

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Sharon Isbin​
Sharon Isbin​

Sharon Isbin’s tribute to Thomas Humphrey, Acoustic Guitar, November 2008. Click here to open as PDF. Among Humphrey’s last projects was a collaboration with artist Tamara Codor, who painted the backs of three of his guitars, including the beautiful 2007 Millennium “Le Sacrifice” shown here.

Alirio Díaz​
Alirio Díaz​

Alirio Díaz (12 November 1923 – 5 July 2016) was a Venezuelan classical guitarist and composer and one of the most prominent composer-guitarists of his country. A guitar competition named Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Alirio Díaz has been held in his honor in Caracas and other cities in Venezuela (the April 2006 contest was held in Carora).

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Pepe Romero​
Pepe Romero​

Pepe Romero sr playing a 2015 c/m Pepe Romero guitar. - Duration: 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

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Miguel Llobet​
Miguel Llobet​

Miguel Llobet Solés was a classical guitarist, born in Barcelona, Spain. Llobet was a renowned virtuoso who toured Europe and America extensively. He made well known arrangements of Catalan folk songs for the solo guitar, made famous arrangements for the guitar of the piano compositions of Isaac Albéniz, arrangements immortalized by Andrés Segovia, and was also the composer of original works.

Ferdinando ​Carulli​
Ferdinando ​Carulli​

Ferdinando Maria Meinrado Francesco Pascale Rosario Carulli (Naples, 9 February 1770 – Paris, 17 February 1841) was an Italian composer for classical guitar and the author of the influential Méthode complète pour guitare ou lyre, op. 27 (1810), which contains music still used by student guitarists today.

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Mauro ​Giuliani​
Mauro ​Giuliani​

Mauro Giuliani Allegro Op.50 N.1 Hey guys, today I am going to show you how to play this awesome fingerstyle classical guitar piece that can be played on both classical and acoustic guitar. The piece is called Allegro and it was composed by Mauro Giuliani at the beginning of the 1800.

Christopher ​Parkening​
Christopher ​Parkening​

Christopher Parkening catapulted to prominence in the late 1960s and became an icon to countless American guitarists across the stylistic spectrum. I vividly recall my impression upon first hearing the Parkening Plays Bach album in 1972.

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Narciso ​Yepes​
Narciso ​Yepes​

Narciso Yepes (14 November 1927 – 3 May 1997) was a Spanish guitarist. He is considered one of the finest virtuoso classical guitarists of the twentieth century.

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Julian Bream​
Julian Bream​

Julian Alexander Bream, CBE (born 15 July 1933), is an English virtuoso classical guitarist and lutenist. One of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century, he played a significant role in improving the public perception of the classical guitar as a respectable instrument.

Xuefei Yang​
Xuefei Yang​

Xuefei Yang AT THE HERBST THEATRE IN SAN FRANCISCO, a guitarist takes the stage carrying a Greg Smallman guitar, sits down, and launches into a blistering “Leyenda” by Albéniz. Later, there is a sensitive, romantic interpretation of “Valses Poéticos” by Granados.

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Francisco ​TáRrega​
Francisco ​TáRrega​

Francisco de Asís Tárrega y Eixea was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romantic period. He is known for such pieces as Recuerdos de la Alhambra. He is often called "the father of classical guitar" and is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

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ÁNgel ​Romero​
ÁNgel ​Romero​

Angel Romero. Hailed for his superior artistry as the Spanish maestro of the guitar, Angel Romero’s eminence in the music world as soloist and conductor is heralded by audiences and critics alike.

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Antonio Lauro​
Antonio Lauro​

Strings By Mail Antonio Lauro Works For Guitar, Volume 1 - We're sorry, this product has been discontinued. Antonio Lauro is one of the most famous composers to come from Venezuela. He has written many works for orchestra, piano, choir, harpsichord, and guitar. He is most well-known for his guitar works, this being his main instrument.

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Miloš ​Karadaglić​
Miloš ​Karadaglić​

Miloš Karadaglić performing acoustic guitar cover of Blackbird (Beatles Cover) From Blackbird – The Beatles Album Blackbird - The Beatles Album' out now: iTu...

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Andrew York​
Andrew York​

Andrew York gained prominence in the classical guitar world as a performer and composer during his 16-year tenure with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ), but he is not a classical purist.

Jason Vieaux​
Jason Vieaux​

Jason Vieaux Drops By for ‘Acoustic Guitar Sessions’ Blair Jackson February 11, 2016 Grammy-winning guitarist (and cover subject of the Summer 2015 issue of Classical Guitar) Jason Vieaux stopped by our offices to play some Bach and a fantastic arrangement of the pop standard ‘What a Wonderful World’ for Acoustic Guitar Sessions.

Liona Boyd​
Liona Boyd​

From playing in a courthouse to entertain “bored stiff” O.J. Simpson jurors at the request of Judge Lance Ito to giving a command performance for the British Royal Family, classical guitarist Liona Boyd has never met an audience she didn’t like.

Dušan ​Bogdanović​
Dušan ​Bogdanović​

Dušan Bogdanović (Serbian: Душан Богдановић) (born 1955) is a Serbian-born American composer and classical guitarist. He has explored musical languages which are reflected in his style today: a synthesis of classical, jazz, and ethnic music.

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Jim Ferguson​
Jim Ferguson​

James Edwin Ferguson (born December 23, 1948) is an American guitarist, composer, music educator, author, and music journalist/editor.. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Ferguson began his early music education playing the trombone at age 7, and then after eight years of study, switched to the guitar at age 15.

Marcin Dylla​
Marcin Dylla​

Marcin Dylla, Kupinski Perform Manuel M. Ponce. Tweet; Tweet; MARCIN DYLLA & KUPINSKI GUITAR DUO MANUEL M. PONCE ... however there are 3 guitarists here.

Göran ​SöLlscher​
Göran ​SöLlscher​

Göran Söllscher (born 31 December 1955) is a Swedish award-winning virtuoso classical guitarist known for his broad range of musical interpretations, ranging from Bach to the Beatles.

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David ​Starobin​
David ​Starobin​

David Starobin featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine (Picture via Bridge Records) Biography via Bridge Records: David Starobin (b. 1951, New York City), was called "arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century" by Soundboard magazine.

David ​Tanenbaum​
David ​Tanenbaum​

Classical guitarist David Tanenbaum performs Silvius Leopold Weiss' "Tombeau sur la mort de Monsieur Comte de Logy," as featured in Acoustic Guitar. For the ...

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Tommy ​Emmanuel​
Tommy ​Emmanuel​

Even at an ungodly hour, Tommy Emmanuel met with Premier Guitar where he revealed the gear behind his huge, natural acoustic sound. Of course, the secret ingredient is talent and listening.

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