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Electric guitarists get all the glory – stacks of amplifiers, arenas full of fans, that big, big sound sending shockwaves through adoring crowds. Meanwhile, the acoustic players of the world are the sensitive souls, playing delicately and carefully in their unamplified corners of music history. The best acoustic guitarists have quietly made innovative sounds and amazing tunes that have altered how people think about the guitar.

Well, Gibson.com thought it was high time that the most legendary of acoustic players finally got their due. In tribute to these masters of the guitar, Gibson.com is counting down the Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time – as voted on by Gibson’s editorial team, writing staff and, most importantly, the readers. Today, they revealed #50-#41 on the list.

Yours truly made the list at #44!

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/top-50-acoustic-1025/

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http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/rik-emmett/

This is a great day for fans of Gibson.com, as we are proud and extremely happy to roll out the red carpet for our newest contributing blogger, the legendary guitarist Rik Emmett (who recently ranked #7 on Gibson.com’s Readers Poll for the Greatest Guitarist of All Time.)

Fans of Rik’s, as well as readers of Guitar Player magazine, know that he is not only an outstanding guitarist, but he is also very passionate about sharing his gift with the world. Over the years he has proven to possess a real talent for writing and teaching about all facets of the guitar in an enjoyable and very accessible way. A former long-time columnist and contributor for Guitar Player magazine, Rik is a fountain of information, knowledge and inspiration for all students of the instrument, regardless of experience or expertise.

As the driving musical force behind Canadian power trio Triumph during the ’70s and ’80s, then an award-winning solo artist whose vast repertoire spans virtually every genre of guitar-based music, as well as a recent inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Rik’s regular blog at Gibson.com is sure to entertain, enlighten and inspire anyone with a passion for guitar and a desire to become a better player, performer and artist.

Look for Rik’s regular blog at Gibson.com – starting today!

Welcome aboard, Rik!

To visit the Rik Emmett blog, click here.

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Premier Guitar (January 2010)

Check out the wonderful write-up from Sean Dooley, Editor of Social Media for Gibson Guitar (and self-admitted “MONSTER Rik fan since 1981”) in response to “What Were They Thinking?! (An Angry Reader’s Guide to the Gibson.com Top 50 Guitarists of All Time)”

Thanks for the props, Sean!

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/what-were-they-thinking-0528/