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, thought it was high time that the most legendary of acoustic players finally got their due. In tribute to these masters of the guitar, 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!

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 Top 50 Guitarists of All Time)”

Thanks for the props, Sean!