RT named in Gibson Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time
10/29/2010 (updated 10/29/2010)’s Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time – #10-1

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, you, the readers. All week, we’ve been announcing the Top 50, with #50-#41 on Monday, #40-#31 on Tuesday, #30-#21 on Wednesday and #20-11 on Thursday. nd now, without further ado, announces the Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time.

10. Richard Thompson

Folk-rock legend Richard Thompson has such a wide musical vocabulary, his fingers might be the only ones capable of being able to work their way through 1000 Years of Popular Music. Most often relying on a hybrid picking technique – in which he plays bass and rhythm with a pick and plucks out melodies with his fingers – Thompson conjures what sounds like a full orchestra from a solitary acoustic guitar. Starting out in English folk group Fairport Convention, then forming a duo with his then-wife Linda Thompson, and going solo in the early ’80s, Richard has worked through a remarkable depth of styles – from middle age musical relics and traditional folk tunes to bluesy workouts and Britney Spears covers. His acoustic masterpiece, however, might be the haunting fingerstyle ballad “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” a tingling epic that so perfectly exhibits Thompson’s many talents when showcased in one of his outstanding live performances. – Bryan Wawzenek

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