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Readers' Choice

Call for Nominations

B.B. King was inducted into the VG Hall of Fame in 1997.

For over 30 years, Vintage Guitar magazine has been honoring those who inspired and awed us as guitar players, fans, and listeners by inducting great players, instruments, and innovators into the VG Hall of Fame. We also choose Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Players of the Year. Who and what goes into the VG Readers’ Choice Awards has always been determined by the readers of VG.

Deadline for nominations is September 8, 2017. Please use the form below to submit names and/or instruments you think deserve recognition in any or all categories. Check the November issue of VG or this page on October 16 to see which finalists have made the ballot. You can then place your votes!

Readers’ Choice Awards Inductees

Hall of Fame: Player

Jimi Hendrix - 1994 Chet Atkins - 1996 B.B. King - 1997
Eric Clapton - 1998 Jimmy Page - 1999 Chuck Berry - 2002
Jeff Beck - 2003 George Harrison - 2004 Django Reinhardt - 2005
Stevie Ray Vaughan - 2006 Les Paul - 2007 Duane Allman - 2008
Buddy Guy - 2009 Robert Johnson - 2010 Keith Richards - 2011
Billy Gibbons - 2012 Charlie Christian - 2012 Edward Van Halen -2013
Wes Montgomery - 2013 Johnny Winter - 2014 James Burton - 2014
David Gilmour - 2015 Gary Moore - 2015 Carlos Santana - 2016
Joe Walsh - 2016

Hall of Fame: Instrument

Gibson Les Paul Standard (’Burst) - 1990 Fender Stratocaster - 1990 Fender Telecaster - 1991
Martin D-28 - 1991 Gibson ES-335 - 1992 Fender Precision Bass - 1992
Gibson Super 400 - 1993 D’Angelico New Yorker - 1993 Vox AC-30 amplifier - 1994
Gibson L-5 - 1994 Fender Twin Amplifier - 1995 Fender Jazz Bass - 1995
Gretsch 6120 - 1996 Gibson Flying V - 1996 Marshall JTM 45 - 1997
Rickenbacker 360/12 - 1997 Fender Bassman - 1998 Martin D-45 - 1998
Gibson ES-150 - 1999 Vox Wah - 1999 Gibson SJ-200 - 2002
Fender Jazzmaster - 2002 Marshall Super Lead 100 - 2003 Gibson Les Paul Custom - 2003
Gretsch White Falcon - 2004 PRS Custom - 2004 National Tri-Cone series - 2005
Mesa-Boogie Mark I - 2005 Gibson ES-5 - 2006 Fender Jaguar - 2006
Vox AC15 - 2007 Gibson J-45 - 2007 Gibson Les Paul Model (Goldtop) - 2008
Gibson SG Standard - 2009 Gibson Byrdland - 2010 Fender Deluxe Reverb - 2011
Gibson Les Paul Junior - 2012 Gibson Firebird - 2013 Fender Princeton Reverb - 2014
Fender Champ - 2015 Gibson Explorer - 2016

Hall of Fame: Innovator

Leo Fender - 1991 Orville Gibson - 1992 Les Paul - 1993
Ted McCarty - 1995 C.F. Martin, Sr. - 1996 Seth Lover - 1997
Jim Marshall - 1998 Adolf Rickenbacker - 1999 Paul Bigsby - 2002
Lloyd Loar - 2003 Hartley Peavey - 2004 John and Rudy Dopyera - 2005
John D’Angelico - 2006 Dick Denney - 2007 Floyd Rose - 2008
George Fullerton - 2009 Paul Reed Smith - 2010 Seymour Duncan - 2011
Mike Matthews - 2012 Ernie Ball - 2013 Randall Smith - 2014
George Beauchamp - 2015 Tom Scholz - 2016

Album of the Year

Joe Walsh, Analog Man - 2012 Mark Knopfler, Privateering - 2013 Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale - 2014
Jeff Beck, Live+ - 2015 Eric Clapton, I Still Do - 2016

Artist of the Year

Joe Bonamassa - 2014 Joe Satriani - 2015 Brian Setzer - 2016

Rock Player of the Year

Warren Haynes - 2015 Jeff Beck - 2016

Jazz Player of the Year

Al Di Meola - 2015 Robben Ford - 2016

Blues Player of the Year

B.B. King - 2015 Joe Bonamassa - 2016

Country Player of the Year

Brad Paisley - 2015 Vince Gill - 2016

Submit your 2017 nominations today!! Deadline for nominations is September 8, 2017.

Readers’ Choice Nominations are now closed. Check the November issue of VG or this page on October 16 to see which finalists have made the ballot. You can then place your votes!


Previous Readers' Choice Awards Inductees

Players
Jimi Hendrix - 1994 Chet Atkins - 1996 B.B. King - 1997
Eric Clapton - 1998 Jimmy Page - 1999 Chuck Berry - 2002
Jeff Beck - 2003 George Harrison - 2004 Django Reinhardt - 2005
Stevie Ray Vaughan - 2006 Les Paul - 2007 Duane Allman - 2008
Buddy Guy - 2009 Robert Johnson - 2010 Keith Richards - 2011
Billy Gibbons - 2012 Charlie Christian - 2012 Edward Van Halen -2013
Wes Montgomery - 2013 Johnny Winter - 2014 James Burton - 2014
David Gilmour - 2015 Gary Moore - 2015
Instruments
Gibson Les Paul Standard ('Burst) - 1990 Fender Stratocaster - 1990 Fender Telecaster - 1991
Martin D-28 - 1991 Gibson ES-335 - 1992 Fender Precision Bass - 1992
Gibson Super 400 - 1993 D'Angelico New Yorker - 1993 Vox AC-30 amplifier - 1994
Gibson L-5 - 1994 Fender Twin Amplifier - 1995 Fender Jazz Bass - 1995
Gretsch 6120 - 1996 Gibson Flying V - 1996 Marshall JTM 45 - 1997
Rickenbacker 360/12 - 1997 Fender Bassman - 1998 Martin D-45 - 1998
Gibson ES-150 - 1999 Vox Wah - 1999 Gibson SJ-200 - 2002
Fender Jazzmaster - 2002 Marshall Super Lead 100 - 2003 Gibson Les Paul Custom - 2003
Gretsch White Falcon - 2004 PRS Custom - 2004 National Tri-Cone series - 2005
Mesa-Boogie Mark I - 2005 Gibson ES-5 - 2006 Fender Jaguar - 2006
Vox AC15 - 2007 Gibson J-45 - 2007 Gibson Les Paul Model (Goldtop) - 2008
Gibson SG Standard - 2009 Gibson Byrdland - 2010 Fender Deluxe Reverb - 2011
Gibson Les Paul Junior - 2012 Gibson Firebird - 2013 Fender Princeton Reverb - 2014
Fender Champ - 2015
Innovators
Leo Fender - 1991 Orville Gibson - 1992 Les Paul - 1993
Ted McCarty - 1995 C.F. Martin, Sr. - 1996 Seth Lover - 1997
Jim Marshall - 1998 Adolf Rickenbacker - 1999 Paul Bigsby - 2002
Lloyd Loar - 2003 Hartley Peavey - 2004 John and Rudy Dopyera - 2005
John D'Angelico - 2006 Dick Denney - 2007 Floyd Rose - 2008
George Fullerton - 2009 Paul Reed Smith - 2010 Seymour Duncan - 2011
Mike Matthews - 2012 Ernie Ball - 2013 Randall Smith - 2014
George Beauchamp - 2015
Albums
Joe Walsh, Analog Man - 2012 Mark Knopfler, Privateering - 2013 Eric Clapton & Friends, The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale - 2014
Jeff Beck, Live+ - 2015
Artists
Joe Banamassa - 2014 Joe Satriani - 2015
Rock Players
Warren Haynes - 2015
Jazz Players
Al Di Meola - 2015
Blues Players
B.B. King - 2015
Country Players
Brad Paisley - 2015

VG Readers' Choice Awards history: Players Instruments Innovators Albums Artists

Jazz Player of the Year

Robben Ford Awarded in 2016 During a standing-room-only guitar clinic a few years ago, Robben Ford was asked, “How do you come up with guitar licks?”...

Rock Player of the Year

Jeff Beck Awarded in 2016 The eight-time Grammy winner and hot rod enthusiast embodies the philosophy of the forward-thinking guitarist, continually moving on to fresh avenues...

Country Player of the Year

Vince Gill Awarded in 2016 For decades, Vince Gill has stood as one of a handful of contemporary country stars (Brad Paisley, Steve Wariner and Keith...
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