Readers’ Choice

Call for 2016 Readers' Choice Awards Nominations

For 30 years, Vintage Guitar magazine has been honoring the players, innovators, and instruments that have made a difference in the history of the guitar. Who and what goes into the Hall has always been determined by the readers of VG.

Please use the form below to submit names and/or instruments you think deserve recognition in any or all categories – Player, Instrument, and VG Album of the Year*. This year, we are accepting VG Player of the Year nominations in genre-specific categories – rock, blues, country, and jazz.

Deadline for nominations is August 16, 2016. Check the November issue of VG or this page on September 12 to see which finalists have made the ballot. You can then place your votes! Current members of the VG Readers’ Choice Awards, and the year they were inducted, are listed below.


*VG Album of the Year
VG‘s Album of the Year will honor a guitar-centric single, EP, or album that stands out for its performance and tones. Can be electric or acoustic. Our only rule is it must have been released after July 1, 2015, and before Jun 30, 2016.


Simply fill out the form below to let us know who you think should be nominated. Nominate names and/or instruments you think deserve recognition in any or all categories – Player (in four genres), Instrument, and VG Album of the Year. Separate multiple nominations with a comma.


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:

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