Readers’ Choice Awards

Each year, Vintage Guitar magazine honors those who inspired and awed us as guitar players, fans, and listeners by inducting great players, innovators, and instruments to the VG Hall of Fame. We also choose Album of the Year and Player of the Year in four categories. For a list of prior inductees, CLICK HERE.

2021 VG Readers’ Choice Awards Nomination Submission

Deadline: 9:00 am, CST on December 6, 2021. Please use this form to submit names and/or instruments you think deserve recognition in any or all categories. Check the February 2022 issue of VG or this page on January 1st, 2022 to see which finalists have made the ballot. You can then place your votes!
  • Please EXCLUDE past Hall of Fame Player inductees: Jimi Hendrix, Chet Atkins, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Les Paul, Duane Allman, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Charlie Christian, Edward Van Halen, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Winter, James Burton, David Gilmour, Gary Moore, Carlos Santana, Joe Walsh, Terry Kath, Joe Bonamassa, Pete Townshend, Peter Green, Mark Knopfler, Michael Bloomfield, Peter Frampton, Eric Johnson, Rory Gallagher and Jerry Garcia.
  • Please EXCLUDE past VG Hall of Fame Instrument inductees: Gibson Les Paul Standard (’Burst), Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Martin D-28, Gibson ES-335, Fender Precision Bass, Gibson Super 400, D’Angelico New Yorker, Vox AC-30 Amp, Gibson L-5, Fender Twin Amp, Fender Jazz Bass, Gretsch 6120, Gibson Flying V, Marshall JTM 45, Rickenbacker 360/12, Fender Bassman, Martin D-45, Gibson ES-150, Vox Wah, Gibson SJ-200, Fender Jazzmaster, Marshall Super Lead 100, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Gretsch White Falcon, PRS Custom, National Tri-Cone series, Mesa-Boogie Mark I, Gibson ES-5, Fender Jaguar, Vox AC15, Gibson J-45, Gibson Les Paul Model (Goldtop), Gibson SG Standard, Gibson Byrdland, Fender Deluxe Reverb, Gibson Les Paul Junior, Gibson Firebird, Fender Princeton Reverb, Fender Champ, Gibson Explorer, Gibson ES-175, Fender Super Reverb, Dumble Overdrive Special, and Gibson Les Paul Special.
  • Please EXCLUDE past VG Hall of Fame Innovator inductees: Leo Fender, Orville Gibson, Les Paul, Ted McCarty, C.F. Martin, Sr., Seth Lover, Jim Marshall, Adolf Rickenbacker, Paul Bigsby, Lloyd Loar, Hartley Peavey, John and Rudy Dopyera, John D’Angelico, Dick Denney, Floyd Rose, George Fullerton, Paul Reed Smith, Seymour Duncan, Mike Matthews, Ernie Ball, Randall Smith, George Beauchamp, Tom Scholz, Bill Collings, Roger Mayer, Jim Dunlop, and Edward Van Halen.
  • 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 30, 2019, and before December 1, 2021.
  • This page is sponsored by The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide and the info below is required to submit your nomination.


Readers’ Choice Awards is sponsored by The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide 2022.