mobile ad
mobile ad

Exclusive Web Preview! The 2008 GP Readers’ Choice Awards

March 11, 2008

This year, special congratulations are in order for the players and manufacturers you selected as repeat winners from 2007: Zakk Wylde (Metal), Joe Bonamassa (Blues), Brad Paisley (Country), and Sharon Isbin (Classical), D’Addario and Ernie Ball (Best Strings), Seymour Duncan (Favorite Electric Pickup), Fishman (Favorite Acoustic Pickup/Preamp), and the Fender Stratocaster (All-Time Favorite Piece of Gear).

And, although there were the usual head-scratchers (noted world-beaters Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi being considered for Best World Guitarist), and arcane bits of goofy humor (Clay Aiken made a run for Best Metal Guitarist), your annual selections truly honor the artists and gear makers who make it so marvelous to fall into an impassioned love affair with all things guitar.


Favorite 2007 Cover Feature
Fender 60th Anniversary

Best Article in 2007
Different Strings
Alex Lifeson

Worst Article in 2007
Maroon 5
By Vincent DeMasi

Favorite Lesson in 2007
10 Things You Gotta Do to Play Like Jeff Beck
By Jesse Gress

Best Gear Review in 2007
Hot Little Numbers
35 Electric Guitars Under $500

By the GP Staff


Best Acoustic Guitarist
Tommy Emmanuel

Best Blues Guitarist
Joe Bonamassa

Best Classical Guitarist
Sharon Isbin

Best Country Guitarist
Brad Paisley

Best Female Guitarist
Allison Robertson

Best Jazz Guitarist (Tie)
Larry Carlton

Pat Metheny

Best Metal Guitarist
Zakk Wylde

Best New Talent
Guthrie Govan

Best Outsider
David Torn

Best Overall Guitarist
Jeff Beck

Best Rock Guitarist
Alex Lifeson

Best Slide Guitarist
Sonny Landreth

Best World Guitarist
Pierre Bensusan

Best Guitar Solo on a Song Released in 2007
Brad Paisley

Hippest Rhythm-Guitar Part on a Song Released in 2007
“Which Way Is Up?”
Oz Noy

2007’s Most Ferociously Brilliant Guitar Album
Snakes & Arrows


Best Solidbody Electric
Fender VG Strat

Best Hollowbody or Semi-Hollowbody
PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow

Best Acoustic or Acoustic-Electric
Taylor GS

Best Combo Amp
Mesa/Boogie Express Series 5:25

Best Amp Head
Marshall Vintage Modern 2266

Best Stompbox
Keeley Fuzz Head

Best Multieffects Unit
Roland VG-99 V-Guitar System

Best Accessory
Celestion Gold


Ultimate Value Award
The 2007 PRS SE Line: SE Custom Semi-Hollow, SE One, and SE Paul Allender Model

Most Innovative Product
Fender VG Stratocaster

Favorite Electric Pickup
Seymour Duncan ’59 Humbucker

Favorite Acoustic Pickup/Onboard Preamp
Fishman Aura System

Favorite Strings (Tie)

Ernie Ball

All-Time Favorite Piece of Gear
Fender Stratocaster

Alert to All Users of the Disqus commenting system:
Because of a recent global security issue, the Disqus website recommends that all users change their Disqus passwords. Here's a URL about the issue:


comments powered by Disqus

Reader Poll

How many guitars do you take to a gig?

See results without voting »