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Famous Guitarists from Detroit

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Detroit, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Detroit are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous Detroit guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

This is a list that features items like Ted Nugent and Alice Cooper.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Detroit?" and "Who are famous Detroit guitarists?"


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    Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa constrictors, baby dolls, and dueling swords, Cooper is considered by fans and peers alike to be "The Godfather of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Amos Garrett is an American-Canadian musician, performer, and author. He holds dual citizenship and was raised in Toronto and Montreal. He is best known for his guitar solo on Maria Muldaur's recording "Midnight at the Oasis". Over the course of his career, Garrett has recorded with more than 150 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Canada, United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Benjamin Mink is a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as a long-time collaborator with Canadian singer k.d. lang. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Canada
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Robert Wayne "Bob" Birch was an American musician. He was primarily a session musician and sideman to a variety of notable artists. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Bryan Gregory was an American rock musician, and founding member of and guitarist for The Cramps. Gregory took the name Bryan after Brian Jones from The Rolling Stones whom he was a big fan of. He met Cramps member Lux Interior at a mutual job they shared at a record store in NYC. He shared his birthday ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Dennis Coffey is an American guitarist. He was a studio musician for many soul and R&B recordings. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician, hunter, and political activist from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. His hits, mostly coming in the 1970s, such as "Stranglehold", "Cat Scratch Fever", "Wango ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Wayne County, Metro Detroit, Michigan, Contiguous United States, Redford + 4 more
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    Earl Klugh is an American smooth jazz/crossover jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and composer. In 2006 Modern Guitar magazine wrote that Klugh "is considered by many to be one of the finest acoustic guitar players today." more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Evan Hirschelman is an award-winning American classical guitarist and composer, born in Detroit, Michigan. He is known as a classical composer who incorporates other musical styles into his music, including jazz, rock and metal influences. His music has been recorded by some of today's most respected ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Glenn Lewis Frey is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of Eagles. Frey played guitar with Eagles as well as piano and keyboards and sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Harvey Mandel is an American guitarist known for his innovative approach to electric guitar playing. A professional at twenty, he played with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, and John Mayall before starting a solo career. Mandel is one of the first rock guitarists to use two-handed ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Jack White is an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the The White Stripes, although he has had success in other bands and as a solo artist. On April 24, 2012, White released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss. His second studio ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    James Martin Gurley was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco which was fronted by singer Janis Joplin from 1966 to 1968. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Joe Messina is an American guitarist. Dubbed the "white brother with soul", Messina was one of the most prolific guitarists in Motown Records' in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers. Messina started playing guitar as an adolescent. By his mid-twenties, Messina was playing in the ABC Television studio ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Kenneth Earl "Kenny" Burrell is an American jazz guitarist known for his collaborations with Jimmy Smith, including the 1965 Billboard Top Twenty hit album Organ Grinder Swing. He has cited jazz guitarists Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt as influences, along with blues musicians T-Bone Walker and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Mark Ledford was an American trumpet player, vocalist and guitarist. Ledford was most famous for his multi-instrumentalism, and from his membership in the Pat Metheny Group. Mark Ledford grew up in Detroit and performed his studies at the Berklee College of Music between 1978 to 1982. After he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also collaborated with many other artists over the years. He formed his own band, Tremonti, in 2012, releasing the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Melvin Ragin, better known by the nickname "Wah-Wah Watson", is an American guitarist and session musician famed for his skills with a wah-wah pedal. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Michelle Meldrum-Norum was an American hard rock guitarist known for being a member of the bands Phantom Blue and Meldrum. more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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    Paul V. Franklin is an American multi-instrumentalist, known mainly for his work as a steel guitarist. He began his career in the 1970s as a member of Barbara Mandrell's road band; in addition he toured with Mel Tillis and Jerry Reed. He has since become a prolific session musician in Nashville, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States + 5 more
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