Famous Guitarists from Detroit Guitarists

Famous Guitarists from Detroit

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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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    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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more
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    Alice Cooper
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
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    Ted Nugent
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Redford, Michigan, United States of America
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    Earl Klugh
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Bob Birch
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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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

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    • Nationality: Canada
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more
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    Ray Parker, Jr.
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    Ray Erskine Parker, Jr. is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the theme song to the movie Ghostbusters, for his solo music, and for performing with his band, Raydio, and with Barry White.more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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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

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    • Nationality: Canada, United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + 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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more
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    Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to wider recognition with the 2000 album A Sun Came, which was released on the Asthmatic Kitty label he co-founded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit number one on ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Dennis Coffey is an American guitarist. He was a studio musician for many soul and R&B recordings.more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Harvey Mandel
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Slim Gaillard
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    Bulee "Slim" Gaillard, also known as McVouty, was an American jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language he called "Vout".more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more
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    Joe Messina
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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

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
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    Pete Anderson is an American guitarist, music producer, arranger and songwriter. Anderson is most known for his guitar work with, and critically acclaimed production of, country music star Dwight Yoakam from 1984 through 2002, a partnership that resulted in numerous platinum records, sold-out tours, and ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Wayne Kramer is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and film and television composer. Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5, a group known for their powerful live performances and radical left-wing political stance. The MC5 broke up ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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