Famous Guitarists from Indiana Guitarists

Famous Guitarists from Indiana

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Indiana, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Indiana 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 Indiana 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 list includes Axl Rose, David Lee Roth and more.

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



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    David Lee Roth
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    David Lee Roth is an American rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, author, and former radio personality. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Roth is best known as the original and current lead singer of the Southern California-based hard rock band Van Halen. He is also known as a ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America
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    Axl Rose
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    W. Axl Rose is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Due to his powerful and wide vocal range and energetic live performances, Rose has been named one of the greatest singers of all time by various ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana, United States of America
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    Jeremy Camp
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    Jeremy Thomas Camp is a contemporary Christian musician and songwriter from Lafayette, Indiana. Camp has released eleven albums, four of them RIAA-certified as Gold, and two live albums. His original music is a mixture of ballads and up-tempo songs with rock influence. Camp has won five GMA Dove Awards, ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Fairfield Township, USA, Lafayette, Indiana
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    John Hiatt
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    John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues and country. Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has been awarded a variety of other distinctions in the music industry. He ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: USA, Indianapolis, Indiana
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    John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery was an American jazz guitarist. He is widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Bobby Broom, Royce Campbell, ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
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    David Miller was an American country musician. He is one of the earliest musicians to be associated with country music recording. Miller grew up working at a fruit farm, and served in the Army in World War I. While there, he contracted blepharitis, and became totally blind as a result. After his ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: United States of America, United States, with Territories, Ohio River
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    Jeffrey Dean Isbell, known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the co-founder and former rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, which he left at the height of its fame in 1991. Following his departure, he led his own band Izzy ...more

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    • Nationality: France, United States of America
    • Birthplace: Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Tippecanoe County, United States of America, United States, + more
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    Ryan McCombs
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    Ryan McCombs is a heavy metal vocalist. From 1997 to 2004 he was the vocalist of the metal band SOiL. McCombs has also served as the vocalist for Drowning Pool from 2005 until his departure in 2011. He has since reunited with Soil.more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Center Township, Muncie, Delaware County, United States of America, United States, + more
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    Lonnie McIntosh, known by his stage name, Lonnie Mack, is an American rock, blues, and country guitarist and vocalist. Mack was born in Dearborn County, Indiana. In the early 1960s, he was a key figure in transforming the role of the electric guitar to that of a lead voice in rock music. Best known for ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: USA, Indiana
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    Steve Wariner
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    Steven Noel "Steve" Wariner is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has released eighteen studio albums, including six on MCA Records, and three each on RCA Records, Arista Records and Capitol Records. He has also charted more than fifty singles on the Billboard country singles ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Noblesville, Indiana, United States of America
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    Junior Brown
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    Jamieson "Junior" Brown is an American country guitarist and singer. He has released nine studio albums in his career, and has charted twice on the Billboard country singles charts. Brown's signature instrument is the "guit-steel" double neck guitar, a hybrid of electric guitar and lap steel guitar.more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Monroe County, United States of America, Kirksville, United States, with Territories, + more
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    Tim McIlrath
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    Timothy James "Tim" McIlrath is an American punk rock musician. He is the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, songwriter and co-founder of the American punk rock band Rise Against. McIlrath is known to support animal rights and actively promotes PETA with his band. He is also straight-edge.more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: USA, Indianapolis, Indiana
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    Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba is an American musician, producer, songwriter and CEO of Ashba Media. He is one of the lead guitarists in Guns N' Roses and the lead guitarist in Sixx:A.M. He is also known for his work with hard rock bands BulletBoys and Beautiful Creatures. Ashba has worked with various artists ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Monticello, Indiana, United States of America
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    Janie Fricke
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    Janie Marie Fricke, also known as Janie Frickie, is an American country music singer, best remembered for a series of country music hits in the early-to-mid 1980s. Fricke was one of the most popular female country singers of the 1980s, producing a string of hits and proving herself a versatile vocalist ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: USA, South Whitley, Cleveland Township, Indiana
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    Mick Mars is the guitarist for American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe.more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: USA, Huntington Township, Indiana, Huntington
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    Jake Cinninger, born Jacob Alan Cinninger, December 16, 1975 in Niles, Michigan, is an American musician. He has risen to fame as one of two lead guitarists in the Chicago-based jam band Umphrey's McGee. He is influenced by a wide range of styles and guitar players such as Joe Pass Tommy Emmanuel, Chris ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Niles, Michigan, United States of America
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    Tito Jackson
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    Toriano Adaryll "Tito" Jackson is an American singer and guitarist and original member of The Jackson 5 and The Jacksons, who rose to fame in the late 1960s with the Motown label, later finding success under the Epic label in the 1970s and 1980s.more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
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    Andy Timmons is an American guitarist who has played in the bands Danger Danger, Pawn Kings, and Andy Timmons Band. He has also released several solo albums and has worked as a session guitarist. He has released two CDs on Favored Nations, the first being That Was Then, This Is Now and Resolution on May ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America
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    Sneaky Pete Kleinow

    Peter E. "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow was an American country-rock musician, songwriter, and a motion picture special effects artist. He is best known as a member of the band the Flying Burrito Brothers and as a session musician for such artists as Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, The Byrds, Joe Cocker, Rita ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States of America
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    Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and sole remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory". He also sings in his side project Sons of Liberty and plays guitar for Demons ...more

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Franklin, Indiana, United States of America
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