Musicians 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?"
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Detroit
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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 album, Lazaretto, was released on June 10, 2014. Both received wide commercial and critical acclaim. After moonlighting in several underground Detroit bands as a drummer, White founded The White Stripes with fellow Detroit native—and then wife—Meg White in 1997. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more

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#85 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#47 on Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#73 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Detroit
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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 Shock Rock"; he has drawn equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock to pioneer a theatrical and macabre brand of rock designed to shock people. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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#87 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#53 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#21 on The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands

#31 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

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Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from 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 Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight". After the breakup of Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'", and "Livin' Right". As a member of ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more

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#75 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#43 on The Best Solo Artists Who Used to Front a Band

#81 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#65 on Which Artist Would You Bring Back From The Dead To Write One More Song?

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Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Detroit
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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 Tango", and "Great White Buffalo", as well as his 1960s Amboy Dukes hit "Journey to the Center of the Mind" remain popular today. Nugent is also noted for his strong conservative political views and advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights. He is a board member of the National Rifle Association and a strong supporter of the Republican Party. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Redford, Michigan, United States of America

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#39 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

#29 on The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s

#34 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#82 on Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?

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