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Famous Guitarists from Baltimore

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Baltimore, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Baltimore 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 Baltimore 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.

List ranges from Frank Zappa to Ric Ocasek, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Baltimore?" and "Who are famous Baltimore guitarists?"
  • Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    • Guitars Played: Gibson SG, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson ES-5, Fender Stratocaster

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  • William Richard Frisell (born March 18, 1951) is an American guitarist, composer and arranger. One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell came to prominence as a stalwart for ECM Records. He went on to work in a variety of contexts, notably as a member of the New York City Downtown Scene where he formed a long partnership with John Zorn. He was also a longtime member of Paul Motian's groups from the early 1980s until Motian's death in 2011. Since 2000, Frisell's eclectic output as a bandleader has emphasized folk, country music, and Americana....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Richard Theodore Otcasek (born 1943 or 1944) known as Ric Ocasek (), is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band the Cars. In 2018, Ocasek was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cars....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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  • Evan Taubenfeld
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    Evan David Taubenfeld (born June 27, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for being Avril Lavigne's lead guitarist, music director and frequent collaborator. Taubenfeld's debut album, Welcome to the Blacklist Club, was released on May 18, 2010 on Warner Bros. Records....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland