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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 Zappa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Baltimore
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Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Guitars Played: Gibson SG, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson ES-5, Fender Stratocaster

Also Ranked

#56 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#43 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#89 on These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

#56 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Bill Frisell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Baltimore
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William Richard "Bill" Frisell is an American guitarist, composer and arranger. One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s, Frisell's eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical music, country music, noise music and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds from his instrument. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Also Ranked

#26 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#14 on The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World

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Ric Ocasek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Baltimore
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Ric Ocasek is an American musician and music producer. He is best known as lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter for the rock band, the Cars. Ocasek grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. When Ocasek was 16, his father, a computer analyst for NASA, was transferred to Cleveland, Ohio. It was there that he first met Benjamin Orr. Orr was a member of a popular local band that performed on WEWS-TV; Ocasek liked their performance and got in touch with Orr. Ocasek briefly attended Bowling Green State University near Toledo, Ohio. However, he dropped out to pursue a career in music. He reconnected with Benjamin Orr in Columbus, Ohio, and the two began booking bands together. Soon, they formed one ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Also Ranked

#94 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#94 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Evan Taubenfeld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Baltimore
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Evan David Taubenfeld 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 on Wikipedia

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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