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Famous Guitarists from Florida

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Florida, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Florida 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 Florida 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 is made up of items like Tom Petty and John Anderson.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Florida?" and "Who are famous Florida guitarists?"
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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 69

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

Guitars Played: Gibson Flying V, Vox Mark III, Rickenbacker 360/12, Fender Stratocaster, Rickenbacker 660/12

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the ...more

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#121 of 453 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #35 of 714 The Best Rock Vocalists #328 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Mike McCready is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Florida, Pensacola

Michael David "Mike" McCready (born April 5, 1966) is an American musician who serves as the lead guitarist for the American rock band Pearl Jam. Along with Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard ...more
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John Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Apopka, Florida, United States of America

John David Anderson (born December 13, 1954 in Apopka, Florida) is an American country musician with a successful career that has lasted more than 30 years. Starting in 1977 with the release of ...more

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#414 of 1,057 The Best Singers of All Time #97 of 334 The Top Country Artists of All Time #61 of 220 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time

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Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Dec. at 27 (1946-1973)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States of America

Ingram Cecil Connor III (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973), known professionally as Gram Parsons, was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Parsons is best known for his ...more

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#426 of 2,187 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #210 of 284 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Blind Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Dec. at 37 (1896-1933)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Arthur "Blind" Blake (1896 – December 1, 1934) was an American blues and ragtime singer and guitarist. He is known for numerous recordings he made for Paramount Records between 1926

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#288 of 653 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #52 of 118 The Best Chicago Blues Bands/Artists

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Allen Collins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Allen Collins Dec. at 38 (1952-1990)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Larkin Allen Collins Jr. (July 19, 1952 – January 23, 1990) was one of the founding members and guitarists of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and co-wrote many of the band's songs with late ...more

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#116 of 199 Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely #38 of 51 The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40 #21 of 632 Famous Lead Guitarists

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Gary Rossington is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

Gary Robert Rossington (born December 4, 1951) is an American musician, best known as a founder of southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, in which he is the sole constant member. He plays lead and ...more

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#31 of 84 The Greatest Rock Guitarists of the 1970s #23 of 118 The Best Musical Artists From Florida

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Ryan Key is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 40

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

William Ryan Key (born December 17, 1979) is an American rock musician. He is best known as the former lead singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist of the former pop punk band Yellowcard. He is ...more

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#106 of 118 The Best Musical Artists From Florida #285 of 334 Famous Rhythm Guitarists

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Eric Sardinas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 49

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Eric Sardinas (born November 10, 1970) is an American blues-rock slide guitarist born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is noted for his use of the electric resonator guitar and his live ...more
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Derek Trucks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 40

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Derek Trucks (born June 8, 1979) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and founder of the Grammy Award-winningThe Derek Trucks Band. He became an official member of The Allman Brothers Band in ...more

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#721 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time The Best Derek Trucks Albums of All Timelisted on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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Richard Betts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 76

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Florida, West Palm Beach

Forrest Richard Betts (born December 12, 1943) known as Dickey Betts, is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. He ...more

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#92 of 182 The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists #170 of 632 Famous Lead Guitaristslisted on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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Thurston Moore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Coral Gables, Florida, United States of America

Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958) is an American musician best known as a member of Sonic Youth. He has also participated in many solo and group collaborations outside Sonic Youth, as ...more

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#1,730 of 2,218 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #82 of 98 '90s Greats Making the Best Music Todaylisted on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

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Gamble Rogers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Dec. at 54 (1937-1991)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida

James Gamble Rogers IV (January 31, 1937 – October 10, 1991) was a folk artist musician and storyteller known for the recurring theme in his songs and stories about characters and places in a ...more
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Donnie Van Zant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Donald Newton "Donnie" Van Zant (born June 11, 1952, in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American rock vocalist/guitarist. He is best known for being a member of the band 38 Special, from ...more
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Chad Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Coral Springs, Florida

Chad Everett Gilbert (born March 9, 1981) is an American musician and record producer. He is a founding member of the rock band New Found Glory, for whom he plays lead guitar, sings backing ...more
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Rickey Medlocke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 69

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, USA, Florida

Rickey Medlocke (born February 17, 1950) is an American musician, best known as the frontman/guitarist for the southern rock band Blackfoot and a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. During his first stint ...more
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Slim Whitman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Dec. at 90 (1923-2013)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tampa, USA, Florida

Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. (January 20, 1923 – June 19, 2013), professionally known by the stage name Slim Whitman, was an American country music, western music and folk music artist ...more

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#136 of 210 The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time #170 of 206 The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Don Felder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 72

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Florida, Gainesville

Donald William Felder (born September 21, 1947) is an American musician and songwriter, best known for his work as a lead guitarist of the Eagles from 1974 until 2001.

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#77 of 653 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #24 of 69 All Howard Stern Show Musical Performers

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Dan Peek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Dec. at 61 (1950-2011)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Florida, Panama City

Daniel Milton Peek (1 November 1950 – 24 July 2011) was an American musician best known as a member of the folk rock band America from 1970 to 1977, together with Gerry Beckley and Dewey ...more
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Doyle Dykes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 65

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Doyle Dykes (born May 23, 1954) is an American country acoustic guitarist from Jacksonville, Florida. He is influenced by a wide variety of musical styles and musicians such as Chet Atkins, ...more
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Rob Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Robert "Rob" Rock is an American heavy metal singer-songwriter, best known as the longtime frontman of Impellitteri, a position he has held from 1987 to 1988, 1992 to 2000, and now ...more
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Hughie Thomasson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Dec. at 55 (1952-2007)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson Jr. (August 13, 1952 – September 9, 2007) was an American guitarist and singer, best known as a founding member of Outlaws and as a guitarist for Lynyrd
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Jon Schneck is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Eustis, Florida

Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matt Thiessen, Matt Hoopes, and Brian Pittman during the band members' third year in high school and their time at Malone ...more
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Eric Champion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 49

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida

Eric Champion (born May 12, 1970) is one of the pioneers of mid 1990s Christian pop and modern rock. In the beginning of his musical career, he was a pop singer. His music had the flair of many ...more
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Ken Block is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Florida
Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida

Not to be confused with Hazel (band) Sister Hazel is an American alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida, whose style blends elements of jangle pop, folk rock, classic rock and southern