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Famous Guitarists from Michigan

Updated June 8, 2017 3.2k views40 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Michigan, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Ted Nugent to Alice Cooper, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Michigan?" and "Who are famous Michigan guitarists?"
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  • Jack White1

    Jack White

    Age: 44

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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  • Alice Cooper2

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArea code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States

    Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Glenn Frey3

    Glenn Frey

    Age: 71

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

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  • Bob Seger4

    Bob Seger

    Age: 74

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLincoln Park, Michigan, United States of America

    Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. As a...  more

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  • Ted Nugent5

    Ted Nugent

    Age: 71

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Redford

    Theodore Anthony Nugent (; born December 13, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist...  more

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  • Earl Klugh6

    Earl Klugh

    Age: 66

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Earl Klugh ( KLOO; born September 16, 1953) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. In...  more
  • Bob Birch7

    Bob Birch

    Dec. at 56 (1956-2012)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Robert Wayne "Bob" Birch (July 14, 1956 – August 15, 2012) was an American musician. He was...  more
  • Ben Mink8

    Ben Mink

    Age: 68

    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

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  • 9
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  • Ray Parker, Jr.10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Ray Erskine Parker Jr. (born May 1, 1954) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record...  more

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  • Kenny Burrell11

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

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  • Amos Garrett12

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Amos Garrett (born November 26, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an...  more
  • Sufjan Stevens13

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and...  more

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  • Dennis Coffey14

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Dennis Coffey (born November 11, 1940) is an American guitarist. He was a studio musician for...  more
  • Harvey Mandel15

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Harvey Mandel (born March 11, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American...  more
  • Bill Kirchen16

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut

    William Knight "Bill" Kirchen (born June 29, 1948) is an American rockabilly guitarist, singer...  more
  • Mark Tremonti17

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Mark Thomas Tremonti (born April 18, 1974) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and...  more
  • Del Shannon18

    Del Shannon

    Dec. at 56 (1934-1990)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Grand Rapids

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  • Slim Gaillard19

    Slim Gaillard

    Dec. at 75 (1916-1991)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArea code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States

    Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (January 9, 1911 – February 26, 1991), also known as McVouty, was an...  more
  • James Gurley20

    James Gurley

    Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    James Martin Gurley (December 22, 1939 – December 20, 2009) was an American musician. He is...  more
  • Brendan Benson21

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRoyal Oak, Michigan

    Brendan Benson (born November 14, 1970) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He...  more
  • John 522

    John 5

    Age: 48

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGrosse Pointe, Michigan, United States of America

    John William Lowery (born July 31, 1971), best known by the stage name John 5, is an American...  more
  • Joe Messina23

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Joe Messina (born December 13, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American guitarist. Dubbed the...  more
  • Wayne Kramer24

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Wayne Kramer (born April 30, 1948) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and...  more
  • Pete Anderson25

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Pete Anderson is an American guitarist, music producer, arranger and songwriter. Anderson is...  more