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Famous Guitarists from Michigan

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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 White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

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

John Anthony White (born July 9, 1975), known professionally as Jack White, is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is best known as the lead singer and ...more

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

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

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that ...more

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Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

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

Glenn Lewis Frey (; November 6, 1948 – January 18, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, actor and founding member of the rock band the Eagles. Frey was the lead singer and frontman for the ...more

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 74

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lincoln Park, Wayne County, Metro Detroit, Michigan, Downriver, + more

Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as Bob Seger and the Last Heard and ...more

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Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Redford, Michigan, United States of America

Theodore Anthony Nugent (; born December 13, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and political activist. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, a ...more

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Earl Klugh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

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

Earl Klugh ( KLOO; born September 16, 1953) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. In 2006 Modern Guitar magazine wrote that Klugh "is considered by many to be one of the finest ...more

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Bob Birch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Dec. at 56 (1956-2012)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Robert Wayne "Bob" Birch (July 14, 1956 – August 15, 2012) was an American musician. He was primarily a session musician and sideman to a variety of notable artists.
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Ben Mink is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 68

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Benjamin Mink (born January 22, 1951) is a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as a long-time collaborator with Canadian singer k.d. lang. He plays several string ...more
9
Evan Hirschelman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Evan Hirschelman is an American classical guitarist and composer, born in Detroit, Michigan. He is known as a classical composer who incorporates other musical styles into his writing, including ...more
10
Ray Parker, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Ray Erskine Parker Jr. (born May 1, 1954) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. As a solo performer, he wrote and performed the theme song to the 1984 movie ...more

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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 88

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Kenneth Earl Burrell (born July 31, 1931) is an American jazz guitarist known for his work on the Blue Note label. His collaborations with Jimmy Smith produced the 1965 Billboard Top Twenty hit ...more

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Amos Garrett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 78

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Amos Garrett (born November 26, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American-Canadian blues and blues-rock musician, guitarist, singer, composer, and musical arranger. He has ...more
13
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Sufjan Stevens ( SOOF-yahn; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His debut album A Sun Came was released in 1999 on the Asthmatic Kitty label, which he ...more

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Dennis Coffey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 79

Nationality: United States of America

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

Dennis Coffey (born November 11, 1940) is an American guitarist. He was a studio musician for many soul and R&B recordings, and is well known for his 1971 Top 10 hit single
15
Harvey Mandel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 74

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Harvey Mandel (born March 11, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American guitarist known for his innovative approach to electric guitar playing. A professional at twenty, he ...more

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Bill Kirchen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut

William Knight "Bill" Kirchen (born June 29, 1948) is an American rockabilly guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen from 1967 to ...more
17
Mark Tremonti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 45

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Mark Thomas Tremonti (born April 18, 1974) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a ...more

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Del Shannon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Dec. at 56 (1934-1990)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Contiguous United States, Area code 616, United States of America, + more

Del Shannon (born Charles Weedon Westover; December 30, 1934 – February 8, 1990) was an American rock and roll and country musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his 1961 number 1 ...more

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Slim Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Dec. at 75 (1916-1991)

Nationality: United States of America

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

Bulee "Slim" Gaillard (January 9, 1911 – February 26, 1991), also known as McVouty, was an American jazz singer and songwriter who played piano, guitar, vibraphone, and tenor ...more
20
James Gurley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)

Nationality: United States of America

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

James Martin Gurley (December 22, 1939 – December 20, 2009) was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band ...more
21
Brendan Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 49

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Royal Oak, Michigan

Brendan Benson (born November 14, 1970) is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He plays guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums. He has released six solo albums and is a member of the ...more

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John 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Wayne County, Metro Detroit, Michigan, Contiguous United States, United States of America, + more

John William Lowery (born July 31, 1971), best known by the stage name John 5, is an American guitarist. His stage name was bestowed on him in 1998 when he left David Lee Roth and joined the ...more
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Joe Messina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 91

Nationality: United States of America

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

Joe Messina (born December 13, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American guitarist. Dubbed the "white brother with soul", Messina was one of the most prolific guitarists in Motown ...more
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Wayne Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Wayne Kramer (born April 30, 1948) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and film and television composer. Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the ...more
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Pete Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Age: 71

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Pete Anderson is an American guitarist, music producer, arranger and songwriter. Anderson is most known for his guitar work with, and critically acclaimed production of, country music star ...more

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