Bands/Musicians 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
Jack White is an American musician, record producer, and occasional actor. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the The White Stripes, although he has had success in other bands ...more
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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 71
Alice Cooper is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa ...more
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Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 71
Glenn Lewis Frey is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer and actor, best known as a founding member of Eagles. Frey played guitar with Eagles as well as piano and keyboards and ...more
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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 74
Robyn Robbins is a keyboard player.
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Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 71
Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician, hunter, and political activist from Detroit, Michigan. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes ...more
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Earl Klugh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 66
Earl Klugh is an American smooth jazz/crossover jazz/jazz fusion 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)
Robert Wayne "Bob" Birch 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
Benjamin Mink is a Canadian songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as a long-time collaborator with Canadian singer k.d. lang.
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Evan Hirschelman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Evan Hirschelman is an award-winning American classical guitarist and composer, born in Detroit, Michigan. He is known as a classical composer who incorporates other musical styles into his ...more
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Ray Parker, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 65
Ray Erskine Parker, Jr. is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the theme song to the movie Ghostbusters, for his solo ...more
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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 88
Kenneth Earl "Kenny" Burrell is an American jazz guitarist known for his collaborations with Jimmy Smith, including the 1965 Billboard Top Twenty hit album Organ Grinder Swing. He has ...more
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Amos Garrett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 78
Amos Garrett is an American-Canadian musician, performer, and author. He holds dual citizenship and was raised in Toronto and Montreal. He is best known for his guitar solo on Maria Muldaur's ...more
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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 44
Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to wider recognition with the 2000 album A Sun Came, which was released on the Asthmatic Kitty label he ...more
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Dennis Coffey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 79
Dennis Coffey is an American guitarist. He was a studio musician for many soul and R&B recordings.
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Harvey Mandel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 74
Harvey Mandel is an American guitarist known for his innovative approach to electric guitar playing. A professional at twenty, he played with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, The Rolling ...more
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Bill Kirchen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 71
Bill Kirchen is an American rockabilly guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a member of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen from 1967 to the mid-1970s and is known as "The Titan ...more
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Mark Tremonti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 45
Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge. He is a founding member of both bands, and has also ...more
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Del Shannon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Dec. at 56 (1934-1990)
Del Shannon was an American rock and roll and country singer-songwriter who is best known for his 1961 No. 1 billboard hit "Runaway".
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Slim Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Dec. at 75 (1916-1991)
Bulee "Slim" Gaillard, also known as McVouty, was an American jazz singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and vibraphonist, noted for his vocalese singing and word play in a language ...more
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James Gurley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)
James Martin Gurley was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco which was fronted by ...more
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Brendan Benson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 49
Brendan Benson 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 band The Raconteurs.
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John 5 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 48
John William Lowery, 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 industrial metal group ...more
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Joe Messina is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 91
Joe Messina is an American guitarist. Dubbed the "white brother with soul", Messina was one of the most prolific guitarists in Motown Records' in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers. ...more
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Wayne Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 71
Wayne Kramer 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 Detroit rock group ...more
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Pete Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Michigan
age 71
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