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Famous Guitarists from Nashville

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Nashville, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Nashville 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 Nashville 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 Duane Allman to Waylon Payne and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Nashville?" and "Who are famous Nashville guitarists?"
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    Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session musician, and founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969, and achieved its greatest success in the early 1970s. Allman is best remembered for his brief but influential tenure in the band and in particular for his expressive slide guitar playing and inventive improvisational skills. In 2003, he was ranked number 2 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, second only to Jimi Hendrix. In 2011, he was ranked number 9. His guitar tone (achieved with a Gibson Les Paul and two 50-watt bass...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Guitars Played: Gibson Les Paul

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  • Ellen McIlwaine (born October 1, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for her career as a solo singer, songwriter and slide guitarist....  more
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
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    Randy Lynn Scruggs (August 3, 1953 – April 17, 2018) was a music producer, songwriter and guitarist. He had his first recording at the age of 13. He won four Grammy Awards and was twice named Musician of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. He was the middle son of Earl Scruggs....  more
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
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    Waylon Malloy Payne (born April 5, 1972) is an American country singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of the country singer Sammi Smith....  more
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America