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Famous Guitarists from North Carolina

Updated June 8, 2017 2.9k views32 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in North Carolina, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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.

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This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from North Carolina?" and "Who are famous North Carolina guitarists?"
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  • 1
    Duane Allman

    Duane Allman

    Dec. at 25 (1946-1971)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Guitars PlayedGibson Les Paul

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    Doc Watson

    Doc Watson

    Dec. at 89 (1923-2012)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Deep Gap, North Carolina

    Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was an American guitarist, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    Ben Folds

    Ben Folds

    Age: 53

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Benjamin Scott Folds (born September 12, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and record... more on Wikipedia

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    Randy Scruggs

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Randy Lynn Scruggs (August 3, 1953 – April 17, 2018) was a music producer, songwriter and... more on Wikipedia
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

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    Waylon Payne

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, USA

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    Arthur Gunter

    Dec. at 50 (1926-1976)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Arthur Neal Gunter (May 23, 1926 – March 16, 1976) was an American blues guitarist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Link Wray

    Link Wray

    Dec. at 76 (1929-2005)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEastern North Carolina, Atlantic coastal plain, Dunn, United States of America, United States

    Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray, Jr. (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005) was a Shawnee rock and roll... more on Wikipedia

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    Elizabeth Cotten

    Elizabeth Cotten

    Dec. at 94 (1893-1987)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, North Carolina, Carrboro

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  • 10
    Harold Bradley

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Harold Ray Bradley (January 2, 1926 – January 31, 2019) was an American guitarist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Mark Warner
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  • 12
    Chuck Brown

    Chuck Brown

    Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGaston, North Carolina

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    Blind Boy Fuller

    Blind Boy Fuller

    Dec. at 34 (1907-1941)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWadesboro, North Carolina

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  • 14
    Bryan Sutton

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAsheville, North Carolina

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  • 15
    Warren Haynes

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Asheville, North Carolina

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  • 16
    Del McCoury

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceYork, Pennsylvania

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  • 17
    Cheyenne Kimball

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCape Fear, United States, with Territories, New Hanover County, Wilmington

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  • 18

    Tawl Ross

    Age: 71

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWagram, North Carolina

    Lucius "Tawl" Ross (born October 5, 1948, in Wagram, North Carolina) was the rhythm guitarist... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Doug Aldrich

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

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  • 20
    Tal Farlow

    Tal Farlow

    Dec. at 77 (1921-1998)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • 21
    Etta Baker

    Etta Baker

    Dec. at 93 (1913-2006)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNorth Carolina

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  • 22
    Jimmy Herring

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFayetteville, North Carolina

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    Warren Barfield

    BirthplaceGoldsboro, North Carolina

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  • 24

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRoanoke Rapids, North Carolina

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    Michael Houser

    Michael Houser

    Dec. at 40 (1962-2002)

    BirthplaceBoone, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Watauga County

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