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Famous Guitarists from Pittsburgh

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

Examples include George Benson and Reb Beach.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Pittsburgh?" and "Who are famous Pittsburgh guitarists?"
  • George Benson (born March 22, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 21 as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt. A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin' was certified triple-platinum, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976. His concerts were well attended through the 1980s, and he still has a large following. Benson has been honored...  more
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Joseph Harold Negri (born June 10, 1926) is an American jazz guitarist and educator. He appeared on the 1959 children's television program Adventure Time. Negri appeared, along with pianist and fellow Pennsylvanian Johnny Costa, on the 1954 TV series, 67 Melody Lane, hosted by Ken Griffin. They played two songs: "After You've Gone" and "Little Brown Jug" the latter accompanied by Griffin at the organ. He also recorded with the Three Suns. He appeared as himself and as "Handyman Negri" in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe segments on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.Negri taught jazz guitar for 49 years at the University of Pittsburgh, where jazz guitar was first offered as a discipline in higher...  more
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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    Esteban (pronounced [esˈteβan]) is a Spanish male given name, derived from Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos) and related to the English names Steven and Stephen. Although in its original pronunciation the accent is on the penultimate syllable, English-speakers tend to pronounce it as a proparoxytone ....  more
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • David Mansfield (born September 13, 1956) is an American musician and composer. Mansfield was raised in Leonia, New Jersey. His father, Newton Mansfield was the first violinist for the New York Philharmonic. David played pedal steel guitar and fiddle in his first band, called Quacky Duck and His Barnyard Friends, which also included two sons of Tony Bennett. Bob Dylan asked Mansfield to tour with him on his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour; he remained in Dylan's band through their 1978 world tour.After the Revue ended in 1976, Mansfield and two other members of Dylan's band, T-Bone Burnett and Steven Soles, formed The Alpha Band. The band released three albums, The Alpha Band in 1977, Spark...  more
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania