Famous Guitarists from Tennessee

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Tennessee, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 of items on this list include Duane Allman and Carl Perkins.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Tennessee?" and "Who are famous Tennessee guitarists?"
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  • Carl Smith
    Dec. at 82 (1927-2010)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Union County, Tennessee, United States, with Territories, Maynardville
  • Chet Atkins
    Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Luttrell, Tennessee, United States of America
  • Duane Allman
    Dec. at 24 (1946-1971)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Guitars Played: Gibson Les Paul
  • Carl Perkins
    Dec. at 65 (1932-1998)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Tiptonville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nashville, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dec. at 50 (1926-1976)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA
  • Dec. at 67 (1888-1955)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Whitehaven, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Bill Black
    Dec. at 39 (1926-1965)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis
    • Guitars Played: Fender Precision Bass
  • Eric Gales
    Age: 47
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Shawn Lane
    Dec. at 40 (1963-2003)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Abu Talib
    Dec. at 70 (1939-2009)
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Brownie McGhee
    Dec. at 80 (1915-1996)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains, United States of America, United States
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Luther Perkins
    Dec. at 40 (1928-1968)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
  • Luther Tucker
    Dec. at 57 (1936-1993)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee