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Famous Guitarists from Texas

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Texas, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Texas 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 Texas 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 Kelly Clarkson to Willie Nelson and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Texas?" and "Who are famous Texas guitarists?"
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

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    Willie Nelson

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAbbott, Texas, United States of America

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    Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly

    Dec. at 23 (1936-1959)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Area code 806, United States of America, Lubbock County

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

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    Michael Nesmith

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Kelly Clarkson

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Tarrant County, Area codes 682 and 817, Denton County, Contiguous United States

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    Dimebag Darrell

    Dimebag Darrell

    Dec. at 38 (1966-2004)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArlington, Texas, United States of America

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    Jandek

    Jandek

    Age: 74

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Houston

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    Johnny "Guitar" Watson

    Johnny "Guitar" Watson

    Dec. at 61 (1935-1996)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

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    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Dec. at 36 (1954-1990)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Dallas

    Guitars PlayedHamiltone Custom, Fender Stratocaster

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  • 10
    Eric Johnson

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America

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    Sherri DuPree

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTyler, Texas

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    Rusty Cooley

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison

    Dec. at 52 (1936-1988)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVernon, Texas, United States of America

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  • 15
    Johnny Winter

    Johnny Winter

    Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Beaumont

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    Waylon Jennings

    Waylon Jennings

    Dec. at 65 (1937-2002)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLittlefield, Texas, United States of America

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    Don Henley

    Don Henley

    Age: 72

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLinden, Texas, United States of America

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    Barbara Mandrell

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Contiguous United States, Area code 713, Area codes 281, 346

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    Lightnin' Hopkins

    Lightnin' Hopkins

    Dec. at 70 (1912-1982)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCenterville, Texas

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    Billy Gibbons

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Cornell Dupree

    Cornell Dupree

    Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

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    Townes Van Zandt

    Townes Van Zandt

    Dec. at 53 (1944-1997)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTexas, Fort Worth, USA

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    Johnny Diesel

    NationalityAustralia

    BirthplaceBristol County, Fall River, North America, United States of America, United States

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    David Cook

    David Cook

    Age: 37

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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    Devendra Banhart

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

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