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Famous Guitarists from Wisconsin

Updated October 13, 2018 5.2k views15 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Wisconsin, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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: Les Paul, Robin Zander and many more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Wisconsin?" and "Who are famous Wisconsin guitarists?"
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  • Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, and his techniques served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul. Paul taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Jeff Loomis (born September 14, 1971) is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore. In November 2014, it was announced he was to be the new guitarist for Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin, United States of America

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  • Jane Marie Genevieve Wiedlin (born May 20, 1958) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actress best known as the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the new wave band the Go-Go's. Wiedlin has also had a solo musical career....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Waukesha County, United States of America, Wisconsin, Oconomowoc, United States

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    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America