What is that one thing that strings together musical legends like Erick Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray, Billie Gibbons and Steve Vay together? That is right – guitar! America has been home to some of the most gifted, charismatic, spotlight-drawing six-string players in music history. They were the guitarists who exuded sheer energy, raw passion, and unfathomable musical rush with that one special ax. Be it well-aged acoustic or a banged-up electric, these guitar legends drove their audience in a frenzy with every strum, inspiring millions of fans to follow suit. It is because of extraordinarily endowed guitarists like Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, Scott Henderson, and Dimebag Darrell that rock and roll and all that pop culture phenomena scaled to profound levels. No wonder we had an entire generation chasing the guitar dream hoping to be as creative and cool as them. Let us delve into the life, deeds, feats, timeline, trivia, and interesting facts of some of America's greatest guitarists in the biographies presented below.
Eddie Van HalenEddie Van Halen
26 January 1955
Guitarist
Chris PérezChris Pérez
14 August 1969
Guitarist

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967
Singer, Songwriter

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942
Singer & Musician

Frank Vincent ZappaFrank Vincent Zappa
21 December 1940
American musician

Jack WhiteJack White
09 July 1975
Singer, Guitarist
Lindsey BuckinghamLindsey Buckingham
03 October 1949
Singer, Musician

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Dave NavarroDave Navarro
07 June 1967
Musician
Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967
Musician

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
11 March 1979
Guitarist
Miranda LambertMiranda Lambert
10 November 1983
Singer-Songwriter

Trace CyrusTrace Cyrus
24 February 1989
Musician

John MayerJohn Mayer
16 October 1977
Singer

SlashSlash
23 July 1965
Musician

Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
03 October 1954
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Nikki SixxNikki Sixx
11 December 1958
Musician, Songwriter

Eddie VedderEddie Vedder
23 December 1964
Musician

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925
Singer-songwriter

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey
06 November 1948
Songwriter
Jeff BuckleyJeff Buckley
17 November 1966
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941
Singer
Chuck BerryChuck Berry
18 October 1926
Guitarist

Kacey MusgravesKacey Musgraves
21 August 1988
Singer-Songwriter

Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings
15 June 1937
Singers
Iggy PopIggy Pop
21 April 1947
Singer

James HetfieldJames Hetfield
03 August 1963
Musician, Songwriter
Billy Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong
17 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Guitarist

Patti ScialfaPatti Scialfa
29 July 1953
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Rick RubinRick Rubin
10 March 1963
Record Producer
Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938
American singer-songwriter

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Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter
Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow
11 February 1962
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia
01 August 1942
Musician

Peter FramptonPeter Frampton
22 April 1950
Guitarist

Glen CampbellGlen Campbell
22 April 1936
Singer
Mick MarsMick Mars
04 May 1951
Musician
Sturgill SimpsonSturgill Simpson
08 June 1978
Musician

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
08 May 1911
Singer

Billy CorganBilly Corgan
17 March 1967
Musician

AJ MichalkaAJ Michalka
10 April 1991
Actress
Elijah Blue AllmanElijah Blue Allman
10 July 1976
Singer

Devin RatrayDevin Ratray
11 January 1977
Actor

Gregg AllmanGregg Allman
08 December 1947
Singer, Guitarist

Darius RuckerDarius Rucker
13 May 1966
Singer, Guitarist

Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana
20 July 1947
 
David MustaineDavid Mustaine
13 September 1961
American musician

Kevin JonasKevin Jonas
05 November 1987
Musician
Bob SegerBob Seger
06 May 1945
American singer-songwriter

Merle HaggardMerle Haggard
06 April 1937
 

Brad Douglas PaisleyBrad Douglas Paisley
28 October 1972
American singer-songwriter
Chrissie HyndeChrissie Hynde
07 September 1951
Musician

Michael StipeMichael Stipe
04 January 1960
Singer-lyricist
Mike ShinodaMike Shinoda
11 February 1977
Musician, Record Producer & Artist

Ross LynchRoss Lynch
29 December 1995
Singer

Kirk HammettKirk Hammett
18 November 1962
American musician

Warren ZevonWarren Zevon
24 January 1947
Rock Singer-songwriter

Cliff BurtonCliff Burton
10 February 1962
Bass Guitarist for the American heavy metal band
Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett
25 December 1946
Musician

Joey RamoneJoey Ramone
19 May 1951
Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones

Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
20 January 1952
Singer-songwriter

SkrillexSkrillex
15 January 1988
American music producer
Steve VaiSteve Vai
06 June 1960
Guitarist, Songwriter

Dave MatthewsDave Matthews
09 January 1967
Lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews
Jason AldeanJason Aldean
28 February 1977
Country Singer

Taylor GoldsmithTaylor Goldsmith
16 August 1985
Singer

Chris DaughtryChris Daughtry
26 December 1979
Vocalist, Guitarist
Israel HoughtonIsrael Houghton
19 May 1971
Singer-songwriter

Muddy WatersMuddy Waters
04 April 1913
Musician
Ace FrehleyAce Frehley
27 April 1951
Musician, Songwriter

Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt
08 November 1949
Singer

Trace AdkinsTrace Adkins
13 January 1962
Singer, Actor
Steve EarleSteve Earle
17 January 1955
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Lita FordLita Ford
19 September 1958
Singer, Musician, Guitarist
John OatesJohn Oates
07 April 1948
Guitarist

Navarone GaribaldiNavarone Garibaldi
01 March 1987
Singer, Guitarist

Jonathan DavisJonathan Davis
18 January 1971
Musician, Songwriter, Singer, Producer, Actor

Tina WeymouthTina Weymouth
22 November 1950
Musician
Jack Hody JohnsonJack Johnson
18 May 1975
Singer-songwriter
Bradley NowellBradley Nowell
22 February 1968
Musician

Keith WhitleyKeith Whitley
01 July 1955
Singer

Curtis MayfieldCurtis Mayfield
03 June 1942
Singer, Guitarist

Tito JacksonTito Jackson
15 October 1953
Guitarist
Aimee MannAimee Mann
08 September 1960
Alternative Artist

Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
18 September 1951
Musician

Adam GranducielAdam Granduciel
15 February 1979
Guitarist

Hillel SlovakHillel Slovak
13 April 1962
Musician, Songwriter

Dexter HollandDexter Holland
29 December 1965
Musician
Shawnee SmithShawnee Smith
03 July 1969
Actress

Melissa EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge
29 May 1961
Singer-songwriter
Hunter HaysHunter Hayes
09 September 1991
Country Singer, Musician

Adam DuritzAdam Duritz
01 August 1964
Singer
Shavo OdadjianShavo Odadjian
22 April 1974
Bassist, Musician, Guitarist
Patrick StumpPatrick Stump
27 April 1984
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer,