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.
Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967
Singer, Songwriter

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941
Singer, Songwriter

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942
Singer & Musician

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
11 March 1979
Guitarist

Kevin JonasKevin Jonas
05 November 1987
Musician
Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941
Singer, Songwriter

John MayerJohn Mayer
16 October 1977
Singer

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967
Musician
Billy Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong
17 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Guitarist

Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings
15 June 1937
Singers
Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow
11 February 1962
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan
03 October 1954
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey
06 November 1948
Singer, Songwriter, Actor

Eddie VedderEddie Vedder
23 December 1964
Musician

Nikki SixxNikki Sixx
11 December 1958
Musician, Songwriter
Iggy PopIggy Pop
21 April 1947
Singer

Ross LynchRoss Lynch
29 December 1995
Singer

Miranda LambertMiranda Lambert
10 November 1983
Singer-songwriter

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
18 October 1926
Guitarist
Glen CampbellGlen Campbell
22 April 1936
Singer

Jeff BuckleyJeff Buckley
17 November 1966
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist
Jack WhiteJack White
09 July 1975
Singer, Guitarist

Chris DaughtryChris Daughtry
26 December 1979
Vocalist, Guitarist

Elijah Blue AllmanElijah Blue Allman
10 July 1976
Singer
Merle HaggardMerle Haggard
06 April 1937
 

James HetfieldJames Hetfield
03 August 1963
Musician, Songwriter
Dave NavarroDave Navarro
07 June 1967
Musician

Trace CyrusTrace Cyrus
24 February 1989
Musician

Lindsey BuckinghamLindsey Buckingham
03 October 1949
Singer, Musician
Bob SegerBob Seger
06 May 1945
American singer-songwriter

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Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia
01 August 1942
Musician
Kacey MusgravesKacey Musgraves
21 August 1988
Singer-Songwriter

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
08 May 1911
Singer

Rick RubinRick Rubin
10 March 1963
Record Producer

B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925
Singer-songwriter
Sturgill SimpsonSturgill Simpson
08 June 1978
Musician
Israel HoughtonIsrael Houghton
19 May 1971
Singer-songwriter

Mick MarsMick Mars
04 May 1951
Musician

Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana
20 July 1947
 

SkrillexSkrillex
15 January 1988
American music producer
Gregg AllmanGregg Allman
08 December 1947
Singer, Guitarist

Michael StipeMichael Stipe
04 January 1960
Singer-lyricist

Darius RuckerDarius Rucker
13 May 1966
Singer, Guitarist

Cliff BurtonCliff Burton
10 February 1962
Bass Guitarist for the American heavy metal band

Hunter HaysHunter Hayes
09 September 1991
Country Singer, Musician
Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett
25 December 1946
Musician

Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt
08 November 1949
Singer
Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
20 January 1952
Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Painter

Billy CorganBilly Corgan
17 March 1967
Musician

Chris PérezChris Pérez
14 August 1969
Guitarist
Chrissie HyndeChrissie Hynde
07 September 1951
Musician

Peter FramptonPeter Frampton
22 April 1950
Guitarist
Dave MatthewsDave Matthews
09 January 1967
Lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews

Navarone GaribaldiNavarone Garibaldi
01 March 1987
Singer, Guitarist

Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938
American singer-songwriter

Mike ShinodaMike Shinoda
11 February 1977
Musician, Record Producer & Artist

Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter
Muddy WatersMuddy Waters
04 April 1913
Musician

Jason AldeanJason Aldean
28 February 1977
Country Singer

Kirk HammettKirk Hammett
18 November 1962
American musician

AJ MichalkaAJ Michalka
10 April 1991
Actress
Devin RatrayDevin Ratray
11 January 1977
Actor

Warren ZevonWarren Zevon
24 January 1947
Rock Singer-songwriter
Trace AdkinsTrace Adkins
13 January 1962
Singer, Actor

Steve VaiSteve Vai
06 June 1960
Guitarist, Songwriter

Joey RamoneJoey Ramone
19 May 1951
Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones
Adam GranducielAdam Granduciel
15 February 1979
Guitarist

Ace FrehleyAce Frehley
27 April 1951
Musician, Songwriter
Jonathan DavisJonathan Davis
18 January 1971
Musician, Songwriter, Singer, Producer, Actor

John OatesJohn Oates
07 April 1948
Guitarist

Lita FordLita Ford
19 September 1958
Singer, Musician, Guitarist
Aimee MannAimee Mann
08 September 1960
Alternative Artist

Melissa EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge
29 May 1961
Singer-songwriter
Bradley NowellBradley Nowell
22 February 1968
Musician

Ruston KellyRuston Kelly
31 July 1988
Singer-songwriter

Dexter HollandDexter Holland
29 December 1965
Musician

Taylor GoldsmithTaylor Goldsmith
16 August 1985
Singer
Steve EarleSteve Earle
17 January 1955
Musician, Singer-songwriter
Patti ScialfaPatti Scialfa
29 July 1953
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Pat MethenyPat Metheny
12 August 1954
Guitarist

Curtis MayfieldCurtis Mayfield
03 June 1942
Singer, Guitarist

Keith WhitleyKeith Whitley
01 July 1955
Singer
Buddy GuyBuddy Guy
30 July 1936
 

Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
18 September 1951
Musician

Tito JacksonTito Jackson
15 October 1953
Guitarist

Hillel SlovakHillel Slovak
13 April 1962
Musician, Songwriter

Shawnee SmithShawnee Smith
03 July 1969
Actress
Tina WeymouthTina Weymouth
22 November 1950
Musician

Patrick StumpPatrick Stump
27 April 1984
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer,
Adam DuritzAdam Duritz
01 August 1964
Singer

Dick DaleDick Dale
04 May 1937
Guitarist
Paul GilbertPaul Gilbert
06 November 1966
Guitarist
Synyster GatesSynyster Gates
07 July 1981
Musician