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.
Nikki SixxNikki Sixx

11 December 1958

Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain

20 February 1967

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix

27 November 1942

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt

15 July 1946

John MayerJohn Mayer

16 October 1977

Miranda LambertMiranda Lambert

10 November 1983

Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens

13 May 1941

Keith UrbanKeith Urban

26 October 1967

Lindsey BuckinghamLindsey Buckingham

03 October 1949

Paul SimonPaul Simon

13 October 1941

Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings

15 June 1937

Ross LynchRoss Lynch

29 December 1995

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Stevie Ray VaughanStevie Ray Vaughan

03 October 1954

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey

06 November 1948

James HetfieldJames Hetfield

03 August 1963

Benji MaddenBenji Madden

11 March 1979

Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt

08 November 1949

Peter FramptonPeter Frampton

22 April 1950

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Bob SegerBob Seger

06 May 1945

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson

08 May 1911

Eddie VedderEddie Vedder

23 December 1964

Trace CyrusTrace Cyrus

24 February 1989

Paul StanleyPaul Stanley

20 January 1952

Iggy PopIggy Pop

21 April 1947

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry

18 October 1926

AJ MichalkaAJ Michalka

10 April 1991

Jeff BuckleyJeff Buckley

17 November 1966

Taylor GoldsmithTaylor Goldsmith

16 August 1985

Billy Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong

17 February 1972

Jack WhiteJack White

09 July 1975

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Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow

11 February 1962

Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana

20 July 1947

Dave NavarroDave Navarro

07 June 1967

Elijah Blue AllmanElijah Blue Allman

10 July 1976

Chris PérezChris Pérez

14 August 1969

Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia

01 August 1942

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SkrillexSkrillex

15 January 1988

Jason AldeanJason Aldean

28 February 1977

Glen CampbellGlen Campbell

22 April 1936

Merle HaggardMerle Haggard

06 April 1937

Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett

25 December 1946

Rick RubinRick Rubin

10 March 1963

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B.B. KingB.B. King

16 September 1925

Gregg AllmanGregg Allman

08 December 1947

Billy CorganBilly Corgan

17 March 1967

Darius RuckerDarius Rucker

13 May 1966

Ace FrehleyAce Frehley

27 April 1951

Cliff BurtonCliff Burton

10 February 1962

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Navarone GaribaldiNavarone Garibaldi

01 March 1987

Mike ShinodaMike Shinoda

11 February 1977

Kirk HammettKirk Hammett

18 November 1962

Tito JacksonTito Jackson

15 October 1953

Joey RamoneJoey Ramone

19 May 1951

Serj TankianSerj Tankian

21 August 1967

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Muddy WatersMuddy Waters

04 April 1913

Michael StipeMichael Stipe

04 January 1960

Ruston KellyRuston Kelly

31 July 1988

Israel HoughtonIsrael Houghton

19 May 1971

Chrissie HyndeChrissie Hynde

07 September 1951

Steve VaiSteve Vai

06 June 1960

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Lita FordLita Ford

19 September 1958

Dave MatthewsDave Matthews

09 January 1967

Bill WithersBill Withers

04 July 1938

Warren ZevonWarren Zevon

24 January 1947

Steve EarleSteve Earle

17 January 1955

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Adam GranducielAdam Granduciel

15 February 1979

Jonathan DavisJonathan Davis

18 January 1971

Curtis MayfieldCurtis Mayfield

03 June 1942

Trace AdkinsTrace Adkins

13 January 1962

Hillel SlovakHillel Slovak

13 April 1962

Aimee MannAimee Mann

08 September 1960

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Patti ScialfaPatti Scialfa

29 July 1953

Buddy GuyBuddy Guy

30 July 1936

Patrick StumpPatrick Stump

27 April 1984

John OatesJohn Oates

07 April 1948

Hunter HaysHunter Hayes

09 September 1991

Tina WeymouthTina Weymouth

22 November 1950

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Chris DaughtryChris Daughtry

26 December 1979

Frank IeroFrank Iero

31 October 1981

Synyster GatesSynyster Gates

07 July 1981