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.
Bill WithersBill Withers
04 July 1938
American singer-songwriter
Kurt Donald Cobain Kurt Cobain
20 February 1967
Singer, Songwriter

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942
Singer & Musician

Eddie VedderEddie Vedder
23 December 1964
Musician

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Paul SimonPaul Simon
13 October 1941
Singer, Songwriter
Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens
13 May 1941
Singer

Hunter HaysHunter Hayes
09 September 1991
Country Singer, Musician

John MayerJohn Mayer
16 October 1977
Singer
Billy Joe ArmstrongBillie Joe Armstrong
17 February 1972
Singer, Musician, Guitarist

Keith UrbanKeith Urban
26 October 1967
Musician
Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow
11 February 1962
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Melissa EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge
29 May 1961
Singer-songwriter

Dave NavarroDave Navarro
07 June 1967
Musician

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
18 October 1926
Guitarist

Benji MaddenBenji Madden
11 March 1979
Guitarist
Kevin JonasKevin Jonas
05 November 1987
Musician

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

Glenn FreyGlenn Frey
06 November 1948
Songwriter

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson
08 May 1911
Singer
Waylon JenningsWaylon Jennings
15 June 1937
Singers

Nikki SixxNikki Sixx
11 December 1958
Musician, Songwriter
Jeff BuckleyJeff Buckley
17 November 1966
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist

Kacey MusgravesKacey Musgraves
21 August 1988
Singer-Songwriter

Iggy PopIggy Pop
21 April 1947
Singer
B.B. KingB.B. King
16 September 1925
Singer-songwriter

Rick RubinRick Rubin
10 March 1963
Record Producer
Merle HaggardMerle Haggard
06 April 1937
 

Lindsey BuckinghamLindsey Buckingham
03 October 1949
Singer, Musician

Miranda LambertMiranda Lambert
10 November 1983
Singer-songwriter
Muddy WatersMuddy Waters
04 April 1913
Musician

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Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia
01 August 1942
Musician
James HetfieldJames Hetfield
03 August 1963
Musician, Songwriter

Jack WhiteJack White
09 July 1975
Singer, Guitarist

Elijah Blue AllmanElijah Blue Allman
10 July 1976
Singer

Trace CyrusTrace Cyrus
24 February 1989
Musician
Bob SegerBob Seger
06 May 1945
American singer-songwriter
Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana
20 July 1947
 

Glen CampbellGlen Campbell
22 April 1936
Singer

Gregg AllmanGregg Allman
08 December 1947
Singer, Guitarist

Jimmy BuffettJimmy Buffett
25 December 1946
Musician
Chris PérezChris Pérez
14 August 1969
Guitarist

Ross LynchRoss Lynch
29 December 1995
Singer

Trace AdkinsTrace Adkins
13 January 1962
Singer, Actor

AJ MichalkaAJ Michalka
10 April 1991
Actress

Michael StipeMichael Stipe
04 January 1960
Singer-lyricist
Mick MarsMick Mars
04 May 1951
Musician

Darius RuckerDarius Rucker
13 May 1966
Singer, Guitarist
Jason AldeanJason Aldean
28 February 1977
Country Singer

Billy CorganBilly Corgan
17 March 1967
Musician

Dave MatthewsDave Matthews
09 January 1967
Lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dave Matthews
Chris DaughtryChris Daughtry
26 December 1979
Vocalist, Guitarist

Peter FramptonPeter Frampton
22 April 1950
Guitarist
Serj TankianSerj Tankian
21 August 1967
Singer-songwriter

Chrissie HyndeChrissie Hynde
07 September 1951
Musician

Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt
08 November 1949
Singer

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

SkrillexSkrillex
15 January 1988
American music producer
Paul StanleyPaul Stanley
20 January 1952
Singer-songwriter

Israel HoughtonIsrael Houghton
19 May 1971
Singer-songwriter

Sturgill SimpsonSturgill Simpson
08 June 1978
Musician

Steve VaiSteve Vai
06 June 1960
Guitarist, Songwriter
Joey RamoneJoey Ramone
19 May 1951
Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones

Patti ScialfaPatti Scialfa
29 July 1953
Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Lita FordLita Ford
19 September 1958
Singer, Musician, Guitarist

Kirk HammettKirk Hammett
18 November 1962
American musician

Cliff BurtonCliff Burton
10 February 1962
Bass Guitarist for the American heavy metal band
Warren ZevonWarren Zevon
24 January 1947
Rock Singer-songwriter

Wendy MelvoinWendy Melvoin
26 January 1964
Guitarist
Bradley NowellBradley Nowell
22 February 1968
Musician

Ace FrehleyAce Frehley
27 April 1951
Musician, Songwriter

Taylor GoldsmithTaylor Goldsmith
16 August 1985
Singer
Steve EarleSteve Earle
17 January 1955
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Curtis MayfieldCurtis Mayfield
03 June 1942
Singer, Guitarist
Navarone GaribaldiNavarone Garibaldi
01 March 1987
Singer, Guitarist

John OatesJohn Oates
07 April 1948
Guitarist

Aimee MannAimee Mann
08 September 1960
Alternative Artist

Jonathan DavisJonathan Davis
18 January 1971
Musician, Songwriter, Singer, Producer, Actor
Keith WhitleyKeith Whitley
01 July 1955
Singer
Shawnee SmithShawnee Smith
03 July 1969
Actress

Dexter HollandDexter Holland
29 December 1965
Musician

Dee Dee RamoneDee Dee Ramone
18 September 1951
Musician

Tito JacksonTito Jackson
15 October 1953
Guitarist
Adam GranducielAdam Granduciel
15 February 1979
Guitarist

Pat MethenyPat Metheny
12 August 1954
Guitarist

Tina WeymouthTina Weymouth
22 November 1950
Musician

Hillel SlovakHillel Slovak
13 April 1962
Musician, Songwriter

Brian BonsallBrian Bonsall
03 December 1981
Musician
Grace Potter Grace Potter
20 June 1983
Singer-songwriter

Patrick StumpPatrick Stump
27 April 1984
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Record Producer,
Buddy GuyBuddy Guy
30 July 1936
 

Ruston KellyRuston Kelly
31 July 1988
Singer-songwriter
Thomas McDonellThomas McDonell
02 May 1986
Actor
Adam DuritzAdam Duritz
01 August 1964
Singer