American Female Guitarists

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 1 Sheryl Crow

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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kennett, Missouri, United States

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, actress, and singer-songwriter. Over the years, Crow has contributed to several film soundtracks, including the iconic theme song for the popular James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. After being diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center by joining hands with her surgeon Kristi Funk.

 2 Miranda Lambert

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Longview, Texas, United States

Two-time Grammy-winning country singer Miranda Lambert is known for her hit album Platinum and the track Automatic. She was placed third in the singing contest Nashville Star. She has won more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist. Her organization MuttNation Foundation works for rehabilitation of rescue animals.

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 3 Patti Smith

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Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: December 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Patti Smith is an American singer-songwriter. Referred to as the punk poet laureate, Smith became an influential figure of the punk rock movement with the release of her album Horses. Many world-renowned musicians, such as Madonna and Michael Stipe, have cited Smith as their inspiration. Even actresses like Ellen Page and Maria Doyle Kennedy have called Smith a major influence.

 4 Bonnie Raitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burbank, California

Bonnie Raitt is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Despite little commercial success at the beginning of her career, Raitt remained persistent until she had her first major hit in 1989. She has been named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time lists. She also supports organizations like Little Kids Rock.

 5 Kacey Musgraves

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Golden, Texas, United States
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 6 Chrissie Hynde

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Chrissie Hynde, founding member, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of the rock band The Pretenders, previously performed with The Frenchies. A follower of Vaishnavism and the hippie counterculture, Hynde is also a staunch vegetarian, fights for animal rights, and once owned a vegan restaurant. She has also authored an autobiography.

 7 Charo

Charo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain

Spanish-American actress, singer, comedian, and flamenco-guitarist Charo, whose birth year remains a subject of dispute for several years, is known for her seductive deep voice with Spanish accent, unrestrained and exuberant manner, and the catch-phrase cuchi-cuchi. She has released albums like Guitar Passion, featured in films like The Concorde...Airport '79 and guest starred in TV series like The Love Boat.

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 8 AJ Michalka

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Torrance, California

AJ Michalka is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. She is credited with forming the popular pop duo Aly & AJ along with her sister Alyson Renae Michalka. Also a respected actress and voice actress, AJ Michalka has contributed to the success of several TV series, such as Steven Universe and The Goldbergs.

 9 Teddy Geiger

Teddy Geiger
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 10 Patti Scialfa

Patti Scialfa.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Deal, New Jersey, United States

Patti Scialfa is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. The wife of popular musician Bruce Springsteen, Scialfa has been an important member of Springsteen's primary backing band, E Street Band, since 1984. As a member of the band, Patti Scialfa became an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

 11 Melissa Etheridge

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leavenworth

 12 Lita Ford

Lita Ford.
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist
Birthdate: September 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

Lita Ford is an English-born American vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead guitarist for The Runaways, a now-defunct rock band. Also a humanitarian, Ford took part in a cooking television game show titled Chopped in an attempt to raise $10,000 for her charity. In the 2010 film The Runaways, Ford was played by Scout Taylor-Compton.

 13 Aimee Mann

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Famous As: Alternative Artist
Birthdate: September 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond

Aimee Mann is an American singer and songwriter whose song Save Me, which she recorded for the soundtrack of the film Magnolia, earned her a Grammy Award and Academy Award nomination. Apart from being a singer and songwriter, Aimee Mann has also made several appearances on film and television. She also appears on the albums of other artists.

 14 Shirley Manson

Shirley Manson
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Guitarist, Musician, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 15 Alison Sudol

Alison Sudol
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

 16 Christy Carlson Romano

Christy Carlson Romano
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut, USA

 17 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 18 Natalie Maines

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States

 19 Linda Perry

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Springfield

 20 Edie Brickell

Edie Brickell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oak Cliff, Texas, USA

 21 Helen Reddy

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australia-born singer-songwriter Helen Maxine Reddy moved to the USA when she won a ticket to New York City, eventually remaining there, struggling to establish herself until she got her first hit, I Don’t Know How to Love Him. However, her best remembered song was I Am Woman, which went on to become a feminist anthem, making her an international star.

 22 Persia White

Persia White
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

 23 Tina Weymouth

Tina Weymouth.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coronado, California

Tina Weymouth is an American singer, author, songwriter, and musician. She is credited with founding the now-defunct new wave group Talking Heads, for which she also served as the bassist. She is also credited with co-founding Tom Tom Club, a side project of Talking Heads. In 2002, Tina Weymouth was made a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

 24 Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States

 25 Brittany Howard

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Alabama Athens, Alabama, United States

 26 Laura Jane Grace

Laura Jane Grace
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Benning, Georgia, USA

 27 Suzi Quatro

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Radio personality
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit

 28 Teena Marie

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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Record producer, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Monica
Died: December 26, 2010

 29 Lzzy Hale

Lzzy Hale
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA

Lzzy Hale is a singer, musician, and songwriter best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Halestorm. She is also the co-founder of the band. She began writing and performing music as a teenager and began her career collaborating with her brother, Arejay. She has also collaborated with many other artists.    

 30 Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Actor, Writer, Musician, Blogger, Television actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seattle

 31 Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

 32 Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 33 Kim Deal

Kim Deal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA

 34 Kim Gordon

Kim Gordon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA

 35 Brody Armstrong

Brody Armstrong
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brody Armstrong is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician. She had a tumultuous childhood marred by abuse and violence. She sought solace in music and began her career as a teenager. As a young woman, she was part of many bands with which she released numerous hit albums and singles. She also has a successful career as a soloist. 

 36 Liz Phair

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 37 Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: January 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States

 38 Susan Tedeschi

Susan Tedeschi
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston

 39 Mia Zapata

Mia Zapata
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: August 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisville
Died: July 7, 1993

 40 Lacey Sturm

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Homestead, Florida, United States

Former lead singer of the hard-rock band Flyleaf, Lacey Sturm is known for her trademark screams and her tracks such as I'm So Sick and All Around Me. Her album Life Screams made her the first solo female performer to top the hard-rock album charts. She has also penned a memoir.

 41 Yvonne Elliman

Yvonne Elliman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 42 Judy Collins

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Famous As: Singer, Street artist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle

 43 Paz Lenchantin

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Argentine-born American musician and Pixies member Paz Lenchantin was born to a classical pianist father and had started training in the violin and other instruments as a child. The camera-shy artist is known for her eccentricities, such as buying a truck and driving it around Louisville. 

 44 Juice Newton

Juice Newton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

 45 Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 30, 1995

 46 Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997

 47 Lori Black

Lori Black
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Monica

 48 Aja Volkman

Aja Volkman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, USA

 49 Danielle Bradbery

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: League City, Texas, United States

 50 Angela Marie DiFranco

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States