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Born Paul Daniel Frehley. Ace grew up in the Bronx and got his 1st guitar as a Christmas gift at the age of 13. Both of his parents played piano and both....More

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Billy founded his first band, the Moving Sidewalks, in the mid 1960’s, before forming ZZ Top in late 1969 with bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill and...More


Angus is best known for his hard-edge blues style lead guitar, incredible energy, wild stage antics and his schoolboy outfit. Angus started...More

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Born Riley B. King. B.B. was born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi and was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother...More


Nicknamed "Slowhand", is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who became one of the most respected and...More


Malmsteen was born into a musical family. On September 18, 1970, at age seven, he saw a broadcast reporting the death of Jimi Hendrix. That drove...More


Frank Zappa’s talents covered just about everything in the music industry. He was a distinctive composer who worked in just about every...More


Born Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt in Bayonne, New Jersey, Zakk started playing the guitar at the age of fifteen. He practiced guitar as much as...More


Eddie and Alex Van Halen came to the United States in 1962. Eddie began playing drums, which he paid for by delivering papers, and Alex began...More


With the astonishing way he played his guitar, Stevie Ray Vaughan helped jump start the blues guitar revival of the 1980’s. SRV drew equally...More


Steven Vai is a Grammy Award winning guitarist, composer and record producer. Steve showed up at Joe Satriani’s door as a teenage with a guitar and...More


Stephen James Howe credits his parents' record collection as the origins of his influences, including Les Paul, Barney Kessel and Chet Atkins. Howe received his first guitar...More


SLASH is more recently known from his current band, Velvet Revolver and from his time with the groundbreaking band, Guns N' Roses. SLASH got his...More


Joe was inspired to play guitar at age fourteen after hearing that Jimi Hendrix had died. Satriani is one of the world’s most renowned...More


He started playing violin at the age of five. Carlos made the crossing from his native Mexico to San Francisco and began helping his family by...More


Blackmore began his musical career at age eleven when he received his first guitar and began to take classical music lessons. As his...More


Randy started playing guitar at age six on his grandfather’s Gibson acoustic. Eight years later, Randy formed a band named...More


With his mother as his teacher, Glen started out on piano; he didn’t make the switch to guitar until age twenty-one. Tipton’s first semi-successful...More

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Pete is the guitarist, songwriter for The Who, and is widely considered to be among the greatest and most influential rock bands of all time. As the...More


After spending his youth in Detroit, Ted relocated to Chicago. In 1965 at the age of seventeen, he joined the original Amboy Dukes. Ted was...More


James Hetfield is the main songwriter, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and a founding member of Metallica. Hetfield was nine when he...More


Les Paul was born Lester William Polfuss. Les started playing music on harmonica at the age of eight. By the time he was thirteen, he was...More


As a guitarist for The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards was largely responsible for bringing the rock n' roll of Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry into the...More


In Joe's early musical years, he formed a band with Tom Hamilton called The Jam Band. After meeting with Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and...More


Jimmy Page is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. Prior to being a founding father of Led Zeppelin, he was...More


Jeff Beck began his career in 1962, taking part in many bands through out the 1960’s and 1970’s and continues on today. Beck broke into...More


Frank Anthony “Tony” Iommi is best known as the guitarist for the band, Black Sabbath. However, Iommi had a tough start when he lost the tips... More

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James Marshall Hendrix’s, father and gave him his first guitar at age three. Being left-handed, he turned it upside down and....More


Dimebag Darrell Abbott, was born Darrell Lance Abbott on August 20, 1966, in Arlington, Texas. Dime was the lead guitarist for...More

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At thirteen, David was given a Spanish guitar by a neighbor and so the journey began. The band, Pink Floyd was named to honor of...More


Chuck Berry is one of the pioneers of rock and roll; in fact, John Lennon once said "If you tried to give rock and roll another name...More


Brian May’s band, Queen, a quartet that combined elements of hard rock, metal, opera, and art rock, and combined many other...More


Alex Lifeson founded Rush in the summer of 1968. Musically, Rush has altered its sound dramatically over the years. Beginning in...More

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