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WikiProject Guitarists is a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to guitarists. If you would like to help, please see the To-do list below, or inquire on the talk page.

Our goals
  • Improve Wikipedia's coverage of guitarists by creating, expanding, and maintaining articles.
  • Provide guidelines and recommendations for articles about guitarists.
  • Serve as the central point of guitarist article discussion.
Our scope
The project focuses on articles about guitarists, minding the notability standards laid out at WP:MUSIC.
What can you do?

Add your name to the list of Participants and get started on anything below!

WikiProject Guitarists open tasks
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Project-wide tasks
Articles here that are undergoing Featured Article or Good Article processes.
Jon ButcherFender Stratocaster
Peer review
Articles here that are undergoing Peer Review.
Attention needed
Chuck BerryGibson Les PaulBrian JonesScotty MooreRickenbackerMick TaylorMuddy WatersPaul WellerZakk Wylde More...
Requested articles
Scotty Anderson (guitarist)Henry GarzaGreg Koch (guitarist)John TsangAubrey GhentSchecter StilettoVersoul More...
Requested images
Brownie (guitar)Fender CustomFender TremoluxHayden AmplificationEmily Remler More...
Expansion needed
Vincent CavanaghWill RayRudolf Schenker More...

Article alerts

Requested moves

Articles to be merged

Articles for creation

Project Organization


Please feel free to add your name to this list if you would like to join the project; you are also encouraged to participate in any of our task forces that might interest you.

  • 009o9 ( talk · contribs) – interested in legacy instruments, luthier techniques and repairs.
  • 15tinybirds ( talk · contribs) - writer with interest in music and modern guitar, both players and their gear. Extensive knowledge of heavy metal/hard rock genres & subgenres.
  • Bargain Fanta ( talk · contribs) - Enjoys a wide variety of music, especially pre-One Hot Minute RHCP, Led Zeppelin, Sonic Youth, and the Tragically Hip.
  • Black Stripe ( talk · contribs) Happy to help out. Please check out the article on Electronic tuners and give it a rating on the discussion page.
  • BlueMarblesMoon ( talk · contribs) - Standing like great Ulysses with guitar in his hand. Eager to spread the word of Buckethead, that little boy with a pallid mask glued to his face.
  • Bobyllib ( talk · contribs) - full of dust and guitars
  • Bridies ( talk · contribs) interests: EVH-school modern rock guitar (satch, vai, gilbert etc), post-80s instrumental rock (govan, buckethead etc), progressive blues playing
  • DinosaurJr19 ( talk · contribs) - singer-songwriter, loves anything heavy, eccentric, or both (white stripes, dinosaur jr, nirvana, etc.)
  • Knuand ( talk · contribs) - Know a few things about Norwegian guitarists & Jazz guitar.
  • Mac Dreamstate ( talk · contribs) - interested mainly in instrumental rock and jazz fusion, and have created articles for many guitarists in said genres. Actively involved in improving bio articles for Allan Holdsworth, Tony MacAlpine, Greg Howe and Planet X.
  • Maplerocker ( talk · contribs) Bass guitar player and Rickenbacker fan willing to help, especially inproving the Rickenbacker site(s) in particular the underrespresented basses
  • Massimo Barbieri ( talk · contribs)
  • MaulYoda ( talk · contribs) - Specializes in Classic Rock Guitarists but not in anything new. Some knowledge of amps, Guitar companies, but does know quiet a few Guitars. Rock freak (not completely obsessed yet) plays Electric Guitar and air guitar.
  • Mdebets ( talk · contribs) - mostly German Rock music and World music
  • Moderatelyaverage ( talk · contribs) - Serviceable knowledge of Classic Rock and Blues guitarists, somewhat good knowledge of guitar companies. Used to play electric guitar when there I had more time on my hands. I'm also good at fixing grammar, syntax and spelling errors.
  • MoJiggity ( talk · contribs) - Plays guitar and bass, dabbles in sound engineering live and in-studio. Into out-of-style equipment (Steinberger primarily)
  • Moucon ( talk · contribs) - 45 years playing/35 yrs teaching, college music minor, played semi-pro and is interested in "Vintage" USA instruments.
  • Mr Pyles ( talk · contribs)
  • Ritzbitz00 ( talk · contribs) - An an obsessive music researcher, I'm ready and willing to do my part!
  • RogerGLewis ( talk · contribs) - Interested in the history of the Gibson Byrdland and its notable players. Interested in the Gibson Byrdland 12 string Guitar manufactured in 1976
  • Roger Workman ( talk · contribs) - Interested in all things regarding guitars and guitar players.
  • SamBlob ( talk · contribs) - Dislike most hip-hop, most dancehall, and most modern soca, otherwise like most of Western civilization's music.
  • Sebread ( talk · contribs)
  • Shobhit.Sharma.Wiki ( talk · contribs) - I love music, no matter what kind is, until it pleases your ears. An acosutic (fingerstyle) and electric guitarist since 2 years.
  • Sirfeathers ( talk · contribs) - I'm passionate about electric guitars and the music made with them, especially crossover jazz styles such as fusion and rockabilly.
  • Sjlefebvre ( talk · contribs) - I'm a 40 year vet in the guitar/bass and stringed instrument repair and history world. I'm also known for my slide playing and love of Louisiana Swamp Blues, Cajun and Zydeco music.
  • SquealingWeasel ( talk · contribs) - I am a passionate blues guitarist (for over 35 years), but to be honest, I am not very talented...I do however have plenty of knowledge in many guitar related subjects...
  • Sysop Spike Wilbury ( talk · contribs) - Project founder
  • Straight Edge PXK ( talk · contribs) - Metal/Grunge Bassist interested in Thrash, Emo and Grungeassociated articles
  • Stratocaster27 ( talk · contribs) - Huge musical knowledge pertaining to artists, guitars, and gear of 1960s and 1970s; loves The Beatles, Led Zep, & Jimi Hendrix; owns too many guitars, teaches guitar lessons, and has played since the age of 7.
  • Stratopastor ( talk · contribs) - I have been researching the Rivera-era range of Fender amps (1982-86) since 2004 and run a website about them.
  • Svindland ( talk · contribs) - Diploma degree of classical guitar performance and pedagogy.
  • Systemdertoten ( talk · contribs) - The Guru of poor guitarists. Blues, Metal, Alt-Rock all the way!!
  • Vmavanti ( talk · contribs) – Studied classical guitar for four years. I do a lot of work in Wikiproject Jazz.



The assessment department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's guitarist articles. The resulting article ratings are used within the project to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work, and are also expected to play a role in the WP:1.0 program. The assessment is done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{ WikiProjectGuitarists}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in a set of categories that serves as the basis for an automatically generated worklist.

Task forces

Task forces are informal groups of editors gathered for collaborative work on a particular topic within the guitarist project; all project members are encouraged to participate in any that interest them.

Current task forces


The guidelines presented in this section are intended to be guidelines only; while they are well-suited for the vast majority of guitarist articles, there exist a number of peculiar cases where, for lack of a better solution, alternate approaches can been taken. Please discuss individual cases on the Project talk page before deviating from guidelines.

Article naming conventions

  • Since the vast majority of guitarist articles are biographical articles about people, simply use the guitarist's name as the article name.
  • If the guitarist uses a stage or professional name, use the most common name of the person and refer to their real name in the article. For an example of this, see Sting.
  • If you must disambiguate, use Guitarist name (musician). "Musician" is preferable to "guitarist" since they may play other instruments.
See also: Naming conventions (people)

Article structure

The guidelines in this section are intended to serve as a starting point for writing a good article; they are not meant to enforce a single structure on all articles, nor to limit the topics an article will discuss. Remember to cite your sources!

Opening paragraph

The opening paragraph (or lead section) should concisely convey:

  • The real name and stage name (if applicable) of the guitarist
  • The birth and death dates (if applicable), place of birth, and nationality of the guitarist
  • The musical groups the guitarist is best known for working with
  • The techniques or styles the guitarist is best known for

For an example of a good opening paragraph, see Mark Knopfler. See also WP:LEAD.

Article body

The article can be structured along these lines:

  • Biography
  • Style and techniques (for example, fingerpicking, unique tuning, etc.)
  • Innovations and inventions (for example, tapping)
  • Equipment (guitars, amplifiers, effects, etc.) - can include endorsements
  • Involvement in musical groups
  • Influence and legacy
  • Discography, if appropriate (if the guitarist is a member of one or more musical groups, defer the discographies to those articles.)

Infobox templates

Guitarist infobox

The guitarist infobox has been deprecated in favor of the more general-purpose {{ Infobox Musical artist}}. Please use that infobox for biographical articles about guitarists.

Equipment infobox

WikiProject Guitarists
This infobox is in work - please discuss changes and refinement at the infobox discussion page.

The infobox should be added using the {{ Infobox guitar model}} template, as shown below:

{{Infobox guitar model
  • title – guitar brand and model name
  • image – an image of the guitar.
  • manufacturer – the manufacturer of the guitar, often it is the guitar company.
  • period – the year when it was first created, formatted as year1 - year 2, (or) year 3 - Present
  • bodytype – between solid, semi-hollow and hollow
  • necktype – between Set-in neck, Bolt-on neck, and Neck-thru, if there are too many variations, type (varies with sub-model)
  • woodbody – type of wood used for the body, if there are too many variations, type (varies with sub-model)
  • woodneck – type of wood used for the neck, if there are too many variations, type (varies with sub-model)
  • woodfingerboard – years type of wood used for the fingerboard, if there are too many variations, type (varies with sub-model)
  • bridge – type of the bridge, fixed, locking tremolo or non-locking tremolo, if there are too many variations, type (varies with sub-model)
  • pickup – the formation of the pickups, formatted as H-S-H or S-S-S or H-H or any other relevant formations, if there are too many variations, type (varies with sub-model)
  • colors – Name all the available colors, if there are too many variations, type (varies with sub-model)
Note: If varies with sub-model is used, please explain the variations on the article.


Articles should be placed in appropriate categories. At a minimum, use the following categories:

You may locate other appropriate categories, such as Category:Bass guitarists or Category:Women guitarists

WikiProject templates

WikiProject Guitarists
General information
Main project page talk
Members talk
Article requests talk
Attention needed talk
Project banner talk
Project category talk
Guitar Portal talk
Assessment talk
Outreach talk
Peer review talk
Infobox templates
Infobox Musical artist talk
Equipment infobox talk
Task forces
Guitar equipment talk
Infobox talk
Buckethead (inactive) talk
· changes


The {{ WikiProject Guitarists}} project banner template should be added (not subst:ed) to the talk page of every article within the scope of the project. While the template does not require any additional parameters, it has a number of optional ones that add various extra features to the banner. The full syntax is as follows:

{{WikiProject Guitarists
<!-- Task force tags -->

General parameters:

  • class – a rating of the article's quality; see the assessment department for more details.
  • attention – "yes" if the article requires immediate attention; this should be used sparingly. If you do use it, make sure to note the reason on the article Talk page.

Task force parameters

Participant userbox

You can add this userbox to your user page, signifying your participation in the project. Adding this to your user page automatically adds your username to Category:WikiProject Guitarists participants.

Code Result Usage
{{ User WPGUITAR}}
Fender Telecaster Head.jpgThis user is a member of WikiProject Guitarists.
Userbox to denote your participation in the project.

Project awards


The Guitarist Barnstar can be awarded to any project member you want to recognize for service to the project. Add it to their Talk page with {{subst:The Guitarist Barnstar|message ~~~~}}.

Music barnstar.png

The Music Barnstar can be awarded to any wikpedian that exhibits exceptional effort and dedication to music-related articles. Add it to their Talk page with {{subst:Music Barnstar|message ~~~~}}.


Main tool page:
  • Reflinks – Edits bare references – adds title/dates etc. to bare references
  • Checklinks - Edit and repair external links
  • Dab solver - Quickly resolve ambiguous links.
  • Peer reviewer - Provides hints and suggestion to improving articles.