Charlie Hunter was born on May 23, 1967, is an American guitarist, composer, and bandleader. He plays custom-made seven and eight-string guitars. In the early 1990s, Hunter has recorded 17 albums.

He graduated from Berkeley High School and from Joe Satriani took lessons of guitar from Joe Satriani. Charlie Hunter has recorded seventeen albums.

Charlie Hunter Early Life and Education

Charlie Hunter is born on May 23, 1967, in Rhode Island. They headed west of Island when he was four in an old yellow school bus and settled in Berkeley, California after several years.

Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter Source:

He graduated from Berkeley High School and took lessons of guitar from Joe Satriani. At eighteen he moved to Paris and started busking on the streets of Paris. He used to play a seven-string guitar and organ in Michael Franti’s political rap group.

Charlie Hunter Career

Hunter currently plays a seven-string guitar made by Jeff Traugott. Previously, he used to play an eight-string guitar by the luthier. On the top five strings tuned on ADGBe, he played chords and lead guitar solos. He played bass lines on the bottom three strings tuned EAD. Hunter removed the top guitar string in 2006 and plays a modified 7-string on the formerly-8 string body. He has begun using Headstrong amplifiers recently.


As the leader in Charlie Hunter Trio in 1993, he discovered Prawn Song. He performed many songs as a leader like Bing, Bing, Bing! , Ready…Set…Shango!, Natty Dread, Public Domain and Let the Bells Ring On. Recently he discovered Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth in 2016.

Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter playing 8-string Source:

As the or contributor he preformed many songs like Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury, Spare Ass, Pucker, The Cars and much more. Recently in 2016 he appears as guest Family Dinner – Volume 2.

Videography and Filmography

In videography, he is active since 2004-2011. As video graphics career he performed Live, Solo Inventions, In Repair: One Song, One Day and Solos: the Jazz Sessions. In his filmographic career, he played three movies from 2004-2009.