#GuitarGirl Sophie Ruggiero

Photo by Julia Mitchell (@macromitchell)

About me:

Hailing from New Jersey and residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Sophie Ruggiero is a multi-genre guitarist who emulates what it means to be a modern-day musician. Picking up the guitar at the age of seven, she has worked tirelessly every day to improve her craft. She attended Belmont University as a commercial guitar major, where she connected with many other musicians. She plays with various artists in the Nashville pop scene. Ruggiero has performed at several venues around Nashville, including Marathon Music Works, The Basement East, Mercy Lounge, and The High Watt. Ruggiero is a master of genre fluidity, using her classically trained background in rock music and love for pop to create a fresh and bold sound for many Nashville artists. As well as being a guitarist, Ruggiero is a certified audio engineer and graduated from Dark Horse institute in 2021. 

My gear:

Amp:  Fender Deluxe Reverb

Cables:  Runway Audio

Suhr Mateus Asato Signature Stratocaster
2017 Gibson Les Paul Classic


MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay
Electro-Harmonix Neo Clone Analog Chorus
Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork
EarthQuaker Acapulco Gold
Screamer V2 Overdrive by Cusak Music
Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah Effect Pedal

Favorite guitar riff that inspired you to play guitar? 

“The Ocean” by Led Zeppelin. Growing up, I was always so fascinated with Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page’s playing because his tone is so powerful and classic. My dad introduced me to the band when I first started playing, and he would challenge me to see if I could play his favorite songs.