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List of famous guitar players from Russia, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Russia has produced some great guitar players over the years, including guitarists who specialize in rock, metal, jazz, folk, classical, acoustic and more. These are some of the best Russian guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Russia and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Russia then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List features guitarists like Vladimir Vysotsky and Sergey Mavrin.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Russian guitarists?" and "Which guitar players are from Russia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of Russia in order to get more information about each one. If you're a guitar player or just love music you can use this list of talented Russian guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.
Edgar Froese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Russia
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Edgar Willmar Froese was a German artist and electronic music pioneer, best known for founding the electronic music group Tangerine Dream. Although his solo and group recordings prior to 2003 name him as "Edgar Froese", his solo albums from 2003 onward bear the artist name "Edgar W. Froese". ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Russia

Birthplace: Sovetsk, Russia

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Boris Grebenshchikov is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Russia
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Boris Borisovich Grebenshchikov also known as Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov, is one of the most prominent members of the generation which is widely considered the "founding fathers" of Russian rock music. Due as much to his personal contribution as to the undisputed and lasting success of his main effort, the band Aquarium, he is a household name in Russia. Grebenshchikov is colloquially known as BG after his initials. He is often called as 'Grandfather of Russian Rock'. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Vladimir Vysotsky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Russia
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Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was a Russian singer-songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet and Russian culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street jargon. He was also a prominent stage and screen actor. Though his work was largely ignored by the official Soviet cultural establishment, he achieved remarkable fame during his lifetime, and to this day exerts significant influence on many of Russia's popular musicians and actors who wish to emulate his iconic status. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Guitars Played: Seven-string guitar

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Bulat Okudzhava is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Russia
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Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Russian genre called "author song" and the author of about 200 songs, set to his own poetry. His songs are a mixture of Russian poetic and folksong traditions and the French chansonnier style represented by such contemporaries of Okudzhava as Georges Brassens. Though his songs were never overtly political, the freshness and independence of Okudzhava's artistic voice presented a subtle challenge to Soviet cultural authorities, who were thus hesitant for many years to give official recognition to Okudzhava. ...more on Wikipedia

Nationality: Russia, Armenia, Soviet Union

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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