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Famous Guitar Players from Sweden

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List of famous guitar players from Sweden, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Sweden 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 Swedish guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Sweden and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Sweden then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

You can rank all of these guitarists, from Maja Ivarsson to Fredrik Thordendal.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of Sweden 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 Swedish guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.
Yngwie Malmsteen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 56

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (; born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck; 30 June 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader. Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical ...more

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 71

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Marylebone, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Yusuf Islam (born 21 July 1948), commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical style consists of folk, pop, ...more

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Andy McCoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 57

Nationality: Sweden, Finland

Birthplace: Scandinavia, Europe, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Pelkosenniemi, + more

Antti Hulkko (born 11 October 1962), better known as Andy McCoy, is a Finnish musician. He is most famous for his role as the lead guitarist and main songwriter of Hanoi Rocks, but has also ...more

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Daniel Gildenlöw is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 46

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Södermanland, Eskilstuna Municipality, Eurasia, Södermanland County, + more

Daniel Gildenlöw (born 5 June 1973 in Eskilstuna, Sweden) is a Swedish musician and songwriter. He is best known as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the progressive rock band Pain ...more
Georg Wadenius is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Georg Wadenius Age: 74

Nationality: Sweden

Georg "Jojje" Wadenius (born 4 May 1945) is a Swedish multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer who made a name for himself during the 1970s and 1980s as a studio and session ...more
Åse Kleveland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 70

Nationality: Sweden, Norway

Birthplace: Sweden, Stockholm County, Eurasia, Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality

Åse Maria Kleveland (born 18 March 1949) is a Norwegian singer, guitarist, politician and activist. A well-known folk singer and traditional guitarist in Norway, she was appointed Minister ...more
Dan Swanö is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 46

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Finspång Municipality, Eurasia, Östergötland County, Finspång, + more

Dan-Erland Swanö (born 10 March 1973) is a Swedish musician and record producer who is currently the vocalist, guitarist, ex-bassist and ex-drummer for the band Nightingale, lately ...more

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Dregen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 46

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Eurasia, Nässjö, Nässjö Municipality, Småland

Dregen (born Andreas Tyrone Svensson; 12 June 1973 in Nässjö, Sweden) is a Swedish musician best known as the guitarist of The Hellacopters, as well as Backyard Babies. As of March ...more
Carl Johan Grimmark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 42

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden, Eurasia, Västra Götaland County

Carl Johan Grimmark (born October 14, 1977) is a Swedish guitarist. He has appeared with several influential Christian metal bands including Narnia, Saviour Machine, and Rob Rock. He recently ...more
John Norum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 55

Nationality: Sweden, Norway

Birthplace: Europe, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Vardø, Norway

John Terry Norum (born 23 February 1964 in Vardø, Norway) is a Norwegian/Swedish rock guitarist and one of the founders of the Swedish rock band Europe. As an infant, he moved with his ...more
Christopher Amott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 42

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Halland, Eurasia, Halland County, Halmstad, + more

Christopher Amott (born 23 November 1977) is a Swedish guitarist and vocalist, younger brother of Michael Amott and founding member of the Swedish metal bands Arch Enemy and Armageddon. He is ...more
Per Gessle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 60

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Halland, Eurasia, Halland County, Halmstad, + more

Per Håkan Gessle (Swedish pronunciation: [pæːr ²ɡɛsːlɛ]; born 12 January 1959) is a Swedish pop singer-songwriter, guitarist, and harmonicist. He is the lead singer of the ...more
Björn Gelotte is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 44

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Björn Gelotte is a songwriter and lead guitarist for the Swedish band In Flames. He joined the band as the drummer in 1995, and continued his position as drummer during The Jester Race ...more
Mikael Åkerfeldt ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 45

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Stockholm County, Eurasia, Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality

Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt (Swedish pronunciation: [²miːkaˌɛl ²oːkɛrˌfɛlt]; born 17 April 1974) is a Swedish musician. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of ...more

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Johan Hallgren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 44

Nationality: Sweden

Johan Hallgren (born 13 April 1975) is a Swedish musician. He is the guitarist and backing vocalist in the Swedish progressive rock band Pain of Salvation. Johan announced in the official Pain ...more
Fredrik Nordström ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 52

Nationality: Sweden

Björn Tom Fredrik Nordström (born 5 January 1967) is a Swedish musician and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist in the heavy metal band Dream Evil. Nordström is one ...more
Jesper Strömblad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 47

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

Clas Håkan Jesper Strömblad (born 28 November 1972) is a Swedish musician who is the guitarist of the bands Dimension Zero and Cyhra, formerly In Flames and The Resistance. He is best ...more
Michael Amott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 50

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, + more

Michael Amott (born 28 July 1969) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the bands Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and Carnage, as well as a former member of the extreme metal ...more

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Peter Dolving is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 50

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden, Eurasia, Västra Götaland County

Peter Dolving (born 24 October 1969) is a Swedish musician, songwriter, visual artist and spoken word poet, now living in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and is most commonly known as the former ...more
Anders Nyström is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 44

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Eurasia, Brännkyrka

For the actor with the same name, see Anders Nyström (actor).Anders Nyström (born 22 April 1975), also known as Blakkheim (or formerly Blackheim) is a Swedish guitarist.
Peter Tägtgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 49

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Stockholm County, Eurasia, Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality

Alf Peter Tägtgren (born 3 June 1970) is a Swedish musician, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the founder, main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the death metal band ...more
Niklas Almqvist is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 42

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Fagersta Municipality, Sweden, Fagersta, Eurasia, Västmanland, + more

Niklas Almqvist (born 26 January 1977), better known by his stage name Nicholaus Arson, is the lead guitarist and backup vocalist of the Swedish garage rock band The Hives, of which his brother ...more
Kristian Wåhlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 48

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden, Eurasia, Västra Götaland County

Kristian Wåhlin (born 1971 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish musician, graphic designer, and album cover artist for many bands in the extreme metal scene worldwide. He is often credited ...more
Lars-Olof Johansson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 46

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Europe, Sweden, Eurasia

Lars-Olof Johansson (born 23 February 1973, in Huskvarna, Sweden) is best known as a member of the alternative rock band The Cardigans. Johansson's role in the band is keyboardist and guitarist. ...more
Nicke Borg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Sweden
Age: 46

Nationality: Sweden

Birthplace: Sweden, Eurasia, Nässjö, Nässjö Municipality, Småland

Niklas Roger "Nicke" Borg, born April 3, 1973 in Nässjö, is a Swedish singer and guitarist in the Backyard Babies.