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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.
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  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    Guitars PlayedFender 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 metal...  more

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  • NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceMarylebone, London, United Kingdom

    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

    Age: 57

    NationalitySweden, Finland

    BirthplacePelkosenniemi, Finland

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  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceEskilstuna, Sweden

    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 of...  more
  • Georg Wadenius

    Age: 74

    NationalitySweden

    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 guitarist and bassist,...  more
  • NationalitySweden, Norway

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    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 of Culture...  more
  • Dan Swanö

    Age: 46

    NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceFinspång, Sweden

    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 vocalist,...  more
  • Dregen

    Age: 46

    NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceNässjö, Sweden

    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 2014, Dregen has...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    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 joined...  more
  • John Norum

    Age: 55

    NationalitySweden, Norway

    BirthplaceVardø, 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 parents to...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceHalmstad, Sweden

    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

    Age: 60

    NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceHalmstad, Sweden

    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 Swedish pop group Gyllene...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceGothenburg, 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 (1996) and...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    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 progressive metal band...  more
  • NationalitySweden

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  • NationalitySweden

    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 of the leading...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceGothenburg, 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 known as...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    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 band...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    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 frontman of...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceBrännkyrka

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  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    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 Hypocrisy as...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceSäter, Sweden

    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
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceGothenburg, Sweden

    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 under his...  more
  • NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceHuskvarna, Sweden

    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

    Age: 46

    NationalitySweden

    BirthplaceNässjö, Sweden

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