Musicians Famous Guitarists from New York

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in New York, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from New York are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous New York guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

List is made up of a variety of items, including Adam Sandler and Lou Reed.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from New York?" and "Who are famous New York guitarists?"

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Adam Sandler age 52 Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many ...more

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Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Joe Satriani age 62 Joseph "Joe" Satriani is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former ...more

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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
John Frusciante age 48 John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, from 1988 until 1992, and again ...more

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Johnny Ramone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Johnny Ramone Died at 56 (1948-2004) John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. He was a ...more

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Lou Reed Died at 71 (1942-2013) Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career ...more

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Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Steve Vai age 58 Steven Siro Vai is an American guitarist, songwriter, singer, and producer who has sold over 15 million albums. After starting his career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, he recorded ...more

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Elliot Easton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Elliot Easton age 65 Elliot Easton is an American musician. He played lead guitar and sings backing vocals for The Cars. His guitar solos are an integral part of the band's hit singles. He studied music at the ...more

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Michael McKean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Michael McKean age 71 Michael John McKean is an American actor, comedian, writer, composer and musician well known for his portrayal of Squiggy's friend, Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski, on the sitcom Laverne ...more

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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Christopher Guest age 70 Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British ...more

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Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Jim Hall Died at 83 (1930-2013) James Stanley Hall was an American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger. Premier Guitar magazine stated that "It could be argued that the jazz guitar tree is rooted in four names: Django ...more

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Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Eddie Money age 69 Eddie Money, is an American rock guitarist, saxophonist and singer-songwriter, who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Rock impresario Bill ...more

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Brian McKnight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Brian McKnight age 49 Brian McKnight is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays eight instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, ...more

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Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Ani DiFranco age 48 Ani DiFranco is an American singer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon. DiFranco has received ...more

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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Tom Morello age 54 The Nightwatchman is the alter-ego and solo act of American musician Tom Morello. Morello began performing as the Nightwatchman in 2003 as an outlet for his political views while he was playing ...more

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Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Taj Mahal age 76 Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American Grammy Award-winning blues musician. He often incorporates elements of world music into his works. A self-taught ...more

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Les Fradkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Les Fradkin age 67 Fearless Fradkin signed to MGM Records in August 1970 and signed a staff songwriter agreement with Leo Feist Music and a recording contract with the new MGM/Sunflower Records label headed up by ...more

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Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Rufus Wainwright age 45 Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter and composer. He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He ...more

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Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Johnny Thunders Died at 39 (1952-1991) Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr., was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York ...more

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Lucky Peterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Lucky Peterson age 54 Lucky Peterson is an American musician who plays contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. He plays guitar and keyboards. Music journalist Tony Russell, in his book The ...more

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John Rzeznik is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
John Rzeznik age 53 John Joseph Theodore "Johnny" Rzeznik is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band the Goo Goo Dolls, of ...more

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John Oates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
John Oates age 69 John William Oates is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates. Although Oates's main role in ...more

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John Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
John Petrucci age 51 John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. With his former bandmate Mike ...more

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Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Brian Setzer age 59 Brian Robert Setzer is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He first found widespread success in the early 1980s with the 1950s-style rockabilly revival group Stray Cats, and ...more

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John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
John Abercrombie age 74 John Laird Abercrombie is an American jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader. His work often explores jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. Abercrombie studied at Berklee ...more

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Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Janis Ian age 67 Janis Ian is a singer-songwriter who was mostly active in the 1960s and 1970s; her most successful song "At Seventeen", was released as a single from her 1975 album Between the Lines ...more

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Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Paul Stanley age 66 Stanley Bert Eisen, better known by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American hard rock guitarist, singer, and painter, best known for being the frontman of the rock band Kiss. He is the ...more

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Scott Ian Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Scott Ian Rosenfeld age 55 Scott Ian is an American musician and an actor.

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Sean Lennon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Sean Lennon age 43 Sean Taro Ono Lennon is an American musician and composer. He is the child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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Lee Ranaldo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Lee Ranaldo age 62 Lee Mark Ranaldo is an American musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, writer, visual artist and record producer, best known as a co-founder of the alternative rock band Sonic Youth. In 2004, ...more

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John P. Hammond is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
John P. Hammond age 76 John P. Hammond is an actor.

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Willie Nile is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Willie Nile age 70 Willie Nile is an American singer-songwriter. In 1980 Nile released his self-titled debut album which according to one critic remains “one of the most thrilling post-Byrds folk-rock albums of ...more

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Dave Van Ronk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Dave Van Ronk Died at 66 (1936-2002) David Kenneth Ritz "Dave" Van Ronk was an American folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York, who settled in Greenwich Village, New York, and was eventually nicknamed the "Mayor of ...more

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Eddie Rabbitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Eddie Rabbitt Died at 57 (1941-1998) Edward Thomas "Eddie" Rabbitt was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His career began as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to a recording career after composing ...more

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Ace Frehley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Ace Frehley age 67 Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss. He took on the persona of the "Spaceman" ...more

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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Rivers Cuomo age 48 Rivers Cuomo is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer. Raised in an ...more

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Jakob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Jakob Dylan age 49 Jakob Luke Dylan is an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The Wallflowers, with which he has released six albums since 1992. ...more

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Jason Vieaux is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Jason Vieaux age 45 Jason Vieaux is an American virtuoso classical guitarist. He began his musical training in Buffalo, New York at the age of eight, after which he continued his studies in the Cleveland Institute ...more

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Chieli Minucci is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Chieli Minucci age 60 Chieli Minucci is an American adult contemporary, smooth jazz guitarist, composer, music producer, and arranger of Italian descent. Minucci was born in New York City and is primarily known as ...more

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Leslie West is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Leslie West age 73 Leslie West is an American rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the hard rock band Mountain.

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Claudio Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Claudio Sanchez age 40 Claudio Sanchez is the author of The Amory Wars: Ultimate Edition.

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Nile Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Nile Rodgers age 66 Nile Gregory Rodgers is an American musician, producer, and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976 and ...more

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Hugh Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Hugh Blumenfeld age 60 Hugh Blumenfeld is an American folk musician and singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, graduated with degrees in Biology and Humanities from M.I.T. ...more

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Duane Eddy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Duane Eddy age 80 Duane Eddy is an actor.

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John Lombardo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
John Lombardo age 66 John Lombardo was one of the founding members of the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs and one of the band's most influential members, writing much of its early material. He is also a member ...more

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Lenny Kaye is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Lenny Kaye age 72 Lenny Kaye is an American guitarist, composer and writer who is best known as a member of the Patti Smith Group.

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Ira Newborn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Ira Newborn age 69 Ira Newborn is an American musician and composer, best known for his work composing motion picture soundtracks. Among the many movies Newborn has scored or for which he has written songs are ...more

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Ron Thal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Ron Thal age 49 Ronald Jay "Ron" Blumenthal, better known by his stage name Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, is an American guitarist, songwriter, recording artist and producer. Thal adopted the name ...more

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Jesse Harris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Jesse Harris age 49 Jesse Harris is a Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter. He has collaborated with several musical artists including Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux, Nikki Yanofsky, and ...more

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Larry Campbell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Larry Campbell age 63 Larry Campbell is a multi-instrumentalist who plays many stringed instruments in genres including country, folk, blues, and rock. He is perhaps most widely known for his time as part of Bob ...more

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Bob Brozman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York
Bob Brozman Died at 59 (1954-2013) Bob Brozman was an American guitarist and ethnomusicologist. Brozman was born to a Jewish family living on Long Island, New York. He began playing the guitar when he was 6. He performed in a ...more