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
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
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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
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
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
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
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
Dec. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dec. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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