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Famous Guitarists from New York

Updated June 14, 2019 9.1k views142 items

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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  • 1
    Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • 2
    Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Guitars PlayedIbanez

    Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    John Anthony Frusciante ( (listen); born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Johnny Ramone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    Johnny Ramone

    Dec. at 56 (1948-2004)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

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  • 5
    Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    Lou Reed

    Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    Steve Vai

    Age: 59

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCarle Place, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States

    Guitars PlayedIbanez Universe, Ibanez, Ibanez JEM

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  • 7
    Elliot Easton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, December 18, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Michael McKean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • 9
    Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • 10
    Jim Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    Jim Hall

    Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Buffalo, New York

    James Stanley Hall (December 4, 1930 – December 10, 2013) was an American jazz guitarist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

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  • 12
    Brian McKnight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

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  • 13
    Ani DiFranco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Buffalo, New York

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  • 14
    Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

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  • 15
    Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    Taj Mahal

    Age: 77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 16
    Les Fradkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Guitars PlayedStarr Labs Ztar Z7s, Wilson Bros VM-10, Epiphone G-1275, Epiphone Casino, Fender Stratocaster XII

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  • 17
    Rufus Wainwright is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    BirthplaceRhinebeck, New York, United States of America

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  • 18
    Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    Johnny Thunders

    Dec. at 39 (1952-1991)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • 19
    Lucky Peterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

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  • 20
    John Rzeznik is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, USA

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  • 21
    John Oates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    John Oates

    Age: 70

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    John William Oates (born April 7, 1948) is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    John Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, New York, Suffolk County, United States of America, United States

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  • 23
    Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMassapequa, New York, United States of America

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  • 24
    John Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePort Chester, Contiguous United States, New York, Westchester County, United States of America

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  • 25
    Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York

    Janis Ian

    Age: 68

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBronx, New York City, New York, United States of America

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