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Famous Guitarists from Asia

Updated June 8, 2017 23.4k views121 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Asia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Asia 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 Asia 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 items include David Bowie, John Lennon and many additional items as well.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Asia?" and "Who are famous Asia guitarists?"
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    Akira Takasaki (高崎 晃, Takasaki Akira, born February 22, 1961, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese...  more
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    Hillel Slovak

    Dec. at 26 (1962-1988)
    Hillel Slovak (Hebrew: הלל סלובק; April 13, 1962 – June 25, 1988) was an Israeli-American...  more

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    Nicholas Tse Ting-fung (Chinese: 謝霆鋒; born 29 August 1980) is a Hong Kong actor, martial...  more
  • 4
    Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an...  more

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  • 5

    Hiram Bullock

    Dec. at 53 (1955-2008)
    Hiram Law Bullock (September 11, 1955 – July 25, 2008) was an American jazz funk and jazz...  more
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    Joe Strummer

    Dec. at 50 (1952-2002)
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    Eason Chan Yick-shun (born 27 July 1974) is a Hong Kong singer and actor. Chan was ranked...  more
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    Dec. at 34 (1964-1998)
    Hideto Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本 秀人, Hepburn: Matsumoto Hideto, December 13, 1964 – May 2,...  more
  • 9
    Yūzō Kayama (加山 雄三, Kayama Yūzō, born April 11, 1937) is a Japanese popular musician,...  more
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    Keisuke Kuwata (桑田 佳祐, Kuwata Keisuke, born February 26, 1956) is a Japanese...  more
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    Age: 38
    Takamasa Ishihara (石原 崇雅, Ishihara Takamasa, born September 14, 1981), better known by his...  more

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    Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto (松本 孝弘, Matsumoto Takahiro, born on March 27, 1961 in Toyonaka,...  more
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    Tomoyasu Hotei (布袋 寅泰, Hotei Tomoyasu, born on February 1, 1962, in Takasaki, Gunma), also...  more
  • 14
    Rolly Teranishi (ローリー 寺西, Rōrī Teranishi) more commonly known as Rolly, is a Japanese musician...  more
  • 15


    Age: 51
    Ken (born November 28, 1968 in Maibara, Shiga, Japan) is a musician and singer-songwriter,...  more
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    Kotaro Oshio (押尾 コータロー, Oshio Kōtarō, real name: 押尾 光太郎) is an acoustic guitarist from Japan. ...  more
  • 17
    Takayoshi Ohmura (大村孝佳, Ōmura Takayoshi) (born December 26, 1983) is a Japanese musician and...  more
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    Age: 50
    Hideto Takarai (寶井 秀人, Takarai Hideto, born January 29, 1969 in Wakayama, Japan), known...  more
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    Koichi Fukuda (born July 1, 1967 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician, best known as the...  more
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    Kiyonobu Inoue (井上 清信, Inoue Kiyonobu, born on September 29, 1970 in Hadano, Kanagawa),...  more
  • 22

    Jay Chou

    Age: 40
    Jay Chou (traditional Chinese: 周杰倫; simplified Chinese: 周杰伦; pinyin: Zhōu Jiélún; Wade–Giles:...  more

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    Armik Dashchi, professionally known as Armik, is an Iranian Armenian flamenco guitarist and...  more
  • 24
    Yuji Adachi (足立祐二, Adachi Yūji, born March 10, 1964, in Osaka, Japan), known as You, is a...  more
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    Keiji Haino (灰野 敬二 Haino Keiji; born May 3, 1952) is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter...  more