Musicians Famous Guitarists from Asia

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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.

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

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Akira Takasaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 57 Akira Takasaki is the lead guitarist and founding member of the Japanese heavy metal band, Loudness.

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Hillel Slovak is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Dec. at 26 (1962-1988) Hillel Slovak ‏ was an Israeli-American musician best known as the original guitarist and founding member of the Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Prior to his death of a heroin ...more

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Nicholas Tse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 38 Nicholas Tse a.k.a. Tse Ting-fung, Chinese: 謝霆鋒, is a Hong Kong actor, singer, songwriter, musician and entrepreneur. Tse is a member of the Emperor Entertainment Group. Tse initially entered ...more

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 69 Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the ...more

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Hiram Bullock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Died at 53 (1955-2008) Hiram Law Bullock was an American jazz funk and jazz fusion guitarist.

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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Dec. at 50 (1952-2002) John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash, ...more

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Eason Chan Yik-Shun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 44 Eason Chan is a prominent male singer in Hong Kong's music industry. Eason Chan has been praised by Time magazine as a front runner in the next generation of Cantopop. He is considered by media ...more

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Hide is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Died at 34 (1964-1998) Hideto Matsumoto, better known by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter. He was primarily known for his work as lead guitarist of the heavy metal band X Japan, but ...more

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Yūzō Kayama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 81 Yūzō Kayama is a Japanese popular musician and film star. His father, Ken Uehara, was a film star during the 1930s. Yuzo Kayama became a star in the 1960s in the Wakadaishō film series. He ...more

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Keisuke Kuwata is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 62 Keisuke Kuwata has gained fame as a Japanese multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and frontman for the Southern All-Stars, as well as his own solo band, the Kuwata band. He has also done ...more

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Miyavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 37 Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct ...more

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Tak Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 57 Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto is a Grammy Award-winning Japanese guitarist, producer, arranger, composer, singer and songwriter. In addition to being the guitarist and lead composer for the ...more

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Tomoyasu Hotei is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 56 Tomoyasu Hotei is a Japanese musician, guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, producer. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Hotei has sold millions of albums and has collaborated with ...more

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Rolly Teranishi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 55 Rolly Teranishi more commonly known as Rolly, is a Japanese musician and music producer.

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Ken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 50 Ken is a musician and singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist of the Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He is also the leader, vocalist and guitarist of Sons of All Pussys and has released a ...more

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Kotaro Oshio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 50 Kotaro Oshio is an acoustic guitarist from Japan. Born in Osaka Prefecture, on February 1, 1968, he is best known for his work on the steel string guitar. Oshio is a part of Sony Music Japan's ...more

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Takayoshi Ohmura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 35 Takayoshi Ohmura is a Japanese musician popular as a rock guitarist. He was born on December 26, 1983 in Osaka. He started learning piano at the age of three. By the age of 11 he had started to ...more

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Lex Plotnikoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 36 Alexey Plotnikov, better known under stage name Lex Plotnikoff, is the Russian composer and guitar player, founder of progressive metal band Mechanical Poet. He is also known as music composer ...more

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Hyde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 49 Hideto Takarai, known exclusively by his stage name Hyde, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as vocalist for the rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel, as ...more

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Koichi Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 43 Koichi Fukuda is a Japanese musician, and former lead guitarist, programmer, and keyboardist for the industrial metal band Static-X, and is the lead guitarist from Drugstore Fanatics

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Inoue Kiyonobu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 48 Kiyonobu Inoue, known exclusively by his stage name Inoran, is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is best known as co-founder and rhythm guitarist of the rock band ...more

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Jay Chou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 39 Jay Chou is a Taiwanese singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. In 2000, Chou released his debut album, titled Jay, under the record company Alfa Music. Since then his music has gained ...more

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Armik is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Armik is an Iranian-Armenian flamenco guitarist and composer. Several of his albums have reached Billboard '​s Top New Age Albums chart.

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Yuji Adachi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 54 Yuji Adachi, known as You, is a Japanese musician and songwriter, best known as the guitarist of the influential heavy metal band Dead End. He also runs a guitar school. In 1982, You was a ...more

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Keiji Haino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 66 Keiji Haino born May 3, 1952 in Chiba, Japan, and currently residing in Tokyo, is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter whose work has included rock, free improvisation, noise music, ...more

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Kazuhisa Uchihashi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 59 Kazuhisa Uchihashi is a Japanese guitarist involved in free improvisation music. Born in 1959 in Osaka, Uchihashi began to play the guitar at age 12, playing in various rock bands, though he ...more

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Sugizo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 49 Yūne Sugihara, born Yasuhiro Sugihara is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. Known exclusively by his stage name Sugizo, he is best known as lead guitarist and ...more

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Naoko Yamano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 58 Naoko Yamano is a musician and founder of the Japanese rock trio all-female band Shonen Knife.

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Ichiro Ito is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 51 Ichiro Ito is a guitarist in the Japanese rock band Every Little Thing. Ito also works in composition and, sometimes, arrangement of some of Every Little Thing's songs.

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Alex De Grassi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 66 Alex de Grassi is an American Grammy Award-nominated fingerstyle guitarist.

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Hizaki is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 39 Hizaki is a Japanese visual kei musician, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as guitarist for the symphonic metal band Versailles. Before forming Versailles he was in several ...more

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Dec. at 26 (1948-1974) Nicholas Rodney Drake — known as Nick Drake — was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime but ...more

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YUI is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 31 Yui, stylized as YUI, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. Born and raised in Fukuoka prefecture, she played live at various locations in her hometown before ...more

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Aviv Geffen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 45 אביב גפן (נולד ב-10 במאי 1973) הוא זמר-יוצר, מוזיקאי, מלחין, פזמונאי ומפיק מוזיקלי ישראלי. גפן הוא שותפו של סטיבן וילסון לצמד "בלאקפילד". גפן ידוע בתור הזמר שסחף את הנוער הישראלי בשנות ...more

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Issei Noro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 61 Issei Noro is a Japanese jazz fusion guitarist who is one of the founding members and the main composer of the band Casiopea. He has released 6 solo albums and a compilation. He also works as an ...more

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Ely Buendia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 48 Eleandre Basiño Buendia, popularly known as Ely Buendia, is a Filipino musician, writer and director who gained fame as guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist of the popular Pinoy rock ...more

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Takeshi Terauchi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 79 Takeshi Terauchi, also known as Terry, is a Japanese instrumental rock guitarist. His preferred guitar is a White Mosrite. His guitar sound is characterized by frenetic picking, heavy use of ...more

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Yip Sai Wing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 55 Yip Sai Wing is a Hong Kong musician, singer, songwriter and the drummer of the Hong Kong rock band Beyond. He is the only remaining original member of Beyond. In 1983, Yip, along with the late ...more

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Kaori Muraji is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 40 Kaori Muraji is a Japanese classical guitarist. She is the first Japanese artist to have signed an exclusive international contract with Decca Music Group.

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Kaoru is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 44 Kaoru is a Japanese musician, best known as the leader and one of the guitarists of the visual kei metal band Dir En Grey. He has been with the group since its inception in 1997 and was ...more

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Hisashi Imai is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 53 Hisashi Imai is a Japanese musician and songwriter. He is known as lead guitarist of the rock band Buck-Tick since 1983. He has also performed in musical side-projects such as Schaft, Schwein, ...more

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Kensuke Kita is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 41 Kensuke Kita is the lead guitarist and backing singer of the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Kensuke met fellow band members Masafumi Gotō and Takahiro Yamada while attending a ...more

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June Yamagishi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 65 June Yamagishi is a Japanese guitarist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the guitarist for bands Papa Grows Funk and the Wild Magnolias.

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Mana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Mana is a Japanese musician and fashion designer, best known for a role as leader and guitarist of the visual kei rock band Malice Mizer. His clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, helped ...more

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Syu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 38 Syu is a Japanese musician, best known as leader and guitarist of metal band Galneryus, but also performs guitar and lead vocals in Spinalcord, and was formerly a member of Animetal. On ...more

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Kourosh Yaghmaei is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia

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Közi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 46 Közi is a Japanese visual kei rock musician who plays guitar, piano, keyboard and synthesizer. He is best known as guitarist for the rock band Malice Mizer. After the band went on an ...more

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Masafumi Gotoh is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 42 Masafumi Gotō is the lead vocalist, main songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Masafumi met fellow band members Kensuke Kita and Takahiro Yamada ...more

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Joey Santiago is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 53 Joseph Alberto "Joey" Santiago is a Filipino-American guitarist and composer. Active since 1986, Santiago is best known as the lead guitarist for the American alternative rock band the ...more

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K.A.Z is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
age 50 Kazuhito Iwaike, known exclusively by his stage name K.A.Z, is a Japanese musician and songwriter. He is known for his work with Oblivion Dust, hide with Spread Beaver and Vamps.