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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.

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 58

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Akira Takasaki (高崎 晃, Takasaki Akira, born February 22, 1961, in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist and sole constant member of the heavy ...more
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Hillel Slovak is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Dec. at 26 (1962-1988)

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster

Hillel Slovak (Hebrew: הלל סלובק; April 13, 1962 – June 25, 1988) was an Israeli-American musician best known as the founding guitarist of the Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Slovak ...more

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Nicholas Tse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 39

Nationality: China, Hong Kong

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Nicholas Tse Ting-fung (Chinese: 謝霆鋒; born 29 August 1980) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and chef. A multi talented celebrity, he became a TV chef and ...more
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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America, Israel

Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Israel

Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author, and ...more

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Hiram Bullock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Dec. at 53 (1955-2008)

Nationality: United States of America, Japan

Birthplace: Japan, Osaka

Hiram Law Bullock (September 11, 1955 – July 25, 2008) 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)

Nationality: Turkey, United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Turkey, Ankara

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Eason Chan Yik-Shun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 45

Nationality: China, Hong Kong

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Eason Chan Yick-shun (born 27 July 1974) is a Hong Kong singer and actor. Chan was ranked number "6" in the 2013 Forbes China Celebrity Top 100 List.In 2005, Chan's Cantonese album U87 ...more
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Hide is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Dec. at 34 (1964-1998)

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Yokosuka, Kantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Asia, + more

Hideto Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本 秀人, Hepburn: Matsumoto Hideto, December 13, 1964 – May 2, 1998), better known by his stage name hide, was a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record ...more
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Yūzō Kayama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 82

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Japan, Kanagawa Prefecture

Yūzō Kayama (加山 雄三, Kayama Yūzō, born April 11, 1937) is a Japanese popular musician, singer-songwriter and actor. His father, Ken Uehara, was a film star during the mid-twentieth century. Yuzo ...more
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Keisuke Kuwata is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 63

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Chigasaki, Kantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Asia, + more

Keisuke Kuwata (桑田 佳祐, Kuwata Keisuke, born February 26, 1956) is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and frontman for the Southern All Stars, as well of his own solo band, the ...more
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Miyavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 38

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan

Takamasa Ishihara (石原 崇雅, Ishihara Takamasa, born September 14, 1981), better known by his stage name Miyavi (stylized as MIYAVI), is a Japanese guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and ...more

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Tak Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 58

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Toyonaka, + more

Takahiro "Tak" Matsumoto (松本 孝弘, Matsumoto Takahiro, born on March 27, 1961 in Toyonaka, Osaka) is a Grammy Award-winning Japanese guitarist, producer, arranger, composer, singer and ...more
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Tomoyasu Hotei is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 57

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Japan, Takasaki

Tomoyasu Hotei (布袋 寅泰, Hotei Tomoyasu, born on February 1, 1962, in Takasaki, Gunma), also known simply as Hotei ( HOH-tay) is a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter, composer, record producer ...more

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Rolly Teranishi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 56

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: East Asia, Kansai region, Honshu, Keihanshin, Asia, + more

Rolly Teranishi (ローリー 寺西, Rōrī 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: 51

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Maibara, Japan

Ken (born November 28, 1968 in Maibara, Shiga, Japan) 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 ...more
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Kotaro Oshio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 51

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka, Asia, + more

Kotaro Oshio (押尾 コータロー, Oshio Kōtarō, real name: 押尾 光太郎) is an acoustic guitarist from Japan. Born in Suita, Osaka, on February 1, 1968, he is best known for his work on the steel string guitar. ...more
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Takayoshi Ohmura is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 36

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka, Asia, + more

Takayoshi Ohmura (大村孝佳, Ōmura Takayoshi) (born December 26, 1983) is a Japanese musician and songwriter. Born in Osaka, his first instrument was the piano, which he began playing when he was ...more
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Lex Plotnikoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 37

Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Alexey Plotnikov (Russian: Алексей Плотников), better known under stage name Lex Plotnikoff, is a Russian composer and guitar player, founder of progressive metal band Mechanical Poet. He is ...more
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Hyde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 50

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Wakayama, Japan

Hideto Takarai (寶井 秀人, Takarai Hideto, born January 29, 1969 in Wakayama, Japan), known exclusively by his stage name Hyde, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor. He is ...more
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Koichi Fukuda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 44

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka, Asia, + more

Koichi Fukuda (born July 1, 1967 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese musician, best known as the lead guitarist, programmer, and keyboardist for the industrial metal band Static-X; he has been a ...more
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Inoue Kiyonobu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 49

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Kantō region, East Asia, Hadano, Honshu, Asia, + more

Kiyonobu Inoue (井上 清信, Inoue Kiyonobu, born on September 29, 1970 in Hadano, Kanagawa), better known exclusively by his stage name Inoran, is a Japanese musician, singer and songwriter. He is ...more
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Jay Chou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 40

Nationality: Taiwan

Birthplace: Linkou District, Taiwan

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Armik is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia

Nationality: Iran, Spain, Armenia

Birthplace: Iran, Middle East, Eurasia, Asia

Armik Dashchi, professionally known as Armik, is an Iranian Armenian flamenco guitarist and composer. Several of Armik's albums have reached Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart. New flamenco ...more
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Yuji Adachi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 55

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka, Asia, + more

Yuji Adachi (足立祐二, Adachi Yūji, born March 10, 1964, in Osaka, Japan), known as You, is a Japanese musician and songwriter, best known as the guitarist of the influential heavy metal band Dead ...more
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Keiji Haino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Asia
Age: 67

Nationality: Japan

Birthplace: Kantō region, East Asia, Honshu, Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, + more

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