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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Boston, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Boston 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 Boston 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.

This list includes James Taylor, Black Francis and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Boston?" and "Who are famous Boston guitarists?"
Dick Dale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Boston
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Dick Dale is an American surf rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more

Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster

Also Ranked

#90 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Boston
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James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit the following year with ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Also Ranked

#21 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#85 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#60 on Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President

#49 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Black Francis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Boston
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Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs under the stage name Black Francis. Following the band's breakup in 1993, he embarked on a solo career under ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Michael John Burkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Boston
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Michael John Burkett, also known as Fat Mike is an American musician, producer, lead vocalist and bassist for the punk rock band NOFX, as well as bassist for the punk rock supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and temporary bassist of Against Me!. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts. ...more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newton, Middlesex County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

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