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Famous Guitarists from Boston

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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?"
  • Richard Anthony Monsour (Arabic: ريتشارد أنتوني منصور‎; May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist. He was a pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale worked closely with the manufacturer Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop equipment that was capable of producing a louder guitar sound without sacrificing reliability....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster

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  • Photo: Phil Stafford / Shutterstock
    James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.Taylor achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the No. 3 single "Fire and Rain" and had his first No. 1 hit in 1971 with his recording of "You've Got a Friend", written by Carole King in the same year. His 1976 Greatest Hits album was certified Diamond and has sold 12 million US copies. Following his 1977 album, JT, he has retained a large audience over the decades. Every album that he released from 1977...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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  • Charles Thompson IV (born April 6, 1965) 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 the name Frank Black. After releasing two albums with record label 4AD and one with American Recordings, he left the label and formed a new band, Frank Black and the Catholics. He re-adopted the name Black Francis in 2007. His vocal style has varied from a screaming, yowling delivery as lead vocalist of the Pixies to a more measured and melodic style in his solo career. His cryptic lyrics...  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Michael John Burkett (born January 31, 1967), known professionally as Fat Mike, is an American musician and producer. He is the bassist and lead vocalist for the punk rock band NOFX and the bassist for the punk rock supergroup cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Fat Mike started out with his first band False Alarm in 1982....  more
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Newton

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