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Famous Guitarists from California

Updated April 3, 2020 3.9k views243 items

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

Examples of items on this list include Katy Perry and Courtney Love.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from California?" and "Who are famous California guitarists?"
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  • Randy Rhoads1

    Randy Rhoads

    Dec. at 26 (1956-1982)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

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  • Katy Perry2

    Katy Perry

    Age: 36

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Cliff Burton3

    Cliff Burton

    Dec. at 24 (1962-1986)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCastro Valley, California, United States of America

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  • Jerry Garcia4

    Jerry Garcia

    Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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  • Dave Mustaine5

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California, USA

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  • Bonnie Raitt6

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBurbank, California, USA

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  • James Hetfield7

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDowney, California, United States of America

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  • Kirk Hammett8

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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  • Zacky Vengeance9

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    BirthplaceOlympia, USA, Washington

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  • Merle Haggard10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOildale, California, United States of America

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  • Courtney Love11

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

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  • Danny Elfman12

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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  • Beck Hansen13

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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  • Albert Hammond, Jr.14

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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  • John Fogerty15

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAlameda County, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area

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  • Jerry Horton16

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDixon, California

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  • Allison Robertson17

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

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  • Ed King18

    Ed King

    Age: 70

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGlendale, California, United States of America

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  • Synyster Gates19

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHuntington Beach, USA, California

    Brian Elwin Haner Jr. (born July 7, 1981), better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or...  more
  • Tom Waits20

    Tom Waits

    Age: 70

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePomona, USA, California

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  • Robert Trujillo21

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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  • Adam Levine22

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

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  • Tommy Castro23

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    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

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  • Aly Michalka24

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTorrance, California, United States of America

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  • Lindsey Buckingham25

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

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