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Famous Guitarists from California

Updated April 3, 2020 3.7k 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 Rhoads is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    Randy Rhoads

    Dec. at 26 (1956-1982)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    Randall William Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal... more
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    Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    Katy Perry

    Age: 35

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California, United States of America

    Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born October 25, 1984), known professionally as Katy Perry, is an... more

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    Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    Cliff Burton

    Dec. at 24 (1962-1986)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCastro Valley, California, United States of America

    Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was an American musician and... more

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    Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    Jerry Garcia

    Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter... more
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    Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLa Mesa, California, United States of America

    David Scott Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter,... more
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    Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBurbank, USA, California

    Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter,... more
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    James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDowney, California, United States of America

    James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter best known... more

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    Kirk Hammett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) is an American musician who has been lead guitarist... more

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    Zacky Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityItaly, United States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceOlympia, USA, Washington

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    Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOildale, California, United States of America

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    Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is an American singer,... more

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    Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and... more

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    Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Beck Hansen (born July 8, 1970), known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer-songwriter,... more

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    Albert Hammond, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Albert Hammond Jr. (né Hammond III; born April 9, 1980) is an American guitarist, singer,... more

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    John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter.... more
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    Jerry Horton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDixon, California

    Jerry Allan Horton is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of Californian alternative rock... more
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    Allison Robertson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

    Allison Rae Robertson (born August 26, 1979) is an American musician and the guitarist for... more
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    Ed King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    Ed King

    Age: 70

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGlendale, California, United States of America

    Edward Calhoun King (September 14, 1949 – August 22, 2018) was an American musician. He was a... more

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    Synyster Gates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    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
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    Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    Tom Waits

    Age: 70

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePomona, USA, California

    Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, musician,... more

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    Robert Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Robert Trujillo ( troo-HEE-yoh, Spanish: [roˈβeɾto tɾuˈxiʝo]; born October 23, 1964), is an... more

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    Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Adam Noah Levine (born March 18, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the... more

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    Tommy Castro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Tommy Castro (born April 15, 1955, San Jose, California, United States) is an American blues,... more

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    Aly Michalka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTorrance, California, United States of America

    Alyson Renae Michalka (born March 25, 1989) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and... more

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    Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from California

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    Lindsey Adams Buckingham (born October 3, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter... more
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