Famous Guitarists from Illinois

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

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This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Illinois?" and "Who are famous Illinois guitarists?"
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  • Adam Jones
    Age: 39
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States of America
      • Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Oak Lawn, USA, Illinois
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Belleville, Illinois, United States of America
      • Guitars Played: Epiphone Thunderbird, Fender Stratocaster
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
      • Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster
    • Terry Kath
      Dec. at 31 (1946-1978)
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
      • Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster
    • Age: 53
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
      • Guitars Played: Fender Stratocaster
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Carbondale, Illinois, United States of America
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Peoria, USA, Illinois
    • Curtis Mayfield
      Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, United States of America
    • Pete Wentz
      Age: 42
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, USA
    • Billy Zoom
      Age: 74
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Illinois, Carroll County, United States of America, United States, with Territories
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    • James Iha
      Age: 54
      • Nationality: United States of America, Japan
      • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Dec. at 70 (1883-1953)
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Ohio River
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    • John Myung
      Age: 55
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Jay Bennett
      Dec. at 45 (1963-2009)
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: USA, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
    • Tom Paxton
      Age: 84
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Mike Bloomfield
      Dec. at 37 (1943-1981)
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, USA
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA
      • Nationality: United States of America
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America