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Famous Guitarists from Illinois

Updated June 8, 2017 1.8k views72 items

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 Jones1
  • Billy Corgan2

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceElk Grove Village, Illinois, USA

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    William Patrick Corgan Jr. (born March 17, 1967) is an American musician and songwriter, who...  more

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  • Dan Donegan3

    Dan Donegan

    Age: 51

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOak Lawn, Illinois, United States of America

    Daniel Joseph Donegan (born August 1, 1968) is an American musician, who currently serves as...  more
  • Daniel Gula4

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Illinois, Belleville

    Guitars PlayedEpiphone Thunderbird, Fender Stratocaster

    Daniel Gula is a musician in the Independent Rock band Redding. His style of guitar playing is...  more
  • Nils Lofgren5

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Nils Hilmer Lofgren (born June 21, 1951) is an American rock musician, recording artist,...  more

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  • Terry Kath6

    Terry Kath

    Dec. at 32 (1946-1978)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Terry Alan Kath (January 31, 1946 – January 23, 1978) was an American musician and songwriter,...  more

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    Fast Eddie

    Age: 46

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Fast Eddie or Fast Eddy may refer to:...  more
  • Paul Gilbert8

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCarbondale, Illinois, United States of America

    Paul Brandon Gilbert (born November 6, 1966) is an American hard rock and heavy metal...  more

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  • Eddie Vedder9

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III; December 23, 1964) is an American musician,...  more

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  • Greg Tribbett10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois, United States of America

    Gregory Arnold Tribbett Jr. (born November 7, 1968), is an American musician and songwriter...  more
  • Curtis Mayfield11

    Curtis Mayfield

    Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American singer-songwriter,...  more

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  • Alison Krauss12

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDecatur, Illinois, United States of America

    Alison Maria Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician....  more

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  • Pete Wentz13

    Pete Wentz

    Age: 40

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceWilmette, Illinois, United States of America

    Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter...  more

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  • Billy Zoom14

    Billy Zoom

    Age: 71

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceIllinois, Carroll County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Billy Zoom (born Tyson Kindell on February 20, 1948, in Savanna, Illinois) is an American...  more
  • Carlos Johnson15

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Carlos Johnson (born January 17, 1953) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is...  more
  • James Iha16

    James Iha

    Age: 51

    NationalityUnited States of America, Japan

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    James Yoshinobu Iha (井葉吉伸, Iha Yoshinobu) (born March 26, 1968) is an American rock musician....  more
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    David Miller

    Dec. at 70 (1883-1953)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOhio River

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  • Richard Bennett18

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Richard Bennett (born July 22, 1951) is an American guitarist and record producer. As a...  more
  • John Myung19

    John Myung

    Age: 52

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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  • Jay Bennett20

    Jay Bennett

    Dec. at 46 (1963-2009)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRolling Meadows, Illinois, United States of America

    Jay Walter Bennett (November 15, 1963 – May 24, 2009) was an American guitarist,...  more
  • Tom Paxton21

    Tom Paxton

    Age: 82

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Thomas Richard Paxton (born October 31, 1937) is an American folk singer-songwriter who has...  more

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  • Mike Bloomfield22

    Mike Bloomfield

    Dec. at 38 (1943-1981)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Michael Bernard Bloomfield (July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981) was an American guitarist and...  more

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  • Brendon Small23

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSangamon County, Illinois, Area code 217, United States of America, United States

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  • Patrick Stump24

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois, United States of America

    Patrick Martin Stumph (born April 27, 1984), known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is...  more

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  • Roger McGuinn25

    Roger McGuinn

    Age: 77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Roger McGuinn (James Roger McGuinn, born James Joseph McGuinn III; July 13, 1942) is an...  more