Guitarists Famous Guitarists from Illinois

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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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Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
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Billy Corgan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 52
William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, and poet, best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing ...more
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Dan Donegan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 51
Dan Donegan is an American musician and guitarist for heavy metal band Disturbed. Donegan began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed a band called Vandal, which was an '80s-style ...more
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Daniel Gula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 33
Daniel Gula is a musician in the Independent Rock band Redding. His style of guitar playing is known to be more pedal and effect oriented rather than complex guitar patterns. He currently lives ...more
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Nils Lofgren is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 68
Nils Hilmer Lofgren is an American rock musician, recording artist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Along with his work as a solo artist, he has been a member of Bruce Springsteen's E ...more
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Terry Kath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
Dec. at 32 (1946-1978)
Terry Alan Kath was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the original guitarist, co-lead singer and founding member of the rock band Chicago. He has been praised by the band for ...more
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Fast Eddie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 46
Fast Eddie is an American house producer from Chicago, Illinois.
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Paul Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 53
Paul Brandon Gilbert is an American instrumental rock guitarist. He is best known for being the co-founder of the band Mr. Big. He was also in a band called Racer X, for which they released ...more
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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 55
Eddie Vedder is an American musician who is best known for being the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the alternative rock band Pearl Jam. Known for his distinctive and powerful ...more
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Greg Tribbett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 51
Greg Tribbett is the guitarist and backing vocalist for American band Mudvayne, and the former guitarist for Hellyeah. He has been with Mudvayne since their inception in 1996. He has named Randy ...more
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Curtis Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)
Curtis Lee Mayfield was an African American soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who was one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically ...more
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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 48
Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of ten and recording for ...more
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Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 40
Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more
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Billy Zoom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 71
Billy Zoom is an American guitarist, best known as one of the founders of the punk rock band X.
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Carlos Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 66
Carlos Johnson is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is left-handed, but plays a right-handed instrument upside-down like players such as Otis Rush and Albert King. Johnson is known for ...more
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James Iha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 51
James Yoshinobu Iha is an American rock musician. He is best known as former guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins and for his electric musical projects of ...more
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David Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
Dec. at 70 (1883-1953)
David Miller was an American country musician. He is one of the earliest musicians to be associated with country music recording. Miller grew up working at a fruit farm, and served in the Army ...more
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Richard Bennett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 68
Richard Bennett is an American guitarist, sideman, session musician, and record producer. As a touring sideman, he performed with Neil Diamond for 17 years, and Mark Knopfler since 1994. As a ...more
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John Myung is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 52
John Ro Myung is an American bassist and a founding member of the progressive metal/rock group Dream Theater. He is one of two longest serving members of Dream Theater along with John Petrucci. ...more
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Jay Bennett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
Dec. at 46 (1963-2009)
Jay Walter Bennett was an American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Wilco.
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Tom Paxton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 82
Thomas Richard "Tom" Paxton is an American folk singer-songwriter who has had a music career spanning more than fifty years. In 2009, Paxton received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement ...more
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Mike Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
Dec. at 38 (1943-1981)
Michael Bernard "Mike" Bloomfield was an American musician, guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to ...more
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Brendon Small is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 44
Brendon Small is an American producer, writer, animator, stand-up comedian, voice actor, and musician. He is best known as the co-creator of the animated series Home Movies and Metalocalypse and ...more
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Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 35
Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, ...more
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Roger McGuinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Illinois
age 77
James Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician. He is best known for being the lead singer and lead guitarist on many of The ...more