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Famous Guitarists from New York City

Updated October 13, 2018 2.0k views93 items

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

List is made up of a variety of items, including Adam Sandler and Lou Reed.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from New York City?" and "Who are famous New York City guitarists?"
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  • Adam Sandler1

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • John Frusciante2

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    John Anthony Frusciante ( (listen); born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer,...  more

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  • Lou Reed3

    Lou Reed

    Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer,...  more

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  • Elliot Easton4

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, December 18, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American...  more
  • Michael McKean5

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • Christopher Guest6

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • Eddie Money7

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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

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  • Taj Mahal9

    Taj Mahal

    Age: 78

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Harlem

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  • Les Fradkin10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • Johnny Thunders11

    Johnny Thunders

    Dec. at 39 (1952-1991)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • John Oates12

    John Oates

    Age: 71

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    John William Oates (born April 7, 1948) is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, singer,...  more
  • Janis Ian13

    Janis Ian

    Age: 69

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • Paul Stanley14

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • Sean Lennon16

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • Dave Van Ronk18

    Dave Van Ronk

    Dec. at 66 (1936-2002)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

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  • Eddie Rabbitt19

    Eddie Rabbitt

    Dec. at 57 (1941-1998)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

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    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

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    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Forest Hills, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

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  • Nile Rodgers24

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

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  • Hugh Blumenfeld25

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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