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Famous Guitarists from New York City

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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 Sandler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 53
Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star ...more

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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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John Anthony Frusciante ( (listen); born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer, composer, and producer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, ...more

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Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)
Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet ...more

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Elliot Easton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, December 18, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He plays lead guitar and sings backing vocals for the ...more
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Michael McKean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 72
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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 77
Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American blues musician, a singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, piano, banjo, ...more

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Les Fradkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
Dec. at 39 (1952-1991)
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John Oates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 70
John William Oates (born April 7, 1948) is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates ...more

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Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 68
Janis Ian (born Janis Eddy Fink; April 7, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter who was most commercially successful in the 1960s and 1970s; her most widely recognized song, "At ...more

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Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 67
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Scott Ian Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 56
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Sean Lennon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 44
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John P. Hammond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 77
John Paul Hammond (born November 13, 1942 in New York City) is an American singer and musician. The son of record producer John H. Hammond, he is sometimes referred to as John Hammond Jr.
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Dave Van Ronk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
Dec. at 66 (1936-2002)
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Eddie Rabbitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
Dec. at 57 (1941-1998)
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Ace Frehley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Jakob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 50
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Leslie West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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Nile Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 67
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Hugh Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
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