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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 is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, entrepreneur, film producer, and musician. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many ...more
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John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 49
John Anthony Frusciante is an American guitarist, singer, producer and composer. He is best known as the former guitarist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, from 1988 until 1992, and again ...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 "Lou" Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career ...more
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Elliot Easton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 66
Elliot Easton is an American musician. He played lead guitar and sings backing vocals for The Cars. His guitar solos are an integral part of the band's hit singles. He studied music at the ...more
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Michael McKean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 72
Michael John McKean is an American actor, comedian, writer, composer and musician well known for his portrayal of Squiggy's friend, Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski, on the sitcom Laverne ...more
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Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 71
Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British ...more
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Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 70
Eddie Money, is an American rock guitarist, saxophonist and singer-songwriter, who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. Rock impresario Bill ...more
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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 55
The Nightwatchman is the alter-ego and solo act of American musician Tom Morello. Morello began performing as the Nightwatchman in 2003 as an outlet for his political views while he was playing ...more
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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, who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American Grammy Award-winning blues musician. He often incorporates elements of world music into his works. A self-taught ...more
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Les Fradkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 68
Fearless Fradkin signed to MGM Records in August 1970 and signed a staff songwriter agreement with Leo Feist Music and a recording contract with the new MGM/Sunflower Records label headed up by ...more
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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)
Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr., was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York ...more
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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 is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates. Although Oates's main role in ...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 is a singer-songwriter who was mostly active in the 1960s and 1970s; her most successful song "At Seventeen", was released as a single from her 1975 album Between the Lines ...more
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Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 67
Stanley Bert Eisen, better known by his stage name Paul Stanley, is an American hard rock guitarist, singer, and painter, best known for being the frontman of the rock band Kiss. He is the ...more
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Scott Ian Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 56
Scott Ian is an American musician and an actor.
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Sean Lennon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 44
Sean Taro Ono Lennon is an American musician and composer. He is the child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
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John P. Hammond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 77
John P. Hammond is an actor.
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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)
David Kenneth Ritz "Dave" Van Ronk was an American folk singer, born in Brooklyn, New York, who settled in Greenwich Village, New York, and was eventually nicknamed the "Mayor of ...more
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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)
Edward Thomas "Eddie" Rabbitt was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His career began as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to a recording career after composing ...more
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Ace Frehley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 68
Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss. He took on the persona of the "Spaceman" ...more
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Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 49
Rivers Cuomo is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer. Raised in an ...more
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Jakob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 50
Jakob Luke Dylan is an American singer and songwriter who rose to fame as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The Wallflowers, with which he has released six albums since 1992. ...more
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Leslie West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 74
Leslie West is an American rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the hard rock band Mountain.
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Nile Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 67
Nile Gregory Rodgers is an American musician, producer, and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976 and ...more
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Hugh Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City
age 61
Hugh Blumenfeld is an American folk musician and singer-songwriter from Connecticut. He was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, graduated with degrees in Biology and Humanities from M.I.T. ...more