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Famous Guitarists from New York City

Updated October 13, 2018 1.9k 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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  • 1
    Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • 2
    John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    John Anthony Frusciante ( (listen); born March 5, 1970) is an American guitarist, singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Lou Reed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    Lou Reed

    Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 4
    Elliot Easton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Elliot Easton (born Elliot Steinberg, December 18, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Michael McKean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • 6
    Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    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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  • 7
    Eddie Money is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    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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  • 8
    Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 9
    Taj Mahal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    Taj Mahal

    Age: 77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 10
    Les Fradkin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • 11
    Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    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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  • 12
    John Oates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    John Oates

    Age: 70

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Janis Ian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    Janis Ian

    Age: 68

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBronx, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 14
    Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 15
    Scott Ian Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

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  • 16
    Sean Lennon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 17
    John P. Hammond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 18
    Dave Van Ronk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    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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  • 19
    Eddie Rabbitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    Eddie Rabbitt

    Dec. at 57 (1941-1998)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 20
    Ace Frehley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 21
    Rivers Cuomo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 22
    Jakob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 23
    Leslie West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 24
    Nile Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

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  • 25
    Hugh Blumenfeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from New York City

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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