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Famous Guitarists from Northern California

Updated June 8, 2017 1.3k views46 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in Northern California, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Northern California 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 Northern California 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 includes Courtney Love, John Fogerty, more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Northern California?" and "Who are famous Northern California guitarists?"
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  • Jerry Garcia1

    Jerry Garcia

    Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Guitars PlayedGibson SG, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Stratocaster

    Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter...  more

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  • Kirk Hammett2

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) is an American musician who has been lead guitarist...  more

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  • Courtney Love3

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Courtney Michelle Love (born Courtney Michelle Harrison; July 9, 1964) is an American singer,...  more

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  • John Fogerty4

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAlameda County, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area

    John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter....  more

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  • Jerry Horton5

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDixon, California

    Jerry Allan Horton is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of Californian alternative rock...  more
  • Lindsey Buckingham6

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    Lindsey Adams Buckingham (born October 3, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter...  more

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  • Billie Joe Armstrong7

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American singer, songwriter, musician,...  more

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  • Nancy Wilson8

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson (born March 16, 1954) is an American musician, singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Bob Weir9

    Bob Weir

    Age: 72

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Robert Hall Weir ( WEER; born October 16, 1947) is an American musician and songwriter best...  more

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  • Michael Trucco10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

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  • John Cipollina11

    John Cipollina

    Dec. at 46 (1943-1989)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    John Cipollina (August 24, 1943 – May 29, 1989) was a guitarist best known for his role as a...  more
  • Grant Geissman12

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Grant Geissman (born April 13, 1953) is an American jazz guitarist and Emmy-nominated...  more
  • Peter Buck13

    Peter Buck

    Age: 63

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    Peter Lawrence Buck (born December 6, 1956) is an American musician and songwriter who is best...  more

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  • Tim Armstrong14

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    Timothy Ross Armstrong (born November 25, 1965) is an American musician, singer, songwriter,...  more

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  • Tom Fogerty15

    Tom Fogerty

    Dec. at 49 (1941-1990)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Thomas Richard Fogerty (November 9, 1941 – September 6, 1990) was an American musician, best...  more

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  • Alex Skolnick16

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California, United States of America

    Alexander Nathan Skolnick (born September 29, 1968) is an American musician who is best known...  more
  • Joe Louis Walker17

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area

    Joe Louis Walker, also known as JLW (born December 25, 1949) is an American musician, best...  more
  • Jesse Michaels18

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Jesse Michaels is a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, artist, and author from Berkeley,...  more
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    Dave Guard

    Dec. at 57 (1934-1991)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area

    Donald David Guard (October 19, 1934 – March 22, 1991) was an American folk singer,...  more
  • David Silveria20

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Leandro, Alameda County, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States

    David Randall Silveria (born September 21, 1972) is an American drummer, best known as the...  more
  • 21

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Marc Bonilla is an American guitarist and composer. He has worked with Keith Emerson...  more
  • David Immerglück22

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    David A. Immerglück (born May 3, 1961) is an American multi-instrumentalist who is best known...  more
  • Aaron Abeyta23

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

    Aaron Abeyta (born August 8, 1965), better known as El Hefe or simply Hefe, from el Jefe...  more
  • Ronnie Montrose24

    Ronnie Montrose

    Dec. at 65 (1947-2012)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Ronald Douglas Montrose (November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012) was an American rock guitarist,...  more

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  • Jason Becker25

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRichmond, California, United States of America

    Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American musician, songwriter and composer. At the...  more

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