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Famous Guitarists from Russia

Updated June 8, 2017 2.2k views18 items

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

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This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Russia?" and "Who are famous Russia guitarists?"
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  • Vladimir Vysotsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Russia
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    Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky (Russian: Влади́мир Семёнович Высо́цкий, IPA: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr sʲɪˈmʲɵnəvʲɪtɕ vɨˈsotskʲɪj]; 25 January 1938 – 25 July 1980) was a Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet and Russian culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street jargon. He was also a prominent stage and screen actor. Though his work was largely ignored by the official Soviet cultural establishment, he achieved remarkable fame during his lifetime, and to this day exerts significant influence on many of Russia's popular musicians and... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: Russia, Soviet Union
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Guitars Played: Seven-string guitar

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  • Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava (Russian: Була́т Ша́лвович Окуджа́ва; Georgian: ბულატ ოკუჯავა) (May 9, 1924 – June 12, 1997) was a Soviet and Russian poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Soviet genre called "author song" (авторская песня, avtorskaya pesnya), or "guitar song", and the author of about 200 songs, set to his own poetry. His songs are a mixture of Russian poetic and folksong traditions and the French chansonnier style represented by such contemporaries of Okudzhava as Georges Brassens. Though his songs were never overtly political (in contrast to those of some of his fellow Soviet bards), the... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: Russia, Armenia, Soviet Union
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  • Lex Plotnikoff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Russia
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    Alexey Plotnikov (Russian: Алексей Плотников), better known under stage name Lex Plotnikoff, is a Russian composer and guitar player, founder of progressive metal band Mechanical Poet. He is also known as music composer of game soundtracks and painter/graphic designer whose original style and dazzling technique became one of the most noted Mechanical Poet trademarks. Plotnikov is endorsed by Schecter guitars.... more on Wikipedia
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  • Igor Grigoriev, born on January 24, 1955 in Moscow is a musician, composer, arranger, band leader, and improvisational guitarist. He taught himself to play the guitar as a young child, and later obtained his master's degree from a music institution in Russia.... more on Wikipedia
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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