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List of famous guitar players from Netherlands, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Netherlands has produced some great guitar players over the years, including guitarists who specialize in rock, metal, jazz, folk, classical, acoustic and more. These are some of the best Dutch guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Netherlands and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Netherlands then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Guitarists include everything from Hans Kockelmans to Ruud Adrianus Jolie.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Dutch guitarists?" and "Which guitar players are from Netherlands?"

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of Netherlands in order to get more information about each one. If you're a guitar player or just love music you can use this list of talented Dutch guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.
Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Netherlands
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Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. He is considered to be one of the world's greatest guitarists, and one of the most influential rock guitarists of the 20th century. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Van Halen number seventy in the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. In 2012, he was voted in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll as the number one of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" over Brian May of Queen and Alex Lifeson of Rush. ...more

Nationality: Netherlands, United States of America

Birthplace: Nijmegen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Jan Akkerman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Netherlands
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Jan Akkerman is a Dutch guitarist. He first found international commercial success with the band Focus, whom he co-founded with Thijs van Leer. After leaving Focus, Akkerman continued as a solo artist, adding jazz fusion influences. He has also introduced baroque music into his repertoire. ...more

Nationality: Netherlands

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Arjen Anthony Lucassen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Netherlands
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Arjen Anthony Lucassen is a Dutch progressive metal/rock songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist musician and record producer, best known for his long-running progressive opera project titled Ayreon. Lucassen started his career in 1980 as the guitarist and backing vocalist of Dutch band Bodine as Iron Anthony, before joining Vengeance in 1984. After eight years he left the band, wanting to go into a more progressive direction, and released two years later an unsuccessful solo album entitled Pools of Sorrow, Waves of Joy under the nickname Anthony. In 1995, Lucassen released an album uncredited to any artist called Ayreon: The Final Experiment, in which he sang, wrote every song and played ...more

Nationality: Netherlands

Birthplace: Hilversum, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Robert Westerholt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Netherlands
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Robert Westerholt is a Dutch musician, known as the guitarist, backing vocalist and co-founder of the symphonic metal band Within Temptation. He also writes music for the band along with his partner and band vocalist Sharon den Adel. He used to work in human resource management before his career with Within Temptation. ...more

Nationality: Netherlands

Birthplace: Waddinxveen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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