Jan Akkerman

Born: 24 December 1946
Origin: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres: Progressive rock, Rock, blues, jazz
Instruments: Guitar, bass, lute
Years active: 1958–present
Associated acts: Johnny and The Cellar Rockers, The Hunters, Brainbox, Focus


Notable instruments

  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Gibson SG
  • MK Guitars Strat



Jan Akkerman (born 24 December 1946) is a Dutch guitarist. Akkerman is a distinctive guitarist, constantly experimenting with new equipment and guitars. Akkerman’s distinctive guitar sound is characterised by his pioneering use of volume swells which produce a smooth, fluty, sustained tone, and other complex techniques such as sweep picking, tapping, and high-speed alternate picking. He also pioneered the use of the lute in a rock band, reflecting his interest in medieval and Renaissance music and culture. He first reached world acclaim in the 1970s when he was seen as the core of the Dutch rock band, Focus, together with Thijs van Leer.. more at Wikipedia…