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Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom

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List of famous guitar players from United Kingdom, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. United Kingdom 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 British guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of United Kingdom and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from United Kingdom then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List guitarists include Ozzy Osbourne, Kevin Clarke and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest British guitarists?" and "Which guitar players are from United Kingdom?"

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of United Kingdom 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 British guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 71

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Aston, United Kingdom

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 72

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: England, London

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 74

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Ripley, United Kingdom

Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo ...more

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 68

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England

Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. He was the drummer and later became singer of ...more

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 74

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Highgate, London, United Kingdom

Sir Roderick David Stewart, (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling ...more

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 74

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England

Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter best known as the guitarist, backing and secondary lead vocalist, principal ...more

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 75

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Roger Harry Daltrey (born 1 March 1944) is an English singer and actor. He is a founder, member, and lead singer of the rock band the Who. Daltrey is known for his powerful voice and energetic ...more

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#18 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #574 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #207 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 64

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Stanmore, United Kingdom

William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from ...more

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#62 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #11 of 418 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame #135 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 66

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He ...more

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 72

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Hampton, London, London, United Kingdom

Brian Harold May, (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. His songs include "We Will Rock ...more

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#5 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #223 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalistslisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 61

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Worksop, United Kingdom

Paul Bruce Dickinson (born 7 August 1958) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, airline pilot, entrepreneur, author, and broadcaster. He is known for his work as the lead singer of the ...more

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#41 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #652 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #193 of 232 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Lita Rossana Ford (born 19 September 1958) is an English-born , American heavy metal guitarist, actress, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s ...more

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#130 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists #253 of 935 The Best Female Vocalists Ever #216 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 74

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

Richard Hugh Blackmore (born 14 April 1945) is an English guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the founding members of Deep Purple in 1968, playing jam-style hard-rock music which mixed ...more

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#99 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #599 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #14 of 639 The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 70

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Mark Freuder Knopfler ( NOP-flər; born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter ...more

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The Best Mark Knopfler Albums of All Time #30 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #103 of 668 The Best Rock Vocalists

John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for ...more

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Dec. at 58 (1943-2001)

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the ...more

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 77

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 71

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Marylebone, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Yusuf Islam (born 21 July 1948), commonly known by his stage name Cat Stevens, and later Yusuf, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical style consists of folk, pop, ...more

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#11 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #39 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #265 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 67

Nationality: Scotland

Birthplace: West Dunbartonshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Dumbarton, United Kingdom, + more

David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and ...more

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Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 70

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Notting Hill Gate, London, United Kingdom

Richard Thompson (born 3 April 1949) is an English singer, songwriter, and guitarist.He made his début as a recording artist as a member of Fairport Convention in September 1967. He ...more

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#168 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #113 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #846 of 2,044 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

The Edge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 58

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Barking, London, United Kingdom

David Howell Evans (born 8 August 1961), better known by his stage name the Edge (or just Edge), is an Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing ...more

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Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Dec. at 27 (1942-1969)

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was an English musician, best known as the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones. Initially a slide guitarist, Jones ...more

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Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 58

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Dagenham, England, London

Martin Lee Gore (born 23 July 1961) is an English songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, singer, record producer, remixer, and DJ. He is one of the founding members of the synth-pop band Depeche ...more

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#141 of 266 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #229 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #175 of 397 The Best Frontmen in Rock

Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Age: 74

Nationality: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Pottinger

Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His professional career began as a teenager in the ...more

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Marc Bolan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Dec. at 30 (1947-1977)

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: East End of London, Eurasia, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, United Kingdom, + more

Marc Bolan ( BOH-lən; born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer of the glam ...more

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