Musicians 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
Ozzy Osbourne age 69 John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne is an English vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the rock band Black ...more

David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
David Bowie age 70 David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more

Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Eric Clapton age 72 Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as ...more

Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Phil Collins age 66 Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the ...more

Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Rod Stewart age 72 Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of English and Scottish ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music ...more

Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Pete Townshend age 72 Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group the ...more

Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Roger Daltrey age 73 Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE is an English singer, songwriter and actor. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Daltrey came to prominence in the mid 1960s as the founder and lead singer of the ...more

Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Billy Idol age 62 William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician, songwriter and actor. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as ...more

Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Tony Blair age 64 Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more

Brian May is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Brian May age 70 Brian Harold May, CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric ...more

Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Bruce Dickinson age 59 Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...more

Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Lita Ford age 60 Lita Rossana Ford is a British-American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a solo career in the 1980s.

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Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Ritchie Blackmore age 72 Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is a British guitarist and songwriter, who began his professional career as a session musician as a member of the instrumental band The Outlaws and as ...more

Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Mark Knopfler age 68 Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter for the rock band ...more

John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
John Lennon Died at 40 (1940-1980) John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more

George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
George Harrison Died at 58 (1943-2001) George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. ...more

Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Paul McCartney age 75 Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Cat Stevens age 69 Yusuf Islam, commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. His 1967 debut album reached ...more

David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
David Byrne age 65 David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more

Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Richard Thompson age 68 Richard John Thompson OBE is a British songwriter, guitarist and recording and performing musician. Thompson was awarded the Orville H. Gibson award for best acoustic guitar player in 1991. ...more

The Edge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
The Edge age 56 David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name The Edge, is a British-born Irish musician, songwriter and singer best known as the guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist of the rock band U2. A ...more

Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Brian Jones Died at 27 (1942-1969) Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones was a multi-instrumentalist, with his main instruments being the guitar, harmonica and keyboards. ...more

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Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Martin Gore age 56 Martin Lee Gore is an English singer songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, producer, remixer, and DJ. He is a founding member of Depeche Mode and has written the majority of their songs. His work ...more

Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Van Morrison age 72 George Ivan "Van" Morrison, OBE is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his ...more

Marc Bolan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Marc Bolan Died at 30 (1947-1977) Marc Bolan was an English singer-songwriter, poet and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of glam rock group T. Rex.

Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Mike Oldfield age 64 Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. He is best known for ...more

Dave Murray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Dave Murray age 61 David Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Along with the group's bassist and primary ...more

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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Cliff Williams age 68 Clifford "Cliff" Williams is an English musician who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC as their bassist and backing vocalist since mid-1977. He had started his ...more

KT Tunstall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
KT Tunstall age 42 Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry ...more

Christopher Guest is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Christopher Guest age 69 Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest, better known as Christopher Guest, is an English-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British ...more

Gavin Rossdale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Gavin Rossdale age 52 Gavin McGregor Rossdale is an English musician and actor, known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Bush. Following Bush's separation in 2002, which lasted for eight years, ...more

Janick Gers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Janick Gers age 60 Janick Robert Gers is an English musician, best known for being one of the three current guitarists in Iron Maiden, along with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, as well as his earlier work with ...more

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Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Robert Smith age 58 Robert James Smith is an English musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its formation in ...more

Steve Rothery is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Steve Rothery age 58 Steve Rothery is an English musician. He is the original guitarist and the longest continuous member of the British rock band Marillion, which is the most successful band to emerge from ...more

Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Joe Strummer Died at 50 (1952-2002) John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash, ...more

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Freddie Mercury Died at 45 (1946-1991) Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Peter Green age 71 Peter Green is a British blues rock guitarist and the founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work with the group, Green's songs such as ...more

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Eric Burdon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Eric Burdon age 76 Eric Victor Burdon is an English singer-songwriter best known as a member and vocalist of rock band the Animals and the funk band War and for his aggressive stage performance. He was ranked 57th ...more

Barry Gibb is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Barry Gibb age 71 Barry Alan Crompton Gibb, CBE is a British musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to worldwide fame as the co-founder of the pop group Bee Gees, one of the most commercially ...more

Katie Melua is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Katie Melua age 33 Ketevan "Katie" Melua is a Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen. Melua is signed to the ...more

Al Stewart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Al Stewart age 72 Alastair Ian "Al" Stewart is a Scottish singer-songwriter and folk-rock musician who rose to prominence as part of the British folk revival in the 1960s and 1970s. He developed a ...more

John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
John McLaughlin age 75 John McLaughlin is a songwriter.

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Vivian Campbell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Vivian Campbell age 55 Vivian Patrick Campbell is a Northern Irish rock guitarist who is a member of Def Leppard and was a member of Thin Lizzy from May 2010 to November 2011. Prior to joining Def Leppard in February ...more

Julian Lennon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Julian Lennon age 54 John Charles Julian Lennon is a British musician. He is the only child of John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia. The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, was his godfather. He has a younger ...more

Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Graham Nash age 75 Graham William Nash, OBE is a British singer-songwriter known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions with the British pop group The Hollies, and with the folk-rock super ...more

Alvin Lee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Alvin Lee Died at 69 (1944-2013) Alvin Lee was an English singer and guitarist, best known as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist with the blues rock band Ten Years After.

Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Steven Wilson age 50 Steven Wilson is a surround mix engineer, surround mastering engineer and a surround producer.

Paul Kossoff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Paul Kossoff Died at 26 (1950-1976) Paul Kossoff was a guitarist.

Bernard Sumner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Bernard Sumner age 61 Bernard Edward Sumner, also known as Bernard Dickin, Bernard Dicken and Bernard Albrecht, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He was a member of Joy Division and is currently the ...more

Nick Gilder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitar Players from United Kingdom
Nick Gilder age 66 Nicholas George "Nick" Gilder, is an English-Canadian musician who first came to prominence as the frontman for the glam rock band Sweeney Todd. He later had a successful solo career ...more