Musicians Famous Guitarists from London

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

This list includes David Bowie, Phil Collins and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from London?" and "Who are famous London guitarists?"

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 74 Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds. Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, ...more

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 74 James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, OBE is an English musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and leader of the ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 71 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

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Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 61 Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks. Smith grew up in ...more

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 73 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

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The Edge is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 57 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

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 71 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

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Slash is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 53 Saul Hudson, better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with ...more

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Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 68 Stephen Richard "Steve" Hackett is an English musician, songwriter and singer. He gained prominence as lead guitarist of the British progressive rock group Genesis, which he joined in ...more

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 64 Elvis Costello is an English singer-songwriter. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and ...more

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 73 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

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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 67 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

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Robin Trower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 73 Robin Leonard Trower is an English rock guitarist and vocalist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960s, and then again as the bandleader of his own power trio.

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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 69 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

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Dave Murray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 62 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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Eddie Clarke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 68 Edward Allan Clarke better known as "Fast" Eddie Clarke, is a guitarist who was a member of British heavy metal bands Fastway and Motörhead.

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 74 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

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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 70 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

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Dido is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 47 Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, known as Dido, is an English singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel. It sold over 21 ...more

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Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 57 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

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Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
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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Ronnie Wood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 71 Ronald David "Ronnie" Wood is an English rock musician, songwriter, singer, artist and radio personality best known as a member of the Rolling Stones since 1975, as well as a member of ...more

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Anthony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 67 Anthony Edwin "Ant" Phillips is an English multi instrumentalist, first known as a founding member of the band Genesis. He played guitar and sang backing vocals until leaving in 1970, ...more

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Steven Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 51 Steven Wilson is a surround mix engineer, surround mastering engineer and a surround producer.

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Ray Davies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 74 Raymond Douglas "Ray" Davies CBE is an English musician. He was the lead singer and songwriter for the Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed ...more

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Steve Howe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 71 Stephen James "Steve" Howe is an English musician and songwriter, best known as the guitarist and backing vocalist of the progressive rock group Yes. He has also been a member of The ...more

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Marc Bolan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Dec. 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.

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Gavin Rossdale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 53 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

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Phil Manzanera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 67 Phil Manzanera is a British musician and record producer. He is the lead guitarist with Roxy Music. In 2006 Manzanera co-produced David Gilmour's album On an Island and played in Gilmour's band ...more

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Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 70 Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire is an English musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the bass guitarist and backing vocalist for the progressive rock group Yes. He is ...more

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Vernon Reid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 60 Vernon Alphonsus Reid is an English American guitarist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader. Best known as the founder and primary songwriter of the rock band Living Colour, Reid was named No. ...more

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Adrian Borland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Dec. at 42 (1957-1999) Adrian Borland was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer, best known as the lead singer of post-punk band The Sound. Following a substantial solo career spanning five ...more

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Ian Dury is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Died at 58 (1942-2000) Ian Robins Dury was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter, bandleader, artist, and actor who first rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and new wave era of rock music. He was ...more

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Mick Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 63 Michael Geoffrey "Mick" Jones is a British musician, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter best known for his works with the Clash until his dismissal in 1983, then Big Audio Dynamite ...more

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Phil Collen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 61 Philip "Phil" Kenneth Collen is the co-lead guitarist and one of the backing vocalists for the English rock band Def Leppard. He joined the band in 1982 following the departure of Pete

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Justine Frischmann is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 49 Justine Elinor Frischmann is an English artist and musician, best known for being the lead singer of the Britpop band Elastica. Later she pursued a career as an abstract painter.

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Paul Kossoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Dec. at 26 (1950-1976) Paul Kossoff was a guitarist.

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Peter Asher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 74 Peter L. Asher CBE is a British guitarist, singer, manager and record producer. He first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the pop music vocal duo Peter and Gordon, before going on ...more

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James Blackshaw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 37 James Blackshaw is an English, Hastings-based guitarist and pianist. Blackshaw primarily plays an acoustic 12 string guitar and has been compared to Bert Jansch, Robbie Basho, John Fahey, Jack ...more

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Peter Green is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 72 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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Vic Briggs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 73 Victor Harvey Briggs III is a former blues and rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist with Eric Burdon and The Animals during the 1966-1968 period. Briggs currently plays classical ...more

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Tim Gane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 54 Timothy John Gane is an experimental-rock/pop English musician, formerly of Stereolab. Gane was born in Ilford, Essex, and began his musical career as a purveyor of harsh noise in the early ...more

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Steve Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 63 Steve Jones is an actor.

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Julian Bream is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 85 Julian Bream, CBE, is an English classical guitarist and lutenist, one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century. He has also been successful in renewing popular ...more

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Bill Gilonis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 60 Bill Gilonis is an English guitarist and composer. He co-founded the gritty experimental rock group The Work in 1980 with Tim Hodgkinson. The group was active intermittently until 1993, ...more

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Dik Evans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
Richard G. "Dik" Evans is a musician best known as a founder of the band The Virgin Prunes.

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Jonny Buckland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 41 Jonathan Mark "Jonny" Buckland is an English musician and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist of the band Coldplay.

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Hugh Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 69 Hugh Alan Cornwell is an English musician and singer-songwriter, best known for being the vocalist and guitarist for the punk rock/new wave band, The Stranglers, from 1974 to 1990.

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Philip Catherine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 76 Philip Catherine is a jazz guitarist, born to an English mother and a Belgian father, known for his collaborations on numerous albums and with jazz musicians like Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, ...more

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Chas Hodges is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from London
age 75 Chas Hodges is an English musician and singer, probably best known for being one half, and lead vocalist, of the English musical duo, Chas & Dave. Before founding Chas & Dave, Hodges had ...more