Musicians Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles

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List of famous guitarists born who were born in Los Angeles, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 below has a variety of items in it, from Aly Michalka to Adam Levine.

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

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Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 65 Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman is an American composer, record producer, and actor. He is known as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Oingo Boingo, from 1976 to 1995 and ...more

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Albert Hammond, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 38 Albert Louis Hammond, Jr. is an American musician and member of the indie rock band The Strokes, in which he plays the guitar, and the keyboard. His father, Albert Hammond, whose career was ...more

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 48 Beck Hansen, known by the stage name Beck, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his lo-fi, sonically experimental style, ...more

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Allison Robertson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 39 Allison Rae Robertson is the guitarist for rock bands The Donnas and Chelsea Girls.

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Adam Levine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 39 Adam Noah Levine is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He is the lead vocalist for the Los Angeles pop rock band Maroon 5. Born and raised in Los Angeles, ...more

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David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 77 David Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and ...more

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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 71 Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder is an American musician and composer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, but is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United ...more

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Lee Ritenour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 66 Lee Mack Ritenour is an American jazz guitarist, session musician, and composer. Ritenour has contributed to over 3000 sessions, and has charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits since 1976.

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Dweezil Zappa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 49 Dweezil Zappa is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor. He is the son of musician Frank Zappa.

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Ritchie Valens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Dec. at 18 (1941-1959) Richard Steven Valenzuela, known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement. During ...more

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Jaycee Chan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 36 Jaycee Chan Jo-ming is an American-born Hong Kong actor and singer. In 2004, he released his first Mandarin CD album in Hong Kong. He was based in Taiwan to continue his music career. He is the ...more

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Creed Bratton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 75 Creed Bratton is an American actor, musician and former member of The Grass Roots. He is more recently known for playing a fictional version of himself on The Office on NBC.

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Daron Malakian is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 43 Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and second vocalist of the rock band ...more

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Joe Trohman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 34 Joseph Mark "Joe" Trohman is an American musician, singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist of the American rock band Fall Out Boy, as well ...more

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Kerry King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 54 Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer. He co-founded the band with Jeff Hanneman in 1981 and has been a member ever since.

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Lowell George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Dec. at 34 (1945-1979) Lowell Thomas George was an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who was the primary guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Little Feat.

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Chad Kroeger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 44 Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band Nickelback. In addition to his work with Nickelback, Kroeger has ...more

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Wendy Melvoin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 54 Wendy Melvoin is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Prince as part of his backing band The Revolution, and for her collaboration with Lisa Coleman as one ...more

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Ken Stringfellow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 50 Kenneth Stuart Stringfellow is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer. Best known for his work with The Posies, R.E.M., and the re-formed Big Star, ...more

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Art Alexakis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 56 Art Alexakis is a musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, activism and actor

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Susanna Hoffs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 59 Susanna Lee Hoffs is an American vocalist, guitarist and actress. She is best known as a member of The Bangles.

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Howard E. Scott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 72 Howard E. Scott is an American funk/rock guitarist and founding member of the successful 1970s funk band War.

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Eric Erlandson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 55 Eric Theodore Erlandson is an American musician, guitarist, and writer, primarily known as founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist of alternative rock band Hole from 1989 to 2002. He has ...more

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Robert Schwartzman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 36 Robert Coppola Schwartzman is an American actor and musician. Schwartzman is also best known as the lead vocalist of the rock/pop band Rooney. He has also acted in the short black-and-white film ...more

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Kevin 'Noodles' Wasserman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
age 55 Kevin John Wasserman, best known by his stage name Noodles, is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for The Offspring. The nickname "Noodles" is the result of his frequent noodling