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
Danny Elfman 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
Albert Hammond, Jr. 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
Beck Hansen 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
Allison Robertson 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
Adam Levine 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
David Crosby 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
Ry Cooder 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
Lee Ritenour 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
Dweezil Zappa 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
Ritchie Valens Died 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, ...more

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Jaycee Chan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Jaycee Chan 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
Creed Bratton 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
Daron Malakian 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
Joe Trohman 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
Kerry King 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
Lowell George Died 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
Chad Kroeger 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
Wendy Melvoin 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
Ken Stringfellow 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
Art Alexakis 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
Susanna Hoffs 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
Howard E. Scott 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
Eric Erlandson 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
Robert Schwartzman 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
Kevin 'Noodles' Wasserman 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

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Bob Welch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Bob Welch Died at 67 (1945-2012) Robert Lawrence "Bob" Welch was an American musician. A former member of Fleetwood Mac, Welch had a successful solo career in the late 1970s. His singles included "Hot Love, Cold ...more

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Robby Krieger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Robby Krieger age 72 Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger is an American rock guitarist and songwriter. He was the guitarist in The Doors, and wrote or co-wrote many of the band's songs, including "Light My ...more

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Brett Gurewitz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Brett Gurewitz age 56 Brett W. Gurewitz, nicknamed Mr. Brett, is the guitarist and a songwriter of Bad Religion. He is also the owner of the music label Epitaph Records and sister-labels ANTI-, Burning Heart Records, ...more

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Christopher Parkening is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Christopher Parkening age 71 Christopher Parkening is an American classical guitarist. He holds the Chair of Classical Guitar at Pepperdine University under the title Distinguished Professor of Music.

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Dave Kushner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Dave Kushner age 53 David "Dave" Kushner is an American musician perhaps best known as the rhythm guitarist for the hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver. Kushner has also been a member of Wasted Youth, ...more

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Chris Weber is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Chris Weber age 52 Chris Weber is is an American musician best known as the guitarist and founder of the groups U.P.O. and Hollywood Rose. With U.P.O., he released two albums, No Pleasantries and The Heavy, while ...more

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Alex Greenwald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Alex Greenwald age 39 Alexander Greenwald is an American musician, actor, and more recently a record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of the Californian rock band, Phantom Planet, which is on indefinite ...more

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Eddie St. James is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Eddie St. James age 56 Eddie St. James is a guitarist, singer and composer–arranger born in Hollywood, California and raised in and around the L.A. area. He is most noted for his work with many well known musicians. ...more

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Pat Smear is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Pat Smear age 59 Georg Albert Ruthenberg, better known as Pat Smear, is an American guitarist. He is best known as a guitarist in the rock band Foo Fighters, with whom he has recorded two studio albums. Smear ...more

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Vicki Peterson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Vicki Peterson age 60 Victoria Anne Theresa "Vicki" Peterson Cowsill is an American rock musician. She described herself as a solo artist in her early years – "I was a kid who brought her guitar to ...more

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Brix Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Brix Smith age 56 Brix Smith Start is an American singer, guitarist and television presenter, best known for being a member of post-punk band The Fall, and latterly as a UK TV fashion pundit.

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Nels Cline is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Nels Cline age 62 Nels Courtney Cline is an American guitarist and composer. He first came to prominence in the 1980s playing jazz, often in collaboration with his identical twin brother Alex Cline, a drummer. ...more

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Bill Connors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Bill Connors age 69 Bill Connors is a jazz musician notable for playing in Chick Corea's band Return to Forever, with whom he recorded Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy. After leaving Return to Forever, he recorded three ...more

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Thom Bresh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Thom Bresh age 70 Thom Bresh is a country music singer. He is the biological son of Merle Travis. Bresh did not begin his music career until his adult years. From age 3 to age 17, he worked as an actor and ...more

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Paul Jackson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Paul Jackson, Jr. age 59 Paul Milton Jackson, Jr. is a fusion/urban jazz composer, arranger, producer and guitarist. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. Jackson knew by the age of fifteen that he wanted to become a ...more

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Tracii Guns is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Tracii Guns age 52 Tracii Guns is an American guitarist best known as the founder of glam metal group L.A. Guns as well as the supergroups Brides of Destruction and Contraband. He was also very briefly involved in ...more

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Aaron North is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Aaron North age 39 Aaron Wright North is an American guitarist and was the co-founder and guitarist of punk band The Icarus Line, the lead guitarist of industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails, and vocalist/guitarist ...more

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Adam Levy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Adam Levy age 52 Adam Levy is an accomplished jazz guitarist/singer-songwriter and a writer/artist for Universal Music Publishing Group. Levy has recorded with Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Sex Mob, Shelley Segal ...more

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Angel Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Angel Ibarra age 31 Angel Ibarra was the guitarist and one of the backing vocalists for the band Aiden. He was one of the founding members of the band when it first started back in 2003, during his high school

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Randy California is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Randy California Died at 46 (1951-1997) Randy California was a guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the original members of the rock group Spirit, formed in 1967.

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Troy Van Leeuwen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Troy Van Leeuwen age 48 Troy Dean Van Leeuwen is an American musician and producer. Van Leeuwen began playing music at a young age and started playing guitar at age 13. Soon Van Leeuwen was playing in various local ...more

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Elizabeth
Elizabeth "Z" Berg age 32 Z Berg is an American musician. Berg's father is former Geffen Records A&R exec/record producer Tony Berg. She was a founding member, guitarist, and lead vocalist of the indie rock group The ...more

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Louie Pérez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Louie Pérez age 65 Louie Perez is a member of the musical group Los Lobos.

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DeWayne McKnight is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
DeWayne McKnight age 64 DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight is an American guitarist. He was a member of The Headhunters, a jazz-funk fusion band from 1975 through 1978 and Parliament-Funkadelic from 1978 though ...more

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Del Rey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from Los Angeles
Del Rey age 59 Del Rey is an American blues, jazz and ragtime singer, guitarist and ukulele player.