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Famous Guitarists from England

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

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This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from England?" and "Who are famous England guitarists?"
  • 1

    Jeff Beck

    Age: 75


    BirthplaceWallington, London, London, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Geoffrey Arnold Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with the Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page)....  more

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  • 2

    Jimmy Page

    Age: 75


    BirthplaceHeston, London, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedDanelectro Shorthorn, Gibson EDS-1275, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster

    James Patrick Page (born 9 January 1944) is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Page...  more

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  • 3

    John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    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 the...  more

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  • 4

    George Harrison

    Dec. at 58 (1943-2001)

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedRickenbacker 360/12, Fender Stratocaster

    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 Beatles....  more

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  • 5


    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    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 and is...  more

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  • 6

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    BirthplaceWalton, 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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  • 7


    BirthplaceLondon Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Adrian Frederick "H" Smith (born 27 February 1957) is an English guitarist and member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks. Smith grew up in London...  more

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  • 8

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceGrantchester, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    David Jon Gilmour ( GHIL-mor; born 6 March 1946) is an English multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who was a member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He joined the group as guitarist...  more

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  • 9

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    BirthplaceChiswick, London, England

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    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 songwriter,...  more

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  • 10


    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Michael Gordon Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English multi-instrumentalist and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music. His...  more

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  • 11

    The Edge

    Age: 58

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom

    BirthplaceBarking, London, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedGibson SG, Gretsch G6122 Country Gentleman, Rickenbacker 360/12, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Explorer

    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 vocalist...  more

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  • 12

    John Sykes

    Age: 60

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    John James Sykes (born 29 July 1959) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter who has played with Streetfighter, Tygers of Pan Tang, John Sloman's Badlands, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, and...  more
  • 13

    Brian May

    Age: 72

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceHampton, 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 You", "Tie Your...  more

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  • 14


    Age: 54

    NationalityUnited States of America, England

    BirthplaceEngland, London, Hampstead

    Guitars PlayedGibson Les Paul

    Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British–American musician and songwriter. He is the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom...  more

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  • 15


    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Stephen Richard Hackett (born 12 February 1950) is an English musician, songwriter, singer, and producer who gained prominence as the lead guitarist of the progressive rock band Genesis from 1971 to...  more

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  • 16

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplacePaddington, London, England, UK

    Declan Patrick MacManus, OBE (born 25 August 1954), better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English pop/rock musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television...  more

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  • 17

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceNorthampton, United Kingdom

    Alex Westaway is the lead vocalist of Gunship and co-vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Fightstar alongside Charlie Simpson, Omar Abidi and Dan Haigh....  more
  • 18


    BirthplaceHighgate, 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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  • 19

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceHounslow, 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 the...  more

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  • 20


    BirthplaceCatford, London, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Robin Leonard Trower (born 9 March 1945) 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...  more

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  • 21

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceCambridge, United Kingdom

    Matthew James Bellamy (born 9 June 1978) is an English singer, musician, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer, guitarist, pianist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Muse. He is...  more

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  • 22

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceRomford, London, United Kingdom

    Clifford Williams (born 14 December 1949) is an English musician who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC as their bassist and backing vocalist since 1977 except for a brief...  more
  • 23


    BirthplaceGreat Bookham, United Kingdom

    George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English songwriter, singer, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters initially served solely as the...  more

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  • 24

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    BirthplaceEdmonton, London, London, England

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    David Michael "Dave" Murray (born 23 December 1956) is an English guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and, along with the group's...  more
  • 25


    BirthplaceNewcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    Guitars PlayedFender Stratocaster

    Hank Brian Marvin (born Brian Robson Rankin, 28 October 1941) is an English multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist for the Shadows, a group which...  more