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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different items, including Paul McCartney and David Bowie.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from England?" and "Who are famous England guitarists?"
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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 75

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Wallington, London, London, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Fender 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 ...more

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 75

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Heston, London, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Danelectro 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. ...more

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Fender 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 ...more

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Dec. at 58 (1943-2001)

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Rickenbacker 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 ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 72

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Brixton, Eurasia, South London, United Kingdom, London, + more

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 ...more

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 77

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Walton, 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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Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 62

Nationality: England

Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Fender 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 ...more

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 73

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Grantchester, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Fender 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 ...more

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 74

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England

Guitars Played: Fender 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 ...more

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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 66

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Fender 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. ...more

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The Edge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 58

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Barking, London, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Gibson SG, Gretsch G6122 Country Gentleman, Rickenbacker 360/12, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Explorer, + more

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 ...more

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John Sykes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 60

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Reading, 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, ...more
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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 72

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Hampton, 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 ...more

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Slash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 54

Nationality: United States of America, England

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, Hampstead

Guitars Played: Gibson 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 ...more

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Steve Hackett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 69

Nationality: England

Birthplace: SW postcode area, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

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 ...more

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Elvis Costello is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 65

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom

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, ...more

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Alex Westaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 36

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: East Midlands, Eurasia, Northamptonshire, Northampton, United Kingdom, + more

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.
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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 74

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Highgate, 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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Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 68

Nationality: United Kingdom

Birthplace: Hounslow, 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 ...more

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Robin Trower is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 74

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Eurasia, Catford, United Kingdom, London, England

Guitars Played: Fender 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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Matthew Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 41

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Cambridge, 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 ...more

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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 70

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: Romford, England, London

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
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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 76

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Great 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 ...more

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Dave Murray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 63

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Birthplace: England, London

Guitars Played: Fender 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 ...more

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Hank Marvin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Age: 78

Nationality: England

Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Guitars Played: Fender 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

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