Musicians 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?"

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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 England
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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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Died at 40 (1940-1980) John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Died at 58 (1943-2001) George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 76 Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more

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Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 72 David Jon Gilmour, CBE, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known for his work as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the progressive rock band ...more

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 65 Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. He is best known for ...more

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The Edge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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John Sykes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 59 John James Sykes 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 Blue Murder. ...more

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Alex Westaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 35 Alex Westaway is the co-lead vocalist and guitarist in post-hardcore 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 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) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Matthew Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 40 Matthew James Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, pianist, and principal songwriter of ...more

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Cliff Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 75 George Roger Waters is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, ...more

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Dave Murray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Hank Marvin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 77 Hank Marvin is a musician and guitarist.

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Eddie Clarke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Mick Ronson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Died at 47 (1946-1993) Michael "Mick" Ronson was an English guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. He is best known for his work with David Bowie, as one of the Spiders from ...more

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Roger Daltrey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Jeff Lynne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 71 Jeffrey "Jeff" Lynne is an English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who gained fame as the leader and sole constant member of Electric ...more

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Billy Idol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 63 William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician, songwriter and actor. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as ...more

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Dido is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 68 Peter Kenneth Frampton is an English-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The ...more

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Roland Orzabal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 57 Roland Orzabal is a British musician, songwriter and record producer. He is known mainly as a co-founding member of Tears for Fears, of which he is the main songwriter and joint vocalist, but he ...more

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Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Tony Iommi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 70 Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has ...more

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Lita Ford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Red Symons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 69 Red Symons is an actor and a film score composer.

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Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 51 Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis. Raised in Burnage, ...more

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Steve Howe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Brian Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Died at 27 (1942-1969) Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones was a multi-instrumentalist, with his main instruments being the guitar, harmonica and keyboards. ...more

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Gavin Rossdale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 76 Graham William Nash, OBE is a British singer-songwriter known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions with the British pop group The Hollies, and with the folk-rock super ...more

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Marc Bolan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
Died 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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Phil Manzanera is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
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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James Murphy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from England
age 51 James Franklin Murphy is an American guitarist. He is best known for his work in metal bands, Obituary, Death and Testament. He founded Disincarnate, an early death metal band. He was diagnosed ...more