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Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts

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

James Taylor and Rob Zombie are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from Massachusetts?" and "Who are famous Massachusetts guitarists?"
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Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 69
Anthony Joseph Pereira (born September 10, 1950) better known by his stage name, Joe Perry, is an American musician, songwriter and vocalist, who is best known as the lead guitarist and founding ...more

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Dick Dale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 82
Richard Anthony Monsour (Arabic: ريتشارد أنتوني منصور‎; May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist. He was a pioneer of surf music, drawing ...more

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#135 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #619 of 2,222 The Best Rock Bands of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 71
James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is one ...more

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#25 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwritersfeaturing The Best James Taylor Albums of All Timelisted on Guest Stars on Sesame Street

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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician and filmmaker. He is a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with ...more

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Tony Rombola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 55
Tony Rombola (born November 24, 1964) is an American musician who has been the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Boston-based hard rock band Godsmack since the mid-1990s. Tony Rombola ...more
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Black Francis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
Charles Thompson IV (born April 6, 1965) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs ...more

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#127 of 298 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters #305 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #583 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time

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Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 53
Mark Denis Lizotte (born 31 May 1966) is an Australian singer-songwriter and musician, who has released material under the name Diesel, Johnny Diesel, as leader of band Johnny Diesel & the ...more

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#50 of 324 The Best Australian Bands, Rankedlisted on List of Famous Bands from Australia

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Michael John Burkett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 52
Michael John Burkett (born January 31, 1967), known professionally as Fat Mike, is an American musician and producer. He is the bassist and lead vocalist for the punk rock band NOFX and the ...more

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#253 of 413 The Best Frontmen in Rock #190 of 200 Ages of Rock Stars #7 of 14 Punk Rockers Who Turned Into Total Dads

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Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 69
Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, producer, actor, and activist who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member ...more

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Susan Tedeschi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 49
Susan Tedeschi (; born November 9, 1970) is an American singer and guitarist. A multiple Grammy Award nominee, she is a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, a conglomeration of her band, her ...more

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#1,046 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #825 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time #408 of 986 The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Craig Finn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 48
Craig Finn (born August 22, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known as the frontman of the American indie rock band The Hold Steady, with whom he has recorded seven ...more
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John Flansburgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 59
John Conant Flansburgh (born May 6, 1960) is an American musician. He is half of the long-standing Brooklyn, New York-based alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants, for which he writes, sings, ...more
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Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
Dec. at 27 (1943-1970)
Alan Christie Wilson (July 4, 1943 – September 3, 1970) was a co-founder, leader, and primary composer for the American blues band Canned Heat. He sang and played harmonica and guitar with the ...more

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J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
Joseph Donald Mascis Jr. (; born December 10, 1965) is an American musician, best known as the singer, guitarist and main songwriter for the alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. He has also ...more

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Myles Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 50
Myles Richard Bass (born November 27, 1969), known professionally as Myles Kennedy, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the ...more

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#198 of 711 The Best Rock Vocalists #554 of 1,066 The Best Singers of All Time #93 of 101 The Best Musical Artists From Washington

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Adam Gardner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 46
Adam Seth Gardner (born May 31, 1973) is an American guitarist and vocalist of the band Guster and a member of the Tufts University Beelzebubs. Gardner grew up outside Morristown, New Jersey, ...more
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Peter Rowan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 77
Peter Rowan (born July 4, 1942) is an American bluegrass musician and composer. Rowan plays guitar and mandolin, yodels and sings.
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Brad Delp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
Brad Delp Dec. at 56 (1951-2007)
Bradley Edward Delp (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007) was an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ.

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Eric Griffin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 43
Eric Michael Griffin is an American rock guitarist. He is most famous for playing bass in the horror punk band Murderdolls (2002–2004) and guitar in Wednesday 13 (2006–2007). He is now living in ...more
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Gary Hoey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 59
Gary Hoey (born August 23, 1960) is an American hard rock and latterly blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has recorded over 20 albums and had five Top 20 Billboard hits.

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#52 of 82 The Best Instrumental Rock Bands #207 of 632 Famous Lead Guitarists

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Andy Ross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 40
Andrew "Andy" Ross (born March 8, 1979), is an American musician most famous as guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist for the rock band OK Go since 2005. He is also behind a solo ...more
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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
Linda Perry (born April 15, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. She was the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, and has since founded two ...more

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Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 57
Michael James Ness (born April 3, 1962) is an American musician and producer who is the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the punk rock band Social Distortion, which was formed in

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Billy Squier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 69
William Haislip Squier (, born May 12, 1950) is an American rock musician and singer. Squier had a string of arena rock hits in the 1980s. He is best known for the song "The Stroke", ...more

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#337 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #66 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #213 of 2,239 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Brad Whitford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 67
Bradley Ernest Whitford (born February 23, 1952) is an American musician who is best known for serving as the rhythm and co-lead guitarist for the hard rock band Aerosmith. He has also worked as ...more