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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 "Joe" Pereira is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. He was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone's ...more
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Dick Dale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 82
Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music ...more
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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 71
James Vernon Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Taylor achieved his ...more
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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
Rob Zombie is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s and rose to ...more
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Tony Rombola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 55
Tony Rombola 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 has been cited as 'an ...more
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Black Francis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV 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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Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 53
Mark Denis Lizotte, is an American-born Australian musician, who has released material as leader of Johnny Diesel & the Injectors, under his birth name, or by the pseudonym Diesel. Two of ...more
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Michael John Burkett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 52
Michael John Burkett, also known as Fat Mike is an American musician, producer, lead vocalist and bassist for the punk rock band NOFX, as well as bassist for the punk rock supergroup cover band ...more
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Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 69
Steven Van Zandt is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, 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 is an American blues and soul musician known for her singing voice, guitar playing, and stage presence. A multiple Grammy Award nominee, she is a member of the Tedeschi Trucks ...more
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Craig Finn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 48
Craig Finn is an American singer and guitarist, best known as the front man for The Hold Steady and his former band, Lifter Puller. Described by Pitchfork as "a born storyteller who's ...more
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John Flansburgh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 59
John Conant Flansburgh is an American musician, and actor. He is half of the longstanding Brooklyn, New York-based alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants, for which he writes, sings, and ...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 was a co-founder, leader, and primary composer for the American blues band Canned Heat. He played guitar, harmonica, sang, and wrote several songs for the band.
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J Mascis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
J Mascis is an American musician. The singer, guitarist, bassplayer and songwriter for Dinosaur Jr., he also has a solo career and is particularly notable as a guitarist: he was ranked number 86 ...more
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Myles Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 50
Myles Richard Kennedy is an American musician and singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in Slash's ...more
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Adam Gardner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 46
Adam Seth Gardner is an American guitarist and vocalist of the band Guster and a member of the Tufts University Beelzebubs. Adam does a weekly radio show in Portland, Maine where he discusses ...more
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Peter Rowan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 77
Peter Rowan is a film score composer.
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Brad Delp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
Dec. at 56 (1951-2007)
Bradley Edward Delp was an American musician, 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 and guitar in Wednesday 13. He is now living in Los Angeles.
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Gary Hoey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 59
Gary Hoey is a surfer-rock musician.
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Andy Ross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 40
Andy Ross is an actor.
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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 54
Linda Perry is an American rock singer-songwriter, and record producer. Once known as the lead singer and primary songwriter of 4 Non Blondes, Perry has founded two record labels, composing and ...more
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Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 57
Michael James "Mike" Ness is an American guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for the punk rock band Social Distortion, which was formed in 1978. Mike Ness' songs are represented ...more
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Billy Squier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 69
William Haislip "Billy" Squier is an American rock musician. Squier had a string of arena rock hits in the 1980s. He is best known for the song "The Stroke", from his 1981 ...more
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Brad Whitford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 67
Brad Ernest Whitford is the rhythm guitarist for the hard rock band Aerosmith.