Musicians 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 68 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 81 Dick Dale is an American surf rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation. He ...more

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 70 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 53 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 54 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 53 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 52 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 51 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 68 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 48 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 47 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 58 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
Died 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 53 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 49 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 45 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 76 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
Died 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 42 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 58 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 39 Andy Ross is an actor.

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Linda Perry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 53 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 56 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 68 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 66 Brad Ernest Whitford is the rhythm guitarist for the hard rock band Aerosmith.

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Chad Urmston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 42 Chad Stokes Urmston is an American musician. He is the frontman for the Boston, Massachusetts-area bands Dispatch and State Radio, as well as a human rights activist.

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Watermelon Slim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
Bill Homans, professionally known as "Watermelon Slim", is an American blues musician. He plays both guitar and harmonica. He is currently signed to NorthernBlues Music, based in

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James Chirillo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 65 James Louis Chirillo is an American jazz guitarist, jazz banjoist, composer, arranger, and band leader. He grew up in Bellevue, Washington, and has been a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, since

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Tony MacAlpine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 58 Tony MacAlpine is an American musician and composer. In a career spanning three decades and eleven studio albums, he is best known as an instrumental rock solo guitarist, although he has worked ...more

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Nick Zinner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 44 Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Zinner is the guitarist for the New York rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He is known for his "unmistakable" wild hair, skinny physique, and pale appearance. ...more

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Lori McKenna is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 47 Lori McKenna is an American folk singer/songwriter. She lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband and five children.

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Amos Elkana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 51 Amos Elkana is an Israeli composer and improviser.

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Norman Greenbaum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 76 Norman Joel Greenbaum is an American singer-songwriter. He is best known for writing and performing the song "Spirit in the Sky."

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Rob Patterson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 48 Rob Patterson is an American guitarist.

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Bob Margolin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 69 Bob Margolin is an American electric blues guitarist. His nickname is "Steady Rollin'".

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Johnny A. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 66 Johnny A. is an American guitarist/songwriter, born November 14, 1952 in Malden, Massachusetts. Growing up in Boston, he became interested in music, starting with drums at age six. Upon being ...more

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Paul Pena is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
Died at 55 (1950-2005) Paul Pena was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist of Cape Verdean descent. His music from the first half of his career touched on Delta blues, jazz, morna, flamenco, folk and rock and ...more

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Ryan Montbleau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
Ryan Montbleau age 41 Ryan Michael Montbleau is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He annually tours across the U.S. with the Ryan Montbleau Band.

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Marc Colombo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 40 Marc Edward Colombo is a former American football offensive tackle who played for ten seasons in the National Football League. After playing college football for Boston College, he was selected ...more

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Matt Bachand is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 41 Matt Bachand is an American guitarist born on April 29, 1977. He has very strong death metal and thrash metal influences and he is also a backing vocalist for the heavy metal band Shadows Fall. ...more

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Luke Temple is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
Luke Temple is an American pop-folk singer-songwriter. He records under his own name and with New York-based band Here We Go Magic. Temple was born in Salem, Massachusetts. After spending time ...more

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Quinn Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 19 Quinn Sullivan is an American singer and guitarist from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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Albert Cummings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from Massachusetts
age 50 Albert Cummings is an American blues musician. Cummings started playing the five-string banjo at the age of twelve, but later switched to guitar. In his late twenties he formed a band, Swamp ...more