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Famous Guitarists from New Jersey

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

This list contains items like Bruce Springsteen and Lauryn Hill.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from New Jersey?" and "Who are famous New Jersey guitarists?"
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949), nicknamed "The Boss", is an American singer-songwriter who is a solo artist and is the leader of the E Street Band. ...more

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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's musical career has spanned seven decades with his fame and commercial success beginning as half of ...more

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Marc Ribot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States, + more

Marc Ribot (; born May 21, 1954) is an American guitarist and composer. His work has touched on many styles, including no wave, free jazz, rock, and Cuban music. Ribot is also known for ...more

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Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 52

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States of America

Zachary Phillip Wylde (born Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt; January 14, 1967) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for Ozzy ...more

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Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Lauryn Noelle Hill (born May 26, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter and rapper, known for being a member of Fugees, and for her solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won many ...more

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Joe Pass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Dec. at 65 (1929-1994)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Brunswick, Middlesex County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more

Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua; January 13, 1929 – May 23, 1994) was an American jazz guitarist of Sicilian descent. He is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the ...more

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Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Dec. at 45 (1940-1985)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Teaneck, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television ...more

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Andy McKee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 40

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Harrington Park, New Jersey

Andy McKee (born April 4, 1979 in Topeka, Kansas) is an American fingerstyle guitar player who has released five albums and been the subject of YouTube videos, garnering over 100 million views.
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Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Clint Black Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Long Branch, USA, New Jersey

Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962) is an American country music singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black's ...more

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Richie Sambora is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 60

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

Richard Stephen Sambora (born July 11, 1959) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. Sambora and ...more

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Al Di Meola is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Al Di Meola Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hudson County, Area code 201, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, + more

Al Laurence Di Meola (born July 22, 1954) is an American guitarist. Known for his works in jazz fusion and world music, he began his career as a guitarist of the group Return to Forever in 1974. ...more

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Adam Gardner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 46

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Jersey

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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Glenn Danzig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Lodi, New Jersey

Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Allen Anzalone; June 23, 1955) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain ...more

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Dave Sabo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

David Michael Sabo (born September 16, 1964), nicknamed "The Snake", is an American guitarist who plays in the American metal band, Skid Row. He is co-guitarist with Scotti Hill.
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Dennis Locorriere is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hudson County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Dennis Michael Locorriere (born June 13, 1949; Union City, New Jersey, United States) is the American lead vocalist and guitarist of the soft rock group Dr. Hook (formerly Dr. Hook & the ...more
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Bucky Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 93

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 862, Paterson, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Contiguous United States, + more

John Paul "Bucky" Pizzarelli (born January 9, 1926) is an American jazz guitarist. He is the father of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and double bassist Martin Pizzarelli. He worked ...more
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Dez Cadena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Area code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States, + more

Dez Paul Cadena (born June 2, 1961) is an American punk rock singer and guitarist. He was the third vocalist and later rhythm guitarist for hardcore punk band Black Flag from 1980 to 1983. ...more
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John Gorka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Edison, New Jersey

John Gorka (born July 27, 1958) is a contemporary American folk musician. In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New ...more
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John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
John Pizzarelli Age: 59

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, USA

John Paul Pizzarelli Jr. (born April 6, 1960) is an American jazz guitarist and vocalist. He has recorded over twenty solo albums and has appeared on more than forty albums by other recording ...more

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Dean Friedman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Paramus, New Jersey

Dean Friedman (born May 23, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter who plays piano, keyboard, guitar and other instruments, including the harmonica.
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Ben Jorgensen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 36

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey

Ben Jorgensen is an American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Armor for Sleep.
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John Mooney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey

John Mooney (born April 3, 1955) is an American blues guitarist and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has developed a unique music style by combining Delta blues with the funky second ...more
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Frank Iero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Belleville, New Jersey

Frank Anthony Thomas Iero, Jr. (born October 31, 1981) is an American musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the rock band My Chemical Romance and post-hardcore band ...more

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Glenn Goins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Glenn Goins Dec. at 24 (1954-1978)

Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey

Glenn Lamont Goins (January 2, 1954 – July 29, 1978), also known as Glen Goins, was a singer and guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic in the mid-1970s. Goins is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall ...more

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Marc Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from New Jersey
Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Carlstadt, + more

Marc Rizzo (born August 2, 1977) is an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist of metal band Soulfly and formerly of Ill Niño. He has featured on eight Soulfly albums to date: ...more