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Famous Guitarists from New Jersey

Updated June 8, 2017 7.2k views46 items

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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  • 1

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLong Branch, New Jersey, USA

    BirthplaceLong Branch, New Jersey, USA

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  • 2

    Paul Simon

    Age: 79

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    BirthplaceNewark, 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 the...  more

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  • 3

    Marc Ribot

    Age: 66

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States

    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 collaborating...  more

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  • 4

    Zakk Wylde

    Age: 53

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBayonne, New Jersey, USA

    BirthplaceBayonne, New Jersey, USA

    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 Osbourne...  more

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  • 5

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEast Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

    BirthplaceEast 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 awards...  more

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  • 6

    Joe Pass

    Dec. at 65 (1929-1994)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

    BirthplaceNew Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America

    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 20th...  more

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  • 7

    Ricky Nelson

    Dec. at 45 (1940-1985)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey, USA

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey, USA

    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 series...  more

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  • 8

    Andy McKee

    Age: 41

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHarrington Park, New Jersey

    BirthplaceHarrington 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....  more
  • 9

    Clint Black

    Age: 58

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLong Branch, USA, New Jersey

    BirthplaceLong Branch, USA, New Jersey

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  • 10

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePerth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America

    BirthplacePerth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America

    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 lead...  more

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  • 11

    Al Di Meola

    Age: 66

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    BirthplaceJersey City, New Jersey, United States of America

    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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  • 12

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew Jersey

    BirthplaceNew 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, and...  more
  • 13

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLodi, New Jersey, United States of America

    BirthplaceLodi, New Jersey, United States of America

    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 and...  more

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  • 14

    Dave Sabo

    Age: 56

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePerth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America

    BirthplacePerth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America

    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....  more
  • 15

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHudson County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    BirthplaceHudson County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    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 Medicine...  more
  • 16

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Paterson, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Contiguous United States

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Paterson, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Contiguous United States

    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 for NBC as a...  more
  • 17

    Dez Cadena

    Age: 59

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Essex County, Contiguous United States

    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. Cadena...  more
  • 18

    John Gorka

    Age: 62

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEdison, New Jersey

    BirthplaceEdison, 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 Folk...  more
  • 19

    John Pizzarelli

    Age: 60

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Paterson, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Contiguous United States

    BirthplaceArea code 862, Paterson, Area code 973, Area codes 862 and 973, Contiguous United States

    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
  • 20

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceParamus, New Jersey

    BirthplaceParamus, New Jersey

    Dean Friedman (born May 23, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter who plays piano, keyboard, guitar and other instruments, including the harmonica....  more
  • 21

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey

    BirthplaceTeaneck, 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....  more
  • 22

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEast Orange, New Jersey

    BirthplaceEast 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 line...  more
  • 23

    Frank Iero

    Age: 39

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBelleville, New Jersey

    BirthplaceBelleville, 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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  • 24

    Glenn Goins

    Dec. at 24 (1954-1978)

    BirthplacePlainfield, New Jersey

    BirthplacePlainfield, 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 of...  more
  • 25

    Marc Rizzo

    Age: 43

    NationalityUnited States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Carlstadt

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Carlstadt

    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: Prophecy,...  more