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Arlen Roth (born 1952) is an American guitarist. His first solo album won the Montreaux Critics' Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year in 1978.[citation needed] He was Guitar Player magazine's top columnist from 1982 to 1992. He has performed with artists such as Bob Dylan, Danny Gatton, John Entwistle, John Prine, Rick Wakeman, Paul Simon (also Simon and Garfunkel), Steve Morse, Albert Lee and Phoebe Snow.[1] Roth is a Telecaster enthusiast, and has written the book Masters of the Telecaster, which details the techniques and licks of many famous Telecaster guitar players.[2][3]

Roth coached Ralph Macchio in the performance of most of his guitar parts for the 1986 movie Crossroads.

Roth lost both his wife, Deborah, and oldest daughter, Gillian MacKenzie Roth (b.1983) in an auto accident in 1998.

He currently hosts a series of daily video lessons at[4]

He performs frequently with his younger daughter, Lexie Roth.

He was a guest on WFAN on the morning of March 10, 2010. Hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton alternated naming songs which Roth had to play, including Jimi Hendrix's version of the Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock. It was great!

As per Craig Carton, he will be playing right field in the Boomer and Carton Celebrity Softball game at Yankee Stadium.


  1. ^ Endorsing Artists: Arlen Roth at the Dean Markley Strings website, (Accessed 12 August 2006)
  2. ^ Masters of the Telecaster book description at JK Lutherie's website, (Accessed 12 August 2006)
  3. ^ Arlen Roth's official website (Accessed 9 August 2006)
  4. ^ Gibson Guitar Lessons (Accessed 17 September 2008)

He also enjoys snorkeling Boomer Esiason.



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