Artists / John S. Murphy
John S. Murphy
Studio Musician, Live Performer, Guitar Teacher
John offers a musical mix of funk, jazz, blues, and rock with unique personal style. An active teacher, studio musician as well as live performer, he has also written songs for commercials audio and video.

John performed or recorded with: James Harmon, Jonathan Brooke, Dave Grissom, The Motels, John Waite, Rita Wilson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Howard Jones, John Mayall, The Rick Tatum Allstars - Melvin Lee Davis, Evan Stone, Tom Zinc, Chris Coleman, Chariya Bissonette, Matt Bissonette, Carlos Skinfill, Mike Dyson, Gregg Vail, Lalo Carrillo, Dave Demeter, Baba Elefonte, Ron Koboyashi, Jesse Hughes, Connie Rae Knapp, Rick Elliott, Johnny Ray Bartel, Darrell Mansfield, Yvonne Perea, Martin Gerschwitz, Jorgen Alofs, Jeff Casey, Bruce Becker, Jannel Rap, Kelly Fitzgerald, Kacee Clanton, John Thomas, Jeff Casey, Rico Brown Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas, Leo Nobre, Shawn Lopez, Larry Green, Phil Kristianson, Marc Seal, Wendy Smith, Remix-soul revue, Taboo, Ron Emory of TSOL, The Rodger Matzkie Praise and Worship Band, Acousticali, The Lost Grooves, The Majic Bullet Theory, Zoli Teglas of Ignite-Misfits-Pennywise, The Muddy Harbor Band, Thad Bushell's The Summer Help Band, Goose and the Bad Boys Blues Band, Dave Widow and The Line Up, The Julie Ladika Band.

What John S. Murphy says about SCOPE:

Using Sonic Core SCOPE XITE-1 with SCOPE recording and mixing software, I'm working on composing and recording my solo release “ELEMENTS in TIME” with Matt Bissonette, Lalo Carillo, Evan Stone, Gregg Vail, and others. Gary Bogdanoff from Sonic Core has been a crucial source of knowledge and resource for me - and combined with the SCOPE XITE-1 countless solutions of valid creating possibilities are now realizable.

Beside SCOPE, John uses a variety of guitars and amps. His main gear is a Jim Peat Strat Electric, Carvin acoustic electric, Dobro Bros. and Tacoma acoustics. Amplifiers of choice are vintage blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb, Guytrone, Demeter amps, Hughes and Kettner, Bogner Shiva, also lots of pedals.


A native of Los Angeles, California, John was exposed to blues and R&B at an early age. His father worked with Larry Carlton’s Dad. Hearing Larry’s music and band at the Roxy, and Baked Potato in 1979 at the age of 14, altered his music direction for the best. Moving into jazz and fusion in his teens, after sneaking a listen to a tape in one of his guitar teachers (Mark Norton - “St. John” of the band KISS) cassette tape machines - Allan Holdsworth became a major source of inspiration.

After talking about harmonic concepts at a Catalina Grill gig, Pat Martino invited John to study for a joint in Philly. John soon sought out Robert Conti as a private teacher, and attended Fullerton College Jazz Improve ensemble, and Jazz guitar ensemble class to try to get up to speed for the opportunity.

He started teaching full time in 2001 - committing to providing an inspirational environment for learning and creating music. From 2001 - 2004 he promoted coffee house gigs at Borders for his students. Then in 2005 he built shows and was the first in his area to bring young students mixed with world class professional musicians to The Coach House, then again at the House of Blues in 2007. Mentor at Newport harbor High School, Created “Getting to the Music” after school music programs for Newport Mesa Unified School District and UCI gifted student program.

John was a judge of Guitar Center’s national contests in 2004, 2005, 2006.

He has performed at The House of Blues, The Coach House, Strawberry Music Fest Yosemite, San Louis Obispo Blues Festival, Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival, Venues in Catalina, Arizona, Washington DC, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, The NAMM SHOW.