Profile Jeff Stinco ” Simple Plan Guitaris “

Jeff Stinco

Jeff Stinco on guitar
Background information
Birth name Jean-François Stinco
Born August 22, 1978 (1978-08-22) (age 31)
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Genres Pop punk, pop rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Lava / Atlantic
Associated acts Simple Plan

Jean-François “Jeff” Stinco (born August 22, 1978) is a French Canadian musician, who is best known as the lead guitarist for pop punk band Simple Plan. Stinco got the nickname Jeff, because many of his non-French fluent friends couldn’t pronounce ‘Jean-François’, so they began to call him ‘JF’, leading to Jeff.


Early life

He attended College Beaubois High School in Pierrefonds, Quebec along with bandmates Sébastien Lefebvre, Chuck Comeau and Pierre Bouvier.

Jeff studied classical guitar for 10 years at the “Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal” with Jean Vallieres. He also participated in many Masterclasses over the years with many renown concertists such as Manuel Barrueco and Roland Dyens. Jeff is the only person in Simple Plan to have taken professional classes to learn how to play the guitar.


Stinco plays Gibson guitars. For the “Save You” and “When I’m Gone” music videos, Stinco is seen with his white Gibson Les Paul Custom. For the “Your Love is a Lie” music video, he rocks a Gibson ES-335. Live and in the studio he mostly plays Gibson Les Paul Standards and Customs. He’s also often seen playing handmade guitars by his friend Ted Stevenson of Stevenson guitars. He uses Mesa Boogie amplifiers. He also uses D’Addario strings. He currently uses EJ17 – Set Medium 13-56,EXL140 – Set Light Top/Heavy Bottom 10-52 and EXP12 – Set Medium 13-56.


Beside his Simple Plan projects, Jeff also contributed to the Rush tribute cd released in 2005 titled Subdivisions: “A Tribute To Rush”” and performs on the Rush hit “The Spirit of Radio” along with Kip Winger.



Stinco receives aid from a tech during Simple Plan’s 2 August 2009 show in North Bay.
  • Nitro (film)(2007) …. Viny
  • New York Minute (2004/I) …. Simple Plan
  • “The New Tom Green Show” (1 episode, 2003)
  • Punkrock Holocaust


  • Simple Plan: A Big Package for You (2003) (V) (uncredited)


  • Simple Plan: MTV Hard Rock Live (2005) (V) …. Himself – Guitars
  • “Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones” …. Himself (1 episode, 2005) aka Otro rollo (Mexico: short title)
  • New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005 (2004) (TV) (as Simple Plan) …. Himself
  • Punk Rock Holocaust (2004) (V) …. Himself – Simple Plan
  • Simple Plan: Still Not Getting Any… (2004) (V) …. Himself
  • Simple Plan: A Big Package for You (2003) (V) …. Himself
  • “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?” …. Himself (1 episode)


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