James Franklin Murphy (July 30, 1967, Portsmouth, Virginia USA) is an American guitarist. He is best known for his work in metal bands Death
and Testament. He has also made contributions to various bands as well as released works under his own name. He founded the band
Disincarnate. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001, but has recovered.
In addition to playing guitar, Murphy operates a recording studio, SafeHouse Production, where he has mixed and produced albums for other
bands. Murphy has also contributed lessons to Guitar Player magazine.