Best Lead Guitarists of All Time


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1Kirk Hammett - Metallica

Kirk is the best guitarist. His speed is awesome. If you don't believe it see him playing master of puppets it was great

This should be richie sambora... Kirk maybe still great but no one can beat how sambora melodized the guitar

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This is not fair at all. Kirk Hammett's solos do not have the emotion that Slash's solos have. BOO!

This guy is the king of all guitarists. He has such passion towards music. His fingers move like lightning all over the guitar.

Its pretty much hard to play slash parts of solo. I played every solo and conclude slash solos are a bit difficult than kirk

I vote that slash is better than Hammett.

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3Angus Young - AC/DC

Angus is the best... Love that duck walk!

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4Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Mick Thompson better than Jimi Hendrix, that is comedy. LMAO I know this is someone's idea of a joke, and it's funny. Jimmy Page couldn't crack the top ten... it's getting funnier. I mean Page is no Kirk Hammet... we all no that, rofl!

Jimi is the greatest guitarist that has ever lived, is still living or ever will live.

This website's main demographic is 12 year olds which love queen, linkin park, maroon 5, and 1 direction and are spoiled brats with iPhones.

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5Dave Mustaine - Megadeth
6Synyster Gates - Avenged Sevenfold

Syn's skill is amazing! Sweep picking, dive bombs, hammer ons and pull offs, sliding. He's a master of it all. Most of his solos are superfast and clean at the same time. The solo from afterlife is what you should listen to. Jimi hendrix set his guitar on fire. Syn can do the same. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS PLAY IT! HE PLAYS SO FAST HE MAKES SLASH SEEM LIKE A ROOKIE!

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7Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden
8Jimmy Page

Synyster gates? Better than jimmy page? I don't think so. Jimmy page was the second greatest guitarist that ever lived the first being jimi hendrix.

9Dimebag Darrel - Pantera

dude, maybe Slipknot is you favorite band; but you're going to receive many bad comments in this list because you put Mick Thompson in first place... mainly because it is so wrong that he is before Jimi and Dimebag, and you forgot many great guitarists like Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Alexi Liaho, Zakk Wylde, John Petrucci, Rhandy Rhoads, Michael Angelo Batio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Eric Clapton, Glenn Tipton... - rock2metal

Don't get me wrong... Hammet is one fine gutarist, but he doesn't belong in the number one slot or even the top five (and Metallica is one of my favorite bands) I'm sorry to say that, but it's true! And Dimebag should be in the top three, he blows.. Or should I say.. Could have blown Hammet out of the water.

10Eddie Van Halen

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11Mick Thomson - Slipknot

OF course he is. He created his own tuning. Kirk is good but just any regular guitarist

Of course Mick Thompson's #1. His guitar powers are controlled by the power of his mask. My inspiration.

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12Brian May - Queen

Surely the most technically able guitarist of all time

13Tony Iommi
14Kerry King - Slayer
15Jeff Hanneman - Slayer
16Joe Perry - Aerosmith

Best ever, for a lot of reasons.

17Eric Clapton
18Michael Padge Paget - Bullet For My Valentine

Man he is so underrated :(
He should be on top 5 :(

Tears don't fall, shows what he is

19Johnny Ramone - Ramones
20David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
2. Slash
3. Angus Young - AC/DC
1. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
2. Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. Jimmy Page
1. Kirk Hammett - Metallica
2. Dave Mustaine - Megadeth
3. Slash

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