Top 10 Metal/Rock Lead Guitarists


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1Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

The legend needs no explaining. - l3ootyTrain

2Dave MustaineDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal more.

Excellent guitarist, and the fact that he can sing at the same time is saying something. - l3ootyTrain

3SlashSaul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Very creative and excellent guitarist. - l3ootyTrain

4Dimebag DarrellDarrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

You should know exactly who he is. - l3ootyTrain

5Jeff HannemanJeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Probably the best guitarist Slayer ever had and his passing is very unfortunate much like Randy Rhode's and Dimebag Darrell's passing. - l3ootyTrain

6Kirk HammettKirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Kirk is an amazing guitarist in the history changing band Metallica. - l3ootyTrain

7Kerry KingKerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

An excellent guitarist that needs no explaining more than KFK. - l3ootyTrain

8Gary Holt

He is actually a great guitarist, I mean can you think of any better to replace Jeff Hanneman? - l3ootyTrain

9Tony IommiAnthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer.

Definitely a legendary guitarist. - l3ootyTrain

10Mick ThomsonMickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.

Yes of Slipknot he has an amazing amount of talent. - l3ootyTrain

The Contenders

11James HetfieldJames Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

Voice may have been lost but his guitar skills have not. - l3ootyTrain

12Glenn Drover

You can't say someone who has been the lead guitarist of both Megadeth and King Diamond is not talented. - l3ootyTrain

13Tom MorelloThomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.
14Marty FriedmanMartin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted more.
15Jim RootJames Donald "Jim" Root, also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm/lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Also of Slipknot but I do believe Mick Thompson slightly more talented than him. - l3ootyTrain

16Chris BroderickChristopher Alan Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former lead and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth.
17BucketheadBrian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Very talented, especially for playing Jordan and playing in Guns 'N' Roses. - l3ootyTrain

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19Zakk WyldeZakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.
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