Best Metal Guitarists

The Contenders: Page 6

101 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Simply the best guitarist of all time!

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102 Michael Keene
103 Adam "Nergal" Darski
104 Richie Faulkner Richie Faulkner Richard Ian Faulkner, is an English guitarist (born 1 January 1980). In 2011 he was appointed as the successor of K.K. Downing in heavy metal band Judas Priest.
105 Andy James

This man is incredibly genius, his music is a wonderful mixture of both high speed melody and great emotions, when you listen to him you feel like you wanna jump and your head starts shaking, even though he isn't much famous but he really is worth listening to, just listen to "Bullet In The Head"and you won't regret it, he also made videos in other guitarists style like : kirk hammet, steve vai, alexi laiho, synster gates and john petrucci, and they all are well preformed, you'll never regret listening to him or his band " Sacred Mother Tongue "

106 Scott Kelly Scott Kelly Scott Michael Kelly is one of three founding members of Oakland, California experimental metal band Neurosis, in which he is a vocalist and guitarist.
107 Kaoru

Kaoru is a truly amazing and talented guitarrist. His guitar skills are awesome, and the guitar solos are simply breathtaking! And he's also a songwriter, and has given some of the most beautiful songs to Dir en grey.

As the others said, Kaoru is a great guitarist, I don't know if it's better than Die, but he doesn't lose quatity because of that.

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108 Michael Schenker Michael Schenker

By far one of the most underrated axemen out there. Technical and creative, his work both in UFO and in his solo career are out of this world. I must have listened to Rock Bottom for a million times now, and his soloing amazes me every time.

Michael Schenker - the guitarist of this world. So low in the list. Why is that? I think the main reason for this is because he never pursued fame as some people listed above. Kurt Kobain for example - how voted for this guy?

He must in the top ten, superb gitarist, personalia my favorite

These man should be at the top 10

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109 Hizaki

Hizaki is great. Not just because of his skills in playing and composing the best symphonic metal I have ever heard, but also because he is modest and has time for his fans. Also his recent participation in fundraising for victims of the Japanese tsunami raised my respect for this guy. What can I say, this guy is the best! WE ARE VERSAILLES!

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110 Syu

Really? Everyone voting for Syn to be first? WHY NOT LET SYU GET INTO TOP TEN? Switch places with Synyster. Syu certainly should be in the top ten, with his skills on par with the guitar gods, BRING HIM UP!

This guy definitely needs to be in the top 5, easily. He rips harder than about 90% of this list!

Syu is outstanding and deserves to be in the top ten and considering who else is on here it is dissapointing. On another note where the hell is Hizaki? Hizaki should be at the top of this list.

I guess the people that didn't vote for him haven't heard Phoenix Living In The Rising Sun...

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111 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and more.

Blues rock, southern rock, country rock etc - zxm

The only man who can make you say Damn that's as good as Hendrix without being the same!

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112 Dan Jacobs

no doubt.. belongs in top ten

although atreyu aren't that big... yet.. He is an amazing guitarist

113 Die

Die is just pure awesome definitely deserves to be on this list but he could be on the top ten no he deserves the top 10 kaoru is good to

He's a gifted man, his style is always pleasently loud and notoriousley fast

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114 Jon Donais

One of the best metal players I've heard. Underrated or under marketed if he's in the 100's. Higher 20%


115 Steve Stevens

One of the best ever. Michael Jackson and Billy Idol will both agree, I assure you.

I agree. He was a beast. I shall Bing what he did after that. Thanks for the heads-up.

116 Timo Tolkki Timo Tolkki Timo Tapio Tolkki is a Finnish musician best known as the former guitarist, songwriter and producer of the power metal band Stratovarius.

He has speed (in stratosphere he sounds just like a violin), quality and a great knowleadge of barroq style. All of that makes him a considerable top ten. METAL

This only proves that these guitarists are rated by popularity. People really need to listen to all guitarists before voting. This guy is amazing. So under rated it's sad. Stratovarius rules

This is the best because he has the feeling, and his compositions are beautiful and amazing, the way he plays is his own, it is TIMO TOLKKI!

There is a simple pleasure in listening to this guitarist. - skinsman

117 Steve Clark

Can't believe he is only 85th! Definitely Leppard always seems to get overlooked and yet it something I still listen to. Watching his performances he IS the music! Presence and power with some of the most memorable guitar solos. Wish alcohol had not taken him too soon...

Such an underrated guitarist. The songs he wrote had great rhythm as well as the lead parts. 'Switch 625', 'Die Hard The Hunter', 'Photograph', 'Rock Of Ages', 'Love Bites', 'Gods Of War. Anything from the first album to Hysteria, you can hear his sound influencing the band through those albums. He played to the song and wrote most of DL's music, plus he had awesome stage presence.

118 Criss Oliva Criss Oliva Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.

Great guitarist. Died too young. Just listen to the live album Ghost in the Ruins to get a sampling!

I guess he's so low and underrated for 2 reasons: 1st, he died too young (RIP) and 2nd, Savatage is one of the most underrated metal bands ever. - Metal_Treasure

Should be way higher, as I first listened to Savatage I couldn't believed what a good guitarist they had so I wanted to look at which spot he is and I lost my faith to humanity when I see him on 138 I strongly believe he should je at least 20,preferbly 1 but sadly Savatage is pretty underrated.

119 C. C. DeVille

C.C. DeVille is easily one of the best players to ever to pick-up the instrument.

All those who bag DeVille and his playing do so only because they were once turned on by his appearance and hate themsleves for that, but take it out on DeVille.

Be it in his riffs or solos, a brilliantly talented guitarist is Mister C.C. DeVille.

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120 Phill Collen

was part of my favorite band to me he was the 2 best guitarists guitarist of the 80's besides eddie van halen should be higher on the list totally top ten material

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