Best Nu-Metal Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Brian 'Head' Welch - Korn, Brian 'Head' Welch

He is such an inspiration to me. I too was addicted to meth along with other things. To see someone else experience true deliverance is such a blessing. I love his music. I love to hear someone not be ashamed of where they come from and where it has brought them. Plus he has the opportunity that I only wish that I had and that's to scream (literally) to the world of how Jesus saves and is still in the miracle business! Danielle Bennett

All respect to Korn, but they aren't the same without Head. Brian's new stuff with BHW and Love and Death is amazing. He creates some of the best chunkiest, thickest, grooviest riffs and can sing(Obeeyy) and has a great stage show. He gave up a lot for the Lord(20m+ a year), kicked some hard habits and has scouted out some great talent to help him keep the momentum going. I can't for their LP.

Amazing with an awesome story. Jesus truly does change lives! I'm so glad he is so open and honest. His music has gone above and beyond what I expected and it's obvious that it's straight from the heart!

Glad to see HEAD back with KoRn! His story is so inspiring! I love his heavy style on 7 strings!

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2 Mick Thomson - Slipknot Mick Thomson - Slipknot Mickael 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.

My inspiration, my favorite guitarist. He is so good probably the best metal guitarist alive. Let's not forget his famous riffs and technique. And his Low B tuning. Slipknot has found one talented musician. I wonder how he feels about being #1.

Of course he is. One of the fastest guitarists and the best at pinch harmonics

He deserves number 1 not just for his techniques, which by the way are brilliant, and slipknot are still one of my favorite bands thanks to mick thompson but his stafe presence is awesome

Mick and Jim are the best.

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3 Wes Borland - Limp Bizkit

Seriously? Korn's guitarist over Wes? Super creative riffs, good technical ability. Not only that, but as stated, his riffs are some of the most creative I've heard, and he's able to play different types of music. Best nu-metal guitarist by far

Such a creative guitar player, with a amazing look! More talented than most in this genre. Only Wes can go from a 4-string, 7-string and a 5 String and still write brilliant hooks while keeping heavy.

It is hard to find a more creative guy than Wes. Just take a listen to his Black Light Burns stuff!

Best guitarist EVER - marco-mbs

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4 Daron Malakian - System of a Down

Daron is definitely one of the best guitarists I ever heard. He has an incredible creativity, his riffs are really powerful and he is a giant inspiration for me and a lot of people.

Good riffs and their live performance is awesome...

Not only is he a good guitarist but also a good singer too

Funny mayonnaise

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5 Brad Delson - Linkin Park Brad Delson - Linkin Park Bradford Phillip Delsonis an American musician, best known as the lead guitarist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award winning rock band Linkin Park.

You Kidding? The man behind Linkin Park's guitar playing!

Brad delson is very nice and great guitarist than others

He is d best guitarist of the world

Seriously? Sixthplace?! Linkin Park DEFINED nu-metal and this guy is behind it... Best nu metal guitarist ever. So what if he can't sing? His skill with the axe speaks loud and clear...

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6 J.R. Bareis - Love and Death

Such a lovely soul.. And a sweet spirit love to watch him play guitar and just hang with him. Most important is his love for Jesus!

This guy is more than just a great guitar player. The ability to last as long as he has in a very active band and still remains to be a cool dude shows his passion for what he dose.

I saw J.R. this year at Ichthus Festival and he was ' sick! I enjoyed it a lot! The talent that he has is unbelievable! God has blessed him enormously with the gift of music! Keep rocking J.R.!

Fantastic young man that represents the Lord and is the best Guitarist on the scene..

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7 Jim Root - Slipknot Jim Root - Slipknot James 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.

He is in my two favorite bands of all time Slipknot and Stone Sour what more can I say he trully is a very talented and amazing guitarist and also an awesome riff master.

Sorry to Mick but Jim is much better.

Very talented guitar player

He is an incredible guitar player. His solos are amazing and the speed in which he plays is unvelibable, one of the best guitar players around these days in my opinion

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8 James 'Munky' Schaffer - Korn

Munky I think is a great inspiration for all guitarists, especially who plays 7-string guitars. He makes the act of play the guitar with all the effects it has more fun and creative, and I think that make us understand that music goes beyond the from standard, basic and goes so far away if you are creative. Many people thinks the things that Munky plays are easy, but not always is the case, or he not make a lot of solos, but play the guitar is not based only on being the master soloing, you can also make a good distortion base and be an inspiration for other guitarist for make a cool riff.

With every album KoRn churns out munky's riffs just seem I get better and better:)
Honestly adore his sound, technique and presence on stage.
Respect to him for stepping up the way that he did when Head left too, must have been really difficult due to the fact that he'd always played alongside and Head as almost s Rhythm guitarist so having to take over the whole writing process must have been a stretch. He came out better than ever though:) RESPECT

He has created some of the most memorable songs and riffs in the entire metal genre, and the willingness to evolve and experiment make him even better.

MunKy is better than Brad Delson who now not nu metal but dance funk!

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9 Dan Donegan - Disturbed Dan Donegan - Disturbed Dan Donegan is an American musician and guitarist for heavy metal band Disturbed. Donegan began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed a band called Vandal, which was an 1980s-style hair band.

Despite being only one guitarist Dan, really hits the two guitar tones with his overdubs. And he is also the keyboardist and synthesizer player. How cool is that?

Get up come on get down with the sickneSS

He went to my high school lol

No one can beat him

10 Tom Morello Tom Morello Thomas 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.

You have to be kidding me no one on this list solos and Tom is rolling-stone's 40th greatest guitarist of all time. And get avenge sevenfold off this list they're not nu metal they're metal core. A7x isn't entitled to be on every list just because they have lots of stupid fans who don't know what good music is. Word yo.

Tom Morello should be near 1, his unconventional and innovative techniques deserve better

The Contenders

11 Synyster Gates - Avenged Sevenfold Synyster Gates - Avenged Sevenfold Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

Syn isn't even nu metal, but he's the best in this list

No one can really beat his solo's from great songs like afterlife, nightmare bat's country and more

When I think best guitarist, I think more of most talented. Viewing this list from that angle, Syn is the best guitarist on this page (even though he isn't nu metal).

I'd love to see anyone else on this list play the M.I.A or Dancing Dead solos...

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12 Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails

Trent has been around the block a few times. I wouldn't consider him best nu guitarist much less put him in best guitarist category. Not saying he is not talented but just not a guitar god.

Uh, Trent isn't a nu metal guitarist. He's an INDUSTRIAL metal guitarist. Do some research.

Trent is possibly one of the best artists ever, so creative

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13 Max Cavalera - Sepultura / Soulfly Max Cavalera - Sepultura / Soulfly Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.

Haha he's the best because he did play Nu Metal but he can also play Thrash/Groove Metal and he is very good - christangrant

14 Tony Rombola - Godsmack

Tony is one of the most underrated musicians of this generation!

Godsmack isn't nu metal

15 Adam Jones - Tool Adam Jones - Tool Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.

Harbinger for the nu metal guitar style, as was Tony Iommi to heavy metal, in a more latent fashion. The general vibe and prosaic feel of his style went on to define the nu metal style.

Him and Trent Reznor both shouldn't be on the list. NIN and Tool are not nu metal bands at all.

Adam doesn't play nu metal. He plays progressive metal.

16 Stephen Carpenter - Deftones

What? Number 17? What?!

17 Twiggy Ramirez - Marilyn Manson V 1 Comment
18 Ben Moody - Evanescence Ben Moody - Evanescence Benjamin Robert "Ben" Moody is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor.

Ben is great guitarist. Also, Evanescence is my favourite rock band.

Ben is so skillful guitarist, he plays versatile tunes. - 05yusuf09

Ben Moody is should be in top 10 and better than Brad Delson, sorry Linkin Park!

Most underrated guitarist ever. This guy is amazing.

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19 Marcos Curiel - P.O.D.

Only one guitarist and still give a complete sound to the band, curiel rocks!

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Max Cavalera - Sepultura / Soulfly
2. Mick Thomson - Slipknot
3. Brian 'Head' Welch - Korn, Brian 'Head' Welch
1. Mick Thomson - Slipknot
2. Greg Tribbett - Mudvayne
3. Brian 'Head' Welch - Korn, Brian 'Head' Welch
1. Brad Delson - Linkin Park
2. Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails
3. Dan Donegan - Disturbed

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