Best Nu-Metal Guitarists

The Top Ten Best Nu-Metal Guitarists

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!

Listen to Korn from before 2006 and listen to Korn's newer work... Than listen to any of Brian's work with Love & Death or his album "Save Me From Myself. " It has the edge and intensity that Korn is missing. Aside from the fact that he is role model to thousands and an extremely nice person... Hands down on talent alone Head wins!

2 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.

3 Wes Borland - Limp Bizkit

Wes is not only brilliant in doing/playing what he's known for, he's also brilliant in anything else I've heard from him until today. He definitely deserves the first place in this list for sure - I wish he'd record a solo album only playing guitar so that I could listen to it 24/7 (just watch some videos on YouTube from some of Limp Bizkits live concerts such as Rock Am Ring 2013 and try to concentrate exclusively on Wes' guitar and you'll know what I mean)

I don't understand people saying LB is a wannabe band or stuff like this.. I mean, come on, everybody's got an other taste of music. I understand people saying they don't like their lyrics etc but lyrics aren't the only thing about music! And I think their music is great! First of all it's different than the most other bands or artists (if you hear a song of Limp bizkit that you've never heard before you already know just after a few seconds that it must be limp bizkit), very interesting, rhythmic, entertaining and ...more

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!

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

He is just the best. His solos and riffs are really creative, sure he is the best guitarrist of nu metal.

5 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.

Great riffs, great guy. He did a very good job when Head leaves the band. Love him. Respect.

6 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

7 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.!

He plays in an insanely amazing band, is so young and is such a skilled guitarist, and yet is one of the most humble guys I've ever met! He's proof that hard work pays off!

8 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

I can't see brad down here.
HE MUST BE FIRST! - Deathshield18

9 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).

This guy is definitely the best guitarist out of this list!

10 Mike Mushok - Staind

It was a hard choice, but I have to go with Mike. Listen to his brilliant work on Staind's 'Tormented', because he doesn't really to show much of this raw energy on the other albums + you can hear him playing solos (which were absent from the band until their self-titled 2011 album).

Great guitarist but he isn't nu-metal. - Soulstealer

He creates some pretty complex chords with his odd tunings. And is also quite the shredder!

The Contenders

11 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

12 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?

He went to my high school lol

Get up come on get down with the sickneSS

13 Miguel Rascón - Coal Chamber

His riffs are very powerful and simple. This creates a very heavy sound but one that is distinct and perfect for the vocals of Coal Chamber.

14 Greg Tribbett - Mudvayne


15 Tom Maxwell - Nothingface
16 Twiggy Ramirez - Marilyn Manson

Not a nu metal guitarist.

17 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.

18 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

19 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

He doesn't play nu metal at all.

20 Stephen Carpenter - Deftones

What? Number 17? What?!

Creator of the best nu metal riff (my own summer) in my opinion

21 Marcos Curiel - P.O.D.

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

22 Tony Rombola - Godsmack

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

Godsmack isn't nu metal

23 John 5

No one on this list even comes close to this guy, ONLY buckethead, listen to his solo records and u will understand.

24 Paul Gray - Slipknot Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.

He's an amazing guy but he's not guitarist

This is a bassist lawl

25 Mike Shinoda Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (born 11 February 1977) is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer. He co-founded Linkin Park in 1996 and is the band's rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-lead vocalist. more.
26 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.

27 Jason Truby - Living Sacrifice
28 Dave Farrell - Linkin Park
29 Matt Tuck - Bullet for My Valentine

Ridiculous, Bullet For My Valentine is not nu metal!

Best guitarist ever.. I love his riffs and the way it fits in the song.. Evrythng is just awesome so guys please vote for him!

30 Lance Arny
31 Virus - Dope / Device
32 Tripp Eisen - Static-X / Dope / Murderdolls
33 Ahrue Luster - Ill Niño / Machine Head
34 Dino Cazares - Fear Factory
35 Joey Jordison - Scar The Martyr / Murderdolls Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls. He is the co-founder and drummer for the Blackened Death Metal band Sinsaenum more.

Pretty good but he is best known for drum work so yeah...

36 Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

Great guitarist but not Nu-Metal at all, he is a great Alternative Metal/Post-Grunge Guitarist though. - Soulstealer

This one deserves a better place on the top of this list. In my opinion, one of the best of this times.

37 Robb Flynn Robert Conrad "Robb" Flynn is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the heavy metal band Machine Head. Flynn formed the band along with Adam Duce, Logan Mader and Tony Costanza after leaving Bay Area thrash band Vio-Lence.

He Had his Early Days and 2018 Album I Use to like in Early 2018

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