Greatest Guitarist Duels / Face Offs

Guitarists who you want to do battle at an ultimate guitar battle of all time.

The Top Ten

1 Dave Mustaine vs Kirk Hammett

Dave Mustaine. Way better technically, and can shred for days. Hammett is good, and very well known, and is more successful than dave but, there is no way dave would lose that battle. The entire Kill Em All album speaks for itself, because its all dave mustaine.

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2 Slash vs Buckethead

Slash is Nothing compared to the Incredible BUCKETHEAD! - Nirmal1991USA

This isn't eve a good comparison. Only reason people compare Slash with Buckethead because both of them were in Guns N' Roses. Buckethead's competitors are Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen or Michael Angelo Batio. He puts efforts in his songs. Slash is good but he is living on his fame. People who say Buckethead doesn't have emotion should listen to too many humans, Aunt Suzie or Whitewash. If not anything else, then the only reason I say Buckethead is better than Slash is because BUCKETHEAD CAN GET EMOTION LIKE SLASH. BUT SLASH CAN'T GET FAST OR TECHNICAL LIKE BUCKETHEAD. - zxm

3 Ritchie Blackmore vs Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi. DUH! - Gh_player

Easily, Ritchie Blackmore - more technical, more innovative and faster. He was the first metal shredder and the first metal guitarist who used tremolo picking (now found everywhere in extreme metal - esp. black and death metal).
His solos on Highway Star (Deep Purple) and A Light In The Black (Rainbow) still sound mindblowing. - Metal_Treasure

4 Eddie Van Halen vs Joe Satriani

JOE SATRIANI ROCKS! I WANNA SEE THEY GUITAR BATTLE! JOE FOR LIFE! Joe Is My Life! Because of him, I started playing guitar now! Yay for Joe! Wot!

Eddie is the man... He's just been bored for a while, he is letting everyone else catch up to what he started in 1978...

This would be as epic as it gets people. Slash is great but if two people like this got together, it would shake the world.

Joe Hands down, would win this one!

5 Yngwie Malmsteen vs John Petrucci

Oh John Petrucci by a landslide. Yngwie is good and has great technique, but Petrucci can improvise like a beast and has much better song writing and composing skills. He's also faster (not a huge point) and he also has the better technique. This is all my opinion, but Petrucci is a monster compared to Yngwie.

Is this a joke? Trust me, I love John Petrucci and dream theater but YNGWIE! That guy is 100x more talented than john. He can shred like no one else and can basically create neo-Classical scales out of nothing! - GreenDayFan21

6 Ritchie Blackmore vs Jimmy Page

Ritchie Blackmore, obviously - Jimmy Page himself admitted that. - Metal_Treasure

7 Jimmy Page vs Tony Iommi

Jimmy Paige rocks! Much better range of styles.

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8 Yngwie Malmsteen vs Marty Friedman

I Pick Marty.Malmsteen Plays The Same Arpegios Every Album.I don't Know If Its Me,One Of Overrated Guitarist Ever Like Hendrix.Marty Solos Speaks Of Itself.Megadeth Are Crap Without Marty.

Yngwie for the win. The proof is that even when Marty plays whith a neo-Classical genius like Jason Becker, he STILL compare to Yngwie. - GreenDayFan21

9 Alex Skolnick vs Jeff Waters

Two of the finest lead guitar players in thrash (Alex of Testament and Jeff of Annihilator). It's hard to choose but Jeff Waters wins - more interesting riffs and solos, and he pretty much invented technical thrash with Annihilator's demo of 1985 - Welcome To Your Death. - Metal_Treasure

Alex Skolnick.Why Is Jeff Waters Even Mentioned Here?

Because Jeff Waters is an incredible guitarist but you probably never listened to his entire discography. - Metal_Treasure

I think jeff waters,many people don't know him and his skills are from other planet

10 Steve Vai vs Joe Satriani

The Contenders

11 Nirmal vs Vimukthi

Nirmal & Vimukthi are 2 emerging Guitarists from Sri Lanka who acquires incredible talent on the Guitar. They play everything: Classical, Country, Pop, Latin, Jazz, Blues, Rock & Metal. They are a real treat to watch Performing. Good Luck & All the Best Nirmal & Vimukthi...

These 2 are a Privilege to watch! They are Amazing! Well Done Guys!

12 Hide vs Sugizo
13 Synyster Gates vs Herman Li

I give this to Herman. He is the best guitarist - Gh_player

Synyster gates kills herman Li by and taste that's it really

Who is herman li! Synyster gates is all the way first...

Li! Gates can’t play guitar. - GreenDayFan21

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14 Kai Hansen vs Timo Tolkki
15 Kerry King vs Gary Holt

I Pick Gary Holt,Duh.That Whammy Bar Solos.Ughhh

16 Eric Clapton vs Carlos Santana V 1 Comment
17 Eric Johnson vs Steve Vai
18 Herman Li vs Sam Totman
19 Yngwie Malmsteen vs Steve Vai

I Give It To Yngwie For This

Yngwie - GreenDayFan21

20 Michael Amott vs Christopher Amott
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1. Yngwie Malmsteen vs John Petrucci
2. Synyster Gates vs Herman Li
3. Slash vs Buckethead
1. Ritchie Blackmore vs Tony Iommi
2. Alex Skolnick vs Jeff Waters
3. Ritchie Blackmore vs Jimmy Page
1. Dave Mustaine vs Kirk Hammett
2. Slash vs Buckethead
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