Top Ten Greatest Guitarists of the Thrash Metal Big 4


The Top Ten

1 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine more.

Did anyone doubt he would be in the number one spot? No. And if you though anyone else would be number one on this top ten list, think again or hang your head in shame. He would play a pentatonic guitar lick in his solos, and keep repeating it, but take it up/down a semi-tone and keep doing that, with a lot of shredding. His riffs are also as fast and heavy as anyone else on this list, and any thrash metal guitar players. He is just the ultimate thrash metal guitar player. M/ - gemcloben

Mustaine is the best guitarist ever. He also had an eye for good guitarists, like Jeff Watters, Dimebag, Chris Poland, and Marty Friedman. All of those are as good as, if not better than anyone from Slayer or Metallica.

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

It actually blew me away to realise how brilliant he actually was. His solos were always good, but I always prefer rhythm guitar/riffs. But this guy actually WROTE all their riffs, and plays them all in choruses/verses and plays solos while Kerry plays riffs HE wrote! Rest in piece. - gemcloben

He gets my vote because he's very underrated in general. Yeah, Kerry played stuff that Jeff wrote, for the most part.
Things are simple - no Jeff, no Slayer.
And it breaks my heart seeing that Kerry is usually higher than Jeff on many other lists. - Metal_Treasure

3 James Hetfield James Hetfield James 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.

It was incredibly close between James and Jeff for silver, but I realised how great his riffs are. OK, maybe he doesn't play the best of guitar solos, but his rhythm playing and riffs are revolutionary! The guy completely nailed the down picking and palm muting while still being seriously fast. - gemcloben

4 Marty Friedman Marty Friedman Martin 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.

I can describe marty friedman in 3 very simple, yet very amazing words: tornado of souls. Who knew a song about the weather would be so amazing? Anyway, his solo in that had everything: classical influence, shredding, melody, passion, and pure epicness! And all of his solos are that standard. He had neo-classical influence in thrash, but shines much more in his solo work listen his solo album inferno and you will understand what I mean. - gemcloben

Nice solos 8)

5 Scott Ian Scott Ian Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band, Anthrax.

Listen to his riffs, they are, fast, heavy, distorted and him alone could make the big 4. - gemcloben

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

Kerry king is a brilliant rhythm guitarist, and a shame he happened to be last on this list, as he plays the songs that Jeff Hanneman wrote, but he puts his own energy and twist into the music, he doesn't play the riffs how it is wrote down, but how he feels is best to be played, and he plays it like a complete boss! Before you start complaining, there were only 8 possible items, so there! - gemcloben

I hate Kerry but he's a good guitarist

7 Dan Spitz

Listen to a song called madhouse if you are not familiar with anthrax, because it was the song I started with and I listened to anthrax ever since, but his solo in that was amazing. - gemcloben

8 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk 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.

He is not the best guitarist ever, in fact the most overrated of all time. But that doesn't make me hate him anymore, it isn't his fault. What I like about his solos is that, most guitarists slow the music down and then build up to the solo, or even have a short instrumental before it, or a pause, but this guy goes straight from the music to the solo. And he is VERY distinctive, although 90% of that is through a wah-wah pedal... But, he is good. At solos at least... - gemcloben

9 Gary Holt Gary Holt

Holt being a member of Slayer and mentioned in this list kinda makes Exodus the fifth band in The Big 5, where Exodus rightfully belongs.

Great guitarist, but he doesn't belong in Slayer, he belongs in Exodus!

Underrated guitarist!

10 Chris Poland

The Contenders

11 Kiko Loureiro Kiko Loureiro Pedro Henrique "Kiko" Loureiro is a Brazilian Heavy metal guitarist, best known as a member of the bands Angra and Megadeth.
12 Glen Drover Glen Drover Glen Drover is a Canadian heavy metal musician from Missisauga, Ontario, Canada, where he currently resides.
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