Top 10 Guitarists Who Switch Rhythm / Lead Guitar Role on a Regular Basis
Guitarists who often switch from Rhythm to Lead guitar and vice versa, are usually found in bands with one guitarist, but there are exceptions. Here we are talking about guitarists who are great at both riffs and solos.
The Top Ten
1Jeff WatersJeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, ...read more.
Riff master and solo master (watch the video for Alison Hell by Annihilator) - Metal_Treasure
2Tommy Baron (aka Tommy Vetterli)
Coroner guitarist is an a-m-a-z-i-n-g thrash guitarist with neo-classical solos! He is the only guitarist in the band. Songs to convince you: Coroner - Nosferatu, Absorbed, Masked Jackal, Arc-Lite, Tunnel Of Pain, Semtex Revolution - Metal_Treasure
3Ritchie BlackmoreRichard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.
Riff & solo master - creative, innovative, fast and technical yet melodic. - Metal_Treasure
4Yngwie J. MalmsteenYngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
5Alexi LaihoAlexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.
6Joe BonamassaJoe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.
The master of switch, he switch very much in a concert.
7Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.
8Dave MustaineDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.
He can't be very high on this list because he didn't need to switch on a regular basis very often - he was never the only guitarist in a band: he was the lead guitarist for Metallica (for a while) and then he was mostly a rhythm guitarist for Megadeth. - Metal_Treasure
9Kai HansenKai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
10Eddie Van HalenEdward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
11Alex LifesonAleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
12Adrian SmithAdrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.
13Mark KnopflerMark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He is best known for being the frontman of the British band Dire Straits.
Rhythm + lead guitar + lead vox. He's the only guitarist in the band so he has to do it all the time. Plus lead vox. A true rock hero. - Metal_Treasure
15Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated ...read more.
Jimi Hendrix is the best for switch his rhythm / lead guitar role
He deserves to be the best - Alcort
16Mille PetrozzaMiland "Mille" Petrozza is a German metal guitarist and singer of Italian descent, who has been the lead vocalist and guitarist for the German thrash metal band Kreator since 1984.
17Jimmy PageJames Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.
18Brian MayBrian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
19Rory GallagherWilliam Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
20Eric JohnsonEric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
21Matt BellamyMatthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.