Top 10 Metal Lead Guitarists

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The Top Ten

1 Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

The god of heavy metal guitar. - MetalPope

2 John Petrucci (Dream Theater) John Petrucci (Dream Theater) John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

This guy destroys the other mentioned guitarists by a long shot. I don't even like Dream Theater much, but no one can deny John Petrucci's skill. - BimmyJim

Panic attack solo...

3 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 really knows how to shred and connect with peoples emotions at the same time - Danielsun182

Who can play what he played in "to end the rapture"... That was a legendary piece

Syn is the best because of the difficulty and sharpness of his solos

One of the best. A7x for life!

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4 Marty Friedman (Megadeth) Marty Friedman (Megadeth) 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 ...read more.

He is not only a Thrash Metal Guitarist, he is a Guitar God

This list is screwed up... Where's Adrian Smith and Dave Murray? Glen Tipton? Randy Rhoads? Tony Iommi? Sascha Gerstner? Vivian Campbell? George Lynch? And hundreds of thousands of others who are way better than Synyster Gates! - LostDream258

5 Jeff Waters (Annihilator) Jeff Waters (Annihilator) Jeff 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.
6 Chris Broderick (Megadeth) Chris Broderick (Megadeth) Christopher Alan Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former lead and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth.

By the way wheres Dave mustaine he ain't on this list.

7 Michael Paget (Bullet For My Valentine) Michael Paget (Bullet For My Valentine) Michael "Padge" Paget (Born September 12th 1978) is a Welsh musician, known for being the lead guitarist and a backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.
8 Nick Hipa (As I Lay Dying)
9 Yngwie Malmsteen (Solo Artist) Yngwie Malmsteen (Solo Artist) Yngwie 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.
10 Kirk Hammett (Metallica) Kirk Hammett (Metallica) 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 best guitarist and I wonder how Chris Broderick is at 5th,... Huh. ! Kirk is best guitarist.. !

Why isn't he in the top?

The Contenders

11 Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) Corey King Beaulieu (Born November 22nd 1983) is an American musician and actor, known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal band Trivium.
12 Luca Turilli (Rhapsody)
13 Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
14 Takayoshi Ohmura (Liv Moon)
15 Oli Herbert (All That Remains)
16 Michael Romeo (Symphony X) Michael Romeo (Symphony X) Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.
17 Herman Li (Dragonforce) Herman Li (Dragonforce) Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
18 Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) Timo Tapio Tolkki is a Finnish musician best known as the former guitarist, songwriter and producer of the power metal band Stratovarius.
19 Jonathan Donais (Shadows Fall)
20 Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) Richard 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.
21 Emil Werstler (Daath, Chimaira)
22 Jani Liimatainen (Sonata Arctica)
23 Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray)
24 Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) David Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
25 Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) David 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.
26 Sam Totman (Power Quest)
27 Markus Toivonen (Ensiferum)
28 Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) Adrian 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.
29 Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.
30 Jason Becker (Solo, Cacophony) Jason Becker (Solo, Cacophony) Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American neoclassical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albums Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up ...read more.
31 Mark Morton (Lamb of God) Mark Morton (Lamb of God)

Hmm I just want to know what is the different between this list and between the list "best metal guitarists"? This site is approving pointless list since long time... - nooreldeen

32 Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne) Zakk Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor who is best known as the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society.
33 Galder (Dimmu Borgir)
34 Wes Hauch (The Faceless)
35 Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides) Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides) Jacob Mark "Jake" Pitts is an American musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Black Veil Brides.
36 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.
37 Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
38 Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.
39 Tom Searle (Architects) Tom Searle (Architects) Thomas "Tom" Searle (October 23rd 1987 - August 20th 2016) was an English guitarist known for being a founding member and former guitarist of the English Metalcore band "Architects". He was a member from 2004 up to his death in 2016 from Melanoma skin cancer at 28 during which he produced 6 studio albums ...read more.
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1. Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
2. Jeff Waters (Annihilator)
3. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
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1. John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
2. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple)
3. Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
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1. Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
2. Nick Hipa (As I Lay Dying)
3. Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
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