Top 10 Metal Lead Guitarists
The Top Ten
1 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.
2 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.
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
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3 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 Jeff Waters
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.
5 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.
6 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
7 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 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 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.
11 Luca Turilli (Rhapsody)
12 Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
13 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.. !
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14 Takayoshi Ohmura (Liv Moon)
15 Oli Herbert (All That Remains)
16 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.
17 Michael Romeo (Symphony X)
Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.
18 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
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.
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