Best Progressive Metal Guitarists

The Top Ten

1 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.

He is definitely "THE BEST" of all time...

He is probably, the most world's most talented Prog-Metal guitarist if all time

No doubt in it. Best prog metal guitarist. - zxm

I love Petrucci and I'm horrified that Tony McAlpine is not on the list... Herman Li?

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2 Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. ...read more.
3 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.

Well, to prefice this comment, I am compelled to reiterate the request put before me: please share my opinion. That being made clear, it is my opinion that Adam Jones is, without question, the best progressive metal guitarist. In fact, TOOL, in my opinion, is the best prog metal band of all time. Thank you for providing the opportunity to share my OPINION.

4 Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders) Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders)

His skills on the instrument is mad. Second only to Petrucci in terms of prog metal guitarists for me. Guy's a freak on strings.

By far he is the best and amazing guitarist iv seen.he simply deserves to be the first!

5 Brent Hinds (Mastodon) Brent Hinds (Mastodon) Brent Hinds is an American guitarist/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he shares guitar duties with Bill Kelliher and vocal duties with Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor.
6 Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me)
7 Joe Duplantier (Gojira) Joe Duplantier (Gojira) Joseph Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
8 Devin Townsend (Solo, Strapping Young Lad) Devin Townsend (Solo, Strapping Young Lad) Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
9 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.
10 Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) Fredrik Thordendal (born February 11, 1970) is a Swedish musician, best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. He's considered the originator of the djent technique. Thordendal was rated No. 35 by Guitar World in the top 100 greatest heavy metal ...read more.

The Contenders

11 Michael Wilton (Queensrÿche)
12 Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.
13 Marten Hagström (Meshuggah)
14 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.
15 Lincoln (Artcell)

His riffs are awesome.

He shouldn't be on top 10. Cause he is mainly a rhythm guitarist. I'd choose Ershad rather than him. Lead guitarist of Artcell. - zxm

16 Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Chuck Schuldiner (Death) Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner 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 as the "Godfather ...read more.
17 Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
18 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.
19 Ershad Zaman - Artcell
20 Marco Sfogli

You may have never heard anywhere about him. But I am warning you if you listen to this man playing then you will be addicted forever with his playing. Even your biggest influence or guitar idol will be changed. I bet you on this. Listen to just few songs of him n will do the magic on you.
The reaction
Still hurts
Never forgive me
Sunset lights
Memories
Heartburn
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