A poll by Total Guitar Magazine revealed the world’s best metal guitarists. 68,000 votes were used for the poll. The result is as follows:

Here is the Total Guitar Magazine’s note about the list:

“The nominees were what we considered to be the guitarists and guitar gear that have excelled in 2016.”

10. Zakk Wylde

9. Dave Mustaine, Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)

8. Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind)

7. Mick Thomson, Jim Root (Slipknot)


6. Bjorn Gelotte, Niclas Engelin (In Flames)

5. Ben Bruce, Cameron Liddell (Asking Alexandria)

4. Michael Paget, Matthew Tuck (Bullet for My Valentine)

3. Tom Searle /RIP/, Adam Christianson (Architects)

2. James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

1. Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)