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Iommi Named Best Metal Guitarist

New poll puts Sabbath legend on top

Tony beat competition from Metallica's Hammett and Hetfield who shared second place and Randy Rhoads, who landed at number 3.


A note at the top of the poll on Gibson.com says "Tony’s dark, distinct guitar textures in Black Sabbath helped spearhead the heavy metal movement. Iron Man and Paranoid boast some of the most memorable riffs of all time, with crushingly heavy choruses. His playing is immortalised through the generations of bands that have followed.”

Here's the top ten:

1. Tony Iommi
2. Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield
3. Randy Rhoads
4. John Petrucci
5. Dimebag Darrell
6. Eddie Van Halen
7. Zakk Wylde
8. Adam Jones
9. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith
10. George Lynch

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