Wednesday Question: Greatest Band With 3 or More Guitarists

Needless to say, bass guitars are different things from guitars...

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For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like you folks to focus on bands that have three or more guitar players and answer this little thing right here:

What is the best band ever with three or more guitar players?

NOTE: Basses count as a separate group of instruments from guitars, so only standard guitars apply.

THE RULES - post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).Multiple nominations of one bands create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given act to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same group, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.

Finally, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

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    Iron maiden
    Yeah you can stop the competition at any time now. This is the correct answer.
    We are actually trying to figure out who the second place is... probably Dave Grohl & Co. nominated down here.
    Oh yeah I guess I just forgot UG is now doing like Top 349 each week.
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Im a huge metal fan and iron maidens a close second but this is my first choice aswell. Steve gains was a killer player and writer. I know they are not underrated by any means but for some reason i feel that way. Same with the allman brothers. Even though the allmans had two fulltime guitar players they did have other members play guitar
    They are criminally underrated in places like this. I think it comes from all the young people not wanting to like the same things their parents/grandparents like. This site tends to attract the edgy crowd anyway.
    Pearl Jam
    On the one hand, I'm surprised this isn't getting more love, as Pearl Jam are a killer band with a bigger following than some of the other suggestions here. On the other hand, I think a LOT of people don't realise that Eddie Vedder plays guitar on at least half their songs. The first album was really the only one that promoted the band visually, and it's also the only one that features very little guitar from Eddie. I guess the people that really only know them from the super early stuff don't realise how prominent Eddie's playing and writing became during and after Vitalogy.
    Snarky Puppy! (3 guitars, top notch musicians)
    These guys need way more votes. It's incredible how not only the three guitars manage to stay out of each others' way but how such a large ensemble manages to do the same. Some of the most fantastic music being made at present, for sure.
    Snarky are the only band I properly fanboy over. They are crazy diverse and creative.
    Radiohead absolutely!!
    One for the rythm, one for the lead, and one for all the weird ambient noises - Remember kids, if you want your band to stand out, hire the dude who likes shoegaze and let him go nuts.
    Foo Fighters
    I definitely agree. They didnt utilize it so well on Sonic Highways, but they did it REALLY well on Wasting Light.
    Wasting Light is such an underrated album, you can just hear the attention to every detail.
    Underrated, really? The album earned Foo Fighters five Grammys, including the best rock album of the year.
    Explosions in the sky: Munaf Rayani, Mark Smith and Michael James
    Also, Godspeed You! Black Emperor - having 9 band members, and 3 of them are guitarists.
    And i we're talking about post-rock - then also Red Sparowes. Note that of the 3 guitarists is a girl (Emma Ruth Rundle)
    Plus - Crippled Black Phoenix - so epic band!.. 7 bandmembers, including 3 guitarists
    I'm a bit tired of people downvoting a nomination, simply because it's either not metal or they've never heard of them (even worse if both) - Before passing judgement, do yourself a favor and listen to this at least.
    I feel like one of the only people who just doesn't get the hype behind Periphery. Saw them live, and I was legit falling asleep. Saw them immediately after The Shining, who blew my mind, and Periphery were followed by Devin Townsend who blew it further. Periphery were just a blank spot on that night. Nothing against the folks that like them; nothing against the band. Just boring in my opinion
    One of the best modern metal bands out there. Dunno what to tell the guy above me who was bored at their live show; I saw them on the Escape From The Studio tour and Had A Blast. Mark in particular is one of the most unique guitarists out there in terms of his writing; his chord voicings are strange but they always work. Misha's rhythmic style is also phenomenal; hell it helped pioneer a genre (for better or for worse). Jake's lead playing is also always on point; I was disappointed to hear that he wouldn't have many solos on the new record
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Tom can hold his own strumming and I'm not sure if Scott Thurston counts as a "guitarist" since he is sort of an a multi-instrumentalist, but Mike Campbell alone is so damn good they needed to be nominated.
    The fact that Oceansize had two thumbs down yet Periphery has 6 thumbs up speaks volumes about this community.
    Cult of Luna. Their music packs so much emotion and their songs evolve so organically and beautifully! Having three guitarists, two drummers and two vocalists is key to the power of their music.
    So great nomination! Also my vote goes to the Year Of No Light - these instrumental guys from France are truly monumental!.. Having 3 guitarists, 2 drummers (who are also playing keyboards/electronic) and bassist, they create real apocalyptic wall of sound. Also, almost all of the band members also perform electronic/keyboards too. Their live performances are truly unbelievable...
    Also, If These Trees Could Talk - one of the few post-rock bands I personally like, they have 3 guitarists
    Drive by Truckers - Jason Isbell era
    Best era for them too, it's a shame they forced him out though I do like Isbell's solo stuff... It's just not the same though.
    Built to Spill!! Hearing these guys live was a next-level experience.