Does anyone else think Hetfield is a better guitarist than Hammett?

#1
Through various videos and live shows, I feel that Hetfield is overall a better player. He just hardly shows it. He's an awesome rhythm, and I bet he's picked up some tricks over his guitar playing career.
#2
Yes. He's a lot better.

I rarely listen to Metallica, but Hetfield is actually a great rythm player.
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#3
Quote by jwitz
I bet he's picked up some tricks over his guitar playing career.

Yeah, like an upstroke
#4
I think that too many people judge a guitarists skill by his or her lead playing. I know this comment may be a bit of a strawman/ redherring, but I think that James' rythm playing makes him a better guitarist. Besides guitar was invented as a rythm instrument anyways.
#5
I was thinking about the same thing earlier today. I´m not even a fan of Metallica, but that Big 4 concert made me think about James once again. I couldn´t agree more.

And regarding that downstroke-thing. Wtf? I´ve tried and I failed. I don´t understand how he does downstrokes that fast.