Wednesday Question: Best Metal Guitars?

Which axe is best at chugging out stone-cold riffs and wailing solos? Take part in the ultimate debate right here.

Wednesday Question: Best Metal Guitars?
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There is no guitar that covers every musical base in the world, but there are plenty of guitars that try to perfect just one. Perhaps the most hotly contested guitar category is in the metal genre. Metal guitars don't just have to sound f**king huge - they have to look so bada-s that you could chop a tree down with it. We're turning to the ever-resourceful UG readership to answer this week's question: What is the best metal guitar of all time? Feel free to focus on the sound quality or appearance in any measure you like. Just make sure that it's generally considered to be suitable for metal. For some ideas to get the ball rolling, think of what the big metal stars use themselves. James Hetfiled rocks an "EET FUK" Explorer, while Tony Iommi tends to use a more traditional Gibson SG. Or you could look to something more iconic like Randy Rhoads' Polka Dot V or Dimebag Darrell's Washburn 333. Take your pick if other readers agree, they'll vote for it. Post your nominations in the comments, and remember to upvote any you agree with. We'll stack up the results and post them in a horn-slinging top 10 this Friday.

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    gbrooks2
    The best metal guitar at any given time is the one nearest to the Pick of Destiny.
    themurm523
    Tony Iommi's SG is the foundation of metal.
    eg341sc
    I got to agree. With out it and the tone it created, metal could have not be what we know it as today.
    saint_berzerker
    That's not the question. The question is the "best metal guitar"...which the SG is easily NOT.
    themurm523
    I think (as per usual) the article by UG is poorly written. I too originally though it was best metal guitar in general and I would probably say the Les Paul as its the most versatile and iconic, but I think what the author is looking for is guitar from an iconic metal player as given by the examples.
    plbrynt
    Obviously, because Sabbath clearly don't have a good metal sound...
    BlackDeath92
    Dave Mustaines's Jackson King Vs are pretty beast.
    Camron62\m/
    YES finally someone says it. Jackson King V! in various forms.
    BlackDeath92
    Jacksons in general are just plain metal. Rhoads, King Vs, Kellys, Soloists, they all rock! Now if I could just afford a KV2...
    zalant
    I was scrolling down and down, figuring at least one person would mention the King V. I can't imagine that guitar being played in any other genre. METAL!!
    kozmo4200
    We have done this before and some metal guitars made the list. Think of something else UG. Slam something, i havent seen that in a while.
    Insanity ninja
    Dave Murray's strat?
    Megahunter
    ironman316
    I would take this to Drop D and then tune everything down 4 whole steps, and play a tour with it in a heartbeat. Not even kidding. Put on some 13-65 gauge strings and you're all set.
    fromzero
    My sister has one of these but with a black body and I wrote an awesome riff on it when it was drop tuned. All in all the guitar sounds like absolute crap and is meant more as a show piece.