The ultimate gear guide for heavy metal guitarists

What's the matter? Not pointy enough for ya?!
What's the matter? Not pointy enough for ya?!

It's Metal Week on MusicRadar, and in celebration we've compiled a mouth-watering collection of guitars and amps for aspiring riff lords and shred heads everywhere.

Compiled from the pages of our esteemed sister magazines Guitarist and Total Guitar, here's a must-read selection of reviews and head-to-head product round-ups featuring some of the sickest high gain amps and pointiest axes likely to slam-dance their way into your local guitar emporium.

12 killer metal signature axes reviewed and rated

Ibanez MTM1 Mick Thompson Signature
Jackson Matt Tuck Rhoads
Jackson Adrian Smith San Dimas DK
Dean Dimebag Darrell DBD Tribute ML
Jackson Phil Demmel Demmelition King V
EVH Wolfgang
Fender Dave Murray Stratocaster
Epiphone Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Plus Top
ESP LTD James Hetfield Signature Truckster
PRS SE Paul Allender
Jackson Pro Series Randy Rhoads RR24
Dean Dave Mustaine Vehement

8 ferocious heavy metal amps reviewed and rated

Marshall 2203KK Kerry King signature amp
Randall Kirk Hammett RM100KH
Mesa/Boogie Multi-Watt Dual Rectifier head
Hughes & Kettner Switchblade
EVH 5150 III head
Peavey 3120 head
Diezel VH4 head
Blackstar Series 1 S1-200 head

Next page: Brutal 7-strings, extreme 8-strings and more...


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Round-up: 3 extreme 8-string electric guitars
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