Heavy Metal Music Instruments: A Picture Gallery

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A blog post that contains a picture gallery of different heavy metal music instruments.


In heavy metal music, guitars, bass guitars, and drums are usually played very loud. This makes it difficult to hear all of the instruments at once. To help you understand what each instrument is playing, we’ve put together a picture gallery of some of the most popular heavy metal instruments.

Electric Guitars

In electric guitars, the strings are strung through magnetic pickups. The signal created by the vibrating strings is then amplified through a guitar amplifier. This type of guitar is most commonly used in rock and metal music.

Acoustic guitars, on the other hand, do not require an amplifier. The sound is creates simply by the vibrating strings, which are amplified by the body of the guitar. This type of guitar is most commonly used in folk and country music.

Both electric and acoustic guitars come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some common electric guitar body shapes include the Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Les Paul. Some common acoustic guitar body shapes include the dreadnought, jumbo, and concert.

Acoustic Guitars

Acoustic guitars are a staple in heavy metal music. They are typically used for rhythm guitar, but can also be used for lead guitar. Acoustic guitars can be played unplugged or plugged into an amplifier.

Some popular acoustic guitars used in heavy metal music are the Gibson J-200, the Martin D-28, and the Taylor 810.

Bass Guitars

Bass guitars are typically made of wood, although there are also composite materials (e.g., graphite) in use. They come in a variety of body shapes, including the iconic Gibson Les Paul shape, as well as the Fender Precision Bass and Jazz Bass designs.

Bass guitars usually have four strings, which are tuned to the lower pitches of the guitar: E (the lowest), A, D, and G. However, there are also 5- and 6-string basses available. The fretboard (the surface you press the strings against) is usually made of rosewood or ebony, although other materials such as maple or bamboo are sometimes used.

The bass guitar is an essential part of any heavy metal band, providing the low-end notes that give the music its power. If you’re thinking about starting a band or becoming a bass player yourself, check out this gallery of some of the most popular heavy metal bass guitars on the market today.


The drums are perhaps the most important instrument in a heavy metal band. They provide the foundation for the music and set the pace for the rest of the band.

There are many different types of drums, but the most common are the snare drum, the bass drum, and the toms. The snare drum is the most important drum for a heavy metal drummer, as it provides the majority of the rhythms that drive the music. The bass drum provides a strong foundation that helps to keep the rhythms steady. The toms are often used to add variation to the rhythms.

Drums can be made from a variety of materials, but the most common are wood and metal. Metal drums tend to be more expensive, but they offer a brighter sound that is well suited for heavy metal music. Wood drums offer a warmer sound that is better suited for softer styles of music.


In conclusion, heavy metal music definitely has its own unique sound that is distinguishable from other genres of music. This sound is largely due to the use of heavy metal instruments, which are often more distorted and played at a higher volume than other instruments. If you’re a fan of heavy metal music, be sure to check out our picture gallery of some of the most popular heavy metal instruments!

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