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The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

List Criteria: Only metal guitarist or guitar tandems. Guitarists from other genres shouldn't be included on here

List of the greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time, with photos. Clearly, the list contains a broad selection of guitarists who can still be classified as "metal," though some of the featured guitarists predate the period in which "heavy metal" was enjoying mainstream, popular success. It also includes guitarists such as Brian May and Jimi Hendrix who are not typically referred to as "metal guitarists" as their primary genre.

Who are the best metal guitarists of all time? The list also notably contains memorable duos or guitar groups, as line-ups featuring multiple guitarists who compliment one another is such a fixture of the metal genre. Guitarists who are featured as part of a group (such as Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman or KISS's Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley) should not be listed individually except in rare circumstances where that guitarist had notable success and a specific style while playing solo as well as with a metal group.
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    the people's #1 & most listed Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Angus & Malcolm Young

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    ranked low on reranks Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Blues-rock

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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    ranked low on reranks Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chris Degarmo & Michael Wilton

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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