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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 Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    most listed Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Angus & Malcolm Young

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

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    ranked low on reranks Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    Chris Degarmo & Michael Wilton

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

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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