The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams Bands/Musicians
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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 – but their guitar sounds were actually highly influential in early heavy metal music.

Who are the best metal guitarists of all time? Which musicians shredded the hardest on their guitars? 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. If you can think of anyone who would be in your personal top 100, then definitely add them to this list. 

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    the people's #1
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 1016
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    most listed
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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

    ) open
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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    - 338

    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern 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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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
  14. 14
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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    - 340

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

    ) open
  16. 16
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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  17. 17
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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

  18. 18
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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

    ) open
  20. 20
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

    ) open
  22. 22
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open buy
  23. 23
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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

    ) open
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

    ) open
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
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    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    ranked low on reranks
    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

  30. 30
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    - 246

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

    ) open
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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

    ) open
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    - 251

    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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  37. 37
    + 200
    - 217

    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 266
    - 314

    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    + 242
    - 218

    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 141
    - 66

    ranked low on reranks & added by da54
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

    ) open
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    - 221

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

  42. 42
    + 196
    - 289

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

    ) open
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    + 122
    - 116

    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 227
    - 264

    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    - 280

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

    ) open
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    - 185

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    - 289

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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    - 222

    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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    - 226

    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

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