The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams Bands/Musicians

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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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

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    most listed
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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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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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Angus & Malcolm Young

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Walkingdeads
    Heavy metal thrash metal guitarist founder writer vocalist for ANNIHILATOR. One of the most under-rated and influential guitarists and writers in heavy/thrash metal.  Interesting to note that North American guitar

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Adrian Smith & Dave Murray Heavy metal, progressive metal, power metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by JaimeVargas
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    ranked low on reranks & added by NannyGreebos
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Heavy metal, Jazz, Progressive rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ScottJaniak-Ross
    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed & added by DebbyHood
    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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