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.

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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    most listed
    Eddie Van Halen

    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music More
    99
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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal More
    94
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    Angus & Malcolm Young

    89
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    Randy Rhoads

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    88
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    87
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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

    86
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    Yngwie Malmsteen

    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    86
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    85
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    83
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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
    83
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal More
    80
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock More
    77
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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

    77
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    75
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    Tony Iommi

    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal More
    73
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music More
    72
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    Michael Schenker

    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    72
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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

    71
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal More
    70
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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

    65
  21. 21
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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    65
  22. 22
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    63
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    61
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal More
    60
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock More
    59
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion More
    59
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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

    58
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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

    53
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat More
    53
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    52
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    52
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    50
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    Chuck Schuldiner

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal More
    49
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    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Blues-rock More
    48
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    Scott Ian Rosenfeld

    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal More
    47
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock More
    47
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    Carlos Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music More
    47
  38. 38
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    47
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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

    46
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    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

    46
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal More
    45
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal More
    45
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae More
    44
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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

    43
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    43
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    Jerry Cantrell

    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    43
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    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

    43
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    Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin

    Doom, Metal, Rock, Psychedelic More
    42
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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal More
    42
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    Chris Degarmo & Michael Wilton

    42
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