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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. 

The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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  2. 2
    + 1315
    - 737

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 1202
    - 424

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

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  4. 4
    + 1260
    - 570


    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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  5. 5
    + 1276
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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  6. 6
    + 1292
    - 604


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    + 813
    - 414


    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    + 1193
    - 655


    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    + 896
    - 574


    Angus & Malcolm Young

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    + 879
    - 476


    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    + 974
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
    + 827
    - 436


    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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  15. 15
    + 710
    - 397


    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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  17. 17
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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    + 846
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    + 675
    - 449


    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    - 389

    often listed
    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    + 877
    - 419

    ranked low on reranks
    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    + 670
    - 435


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    + 499
    - 367


    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    + 543
    - 361


    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    + 461
    - 371


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    + 375
    - 355


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 315
    - 316


    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    + 440
    - 475


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 310
    - 312

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Blues-rock

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    + 264
    - 128

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

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    + 399
    - 426

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    + 452
    - 328

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

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    - 373

    ranked low on reranks
    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    + 361
    - 309


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 312
    - 330


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    + 293
    - 326


    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    + 332
    - 278

    ranked low on reranks
    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    + 336
    - 387


    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    + 234
    - 336

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    + 273
    - 351


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    + 205
    - 184


    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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    + 275
    - 296


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 235
    - 327


    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    - 320


    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    - 149

    added by DebbyHood
    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    + 134
    - 141


    Rudolph Schenker

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    + 212
    - 286


    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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    + 230
    - 366


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    + 169
    - 250


    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  50. 50
    + 244
    - 348


    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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