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 Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    often listed Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Angus & Malcolm Young

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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

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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    ranked low on reranks Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

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