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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

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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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Angus & Malcolm Young

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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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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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    ranked low on reranks Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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

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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

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

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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