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 – 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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 993
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    most listed
    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  3. 3
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    - 437


    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    - 452


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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

    ) open
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    Angus & Malcolm Young

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

    ) open
  11. 11
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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

    ) open
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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

  15. 15
    + 611
    - 303


    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    + 641
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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

    ) open
  17. 17
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

    ) open
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

    ) open
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    - 276


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 373
    - 300


    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  24. 24
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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

    ) open buy
  26. 26
    + 230
    - 241


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

    ) open
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    - 294


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

    ) open
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    + 429
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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    - 240


    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    + 332
    - 381


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    + 273
    - 248


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    - 246


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

    ) open
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    - 253


    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    - 244


    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    + 262
    - 308


    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    + 307
    - 329

    ranked low on reranks
    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

  38. 38
    + 195
    - 284


    Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

    ) open
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    + 117
    - 111


    Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

    ) open
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    + 224
    - 260


    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

  41. 41
    + 226
    - 273


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 127
    - 179


    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  43. 43
    + 193
    - 214


    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 238
    - 214


    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 123
    - 215

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

  46. 46
    + 339
    - 265

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

    ) open
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    - 217

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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    + 176
    - 221


    Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson

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    - 62

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

    ) open
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    + 96
    - 119


    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

    ) open
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