The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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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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    Randy Rhoads is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

    the people's #1
    Randy Rhoads Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    Slash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Angus & Malcolm Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Angus & Malcolm Young

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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    Brian May is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Brian May Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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    Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Alex Lifeson Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Kirk Hammett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Kirk Hammett Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Rot... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    Jeff Waters is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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    Jeff Waters Heavy metal thrash metal guitarist founder writer vocalist for ANNIHILATOR. One of the most under-rated and influential guitarists and writers in heavy/thrash metal.  Interesting to note that North American guitar

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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    Paul Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Paul Gilbert Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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    Ted Nugent Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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    Adrian Smith & Dave Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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    Adrian Smith & Dave Murray Heavy metal, progressive metal, power metal

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    Criss Oliva is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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    Criss Oliva Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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    Mick Mars is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Mick Mars Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams


    Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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    Heavy metal, Jazz, Progressive rock

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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