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List Rules 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
Randy Rhoads Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Eddie Van Halen Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Tony Iommi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Tony Iommi 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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Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Ritchie Blackmore Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dimebag Darrell Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Steve Vai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Steve Vai Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Slash is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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Angus & Malcolm Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Angus & Malcolm Young

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Yngwie Malmsteen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Yngwie Malmsteen Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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Joe Satriani is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Joe Satriani Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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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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Dave Murray & Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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Michael Schenker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Michael Schenker Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dave Mustaine Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Heavy metal

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Alex Lifeson Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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John Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
John Petrucci Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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Kirk Hammett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Kirk Hammett Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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George Lynch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
George Lynch 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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Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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Jeff Waters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
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 magazines and press do not report ...

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Jake E. Lee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Jake E. Lee Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Vivian Campbell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Vivian Campbell Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Blues-rock

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David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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Chuck Schuldiner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Chuck Schuldiner Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Ted Nugent Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Paul Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Paul Gilbert Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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Adrian Smith & Dave Murray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Adrian Smith & Dave Murray Heavy metal, progressive metal, power metal

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K. K. Downing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
K. K. Downing Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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Criss Oliva is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Criss Oliva Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Jason Becker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Jason Becker Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Billy Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Billy Gibbons Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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Mick Mars is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Mick Mars Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Chris Caffery is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Chris Caffery Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Joe Perry & Brad Whitford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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Warren DeMartini is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Warren DeMartini Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Nuno Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Nuno Bettencourt Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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Phil Collen & Steve Clarke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Phil Collen & Steve Clarke