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Expert Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists  

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The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time, with photos. This list of the best metal guitar players was ranked by Guitar World magazine in 2004. The top metal guitarists list was picked by the staff of the magazine and includes guitar "teams" such as Kirk and Jamez and Angus and Malcom, which totally makes sense when it comes to hard rock so kudos to their proper list treatment. These are definitely the top metal guitar gods of alltime, although there are perhaps a few newer entrants since this list was published (Aaron Turner, anyone?). All hail these 100 heavy metal guitar heroes!

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Tony Iommi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Tony Iommi Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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Angus & Malcolm Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Angus & Malcolm Young

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Randy Rhoads is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Randy Rhoads Glam metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Eddie Van Halen Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Dimebag Darrell Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Zakk Wylde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Zakk Wylde Groove metal, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Adam Jones Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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Dave Murray & Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley

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Slash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Slash Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Ritchie Blackmore Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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Yngwie Malmsteen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Yngwie Malmsteen Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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Joe Perry & Brad Whitford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Joe Perry & Brad Whitford

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Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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Chuck Schuldiner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Chuck Schuldiner Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Brian May Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Michael Schenker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Michael Schenker Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Nigel Tufnel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Nigel Tufnel

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Jeff Beck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Tom Morello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Tom Morello Rock music, Acoustic music, Heavy metal

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Head & Munky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Head & Munky

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John Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
John Petrucci Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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Kim Thayil is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Kim Thayil Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Vivian Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Vivian Campbell Glam metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Blues-rock

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Daron Malakian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Daron Malakian Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Rock music

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Scott Ian Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Scott Ian Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Tom G. Warrior is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Tom G. Warrior

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Chris Degarmo & Michael Wilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Chris Degarmo & Michael Wilton

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C.C. DeVille is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
C.C. Deville Glam metal, Hard rock

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Marten Hagstrom & Fredrik Thor... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Marten Hagstrom & Fredrik Thorndendal

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Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Alex Lifeson Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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Paul Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Paul Gilbert Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Jerry Cantrell Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Jeff
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn Thrash metal, Industrial metal, Black metal

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Jason Becker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Jason Becker Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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Phil Collen & Steve Clarke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Phil Collen & Steve Clarke

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Mikael Akerfeldt & Peter Lindg... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Mikael Akerfeldt & Peter Lindgren

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Fast Eddie Clarke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Fast Eddie Clarke

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Nuno Bettencourt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Nuno Bettencourt Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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Warren DeMartini is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Warren DeMartini Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Mick Mars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Mick Mars Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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George Lynch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
George Lynch Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Ted Nugent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Ted Nugent Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Jake E. Lee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Jake E. Lee Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Rot... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Guitar World's 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth