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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    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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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman 
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    Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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    Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield 
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    Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal

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    Angus & Malcolm Young 
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    Angus & Malcolm Young

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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing 
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    Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing

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    Rock music, Instrumental rock, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith 
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    Dave Murray & Adrian Smith

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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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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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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

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    Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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    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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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman 
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    Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

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

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Neo-classical 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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    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, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Phil Collen & Steve Clarke 
	is listed (or ranked) 48 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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