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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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Steve Vai 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Steve Vai Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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Dimebag Darrell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dimebag Darrell Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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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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Yngwie Malmsteen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Yngwie Malmsteen Glam metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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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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Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman

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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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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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Eric Clapton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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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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Jeff Beck 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Jeff Beck Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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Kirk Hammett 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Kirk Hammett Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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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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Jeff Waters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 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 on ...

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Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Rot... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth

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David Gilmour 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Vivian Campbell 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Jake E. Lee 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Jake E. Lee Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Carlos Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 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) 33 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Chuck Schuldiner Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Technical death metal

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Paul Gilbert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Paul Gilbert Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Instrumental rock

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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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Ted Nugent 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Ted Nugent Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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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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Criss Oliva 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 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) 39 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Jason Becker 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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Pete Townshend 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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Mick Mars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Chris Caffery Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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K. K. Downing 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
K. K. Downing Rock music, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Nuno Bettencourt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Nuno Bettencourt Glam metal, Rock music, Funk metal

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Billy Gibbons 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Billy Gibbons Blues-rock, Pop music, Boogie rock

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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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Dave Murray 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Dave Murray Heavy metal, Jazz, Progressive rock

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Warren DeMartini 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Warren DeMartini Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Richie Sambora 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams
Richie Sambora Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music