Top Ten Greatest Guitar Duos


Ranking the best twin guitar teams in music. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Hide & Pata (X Japan)
YES! Number 1! They both have different styles of guitar playing but they sound so amazing together pata is calm, mellow, and easy going, hide is hyper, jumpy, speedy, and very humorous! The thing they have in common is that they both drink a lot... ! ~
They rock and they don't speed their music up like some people do... (Herman Li and Sam Totman)


A lot more people would vote for HIDE and Pata if they'd widen their horizons and listen to something besides classic rock and top 40s. YouTube them. I fell in love in 58 seconds, listening to the solos from Endless Rain. Check out The Last Live. Best concert EVER.

2Angus Young & Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
200 Hundred Million Records sold! Fans didn't buy them for an amazing vocalist (not that Bon & Brian are bad). They bought those records for Angus & Malcolm's guitar shredding.
how are they not number 1? they've been providing solid guitar riffs for 37 years and never missed a beat!


This should be number 1 by far. Think about angus' killer solos and Malcolm's steady rhythm, acdc wouldn't be the same without them.

3Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (Metallica)
When you look at these other bands guitarists, you think of them as two guitarists in the same band, but that's not at all the case for kirk and James, they are a living breathing entity if perfect combination. They should be number 1, it is absolutely retarded (no of fence) that X Japan, and Avenged Sevenfold are above these gods.
Kirk Hammett has his fair share of great guitar tracks. He's a proven stud as the lead guitarist. However, James Hetfield is no slouch. In fact, he is better than a lot of lead guitarists for other bands. You like the song Nothing Else Matters? Hammett didn't play in that one. It's all Hetfield.
They are just simply the best guitar duo ever. The end of story. No one can ever beat them. They make awesome songs and solos. Just amazing.
[Newest]James rocks it, Kirk shreds it... That's all you need in a guitar duo

4Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
Simply the best. Do not speed their music up very inventive and creative. Harmonies are incredible. They work perfectly together in any instance. Once time goes on I think people will realize they deserve the # 1 spot
Oh come on! They should be in the first place
They're good in duel solo like bat country, afterlife, critical acclaim, nightmare, sidewinder and many of their songs to be mention

At least they're in the top ten
The combination of a right-handed (Syn) and left-handed (Zacky) guitarists allows for some awesome live guitar back to back duels Avenged is known to do especially in their album "City of Evil"
[Newest]Truly the best duo ever!

5Slash & Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses)
What's cool about gun's n roses' fist few albums with the original lineup is that while Slash had the solos, he and Izzy would play creative, non-concrete riffs that could sound good on tape as well as live. no other band has sounded as good paired together
Angus and Malcolm come in second to these guys. Best combo ever. Wish Izzy showed up to the rock and roll Hall of fame inductions though.
I wish Izzy was in Velvet Revolver


6Dave Murray & Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
This list is so disappointing. Sure, I agree hide and Pata are good, but most of these are just wrong. A good guitar duo is two guitaists that compliment each other, as in dual solos and guitar harmonies. Anything else is just lead and rhythm. Slash is an amazing soloist, very good by himself, but Izzy just doesn't add anything to him. Iron Maiden are excellent for this. You just don't say it's just Adrian or Dave, you always talk about both of them. Number Of The Beast solos, anyone?

Oh, and you know what? Thin Lizzy is WAY too low, they basically perfected the art of dual guitars, and don't forget Glenn Tipton and KK Downing of Judas Priest too.

Learn from your masters.
Listen to 80s Maiden, then listen to 90s Maiden - HUGE difference. And why? Because Murray/Gers didn't have the chemistry that Murray/Smith had - in fact, compare them to other 80s metal guitar duos and you realize that Murray/Smith knew how to compliment each other; many other bands sounded like they only had one guitarist for most of each song, but these guys fleshed out the arrangements by playing different guitar parts (and lots of harmony guitar). I give Adrian a lot of credit for this - look how Dickinson's solo work took it to the next level when he brought Adrian on board.
two guitar masters in 21?
I see that many people have no good taste for music!


[Newest]Simply amazing. Can't believe they aren't top ten. True shredders

7Keith Richards & Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
These two aren't my favorite, but they do damn sure deserve to be in the top 5. I mean, Keith knows all about the guitar and Jones could play multiple instruments! I mean... My god, these two rock! And no, just because I'm a Brian Jones lunatic doesn't mean I hate Mick Taylor. I actually admire the both of them!


Dumb teenagers nowadays need to start getting a clue about the history of Rock music and what Rock 'n' Roll is all about, in the first place.
Not having Richards/Mick Taylor or Richards/Jones and Page/Beck in the Top 5 pretty much summarizes how musically uneducated kids are nowadays.
Richards and taylor sound amazing together

8Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
they both are extreme. Listen to hangar19, Return to hangar and five magics. Purely AMAZING


For Pure Technical Prowess (Metal Riffing & melodic soloing) Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman blows all the duos.
no one can ever beat this due, Rust In Peace show that.


9Allen Collins & Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
See 1975 Winterland Live
Just listen the solo on freebird. There great.

10Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds)
man you people are crazy...
they should be atleast in the top 5
they totally own these new blokes (ax7 etc)
There have NEVER been two simultaneous members of a band with this talent level.
Only something like the short-time pairing of Eric Clapton and Duane Allman on Layla can compare.
Why is this not top five?

The Contenders

11Don Felder & Joe Walsh (The Eagles)
It should be Don Felder & Joe Walsh...
Nevertheless, the Legendary Hotel California Solo made me a Guitarist!


Listen to "Hotel California" guitar duel. Then you would understand why it is considered as one of the gretest guitar song. Don Felder on Gibson double neck guitar and Joe Walsh on Fender Telecaster are very complementary!
No competition! The Best Guitar Duo!

12Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
Downing and Tipton being ranked at 23 is simply pathetic. They practically invented the twin-lead guitar sound and laid the groundwork for what was to come in rock and heavy metal. Easily top 2.
These guys pretty much invent the twin guitar style and they're not even top ten?
Japan x, Kirk & James, angus & Malcolm young holy crap...what a cliche awful list (just like all the lists on this site) seriously glen & KK...I mean Judas Priest IS heavy metal and I mea-just listen to painkiller the song then the whole album, just...listen
[Newest]The best guitar duo ever. They are the Metal gods.. !

13Warren DeMartini & Robbin Crosby

14Duane Allman & Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band)
The original lead/lead guitarist duo, & still the best. Most likely, the reason why they aren't #1 is that the Allman Brothers Band is one of the most unfairly overlooked bands of the Classic Rock era. Prime examples of this duo's sheer power can be found in songs like "Blue Sky", "Whipping Post (Fillmore East)", "Mountain Jam", & "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (Fillmore East)".
These two are the creators gentlemen! They only had a few years together but they meshed immediately. Blue Sky is a masterpiece. Country music evolved into what is today from them also. Who doesn't love those original songs and all of the live awesome recordings. Number one, no doubt!
How these aren't number 1 is beyond me! They really are pioneers in this field. All the duos above are from bands that little fat kids listen to thinking they know music.

15Michael Denner & Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate)

16Joe Perry & Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
These guys are the most underrated guitarists of all time, they're so damn good and yet don't get enough credit, so influential.

why are all those overrated jokers above them?
They should be number one. They're both lead guitarists.

17Gary Holt & Rick Hunolt (Exodus)

18Steve Clark & Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Steve and Phil: a perfect guitar match. Steve with all his heart and soul and Phil with his technical skills. A Perfect example of this would be the songs Hysteria, Love and Affection, Love Bites and Gods of War off the Hysteria album, or any other song on the album.

19Ed O'Brien & Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)

20Ace Freely & Paul Stanley (KISS)

21Joe Strummer & Mick Jones (The Clash)
Legendary duo, both great guitarists and great singers!
R.I.P. joe strummer

22Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
Are you kidding? These guys should be first!

23Mike McCready & Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)

24Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman (Slayer)
to me, Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King is the best duo ever from the best band ever, and although I know not everyone agrees with me, it must at least be acknowledged that they belong at least in the top 5
Both guitarists are at least between top 10 guitarists in the world - just listen to their playing - who can repeat their songs!?
These dudes and Judas Priest have the best guitar duos

25Jay Jay French & Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)

26Hizaki & Teru (Versailles - Philharmonic Quintet)
The Sync of these pair is unbelivable, amazing! Check for Silent Knight, this song shows the true accuracy in a LIVE concert, someday this band will conquest the world, now listen the song of the new album Holy Grail called Faith and Decision.
One of the most amazing duo I ever seen, beautiful solos as hell! talented, wonderful synchronization. Album after album they improve their skills and makes your heart feel with their music.
The most talented, natural I have ever come across and hell do they have beautiful solo's. Soon I hope to see them in the biggest stadiums where they deserve to be.

27Nick Valensi & Albert Hammond, Jr. (The Strokes)
At their best, these guys pack a great one-two punch of ridiculously fast rhythm guitar (Albert) and smooth, catchy solos (Nick), although they occasionally switch it up, and have Albert deliver dizzying solos on songs like "Last Nite", "Vision of Division", and "One Way Trigger".

28Hyde & Ken Kitamura (L'Arc~en~Ciel)

29Miland Petrozza & Jorg Trzebiatowski (Kreator)

30Brad Delson & Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

31Danny Kirwan & Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)

32Herman Li & Sam Totman (DragonForce)
The fastest guitar duo in the world!


33Ryan Peake & Chad Kroeger (Nickelback)

34Rudolf Schenker & Mathias Jabs (Scorpions)

35Chris DeGarmo & Michael Wilton (Queensryche)
No way these guys are #37, they are top five material all the way

36Matt Tuck & Michael Padge Paget (Bullet for My Valentine)
Umm these two are awesome they should be all the way at the top in the top 3.

37Richie Sambora & Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
The Greatest Guitar Duo not only on the Earth, but on the Whole Universe!

38Robert Smith & Porl Thompson (The Cure)

39Jim Root & Mick Thomson (Slipknot)

40Koshi Inaba & Tak Matsumoto (B'z)

41Mark Tremonti & Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

42Matt Heafy & Corey Bealieu (Trivium)

43James "Munky" Shaffer & Brian "Head" Welch (Korn)

44Ray Toro & Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance)
They're just so epic. They should be placed higher, maybe top 20. My Chemical Romance is best alternative rock band.
Why on earth are these two not higher on the list?!

45Steve Pappas & Tony Valenzisi (String Theory)
String Theory has to be one the most versatile guitar duos I have ever seen. They cover classical, jazz, brazilian, blues... And everything in between. Their performances are very entertaining! They have to be the best guitar duo in the northeastern part of the U.S.! Check them out!
I had opportunity to see them in concert in Jan.2013 they were great! Steve has his own recording entitled "Refuge" but the duo doesn't have a recording as of yet. They should do a release this year. I hope?
Incredibly talented! Their repertoire spans 500 years. They are also very entertaining! A must see!
[Newest]Now they are doing mandolin/guitar in their performances. Versatile!

46Tom Verlaine & Richard Lyold (Television)
They take turns doing amazing solos.


Inspired a lot of modern indie bands

47Rodrigo y Gabriela

48Jake Pitts & Jinxx (Black Veil Brides)
Don't let their image scare you away. When you judge these guys, judge them by their talent only, an you'll see they deserve a much higher spot than this.

49Ilan Ashkenazi & Kai
"Temple" and "Rebellious Minds"

50Steve Hunter & Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper & Lou Reed)
Way too far down on the list! You have to listen to Lou Reed's "Rock and roll Animal". I don't know why it took me so long to find this. Great, great album with excellent guitar power!

51Serj Tankian & Daron Malakian (System of a Down)
Serj is actually quite good. Listen to question. The intro is Serj, the electric guitar is Daron. Quite fantastic.


52Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper (The Church)
Suppose I shouldn't be surprised these guys aren't already on the list, they've been under-heard and under-appreciated for 30 years. These guys do the psychedelic rock thing better than anyone. Check out "Destination" for proof. The Church are the greatest band to ever come out of Australia.

53Eddie Van Halen & Michael Anthony (Van Halen)

54Marty Friedman & Jason Becker (Cacophony)
I don't understand why this duo ain't here.
Just listen to Speed Metal Symphony and it will make my point clear!

55Billie Joe & Jason White (Green Day)

56Wayne Kramer & Fred Sonic Smith (MC5)
Few have heard of MC5, but it's worth the listen to hear these two trading licks

57Sugizo & Inoran (Luna Sea)

58Hyde & K.A.Z (VAMPS)

59Andy Powell & Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash)

60Gary Holt & Lee Altus (Exodus)

61Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher (Mastodon)

62Slash & Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver)

63Jake Snider & Dave Knudson (Minus the Bear)

64DIE & Kaoru (Dir En Grey)

65Hide & K.A.Z (Hide With Spread Beaver)

66Pata & Sugizo (X Japan)

67Chachamaru & You (Gackt Job)

68hide & Paul Raven (Zilch)

69Miyavi & Sugizo (S.K.I.N)

70Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson (Testament)

71Jon Schaffer & Randall Shawver (Iced Earth)

72David Stewart & Annie Lennox (Eurythmics)

73Ricky Olson & Ryan Sitkowski (Motionless In White)

74Nirmal & Vimukthi

75Luke Hoskin & Tim Millar (Protest The Hero)

76Paul Waggoner & Dustie Waring (Between The Buried And Me)

77Kendall Schmidt & Dustin Belt (Heffron Drive)

78Michael Anthony and Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

79Eric Clapton and Duane Allman (Derek & the Dominos)
Short-lived, but quite possibly the greatest guitar duo in history.

80KK Downing and Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)

81Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Not 'house-hold names'but their telepathic virtuosity is jaw-dropping! Complex arrangements of popular classics, jazz, blues, bluegrass, gypsy swing, classical. by the way, they are a DUO... not two guitarists in a band like most of the list above! Check them out with the great Tommy Emmanuel too!

82Jerry Garcia & Bobby Weir (Grateful Dead)

83John Lennon & George Harrison (The Beatles)
Always tasteful and creative. Less is more.
Both very good musicians

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