Top Ten Greatest Guitar Duos

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1Hide & Pata (X Japan)

Why Is This #1? Please Get This Off The Top Spot - FettiMC

They rock and they don't speed their music up like some people do... (Herman Li and Sam Totman) - lilballa3474

As soon I saw this two at the top I stop reanding the list. What a shame.

No doubt here! Forever X

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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! - Dickey96

Talkin' about rock, they haven't rival, they're the perfect team.
Might be at #1. - JR

Long live Malcolm Young!

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3Dave 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.

two guitar masters in 21?
I see that many people have no good taste for music! - rock2metal

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

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4Kirk 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.

Best metal duo ever? I think so.

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5Synyster 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

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"

Two very different guys, both the most amazing guitarist soloist. One is lefty the other is righty so they make a mirror image of sorts when they play. Fantastic.

Best just best

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6Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth)

Riff master combined with the most unique neo-classical soloist, everyone who interested in guitar should listen to rust in peace, before they rest in peace

For Pure Technical Prowess (Metal Riffing & melodic soloing) Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman blows all the duos.

they both are extreme. Listen to hangar19, Return to hangar and five magics. Purely AMAZING - Slashhead

just listen to hangar 18, pure bliss - babafagucci

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7Glenn 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

They should at least reach the Top 10. - Pony

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8Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)

Are you kidding? These guys should be first!

Gary Moore and Scott Gorham

9Warren DeMartini & Robbin Crosby
10Slash & 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.

AFD album was magic. Izzy had song writing gifts and Slash was a lead guitar god who reinvented the lead guitar. Brilliant

I wish Izzy was in Velvet Revolver - sharm7064

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11Keith 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! - MontyPython

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.

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12Don Felder & Joe Walsh (The Eagles)

It should be Don Felder & Joe Walsh...
Nevertheless, the Legendary Hotel California Solo made me a Guitarist! - Nirmal1991USA

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!

Don Felder is such an underrated guitarist. Joe Walsh was always the rock influenced member of a particular soft band. On comes Don Felder paired with Walsh and the eagles transformed into some of the most inspiring music of all time. The Hotel California album is a staple of 2 great guitarists working together and sharing equal brilliance. These 2 guys made the eagles relevant. In the rock world the eagles are nothing without these 2 playing. Idc who founded the band. Listen to hotel California.. then listen to the acoustic version of hotel California. The playing bond they have is unmatched.

This may be the most underrated duo ever. If hotel California doesn't show both their brilliance and chemistry just listen to their acoustic version. These 2 gents were created to play together.

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13Steve 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.

14Allen Collins & Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Ditto, what I said about Walsh and Felder...many of these other duo's have one guy who is clearly lead.

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15Jimmy 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.

Too bad one of their live shows together was never recorded in the short time they were bandmates

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16Duane 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.

17Michael Denner & Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate)
18Gary Holt & Rick Hunolt (Exodus)
19Ed O'Brien & Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
20Kerry 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!?

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1. Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
2. Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (Metallica)
3. Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
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1. Angus Young & Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
2. Keith Richards & Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones)
3. Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck (The Yardbirds)
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1. Angus Young & Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
2. Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
3. Duane Allman & Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band)
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