Top Ten Greatest Guitar Duos


The Top Ten

1 Hide & Pata (X Japan)

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

If you wonder why X is here, you haven't listened to X. Educate yourself... you will not be disappointed!

Some losers no one ever heard of are 1, above glenn tipton and kk downing (I can't swear on this christian minecraft server - SoldierOfFortune

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

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2 Angus 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.

Shredding? On what planet are these guys shredders? They are such boring guitar players - Johnnyt800

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

Should be at top, please vote to them ac/dc fans...

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3 Dave 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.

Izzy had a few solos, nothing like Slash but Izzy is better than people give him credit for. He could write very well and kept a great rhythm. He could play the riff a different way than Slash was playing it and yet it fit and added a dynamic. Izzy is awesome. As far as Dave and Adrian go I think they need to be at number 1 followed by Tipton and Downing - Johnnyt800

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

They're awesome. Not any better than say hetfield and hammet, but also definitely not worse. Their unique style is awesome with basically harmonized lead licks as their main riffs.

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4 Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (Metallica) Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (Metallica) Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

The ultimate combination of true METAL!

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.

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5 Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. He is most commonly known as the lead guitarist for English heavy metal band Judas Priest.

Easily the best guitar duo I have ever seen and I have seen lots!

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?

The best guitar duo ever. They are the Metal gods.. !

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6 Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth) Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth) David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.

Two great riffmasters and soloists. One of the most equal duos ever in terms of importance of the guitarists. - JoLeKosovo

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

Rust is the single greatest thrash album. The culmination of all we were promised - Johnnyt800

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

Marty Friedman is one of the best lead guitarists if not THE best, Dave Mustaine is one of the best rhythm guitarists, and can play better lead than most lead guitarists.

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7 Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)

Are you kidding? These guys should be first!

Gary Moore and Scott Gorham

8 Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)

No doubt this is the best

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.

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9 Steve Clark & Phil Collen (Def Leppard)

Most underrated duo in rock. They sacrificed heavy guitar solos with unforgettable riffs and soul. Their sound has been taken for granted.


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.

These two are so under-rated

10 Slash & Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses)

Slash and Izzy get my vote. I love their blend of different tones, Slash with the Les Paul into a dirty Marshall and Izzy with a Gibson Hollow Body into a clean Fender amp. Also love how they played off of each other and complimented what the other guy was playing. Hardly ever were they playing the same thing at the same time. Their dual guitar sound was the driving force of Guns N' Roses. It was never the same after Izzy left the band.

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 - sharm7064

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The Contenders

11 Duane Allman & Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band)

Really listen to this duo how incredibly talented they are and fed off each other. Let's see anybody and I mean anybody play slide guitar better than Daune Allman. If you can't put these guys higher than number 9 you can't see or hear the best ever duo!

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!

No others come close to these 2! But I agree with the comments for Richards/Jones, Beck and Page, Collins & Rossington, and Felder and Walsh. All these guys are true legends and musicians, not like some of the other crap mentioned here.

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12 Warren DeMartini & Robbin Crosby
13 Don 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.

Felder and Walsh far surpass any of the other dual-lead duos...Their tandem solos were competing but mutually beneficial. Neither overshadowed the other. Felder's tone and Walsh's grit. Couple this with the longevity and shear number of hits...any other choice is simply made from a biased or emotionally slanted point of view.

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14 Joe 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.

15 Michael Denner & Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate)

They are the makers of metal, Legends. Gods of guitar riffs, simply the best.

16 Ace Freely & Paul Stanley (KISS)
17 Gary Holt & Rick Hunolt (Exodus)

Those they solo together on every song, sometimes they solo on their own in one song but they know how make their own guitar tone figure who plays who. Both can shred, do whammy bar staff such diver bombs and pinch dives and many more. Both guitarist got influenced on their own guitar hero, for example gary is influenced on ted nugent and rick hunolt have tought by joe satriani. They solo just like slayer and megadeth sort of but their agression never slows them down. Gary can duo with any thrash metal guitar player: with lee atlus from heathen and kerry king from slayer. Grind on m/ m/ m/

18 Rudolf Schenker & Mathias Jabs (Scorpions)
19 Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson (Testament) Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson (Testament) Alexander Nathan Skolnick is an American metal and jazz guitarist who is the lead guitarist of the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, and heads the jazz band Alex Skolnick Trio.
20 Kerry 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!?

This duo can demolish with their guitars. Best thrash duo. - Dibildox

These dudes and Judas Priest have the best guitar duos

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21 Marty Friedman & Jason Becker (Cacophony) Marty Friedman & Jason Becker (Cacophony) Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted more.

Best guitar duo ever. Speed Metal Symphony says enough. - BossDj0

I don't understand why this duo ain't here.
Just listen to Speed Metal Symphony and it will make my point clear!

22 Keith 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.

Richards and taylor sound amazing together

23 Allen Collins & Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

So much more than playing together. They swapped lead and rhythm seamlessly, like a well oiled machine.

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

See 1975 Winterland Live

Just listen the solo on freebird. There great.

24 Jay Jay French & Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
25 Brad Delson & Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

LOVE Linkin Park
Once again, LOVE Linkin Park!

M/ - WillWords

26 Hizaki & 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.

Most talented and they create make the best melodic solos. Versailles are a new band and as everyone says - "they will be the next biggest symphonic metal band. " Trust me. - Taloper

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27 John Lennon & George Harrison (The Beatles)

Always tasteful and creative. Less is more.

Both very good musicians

Come on...
This duo should be in top 5!

Throw in a little thing called the Lennon/McCartney [and later Harrison] Songbook, which are the greatest rock compositions of all time, and this teaming is the GOAT by a mile.

28 Miland Petrozza & Jorg Trzebiatowski (Kreator)
29 Keith Nelson and Stevie D. (Buckcherry)
30 Herman Li & Sam Totman (DragonForce)

All I know is they are so Technical and fast that I believe that they are bodies number one and I know there's a lot of great deals but these guys are so fast and good I mean oh my gosh

The fastest guitar duo in the world! - xxbcarlxx

I think that they are at least in the top 5...
For me it is:
1. Metallica
2. Megadeth
3. Iron Maiden
4. DragonForce
5. X Japan
It's my personal opinion

They're the best
That's all I can say

31 Chris DeGarmo & Michael Wilton (Queensryche)

No way these guys are #37, they are top five material all the way

Top five

32 Hyde & Ken Kitamura (L'Arc~en~Ciel)
33 Danny Kirwan & Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)

Two blues masters playing with a legendary rock band. Songs like "Albatross", "Oh Well" and of course "Black Magic Woman"!

34 Jimmy 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)

I thought Jimmy Page played bass for The Yardbirds. - HardRockSam

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?

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35 Jim Root & Mick Thomson (Slipknot)

Most underrated duo in music

36 Peter 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.

I've loved the special and unique merging of Marty and Peter's playing styles since I was a teenager - it's become a lifelong pleasure listening to The Church's music. There's nothing like it anywhere, and helped me become a huge fan of other Australian bands!

37 Matt 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.

38 Jon Schaffer & Randall Shawver (Iced Earth) Jon Schaffer & Randall Shawver (Iced Earth) Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".
39 KK Downing and Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
40 Steve Vai & Joe Satriani
41 Ilan Ashkenazi & Kai

Temple OTTTG Rebellious minds. Sick!

"Temple" and "Rebellious Minds"

Slipknot hahhahah Kai this world Is having the bends don't take it personally

42 Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch)
43 Mark Tremonti & Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

Put it higher.

44 Richie Sambora & Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)

The Greatest Guitar Duo not only on the Earth, but on the Whole Universe!

45 Ed O'Brien & Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)

Its more like a trio with Thom Yorke added in the mix as well

46 Matt Heafy & Corey Bealieu (Trivium)
47 James "Munky" Shaffer & Brian "Head" Welch (Korn)

Their style is simple but creative. Munky does heavy, weird chords, and Head does bizarre sound effects and other chords over Munky's part. LIsten to "Freak on a Leash", because the guitar playing in that is super creative.

Munky and Head were by far the most innovative and interesting guitar duos of my generation.. KoЯn for life

48 Mike McCready & Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
49 Nick 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".

50 Koshi Inaba & Tak Matsumoto (B'z)
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1. Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
2. Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (Metallica)
3. Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
1. Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (Metallica)
2. Steve Clark & Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
3. Joe Perry & Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)
1. Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)
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