Top Ten Greatest Guitar Duos

The Top Ten

1 Hide & Pata (X Japan)

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.

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...! ~

I've listen of these bands like 75-80% on this list. I agree X Japan deserved to be number 1. Don't blind because favoritsm and must knowledge yourself listen to their stuff why they became at the top on the list.

I'll give you the example songs for solos/harmonies stuff for the reason of them became at top:
Vanishing Love, Kurenai, Blue Blood, Weekend, Rose of Pain, Silent Jealousy, Art of Life (masterpiece 30min song), Dahlia.
Just note this, on every their ballad songs they does double lead guitar on the main solos (I've not heard of other bands on this list doing it).

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

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

Angus Young and Malcolm Young should be #1 I don't even know who Hide and Pata are! Angus and Malcolm are the perfect duo! They have never fighted and have been doing it for almost 40 years!

Absolute tone monsters. Angus' lead work is second to none. Malcolm was the heartbeat. I don't think anyone ever hit the strings as hard. Man they wrre just great

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.

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

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.

These guys rock, and I disagree about Gers, in fact now they have Gers, Murray and Smith...best three man attack around, the only ones who could come close were the Southern Rock attack of Rossington, Collins and Gaines...who should be close to, if not in the top ten as well

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.

4 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.

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.

Just awesome... Zacky & synyster gates should be second... Of course they look very awesome during live shows ( may be because zacky is lefty & syn is righty) but you can't disagree that kirk hammett & james hetfield r legends

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.

5 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.

Priest's duo guitarist is the most evolve of all metal guitarist ever. They change their style & upgrade the skills every album. From basic blues style to pseudo technical neoclassical style. This duo eat others duo 90% on term guitar skill. Especially Glenn he's complete total package.

HOW THE "F" is Glenn & K.K. # 23?!?!?
I'll tell you how... EVERYONE that voted has no idea or concept of the history that is involved to the metal they listen to today!
Glenn Tipton & K.K. Downing are #1 in the Best ever in this catergory, based on two simple facts... #1... They put it together for all to follow, and after 30 ' years they can still hammer it out as good as they did before you were even born!

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

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.

6 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 ...read more.

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.

How the hell this duo under Hammett and Hetfield? They should be number 1. No doubt. Just listen to rust in peace. That will clear all your doubts. Please.

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

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

7 Steve 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.

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

These two are so under-rated

8 Synyster 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

Amazing duo from what I've heard from studio albums & their Live in the LBC show. Obviously Syn is an amazing guitarist with great solos and Zacky continue to learn from him even though he is a really good guitarist in his own right. Wrll out thaat they work amazing off of each other!

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

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.

9 Brian Robertson & Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy)

Are you kidding? These guys should be first!

Go back and listen these guys We’re way ahead of their time

Gary Moore and Scott Gorham

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.

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

The Contenders

11 Warren DeMartini & Robbin Crosby
12 Don Felder & Joe Walsh (The Eagles)

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.

I never knew how great Don Felder was until I saw him up close on the "History of the Eagles". When he joined the band he had a nickname. "Fingers". And that name really applied. He's as good as any of the all time greats. And that includes Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Paige and Duane Allman among others.

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!

13 Duane 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!

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.

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!

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.

musicality

16 Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley (Kiss)

Frehley* my god

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)

Next to Tipton and Downing, these guys are the poster boys for dual metal guitar playing

19 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)

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.

These dudes and Judas Priest have the best guitar duos

Easily the best out there!

21 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 ...read more.

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

Best guitar duo ever. Speed Metal Symphony says enough.

22 Jay Jay French & Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
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.

Just listen the solo on freebird. There great.

The best ever! Saw them in 1980 at palladium in Nyc,no one close too those guys

24 John Lennon & George Harrison (The Beatles)

Always tasteful and creative. Less is more.

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.

Both very good musicians

25 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!

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

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