Top 10 Rock Guitar Tandems of All Time

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM

One of the most exciting elements of rock is undoubtedly the guitar solo. So what happens when a band has two fret-burners doling out the riffage? Guitar bliss! Here are our 10 favorite rock guitar twosomes of all time. Click on the highlighted names for video lessons, guitar tab, and more!

10. Mattias Jobs and Rudolph Schenker Scorpions
Admit it: the first time you heard this Teutonic twosome, it was love at first string.

9. Pete Willis/Phil Collen and Steve Clark/Vivian Campbell Def Leppard
Look no further than the harmonized intro to "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" to hear why Def Lep's dynamic duos rank among the all time greats.

8. Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson Thin Lizzy
Although the Dublin-based rockers' guitar spots have seen more turns than a revolving door at Macy's, it was Gorham and Robertson occupying stage left and stage right for classics like "The Boys Are Back in Town."

7. Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks Allman Brothers Band
It's a shame they'll always be the "replacements," because Haynes and Trucks compose one of the most dynamic guitar duos in rock history.

6. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford Aerosmith
Perry and singer Steven Tyler may be the "Toxic Twins," but when the lights go down, it's Perry and his quieter counterpart Whitford that fuel the band's inimitable swagger.

5. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith Iron Maiden
With due respect to that skinny, old blonde dude who's also in the band right now, it's Murray and Smith's complex riffing and fiery blues-based flurries that have created the definitive Maiden sound.

4. Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, and Ed King Lynyrd Skynrd
"Free Bird" … 'nuff said.

3. Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing Judas Priest
Sure, there were other hard rock and metal bands with two guitarists prior to Judas Priest, but Tipton and Downing set the bar to which all six-string tandems still aspire.

2. Duane Allman and Dickey Betts Allman Brothers Band
It may not seem fair for the Allman Brothers Band to be listed twice, but this is one pair of deuces that can't be beat—especially the Allman/Betts combo.

1. Angus and Malcolm Young AC/DC
For more than 35 years, the brothers Young have been the definitive lead/rhythm guitar tandem in hard rock, and they're probably the only duo on this list for which replacement is just not an option.


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JMPayeur/Zenpoolzone on December 2, 2011 at 8:30 AM

What about Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood???

pman57 on December 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Since a trio has been included, how about the Outlaws? "Green Grass High Tides" is killer! My favorite however is Duane/Dickey--untouchable, especially on the immortal Live at the Fillmore East!

iron man on December 1, 2011 at 9:11 AM

where's metallica? hetfield and hammett own these guys