Fastest Guitarist Ever

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Synyster Gates
I STRONGLY AGREE! Listen to afterlife it is so awesome, of course! I like the vocals too, and if you get to the solos while trying to play it... OUCH! (exept for syn) I can punch in the equal button on a calculator a bunch of times and I almost got to a thousand(but probably not as fast as him). I say afterlife is harder to play on guitar hero than through the fire and flames on expert.
He is an awesome guitarist. incredibly fast and yet you can hear all the notes he plays. that ain't easy. don't believe me? Go and listen to afterlife, second heartbeat, scream and burn it down before you say anything.
I don't think I need to comment on this to explain why he is the fastest guitarist in the history of guitars. Other than Micheal Angelo Batio, he is THE guitar god of clean speed picking. Keep it up Gates.
[Newest]This is the worst list I have ever seen. He is not fast and he is the most overrated guitarist I have ever heard. Why is he on any list.

This is not a vote on who is best. This is a vote on who is fastest. Quantitative data has no place for preference. You can't change the results because you don't like them. Buckethead is the fastest guitar player. There are faster pickers, but for overall speed in all aspects, nobody matches Bucky. Some come close, but ultimately fall a little short of this title.
Buckethead is definitely one of the best world guitarists. You can see it in songs like Soothsayer, Electric Tears, Final Wars... He can put lots of emotions on each song too.
He is sure the fastest guitarist. Check jordan solo and you'll see ;)
This was a Really A Tough Decision, You have my 2 Favorite guitarists on 1 and 2nd places, But The only reason Why I voted Buckethead was, He's Different, Unique, He's Fast, listen To Big Sur Moon, He uses Bass, Listen To Scapula, Jump Man. He's Epic! For Synster Gates he Has To Do Team Work, Where Is Work Will Only Be highlighted, when He Plays A Solo. Syn is good too!
[Newest]Not only does Buckethead plays with speed and emotion he also plays with passion. He is all over the board with progressive metal, funk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, ambient, and avant-garde music.

3Herman Li
WHAT! FOURTH PLACE! Herman li is the fastest guitar player ever. Nobody can mimic what he does, nobody can do his solos are you people that dumb I mean no offense but listen to Fury of the Storm and Through the Fire and Flames. This is a truly amazing man.
Not Best, Okay not the best.. But surely the fastest.. Listen to their new song Dragonforce - Fallen World.. I bet no-one can cover it 100% and don't tell me that they fast their song on studio because' I have seen them LIVE... And they erupted the stage.. Surely needs to be higher OR surely I think he is #1..


The fastest of real rock touring guitarists.
There are those guys that win the Guinness Book
Of World records for speed guitar, but they are just
Playing a bunch of simple notes over and over again (not real skill).
[Newest]He is my favorite guitarist because of his super speed and melody in it.


4Michael Angelo Batio
Why the hell is Synyster Gates before MAB?
This list in called "Fastest Guitarist Ever", not "Most Overrated Guitarist Ever"... the shredding majesty of Michael Angelo can't be compared to the overrated guitar playing of Synyster. A7X is not a bad band, but they are REALLY OVERRATED!


I am a huge fan of synyster gates but seriously he does not hold a candle to MAB... Batio could play faster than gates upside down or with his opposite hand. If you don't believe that then apparently you've never seen any videos of him playing. On that note I'm willing to bet he could play two guitars at the same time faster than some of the people on this list could play one!
he is the best and no one can take his place on playing lightining fast he is my favourite. and I am a guitarist too...
[Newest]Michael angelo batio could be number 1 not synyster gate

5Yngwie Malmsteen
Honestly, half you kids probably know NOTHING about the art of playing the guitar. I agree with Buckethead, Herman Li, & Eddie van Halen being in the top 5. But Synyster Gates? Great guitarist; not nearly the fastest. Yngwie is so fast and accurate when he plays it almost seems superhuman. Go watch 'Arpeggios From Hell' or 'Acoustic Solo' on youtube. You'll see what I mean.
yngwie is THE fastest guitarist of all time man... MAB and chris, they only want to play fast and all you know, bt yngwie he is the god.


Anyone can play fast. But can anyone keep that speed while improvising? And hell, can anyone do that in classical music? People like Synyster Gates are undoubtedly good, but they can only write fast solos, and play the same riffs again on stage. Yngwie can play fast as long as you want him to, even on acoustic guitars.

I absolutely love Slash as a guitarist, but he is definitely not done of the fastest. I agree he has got great speed, but he is not near Synyster Gates or Buckethead or Yngwie Malmsteen. He definitely deserves a very high spot on the greatest overall guitarists list.
I know, Slash has more of melody than the speed in his music, still Slash has evolved a lot since Guns 'N Roses. For his speed samples try new "Godfather intro to Sweet Child O mine" its Blitz Krieg...
Slash must be at second step because other's are running after guitar speed they are forgetting one thing which is called music. "yeah slash plays slowly but he plays a really cool musics which is ever played"

7Eddie Van Halen
Without Eddie, would we have all of the other shredders? And what is slash doing on here, and Synyster Gates? Where is Satriani, Vai, Rhoads, KERRY KING?


the fastest ever..
there can't be anyone else


No way you should listen to eruption it's the fastest solo by far
[Newest]Most important since Hendrix... Bottom line

8Sam Totman
Everybody disses the guy because he plays behind Herman Li but he is a very fast and accurate rhythm guitar player. Saw Dragonforce live in Osaka in 2004 and he was very good in Valley of the Damned!
this guy is right along side herman li
He deserves at least below herman li


9John Petrucci
I guess anyone who doesn't vote for Petrucci, absolutely never listen or watch him playing
If you really listen to Pertrucci's solos and still don't vote for him... YOU ARE DEAF...
Petrucci is underrated. Syn is overrated.

10Alexi Wildchild Lahio
His Solos Kills all.. Who can Growl & Play Guitar So Perfectly Live? One of the Best front mans Ever. No need to be Top in This List..
Who Knows how Wild his Playing Skill is Vote for Him..

My Top list Would be in Fastest Guitarist category!
Alexi Lahio (Children Of Bodom)
Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
John Petrucci (But the Lead Vocalist Sucks. How Bad)
Brandon Jacobs (Mutiny Within)
Nick Hipa (As I Lay Dying)
Mark Morton (Lamb Of God)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Michelle Paget (Bullet For My Valentine)

Not The EPIC Players, But The Fastest Category.. Not in Order!
Alexi is amazing
With solos such as in
-angels don't kill
-are you dead yet
-bodom beach terror
-children of decadence
-triple corpse hammerblow
Alexi thank you for amazing music
Some death metal here and this guy knows how to thrash like hell so a mix of death metal and thrash is just awesome


[Newest]Saw him playing live some time ago... I do not know words that could describe what I felt. You have to experience it!

The Contenders

11Jimmy Page
Are you kidding me 9th, go watch the heartbreaker solo live

12Steve Vai
Not as fast s dragonforce or john 5 but still plays fast when he wants to
He could be the 5th or 4th I predict


The best in guitar sound effects! Steve vai my idol:-):-):-) by:YAMSKI RAMIREZ
This is horrible! Why is he down here. I can't
Believe synster gates is number 1. I would put via
Up against synster on his worst day.

13Ilan Ashkenazi
HE IS NOT HUMAN Just listen to Master!


This freak of nature has the most perfect tech and is one of if not The fastest guitar player I've heard.
I have known Ilan for many years. His methodical and articulate playing is outstanding. He inspires the mind and music with his accomplished playing.

14Jimi Hendrix
There are live versions that surpass the fastest jazz guitarists I have ever heard. Two examples: L A Forum I Don't Live Today 04-26-69 toward the end of the song, and about 60 percent the way through Woodstock Instrumental Improvisation. Many other examples, and he does almost every guitar style- very well.

15Joe Satriani
would have voted buckethead or batio, but he deserves to be higher. One of the best guitarists ever and without him, there would be no Kirk Hamett, Steve Vai or Tom Morello! He also taught Kevin Cadogan, Larry Lalonde and Charlie Hunter! And in these cases, all these students (including Kirk himself) never passed the master!


16Paul Gilbert
love paul gilbert extremly fast and awesome. He plays everything so perfecly

Laugh out loud, this list is a joke,. I'm not even gonna mention some of the guitarists above this message. @ Real guitarists, you know! :) laugh out loud
Who knows about guitars, knows that Gilbert is the fastest. Also Marty Friedman should be in the Top 10

17John 5
John 5 should replace slash because you just can't compare these compare slash's fastest song with Black Widow of La Porte or better yet Soul Of a Robot and you will c that slash doesn't even come close. Slash will destroy his hands trying to play Black widow! Has the internet gone mad?!
There's a huge difference when comes to Speed and Technique. While I agree Petrucci, Jimmy Page and Steve Vai are guitarists way better than John 5, none of them can beat this man when talking of speed. And please. Synyster Gates 1st place? John 5 does what that guy does while he's sleeping... Just nonsense... Listen to Soul of a Robot and Black Widow of La Porte, then you'll see what speed really means.
Super fast and great sounding solo's, he's speed is incredible, and he is super composed whilst playing as well just to top it off.
[Newest]Great player... New to a lot of people.. Fast no doubt... Can do it all

18Randy Rhoads
He wasn't just blindingly fast, he was melodic too. His solos were just as much speed as they were emotion. He was simply the best at what he did. Along with Jason Becker, Dimebag Darrell, and SRV, one of the biggest losses in the history of rock/metal guitar. And to those who compare him to Eddie Van Halen: look up his solo on laughing gas with Quiet Riot.
This dudes awesome and super fast, definitely not the fastest but should be up there a little more, at least number 12-10, I agree that synster is the fastest and should be but this guys should be a little higher up

19John McLaughlin

20Kirk Hammett
Why is Kirk Hammett so underrated on fastest guitar lists? He may not be THE fastest guitarist ever but he's up there... For me his is at least top five. I'm fine with Syn at 1, though
Come on Kirk might not be the most well know (Even though he should be "Metallica"!? ) He should definitely be in the top ten though.
What.. Why is he rated so low? He should be in the top 5 at least.. He made master of puppets a good song..

21Chuck Norris
"The Octagon" is not only a Chuck movie, but it is also his own method of playing chords. His Octagon rhythm playing alone shreds every lead player on this list.
Chuck Norris teached Dream Theater. Chuck Norris plays the guitar without touching any cords, he only warns the guitar that it must sound without objections.

22Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal
Look at him go at cancer. And all other songs he played. Only one word comes out. Awesome
Thanks a lot. It's a great achievement.
Superb... Just mind blowing
[Newest]He is just awesome

23Shawn Lane
All you need is one video of Shawn Lane and your mind will be blown. I have watched videos of many other fast guitar players, but as soon as I saw Lane, there really is no question. There has been no one else who has mastered the speed and technicality the same as him. The most impressive feature is that the solos are ridiculously clean.
Shawn Lane all the way. Many articles about his unmatched uncanny speed. This list makes me laugh. It seems like the voters are young teenagers who don't really know what they're talking about. lol!
Shawn Lane was clocked as the fastest guitar player in the world by far. Just look up the numbers, he is way faster than everyone else...

24Richie Sambora
Since I saw richie playing his 3 necked guitar I'm so amazed. that song is wanted dead or alive.
great guy! very fast player


25Guthrie Govan

26Dave Mustaine
This guy is definitely ending up at the top 4 just listen to this day we fight and holy wars... The punishment due and see how great he is at just playing a guitar a true legend this one


Gates can't even compare to Dave when it comes
To speed. Listen to Hangar 18!
See Dave Muataine would be in top list, let see if Synyster gates can play Sudden Death

27Chris Impellitteri
The list says fastest. Without question Chris is the fastest of the choices offered. Check out Empire Of Lies. Says it all!

28Todd Duane

29Eric Clapton
Just listen to Classical Gas!

30George Lynch
George lynch is top ten for sure, all one has to do is listen to Mr scary
Vai you just awesome

31Michael Amott

32Rusty Cooley
Just listen to "Under the Influence" or "Austrian Death Machine" solo.. He's phenomenal! I have to said that this is quite strange because I found people who voted for Slash, Angus Young, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani.. I mean, I love this guys but simply they're not among the fastest! Moreover I haven't found (yet it's possible they're on the list) Michael Romeo or Chris Broderick.. How is it possible? And please, stop voting for Synyster because I'm tired of kids who overrates him and A7X.. He's good but there's no match with the true shred masters! PS: speed is not an opinion, it's a fact! Want an example? I'm not flaming for Rusty because he's really too fast.. On the other side I love John Petrucci.. Even though JP is a better musician (in my opinion) Rusty is far better from a technically point of view. Don't let mislead you by personal preferences when you vote on this kind of lists..
This is really the fastest!

33Syu (Galneryus, aushvitz)
I think syu is so underrated, only because he is not that famous...
I hope some day he get recognized by all, I like that he is not a presumptuous person like other famous people are...
He just kick ass!
Come on, Synyster at first? He barely plays clean speed arpeggios nor does his sweeps are any better.
He should have place at the top please

34Daron Malakian
Listen to the song Lonely Day and you will understand

35Mark Tremonti
He is one of the fastest of all time at least top 30
Can't believe this guy is not on the list?
85! He is one of the fastest of all time.. check out ahavo rabo taco salad and find out. His picking speed is lightning fast

36Donald Marlar
Lead guitar for lil duni and the heart breakers CT

37Ian Critchon
Check him out he is lightning fast

38Dimebag Darrell
Dime at 37 and Syn at 1. Must be a technical failure.
Nothing to say just love your playing
Dimebag is a true genius at playing a guitar he has changed the way metal has been viewed just listen to him play on Cemintary Gates or Walk

39Alvin Lee
Too young to know who he is? Was considered the fastest of the 70's and 80's. Maybe not as clean as Page, Clapton, Knopfler and the rest, but he deserves to be up there way ahead of many on the list.
Alvin Lee hands down. This man blows my mind with his speed!
My favorite guitar player ever.

40Jason Becker
Faster than Yngwie, Batio, Gate etc.
Speed was never his priority but he chould play faster than all guitar player above. Just listen to his live solo with cacophony


Better than all! Not Dead Yet.
Best, greatest and fastest guitar player of all time.
The real master of the fretboard.

41Micheal Romeo
I wonder why Michael Romeo is just a contender and I also wonder why the hell Slash got in the top 10... he's too slow compare to Michael Romeo
The Guitar virtuoso from Symphony X

42Ken Kitamura
faster than slash with the same level as ichiro takigawa


43Kerry King
He Should be in the top 10...go n lisyen to angel of death solo...and where the heck is hanneman? He should be in the top 10 too

44Marty Friedman
He is the fastest and most complex guitarist that anyone could ever find in the genre of thrash metal, and probably the greatest Jewish guitarist. To be on par with Mustane is a challenge in itself, but to actually make great contributions to the Megadeth sound was something exceptional he did very well.
What he's such a legend

45Matt Heafy

46Carlos Santana

47Allan Holdsworth
Timed at 20NPS. Unbelievably fast and clean. His playing is all so smooth and legato that you don't always realize how fast it is.

48Tak Matsumoto

49Ichiro Takigawa

50Ray Toro

51Nergal (Adam Michal Darski)

52Al Di Meola
Watch this guy on YouTube
I have never seen anyone faster in my life

53Alex Lifeson

54Angus Young
Listen to Thunderstruck so fast


Listen to the solo of Whole Lotta Rosie and you know what I mean!

55Matthew Bellamy

56Jake Pitts

57Joe Stump

58Brian May
all the music that's not lyrics and not keeping the beat in Queen comes out of one dude with a guitar.


Listen to Dead on Time, Gimme the Prize intro and the solo of Princes of the Universe.

59Andy James
Yeah He's really the best guitarist I've ever seen!
All of those Guitarists in the list are all gods
But were talking about Speed then you must chekced this Guy!

60Tiago Della Vega
I find this list quite strange, because speed is measurable. It isn't opinion. This guy holds the world record for fastest playing ever, so he literally is the fastest guitarist ever. No questions, he IS. This list is just a popularity contest.
This guy literally IS the fastest guitar player ever. He holds the Guiness World Record for playing the guitar at 750bpm! Search this on YouTube: '750 BPM - UNBELIEVABLE- The Absolut World Record - Tiago Della Vega' to see a video of him playing 'Flight Of The Bumblebee' at 750bpm.
This guy literally IS the fastest guitar player ever...

61Dick Dale

62Tommy Bolin

63Neal Schon
Seriously, number 60? Top 20 if not higher. Blazing licks

Yngwie is ultimately my favourite, but Hizaki is definitely my second favourite, he's one of the very few guitarists still around today who can actually play the songs they release on CD and not only that he does it just as quickly and cleanly. Definitely one of the most underrated guitarist I've ever seen in my life, hence why I voted for him.

65Jeff Loomis

66Jari Mäenpää
If you have ever heard any of his songs then you would know the majesty of his guitar and composition. It would be foolish to say he is the fastest but he is one of the best. Check out Battle Against Time by his band Wintersun if you need an example. His vocals (both clean and rough) are excellent. Check out Wintersun or his old band Ensiferum which is also excellent.
I've come to regard these lists as nothing more than a joke. But he wasn't even mentioned. What a bunch of losers. Go listen to Wintersun or Ensiferum

67Takayoshi Ohmura

68Paco de Lucia
He was an ever will be the best

69Hideto Matsumoto
Hide may not be one of the fastest guitarists, but nobody plays with so much passion. Check the song "Orgasm" by X Japan, he deserves to be in the top 10.

We are X, R.I. P Pink Spider!
-Carmine S, Italy.

70Ritchie Blackmore
The creator of speed on guitar. Most other guitarists after Ritchie's generation were influenced with what he did or was doing in his time, whether they want to admit it or not. Back in late sixties early seventies he was a head of his time...
Ritchie Blackmore is the most fastest guitarist all time!

71Kiko Loureiro
Angra may not be famous & commercial than Avenged Sevenfold, but you can see they are much more faster & technical than Sevenfold when you listen to them. POWER METAL rules...


73Todd Rundgren

74You Adachi

75Nuno Bettencourt

76Ron Jarzombek
Just listen to 'Oscillation Cycles' and you will know exactly what I mean. This guy isn't nearly as well known as he should be. Synyster Gates is pretty good, I admit, but fastest EVER? He is only on top because he is the most popular, and a load of stupid kids think he is the best guitarist ever.
Blotted Science Guitarist one of the fastest guitarist in this world...

77Muhammed Suiçmez
I had to add him because nobody else apparently listens to Necrophagist. This dude can seriously shred and is amazing too. Look him up

78Tosin Abasi
Listen to animals as leaders.

79Johnny Christ

80Ryan Adams

81Steve Morse
Tumeni Notes. enough said.

82Pat Metheny

83Jerry Cantrell

84Steve Hackett

85Delta Vega


87Marshall Dillon


89Chester Good


91Lil Boosie

92Mike Jones

93Marvin Nix

94Jeremy Wade

95Red Forman
If you don't put him on there he gonna put a boot in your ass

96Jake Pitts

97Zacky Vengeance

98Bill Marlar

99Wes Summers
Former guitar player for the Petrified Payote People

100Matt Stone

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