Fastest Guitarist Ever

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1
Synyster Gates
He is just absoultey amazing but Herman li deserves to be second he is a really quick and amazing guitarist just one of the best I seen
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.
Yeah syn! He's the best. Buckethead is also good but Herman? Herman? Yeah he's good in songs what do you usually listen. But on concert he sucks. He is the worst live player on the world. Syn must be first. Rock on!
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2Buckethead
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!
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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..

swikarlp

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).
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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!

rock2metal

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...
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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.

megadeth4

There were Deep Purple and Rainbow before Yngwie, but he implemented Classical music so widely and all the followers must thank him for that. Unbelievably fast, accurate, elegant... Yngwie is undoubtedly the king of Guitar of all the times!
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6Eddie 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?

gibsonrock53

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

richie4life

I agree ERUPTION
Best live guitarists
Herman li sucks live bleh!

wolf10


7Sam 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
Herman Li
And sam totman is the Greatest Synyster Gates SUCKS!

8Alexi 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!
Some death metal here and this guy knows how to thrash like hell so a mix of death metal and thrash is just awesome

jckiller

Alexi is amazing
With solos such as in
-angels don't kill
-are you dead yet
-bodom beach terror
-sixpounder
-children of decadence
-triple corpse hammerblow
Alexi thank you for amazing music
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9John Petrucci
If you really listen to Pertrucci's solos and still don't vote for him... YOU ARE DEAF...
I guess anyone who doesn't vote for Petrucci, absolutely never listen or watch him playing
He uses a lot of technique, his theory knowledge is awesome, and his playing might be one of the top 10 of all history.
The only thing that plays against this buddy is that he's pretty shy at the scenary
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10Jimmy Page
Are you kidding me 9th, go watch the heartbreaker solo live

The Contenders

11Slash
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"
Pick up a guitar and play just like slash then you must be him he sure doesn't play as fast as syn or bucket head but can still play fast

jckiller

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12Ilan Ashkenazi
HE IS NOT HUMAN Just listen to Master!

7stringshred

I have known Ilan for many years. His methodical and articulate playing is outstanding. He inspires the mind and music with his accomplished playing.
This freak of nature has the most perfect tech and is one of if not The fastest guitar player I've heard.
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13Jimi 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.


14Steve 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

jckiller

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.
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15John 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.

16John McLaughlin

17Randy 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

18Joe 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!

AymanKabir


19Kirk 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..
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20Chuck Norris
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.
Chuck Norris can shred with a paper shredder
WHAT THE FIGHTING ACTOR CHUCK NORRIS?

21Shawn 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 was clocked as the fastest guitar player in the world by far. Just look up the numbers, he is way faster than everyone else...
Shawn lane was officially clocked at 16 notes per second,
There's no argument to it it is completely offical but sadly if you look at the list its obvious that this is only a popularity contest run by morons who do not know what they are talking about I mean really Page, Hendrix and van halen!? What a joke!
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22Paul Gilbert
love paul gilbert extremly fast and awesome. He plays everything so perfecly

ps: LOL AT CHUCK NORRIS
Who knows about guitars, knows that Gilbert is the fastest. Also Marty Friedman should be in the Top 10
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
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23Richie 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

richie4life


24Guthrie Govan

25Dave 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

jckiller

See Dave Muataine would be in top list, let see if Synyster gates can play Sudden Death
Gates can't even compare to Dave when it comes
To speed. Listen to Hangar 18!
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26Chris Impellitteri

27Todd Duane

28George Lynch
George lynch is top ten for sure, all one has to do is listen to Mr scary

29Michael Amott

30Rusty 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!

31Eric Clapton
Just listen to Classical Gas!

32Syu (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

33Daron Malakian

Listen to the song Lonely Day and you will understand


34Donald Marlar
Lead guitar for lil duni and the heart breakers CT

35Dimebag Darrell
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

36Alvin 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!
Alvin was 10 years before with talent and speed. SPACE and TIME
BORN in 1955 I was there...
STEVE HARDIN
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37Micheal 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

38Mark 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

39Ken Kitamura

faster than slash with the same level as ichiro takigawa

ronluna


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

Wahmmett

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

41Carlos Santana

42Allan 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.

43Tak Matsumoto

44Ichiro Takigawa

45Ray Toro

46Kerry 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

47Marty 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

48Matt Heafy

49Alex Lifeson

50Angus Young
Listen to Thunderstruck so fast

rocker1796

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

51Matthew Bellamy

52Joe Stump

53Andy 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!

54Tiago 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...

55Dick Dale

56Tommy Bolin

57Neal Schon
Seriously, number 60? Top 20 if not higher. Blazing licks

58Al Di Meola
Watch this guy on YouTube
I have never seen anyone faster in my life

59Brian May
all the music that's not lyrics and not keeping the beat in Queen comes out of one dude with a guitar.

Queen-aholic

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

60Hizaki
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.

61Jari 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


62Jake Pitts

63Takayoshi Ohmura

64Paco de Lucia
He was an ever will be the best

65Jeff Loomis

Listen to Nevermore's songs "Born", "Enemies of Reality" & "The Heart Collector"; also listen to his solo songs E.G. "Miles of Machines", "Escape Velocity".

You will then see why this guy is one of the, if not THE BEST modern guitar shredder

petrucci75hammet


66Ritchie 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!

67Kiko 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...

68Prince

69Todd Rundgren

70You Adachi

71Hideto Matsumoto

72Nuno Bettencourt

73Ron 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...

74Muhammed 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

75Tosin Abasi
Listen to animals as leaders.

76Johnny Christ

77Ryan Adams

78Steve Morse
Tumeni Notes. enough said.

79Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal
Look at him go at cancer. And all other songs he played. Only one word comes out. Awesome

80Ian Critchon

Check him out he is lightning fast


81Pat Metheny

82Jerry Cantrell

83Steve Hackett

84Delta Vega

85Teru

86Marshall Dillon

87Festus

88Chester Good

89Detavian

90Lil Boosie

91Mike Jones

92Marvin Nix

93Jeremy Wade

94Red Forman
If you don't put him on there he gonna put a boot in your ass

95Jake Pitts

96Zacky Vengeance

97Bill Marlar

98Wes Summers
Former guitar player for the Petrified Payote People

99Matt Stone

100Brendt Allman

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