Fastest Guitarist Ever

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1
Buckethead
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]It isn't a surprise buckethead made number 1 but I would think zakk wylde would at least make the 25

2Herman 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).
[Newest]He is my favorite guitarist because of his super speed and melody in it.

surajmurmu14


3Synyster 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.

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...
[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.

megadeth4

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.

6Slash
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"

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
He deserves at least below herman li

surajmurmu14


8Eddie 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

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

9Alexi 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
-sixpounder
-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

jckiller

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

10Steve 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.

The Contenders

11John Petrucci
I Really like Dream Theater because of there tempo's and timing's. They have great musicianship. I also like synyster's playing but John has got to be before him he's just better and more technical.
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...

12Jimmy Page
Are you kidding me 9th, go watch the heartbreaker solo live

13Paul Gilbert
love paul gilbert extremly fast and awesome. He plays everything so perfecly

ps: LOL AT CHUCK NORRIS
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

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!

AymanKabir


16Ilan Ashkenazi
HE IS NOT HUMAN Just listen to Master!

7stringshred

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.

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

18John McLaughlin

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..

20Randy 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

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