Fastest Guitarist Ever

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21Randy RhoadsRandall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot.

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

22Guthrie Govan
23Kirk HammettKirk 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.

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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24Todd Duane
25Chuck 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 can shred with a paper shredder

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.

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26Richie SamboraRichard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.

Since I saw richie playing his 3 necked guitar I'm so amazed. that song is wanted dead or alive.

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27Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal

He is a very fast guitarist. Especially his solos. Actually it was his speed which helped him to create metal music and bring heavy metal to this country. - zxm

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

Just listen to Warfaze. Honestly speaking -- he deserves much better position.

He is the best forever...

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28Jason 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

Best, greatest and fastest guitar player of all time.
The real master of the fretboard.

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29Michael AmottMichael Amott is a British-born Swedish guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the bands Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and Carnage, as well as a former member of the grindcore band Carcass.
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..

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31Dave MustaineDavid Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal ...read more.

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

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

I voted for him because his speed is great and he's so low on this list. - LightningBlade

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32Marty FriedmanMartin 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.

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.

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33Syu (Galneryus, aushvitz)

Come on, Synyster at first? He barely plays clean speed arpeggios nor does his sweeps are any better.

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!

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34Donald Marlar
35Daron MalakianDaron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

Listen to the song Lonely Day and you will understand

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!

My favorite guitar player ever.

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37Mark 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

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38Eric ClaptonEric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.V1 Comment
39Dimebag DarrellDarrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

He was fast look at domination and cemetery gates solo he should be top ten

Dime at 37 and Syn at 1. Must be a technical failure.

Nothing to say just love your playing

This was ridiculous list he should be top ten.

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40Micheal 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

Michael Romeo truly is fast. I agree totally aboout Slash... he's slow conpared to guitar players in general...

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