Top Shredders of All Time

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21Kirk 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.

Are you kidding
you're asking that kirk can shred tell me this after listening to the four horsemen's solo. He's probably the best and also one of the top guitarist in the world he has changed the metal genre and is indeed

I'm sick tired of people comparing kirk hammett to god, I mean he's pretty bad ass but by no means he is kirk "the ripper" hammett

Kirk hammett honestly sucks at guitar he plays blues over metal tracks and it sucks

Kirk Hammett at 21. This list is a joke

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22Glenn Tipton

How is he not on this list PAINKILLER Glenn is Judas priest! - macrox16

What has happened to people? Listen to All Guns Blazing solo where He literally out-shreds all these so called Modern Technical Axemen. :D

23Herman LiHerman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

Herman Li should definitely be at least ahead of Yngwie Malmsteen, because if anyone should be at the top, it should be Herman or Slash. Although Yngwie is a good shredder, he has nothing to Slash and Herman. If you listen to Dragonforce, his solos are deserving of the top 3!

Fast and plays some cool unexpected stuff as well. Not sure what a synister gates is, but yngwie and Michael angelo batio definitely belong at the top of this list. They started this whole thing and Michael Angelo could pretty much destroy anyone on sheer speed and accuracy.

Maybe not the most skilled (yet) but the fastest by far!

Through the Fire and the Flames. Yeah, thats him. There is no competition! Should be top 3 at least - cowboyskid2

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24Richie 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.

Richie Sambora, the Musical Shredder with Feeling will make the other Shredders look like Just... Shredders...

However, the Following Shredders should also be Ranked much Higher:
Yngwie Malmsteen, Shawn Lane, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Randy Rhoads, Buckethead, Dimebag Darrell, Eddie Van Halen & Eric Johnson (All Great Musical Shredders). - Nirmal1991USA

Musical Shredding is the Secret, not just Shredding! Richie Sambora does exactly that! He Shreds with Feeling & Emotion!

Shredding = Richie Sambora
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25Tom MorelloThomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

most creative with a simple setup

Very amazing style of playing the guitar

without a doubt better than buckethead, and all these garbage other guitarist, (with repect toward few). He is presently the best guitarist on the planet still making new music. I don't care what people say about speed and all that jazz, but tom takes the cake in today's world.

26Kerry KingKerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Kerry doesn't solo in key. Has no idea how to properly solo over a chord progression. He uses his tremolo to make up for his limited lead techniques.

27Ilan Ashkenazi

Mr. Ashkenazi's technique is unmatched. His speed and clarity is insane. Malmsteen can't touch him. His songs are also very melodic and not just a bunch of notes which is rare for shred at that level. He should be much more famous. There are some monster videos of him on youtube. Truly a monster virtuoso! - 7stringshred

No clue how to say this name! Basically insane shred up a few notches and truly one of the fastest and cleanest shredders around. Songs to check out:

"Master" "Endurance" for pure shred. Ashkenazi has great melodic mind and combines shear speed and intense skill with great musical content.

28K. K. DowningKenneth "K. K." Downing, Jr. is an English semi-retired Grammy Award winning guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the British heavy metal band Judas Priest.
29Dave 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 more.

Great shredder listen to his solo on holy wars, devils island

MEGADETH! M/m/ Megadeth rules. Dave Mustaine for President. m/

Should be number 1. Not only is he the most skilled, but he can sing on top of that?!? Legendary

Listen to any of Dave's solos from Peace Sells...

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30Dave MurrayDavid Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Just listen solo on Hallowed Be Thy Name or Sign Of The Cross, they are just brilliant, like and others Murray's solos. Iron Maiden rules /

31Chris Impelliterri

Really really fast at shredding shoul be in the top ten - MASH

32Jim RootJames Donald "Jim" Root, also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm/lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for alternative metal band Stone Sour.
33Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 - September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter . Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated more.

This guy is the original Guitar Shredder who completely changed the way people played guitar. I can't believe he wasn't on this list before now! What blasphemy! There were no shredders before him, period! Eric Clapton definitely influenced Jimi before he was famous, but Eric didn't shred. Even though he was no Buckethead or Satriani, he should still be on the top ten of this list because of his influence on today's music.

If it wasnt for this god, none of the others would know what to do with a guitar, He was a guitar genius and paved the way for others to follow

I honestly don't know how this man isn't first, he was the pioneer for rock and roll guitar styles.

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34John 5

Most underrated guitarist out there.

Knew who this guy was, but hadn't heard any of his solo stuff. Was totally blown away. Guy is incredible. While it is a weird combo, I'm a Vai and Mustaine guy (Mustaine's writing ability, and hands down, best rhythm player (plus, while singing) ever... And there isn't much else, other than WOW to say about Vai. But yeah, John 5 is amazing. Skilled and great writer.

A7x guitar guy sucks and so does petrucci, john is the best out there

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35Marty 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 more.

TORNADO OF SOULS... Listen to the solo... Best solo of all time... Without a doubt better than most of the guitarists listed here... And what is Syn doing on top? And Slash? And you have Marty Friedman on 26? - alexitahmid

This list should be renamed to-most popular guitar players of all time, marty jason yngwie and so many great players after that kirk and slash, disgusting.

Dragon's kiss, the first Marty Friedman solo album, is THE masterpiece of shredding. It's even weird that people did try to make some guitar albums after that...

He was one of the pioneers of shred metal, he should be right up their with gilbert and backer. He can add substance and shred really fast

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36Billy Dolan

Guitar genius! From rockford, Illinois. So innovative and ahead of his time. Check out his bands 5ive Style, Heroic Doses, and Das Boton!


Go to Chicago, Illinois and see for yourself. - 910UROUT

37Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

He just owns all of them. Listen for example to "Guitar suck", and if you think it's talentless because too fast, listen to "I can't play the blues", dedicated to you

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38Rusty Colley

First off, it's Rusty COOLEY. Second, this dude should be way higher on the list. He's one of the fastest shredders in the world hands down.

Just go watch some of his vids on youtube and he'll be #1 in no time

39Michael RomeoMichael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.

Slash and Kirk Hammett are too slow compare to Michael Romeo... try listening to the band SYMPHONY X...

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40Jeff LoomisJeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.

By far the best shredder in my opinion. I'm mortified that he is this low in the list when the guy that brought us miles of machines, the best shredding song of all time, isn't in the top ten you know that this isn't right. You know he means business the instant you see his schecter 7 string. Awesome playing.

1) Buckethead, 2) Jeff Loomis, 3) John Petrucci, 4) Paul Gilbert, 5) Jason Becker, 6) Shawn Lane, 7) Yngwie Malmsteen.
Most of the guys who voted for other guitarists on this list ought to know that speed isn't everything. To do what these guys do, you need precision, you have to understand the guitar, you need to know it like the back of your hand. That's when you can create the kind of MAGIC that these guys do. Period.

Versatile, insane speed, and emotion, I might like Alexi just as much, but the fact no one has added him yet destroys the credibility of this list. He should definitely be in the top 10 if you know shredding. - guitargirl_94

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