Top Shredders of All Time
The Contenders: Page 4
Obviously the best one here, but the best of all time is Allan Holdsworth. I haven't seen him on the list and Tosin Abasi is my favorite guitarist so I voted for him. And Synyster Gates is number 3? That's when you know when too many retards have access to the internet.
Tosin is not an all out shredder, but he can play some insanely difficult lines at quick speeds. I've seen a number of covers of the song CAFO and only 1 guitarist played the beginning riff correctly. He's not as quick as Yngwie, MAB and a lot of guys here, but he is the guitarist I respect the more than anyone. He knows when to shred and when to hold back which is what makes him a great shredder.
He's really underrated. He may not shred all the time but when he does it's pure epicness. You don't have to shred ALL THE TIME. It's about how good you can shred. Quality > Quantitiy. - Fretto
The guy was shredding on a fat hollow body before half this list was born
Howe could have easily been the original shredder, but instead he worked with Yes to make great Music. Listen to his work on Starship trooper on Yessongs.
This guy is amazing. Although he is underused in Megadeth, he is a monster guitar player.
Genius guitarist, great guitar technique and feeling, he also plays keyboards and sings.
What the #### is wrong with you? How the hell did Jari did not even make this list? You're a bunch of noobs.
Listen to this guy he really can shred, his a complete player he can alternate pick, legato pick, tap, sweep he does all with great tone and clarity, he's the new legend of shred
He can play everybody's stuff and teach it
He's insanely fast and clean ..but underated because his music isn't too comercial
Okay really?! Have you never heard the working man solo It doesn't get better than that! - macrox16
A proto shred god and and utter genius
The first to blend classical and blues with metalV 1 Comment
He IS the best universal guitarist.
And as a shredder he deserves to be in the top 10.
Can't believe I had to scroll all the way to 78 to find Eric Johnson. I guess you guys just don't listen to much variety in you music at all.
Yes, smooth, fast, clean, lots of style and a joy to listen to. Deserves to be way much higher on the list. At least above Slash. Slash?
The smoothest speed I have ever heard, a true musicianV 1 Comment
This is the worst list ever... John mclaughlin is the man who completely changed the way of playing guitar... He is the fastest and the most creative guitar player, just listen to his rich discography... In his composition west meet east and in that term the whole world music heritage... He is the guitar bible...
Agreed. But you will never see JM on any top 10 list. These lists are popularity contests, voted on by people with zero musical taste.
In his prime during the 80s is vibrato was unmatched and his solos were very melodic
Rock guitarist from Godbless, ex Gong 2000. Great songwriter and producer. Inspiring million people in this country to play guitar.
I'm not into glam metal, but Vinnie can really move his fingers. If you really focus on what he's playing, he does some pretty creative things. However, he's no Buckethead!
How come everybody forgot Vinnie? Listen to vinnie vincent invasion (his band) the solos can't be faster than that!
chuck Schuldiner is a technical guitar god, also very emotional, it's not the conventional death metal guitarist
Guitarist of Death already died was a fast guitarist...
91?! This guy belongs to top 10 at least. I guess there is only a handfull of guitarists that can reach his picking and sweeping speeds while beeing totally clean.
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