Top Ten Fastest Guitar Shredders


The Top Ten

1 Micheal Angelo Batio

He is unbelievable!

Speed Kills 'enough said

The best.

Michael invented the Dean Double-Guitar and was the first person in the world to successfully play it. AWESOME! Michael started playing piano and composing at age 5, started playing guitar at age 10. Michael has performed over 1100 shows in 31 different countries since 1993. He tours the world performing guitar workshops, also records, tours and plays with various bands and solo. He also invented and successfully played the very first 'quad' guitar. However, the instrument was stolen during a Nitro show in El Paso, Texas, and only two of the four parts required for its assembly have ever been recovered. However, Dean Guitars recently finished production on a new quad guitar for Michael. - sadslayer1993

2 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Buckethead is an amazing guitarist. He's so damn good, that he can actually get away with wearing a KFC bucket and Mike Myers/Halloween movie mask on stage as part of his show...Yet, people not only don't care about that weirdness, but they stayed focused only on his guitar work! Not many people can pull off something like that, you gotta be pretty badass to keep an audience focused while wearing that...amazing.

If "master" is defined as someone who makes the impossible look effortless, then I give you Guitar Master Buckethead. I saw him last night and still haven't gotten over it.

The man in the mask is insane fast.

Just listen to Jordan or the android of notre dame live or ANY of his songs and you will see how fast he is

3 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
4 Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert Paul Brandon Gilbert is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist. He is best known for being the co-founder of the band Mr. Big. He was also a member of Racer X, with whom he released several albums.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert has sold over three million records in the United States stemming from his brilliant work with Racer X, Mr. Big and as a solo artist. Long known as one of the top shredders in the business, Gilbert sometimes returns to his blues rock roots as on his Raw Blues Power album - sadslayer1993

The best guitarist of the world

5 Chris Impelliterri

I know everyone on here is bias but please check out Empire of Lies. That track at the very least is ear candy. Youll thank me later.

6 Ilan Ashkenazi

He's the coolest guitar player I've ever seen

Fastest ever

Er ist schnell!


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7 The Great Kat (Katherine Tomhas

The Great Kat deserves #1 because she brings classical music to a new audience. She is fast, technical and a genius.

The Great Kat was born Katherine Thomas in Swindon, England (on a U.S. air Force Base Military Hospital), moved to USA aged 3. After touring the world as a violinist, she realised that Classical music was dead, so she began updating Classical Music with Speed Metal and transcribed intricate violin solos to the guitar. The Great Kat is the only musician taking note-for-note authentic Classical Music scores (from Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, Wagner, Liszt, and Rossini) and re-orchestrating the entire scores with Shred Guitar virtuosity and mixing it with Speed Metal band and Classical orchestra. - sadslayer1993

Her shreds are definition of true metal hypersonic total mass destruction that brings doom upon the Earth and whole Galaxy. On this planet only her insane sex appeal can match her shredding talent.

The reason she isn't number 1 is because not enough people have heard her play!

8 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

John Petrucci grew up on Long Island, Kings Park He started playing guitar at the age of 12 (After a brief fling at age 8 when he noticed his sister got to stay up late for her organ lessons. His little plan didn�t work out being that his guitar lesson was after school, and soon lost interest. ) He quickly realized his influences and was determined to reach their level of ability. Some early influences include Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads, Iron Maiden, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Yes, Rush etc. As the rise of thrash & metal hit John expanded his influences to include bands like Metallica & Queensryche. - sadslayer1993

He is accurate and the best in techniques.Just amazing to listen to this man

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

The Contenders

11 Shawn Lane Shawn Lane Shawn Lane was an American musician who released two studio albums and collaborated with a variety of musicians including Ringo Starr, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Reggie Young, Joe Walsh, Jonas Hellborg and many others.

Listen to this man's work with Jonas Hellborg. He is insane. Micahel Angelo Batio and Paul Gilbert consider him one of the best who ever lived

12 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.
13 Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal
14 Rusty Cooley

Listen to warcry unbelievable too fast for words, so much technique and to think not on the g4 tour

One hear of the stuff he does for Outworld and you'll be convinced he's the fastest in no time.

15 Synyster Gates Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.
16 Steve Vai Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.

Is this Steve Vai in this photo? He looks like Tom Araya to me in this photo. - zxm

17 Jason Becker Jason Becker Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American neoclassical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albums Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up more.
18 Randy Rhoads Randy Rhoads Randall William "Randy" Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was killed in a plane crash.
19 Matthias Jabs
20 Ken Kitamura
21 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

Is this a joke?! He's the one who created guitar shredding!

22 Ichiro Takigawa
23 Jason Richardson

He's by far the fastest guitarist out there right now, songs like Ho's Down are proof of that.

24 Kirk Hammett Kirk Hammett Kirk 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.
25 Jacky Vincent

Awesome guitarist check out Born To Lead

One of the modern best.

26 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell Darrell 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.
27 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.

He was one of the first shredders ever - Metal_Treasure

28 Skwisgaar Skwigelf Skwisgaar Skwigelf
29 Tak Matsumoto
30 You Adachi
31 Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix Jimi 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.
32 Slash Slash Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Fastest shredder? He isn't even a good shredder. I also don't think he is a regular shredder. - zxm

33 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

He did very few shredding. His Heartbreaker solo, which he did by rapid hammer-ons and pull-offs, which isn't even pure shredding. It set an early example. Plus it wasn't very fast. - zxm

34 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric 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.

LOL, that's why he was called "the slow hand" I guess - Metal_Treasure

35 Brian May Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
36 Angus Young Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while more.

Shredder...LOL - Metal_Treasure

Let There Be Rock!

37 Daron Malakian Daron Malakian Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

@visitor - LOL, where do you hear shredding in Chop Suey? No shredding there. This song doesn't even have a solo! LOL - Metal_Treasure

Watch his chop suey video

38 Tom Geldschläger Tom Geldschläger
39 Dylan Ruskin Dylan Ruskin
40 Christian Münzner Christian Münzner
41 Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis Jeff 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.
42 Tony MacAlpine

Furious alternate picker with classical piano chops and flair. Love his work as do other guitar gods and really is a players player who never seems to lose his speed.
My favourite fast solos are City beneath the sea(4:14) (Chromacity) and Sacred Wonder (2:43) (Maximum Security) - Frank69

43 Michael Romeo Michael Romeo Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.
44 Vinnie Moore Vinnie Moore
45 Andy Timmons


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