Fastest Guitarist Ever

The Top Ten

1 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.

I though he is the fastest guitarist ever. But when I saw some other unpopular guitarists keep breaking the records then I realize that a lot of these guitarists aren't even close to them. Of course there are many ways to measure the speed of guitar. But Synyster Gates will probably fail in it. - zxm

His solos are rapid now, so just imagine what they will be like in another ten years. I doubt it will be so debatable then, when he plays Sudden death, blindfolded.

Synyster Gates has talent for playing what he feels in his own way, no matter the type of music. His solos are extremely fast and he knows what he's playing. If someone put a blindfold on him, he could play his solos the same way.

4 finger tapping like Bucket can't be duplicated, he will sometimes do it atonaly which I don't like as much. Syn always takes tome and melody into account and because of this, he is at an automatic disadvantage

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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.

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 ;)

Buckethead is definitely the fastest guitarist. Just listen to Soothsayer and the Jordan solo. Plus, not only is he fast, but his melodies are AMAZING. People argue that his music lacks soul and passion, just listen to Leave the Light On and see how completely mistaken they are. This guy can take Synyster Gates. Great guitarist.

Diabolically the fastest guitarist I have heard, next to paul gilbert, its never about speed, buckethead will put you to sleep just to wake you up

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3 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.

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).

He was not only fast but also made amazing solos.I think he deserves first place.

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4 Michael Angelo Batio Michael Angelo Batio Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.

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 guitar player,and have been shredding since I was a kid (almost 50 now...). ALL these guitar players ARE outstanding, and worthy of being on this list. BUT, to pick 1 top of all time (which I do not like doing, for I love and appreciate all players and styles..), Michael Angelo Batio IS the king of all shred, and teaching shred. His speed, accuracy, and knowledge of theory, and teaching is unmatched. If you review his career, its main focus is always raising the bar on ability, AND lifting up everyone else in the guitar community as well. He only gives everyone praise, and always teaches everything he knows. He is a blessing to the guitar world. Period.

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...

Who is synyster gates?
if we remove synyster gates and Slash from the list, this will be the most accurate list this website ever had

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5 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.

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.

This guy is so the*n fast. - zxm

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6 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.

I play guitar. Trust me when I say there I no one else. When you talk about speed, meaning from a more professional standpoint, is how fast your fingers are moving, and Eddie takes the cake. But all of you who don't play guitar do not understand that I am the fastest guitar player ever... If I pick the same 2 chords over and over and over again at 900 beats per minute, which is entirely possible. Fast is defined by movement, not note lengths or space between notes. So as a result, 99 percent of these guitarists do not measure up. Eddie is the best out there

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

Eddie deserves to be first man. HE popularized two hand tapping method on a six-string guitar, with his song "Eruption" off the album Van Halen. He created a following trend of tapping guitarists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. He is the GOD

ARE YOU SERIOUS THAT JIMMY PAGE IS ON HERE! YOU ARE BASICALLY SAYING STAIR WAY TO HEAVEN IS FAST!

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7 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.

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"

Pure skilll

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8 Sam 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 should be in second place write behind where Herman li should be

He is right behind herman li in speed which means he is the second fastest and herman li is first

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9 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.

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

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.

STEVE VAI IS THE BEST HE SHOULD BE SWAPPED WITH SLASH CAUSE SLASH IS THE SLOWEST PLAYER EVER AND REALLY SUCKS AT GUITAR NO JOKES

10 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.

John Petrucci is a god among men and why he is only number 10 we shall never know. Synyster Gates has nothing on him. Just listen to the Stream Of Consciousness solo at about 3 minutes in, he reaches 38 notes per second, let's just let that sink in 38 NOTES PER SECOND! Tell me that is not fast...

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.

Petrucci's speed and CLARITY is inhuman. Check out the solo in "As I Am" by Dream Theater. It's unreal how precise he plays those wicked-fast arpeggios.

Petrucci is incredibly fast, check out Acid Rain by Liquid Tension Experiment

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The Contenders

11 Alexi 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

Synester gates shouldn't be at the top of of this list there are guitarist like Randy Rhoads are better than him and talking about alexi laiho well speed is his middle name. What the hell is wrong with this list. Overrated guys like A7X top this list. I respect them but they are overrated. Seriously

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12 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.

Jimmy Page is not really fast. His solos are somehow fast, but not really the fastest. And his riffs are mostly slow. Because he created heavy riffs (not talking about metal). And for heavy riffs, you have to strum your guitar slowly. So he is not very fast. - zxm

What do you mean he's the tenth fastest guitarist ever? Go listen to something like Heartbreaker or dazed and confused, or even you shook me. He plays blazingly fast! Few people know this, but van halen got his famous tapping technique that gives him his speed from watching jimmy page play Heartbreaker live! You people don't know true talent.

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

He was one of the fastest ones on those days. 40-50 years ago. not anymore. - zxm

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13 Paul Gilbert Paul 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

HI ise faststs getarist evre paly the musics, ust lok aet he's meteriel thet whase playes iin rasir z, is the fast stuff playes ever,

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14 John 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.

Most underrated solo artist ever, listen to wash away the wrong and u will change your vote, should be on top of this list followed by buckethead.

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15 Ilan 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.

What is up with these lists ahahha

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16 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin

Can tell you exactly which notes he is playing or leaving out and can play them backwards if he wants to.

McLaughlin hands down. I mean, Jimmy Page and Slash? Seriously?

Saw him live in the early 70s with the orchestra and the accuracy was amazing!

17 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 ...read more.

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.

WHAT! Jimi Hendrix 16 place this man is so good he can play the guitar whith his teeth and tongue

18 Shawn Lane

Not just fast, ultra-fast and clean. He's a lot more unknown that the others here & that's too bad, because he (like his friend Buckethead) simply over matches the instrument. He never liked to showcase his speed, deferring to substance, tone and expression. But ever since I saw him bring down the house in Munich, Germany one night with an awesome display of speed, I'd say Shawn belongs in the top 2; no disrespect to the other talented guitarists here. Shawn Lane may not be as well known, but I'd invite guitarists everywhere to listen to his unique style.

All you need is one video of Shawn Lane and your mind will be blown. I have watched videos of many other fast guitar players, but as soon as I saw Lane, there really is no question. There has been no one else who has mastered the speed and technicality the same as him. The most impressive feature is that the solos are ridiculously clean.

Shawn Lane all the way. Many articles about his unmatched uncanny speed. This list makes me laugh. It seems like the voters are young teenagers who don't really know what they're talking about. lol!

Shawn Lane is a beast

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19 Joe Satriani Joe 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

He can play the fastest if he wants, he just has the clarity and soul.

He is arguably the best humanity has ever produced.

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20 Chris Impellitteri

Chris is definitely the fastest...I have watched every guitarist mentioned here and the clear answer is Chris Impellitteri.

The list says fastest. Without question Chris is the fastest of the choices offered. Check out Empire Of Lies. Says it all!

Finally, Chris Impellitteri ended the speed war!

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