Fastest Guitarist Ever

The Top Ten

1 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.

The sound when he plays is just a wonderful sound. He plays fast, he plays slow but it's always great and amazing. It's a nice guitarist.

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

Proven to be the fastest, and no one can match his skill with his speed

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

How can someone even describe what he does with a guitar? its just out of this world!

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

It's not just about being fast. it's about sounding GOOD while playing fast. Buckethead can do this. Every time.

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.

4 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...

I am a huge fan of synyster gates but seriously he does not hold a candle to MAB... Batio could play faster than gates upside down or with his opposite hand. If you don't believe that then apparently you've never seen any videos of him playing. On that note I'm willing to bet he could play two guitars at the same time faster than some of the people on this list could play one!

5 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

You know, once Eddie did his Eruption solo and after that Yngwie Malmsteen did the same solo with his guitar behind his back.

6 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

Been listening Yngwie since 1983 and he's in a league of his own and always will be. A master at his craft and a misunderstood Man of Shred.

People who voted for this list are not guitar players. When it comes to speed, no one even competes against Yngwie

7 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"

This is not best guitarists but fastest. He is good but he is not fast

8 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

Steve Vai on nummer 8!?!

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STEVE VAI ON NUMBER 8!?!?!?

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.

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

He should be in second place write behind where Herman li should be

10 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.

Ash is the definition of a child prodigy..I know him well and he lives to play guitar

The Contenders

11 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.

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

12 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's fast. Maybe not quite as fast as some of the others on this list, but keep in mind that many techniques hadn't yet been invented in the 70's

13 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

this guy is totally insane with a great fingering skills and so powerful deathcore vocal... he is THE MIRACLE MAN... a living legend...

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.

Great player... New to a lot of people.. Fast no doubt... Can do it all

15 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 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.

I guess anyone who doesn't vote for Petrucci, absolutely never listen or watch him playing

16 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

17 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.

love paul gilbert extremly fast and awesome. He plays everything so perfecly

ps: LOL AT CHUCK NORRIS

Who knows about guitars, knows that Gilbert is the fastest. Also Marty Friedman should be in the Top 10

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

Paul Gilbert is the fastest shredder ever no questions asked

18 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.

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..

24? You must be kidding me listen to "One" "Master Of Puppets" "Wherever I May Roam" "Battery" then come vote

19 Joe Satriani Joseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie ...read more.

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.

Teacher of the all the masters mentioned above. He can play any speed,but most of the time he prefer melody.

20 Brian May Brian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

Go and listen to Brighton Rock live at Hammersmith, 1975. For a couple of bars he is playing with 10 notes per second. One vision tapping plays 12 notes per second. Far from world record, but I challenge you to find faster playing in the classic rock era: Clapton, Hendrix, Page...

Highly underrated; Comes, because Brian always plays what's best for the song, not what's best for his ego (like so many other guitar masturbators on this list); He MAY not be the fastest, but he CAN do pretty fast... Still that, fastness, - to me - is not a criterion for quality... ;-)

Listen to Dead on Time, Gimme the Prize intro and the solo of Princes of the Universe.

all the music that's not lyrics and not keeping the beat in Queen comes out of one dude with a guitar. - Queen-aholic

21 Chris Impellitteri

Synyster Gates?! Slash?! Kirk Hammett?! The fastest they've ever played is half the speed of Chris Impellitteri.

Impellitteri is an absolute Speed Demon! - The_YToePickle

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!

22 Michael Amott Michael 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.
23 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 ...read more.

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

Better than all! Not Dead Yet.

I am 12 years old, I can play synyster gates solos, Michael Angelo Batio solos, and a little yngwie, but I can't top Jason in speed or melody he can play over 20 notes per second, if that tells you anything. Listen to Altitudes or Mables Fatel Fable and you'll see what I mean.

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

24 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.

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!

After playing guitar through much of my teenage years, and then working live sound and concert production through my 20's into my 30's, I've literally seen thousands of guitarists live. I've seen and/or worked all of the greats (Yngwie, Vai, Satch, Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy, BB King, Tosin...). No one, and I mean no one, can do what Shawn Lane did. There is absolutely no question who the greatest guitarist in the 30 years is. It's Shawn Lane.

25 Richie Sambora Richard 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. He is known for his work with Bon Jovi from 1983 to 2013. He is a very praised guitarist who played solos for songs like Dry County, Stranger ...read more.

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

great guy! very fast player - richie4life

Brilliant Man, so inspirational and beautiful! Just listen to the second solo on dry county! So amazing. Richie deserves all the love he gets ❤️❤️🎸🎸 - DaringXx

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