Top 10 Shred Guitarist PioneersWell who is the creator of shred-guitar is a very debatable topic. If you keep arguing about it then it can take this topic back to 18th century. But these guitarists are often considered as the pioneering shred guitarists of all time. Their techniques match with modern/pure shredders and they influenced pure shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai etc.
The Top Ten
He was both fast and technical of his time. He has some great shredding (proto-shredding) songs like Highway Star, Child In Time, Burn, Gates of Babylon, Stargazer. Especially his shredding on Highway Star. He influenced guitarists Yngwie Malmsteen. That's why I think he should be on top. - zxm
Yup, in a good mood Blackmore was the man. Just listen to kill the king - speed metal meets 1977. Also some good parts of jazzy scales and arpeggios as early as late 60's. He is untouched as a father of shred. A bit inconsistent (I've seen some poor live preformances), but pure genius most of time
A lot of people have stated him to be the father of shred-guitarist. Well I cannot say anything for sure but he had some fast arpeggios and alternate picking in the 70s. - zxm
Pretty similar like Al Di Meola. He also used some great techniques. - zxm
He's been called the father of sweep picker. I have checked some of his songs. Hard to believe they are from 50s. - zxm
His did some crazy techniques on his acoustic guitar. - zxm
I added him here cause he already started to shred from the 70s and a pure shredder. - zxm
He was pretty fast and influential. - zxm
Like I said on the last list, he did some crazy stuffs with his vibrato bar. Later he developed more in shredding. - zxm
According to many people he used different techniques in the 50s. - zxm
Check the lick of The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise around 1:21.
also, the lick at the 1:27 How High The Moon.
Who said Les Paul is a shredder? I said he pioneered shredding by some of the techniques. Few licks. - zxm
On last. He wasn't very fast but some of his songs were very influential. Especially his solo in Heartbreaker. A lot of shred guitarists were inspired by him. Steve Vai was. Eddie Van Halen invented tapping (his own style) watching his solo in the mid section of Hearbreaker. - zxm
Not sure about Dick Dale though. Like the visitor said Miserlou predates everyone on this list. Yeah its very fast, but its not much technical. There were even much more technical solos before Dick Dale. Especially in the Spanish classical guitar. Ravi Shankar (Sitar player) learnt few techniques from his guru (teacher). And he was quite fast. So, I don't think Dick Dale predates everybody except guitar inventors.
by the way, invention of guitar has a long history. There were guitars before guitar. You know what I mean. - zxm
Predates everyone on this list except for Les Paul, think "Theme to Pulp Fiction" [Miserlou], I dare anyone to find earlier shredding except by guitar inventors.