Top Shredders of All Time

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21 Glenn Tipton Glenn Tipton Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. He is most commonly known as the lead guitarist for English heavy metal band Judas Priest.

How is he not on this list PAINKILLER Glenn is Judas priest! - macrox16

Glenn's been shredding since the late 70s. He is one of the creators of the whole sub-genre, or whatever it is.

What has happened to people? Listen to All Guns Blazing solo where He literally out-shreds all these so called Modern Technical Axemen. :D

22 Kerry King Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Kerry doesn't solo in key. Has no idea how to properly solo over a chord progression. He uses his tremolo to make up for his limited lead techniques.

Exactly. Some people voting their favorite guitarists here thinking they are shredder. Some even vote for rhythm guitarists. - zxm

Old school badazz...

23 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather more.

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...

24 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.

This guy got me into shred. And his music makes much sense and flow!

I like slash, but his not the best

Slash is my favorite guitarist!

Should be higher on this list!

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25 Tom Morello Tom Morello Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

most creative with a simple setup

Very amazing style of playing the guitar

without a doubt better than buckethead, and all these garbage other guitarist, (with repect toward few). He is presently the best guitarist on the planet still making new music. I don't care what people say about speed and all that jazz, but tom takes the cake in today's world.

26 K. K. Downing K. K. Downing Kenneth "K. K." Downing, Jr. is an English semi-retired Grammy Award winning guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the British heavy metal band Judas Priest.

I wish I could vote twice, I just voted for glenn! they both rock m/
the whole band rocks m/ - ShahryRKnoT

27 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.

Are you kidding
you're asking that kirk can shred tell me this after listening to the four horsemen's solo. He's probably the best and also one of the top guitarist in the world he has changed the metal genre and is indeed

I'm sick tired of people comparing kirk hammett to god, I mean he's pretty bad ass but by no means he is kirk "the ripper" hammett

Kirk hammett honestly sucks at guitar he plays blues over metal tracks and it sucks

Kirk Hammett at 21. This list is a joke

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28 Dave Murray Dave Murray David Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Just listen solo on Hallowed Be Thy Name or Sign Of The Cross, they are just brilliant, like and others Murray's solos. Iron Maiden rules /

29 Richie Sambora 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.

Richie Sambora, the Musical Shredder with Feeling will make the other Shredders look like Just... Shredders...

However, the Following Shredders should also be Ranked much Higher:
Yngwie Malmsteen, Shawn Lane, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Randy Rhoads, Buckethead, Dimebag Darrell, Eddie Van Halen & Eric Johnson (All Great Musical Shredders). - Nirmal1991USA

Musical Shredding is the Secret, not just Shredding! Richie Sambora does exactly that! He Shreds with Feeling & Emotion!

Shredding = Richie Sambora
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30 Jeff Waters Jeff Waters Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator . He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos . Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band . Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, more.
31 Ilan Ashkenazi

Mr. Ashkenazi's technique is unmatched. His speed and clarity is insane. Malmsteen can't touch him. His songs are also very melodic and not just a bunch of notes which is rare for shred at that level. He should be much more famous. There are some monster videos of him on youtube. Truly a monster virtuoso! - 7stringshred

No clue how to say this name! Basically insane shred up a few notches and truly one of the fastest and cleanest shredders around. Songs to check out:

"Master" "Endurance" for pure shred. Ashkenazi has great melodic mind and combines shear speed and intense skill with great musical content.

32 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.

Herman Li should definitely be at least ahead of Yngwie Malmsteen, because if anyone should be at the top, it should be Herman or Slash. Although Yngwie is a good shredder, he has nothing to Slash and Herman. If you listen to Dragonforce, his solos are deserving of the top 3!

Fast and plays some cool unexpected stuff as well. Not sure what a synister gates is, but yngwie and Michael angelo batio definitely belong at the top of this list. They started this whole thing and Michael Angelo could pretty much destroy anyone on sheer speed and accuracy.

Should be number 1, he's as good or maybe even better than Michael Angelo Batio, way underrated

Maybe not the most skilled (yet) but the fastest by far!

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33 Chris Impelliterri

Really really fast at shredding shoul be in the top ten - MASH

34 Jim Root Jim Root James Donald "Jim" Root, also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm/lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for alternative metal band Stone Sour.
35 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.

The originator of the art of shred, originator of the neoclassical rock genre, scorching the fretboard a decade before EVH. Bow down to the Godfather of shred.

Blackmore should be at the top with rhoads! Every song I listen to from rainbow or deep purple is just full of FAST fretboard action and it's tasteful, unlike Eddie Van Halen. he's also a beast riff maker! Ritchie is king!

Blackmore INVENTED shredding!

Blackmoore in his day awesome, watch 1974 California jam concert amazing.

36 John 5

Most underrated guitarist out there.

Knew who this guy was, but hadn't heard any of his solo stuff. Was totally blown away. Guy is incredible. While it is a weird combo, I'm a Vai and Mustaine guy (Mustaine's writing ability, and hands down, best rhythm player (plus, while singing) ever... And there isn't much else, other than WOW to say about Vai. But yeah, John 5 is amazing. Skilled and great writer.

A7x guitar guy sucks and so does petrucci, john is the best out there

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37 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.

This guy is the original Guitar Shredder who completely changed the way people played guitar. I can't believe he wasn't on this list before now! What blasphemy! There were no shredders before him, period! Eric Clapton definitely influenced Jimi before he was famous, but Eric didn't shred. Even though he was no Buckethead or Satriani, he should still be on the top ten of this list because of his influence on today's music.

If it wasnt for this god, none of the others would know what to do with a guitar, He was a guitar genius and paved the way for others to follow

Top 10 at least. Come on guys, it's JIMI HENDRIX. Listen to him playing the national anthem, and all of the unrelated shredding he breaks down into. He over doubled the length of the national anthem by breaking down into the most famous shred in history. - ThatoneMetalhead

I honestly don't know how this man isn't first, he was the pioneer for rock and roll guitar styles.

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38 Marty Friedman Marty Friedman Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted more.

TORNADO OF SOULS... Listen to the solo... Best solo of all time... Without a doubt better than most of the guitarists listed here... And what is Syn doing on top? And Slash? And you have Marty Friedman on 26? - alexitahmid

This list should be renamed to-most popular guitar players of all time, marty jason yngwie and so many great players after that kirk and slash, disgusting.

Dragon's kiss, the first Marty Friedman solo album, is THE masterpiece of shredding. It's even weird that people did try to make some guitar albums after that...

Tornado of Souls... Is unbelievably awesome. He's a pioneer of shred metal and he has some of the greatest shredder masterpieces ever - Dragon's Kiss. - LightningBlade

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39 Billy Dolan

Guitar genius! From rockford, Illinois. So innovative and ahead of his time. Check out his bands 5ive Style, Heroic Doses, and Das Boton!


Go to Chicago, Illinois and see for yourself. - 910UROUT

40 Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

He just owns all of them. Listen for example to "Guitar suck", and if you think it's talentless because too fast, listen to "I can't play the blues", dedicated to you

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