Top Shredders of All Time

The Contenders: Page 3

41 Rusty Colley

First off, it's Rusty COOLEY. Second, this dude should be way higher on the list. He's one of the fastest shredders in the world hands down.

Just go watch some of his vids on youtube and he'll be #1 in no time

42 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.

By far the best shredder in my opinion. I'm mortified that he is this low in the list when the guy that brought us miles of machines, the best shredding song of all time, isn't in the top ten you know that this isn't right. You know he means business the instant you see his schecter 7 string. Awesome playing.

1) Buckethead, 2) Jeff Loomis, 3) John Petrucci, 4) Paul Gilbert, 5) Jason Becker, 6) Shawn Lane, 7) Yngwie Malmsteen.
Most of the guys who voted for other guitarists on this list ought to know that speed isn't everything. To do what these guys do, you need precision, you have to understand the guitar, you need to know it like the back of your hand. That's when you can create the kind of MAGIC that these guys do. Period.

Versatile, insane speed, and emotion, I might like Alexi just as much, but the fact no one has added him yet destroys the credibility of this list. He should definitely be in the top 10 if you know shredding. - guitargirl_94

43 Criss Oliva Criss Oliva Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.

The innovative musician himself! He can play extremely fast while making it sound so melodical and great. Listen to Hounds and Gutter Ballet and you will know

44 Matthias Jabs

How come he so underrated? It's either no Scorpion's fans here or no one seen him playing it. To justify, how come in a list where Kirk and Slash is in, this guys did not top them? I have seen Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Satch - they exhibit very different nice qualities. How come Dave Murray left as well?

45 John Norum

Yes for me john norum is the best I am from greece and in greece no one listen europe but I do the difference hahaha and I am proud for this.

Norum is one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and maybe the greatest shredder.

Few guiratist have such a feeling in their playing like mr Norum

46 Cipher - D'erlanger

he is incredibly fast. you don't believe me? check ROSE TAINTED VIEW TOUR of theirs - ronluna

47 Karl Logan

He can shred like no other! He made the shred essential to Manowar's sound and plays it so clean and fast.

48 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.

Yep, he is a master showman on live stage, and while performing complex acrobatics on stage, he continues to play wicked leads and never misses a note. I'd like to see these other guitarists do what he does. Not a chance.

If There's anyone who can shred it's this guy AND he can do while running around the stage and lying on the ground etc
Has to be on this list

49 Joe Stump

Joe is a great shredder but what separates him from the others in my opinion is he shreds from his heart just look at his face when he plays its Jimi Hendrix on steroids also a great teacher.

Gus G was a student of his at Berklee school of music. Plus, Joe Stump plays a lot like Malmsteen.

When Gus G enrolled at Berklee School of Music and his teacher was Joe Stump. This guy plays a lot like Yngwie Malmsteen.

50 Ken Kitamura

At first, you hear him play slow but in songs like forbidden lover, shinshoku ~lose control, pieces he is incredibly fast. - ronluna

51 Glenn Schwartz

I've lived in the cleveland area all my life and feel so blessed to have gotten to know Glenn personally. from the first time I heard him play I realized that I had to re-learn how to play the guitar all over again! Glenn has changed my life for the good. Spiritually he has opened doors for me that I never knew were there. He has made a greater impact on my life than any one person has ever done. I feel truly blessed and proud to say that I know this great man. Glenn Schwartz is With out a doubt the greatest electric Blues guitar player that ever lived!

I totally agree! No electric blues guitar player can put the feeling from his soul into his playing like glenn Schwartz can. He is as pure as it gets! He is a gentile kind man when you actually get to know him. So devoted to jesus. Glenn is the Real Deal for sure, and we love him!

There's know one person alive that can play the blues from the soul like glenn schwartz can. He taps into the heart of the blues!

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52 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth

One of the best MUSICIANS of all time too.

The best guitarist of all time, period.

The best guitarist of all TIMES

53 Wes Borland Wes Borland Wesley Louden "Wes" Borland is an American rock musician and artist. He is best known as the current guitarist and backing vocalist of the nu metal band Limp Bizkit and as the lead vocalist of the industrial rock band Black Light Burns.
54 Steve Morse Steve Morse Steven J. "Steve" Morse is an American guitarist and composer, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs; and since 1994, the guitar player of Deep Purple.

A god of the guitar...a man from whom everybody must learn how to play guitar

He has the greatest pinky on his right hand

55 Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth Uli Jon Roth is a German guitarist, who became famous as the Scorpions lead guitarist, and is one of the earliest contributors to the neoclassical metal genre.

The Father of Shred guitar... The first true shredder... Without him the world will be playing only blues-oriented guitar solos... He was the creator of classical-oriented guitar solos which is one of the strongest points in metal!

Uli Jon Roth is an absolute genius - light years ahead of just about every other player on the planet. He's not just a shredder, but a true composer.

He revolutionized guitar playing style... The true father of shred!

56 Nuno Bettencourt Nuno Bettencourt

He is amazing, just listen to Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today).

The guy who created Funk-Metal-Hard rock... Shredding the hell anyway!

He should be the one & deserve in big#10 best shredder!
No one can play Funk-Metal Riff better than him!
Just listen Pornografitti (extreme) album!

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57 Muhammed Suicmez Muhammed Suicmez Muhammed SuiƧmez was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, to Turkish immigrants. He is the frontman and guitarist of the German technical death metal band Necrophagist.

Muhammed Suicmez is an insanely good guitarist. I wouldn't say he is the best shredder. But he has a very melodic sound during his solo's. Though he has one mature flaw and that is the rest of his songs. The songs of his band necrophagist are very technical melodically their mature flaw is that all their songs sound the same.

Listen to Necrophagist's Fermented Offal Discharge and you'll see why he deserves to be higher up

He has a unique style and is very fast also underated- best shredder

58 Tony MacAlpine

Are you kidding me? More than half of these guys are not even shredders- a lot of good guitar players, but most of them are not shredders. Tony should be #1 or at least top ten. Yngwie just plays fancy notes and exotic scales, Tony actually makes well-crafted and fluid songs. Get Edge of Insanity and Maximum Security. He plays keyboards for Steve Vai and Vinnie Moore, too!

Tony isn't higher because the white man is keeping him down. Empire in the Sky! Edge of Insanity! His Chopin interpretations! Tears of Sahara! Get Evolution, Edge of Insanity, and Maximum Security.

What? Edge of Insanity is a ' masterpiece! You must be living in your Mom's basement. Avenged Sevenfold-Tsk-Tsk

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59 Gus G Gus G Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne
60 Joe Pass Joe Pass
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