Top Shredders of All Time

Throughout the years, many things define a great guitarist. Here, guitarists are defined only by their speed. Who's the fastest? You decide.

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41 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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42 Michael Romeo Michael Romeo Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.

Slash and Kirk Hammett are too slow compare to Michael Romeo... try listening to the band SYMPHONY X...

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43 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

44 Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal

Mostly uses sweep picking in this case. There are very few shredding videos of his on YouTube. But he is a regular shredder in his songs. - zxm

45 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

46 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?

47 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

48 Cipher - D'erlanger

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

49 Karl Logan

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

His solos are outstanding! Just listen to Sleipnir, Hand of Doom, God or Man and Let the Gods's decide.

50 Allan Holdsworth Allan Holdsworth

Holdsworth is the best shredder in my book - one of the unsung pioneers of shred. If you like Buckethead (who is #1 in this list at time of writing) you'll probably love Holdsworth, if you take the time to explore his back catalogue. Unfortunately he never got the recognition he deserved due to his lack of ego and uncompromisingly obscure musical vision. Part of the problem is that his stuff is so 'out there' that you have to 'pan for gold' in terms of shred... but man, when you find those massive nuggets, it's life changing. The best.

One of the best MUSICIANS of all time too.

The best guitarist of all time, period.

Simply the best after Jimi

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51 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.

52 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

Should be top 20- not number 55

53 Ken Kitamura

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

54 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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55 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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56 Pete Townshend Pete Townshend Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who .
57 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.
58 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

59 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!

Neither he's the father of shred-guitar nor he's the father of neoclassical metal.

1. For shred-guitar: There isn't any father of shred-guitar. But a lot of guitarists did shredding lot before him. The fathers of shred-guitar should be blues/jazz guitarists of 50s. Chuck Wayne, Les Paul, Django Reinhardt etc.
As for the rock guitarist, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Vittorio Camardese are some of the prominent guitarists who did shredding in the 60s. Ritchie Blackmore did shredding before him.

2. As for Neo-classical metal - No, he wasn't first either. Ritchie Blackmore was the first neoclassical metal guitarist. But the first guitarist. Not the first person. Jon Lord was the first person to experiment it on his hammond organ in the 60s.

(For the people who think he's the true father of shred and neoclassical metal). - zxm

60 Jason Richardson

I thought this was a list about "shredders" yet Jason isn't even in the top 50? What a joke lol This guy is by far one of the best new guitar players in the scene in terms of technical skill and ability. he's insanely fast and he's super clean. Someone should really review this list

91?! This guy belongs to top 10 at least. I guess there is only a handfull of guitarists that can reach his picking and sweeping speeds while beeing totally clean.

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