Top Shredders of All Time

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61 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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62 Mark Tremonti Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

Best modern rock guitarist.

Can't beat his solos

63 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
64 Joe Pass Joe Pass
65 Alex Lifeson - Rush Alex Lifeson - Rush Aleksandar Živojinović, OC, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.

Okay really?! Have you never heard the working man solo It doesn't get better than that! - macrox16

66 Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi

Obviously the best one here, but the best of all time is Allan Holdsworth. I haven't seen him on the list and Tosin Abasi is my favorite guitarist so I voted for him. And Synyster Gates is number 3? That's when you know when too many retards have access to the internet.

Tosin is not an all out shredder, but he can play some insanely difficult lines at quick speeds. I've seen a number of covers of the song CAFO and only 1 guitarist played the beginning riff correctly. He's not as quick as Yngwie, MAB and a lot of guys here, but he is the guitarist I respect the more than anyone. He knows when to shred and when to hold back which is what makes him a great shredder.

He's really underrated. He may not shred all the time but when he does it's pure epicness. You don't have to shred ALL THE TIME. It's about how good you can shred. Quality > Quantitiy. - Fretto

67 Steve Howe Steve Howe Stephen James "Steve" Howe is an English musician and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist in the progressive rock group Yes.

The guy was shredding on a fat hollow body before half this list was born

Howe could have easily been the original shredder, but instead he worked with Yes to make great Music. Listen to his work on Starship trooper on Yessongs.

68 Chris Broderick Chris Broderick Christopher Alan Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former lead and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth.

This guy is amazing. Although he is underused in Megadeth, he is a monster guitar player.

69 Jari Mäenpää Jari Mäenpää Jari Mäenpää (born 23 December 1977) is a Finnish heavy metal multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the founder of metal band Wintersun for which he records all instruments. Before forming Wintersun, Mäenpää was best known for his role in the folk metal band Ensiferum.

Genius guitarist, great guitar technique and feeling, he also plays keyboards and sings.

What the #### is wrong with you? How the hell did Jari did not even make this list? You're a bunch of noobs.

70 Andy James

Listen to this guy he really can shred, his a complete player he can alternate pick, legato pick, tap, sweep he does all with great tone and clarity, he's the new legend of shred

He can play everybody's stuff and teach it

71 Luca Turilli

He's insanely fast and clean ..but underated because his music isn't too comercial

72 George Lynch George Lynch George Lynch is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with heavy metal band Dokken and his band Lynch Mob.

In his prime during the 80s is vibrato was unmatched and his solos were very melodic

73 Vinnie Vincent Vinnie Vincent Vinnie Vincent is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is a former member of the rock band Kiss from 1982 until mid-1984 during the band's transition out of their 1973–1983 makeup period.

I'm not into glam metal, but Vinnie can really move his fingers. If you really focus on what he's playing, he does some pretty creative things. However, he's no Buckethead!

How come everybody forgot Vinnie? Listen to vinnie vincent invasion (his band) the solos can't be faster than that!

74 Michael Schenker Michael Schenker

A proto shred god and and utter genius

The first to blend classical and blues with metal

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75 Eric Johnson Eric Johnson Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist from Austin, Texas. Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist.

He IS the best universal guitarist.
And as a shredder he deserves to be in the top 10.

Can't believe I had to scroll all the way to 78 to find Eric Johnson. I guess you guys just don't listen to much variety in you music at all.

Yes, smooth, fast, clean, lots of style and a joy to listen to. Deserves to be way much higher on the list. At least above Slash. Slash?

Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrel, Kerry King, Pete Townshend above Eric Johnson! It's so funny. Voting wrong items here. - zxm

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76 John McLaughlin John McLaughlin

This is the worst list ever... John mclaughlin is the man who completely changed the way of playing guitar... He is the fastest and the most creative guitar player, just listen to his rich discography... In his composition west meet east and in that term the whole world music heritage... He is the guitar bible...

Agreed. But you will never see JM on any top 10 list. These lists are popularity contests, voted on by people with zero musical taste.

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78 Ian Antono

Rock guitarist from Godbless, ex Gong 2000. Great songwriter and producer. Inspiring million people in this country to play guitar.

79 Antti Kokko
80 Joey Tafolla

Incredible on "Out of the sun". One of the typical and best shredders!

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