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May 9, 2008


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Guitar World's 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time...yeah

magentalane Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Okay, before you all slaughter me for posting this, let me actually try to make this thread discussion-worthy.

I don't like Guitar World magazine too much, but I actually willingly shelled out the money for this particular issue, partly out of curiosity, and partly out of interest in possibly discovering new guitar players worth listening to. I'm a guitarist, and I like to listen to listen to my share of (gasp) so-called "shred" music--that doesn't mean you'll catch me listening to DragonForce anytime soon. So it made sense to me.

Honestly, the list didn't include too many surprises, and some choices would most likely appear blasphemous to listeners who would value technique and expression over speed any given day--it doesn't help that DragonForce, Children of Bodom, and Avenged Sevenfold are included. But hey, it is a list based around speed, although I would like believe the magazine actually took ability into consideration--at least to an extent. And thankfully (right?), the 50 fastest players are not exclusively rock and metal musicians. So here it is (mostly in alphabetical order):

Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel)
Mick Barr
Michael Angelo Batio
Jason Becker
Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
Paco de Lucia
Allan Holdsworth
Al di Meola
Frank Gambale
Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
Danny Gatton
Paul Gilbert
John 5
The Great Kat
Richie Kotzen
Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
Johnny Hiland
Cary and Larry Parks (Boy Howdy)
Jimmy Olander
Jimmy Bryant
Cliff Gallup
Larry Collins and Joe Maphis
Shawn Lane (Black Oak Arkansas)
Albert Lee
Alvin Lee (Ten Years After)
Jeff Loomis (Nevermore)
Yngwie Malmsteen
John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Steve Morse
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Chris Impellitteri
Guy Mann-Dude
Maestro Alex Gregory
Vinnie Moore
Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions)
Les Paul
Django Reinhardt
Randy Rhoads
Joe Satriani
Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
Alex Skolnick (Testament)
Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius)
Herman Li and Sam Totman (DragonForce)
Steve Vai
Eddie Van Halen
Ben Weiman (Dillinger Escape Plan)
Johnny Winter

Interesting? Disgusting? Laughable? tl;dr?

Devious Comments

FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Necro thread.

6ft2plus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
remove Synyster ans Sam Totman and put in cris broderick and eric johnson. at least they included jason becker and richie kotzen (they never get enough recognition).
AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Guitar World/Hero/Wanker magazine are all loaded with shit. Never read them.
alcholocaust Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008   Photographer
Needs more Santana.
nocturnwinter Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Dunno who necro'd this thread, but I just wanted to say that Trey Azagthoth is one fucking awesome guitarist.
mmxivrip Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
why is guitar playing so focused on speed :iconohnoseplz:
but hey a7x is a quite ok band live.
Kylma Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Janick Gers? [link]
And if you know his solo on the song "Dance Of Death"..
EnvyMachinery Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Student General Artist
synyster gates? were they high???
bearjazzplz Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
More Fripp, Hackett, Zappa
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