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

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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
Buckethead
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?
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:iconfixmeknow:
FixMeKnow Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Necro thread.


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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).
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AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
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AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Guitar World/Hero/Wanker magazine are all loaded with shit. Never read them.
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alcholocaust Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008   Photographer
Needs more Santana.
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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.
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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.
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Kylma Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Janick Gers? [link]
And if you know his solo on the song "Dance Of Death"..
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EnvyMachinery Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Student General Artist
synyster gates? were they high???
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bearjazzplz Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
More Fripp, Hackett, Zappa
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CouldBeJesus Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Not at all a surprising list. I was expecting Ben Weiman a little bit but not really counting on it. Pretty much every time I'm listening to Dillinger with people, there has to always be someone that says Ben Weiman is a dick. We don't mean like, O and btw, that Ben Weiman isn't a very nice guy. It's more like fuck his existence because it makes ours look like shit.
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trinket Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Watch herman Li videos on YouTube... they're a hoot.
I hate that I've seen him live before!
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Arkayem Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Student General Artist
Shredding sucks.....lol2 at gates being on this list....I mean its like a given he'd be on here and he sounds like methed up kittens fighting over a high E string.
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CorruptedBrilliance Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
tha regularz hear 'shred' and they be hatin'... lol *facepalm*

Well, here's how I define a guitarist.
Practice=get better
get good enough=solos
moar practice=moar speed+skill at soloing
speed=lotsa practice
lotsa practice=lotsa skill

Now, I will have to make a distinction between the more creative guitarists and the ones that just cram as many pentatonic/harmonic runs (I'm no genius with technical terms:P) as they can into 45 secs and those that CONSTRUCT their solos. I respect both, and both serve certain moods, as both are fun to play if you have the tabs. I cant touch what either extreme does, so you cant fault me for thinking that simple.

Or maybe you can.
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kourinthellama Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Petrucci: [link]

Yeah.
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:iconblue-toxic:
Blue-toxic Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
well Mark Knopfler ???!!!
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:iconkourinthellama:
kourinthellama Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Mark Knopfler is as fast as Heinz ketchup.
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LenasArtWorXS Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
lol
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:iconmorte-abreviada:
morte-abreviada Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Billy Sheehan must be one of them, I don't really like him though
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:iconbeavisandbutthead123:
beavisandbutthead123 Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
speed does not equal skill.
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Criptonix Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
You forgot one, (No.7) Mick Tompson from SLIPKNOT.
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:iconcriptonix:
Criptonix Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
I think the Heretic song speaks for its self!!!
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Noah-Nosferatu Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Not my sorta thing =/
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TapeDelay Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
That's what I meant. I mean how can those other guitarists possibly surpass Guy Man-Dude's tremendous body of brain-melting virtuosity? It boggles the mind.
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TapeDelay Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Let's not forget the inimitable Guy Man-Dude - who's contribution to contemporary music cannot be overstated. "Shredd'n It Down" and "Clusterphuck" are towering monuments of resplendent genius and will be cherished by future generations yet to come. :hmm:

Also, why the fuck are Django, McLaughlin and Uli Jon Roth bedfellows with The Great Kat and Michael Angelo Batio? Whoever was assigned as the editor of this list needs to clean the years of accumulated wax out of his or her ears, post haste.
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magentalane Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Guy Mann-Dude is on the list.
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:iconjimmpan:
Jimmpan Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
You forgot Jeff Waters...
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:icongearmond:
Gearmond Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
no Zappa? this is no list of fastest guitarists.
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SoGothicImDead Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
I'm not a huge fan of "shred woooo" guitarists. I'm more of a um...melodic person. Like, I don't care how fast you can play, if it sounds good and I like your technique, I like you. Can't say I've heard of/enjoy many of the guitarists on this list.
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dripping-dream Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
Ew, this list sort of sucks. :unimpressed:
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Not much to discuss, really. I could probably make the list staggering some four fingered tapping with open strings.
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ZoSoLover202 Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
True
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
John McLaughlin! :#1:

Needs moar Robert Fripp though.
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:iconmapisto:
Mapisto Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
Damn right! And Steve Hackett!
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:iconcrimsonmagpie:
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner May 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:nod:
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:iconetovakala:
EtovaKala Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
And where's Johnny Ramone?
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:iconskulkey:
skulkey Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
RIP Joey...

"The KKK took my baby away..."
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:iconsilentpair:
silentpair Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
poor django. all stuck in that list of 6 string masturbators and stuff.

that is really one uneven and weird list, though. and the lack of devin townsend ruins any credibilty it could have had.


tl; dr - :iconhestonplz: --- DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!!!
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:iconcorruptedbrilliance:
CorruptedBrilliance Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
:crying: Satriani's a jerk off?
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:iconsilentpair:
silentpair Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
he's talented for what he does...i'm just not a fan of guitars that sound like guitars.
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:iconcorruptedbrilliance:
CorruptedBrilliance Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
I get it. I think.
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jimmyjazz13 Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
He'd probably be blown away that he's still getting recognised.
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silentpair Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
django? yeah...for good reason...all that skill in spite of having gimped up fingers. my fingers are 100% and i can barely play power chords. geezer from black sabbath has a messed up finger or two as well...maybe there's something to the whole crippled hand approach.
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ZoSoLover202 Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Tony Iommi's messed up fingers are supposedly the reason he detuned his guitar, creating their sound. Coincidentally he hurt them in a metal shop. maybe god is cliche.
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:iconsilentpair:
silentpair Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
yeah, they said that was actually the source of the name. it was some vh-1 thing i saw...it's odd that vh-1 does specials about metal. we've come a long way over the years...or not.
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:iconzosolover202:
ZoSoLover202 Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
We'll go with not. I just remember being told that by a metalhead, I could never get into black sabbath.
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:iconsilentpair:
silentpair Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
meh. blaming metal for metalheads is like blaming islam for osama bin laden. some people are just assholes. especially the guy that told you that.
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:iconzosolover202:
ZoSoLover202 Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Oh I don't blame metal for metalheads, I just don't like either.
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