The 30 Greatest Shred Albums of All Time

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RattandRoll

Y N G W I E M A L M S T E E N

R I S I N G F O R C E

Greatest shred album of ALL TIME!!!!!!!

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saint_berzerker

Going to get hate for this, but I'm tired of seeing Hendrix on shred lists.

Shred guitar has specific criteria so I don't understand the confusion. I love Metallica, or did, but they aren't shred.

Hendrix is opposite of shred.

And while the old school blues players get props in their own right...they ain't SHRED!

If anybody should know that, it's a freaking guitar mag.

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Peshi

ERIC JOHNSON (give him a cover story!!!!!)
DANNY GATTON
DJANGO REINHART
LES PAUL
CHET ATKINS
BRENT MASON
PACO DE LUCIA
PAT METHENY
PAT MATTINO!!!
TAL FARLOW
I think a list of shredders should have been just isolated to those in the metal genre, but if choosing from multi-genres, how can you list Clapton and Robert Johnson and yet ignore some of the craziest, fastest "shredders" in jazz and country??? You guys ALWAYS stick to the same common classic rock guitar players over and over and over and over again...

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Peshi

ERIC JOHNSON (give him a cover story!!!!!)
DANNY GATTON
DJANGO REINHARDT
LES PAUL
CHET ATKINS
TOMMY EMMANUEL
BRENT MASON
PACO DE LUCIA
JASON BECKER
PAT METHENY
PAT MARTINO
TAL FARLOW
JIMMY BRYANT.... etc.
THESE GUYS CAN ALL SMOKE SOME OF THE LAUGHABLE (for being listed as a shredder; but still great) NAMES ON YOUR LIST!!!!!!!!!
I think a list of shredders should have been just isolated to those in the metal genre, but if choosing from multi-genres, how can you list Clapton and Robert Johnson and yet ignore some of the craziest, fastest "shredders" in jazz and country??? You guys ALWAYS stick to the same common classic rock guitar players over and over and over and over again...

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Darkestlord

Guitar World...Once again you've deceived me, This list is a crap because:
- You left out many, many important shreders; you can see it in the other comments. Example Jason Becker, Jan Akkerman, Dave Martone, Django Reinhardt, Mc Alpine.. Long etc.
- You included people that sucks like Synister Gates (He is not musician)
- You include a great musicians-guitar players (blues men) like Clapton, Hendrix, Robert Johnson, Johnny Winter, SRV, etc. BUT THEY ARE NOT SHREDERS.
- Crossroads a Shred Song, you must be smoked..? Only the version-cover made by Paul Gilbert and Jeff Berlin sounds Shred.

You got homework to do: Study, read, read, read about music

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ceramic_magneto

WOW, this list is laughable. For the record, Metallica is not even close to being shred, what is wrong with you guys? How could you not include Vinnie Moore and Tony MacAlpine? Those guys were at the forefront when shred took off in the late 80's.

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dadrab

I actually agree with many on this list. In most respects, this is a good effort.

Now, in addition to some of the obvious choices you've omitted...again...you've also left out Frank Marino...again. He and Uli Roth were ripping it up when Van Halen was a novice and Dimebag Whatever was still wetting his pants.

And, what the hell is GW's obsession with the latter?

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leftyz12

Ok...you put Trey Anastasio in there but not Jimmy Herring? Really? Also no Gambale, no Holdsworth? And I also agree with a previous comment about Jeff Beck and Jan Akkerman, they should also be on the list!

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bryansbs

Clapton, Howe, Van Halen, Malmsteen, Rhoads, Hammett, Satriani, Gilbert--all of these guys are great picks. But where the hell is Petrucci?

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Gnawsonguitars

Michael Schenker - UFO - Strangers in the Night. Surprised not see Ritchie Blackmore. And as a few others have mentioned....Django

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Shredded

You've got to be kidding me with this list. It's pure crap. Half of this shit is either not real shred or it's just not in an way worth the attention (some might say it sucks big time) - for example, Megadeth's Endgame.
Where is ULI JON ROTH? Where is JASON BECKER? Where is JOE STUMP???

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slime

so... you put Van Halen, Malmsteen, Rhoads, Hammett, Satriani, Friedman, Gilbert and not one of the most important (if not the most important) influence they had? Uli Jon Roth was shredding in the 70's, and Van Halen (which, you claimed, started shredding) was covering his songs when he started. Sails of Charon is probably the first "modern shredding" tune ever recorded in history, but maybe you have not many knowledges outside the "mainstream" players.
Missing Jason Becker is a crime as well.

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tango75

What about Eric Johnson, Vinnie Moore, John Petrucci, Michael Romeo, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Jason Becker, Tony Macalpine???!!! for god's sake! Maximum security is the best instrumental guitar album of all times

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tango75

What about Eric Johnson, Vinnie Moore, John Petrucci, Michael Romeo, Greg Howe, Shawn Lane, Jason Becker, Tony Macalpine???!!! for god's sake! Maximum security is the best instrumental guitar album of all times

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SRVRIP82790

No Dick Dale, Joe Stump, or Tony MacAlpine? How do you have a shred list without these guys, and many many more?

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rockabillydude

This list is supposed to be about Shred. Robert Johnson? I bet no music writer has ever written the word shred in a RJ article. Was the writer high when he wrote this? Are you trying to be like Roliing Stone making up stupid comments like putting Kurt Cobain over Pete Townsend just to piss people off? What's next? Greatest Classical guitarists of all time: At number 17 Albert Lee? Vince Gill at 29? Les Paul at 2? You owe your readers an explaination. What the hell were you guys thinking?

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Nostradumbass

Typical GW staff obsession with everything that sounds like Clapton. Didn't even put Reinhardt on the list, and it seems quite biased to include Eric Clapton and friends, but not guys like John Petrucci, Jason Becker, Eric Johnson, John 5, et cetera on a SHRED list. And where the hell is anything by DragonForce? Easily one of the best shred bands out there; music that actually means to shred.

Also, Avenged Sevenfold may not be the first band everyone on here would listen to, but Syn Gates is a great guitarist. Brilliant, as a matter of fact.

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fredkooz

LET'S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!!!!
-You CAN NOT forget John Petrucci.
-You CAN NOT forget Django Reinhardt.
-It is well known that Robert Johnson dies in the late 30's (which means that he can't have recorded in 1961).

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bmlvail

Good to see Steve Howe and Al DiMeola, but surprised not to see Jan Akkerman or Steve Morse on the list or even Jeff Beck or Jimmy Page.

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GEENGADE

I give this a C++. If you want criticism well don’t bother if you can't barely hone in on your craft. Some of these guys don't even tune their guitars right. Some didn't even have the technology. Today is today. And if your gonna get it right. Just introduce labeled by the name of Shrapnel Records, founded and run by Mike Varney. This is all you need to run this magazine. Why don’t you just bottle up the bloose, put away the dark ages, and for the sixties. Yeah these are great categories but don’t let interfere with everything that going on today. You could be with an article of a new musician instead of and odd offender of that type mentioned above.

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stringdoc

Gotta hand it to you guys. Putting Chris Broderick on the same bill as Clarence White is creativity in editorial categorzation, and yet they both belong on this list. I enjoyed it a lot! Thank you!

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mafic9

it is odd to exclude Django Reinhardt, he is one of the founding shredders...

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The Shred King ...

Great job gentlemen, an awesome list! One notable omission is Mr. Petrucci and his work with Dream Theater.

GatorStudio

Did Eric Johnson do something to piss off your editors? He never gets any respect in your magazine, except maybe the 1 or 2 page excerpt. Never even been on a cover, yet Courtney Love has? Ah Via Musicom or Venus Isle should have made this list.

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erureejr

Where the fuck is Perpetual Burn? If that's not on your top shred albums you either haven't heard it, or are high out of your mind.

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tobillbradsky

Or what about Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony?

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Deathfuckingmetal

Man... I just don't get it... what's so good about Avenged Sevenfold??? They sound pretty average. I totally understand that bands like Megadeth, Van Halen and Nevermore make it in this list, but Avenged Sevenfold??? C'mon!!!

What about some Testament, Annihilator, Krisiun or Forbidden?? Those bands would "shred" Avenged Sevenfold to pieces, easily.

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Likafool

Glad to see Endgame getting some love because CB shreds. What about Machine Head's The Blackening?

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