The 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time: Guitar World Readers' Poll Results

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TJ_A7X

Wow. All im reading is straight jeleousy that SYNYSTER FUCKIN GATES is in top three. Syn is riidiculously fast and sounds damn good while playing fast. Though i dont think syn should be number three. Maybe the high teens low twentys, but the whole poll is FASTEST. Buckethead is probably faster the only difference is that buckethead sounds like shit. Syn is fast and it sounds Damn good! if it were that kind of contest syn would grab the top spot. So with that said, all people hating on syn just cuz hes better than your idols, stfu you sound like bitches. and emo? seize the day, not ready to die, 98% of theyre lyrics dont have even the smallest hint of emo anything. So hop off. A7X foREVer

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King of Tone

Syn is not fast, and he doesn't sound good while playing "fast" either. you're just a pre-teen post-hardcore fanboy. i can tell by the way you type. a lot of their lyrics have a huge hint of emo. they wrote a lot of songs about very depressing things. you aren't even a true a7x fan if you can't tell what their lyrics are about. listen to nightmare and tell me that isn't a sad album. now to the guitar discussion. synyster gates's speed picking is unclean. he has no nuances to his playing either (horrible vibrato, etc). he doesn't deserve to be on the list with so many other great players out there. there's guys on youtube that play better than him.

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chris2507

Maybe you've listened to some of their songs but you still don't know the band, so you can't tell they are emo. First of all, I wouldn't call nightmare an emo song. The whole song is dark and its the opening track for the whole dark and 'angry' album, which has been written after their best friend and drummer's death, thats why it contains some "sad" songs.
Then again, why I shouldn't call you troll if you're saying "there's guys on youtube that play better than him". If you weren't a hater you would not even believe in these words. Like I said, I'm not saying Syn deserves 3rd place here on this poll, I'm just saying I don't like jealous fucks. If you think Syn shouldn't be here on 3rd place, fine. But do you have to insult him?
And about your previous post, I didn't call you bitch, and of course, I'd love to meet you too, Mr.Hater.

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King of Tone

I've listened to their music. It's dark, angry, and sad. All things that put the emotional in emo. You have no idea what you're talking about. I don't even know why you are on this site. You obviously know nothing. I'm not trolling, I'm stating FACTS. I didn't insult him, I stated FACTS about him. Here's another fact, you called me a stupid fuck. Really meet me one day so I can shove a guitar neck up your ass like the bitch you are. I'm sure you'll love it.

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cminla

I'm not gonna try and convince you that Avenged Sevenfold is an amazing band, because obviously musical taste is a matter of opinion, but Synyster Gates is a fast guitarist. He might be a little high on this list for some people's taste, but he can still play some extremely fast stuff. He doesn't play speed metal though, so it's not something you hear in every song. Songs like "Eternal Rest", "I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 2" and "Afterlife" all have guitar parts in them that show his speed abilities and to mock him for the talent that he has makes you look ignorant.

On top of that, they aren't an emo band. The requirements you apparently have for emo music are ridiculous, and by your standards Bob Dylan, Dream Theater, and Ozzy Osbourne are all emo, since they have dark, angry, and sad lyrics.

And threatening somebody on the internet by telling them that you would kick their ass in person is fucking retarded. I could tell you right now that I'm gonna ride a giraffe into your house and stab you in the chest with a triton, and it would have as much validity as your empty threats.

Quit judging people for liking somebody that you don't, and quit thinking that you're better than anybody on this website in any way because you, sir, are a troll.

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King of Tone

no i'm not a troll. i stated FACTS, after he came and insulted me. there isn't a thing on here that i said that isn't true. i didn't make an empty threat, i said that if i caught him on the street i would beat his ass after what he said to me. difference between ozzy and a7x, ozzy used his image to scare the shit out of people (that's what black sabbath is), while a7x just like to dress up in all black, wear eye liner and stick gel on their black hair. i wasn't mocking gates in any way, i was stating FACTS about his playing, which none of you seem to have. just because i don't agree with what your saying and i'm proving you wrong doesn't make me a troll, it makes me right.

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megaharpster

ozzy wears eyeliner and avenged sevenfold doesnt any more and he shouldnt be at number 3 especially since hes ahead of petrucci

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jas1210

Jimi,Randy and Eddie.
That's all you ever really need.

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megaharpster

take out jimi and ur good

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jas1210

No one has mentioned equipment.

Most guitars from the 50's had huge necks, and very small frets...quite different than a thin,flat Ibanez wizard neck with jumbo frets.

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chris2507

@griffin_88 it just pisses me of that all the guitar pros here are saying shit about syn just because hes 3rd here. there are 50 other guitarists in this poll so why dont you choose them? maybe because all of you are just fucking haters.

im not saying syn is better than your 40-50 year old idols with years of training, no. but there is no point to insult a - still pretty young, creative and, maybe not as fast as the others here, but good guitarist. grow up people

mrbungledisco

Lol Synyster Gates @ number 3? Anyone who is going to defend that publicly is embarrassing themselves. Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix make it on every list, regardless of what the title of the poll is. Neither one should have been on this list. They are good, but the word "speed" doesn't come to mind when I think of them. These things are always a joke/popularity contest. Good for a laugh at least.

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entity

Stupidest idea for a poll ever. Speed isn't a matter of opinion, it's a matter of fact, measure the notes per second. I worry about the staff at GW that they couldn't think of a better, or more relevant poll based on OPINION instead of this rubbish.

aaronduerksen

i agree with the people about the syn gates thing, i think hes good but he isnt as fast as say, satch, gilbert etc. Hendrix is my idol but he isnt faster then jimmy page, Jeff beck isjust as fast if not more as page. Vai can be extremely fast and still look clean, even though i do like some sloppy guitarists. Les paul i mightve put higher in the list, and I would said whos the fastest guitarist that can still play good whyll being fast or something haha

Mxfield

SYN GATES SUCKS!!!!!!!

Mxfield

THIS POLL SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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metalupmybass

What in the hell kinda fucked up poll is this?! .....some I can agree to but Kirik Hammett isn't even fuckin on here....and out of 50? That's sayin something. Kirk, James and Dave Mustaine...at least one should've been on this list...this thing is obviously playing jokes on us!

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redarrow18

I would agree this list is arguable about speed, yes they all have skill but speed, I don't know about some of them

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tippss

Syn. Gates on the list? That's a joke! The only reason is he's in a band that is popular right now. Popular by metal fans( if you want to call them that)who don't have a clue. Just another radio freindly(popular)band/guitarist. He's got skills, but not even in the same leaque as the others on the list. The list is questionable!!!!

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hedonisticink

Who actually voted on this poll? I don't always agree with your polls but have never felt the need to leave a comment. This is probably the most F&%ked up poll I have ever seen. It must have mostly been voted on by teenage girls, that's all I'm sayin'.
On Second though can I vote for The Angriest Guitar Player in the world to be on the list?

GatorStudio

Why is Eric Johnson never on these lists? Does GW have some kind of beef with the Tonemaster? He's never even graced the cover of GW, but stupid Courtney Love has. Must've pissed off someone in the editor's office.

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chris2507

Mortanious, King of Tone, Grifil get a life stupid fucks. You're whining because Syn is 3rd on the list and you're saying that he shouldn't be there - I bet you have never heard him playing and you're just crying like little bitches bcause your black idol was left behind in the poll.

@king of tone - if you have some time in your busy internet troll life, check out some live videos of a7x, for example M.I.A, Save Me or Afterlife. and before watching clean your troll ears. you can just skip the song and listen to the solo, maybe you will change your mind about how clean and fast synyster is.

@Mortanious - who is more mature - the guy who consider himself a guitar expert and calls a really talented guitarist "Gay" just because he was higher in the list than his idols, or the "stupid emo teenagers" who didnt even say a word here and didnt insult and other guitarists from the list?

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King of Tone

wow kid, you're retarded. i've heard all those songs. that's how i KNOW that he shouldn't be passed all these others. educate yourself. check out jason becker's serrana, paco de lucia's entre dos aguas, and pretty much anything petrucci. check out yngwie malmsteen's far beyond the sun. check out vai's freak show excess. i'm not a troll. in fact, i hardly spend time on the net. don't talk shit to people you don't know. syn's not a clean picker. sure he's clean when he plays legato but it's almost impossible to not be clean when playing legato. he has no nuances to his playing either. it sounds like a robot playing the guitar. it's lifeless. his tone sucks. check out randy rhoads or eddie van halen for a good idea of what great tone is. i can go on and on, with FACTS and not insults. insults are what people use when they have no facts and have no idea what they are talking about. nice job calling me a bitch. hope i catch you on the street one day.

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griffin_88

You're a stupid moron (aka an A7X fan) if you think Syn should be higher than guys like Malmsteen, Vai, Petrucci, etc. Syn isn't a bad player by any means, but he doesn't really have any business being on the list.

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Grifil

I heard A7X music and it just sucks, but talking about synister, I'm not saying that that emo should't be on the list at all (among all the other guitarist, maybe 50st place)... and i haven't got a f...cking idol, i just love quality and good music...! synister is a generic and banal guitarist, not lame of course..but nothing near to people as di meola, buckethead, wylde, rhoads, petrucci, gilbert etc... and the list is about the fastest guitarists of ALL TIME... even les paul himself deserves to be higher than him..

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Grifil

NO comment... If synister gates is so high in the list, i can have a chance to be on the list as well!!! this list is a joke...

Satyajit Sharma

Hugely out of order!!!

Maybe 50 is too big a number to make any sense. How about only top 10 or 20 or 25.

markde1974

No way, this list is all out of order. Prime example is Rusty, he should at least be in the top 3. Definitely not #7!

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King of Tone

you mean to tell me that synyster gates plays faster and cleaner than jason becker, yngwie malmsteen, john petrucci, paco de lucia, and all the other guys on the list? you might as well put me as number 1!!!

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57 Stratman

Don't you guys realize yet that GW puts these bullshit polls out there, just to start the controversy? I'll bet they purposely put Synyster Gates at #3 just to get you guys going, and you're so predictable, that WOW, lo and behold, the name calling, cursing, and offers of ass kicking have begun!! Get a grip children, and learn to realize when someone is trying to jerk your chain.

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ipod13dude

Ok... some of these guys i understand but John Petrucci doesn't top yngwie, alexi, chris broderick, and dimebag just to name a few... does he deserve a place yes... nuno tops a lot too same reason

Mortanious

This is the dumbest poll you guys have made, yet.
It's a YouTube popularity contest that came over to Guitar World. The insecure teenagers that watch YouTube all day will only know what YouTube offers.
I am actually surprised Rusty is 7 and not 40, he should be 1 if this was a poll where educated and musically aware people vote; not a throng of stupid emo teenagers who think Synyster Gay-tes can play guitar.

Les Paul a shredder? Are you ****ing kidding me?
Herman Li, John 5, and The Great Kat are faster than Gilbert, Gamble, and Jeff Loomis? Really? They shouldn't even be on there.

It's good that at least Shawn Lane made it to 2, but Batio is not the fastest and not even close!

Once again you guys have successfully created a popularity contest, but fail at what your goal really was.

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cjpatterson21

Go back and listen to Les Paul. He is an incredibly fast guitarist. One of the best. A freakin legend.

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57 Stratman

A lot of these children have heard the name Les Paul, but other than the guitar, don't really know who he is, and have never seen video of him back in the day when he could really smoke a fretboard. Back in the beginning children, he was WAY ahead of his time, and was/is one of the fastest ever.

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King of Tone

hey man don't knock les paul. i've heard some recordings of him where he burns!

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Tarkess

Hahaha, guys like Broderick, Loomis, Becker, Howe, Malmsteen etc. lower on the list than Synyster Gates? I'm not doubting his playing abilities, but the afforementioned guys are MUCH more accomplished in terms of speed (and everything else to be honest) than Syn. Love ya Syn, but you just can't compare to these guys.

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erndawggy (not verified)

When was Jimmy Page fast?

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thrasher666

i never really care for jimmy Page, and if you listen to the solo in Heartbreaker, it sounds like his fingers got tangled while trying to play fast! I think he was thrown in there just because, much like Hendrix. Why wasn't Gary Moore in there?? Anyone out there ever hear Blues Alive?? Fucking BRUTAL!!

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slayerswine

No Eric"SLOWHAND"Clapton ?
Oops, wrong poll...

In a more serious vein, Those be some bad ass guitarists.

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