50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time
Guitar World exeeds the legal limit with this roundup — in alphabetical order — of the 50 fastest masters of the fretboard.
Maestro Alex Gregory
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Maestro Alex Gregory probably earned more enemies than fans in his time. He sued Ibanez over the seven-string guitar (he patented and developed a seven-string Strat with Fender in 1987, three years before the Ibanez Universe hit the market), took the title of “Maestro” (allegedly bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth in 1983) and released an album depicting himself pissing on the graves of Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. Even so, he’s earned the respect of many heavy friends, including drummer Matt Bissonette, bass player Dave LaRue and guitarist Albert Lee, all of whom have participated in musical projects with the Maestro. Gregory completed work on his latest album, Bach on Steroids, in 2006, but although the album has received acclaim from the likes of Sir Paul McCartney (“I can’t wait to listen to it in my car!”) no record label has expressed interest in releasing it.
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