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This Indonesian YouTuber’s acoustic fingerstyle cover of Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine is driving guitarists wild

Guns N’ Roses official video for Sweet Child O’ Mine currently has more than a billion views of YouTube. But coming up fast is Indonesian YouTuber Alip_Ba_Ta’s fingerstyle acoustic guitar cover version, which has generated over a million views in a just a week – and deservedly so.

Though little is known about Alip_Ba_Ta (according to Classic Rock (opens in new tab), he's a forklift driver from Jakarta, Indonesia), one thing that is undeniable is that he’s a ridiculously talented picker. 

As demonstrated on his Sweet Child cover, his flawless technique and extraordinary arranging skills, molding the song’s lead and rhythm guitars, bass line, vocal and, in some spots, percussion, into one smooth and flowing (not to mention incredibly musical sounding) six-string part, is nothing short of astounding.

In fact, he’s already inspired a wave of reaction videos from other amazed YouTubers.

You can check out Alip_Ba_Ta’s version, which he performs on a Cort acoustic in D B G C A D tuning, above.

And for more of his amazing covers, including Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Avenged Sevenfold's Dear God and Europe's The Final Countdown, head to Alip_Ba_Ta’s official YouTube page (opens in new tab).

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.