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Guitarist Imitates 30 Shredders in One Solo

Here's one that has managed to elude us for a year, since it was posted to YouTube in December 2012.

It's a video of a talented British guitarist named Ben Higgins, who imitates the styles of 30 famous shredders in one guitar solo.

Actually, it's 29 famous shredders, and Higgins includes himself as Number. 30, which is justified, to be honest.

He starts things off with some Yngwie Malmsteen-style runs, moves into Eddie Van Halen territory and then pays visits to Steve Vai, Slash, Dimebag Darrell, Zakk Wylde, Uli Jon Roth, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, John Petrucci and many more. Higgins even supplies the tabs for the entire solo, and you can access them here.

For more about Higgins, head in this general direction.

Guitarists covered in this solo, plus their starting points in the video: Yngwie Malmsteen - 4:46 Eddie Van Halen - 6:26 Jake E. Lee - 8:17 Randy Rhoads - 10:56 Joe Satriani - 13:27 Steve Vai - 15:50 Slash - 18:22 Ritchie Blackmore - 20:24 George Lynch - 21:48 Dave Murray - 23:58 Dimebag Darrell - 26:45 Zakk Wylde - 28:47 Uli Jon Roth - 31:15 Michael Angelo Batio - 33:02 Vinnie Moore - 35:17 Michael Schenker - 37:26 Andy La Rocque - 40:48 Chuck Schuldiner - 43:28 Marty Friedman - 45:39 Dave Mustaine - 48:10 Kirk Hammett - 50:25 Chris Poland - 52:50 Alex Skolnick - 54:30 KK Downing - 56:17 Paul Gilbert - 58:02 Jason Becker - 59:51 Greg Howe - 1:02:19 Frank Gambale - 1:04:38 John Petrucci - 1:07:00 Ben Higgins - 1:09:10

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.