Top 10 Guitar Shredders

Who can pull off the fastest face-melting solos? Hundreds of you voted, and the results are in. So who won the poll?

Top 10 Guitar Shredders
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On Wednesday we asked you to nominate and vote for the best guitar shredders in history.

Shredding has a loose definition, but it can include sweep-picked arpeggios, finger tapping and wailing whammy bar action. Ultimately, is has to kick ass.

Hundreds of you nominated, and the results have been counted. Thanks for taking part.

Here's your official UG top 10 guitar shredders. Enjoy!

10. Al Di Meola

The bespectacled jazz player favours Spanish guitars and latin rhythms. Be sure to check out his amazing duet with Paco De Lucia too.

9. Joe Satriani

Joe is one of the best known guitarists in the world for a good reason, namely his ability to make guitars sound like alien spaceships. He currently plays guitar in Chickenfoot.

8. Guthrie Govan

The mild mannered English man can shred in any genre (though there's no record of him nailing down dubstep, yet).

7. Dimebag Darrell

This stunning micro-shred is one of many reasons why the late Pantera guitarist is sorely missed.

6. Steve Vai

Steve started out working with Frank Zappa, and went on to win Grammy awards for his solo work. Because he's rad.

5. Jeff Loomis

The former Nevermore guitarist has a series of instructional videos on YouTube called "Super Shred". No sh-t.

4. Jason Becker

So good that he can fling a yo-yo while melting the faces of the first five rows in the audience. Tragically, a degenerative disease means Jason can only communicate with his eyes now, but continues composing music using a computer.

3. Marty Friedman

The former Megadeth guitarist apparently has an unorthodox picking technique, where he often uses upstrokes which can make it harder to emulate his techniques.

2. John Petrucci

One of the best known prog guitarists of all time, thanks to his role in Dream Theater which has been rocking since 1985. You thought he'd come first, didn't you?

1. Paul Gilbert

Even by the age of 15, Paul was impressing label folk like Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records when he asked to join Ozzy Osbourne's band. Paul frequently appears on lists of the best guitar shredders of all time, but today he's your favorite.

Thanks for your votes! If you can find better videos of these guitarists in action, be sure to share them in the comments.

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    Drm316
    Decent list. Still missing
    )v(egaFan90
    Way to troll us UG with the picture of Herman Li. Almost made me mad there.
    jeleopard
    I saw Guthrie Govan and it didn't mention Herman Li. I almost screamed when I was at number 2 and still didn't see Li. I was like "NO WAY IS HE NUMBER 1." Got trolled hard.
    pcb1992the2nd
    buckethead.
    rocker222
    Yea he is amazing have you ever listened to His album entittled peppers ghost. Its was brilliant every song was special in its own way.
    andyo_77888
    you might enjoy this, they are a band from denton texas
    fastfingers10
    This movie brought back so much nostalgia for me. Thanks!
    Slaytan666
    How do you bring back nostalgia?
    BassFishin
    This one time I had a total nostalgia overload when watching a video of Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. It was overwhelmingly awesome. Seeing this video again reminded me of that feeling.
    goremetal22
    No Skwisgaar!? This is totals dildoes!
    Slash-96
    The Audience ams a fickles mistress, Toki, The audience ams a fickles mistress...
    whywefight
    It honestly makes me mad because he actually is good, even if he is fake. The guy that plays for him I mean (can't remember his name)
    marijuanaman420
    his name is Brendon Small and in my opinion him or Skwisgaar should be number one on tht list.
    whywefight
    Brendon Small, that's it. I wrote that comment when I was already late for a drawing class. I didn't have time to google it haha
    purplexing
    honestly wtf, I was waiting for him to get #1 after all of the upvotes yesterday!
    CronoMagus
    Maybe Jeff Waters will get the rspect he deserves...one day...
    jonathan.keeler
    i was expecting to see Tosin Abasi on here. he was getting good votes when i saw. ibn4 'stop sucking tosin's dick'
    mastodude13
    Yeah, I can't believe Tosin is not on this list. He is, in my opinion, the most creative, talented shredder around right now and even Steve Vai agrees.
    EyesWideOpen
    Totally agree. Waters has some of the most tasteful, melodic and just enjoyable solo's I've ever heard.
    TheNameOfNoone
    YEAH I TOTALLY AGREE WE SHOULD HAVE SEEN SOME TOTALLY UNKNOWN UNDERGROUND GUITARISTS WHO CAN SHRED 1000 NOTES PER SECOND WITH LEFT HAND WHILE PLAYING GUITAR HERO II WITH THE RIGHT HAND NAILING JORDAN 100% ON EXPERT THIS STUPID LIST WHICH IS SHOWING THE UG FOLKS' VOTES IS SOOO LAME RIGHT
    EyesWideOpen
    I think that Shawn Lane deserves to be on hear more than everyone else. Unfortunately barely anyone knows who he is.
    kratos379
    I couldn't quite get into him. Maybe I'll just have to give him another shot. Paul Gilbert just had to win this anyway. He is the guitarist's guitarist. The biggest exemption on this list was Tosin Abasi, but I'm pretty content with the list otherwise.
    x0vincent0x
    Wow... a proper list of shredders. On UG...
    gkex
    I know right, my guy actually won for once. Remember this day, children, for it may never come again.
    Charlie4
    Lists will ALWAYS be subjective on this site. Shawn Lane is an absolute must , I mean if Paul Gilbert think his stuff is intense than it is plain impossible for a mere mortal.
    shumpitostick
    How come Buckethead is not on the list?
    Camron62\m/
    yeah, 10 and 8 should be replaced with Skwisgaar and Buckethead, they had many more votes i believe.
    qrEE
    Well Buckethead should be at number 1, that's for sure. Buckethead is the greatest guitarist who ever lived, and I doubt anybody who didn't vote for him has ever been to a concert of his. One show, and your life is changed forever. Buckethead > guitar itself. He's that good.