In terms of guitar playing, speed is a most polarizing characteristic. For every fan or player that favors “feel over flash,” there is another who is exhilarated by a barrage of 32nd notes. Guitar World is fanning the flames of debate with their current poll that asks, “Who is the Fastest Guitarist of All Time?”
The multiple-choice poll features most of the logical choices: Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Shawn Lane and Buckethead are all listed. And as with any such endeavor, there are some truly mind boggling entries, such as Jeff Beck. Jeff Beck?! He rules, but not because of speed.
At least this is one poll in which readers won’t automatically crown Eric Clapton.
Read the entire list right here.