My apologies for not posting an example. I been playing 30 years or so. I shot out of the gate, determined to be a "shredder" as I was 15 and it was the '80's. I got a few "stunt guitar" licks under my belt, but when I first heard this guy in 1990, I said, and I quote, "Fuckit." This was an avenue that had reached its end. No point pursuing "fast" any longer. This guy took speed to a level that is still unsurpassed. @Mystic, I will take your John McLaughlin (I have that "electric guitarist" album you mention, what a ride!) and raise you Shawn Lane. Here he is, crappy audio and a total wankfest at NAMM, but watch as this room of badasses acknowledge that Shawn is on another level. The madness begins around 5:25. Paul Gilbert HUMS into his microphonic pickup. NOBODY wanted to follow Shawn. When you're done laughing at how ridiculous that was, be prepared to shed a tear. Shawn got bored with 12 tones, so he went to India to learn their 24 tone system. Apparently, he did THAT well, too. The two guys in the front smiling and laughing?? Those are Indian music masters themselves, tho I cannot recall their name. This was complete improvisation, and simply beautiful.