The votes have been cast and counted, and we finally have a winner in the Illogical Contraption Awesomest Shredder of All Time Contest. Ladies and gentelemen, The New King of Shred:
MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO!!!
Batio barely edged past Buckethead by a narrow 3-2 margin in Round 3, earning the ambidextrous quadruple-necked guitar wizard the honor of this esteemed title. It was certainly close, but here's a breakdown on the final count:
Batio: 13 votes total
Buckethead: 12 votes
The Great Kat: 6 votes
Yngwie Malmsteen: 3 votes
The Nintendo Kid: 2 votes
The Guys From DragonForce: 1 vote
Slash and Brendon Small tied with no votes at all.
Thanks to all who participated, here's a clip from a great instructional video by the man himself to inspire future shredders everywhere:
SHRED ON, MICHAEL! AND SHRED ON, CONTRAP-NATION!!!