Michael Angelo Batio is one of the originators and pioneers of the entire “Shred” Guitar genre. Michael showcased guitar techniques and innovations, for the first time, on his early instructional programs as well as in live performances, which are now considered “standard techniques” among guitarists throughout the entire world.
Michael invented and was the world’s first player of the Double-Guitar. Michael invented and has a patent on the MAB String dampeners that he uses on his Double-Guitar.
Michael’s “Hands Without Shadows – A Tribute to Rock Guitar” multi media show debuted in Las Vegas in late 2011 and toured extensively in 2012. The “MAB HWS” Show is touring extensively again this year.
One of Michael’s Dean Double-Guitars called the “Jet” Double-Guitar is on permanent display and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Michael invented his signature stage move called the “MAB Over-Under” technique.
Michael has toured in 54 countries!
Michael started playing the piano at age 5 and started playing the guitar at age10. At age 14 Michael was playing Jazz and by 16 won an award for outstanding Jazz soloist on guitar. Michael is from Chicago, Illinois and has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Northeastern Illinois University. Michael has been signed to 2 major labels in his career. Atlantic Records with the band “Holland” and Rhino/Warner Brothers Records with the band “Nitro.” Michael started his own record label titled M.A.C.E. Music, Inc. in 1993 and was one of the first music companies to go on line in 1996.
MAB was a columnist for Guitar World Magazine. His monthly column called “Time to Burn” also appeared on TV and on line. Michael has the honor and distinction of being the longest running columnist in the history of Guitar World Magazine.
Michael started as a session guitarist when he was 19 years old. He has recorded TV, radio and industrial film music for: Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, United Airlines, United Way, McDonalds and the Chicago Wolves hockey team among others.
Michael has 10 signature guitars available from Dean Guitars.
Michael has 2 new Dean MAB series signatures guitars that were released in late 2012. The MAB 1 “Speed of Light” and the MAB 7 “Warrior” 7 string guitar.
Michael also has a Dean signature pick up called the “HWS“ neck pick up.
VOTED THE NO. 1 SHREDDER OF ALL TIME! Guitar One Magazine
Voted one of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time! Guitar World Magazine
Michael WON the Guitar World Magazine 15th annual readers choice award in the BEST SHREDDER category. Paul Gilbert placed second, Buckethead third, John 5 fourth and finally Herman Li and Sam Totman.
Michael won the Guitar World Magazine readers choice award and was voted the “Fastest Guitarist of All Time.” Over 440,000 votes were cast!
When MAB was in college and taught guitar privately, Tom Morello from “Rage Against the Machine” was his student. Michael has also worked with Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti and Michael’s instructional DVDs have helped and influenced many famous guitarists such as Dimebag, John Petrucci and many more.
Michael has over 80,000,000 views on YouTube.
“The most blazing guitarist on the planet!” Guitar World, Magazine
Laser guided fretwork and the fastest of fingers: Mr. Angelo is practically a god. Seriously”! Total Guitar Magazine in the UK
“More machine than man”! Guitar One Magazine
Guitar World Magazine voted Michael’s “Speed Kills” DVD one of the top 75 best, must have guitar DVDs of all time!
Guitar World called Michael’s “Speed Kills” DVD: “The ultimate face-melting instructional DVD.”
“Michael Angelo Batio, the world’s fastest guitarist and inventor of the mindboggling double guitar…” Guitar World Magazine