Marcus Paus was the fastest guitarist in the world, and I think he still is. I know there are many people who attack him for being arrogant and not a good guitarist. Well, those claims are just wrong. I talked with him just before he moved to The States, and he was probably the most humble guitarist I've ever spoken with. He played lots of stuff for me, and his technique was among the best I've ever heard. He could play twice as fast as Michael Angelo, while still being surprisingly clean. He could also play some beautiful slow stuff, and he had an amazing vibrato.
You should remember that he was only 16 when he broke that record, and most 16 year olds are
pretty bragging about their skills. He was young and talented, people shouldn't judge him for stuff he said when he was 16, he is older and much more experienced today at 25.
He actually quit playing guitar in 1998, thinking that people wouldn't take him seriously when he played his music. He started composing for classical orchestras, and he is now studying music in the USA.
And about the Mr. Cucumber stuff, that's not Marcus playing, that's one of his students, Håkon Hogganvik. I will soon aquire all Mr. Cucumber albums, and I can post some of it if anybody wants to hear.
If anyone has any questions about Marcus, I'd gladly answer.