Indonesian guitarist's cover of Sweet Child O' Mine sets internet ablaze

(Image credit: Alip_Ba_Ta / YouTube)

Indonesian YouTuber Alip_Ba_Ta has uploaded a cover version of Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine, and it's generated over a million views in a just a week. 

It's the latest in a long series of clips uploaded by the guitarist – who currently has 1.49 million subscribers to his YouTube channel – and joins previous 'fingerstyle' cover versions of songs including Linkin Park's Numb, Europe's The Final Countdown, System Of A Down's Toxicity and Bon Jovi's It's My Life.

Little is known about Alip_Ba_Ta, except for the fact that's he's a forklift driver from Jakarta, Indonesia, and that the success of his videos – his most popular clip, a version of Avenged Sevenfold's Dear God, has been viewed over eight million times – has prompted to a series of reaction videos from other YouTubers.

Below you can watch Alip_Ba_Ta cover of Sweet Child O' Mine, as well as a sample of the reaction clips, some of which have also generated hundreds of thousands of views. 

The internet is weird. 

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.