Buckethead is up there with Hendrix as far as his creative output. I actually think Bucket's guitar playing is more enjoyable to listen to than Hendrix. Hendrix set the bar, but Bucket took it and ran with it. I LOVE Yngwie Malmsteen, but I still think Buckethead has much more soul...Yngwie basically does the same runs over-and-over. Even though I like Bumblefoot, I don't think he has the same charisma and charm in his playing. Also haven't really bothered to check out his stuff beyond a few cover songs...Bumble seems a bit more straight forward, where Buckethead is more experimental. Just my opinion, of course. Also, Buckethead can play so many different styles of music. He is like the Bruce Lee of guitar.
The only guitar player that I would maybe put above Buckethead, is Eric Johnson, just as far as tone, and shredding, and the fact that he has a great singing voice, but even Buckethead outdoes Eric as far as releasing albums and what-not.
Edited by Casual, 08 April 2012 - 09:35 PM.