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Slash vs. Buckethead Vs. BBF


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Poll: Slash vs. Buckethead Vs. BBF (72 member(s) have cast votes)

Who is the greater guitarist?

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In a technical view point its a toss up between BH and BBF but as far as there music goes slash easily wins here. I believe Slash has created in his historic career by far better music than those 2 combined; with his GnR days, snakepit, VR, and now his solo stuff. To me its how the guitarist sound and just all out lets loose live while being able to maintain the respect for the song their playing and Slash does that better than any guitarist in my book. Still I like BH and BBF but im just a big fan of Slash and GnR.

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Best guitar player: Buckethead
Best technique: Bumblefoot
Best fit for Guns N' Roses: Without a doubt, half-man half-beast SLASH.

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Perhaps it's because I'm a little more unfamiliar with the other two, but I can always tell Slash's guitar style as soon as I hear a note or two. I don't need to know the song to know it's him.

People will compare technical expertise and innovation, but what matters to me is how well can a guitar player capture his own sound and style; how much can he differentiate himself from the rest. Likewise, how proficient is the guitar player at writing and producing iconic licks and solos. It's on that basis that I pick Slash over the other two. If this were simply a matter of technical proficiency, I might be more inclined to go with Bumble or Bucket. But shredders and guitar virtuosos are a dime a dozen.

Someone might very well argue the same points and come to a different conclusion. Like I said, I've never listened much to the solo work of either Bumble or Bucket. But other than Bucket's solo in TWAT, I can't think of anyone else who has written and recorded as many iconic guitar parts as Slash has in reference to GNR. To me, that's what matters and is a major part of GNR's success. Playing a million notes per minute is an impressive technical feat, but give me a Sweet Child O' Mine intro and solo or a blistering November Rain guitar outro any day.

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Playing a million notes per minute is an impressive technical feat, but give me a Sweet Child O' Mine intro and solo or a blistering November Rain guitar outro any day.


Agreed. I don't know enough about the technical aspects of playing guitar to comment on who's better in that regard, but I really feel that there is a connection with the guitar solos to the rest of the song that can be more powerful than how many notes are played, how fast, etc.

How the solo relates to the lyrical content and the emotional element that it contributes is more amazing to me than technical virtuosity (as admirable as that still is). My favourite GNR song is Estranged and when I hear those soaring solos in between Axl's lyrics and the dialogue that it creates, it just takes me to another place that can't really be described. Despite the fact that both the solos are probably easier to play than some of their other material, the power that it has in communication is to me the essence of music's purpose.

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Slash has been playing guitar for over 30 years. You don't think if he wanted to be a better technical player he couldn't be? I don't know much about all the technical stuff, I only know what I like when I listen to it. How fast someone can play isn't a criteria for me to like a song, a solo, an intro or outro. Slash just has a style and tone that I've always loved, and not just his work in Guns, I enjoy everything he's ever done.
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I actually think that 1000-notes-per-second Bumblefoot style is awful as shit.

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The ironic thing is that Slash is more technically proficient than you give him credit for (see Serial Killer) and Buckethead is more emotional than you give him credit for (the whole of the Colma album). I love both of these guitarists. Bucket is more, esoteric, an acquired taste, whereas Slash has created riffs and solos for a generation. I will choose Slash. Bumblefoot seems better at tweeting and making a gigantic arse of himself than playing a guitar. When Bumble quits, watch all of the Axl fanatics turn against him!

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The ironic thing is that Slash is more technically proficient than you give him credit for (see Serial Killer) and Buckethead is more emotional than you give him credit for (the whole of the Colma album). I love both of these guitarists. Bucket is more, esoteric, an acquired taste, whereas Slash has created riffs and solos for a generation. I will choose Slash. Bumblefoot seems better at tweeting and making a gigantic arse of himself than playing a guitar. When Bumble quits, watch all of the Axl fanatics turn against him!

Nah, I'm willing to bet all of the bitter people will miss Ron. They all hated Bucket until he left. :shrugs:
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buckethead and bumble run circles around slash, i pick bucket but its close

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Slash has been playing guitar for over 30 years. You don't think if he wanted to be a better technical player he couldn't be?


I don't think Slash has the ability to do half of the things Ron is able to do on the guitar, no. Whether you like them or not is a matter of taste, but it doesn't make the skill irrelevant.

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There were players around in the 1980s who could run circles around Bumblefoot if - judged solely on technique. These players however were garbage: soulless unoriginal Van Halen clones with big perms! My point is, the quality of a guitar player includes songwriting excellence. When Bumblefoot writes, riffs as good as Sweet Child O' Mine, solos as good as November Rain, come back and then we can talk. If this is judged by 'Guns N' Roses', Bumblefoot's corner looks even weaker: his sole studio output is a bunch of hastily recorded overdubs on one album. Slash co-wrote and recorded Appetite for Destruction and Use Your Illusion.

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Van Halen clones can run circles around Ron based solely on technique? Interesting, considering Eddie Van Allicandoistap himself couldn't.

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Van Halen clones can run circles around Ron based solely on technique? Interesting, considering Eddie Van Allicandoistap himself couldn't.

Some people like to jibber to prove their ignorance. You just gotta let 'em. :shrugs:
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There's a reason you see Slash and Bucket in those top guitarist lists all over and Ron is hardly ever mentioned.

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Van Halen clones can run circles around Ron based solely on technique? Interesting, considering Eddie Van Allicandoistap himself couldn't.


I don't mind the bashing of clones, but to bash EVH is just plain ignorant.
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