The Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash called better than him: ‘I’ve never been a technical player’

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When you think of a classic rock guitarist, Slash is usually the first name that pops up. Sure, there might be technically better players out there, but Slash has that special style, coolness, and iconic look with his top hat that embodies rock and roll. Despite the long break from Guns N’ Roses, Slash even admitted that his replacement, Buckethead, was technically superior.

Yet, Slash never let his ego take the spotlight. He’s humble about his skills, knowing he can hold his own among the greats. Onstage, he often keeps his hair in his face and avoids making eye contact, staying focused on the music.

Buckethead, on the other hand, values his privacy too. Not many have seen his face, as he always wears a KFC bucket on his head while performing. It’s an unusual choice but adds to his mystique.

When Buckethead joined Axl Rose for Chinese Democracy, his guitar skills were mind-blowing. Mixing elements of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, he created sounds no one had heard before. Slash himself praised Buckethead’s talent, acknowledging that Buckethead could outplay him technically.

In an interview, Slash joked about his own technical skills, saying he couldn’t play his way out of a paper bag, let alone a KFC bucket. He relies more on feel and sound in his playing, while Buckethead shines with his technical prowess.

However, while Buckethead’s solos on Chinese Democracy were impressive, they sometimes felt overwhelming, like staring at the sun. Slash preferred a more balanced approach, focusing on his own music and eventually forming his solo band with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

In the end, Slash’s style and contributions to Guns N’ Roses fit the band’s music perfectly, making him the best guitarist for their sound, even if Buckethead might be technically superior.

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