Not sure if you understood correctly what I was trying to say: Slash is not the most technically apt guitar player. He is a master in creating simple, memorable riffs and solos. As a studio musician he would suck because he's just not a great technical guitar player. Buckethead is a phenomenal technical player, but utterly unable to compose memorable tunes. His total studio album length is 142+ hours... He did have some neat solos on Chinese Democracy (Better, Chinese Democracy, There was a Time...), but nothing half as memorable as Slash's. Buckethead is an assembly line robot, but a much better technician than Slash. I doubt that you will find too many people arguing with that. You being a fellow guitar player should know what I mean. PS: Yes, the guitars sucked in Slash's absence due to the lack of creativity. It is more to blame on the absence of Izzy though. Name one song that Axl and Slash put together after Izzy left the band in 1991. After all Axl and Slash had until 1996 to come up with a single song. Izzy's replacements Gilby Clarke and later Paul Tobias and the others were useless.