3 Foot Clearance

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3 Foot Clearance
Studio album by Buckethead
Released December 21, 2010 (limited edition)
August 17, 2011 (regular edition)
Genre Experimental metal, funk metal, hard rock, avant garde, alternative rock
Length 40:23
Label Bucketheadland
Producer Dan Monti and Albert
Buckethead chronology
Captain EO's Voyage
3 Foot Clearance
It's Alive
Alternative Cover
One of the limited edition covers
One of the limited edition covers

3 Foot Clearance (previously known as Untitled or Happy Holidays from Buckethead) is the thirtieth studio album by guitarist Buckethead, and the third installment of the Buckethead Pikes Series. The album was originally released on December 21, 2010 as a limited edition which came with a handmade holiday greeting card drawn by Buckethead, as well as a discount to buy the regular edition for purchasers of the limited version.

The album features the tribute song Buckethead had done to the late graffiti writer and hip hop artist Rammellzee, who died on June 28, 2010. The track was released on Buckethead's web page a day prior to the album's release and Dickerson announced that it would be included in the album.[1] Buckethead and Rammellzee collaborated on several albums from the supergroup Praxis, most notably on Profanation (Preparation for a Coming Darkness).[2][3] In contrast to earlier releases in 2010, this album is a return to a more traditional writing style for Buckethead, with faster playing throughout, constant shifts in mood and feel, and liberal use of effects.

On August 17, the regular edition was made available through the Buckethead Pikes website along with two other albums Underground Chamber and Look Up There.[4] For the regular edition release, the track listing order changed.

Track listing[edit]

Regular edition version
No. Title Length
1. "Griffin's Spike" 4:09
2. "Rammellzee: Hero of the Abyss" 4:02
3. "Floating Graveyard" 3:20
4. "Ballad of Jerry Mono" 4:57
5. "H.D. Autopsy" 3:20
6. "Droid Hunt" 2:46
7. "Battlefields" 3:12
8. "Handprint Ornament" 2:48
9. "Three Headed Guardian" 3:58
10. "Harpoon the Goon" 2:30
11. "Critical Leg Assignment" 2:35
12. "Siamese Butterfly" 1:56
13. "X-Ray" 0:49
Total length: 40:23
Limited edition version

The limited edition came without track names and a different track order. Below is the order of the limited edition with the titles from the regular edition.

No. Title Length
1. "Griffin's Spike" 4:09
2. "Rammellzee: Hero of the Abyss" 4:02
3. "Three Headed Guardian" 3:58
4. "Floating Graveyard" 3:20
5. "Ballad of Jerry Mono" 4:57
6. "H.D. Autopsy" 3:20
7. "Droid Hunt" 2:46
8. "Battlefields" 3:12
9. "Handprint Ornament" 2:48
10. "Harpoon the Goon" 2:30
11. "Critical Leg Assignment" 2:35
12. "Siamese Butterfly" 1:56
13. "X-Ray" 0:49
Total length: 40:23


  • Produced by Dan Monti and Albert.
  • Programming and Bass by Brewer.
  • Ride Mechanics and Bass by Buckethead.
  • Illustrations by Frankenseuss.


  • Track #8 (#9 on the limited edition release), "Handprint Ornament", is spelled Handdprint Ornament on the back of the album sleeve.
  • This album returns to the 13 song pattern which is a common theme for Buckethead albums. The last studio album to feature 13 tracks was Needle in a Slunk Stack, released in 2009.
  • With a total length of 40:23, this is the longest album in the Buckethead Pikes series to date, while the rest of the Pikes run closer to 30 minutes each.
  • The title of the album came from the cover. [5]
  • Color scheme for the cover was inspired by a Power Man and Iron Fist comic. [6]

Pressing History[edit]

Year Label Format Country Notes Sold Out
2010 TDRS Music CD U.S. 1st batch Yes
2011 TDRS Music CD U.S. 2nd batch Yes
2011 TDRS Music CD U.S. 3rd batch Yes
2011 Buckethead Pikes CD U.S. Regular Edition No


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