Unlike most rock guitarists, Buckingham does not play with a pick; alternatively, he picks the strings with his fingers and fingernails. Initially after joining Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham used a Gibson Les Paul. Before the band, a Fender Stratocaster was his main guitar, and was used on his 1st Fleetwood Mac album. In 1979, he worked with Rick Turner, owner of Renaissance Guitars to create the Model One. He has used it extensively since, both with Fleetwood Mac and for his solo efforts. He uses a Taylor Guitar 814ce for most of his acoustic performances and has also used an Ovation Celebrity in the past.
His influences include The Beach Boys and The Kingston Trio.
In an interview with Guitar World Acoustic Magazine, Buckingham said:
“I’ve always believed that you play to highlight the song, not to highlight the player. The song is all that matters. There are two ways you can decide on to go. You can try to be someone like Eddie Van Halen, who is a amazing guitar player, a virtuoso. Yet he doesn’t make good records because what he plays is totally missing in the context of this band’s music.
Then there are guitar players like Chet Atkins, who weren’t out there trying to show themselves off as guitar players per se, but were employing the guitar as a tool to make good records. I remember loving Chet’s work when I was a kid, but it was only later, when I really listened to his guitar parts, that I realized how much they were a part of the song’s fabric, and how much you’d be going ‘Oh, that song just isn’t working’ if they weren’t there. “
|Date of Birth||3-October-1949|
|Place of Birth||Palo Alto, California, United States|