Peter Buck plays "Life is Short" live at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on... more
Peter Buck plays "Life is Short" live at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on 2-28-2014 in this video. Throughout the video, and more notably at :31s, you can see Buck playing a custom Fender Telecaster.
"Yeah. I was playing a Telecaster in 1980; it got stolen out of my house. And... more
"Yeah. I was playing a Telecaster in 1980; it got stolen out of my house. And there was a little music store in town called Chick Piano; they had a blond Rickenbacker 360 with flat-wound strings. That was my main guitar until 1981, when it got stolen.
I went to a shop in Hartford, Conn. and asked if they had Rickenbackers. They pulled this black 360 out; I played it, and it was in tune. That's the one that's been on every R.E.M. record except the first single, and I bring it to pretty much every session I do.
It's still the guitar I go to every day. It has real clarity of tone. It's sitting in a stand at the foot of my bed. I like playing guitar in my pajamas. I've got three other guitars in my bedroom: a '43 Gibson; a 1960 Rickenbacker that I got from Reverb; a Goldtop. They kind of rotate to the bedroom, and if I'm really working, I'll go down in the basement to avoid everyone."
This image was from a concert in Austin, TX. more
This image was from a concert in Austin, TX.
In this image, we can see Buck holding a D major chord on Danelectro 12-strin... more
In this image, we can see Buck holding a D major chord on Danelectro 12-string Bouzouki.
In this image, one can see Buck playing a Epiphone Riviera 12-string. more
In this image, one can see Buck playing a Epiphone Riviera 12-string.
As seen in this photo, found on [Feel Numb](http://www.feelnumb.com/2010/01/1... more
As seen in this photo, found on Feel Numb, in the music video for "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" Buck can be seen playing the Jag-Stang, originally designed and owned by Kurt Cobain.
In this photo, we can see Buck playing a Taylor 615. more
In this photo, we can see Buck playing a Taylor 615.
"Tone first of all. I don't use them the same way most people use them: as a ... more
"Tone first of all. I don't use them the same way most people use them: as a solo instrument. I tend to be more chord oriented. But those pickups have a nice, warm, chordal feeling. You can get all the harmonics and stuff out without being too overdriven. And I just like thinking about whoever owned this thing in 1954 or 1955."
"I bought my first Rickenbacker in about 1980. I love the tone. I love the hi... more
"I bought my first Rickenbacker in about 1980. I love the tone. I love the history, knowing that Roger McGuinn and George Harrison and Pete Townshend also played Rickenbackers.
That one got stolen eventually, I think in 1981, when I was doing a show for $100. So we went to a tiny little guitar shop and pulled a Rickenbacker out of a box. It was in tune. I played it, it sounded great, and it's the one I've used on every single record I've ever made. I've played it on stage my entire adult life and on every REM record except the "Radio Free Europe" single, because I didn't have it at that point.
This one got stolen, too, in Finland in 2008, and I had to ransom it back. We were in the middle of a tour, and my entire rig, which I have been using for years, is designed for this guitar and maybe one other. I was having trouble getting any kind of real tone without it. So it was nice to get it back."
Peter Buck (REM/ Tired Pony) more
Peter Buck (REM/ Tired Pony)
According to Maxon's website, Buck uses the Maxon AD80 analog delay pedal. more
According to Maxon's website, Buck uses the Maxon AD80 analog delay pedal.
A Pro Co RAT Distortion Pedal can be seen along with other pedals and a Vox A... more
A Pro Co RAT Distortion Pedal can be seen along with other pedals and a Vox AC30.
A Fulltone OCD overdrive pedal can be seen on Peter Buck's pedal board. http... more
A Fulltone OCD overdrive pedal can be seen on Peter Buck's pedal board. http://www.pbs.org/klru/austin/blog/2008/10/gear-rem.html
Mastery Bridge Users more
Mastery Bridge Users
Peter Buck used an Ebow throughout his 31-year tenure with R.E.M., both live ... more
Peter Buck used an Ebow throughout his 31-year tenure with R.E.M., both live and in the studio. Peter can be seen using an Ebow at 2:57 of this 2004/05 live version of "Electron Blue" from the band's "Around the Sun" world tour.
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