Chris Buono
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  • Mar27

    Since the dawn of 2018 myself and some kick-ass players have been playing every Tuesday at Clancy’s Tavern in Neptune, NJ. The house rhythm section is made up of Cody McCorry and Joe Fadem – the tag team from fellow Vigier Guitars artist Tom Monda’s band Thank you Scientist. Tunes from my past and present as well as my TrueFire catalog are played, re-imagined and mangled into improvisational goodness (or so we hope). We always take the stage at 9pm and play one long set. Burger specials and good beers are on the menu. It’s a scene.

    I wanted a weekly gig where I can do my thing as well as experiment with different guitars and pedals. The latter has become quite an adventure. At the same time I worship at the alter of a good burger and have been a beer snob since college. This is the gig where I celebrate all that and more. It’s been AWESOME. So much so I have Steven Kelly recording the sets almost every week for an upcoming live release (more on later). It’s even served as a platform for a new trio project with two monster players. (more on that later).

    In the meantime…

  • Jan3

    Rick Toone rolls out a new Spearfish model six-string that I wasted no time in working with. After some consideration we decided to go for a piece that best showed its range as well as its tone. The latter was ensured by miking my two prized ’64 Deluxe amps with SM57’s off-axis of their respective British-made Celestion Vintage 30’s. The only other part of the signal chain was a Strymon BigSky set to a Room reverb. The piece is a solo arrangement of Monk’s solo piano classic “Ruby, My Dear” originally recorded in 1947. My rendition features complex harmony that was made a little easier to play given the slight fanning of the frets as well as the aluminum neck’s thin, yet completely playable profile. What’s more the incredible tuning consistency on all strings throughout the entire range of the neck allowed this piece to sound its best.

    This part of a continued effort between Rick & I where we put his art in my hands so I can create my art for all to take in. I’m beyond honored and excited to be able to do this and look very forward to the next project.

  • Sep15

    Rick Toone’s latest build – an 8-string Ultimate Shred Machine – was put in my hands last Thursday. Yesterday we shot this video where I played a new tune called “The Thrill of the Hustle” that was born from improvised jams I was texting fellow Toone enthusiast Tosin Abasi right after Rick left on Thursday. Tuesday was the day I tightened up one of the jams, composed a B section with compounding three note chords that cluster, worked out the Infinity Looper parts and dialed in the tone on my Axe-Fx II XL.

    This all part of a concerted effort between Rick & I where we put his art in my hands so I can create my art for all to take in. I’m beyond honored and excited to be able to do this and look very forward to the next project.