Chris Buono


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.

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