RIP Buster B. Jones - Fingerstyle Virtuoso

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 10, 2009 at 3:07 PM

It is with a sincere feeling of loss that we say goodbye to guitarist Buster B. Jones, who passed away on February 2nd, 2009.

Born Bradley F. Jones in Ames, Iowa, in 1959, Buster was known to some as "Machine Gun," or "Pistola," for his lightning-fast playing style. The late Chet Atkins once said, "Buster B. Jones is the best fingerpicker I've heard since Jerry Reed. He plays like he's double parked."

His amazing skills as a fingerstyle guitarist were recognized in 1988 as the Winner of the first Guitar Player Sound Page competition. At that time, GP's Tom Wheeler said of Buster, "Brad flatpicks a brilliant counter-rhythm against his amazing 5-finger fingerpicking for breathtaking effect. His blazing, clearly articulated lines were delivered with power and imagination over intricate counter-rhythms."

Buster was also honored as the 1990 US National Fingerstyle Champion and was a clinician for Godin Guitars. Click here to visit Godin's tribute page to Buster.

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