Chris Buck on his greatest gear finds, buyer's regret and advice on finding the right guitar

Chris Buck
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Chris Buck, the guitar maestro behind Cardinal Black, knows a thing or two about buying guitars. In short, he's an addict, a hoarder, a player whom we might associate with the Yamaha Revstar but is similarly oft-spotted with a Stratocaster in his hand.

Here he sat down with Guitarist to share some of his gear-buying wisdom, explaining why the amp is important but the electric guitar is the most critical to your sound, and to tell us all why the P-90 is criminally underrated…

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.